Students are being beat with billy clubs, blasted with pepper spray from point blank range, having their skull fractured by a flash bang canister, the list goes on and on; and this is not the 1970s. The overwhelming majority of the OWS protests across the globe have been peaceful and have embraced civil disobedience and letting their voices be heard in mass assembly that the social contract we abide by has been rendered null and void. The images we all see on the news are chilling, hair raising, fill our hearts with such an intense emotion that our hearts begin to burst from all edges in hate, anger, empathy, and most importantly fear. What we all know deep down is that something is seriously wrong with what we see on the news and all around the country. Whether you agree with the OWS protests or not, the police brutality, the coordinated concerted efforts across state lines to take down OWS protests all over the nation simultaneously. Fox news and the conservative media outlets are smearing the movement with every chance they get; highlighting personal people and donations from liberal donors and union support. Even the lobbyists are getting in on the act and going to the banking industry with ideas of how to take down the OWS movement in fear that it will affect their bottom line and political power. It would be easy to find false solace that it will only get better, that we have seen the worst of the brutality and that the problems that OWS has presented, which they have, will be addressed. However, if history is any judge, that is hardly the case, and we are in for a rough winter.
There is no sign of the brutality, the beatings, the belligerent attacks on those who are protesting and exhibiting civil disobedience, will end. This is not a fairy tale in which there is a happy ending in only a few pages. We have the pen along with countless other writers putting our own unique mark into the pages of history. Until we come together and write with one hand, one stroke, one unified voice that we are the 99% and we demand change. There is something seriously wrong with this country, with this system that we have adopted over the last four decades. It is inherently corrupt and gives the majority of the public the short end of the stick. The game is rigged and those who hold the power, who put profit above people, will not relinquish their grasp so we the people will occupy to let our voices be heard. It is with this unified voice that we must not relent we must not relinquish our right to express our grievances. It is time to take a stand, if not now, then when?