The Occupy Wall street movement is a series of demonstrations and protests that started in New York City. The original protest started on September 17, 2011 in New York City and by October 9, 2011 it spread to 70 other major cities in the Unites States. Soon enough these ‘occupy’ protests spread internationally to well over 900 cities (including Toronto)! But what exactly are the protestors rallying about? Well, their main focus is on:
· social and economic inequality
· corporate greed
· corruption and influence politics have on financial firms
· They want more and better jobs
· equal distribution of wealth
Many people are in support of these protests however, there are others who criticize the movements and believe that it does not have a coherent message. I personally believe that this movement does indeed have a coherent message which is that people all over the world want change. More so, it is due to this coherent message that this movement has become international and includes a diversity of people in terms of age, gender, race, religion etc. People have come together in this movement ‘to make our world leaders listen’ and they all bring similar experiences, problems and hardships. Overall, the main goal of the movement is to create pressure on the government to change their unjust policies which consistently favour the rich.
This mass movement is leaderless and only has organizers who are in charge of arranging events and keeping track of certain issues. Hence, it is the people of the world who have collectively made a decision for themselves and joined forces because they are tired of the same injustices.
The protestor’s international slogan is, “we are the 99%”. The wealthiest are the 1 % who make the most money and pay less taxes and the 99% are the rest of the population, most of those who struggle to make ends meet. People from all over the world are coming together to stand up for what they believe in and what they believe needs to change.
However, on the other hand how much of a difference do you think these protests will make?