LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-thinking Occupy Wall Street

Adam Johnson

So, what is the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS)? All many know about the OWS protestors are that 1.) They camp, and 2.) They call for a “change” — whatever that entails. OWS claims to represent the 99 percent, but most WKU students might argue that the movement doesn’t represent them. Furthermore, some may even propose that the movement doesn’t represent anything at all.

Contrary to popular belief, the OWS movement is not class warfare — the most fundamental element of the movement is universal inclusiveness. OWS is an expression of genuine frustration regarding a system that failed us all by being susceptible to corruption — by evolving into a government that exclusively responds to money rather than its people. It’s about the general dissatisfaction — whether you vote Republican, Democrat or third party — that nothing seems to change. It’s about not accepting what has become a democracy only in name. Politics no longer have power — they serve power.

A sign one OWS protestor holds reads, “The most hopelessly enslaved are those who falsely believe they are free.” Am I ready to say that we are enslaved? No, I am not; however, I do believe there is a sickening indifference that keeps us separate and bound. I feel that we no longer believe that together we can make positive change. The movement’s aim is to create a diverse dialogue that will reintroduce positive change as a priority.

On May 1st, the Occupy Wall Street movement is calling for a national worker and consumption strike. It is intended to put the power back in the hands of the people. Together, we are not hopeless.

Adam G. Johnson,