Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you know that there is an ongoing demonstration not that far from the Essentia showroom in New York. Occupy Wall Street is a series of protests and demonstrations against the corporate greed and social structure of our society today…AND I’M 100% BEHIND IT!
For years, I have been frustrated with how our government allocates OUR hard earned money and failing to address issues here in OUR country. The educational system is flawed, the financial system is broken and the everyday nicer people are the ones paying for it. In order to get a better education, you have to submit to the will of loans after loans if you don’t qualify for financial aid (which at this point, it feels like no one does). Capitalism is seriously not the american dream…it’s a nightmare. This is my best guess but I’d say 75% of the money in the U.S. is held by 10% of the population, and that’s me pulling figures out of the air.
My opinions and frustration led me to sympathize with the Occupy Wall Street movement. I’m realistic though, it’s going to take more then a bunch of people sitting in a park to change how things are done but I think it’s a good start. If this doesn’t happen, we go unheard.
I was a late addition to the march from Zuccotti Park to the Brooklyn bridge. I work and because of my responsibilities, I wasn’t able to join the Occupy Wall Street march on time but I was determined to at least show up. I had friends meet me at Herald Square and we made our way to the Brooklyn bridge to join stragglers of the protest march. Sure enough, people were still out there in full force. We chanted, we sang and laughed…it was a great time…until police almost arrested me for arguing with them because they arrested my friend. I got lucky because I was carrying my (expired) military ID (which is another thing wrong with the U.S.)
I know I’m just one person and my contribution was probably insignificant but to finally put a voice to my troubles has allowed me some small measure of peace. Even though I’m not out there in the street, Wall Street friends, I’m there in spirit. Good luck to us all!