“Demands are for terrorists and that is not who we are”
I just finished reading an article from Wikipedia about Occupy Wall Street:
Occupy Wall Street. (2011, October 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:28, October 24, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Occupy_Wall_Street&oldid=45717...
I agree with this article for many reasons. When people wanted to ask about their goals and demands the protesters weren't clear on what to say, but the reality is they have none. They soon stated: "Demands are for terrorists and that is not who we are." The fact that they don't have demands has made a lot of people look at them iffy, but when I realized what's really happening, I was amazed. They are not here stating how the government should be run. They are here stating that things aren't going the way they should be going and we need a very serious change. The poor remain poor and get more poor while the rich just gather up all the money. I guess they just want a bit more financial equality or stability for the ones who need it the most.
I was astonished to learn that the Occupy Movement is spreading so quickly. In the article they state: “Occupy Wall Street has spread to over 900 cities worldwide!" From my knowledge from a video I have seen and found on you tube, it has spread to major cities all over the country like Boston and D.C. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GazhaLD_Daw . A random fact from the video that I just linked to is that they stated that there has been about 800 arrest, and I wonder if that is true, which I'm sure it is.
I found it inspiring that this major movement has no leaders. Which is stated in the Wikipedia article: “Although it was originally proposed by ad busters magazine this demonstration is leaderless.” These are the 99% fighting for what we believe in. It is our country more then anyone else's, and we deserve the opportunity to do something about it.
In another article that I found online, "What is Occupy Wall Street? The history of leaderless movements," By Heather Gautney, published October 10 in the Washington Post, they also speak about how the protest is leaderless: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/what-is-occupy-wall.... In this article they speak about how it is leaderless with no demands: “This is a leaderless movement without an official set of demands. There are no projected outcomes, no bottom lines and no talking heads. In the Occupy movement, We are all leaders.”
A lot of people see the fact that they have no leader and consider them unorganized. A lot of people find what they are doing pointless and stupid for the fact that they have no demands as well, but in my opinion this is the best way to go about this situation. We have people all over the world listening and wanting to join to help the cause. If we sit here and make demands as if we were some tyrants, who in this government would actually want to listen to us? If anything, they would throw us in jail for coming out aggressive because they might feel threatened.
I have learned a lot from this article on Occupy Wall Street: from doing things the effective way to living life for a bigger purpose. These people are sitting there risking their lives every day to make a difference not only for themselves but for the 99%, for our future, and for our kids: “The next generation.” We shouldn't be living our life this way, and these protesters are paving the way for us all and for our future. They have their own minds and their own opinions, and they aren't scared to shout it out, and I respect that.