What are you protesting?
Most people who support Occupy Boston call for reforming Wall Street and removing special interest from government, but there no one single issue or demand that summarizes our movement. People are dissatisfied with how our country is being run and want fundamental, lasting change of many kinds.
The above was pulled from the Occupy Boston website. From what I’ve observed and encountered, much of the movement (at least in Boston) is focused on “removing special interest from government” — people are mad at how our democratic system is influenced by Wall Street and wealthy corporations. Similarly, occupiers seem frustrated by our current democratic system — this is particularly evident at General Assembly meetings, where a consensus process highlights a sort of democratic idealism. Of course, this is not all that the Occupy movement is concerned with, but it definitely plays a large role. I typically think of myself as apolitical, but this issue resonates with me.
The following list of issues addressed in the movement was also pulled from the Occupy Boston website (note: this list is by no means all-encompassing nor does it reflect the views of everyone involved):
All documents created by this Working Group are DRAFT until it is approved by the GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
- Constitutional Reform
- Economic Regulation
- Election Reform
- Start a Third Party
- Human Needs/Rights
- International Relations
- The Smedley Butler Amendment For Peace
- Sovereignty and Law
- Proportional Representation
- War on Drugs
- Third World Debt
- Foreign Aid
- how it contributes to regional conflict
- food/medical service distro and contribution to deprivation / violent corruption
Admittedly, I do not know much about the state of affairs in the political world today —it’s never been something that I’ve thought to concern myself with (entirely reckless given that I am of voting age, I know….) — but Occupy has inspired me to become a little more educated.
Maybe Occupy Boston will knock me out of political apathy, maybe it won’t. At the very least I will come away from the movement a little more informed.