Occupy: A movement for the people

By KARYN WALLIKER

It looks as though the deepening economic crisis may have put a dent in American apathy.

Spurred by rebellions across the Middle East and Europe last spring, the falling dominos have reached our doorstep. Finally, we can get a piece of some good old-fashioned civil disobedience.

On Sept. 17, citizens in New York City officially waged an occupation of Wall Street. They descended in a mass of thousands and planted roots in the concrete of the United States’ largest financial district.

They remain entrenched and have been joined in action by thousands more in cities across the country.

Banks, federal buildings, public parks and plazas are being occupied by protestors willing to brave the elements and risk arrest to get their point across.

The collective voice of the people wants to be heard. We will no longer support a government that economically favors the richest 1 percent of the population.

The unjust and outright criminal practices of financial institutions cannot be tolerated. We will not idly watch our futures sneak away as war agendas and corporate predators drain the national budget into obscurity.

Financial terrorists have hijacked the economy. Our hard-won democracy has been commandeered by corporate greed and crooked politics. We demand accountability for these acts against the American people.

News of the Occupy movement has been largely ignored by the mainstream media in a blatant display of allegiance to the corrupt financial moguls who the demonstrators are opposing.

They only slow the inevitable. News of the uprising has gone viral on social networks. Multiple websites are streaming live 24-hour footage protestors’ activities. Technology has made the revolution possible.

In the traditions of Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Occupy protesters are absolute in their commitment to non-violent resistance. We will not fight; we simply will not go away.

Local citizens have organized to show their support. Occupy Tucson will begin its official occupation of downtown’s financial district Oct. 15 at Veinte de Agosto Park. Working groups have been active for weeks preparing for an indefinite stay.

Like similar groups nationwide, we do not represent any particular social faction. Rather, swelling discontent has brought Americans of all walks and talks under the same umbrella.

Never have we had so much in common.

Guest essayist Karyn Walliker is a student at Pima Community College.

Demonstrators in the Occupy Tucson movement use signs to state their views. The protesters gather peacefully and pledge not to use violence.

Spectators gather in Viente de Agosto Park downtown to learn more about Occupy Tucson. The park is located near many of Tucson's major government buildings.

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