Saturday, October 08, 2011

#Occupy #OccupyWallStreet

It's not like your father's or grandfather's protests from way back in the 1960s...

IT'S OFFICIAL: Housing bust worst since Great Depression...

They're calling it the "New York City Protest for American Revolution." aka #Occupy.

It is generally believed that the "Occupy Wall Street" movement was inspired by the methods and successes of the Arab Spring movement that swept across North Africa and the Middle East.

The seeds of Occupy Wall Street were initialized in July when a Vancouver-based magazine featured a simple poster, inviting people to assemble on Wall Street September 17th, and "bring a tent." UAlbany student activist Sharmin Hossain was among those who heeded the call and headed to New York City. Sharmin was one of several people who had actually "been there" whom I spoke with in preparing my radio report on the phenomena. Yes, I called it the p-word. I never thought I'd see ever again see the kind of social-consciousness and coming-together the way it happened in the 1960s!

Inspired by the Occupy movement, thousands of students in New York's SUNY system walked-out of class wednesday, in protest over the debt, rising unemployment, and cuts to public education. The students want recent tuition hikes repealed, an end to excessive administrative pay, and student loan debt forgiveness. Again, Sharmin was there! Activists are special people, and activism is an always-changing, never static concept!

Arab Spring, American Fall? blogs "Writing about Occupy Wall Street is a journalist's nightmare... Not because there aren't tens of thousands of protesters, charismatic talking heads and colorful photograph opportunities--there are plenty of those. Instead, you have to owe up to the challenge of writing about a communal protest movement where there are no clear “leaders” and no official “organizers.” For those of us weaned on writing about top-down hierarchial organizations with CEOs, presidents, advisory boards and parliaments, it's a challenge." Aldon Hynes agrees...

David Maris, writer and well-known health care equity research analyst, offers a different perspective in his piece on Forbes.

Justin Elliot writes in "Occupy Wall Street is an event just waiting to be co-opted by the highest bidder. It's a bunch of people saying: "We don't like being poor and physically uncomfortable, but we aren't so poor and physically uncomfortable that we can't afford to camp out in Manhattan for 2 weeks so we can complain in public." That attitude is not bold enough to win the day. If they really want things to change, they better be prepared to be poor and uncomfortable for the long haul. I can't afford to camp out in Manhattan for even one day."


ON TeeVee SUNDAY – “OCCUPY WALL STREET” DEBATE - Richard Brodsky will defend the “Occupy Wall Street” movement at 11am this Sunday on "Eyewitness News UpClose with Diana Williams" on WABC Channel 7 in NYC. Brodsky will debate the movement with Daniel DiSalvo of the Manhattan Institute. Occupy Wall Street protester Kelly Heresy, who Richard appeared on Fox Business News with last week, will appear before the debate to give a first hand account of the scene at Liberty Square.

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  1. Thanks for the shout out and the good summary of some of what has been written about the movement. Yeah, I'm using the m-word as well as the p-word.

    I'm plugged into some of what is going on with various #occupiers in Connecticut and New York and as the movement evolves, so do my thoughts about it. The discussion about the movement being co-opted is particularly interesting, and perhaps the latest aspect of journalists and pundits not being sure how to cover something so amorphous. Hopefully, I'll add more thoughts on this soon.


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