The Occupy Wall Street Movement

What do you think about the global grassroots movement?

I have posted two blog comments from two young people ages 20 and 22 with regard to the OWS movement. I wanted you to hear from them before I weighed in. Please feel free to respond and share your thoughts.

Own Up


Thousands of demonstrators
clog the streets enraged; in protest of big business and banks that strip the
American people of jobs, basic healthcare, and home ownership. The heart of
this protest is focused in the effort to “Occupy Wall Street” literally and
symbolically in Manhattan’s Financial District. Due to surging financial
hardships, this movement has spread over one hundred cities around the nation.
Though exigent and fair, the American people should not overlook nor forget
that they are one of the culprits for this injustice and imbalance of power.

“If the American people ever allow
private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will
deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the
continent their fathers conquered”  Thomas Jefferson. In present and
past there is the ever-popular notion that the American people are innocent of
the greed induced by banks and big business – how convenient yet biased and tragically
incoherent. We the people, not all but most are unfortunately in fact greedy. Time
and time again we bail out the very same people who feed us dirt, so that we
can eat more dirt, wipe our mouths with our dirty hands, and ask for seconds.
The culprit, the plague, the public enemy that fuels and supports the banks and
big business is American greed. When will we take ownership?


Paul Andrew Rouse

The Occupy Wall Street movement resembles a great since of unity
with the 99%. The 99% are people from all walks of life, young and old, the
middle class, working class and the poor. This public display of unity (of the
99%) is a great symbol of power and knowledge on behalf of the American people.
The voice that speaks out against corporate corruption and greed is necessary.
The OWS movement takes an important stand against corruption and greed by major
banks, financial institutions and multinational corporations.

The movement shows no matter what class background, national origin, age or
demographic, we the people still have a voice and our voice matters. I don’t
believe a few irresponsible wealthy individuals who make up the 1%, have the
right to change the rules of a global economy. I’m proud that the people in the
OWS movement recognize critical changes that are necessary in today’s society.
Moreover, I am proud that the people in the movement are standing up and
speaking out against corporate greed and corruption.  Hopefully, Occupy Wall Street will open the
eyes of the public at large and many generations of the 99% will prosper and
benefit as a result of the movement.

Paris R.Rouse