The Occupy Movement took their protests to a new level this week as people were spotted at various occupy events around the world with signs and placards protesting any talk of the United States going to war with Iran.
At one recent protest that was held in front of the Washington Convention Center dozens of protestors were spotted with signs that said: “They lied about Iraq, now they are lying about Iran”.
Medea Benjamin, one of the protestors at the Washington DC occupy event echoed the sentiment of the average American when he advocated diplomacy with Iran instead of military intervention.
Renewed Pressure on President Obama
Another positive side of the Occupy Protests is that the “occupiers” as they are known by the Republicans are renewing their pressure on President Obama to do something about Israel’s desire to go to war with Iran.
As of March 2012 Obama still stands by Israel like other United States Presidents and has said that he has “Israel’s Back” if war were to break out in the region.
No Longer Just Protesting Corporate Greed
The Occupy Movement started in 2011 to give American’s a voice against the corporate greed that had been taking place regularly in corporations around the country over the last five years. Thanks to former corporate “figureheads” like Bernard Madoff, who quickly fell from grace, more and more Americans were sick and tired of seeing reports on the nightly news about another company losing its investors’ money or running away with government bailout funds.
We Are The 99%
The key slogan of the Occupy Movement that many protestors latched onto in 2011 was “we are the 99%”. This slogan stands for the percentage of Americans who are hardworking, tax paying, middle class and unemployed, the backbone of the country. According to many economists, 1% of the richest families in the United States control the wealth in the country and they are also responsible for making decisions that affect the economy in the United States.
Thanks to the Occupy Movement more and more average people have an opportunity to have their say when it comes to corporate greed and become political activists instead of continuing to be armchair commentators whenever they watch the news.
Hopefully the Occupy Movement will continue to be a force in American politics for years to come, get more people to think for themselves and foster positive change in the United States.