Social Stratification

Topics: Social class, Protest, Working class Pages: 4 (1136 words) Published: July 10, 2012
The Occupy movement has been described as a movement where people utilize protest to voice their demands regarding equality for all in relation to power and economy (Maxwell). Some refer to Spain and the Indignant movement in May of 2011 as the beginning of the Occupy movement internationally. The Spanish protestors shared a common dissatisfaction with the lack of representation by their political parties, corruption of government created by the increased influence of economic power in politics, high unemployment rates, and bank bailouts. The Indignant protesters demanded corruption cease and true democracy be established (Rainsford).

But the majority view Occupy Wall Street as the first protest to receive major coverage sparking the Occupy movement across the United States as well as eighty-two other countries within a matter of weeks. Occupy Wall Street began on September 17, 2011 which was held in Zuccotti Park in New York City. It was initiated and promoted by an anti-consumer, pro-environment group based in Canada named Adbusters. Adbusters initiated an email to all their subscribers to gather in a peaceful demonstration on Wall Street to protest against corporate influence on democracy, a growing disparity in wealth, and absence of legal repercussions behind the recent global financial crisis (Fleming, Yardley).

I have listed some of the messages printed on the posters used in many of the Occupy movement protests.
We are the 99%
Fix Our Schools
Stop Corporate Greed
Stop blowing our money on Wall Street
Your wealth, our health
For Sale – America
Congress is selling your money to Wall Street
Get a job you say? Kindly give me one then!
Shut down capitalism, fight for socialism
99% = income inequality and wealth distribution
I discovered numerous issues that concerned participants of the Occupy movement. I have elected to name the most common concerns based on the...

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Fleming, Andrew. "Vancouver Courier." Adbusters Sparks Wall Street Protest. Vancouver Courier, 27 Sept. 2011. Web. 25 Mar. 2012. .
Maxwell, Kerry. "Occupy." Definition of Occupy Movement, BuzzWord from Macmillan Dictionary. MacMillan Dictionary, 31 Oct. 2011. Web. 19 Mar. 2012. .
Rainsford, Sarah. "Spain 's 'Indignants ' Lead International Protest Day." BBC News. BBC, 14 Oct. 2011. Web. 19 Mar. 2012. .
Yardley, William. "The Branding of the Occupy Movement." New York Times, 28 Nov. 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2012. .
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