Remember Marshall McLuhan’s “the medium is the message?” Well, the message that is prominent in the Occupy Wall Street movement is ”the movement is the message.”
It began Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park in New York and has now gone global. Our local protesters have held rallies for the past four weekends on the corner of 43rd Street and Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton.
The main message is that our country can no longer function as a democracy while 1 percent of our population controls 40 percent of the wealth. We are the 99 percenters, asking Congress to pass the jobs act bill, to repeal the Supreme Court’s amendment to the Constitution that allows corporations to have the same rights as individuals.
We need tax reform. We ask that Congress raise tax rates for the very wealthy and close tax loopholes for corporations.
We need to take the money from Wall Street out of politics. We demand an end to outsourcing our manufacturing jobs to other countries. We need a return to the tariff system and an end to free trade.
We need to create jobs by rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, such as bridges, schools, highways and levees; and to finance alternative energy businesses, such as wind, solar and biodiesel fuel.
The Bradenton protests have been peaceful, but arrests are taking place when protesters engage in acts of civil disobedience. Oakland resident Scott Ollsen has a severe brain injury and is still in the hospital.
We vow to stay on the streets until change has taken place. We are non-partisan and hope to remain so, but welcome action from Congress.
The next rally will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. We invite you to join us.
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