Friday, October 14, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, 2.0.

Source: Wikipedia
Monday, October 17, 2011 is the one month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Happy Anniversary. The 1st OWS rally took place on Saturday, September 17, 2011. A number of people gathered in the financial district in New York City to protest corporate greed. Some never went home and many more have joined the rally. A brief (and by no means complete) review of the past 30 days shows tremendous progress:
  • Occupy groups have sprung up all over. There is pretty much an Occupy _________ in every U.S. city. There is Occupy Boston, Occupy Chicago, Occupy Los Angeles. There is an Occupy Wichita, an Occupy Cedar Rapids and an Occupy Rockford. There is an Occupy Canada. Coming soon: Occupy World, Occupy Universe and Occupy Galaxy (actually not, Microsoft, Apple and Google are already there).
  • OWS has received an endorsement from organized labor.With the support of the unions comes organizational infrastructure. 
  • OWS has drawn the ire of many including Herman Cain and Eric Cantor. When politcos object to your existence in the mainstream media, you've made the big time.
  •  Occupiers have been arrested in New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Mayor Bloomberg even considered the old "shut down the site for routine maintenance" ruse, but later thought it better to allow the ongoing rally to continue.
That is quite a list of accomplishments in only 30 days. OWS has truly truck a chord and the whole world is watching. Occupy Wall Street, it's your turn. What do you plan to do?
Humble Suggestions.
It's time for OWS to let the world know exactly what OWS stands for. The meaning of a huge grass roots movement is beyond the scope of this blog and besides I'm only one person. Before OWS develops a written list,  a few areas remain that still require clarification. So:
  1. Make it clear that OWS has no issues with the average, every day employees that earn their paychecks working in the financial districts, banks and brokerage houses across the country. These "average Janes and Joes" are part of the 99%.
  2. Make it clear that OWS does not want to diminish the earning ability of any citizen. OWS is against the greed of profit at all cost and corporate welfare. OWS is for everyone contributing their fair share in support of the commons.
I also find it critical that OWS expand the base prior to codifying  creed, goals and objectives. Expand a base beyond 99%? Exactly and here's how:
  1. Lawn signs, window signs and buttons. Even though there are rallies in numerous not everyone can carve out time to attend those rallies. Yard and window signs and button will show the borad support for OWS.
  2. There are a number of 1%'ers in favor of tax equity. Invite the wealthy in favor of paying their fair share to become honorary 99%'ers.
Finding a way to implement the 2 points above will grow the political clout of OWS and continue to expose the shills of greed. I'm asking a lot, but look at all OWS has done in only 30 days. It is vital for OWS to make the next 30 days just as productive.


  1. I agree with you completely. Now that OWS has the eyes and ears of the world on them, it's time to put out a unified message. I really hope they move forward and the protests help spark a real change in America. I actually went down to the protests last week and shared my thoughts about it on my blog if you're interested in checking it out.

  2. I used to cover these protests all the time in my old job in TV. You would be amazed at the amount of people that go to these and have no idea why they are there. They are only there to disrupt. I can guarantee you that these same "protesters" were at tea party rallies too. They have to please stop calling this OWS because this is not even near Wall St. It's in a park two and a half blocks away. Why is it that these Occupy protests are a movement but the Tea Party Rallies were a bunch of right wing loonies.

  3. Daddy,
    I am reminded of two quotes from Arlo Guthrie:
    "Alice's Restaurant isn't the name of the restaurant; it's just the name of the song." The rally takes place two blocks away in an area more conducive to 24 hour gathering.
    I'm paraphrasing:"Over the years I've found I have more in common with people with whom I have passionately disagreed than with those that agreed with me just to go along for the ride".
    Any large rally is bound to bring out folks looking for the newest best party as well as folks looking for a reason to agitate.Just human nature I guess. As to your question, loonies or movement depends on the purveyor of the news story. I do think the Tea Party core values of less gov't, lower taxes, gentleperson legislators got run over by birth certificates, death squads and signs reading "Keep your government hands off my Medicare."

    Sylvia, I had stated in a comment on another blog that I think the value of OWS lies in the fact that the politicos now know that the electorate is paying attention and that OWS provides (for the most part) a non-violent mode of expressions for the frustration 99% of us feel. Still, with so much accomplished in under 30 days, OWS needs to move forward. Oh, by the way always feel free to post a link if you think it's pertinent.

    Thank you both for taking the time to stop by and talk.