Stronger Together

Before this week, I had heard of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement but I had never really understood what it meant. After researching the topic, I came to the understanding that it is a movement that started a few years ago to bridge the income gap between the top 1% and the rest of the people in the country. A comprehensive definition is provided:

“Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district, receiving global attention and spawning the Occupy movement against social and economic inequality worldwide.[7] It was inspired by anti-austerity protests in Spain coming from the 15-M movement.” (Wikipedia Definition).

After reading “Where’s the Color in the Occupy Movement? Wherever We Put it” by David Zlutnick, the question came to mind, “why can’t all groups of people work together on this issue?”

The racial justice organizations work to ensure that economic and social justice solutions take root in communities of color, but why are protests that have to do with immigration rights separated from OWS if they are fighting for the same things? After all, movements are always stronger together.

The original OWS organizers didn’t reach out to communities of color at the beginning, and as a result, many people of color felt alienated.

  • Occupy the Hood was created to “encourage and make space for people of color to join the movement”.
  • Occupy Harlem was created to put out “a call to Blacks, Latinos, and immigrants to occupy their communities against predatory investors, displacement, privatization and state repression.” (https://www.thenation.com/article/race-and-occupy-wall-street/).

In New York, the immigrants’ Rights movements has joined teams with the Occupy Wall Street movement, but because of the “hate’ that immigrants sometimes receive, there has been a separation in several places like Los Angeles.

I believe when you have two groups fighting for social and economic justice, it is always stronger to come together and have a united front- regardless of what physical, or economical differences they have. They are still a part of the 99%.

 

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Occupy Wall Street Protestors March Down New York's Fifth Avenue
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 11: Protesters with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement demonstrate before walking up 5th Avenue to rally in front of the residence of NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch on October 11, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of activists marched along 5th avenue and Park Avenue stopping in front of the buildings where prominent heads of major business and financial institutions live. Many of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ demonstrations have been living in Zuccotti Park in the Financial District near Wall Street. The activists have been gradually converging on the financial district over the past three weeks to rally against the influence of corporate money in politics among a host of other issues. The protests have begun to attract the attention of major unions and religious groups as the movement continues to grow in influence. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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