For those who haven’t heard (and don’t feel bad if you haven’t), there is an attempt at change going on right now, and its name? Occupation. Starting with Occupy Wall Street this is a protest by the many against the few, the have-nots against the have-alls. It is currently leaderless and demandless (though concrete demands are being formulated), the end goal is change. People have finally realized just how incredibly duped and ripped off they have been, and bless ’em, they’re standing up for themselves.
I’ve got a lot of love for people who stand up for themselves. And here are a few reasons why:
The long and the short is thus – if you’re fed up with getting screwed over to save the asses of the irresponsible and wealthy, this is probably the protest movement for you. And thankfully, you don’t have to be in New York to join in:
And apparently, the Guardian has a whole section for it:
If protest isn’t for you, but you empathise with the sentiment, there are other ways to contribute. You can help your local protest keep their camp stocked and cleaned. You can quit giving these rip-off merchants your money; you can get much better quality food (for example) from farmer’s markets, CSAs, farmshares, local butchers, etc. Did you really need that iPad, Kindle, big screen TV, and designer clothing? I’m definitely not saying stop buying things all together (indeed, I’d go mad without my computers and internet!), but don’t you think it a bit fishy that We the Poor are the ones that are supposed to spend all our hard-earned money that (stateside, at least) is needed for healthcare and food on crap? Yeah, I think it sounds fishy too…
Anyways, I’m not sure how optimistic I am about this whole social phenomena, but I damned sure wish I was back in my hometown for their protest (Dallas has a Federal Reserve Bank; it and its tacky-ass courtyard are a prime target for protest). And even if I don’t go to my nearest local one (I’m not confident about protesting in London after all the riots and crap this year, heh), I am very very happy to signal boost this, and hope it will get more people interested in standing up for the majority of society. 🙂