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An Overview of Occupy Wall St, From a Fledgling Protester

After briefly visiting OWS earlier this week, and having friends visiting from Boston [and attendees of Occupy Boston themselves] we decided to return to the epicenter of the movement. 

I can’t even begin to express my awe of the “village” the protesters have built and their near-impeccable organization. The People’s Library, the buffet-style food distribution [free and warm meals], the sleeping arrangements, and the seemingly infinite signs located everywhere. It was beautiful.

Recycling, sharing, and music were some of the things that stood out to me the most. The generosity and, well, solidarity displayed by the 99% is so apparent. The peaceful nature and creative ways to circumvent and still obey regulations was probably the highlight of it for me.

Whenever someone would ring out “Mic check!” among us, we were sure to reply in kind, in order to get the message out due to the inability to use megaphones.

As I sat on the wall with my sign [“Can’t afford a $ign”] and like minded people, the idea of nobody listening or paying attention seemed ludicrous. Honestly, if I had a dollar for every tourist/citizen/spectator who made a comment about or took a picture of me and my sign, let alone the entire movement….well, I’d probably be in the 1% right now. Throughout the march, our chants and invitations to any spectator to come join us filled the sidewalks [we didn’t want another Brooklyn Bridge incident on our hands] almost as overwhelmingly as our presence. The NYPD, thankfully, was peaceful and I didn’t witness any altercations or words exchanged for my time there. 

The only time I really felt insulted or heated was when someone felt the need to comment to me to “get a job”, to which I yelled back “I have two and I’m still in debt, what’s your excuse?!” Really now, critics have been so quick to assume that the movement is a bunch of jobless whining brats who won’t get anything done. And I agree, there are plenty of those, and trustafarians whose parents corporate jobs are allowing them to come out, but those are not a reflection of the whole. This issue affects 99% of us after all, so we need to start acting like it does. 

This has already spread nationwide, and I’ve had friends go to Occupy Boston, LA, and Miami. I’ve read accounts of Denver, Seattle and Tulsa. We are growing. It’s already been proven this is more than some angry hippies in a park. If you haven’t stopped by a protest near you, at least research the movement. It’s pretty amazing, and worth looking into. Even if you don’t agree. Hell, especially if you don’t agree.

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littleorphanammo:

Here’s an alternate translation:

Dear Protesters:
I grew up in a special household and was afforded tons of privileges due to that.  That was a result of their having grown up in good, monied households as well. Why can’t you do the same.
Productive is only a matter of product to me. If you can’t produce something I can consume, you are probably not a valid producer.  I never studied logic or philosophy.
I do not understand much about this life, and don’t wish to, as I am content in dealing in hypothetical situations that benefit myself. Also, I am 13 and know absolutely fuck all about anything.
You are fat hippies.
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littleorphanammo:

Here’s an alternate translation:

Dear Protesters:

I grew up in a special household and was afforded tons of privileges due to that.  That was a result of their having grown up in good, monied households as well. Why can’t you do the same.

Productive is only a matter of product to me. If you can’t produce something I can consume, you are probably not a valid producer.  I never studied logic or philosophy.

I do not understand much about this life, and don’t wish to, as I am content in dealing in hypothetical situations that benefit myself. Also, I am 13 and know absolutely fuck all about anything.

You are fat hippies.

Blowmeyoustupiddouchebag.org

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38,000 NYC Transit Workers To Join Occupy Wall Street Next Friday

cognitivedissonance:

Up until this announcement, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been unwieldy and somewhat lacking in a coherent voice, but that’s all about the change. New York City labor unions have decided to descend upon the streets of Lower Manhattan on Friday.

The leadership of the Transit Workers Union Local 100—comprised of subway and bus workers—voted unanimously to support the protestors. With a membership of 38,000, 5 Oct. will easily be the largest day yet in the protest. On 12 Oct., SEIU 32BJ, representing doormen, security guards, and maintenance workers around the city, is also staging a rally in support of the cause.

It’s unclear for now whether the transit system will be completely shut down while the 38,000 workers are participating in the protest. If it is, the Occupy Wall Street movement will definitely make its mark in history. And either way, it now has a substantial footing to make a real statement about American economy policy.

Jackie DiSalvo, an #OccupyWallStreet organizer, summarized the movement’s policy as such: “Occupy Wall Street will not negotiate watering down its own message.”

You have no idea how excited I am to see this. 

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The other day, white people in NYC experienced a taste of the NYPD brutality people of color live with every second, every minute, every hour

Son of Baldwin

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kinda sums up some of my concerns about Occupy Wall Street. I hope white folks realize the privilege we have in calling this a revolution and not being mislabeled due to skin color, not being questioned as much as to if this is in fact a worthy and noble cause. I see a certain amount of white privilege in confronting cops. Though they do in fact oppress all of us, the more direct violence and negative consequnces hits lower class and person’s of color far harder.

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Oh good, so I’m not the only one who isn’t shocked that the police used pepper spray on someone. Cause I don’t know about NYC, but the cops in the places I’ve lived have used it just as easily and often as they use words. And then tell us we’re lucky it wasn’t a gun.

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