Occupy Wall Street Movement Essay examples

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The Occupy Wall Street Movement that began in New York Sept. 17 and has since spread like wildfire across the world has made an undeniable impact on the social and political climate of the Upper Midwest. | With various Occupy protest committees continuing to spring up across Minnesota and North Dakota, many working people in the region who, previously, might not have come together on other political issues say they have found common ground in the Occupy Movement.

Union, non-union, white collar, and unemployed workers are learning to work together towards severing, what protesters describe as, a dangerously cozy relationship between Wall Street and Washington D.C., that has undermined democracy in the United States and across the
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In the meantime, the group has coordinated with “Occupy Bemidji, as the first two towns on the Mississippi to conduct informational picketing on bridges spanning the river.

“One thing we all agree on is the need to support local businesses, says Thoresen. We want to support local businesses in opposition to the corporate take-over of small businesses in our community. These big corporations get these huge tax breaks, they don’t pay a living wage, and the money they make doesn’t even stay in the community.”

Organized labor has played an active role in participating in the Occupy Movement, though, according to Ness, has been respectful of the need to not be seen as attempting to co-opt the Occupy movement into its own campaigns.

Bicking seems to concur: “You know, I’ve definitely seen and felt the presence of organized labor at various events. The momentum from labor seems to be generated from the members, though, not from union staff. I’ve seen a lot of SEIU, AFSCME, and Teamster members down at the Peoples’ Plaza at various points (Minneapolis) and they have coordinated some amazing turn-out for some of the marches.”

On Oct. 14, the labor sponsored organizations, Minnesota Wants to Work, and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy joined with Occupy Minnesota to coordinate a rally and march in downtown Minneapolis that drew

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