Occupy Wall Street: Protests can be beneficial to the community

By Anthony Szudarski

The anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) was just over a week ago. I’m sure a lot of people remember hearing about it on the news, or through gossip, and while many people disagree with the protests, I am not one of them.

I have a firm belief that protest shows the public that a group of people are not happy with the way things are.

Yes, there are proper channels to go through to show this dissatisfaction before protest, there is no doubt about that. But when these groups go through the motions and feel that nothing is being done, there is a need for a more public display.

This directly equates to OWS. Thousands of people felt that they were being silenced and neglected, that “fat cat” corporate CEOs had more pull in our society than anyone because of the size of their bank accounts, that the vast difference in the income of the “99 percent” to the “1 percent” was a way to keep the rich rich and the poor poor.

Last week, when the protestors returned, they had dwindled numbers but their hearts were still in the movement. According to ABC News, protestor Justin Stone said, “This is a movement. It’s only been a year.”

He, among the other protestors, know that change will not happen quickly, and that’s why they stay at it: to make sure no one forgets about this inequality and no one tries to sweep this problem under the rug as time goes on.

I can say I would like to see change happen. I’m not angry at the rich for having money or at the poor for demanding some. But when people say that anyone can become rich so long as they work hard enough, well, I call shenanigans.