I think it’s high time I wrote something about the Wall Street Occupation that has been going on for near a month now (I think a month to the day tomorrow).
If you heard about it late, don’t feel too bad. There’s been lack of media coverage on this very important, potentially world-changing event, up until very recently. Basically, hundreds to thousands of angry individuals and groups have been gathering on or near Wall Street in New York City to express their frustration with the inefficiencies of the current economic situation, especially in the U.S. and with Wall Street. They call themselves the 99%, meaning anyone lower than the 1% most wealthy in the U.S.
The general stance of the GOP was very much against this group of gross hippies, but recently in a Republican debate, many of them started to cautiously agree with the idea of the protest, though they did suggest that the protesters must start to rally against the government, not Wall Street itself. (Me personally, I’ve always found the argument against government as played by the GOP very odd and a bit hypocritical. Even if they are for a mostly hands off government, aren’t they still the government? Anyway…)
But just recently, both Bloomberg (mayor of NYC) and the owners of Zucotti Park (where many protesters are camping out) threatened to essentially evict protesters, citing needs for cleaning the park. Whether or not they would allow protesters back in after said cleaning is foggy. So what’s the good news? Well, as of this morning, the cleaning has been postponed!
And the other bit of good news should be obvious: people are giving a damn. This protest has sparked sister sit-ins and occupations around the U.S. and the world. It doesn’t matter that they don’t have a list of specific demands, for which a lot of media outlets are unfairly criticizing the masses. (See some great articles here and here on that.) It matters that the world is watching and potentially changing over this. Even if this American Autumn isn’t going to be the shot heard around the world, at the very least it is the first sign of the death of apathy. Eventually someone will have to turn up the volume and listen.