One movement that materialized in 2011 attempting to mitigate joblessness and economic oppression experienced by the college-grad demographic also had no solution for relief. You recall the movement that embodied the voice against the wealthy and getting wealthier 1%; it was Occupy Wall Street. I tracked this loose assembly on Twitter and across the media for their two-year run and came to my own conclusion: OWS was a counterfeit movement frayed by a confused ideology. I believe that the counterfeit will soon be followed by another movement characteristically more aggressive; it will be validated and receive support from institutions and organizations and work in alliance with sub-cultures that demand recognition of their particular so-called oppressions.
What OccupyWallStreet inherited, philosophically, was an ambition and obligation to also incorporate a religious and ideological component; their only safe and easy targets were Republicans and Christians. Likewise, The Arab Spring was rooted in overcoming religious oppression. The United States issues are political and economic but are in reality, social and religious.
The next movement, on the next iteration, will certainly retain its comprehensive economic overtones concerning inequality but likely carry the analogy to victimization joined by those locked in racial, immigration and sexual rights issues. Could it be possible, too, that following after President Obama, himself a promoter of activism, that our next President identifies his/ her platform as a Movement Leader? There is another movement on the move.
Although in the Great Recession after losing my career and retirement safety net, I didn’t find it necessary to join a movement. I job searched endlessly and worked low-wage jobs, leaving behind $41/hour for $9.10/hr. Now outside of corporate walls I began to focus on all the “other” voices in the world and our nation - we were changing to a nation of the movements which I elaborated in The Only Fields That Matter, published in 2014.
The Occupy Wallstreet Movement captured my attention in 2011 for one reason only: it seemed to be heralding the coming of a more ideological, more centralized, more victimized movement based on social injustices perceived by a younger American generation raised on social medias. They didn’t want to be Democrats or Republicans – they wanted liberties without restraint and responsibility. In other parts of the world the Arab Spring movement spread to 21 nations preceding Occupy Wallstreet only by a few months; as you can see from this timeline. The chaos in the Arab Spring uprisings always began in street protests. Presently, this new movement I believed in 2011 was forming – neither Democrat nor Republican - are now protesting in US city streets: not my President-Not my country.