Occupy Wall Street originated in Zuccotti Park NYC. Once the protest got media coverage it started gaining satellites all over the US; first in large urban areas and moved to smaller cities. Many view the movement as a bunch of hippies who are free loaders who need to take a shower and get a job. This is often the portrayal painted by Fox News and many media outlets on the right. Yet if that were the case Tea Party members would not be among the members of the protest, and not in small numbers. While the movement has received a mixed reaction from the public, it has been heard all over the world. Occupy had an international day of action on November 17th. The amount of outcry heard all over the world was unprecedented in our present era. Not in history has the entire globe had a proportion stand up against corruption greed and a system that has exploited the average individual. This may seem exaggerated. However when you look at a map of the Occupy Protests world wide ( Click Here ) it gives a whole new perspective on the movement. A bunch of hippies who perform drum circles and don't have any demands doesn't catch on globally.
The Occupy Movement went global shortly after it began. However it did not engage in international action and solidarity as it has over the past few weeks. Individuals affiliated with Occupy movements here in the US are engaging with groups all over the world and showing solidarity with those movements. In the beginning the world was in solidarity with OWS. Now Occupy movements all over the US are in solidarity with the plight of those around the world. Presently there is one region that is receiving the most attention from Occupy movements here in the United States, what is known as Occupy Tahrir, or simply defending the Egyptian revolution.
The Egyptian revolution and the Occupy movement are inexorably linked. Egypt's revolution, and truly the Arab Spring, began with the youth revolting against a status qup that promised prosperity but was veiled in corruption, created a working class, and a ruling class. In essence, the Arab Spring is the inspiration for OWS. Individuals standing up against a system that is rigged against them, promises prosperity but in turn leaves them poor and preyed upon. This is exactly what the Arab Spring was all about. OWS simply gave it an American twist and gave it, in my opinion, better marketing, with the creed, "We are the 99%" In retrospect, one could argue that without the Arab Spring, there would be no Occupy Wall Street.
It is hard to go onto twitter and follow the Occupy movement and not run into Occupy movements here in the US from all different cities conversing with and showing solidarity with different Occupy movements all over the world. As previously stated, Egypt is by far has the most attention due to the brutal crackdown on the civilian population by the military. There are pictures all over twitter showing OWS movements showing solidarity with Egypt. ( San Fransico ) This is just one. This is creating a global network of, on the whole, young activists who are seeking change in their native country but have a common global resonance. Citizens of Japan, Germany, Egypt, Israel, South Africa, and New Zealand can all sit down and talk to one another about their common problems and ways to solve them. it is creating a scenario that if not impeded upon will soon lead to complete transparency of all things public, and some that are private. Soon if there is censorship going on in one country another country with activists who have the know with all and technology will give the oppressed people a life line, with cell phone cameras, mirror sites so their information can get out, even smuggling flash drives. Oppression will no longer be a hush hush affair, everyone will know about it all over the world.
This turn for OWS is melting with the movements around the world to create something new and different that the world has never seen. Never before have people been able to talk to others in countries across the globe so easily and so quickly. The internet is literally breaking down barriers. The youth growing up right now will not fall victim as easily to scare tactics about other groups of people from rogue nations half across the globe, because they talk to a few people from that country online. What OWS is doing is connecting all the activist groups from all over the world who feel oppressed by the corrupt systems of government and big corporations. it is creating a network of people and more importantly ideas and a way to disseminate information free of spin. After all, it's pretty hard to effectively spin in 140 characters or less.
Occupy Wall Street's most popular slogan, we are the 99% was originally directed at those here in the US. What they are just truly realizing is that they are becoming the 99% of the world. Not only does this problem exist here in the States but around the world. No doubt many knew this in the movement when it began, but I doubt many truly understood what they were about to accomplish with their unifying efforts and their common clarion call around the world. OWS may very well have been the shot heard round the world that brought together the disenfranchised into a solid block the likes of which the world has never seen, demanding fairness and a chance at prosperity which has been kept out of reach of the people. What is yet to come for OWS is a new chapter. There will still be protesters on the street marching, chanting, twinkling, practicing their own democratic experiment, and yes even some bongo drumming. But more important is what will be going on behind the scenes. You won't see it on the late night news of MSNBC, FOX news, or any other MSM outlet. All that will be heard will be the pitter patter of the key board, the networking between the disenfranchised of the world, breaking barriers cultures religions languages and all other conventional obstacles OWS with the help of the internet and modern technology will help create a network of individuals dedicated to a common cause. It is a prospect that the 1% is deeply frightened by.