On September 17, 2011 over 2000 protestor organized a rally on Wall Street to protest things such as the bank bail outs, the mortgage crisis, and some people were even there for Troy Davis. The protestors used social media and the internet to organize the protest. The protest is being called Occupy Wall Street but the protestors are referring it to it as the 99% vs. 1%: the 99% representing the poor and the 1% representing the wealthy. Protestors were mainly composed of recently graduated college students and those unhappy with the current distribution of wealth in this country. The protest was very peaceful until the police got involved. Over 80 people were arrested. Some people were arrested for wearing masks in the protests: a law that wasn’t use since the 1900’s, but the story doesn’t end there. It gets worst. The videos below explain it all.
Police brutality was the main story. People were body slammed, grabbed by the hair and pepper sprayed for reasons unexplained.
This story kind of reminds me of Morone’s Democratic Wish. We have stage 1, the status quo where the rich are few and the poor are many. Then we have stage 2, where people start to mobilize. People start to occupy Wall Street. And that’s where we are now. I believe the protests are still taking place but I personal don’t think we will see the next stage of the Morone’s Democratic Wish – New Political Institutions – simply because there is/was not enough media coverage. However, that is just my opinion. What are your thoughts?