“I don’t have it easy, but I make it my responsibility, to express positivity, for myself and everybody.” – Mooch
You know how I do, I write what’s real and honest in a minimalist and easy-to-understand fashion, a little bit like my current lifestyle. Allow me to explain a couple points regarding the global Occupy Movement, why it’s important, why it’s getting more negative coverage than positive, how I am supporting it and why you should too.
What is the Occupy Movement?
In short, the Occupy Movement is a physical display of the people’s frustration for the obvious corruption their respective government has pushed upon them for too long a time. The people literally occupy their local government buildings, banks and any other high-profile locations by literally sitting, standing and/or camping onsite, until a real change takes place. In all honesty, this is literally the one and only way we the people can take back our rights, our freedoms, and reestablish true democracy and fairness throughout our world.
If you’re unaware, you need to understand that the media; newspapers, tv shows and online blogs, are a business. They are not interested in what’s factual, or what’s fair, they are interested in what every living and breathing business is interested in – profit. Without profit, there is no business. It really is that simple.
The majority of people love turmoil, the unpredictable, the shocking, the abnormal. We are curious creatures, and want to know what’s going on, whether it’s true or not, even if we think we really don’t want to know. That is why the news is the most watched genre on television. And that is why the media will always dig for the scandals and negative points of view on any given situation. It sells subscriptions, it pays for salaries and furthers their influence on the people. And the government is on their side.
The most talked about description of the occupy people, at least throughout the United States, is in reference to hippies. Why? Because the media knows this is the easiest way to piss you off, whether you’re a supporter of the Occupy Movement or not. Society doesn’t like hippies. Society thinks a hippy is an unbathed, immoral, drug using lazy SOB. Well guess what, whether that’s 10% accurate or 90% accurate, it is absolutely irrelevant to the movement, and to the change we all want and deserve. We need those hippies, we need my generation, the 20somethings, to occupy the city halls, the banks and the parks, because the rest of the population are either spending their days and nights looking for employment, or working 10-16 hour shifts waiting tables and working security, or running small businesses, which is the bread and butter of this once beautiful country. And by the way, many of the occupiers do have homes, jobs, or businesses of their own!
It’s the hippies that live without the expensive cars, that save their money by living organically, and are not concerned with name brand bullshit, that are the people who can start, and actually effectively create change for all of us. You don’t have to agree with their lifestyle, but you can’t ignore the commonality between the hippy, and you. You both want a beautiful life for your kids. You both want transparency and fairness. You both want your vote to actually count towards something.
Now that I have opened your eyes a bit, you should also know there’s nearly 1,700 cities around the world who are taking part in the Occupy Movement right this minute, and it’s growing quickly! Doesn’t that show you that this isn’t small potatoes? Doesn’t that negate the bias headlines the media publishes? Every circumstance throughout the history of mankind has had a bad seed in the crowd. So when you hear about someone taking a dump on a cop car, please note that is only the village idiot, not the whole village.
How I Support
I created a poster for the movement entitled FREEDOM which I will post at the end of this article for download. It’s currently being used throughout many social media outlets, forums and websites such as OccupyTogether.org. I visited Occupy Los Angeles a couple weeks ago, where I passed out bags of fresh fruit to help spark conversation, and learn more bout the movement from the source. And I write blog posts such as this one, to help others stick to the facts, and remember why this global revolt is taking place. We want change – not Obama Change.
How You Can Support
- Search for Occupy (input your city here) on Google, Facebook & Twitter and learn what your local occupation is doing, and how you can learn/join/support.
- For relevant and raw videos, photos and forums, I recommend visiting OccupyTogether.org as they are the one-stop-shop for all occupations, both locally and abroad.
- Support your own community by transferring all your hard-earned money from your Bank of America, Chase, CitiBank and Wells Fargo accounts, and deposit it into your local Credit Union before ‘Bank Transfer Day’ on November 5th. Be one of the 31,000 others who liked the Facebook page here. The people that work at credit unions are community volunteers. They actually like and appreciate your business. You are the reason why they are employed, not the government. So you’re guaranteed relevant customer service every time you walk in.
- Stay Passionate. Stay Positive. Stay Informed.
I encourage you to spread this article throughout your Facebook and Twitter social media streams. If you don’t want people to know these simple yet relevant words are coming from a homeless guy living in his car in Los Angeles, then simply copy and paste the verbiage prior to this paragraph. Enlighten the people around you by showing them that something big and righteous is taking place, and they can and should get involved. This is a movement, a revolt, a physical display of our love for our country, ourselves and our future. We give a damn! And if you do as well, you will share this post.
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