Corporate greed in the midst of increasing national poverty has inspired hundreds of students to camp out near Wall Street in Manhattan for going on over a week.
Occupy Wall Street began its encampment at Zucotti Park, also known as Liberty Square on Saturday, Sept. 17, claiming to represent 99 percent of the people in the country and protesting for an end to the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.
“The monster that is the corporations is a beast that wants to devour us all-and for maximum profit,” Councilman Charles Barron told the Amsterdam News. “The police need to get a brand-new assignment-rather than harassing young Black and Latino males, they need to stop and frisk Wall Street and watch the fraud and corruption just come tumbling out of their pockets.”
Occupy Wall Street is a boisterous and seemingly committed group that reflects the beginning of a movement from a bygone era. In their protests, race and class issues are also being brought to the forefront.
“Mic check,” said Ted Actie.
“Mic check,” repeated the crowd of 100 people at the protest, amplifying his voice without a loudspeaker. The people’s mic rang loud and clear.
“Please don’t repeat me,” said Actie, standing tall, a well-built Black man among a mostly white crowd at the general assembly on Monday.
“I’ll be damned if I go on a limb and then get treated as second-class citizen,” he said, referencing some of the issues he saw among protestors. “We have a problem just as much as you do. If the police come, they get us first...This right here is not America, it’s the new America. Put that sh** to the side...if we’re going to change America, we’ve got to change our mindset, and we all need to work together.”
“Solidarity,” responded the crowd.
While many have pointed out the mostly ...