Occupy Wall Street: It’s not about the occupiers, it’s about us

November 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

Yesterday, the Zuccotti park occupiers were displaced by the NYC Police Department. Given that I work so close to the park, I’ve had the opportunity to walk through it several times and observe what was happening there. And that’s when it occurred to me. Occupy Wall Street is not about the occupiers, it’s about us.

What I mean by this is that although the occupiers are making all the noise, even now when they have been displaced. It is up to us to demand real change. The occupiers have been, are, and will continue to be there to continue to bring awareness to the issue, but it is us who must speak with our wallets, actions, and collective voice. We have not seen social uprising at this level since the sixties. So, many people haven’t experienced what it is to go against the grain. I’ve personally experienced social uprising that led to civil war. By no means do I mean to imply that what is happening here is the same, but it does add perspective. What is at stake here is not our lives, as was the case in El Salvador in the eighties, but our livelihood and as such we must defend it even if it means going against the grain.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been gaining momentum since its inception two month ago. It has spread across the country and across the world. It clearly touches the lives of many, hence the potential for profound change not seen in the US in a very long time. It’s also no coincidence that the critics of the movement are not as vocal. To do so would be to undermine the collective voice of the majority. I have yet to hear an argument against the Occupy Wall Street movement that passes muster.

It is up to us to demand real change. Occupy Wall Street is about us.

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