Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Protesters of New York City

As most everyone has heard by now, several hundred protesters have been gathered at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, in the financial district for a few weeks. They say they are there for the long haul. Their movement is called, "Occupy Wall Street," though the police will not let them too close to Wall Street for obvious reasons. Several hundred have been arrested for civil disobedience and trying to obstruct traffic. On TV it sometimes looks like its getting out of control. What's going on here?
I'm not a political person but I will comment about this because it has to do with social justice. These protesters are reading the same articles and listening to the same commentary that I am. Some of it is infuriating. Recently I read the following and I can see how it would upset people who've lost jobs or homes to foreclosure. The article stated something like this.....CEO's of major corporations lay off hundreds of people and then those CEO's are given a large raise within the next year. The very rich, CEO's included are buying summer homes in expensive areas for millions of dollars, while middle class people are falling out of the middle class at a rapid rate.
Don't get me wrong, I like capitalism, I think it helped make our country great, but something is obviously wrong here. People need good jobs with a fair wage to support their families and give them dignity and purpose in life. Students need to be able to pay off their student loans without resorting to prostitution (which I was shocked to read at Huffington Post is actually happening in our country and it's not only a few cases). The title of the article, "Seeking Arrangement Using 'Sugar Daddies" To Pay Off Loan Debt," by Amanda Fairbanks sent me into a tailspin.
It comes back to greed, which is one of the seven deadly sins. Yes, that is one of the sins that the protesters are protesting against-corporate greed.
So the protests will continue and perhaps grow until corporations become more compassionate, a good jobs plan is passed and jobs stop being outsourced and more products are made in the USA and purchased by Americans. Common sense approaches that work to give people back their dignity and an opportunity for a better life.