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Forum Post: Questions for Protesters (High School Student Essay/Paper)

Posted 6 years ago on April 22, 2012, 5:45 p.m. EST by technicolorcity (2)
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Hi, I recently was very involved and interested in the Occupy Wall Street Movement since it's inception. I am currently writing a second paper (the first was written several months ago) on Occupy Wall Street and I am going to be talking about it's hopes for the future of the movement. My paper must stay neutral so I accept both sides (negative or positive answers). So basically answer these questions:

  1. What attracts you to Occupy Wall Street?
  2. What do you hope it accomplishes?
  3. How has your experience been with Occupy?
  4. How has Occupy Wall Street impacted your life?
  5. What do you want the future of Occupy to be?
  6. How has Occupy changed the political landscape of America?

Thank you so much,




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[-] 3 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 6 years ago
  1. A two party system that only serves the rich
  2. Awake the nation
  3. Mixed. It was incredible at first. But it turned into a lot of infighting, so much that it drove a lot of motivated people away. A lot of arguing about rules of the camps. But the thing is, its like a freestyle movement, in that you never know what is coming up or where the focus will be. Its biggest strength is also its biggest weakness.
  4. In the beginning, it gave me an incredible hope. Our Oct 6th rally to mark the 10 yr mark of the Afghan war remains the best one so far, and was one of the most incredible feelings ever. People of all political backgrounds coming together to protest war, corporate greed and money in politics. Even some tea people there.

But it is also a reminder of how powerful the media is here. They didnt cover it at all at first, and it grew quickly. Once they started painting it with their brush, it affected public opinion.

  1. The future I would like to see is something that wants new systems in place for the four major areas that are destroying the country- trade/tax/foreign/monetary policies. And also keep the heat on the people, forcing them to look in the mirror and decide just how much they have contirbuted to this mess.

  2. I think that many want to think it has, but clearly DC is just business as usual. Nothing of substance has been passed since its inception that helps the average person. The media has pushed us to one side, and hence our unifying message from before is being splintered into the usual D vs R crap. I do like to think that the shelving of PIPA/SOPA may have been the result of some of the protests against it. But that is hard to say.

Ill never forget us talking about how we were so proud of the huge marches, and in response the administration passed those free trade deals, a direct slap in the face of the unions. And then after we kept marching, they passed NDAA. No one in DC has our back. We dont pay them.

So fuck em.

[-] 1 points by technicolorcity (2) 6 years ago

This is great and exactly what I was looking for, thank you :) Just to double check do I have permission to quote some of what you were saying into my paper?

[-] 2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 6 years ago

I would prefer that you just use "protester", but yes you can use it.

[-] 1 points by technicolorcity (2) 6 years ago

of course! Thank you!