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History of Occupy Wall Street

What I Wonder About The History Of Occupy Wall Street

There were a lot of people that don’t want to deal with the way the world is so they started working on a movement called Occupy Wall Street. Money is tight for a lot of people these days, and a lot of those people think that the 1% of the world’s richest people are making life terrible for the rest. There is more to it than this, but you can get an idea of the movement by just knowing that it was a big protest that happened all around the US.

I’m wondering just what the point was and whether or not they accomplished anything. In my opinion, it’s important for people to be able to deal with issues locally and to work hard on bettering their communities. But, I don’t think that it’s good to just go protest because it makes you look good on social media or gives you a fun story to tell. That’s why I think a lot of people didn’t get a lot done. Plus, the system is what creates poverty and that’s not the fault of those that figured out how to play it. I say we need to change the system if we ever want to make things fair.

The Wall Street Occupation

The date was September 17, 2011. At that time there were a few hundred people who decided to make a March 2 to an empty location in lower Manhattan. The location was very obscure and most construction workers and bankers hardly realized that it was even there. This group of people decided to camp out on the bare concrete and over the next two months this small group of people were joined by thousands of supporters. All of these supporters built makeshift housing, erected tents, a library, a field hospital, a sanitation department, and a free cigarette dispensary. They also did quite a bit of loud drumming.

Why were these people gathering together? The reason was easily understood once you read any of the signs that the protesters carried. They were concerned about the huge gap that was developing between the poor and the rich. They were upset that Pres. Obama did not hold Wall Street and the bankers accountable for the financial disaster of 2008. They claimed that money had taken over the political element of the United States.

Over time, this demonstration quickly attracted intellects, students, celebrities, and other activists. What is remarkable about this entire event was that it captured the thoughts of every American citizen for a long period of time afterwards.

Hello and welcome!

My name is Brittany and I am one of those people who knows nothing about political activism, so you can imagine how lost I was when people started talking about the Occupy Wall Street movement. My roommate tried explaining it to me, but the reality is that all of the information she offered went right over my head. I pride myself on being a really intelligent person, so I decided that I am going to read up on the history in order to see what all of it was really about. Now I just have to decide what to use as a source of information.

I am a fan of blogs, but they tend to be written by people who have already formed their opinions. This is not something that is useful when you are trying to look for the facts on something. A friend of mine said that there were a couple of documentaries that were made on the subject, but I think I prefer reading. If I get a few books or find some websites that have great information, maybe I will follow up and go and watch a video or two. I will have to see what happens.

The Occupy Movement Is Not My Thing

I am also one of those people who does not really care when people decide to stand up and protest a cause. This is probably a sad way to be, but I am just not interested in standing outside in the cold and trying to make a difference. Especially since sometimes it does nothing and you end up looking like a fool. My family wishes that I was more passionate about things like this, but I do not see my opinion of that changing any time soon. A friend of mine suggested I read up on the history of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but I don’t plan on doing that.

All I know is that the Occupy movement spread to cities other than New York. In fact, Boston and other places had to deal with the protestors as well. I know I am probably wrong for talking about these people like their cause does not really matter, but the reality is that I am not really very concerned about it. I am more into giving money to charity than sitting outside during a protest or volunteering my time since I do not have a lot to spare.