Posts tagged ‘occupy’

November 3, 2011

Go Get ’em Oakland!!

So the word “occupy” has been springing up in everyday conversation with friends, which means it is becoming “sticky,” as Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point would describe the new craze. And I say craze because, having written my senior thesis on protests in the US, I came to the conclusion that protests spreads just like any other fad or fashion trend out there. It only takes a few celebrities to back the trend until the masses follow suit. And with major protestors like Noam Chomsky and Cornel West involving themselves in this movement, it was only a matter of time until almost every major city in America (and some outside of America) involved themselves in this major “Occupy x city” movement.

Aside from protests and their trendy factor, I also learned the characteristics of the ideal type of protestor. That is, the people who have less to lose simply because they have lost everything already. Most of the time, these are the students because they usually have no image yet created in the community and have no house or family to take care of. In other protests, it is literally the people who have lost their homes and jobs and have nothing to lose anymore so have no choice but to fight.

Enter Oakland, California:

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Full Article here
Ranked this year as the most dangerous city in California, Oakland is quite surely ranked as the most dangerous in terms of protests in California as well.

I can contribute this conclusion to the fact that people in Oakland are far worse off than, say, people in Long Beach where the population is huge but not ENOUGH people want to risk their livelihood for a protest. Things are getting bad in Oakland because they have all their cards out on their table. This is their last “Hoorah” for change.

Now, I am not disregarding the crime rate in this city and its contribution to the size and impact of their protests there, but the crime rate and the poverty rate go hand-in-hand and this is a true sign of people who are completely fed up with where they see their economy going.

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My hat’s off to you, Oakland.

Now You Know

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