If you’re one of the many people who’s asked someone in the last week what Occupy Wall Street is all about, or someone in the last 12 hours what the tents on Foss are all about, and not received a satisfactory answer, hopefully this post will help. Below is a piece put together by Daniel Plafker and Coady Johnson, both ’15, that sums up both the motives behind the movement and Wesleyan’s involvement in a few paragraphs. Click through the jump for more words from them, myself, and a call to come to the info sessions at the Foss Hill tents, today and tomorrow at 5 PM:
Occupy Wall St: A Briefing
Wesleyan Students: This is a call to action!This past weekend, a group of more than twenty Wesleyan students heeded the call and descended on Wall Street to join more than two thousand protesters in an effort to occupy New York’s financial district. Our goal was to send a message to the world that the people would no longer tolerate a system in which the interests of corporate profits outweigh the needs and well-being of the masses.
What we helped to build when we arrived was an amazing and beautiful community, built on the long-term occupation of Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park (now renamed Liberty Plaza), modelled after the revolutionary occupations of Tahrir Square in Cairo and Puerta del Sol in Madrid earlier this year.
The community that has emerged is one of overwhelming love, respect and mutual cooperation, guided by a consensus-based decision making process and direct democratic assemblies through which we formulate demands and solutions. Good vibes abound, with drum circles and yoga sessions mingling with passionate marches and intense debate. Catch a glimpse of the magical atmosphere that is Liberty Plaza here (be sure to check out WesCelebs @ 2:39):