Hopkins Academy

Occupy Wall Street: Why are they here?

In News on December 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Occupy Wall Street is a movement taking storm in the United States and other countries. The official Occupy Wall Street site calls itself “is a people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy.”

Nikki Angelo, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., greets inquisitive pedestrians at the Occupy Wall Street protest's welcoming table in the financial district's Zuccotti Park, Oct. 2, 2011, in New York. The table provides protest literature and an opportunity for new participants to join the demonstrations. Photo Credti: John Minchillo/AP Photo

Although their demands are not clear, their fight will not end any time soon. Nearing their 40th day in Zuccotti Park, the Occupy Wall Street movement is only gaining momentum. Spreading across the United States to cities and towns including Boston and even Northampton and Amherst. The movement has also spread across nearly every country in the world. A complete directory can be found here – http://www.occupytogether.org/directory/.

What the people of Occupy Wall Street stand for may not be clear, but why they are there is. They do not want jobs; they need jobs. As Ms. Bernier explained what the movement was, every student in the library sat captivated, not saying a word.


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