Essay on The Occupy Movement

1115 Words Feb 13th, 2012 5 Pages
“No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” George Orwell

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a protest movement which began September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district, which was initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters. The protests are against social and economic inequality, high unemployment, greed, as well as corruption, and the undue influence of corporations—particularly from the
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This amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, hindering the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. Originally, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by Congress. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government.
The Occupy Wall Street protests are hitting a nerve. A dearth of jobs, overwhelming student loans and soaring health-care costs are just three major issues protesters have targeted. And regardless of politics, economic data suggests they're not alone in their frustrations. It may be why the protests have spread to other cities - including Boston, Cincinnati, Seattle and Washington, D.C. - after taking root in downtown New York.

As tensions rose between protestors and police around the country, several eruptions of violence occurred. One of the most prominent took place at Occupy Oakland on October 25, 2011, when protestor Scott Olsen was struck in the head by a police-fired canister. The former marine was left with significant head injuries and was placed in critical care. Another famous incident occurred when a retired teacher, Dorli Rainey, was pepper
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