The OccupyWallStreet movement, spearheaded by OccupyTogether is gaining momentum. Â Youth are taking to the streets in droves, rejecting the current economic order rooted in corporate and political greed, and are seeking to redefine the future of the United States. Â As the Guardian explained:
We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Â Perhaps, it’s not surprising. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the real priority of those running the world for the last few decades has not been creating a viable form of capitalism, but rather, convincing us all that the current form of capitalism is the only conceivable economic system, so its flaws are irrelevant. As a result, we’re all sitting around dumbfounded as the whole apparatus falls apart. Â It’s clear that the rich are determined to seize as large a share of the spoils as remain, tossing a whole generation of young people to the wolves in order to do so.
And the purpose of OccupyX? Â Their agenda is not clear cut (to be expected with a new movement like this) but according to Piers Morgan (CNN), the majority of Americans agree with their demands. Â OccupyX explains their agenda as such:
Through a direct democratic process, we have come together as individuals and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include but are not limited to:
- Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
- Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
- Recognizing individualsâ€™ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions;
- Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
- Redefining how labor is valued;
- The sanctity of individual privacy;
- The belief that education is human right;
- and Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source.
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