I live in New York City, I was one of 700 people arrested for marching on the Brooklyn Bridge in protest of a corrupt political system heavily influenced by Wall street greed. But I purposely won’t be in New York City for Occupy Wall Street’s one year anniversary on September 17th, 2012. Instead I’m going to Washington D.C. to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of our constitution. Although not a perfect document, it holds within it the ability for the people to rise up and create the country they want to create. Unfortunately, Occupy Wall Street wants nothing to do with voting or registering people to vote thus I can no longer support the movement even though I was arrested for it.
Banging drums on Wall street, marching down Main street and having sit ins may bring awareness to the fact that our system is corrupt but if awareness is not followed by action i.e. voting, it’s meaningless. Some from the occupy movement have said that voting doesn’t matter, to them I ask: If voting doesn’t matter then why have states led by Republican governors passed so MANY voter suppression laws these past 2 years?
Claiming that voting doesn’t matter is a lazy argument and it’s very insulting to the groups of people who had to fight and die for the right to vote!