Occupy Wall Street Movement: Dead on Arrival, or History in the Making?

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On September 17, 2011 an unorganized, rudimentary, and diffuse group of activists set up camp in New York’s Zuccotti Park, a privately owned green space in New York’s financial district. The group set out to battle social inequality, corporate greed, and the super power that financial institutions and multinational companies hold over the democratic process. What started out as a grass roots movement has since become a major hot button in media and politics alike. Newt Gingrich has called the “concept of the ninety-nine and the one” both divisive and “un-American.” (Stolarik) When asked about the OWS movement, former President Jimmy Carter has said “Helping the less fortunate should be viewed as a moral obligation and not an act …show more content…
In early October, OWS got a major boost when prominent labor unions joined protesters in a march from Foley Square to the encampment at Zuccotti Park. Labor leaders have joined the movements in hopes that OWS can act as a counter weight to the Tea Parties growing support, and help push Congress and President Obama to put more focus on job creation. In the protest’s fourth week it gained the support of some major democratic leaders and party fund-raisers, including a top ally of President Obama. It has been said that the embrace of the protests by democrats is a clear sign of their desire to align with disenchanted Americans. On the other hand, many democrats are wary of the movement pushing the party dangerously to the left as the Tea Party movement has often pushed republicans to the right. President Obama has spoken sympathetically of the protests, stating they are a reflection of the frustrations that struggling Americans have felt for a long time. Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi have voiced similar opinions. Even the high profile political nature of the OWS movement has done little to stop the violence and oppression committed against the protesters. In New York much of the police force being used to control the protests are troops of riot gear clad officers, blue shirts, being led by high ranking police officials, referred to as white shirts. On the first day of October police arrested over 700

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