When I first heard of the Occupy Wall Street movement I thought to myself that it’s about time that people hold the greedy and selfish of Wall Street accountable. After all they are the ones who put this country into an economic freefall in the first place with its balloon mortgages and crazy gas prices… Go Occupy Wall Street!!!
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt in favor because across the country the movement grew. Now we have Occupy Columbia, Occupy Oakland, Occupy L.A., Occupy Chicago —even Occupy London. Name most states in the U.S. and a few major cities overseas and there is likely an Occupy movement going on as a cacophony of voices scream out “WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT”
I watched and reported on the Occupy Wall Street movement as I saw Zuccotti Park flooded with tents, people holding signs that brought awareness to the inequalities between the top 1% and the 99 percent. The park became a little community with volunteer medical assistance being provided as well as food. It was interesting to see but, after a month had gone by I also wanted to know what many people were asking: What are you actually demanding? What has to be done for the movement to stop? What’s the plan of action?
I never got a definitive answer when I interviewed the people at the park, but I was told that the park was a cradle for liberty and that people from all over the world with various socio- and economic backgrounds would come to the park and discuss their grievances. The protesters made the park a microcosm of how they would like the United States to be, all people from all ethnicities working together for the greater good of humanity.
I understood once I saw this peaceful village in harmony without confusion. I imagined what the world could be like if it adopts the ideology of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Sadly, that Utopian ideal for Zuccotti Park is over, because under the cover of darkness earlier this week, the police raided the park supposedly to “clean” it. The park was evacuated and the tents that have been the focus of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ire have been confiscated and no sleeping in the park ban has been enacted. This raid came two days before the movement two month Anniversary.
Now, on the two-month anniversary of the movement, protesters faced off against police as they blocked traffic into New York City’s financial district. As the world watched, demonstrators were arrested and some were bloodied after encounters with police, but their resolve was strengthened as they chanted “ALL DAY, ALL WEEK, SHUT DOWN WALL STREET.
Let’s see what happens next!