WALL STREET, NYC: A grass roots demonstration that has endured since Saturday, September 17th, involving over 1,000 individuals seeks to end corrupt corporate practices in the United States. Receiving equal to less coverage, say, than unrest occurring in Yemen for example, Occupy Wall Street is a homegrown movement that addresses the concerns of the many.
Occupy Wall Street is a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions.” Their manifesto continues, “The one thing we all have in common is that ‘We Are The 99%’ that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”
The call for the peaceful occupation was made by Adbusters in July. Inspired by the revolution at Tahrir Square early this year, the collective goal was to demand that President Obama put an end to the “influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”
Complete with make shift kitchens and peaceful barricades, protesters are camping within – and outside of – designated demonstration areas of lower Manhattan. The coalition that includes organizers and activists from the NYC General Assembly and US Day of Rage say the protest could go on for weeks.
While the mainstream media reports on a relatively peaceful event, Wall Street Occupiers share a different story. A recent post on their blog reveals that police are using “extralegal tactics” to bully protesters – for example, citing that the use of a bullhorn was against the law. They allege indiscriminate arrests and random brutality resulting in one dissenter losing a tooth; another received a gash on their leg. Additionally they claim, “One of the medics on site informed the police that they needed to call an ambulance because this was a potentially fatal circumstance. They ignored him. We have no current information on this protester, but we hope that he hasn’t been murdered by the police.”
News outlets report that the Wall St Occupation has not hindered business of the nation’s financial hub, but has certainly been cause for frustration among various workers, business owners and tourists due to the heavily policed blockades requiring clearance.
Between the headlines on “Class Wars,” the potential “Buffet Tax” and counterproductive bipartisan finger pointing, a story unfolds of people who fight in an unconventional way, to create balance where there is none – where all the power and resources are hoarded by 1% of the total population and the vast remainder are left to wage bloody war for the scraps.