Financial Communities In New York & Chicago Hit By Citizen Occupations & Going National
Are we seeing the seeds of an American spring being sown here at the start of the Fall? In New York a couple of weeks ago and starting last Friday in Chicago occupations of financial communities have begun and will start soon in San Fransisco and other cities. What does this mean, what do they want? I think I know but I’m not really sure so I’ve been doing some research and this was I’ve found.
As a starting point this is all about a middle class that has been destroyed by corporate greed and it’s dominance of our government. People have realized that going to Washington and having a march means nothing. They are bringing their protest right to the real heads of state. And instead of marching up and down the street, making a few speeches and going home these people aren’t going home. They are staying and creating their own communities.
There are a couple of examples of this kind of protest being done. The most famous and deadly was the Bonus Army when 20,000 WW1 veterans camped across the river from the Capitol building. They were driven out of their peaceful encampment and it was burned down by troops with fixed bayonets and firing tear gas supported by calvary and six tanks. Troops under the command of Generals Mac Arthur, Eisenhower and Patton.
The occupation of Wall Street began September 17th and as to what they about I offer this quote from their own website.
“Who is Occupy Wall Street?
Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. 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 original call for this occupation was published by Adbusters in July; since then, many individuals across the country have stepped up to organize this event, such as the people of the NYC General Assembly and US Day of Rage. There’ll also be similar occupations in the near future such as October 2011 in Freedom Plaza, Washington D.C. ”
To visit their site click here.
Here is an excellent report from Democracy Now! from today that is very informative.
As of right now there groups in almost two dozen cities that are also planning similar occupations. In a quick survey of the Twitter streams it also appears that there is an occupation under way in Denver at the state Capitol building. Updates for that can be found on their Twitter page.
To find out more on this nationwide movement visit OccupyTheNation.
There will also be daily updates posted here on this site.