On my mind…

Who are the protestors…here is a slideshow with audio by Jeremy Tanner: Occupy Wall Street Protesters In Their Own Words: An Audio Slideshow:

This is probably the best video I have come across on the web that describes what the people of Zuccotti Park have done to make the best of the situation and are showing no signs of leaving any time soon:

What is even more amazing is the silent protest that seems to also be gaining momentum around the country, for people to switch to credit unions (http://www.moveyourmoneyproject.org/). This isn’t the first time this push has been publicized, it began, at least as far as I am aware back in 2008. Today it is seen as a way for people who don’t want to (or can’t) go down to their local “Occupy Wall Street” protest to still protest. Yet, be aware, at a New York City branch of Citibank, protesters who were inside the bank to close their accounts were locked inside and then arrested by New York City policemen who charged twenty-four people with ‘Trespassing’ after they ignored repeated requests to leave, what because the bank didn’t want them to close their accounts? Wow!

So my thoughts are all over the place, but especially today here with the protestors and others who are upset and frustrated with the current system. Here in Germany, at least where I live, I doubt I will see much of a response like in the US or other parts of the world. Life is pretty okay here for just about everyone. That however shouldn’t lessen the fact that the system is broken and so much so that drastic things need to be done. It is only a matter of time before the squeeze comes to the better off countries in Europe. It is already being felt in countries like Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain – albeit much for different reasons but our economies are all tied together and in all of these societies there are the filthy rich, the rich, the middle class, and the rest, that seems universal. Things must change.

So, in honor of the movement, for the protestors at home and out in the streets a final parting gift:

Be the love…be the change…light the fire.

Feel free to click on the links embedded in the language here for the sources of this information or check my works cited on the next page.

You can also check out the Livestream for Occupy Wall Street here.

Update: There have been so many fast moving updates about this protest movement around the world! I recently (28.10) found this blog which sums up how I feel about this movement since many of my friends support the Tea Party but knock the OWS group, this post is by Eric Brockway.

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