Monday, December 3, 2012

Pamphlet Handout

Here is an idea I've created to better explain the impact of OWS as a new wave of protesting through social media.  It explains how much OWS has effected the social media and its impact, how much it has impacted everywhere other than NYC, and the numbers of their followers, peers, and members through various social media tools. 

1st side

2nd side

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Get to know the 99%

Along with various photos from the "We are the 99%" blog, they have also added a short video of the people who are part of the movement. Here you get to meet the members on a personal level, where they tell their words to the camera.  Some are young, old, black, white, hairy, bald. Whatever the case, they aren't just "hippies."  Many have had a prestigious education.  They have families, previous occupations, worked hard to keep ends meet, and many of them still have a smile on their face.

Just to get an idea of what the 99%ers are up against, here is a diagram taken from the occupy wall street tumblr.  The diagram compares their movement with the Tea Party movement.

What the Heck Has #OCCUPY Done So Far?

If your wondering what Occupy Wallstreet has done, heres a website that provides the most straight forward answers to that one question.

The site is simple. It simply generates various sources of what occupy movement, whether it be in New York, California, or Florida, and posts the actual activity that occupy movement has done. It also includes the source to where you can find the information piece. To go to the next source, you simply click the boxed link which will usually have different responses like "I can do that in my sleep. what else?"

Here are some posts:

Occupy Our Homes, a national coalition of Occupy-affiliated groups, has stopped numerous illegal foreclosures across the country.

Protesters organized a Bank Transfer Day, which helped credit unions add over 650,000 new members in one month (as opposed to 80,000 in a regular month), resulting in more than $4.5 billion in new deposits.

Protesters have interrupted and stopped numerous foreclosure auctions by peacefully singing.

Occupy the Farm and Occupy Berkeley have created a farm from vacant land, allowing previously unused space to be accessible and beneficial to the local community.

Despite the fact that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo campaigned on the promise that he would not enact a “millionaire’s tax,” protesters hounded him at every single stop in NYC, and set up an encampment across from the capitol in Albany. New York State now has a millionaire’s tax. You’re welcome.

Occupy Buffalo successfully lobbied to have the City of Buffalo move $45 million out of an account with JP Morgan Chase, and to transfer the money to a smaller regional bank.

Here is the site- what the heck has occupy done so far?

Who are the 99%?

Not many who view the OWS movement know who are the 99%ers are.  Many consider them "old dirty hippies" or homeless folks, or the lazy half of the country. But one website challenged that general view, a view most see on traditional media outlets like television news shows.  "We are the 99%" is a tumblr website that shows just who these 99%ers are.  These people, according to the website, are: 

"someone who doesn’t know whether there’s going to be enough money to make this month’s rent. You’re someone who gets sick and toughs it out because you’ll never afford the hospital bills. You’re someone who’s trying to move a mountain of debt that never seems to get any smaller no matter how hard you try. You do all the things you’re supposed to do. You buy store brands. You get a second job. You take classes to improve your skills. But it’s not enough. It’s never enough. The anxiety, the frustration, the powerlessness is still there, hovering like a storm crow. Every month you make it is a victory, but a Pyrrhic one — once you’re over the hump, all you can do is think about the next one and how much harder it’s all going to be."

The following photos taken from the website of ordinary people who have gone through various life experiences that have been difficult, harsh, and just down right upsetting of things no human being should have to go through. 


Occupation Undermine OWS: Mainstream Media vs. Occupy Wall Street

This video discusses the general view from mainstream media of OWS

Here is a video clip of Fox News bashing OWS

Fox News is the biggest news conservative corporation, which they believe gives them more ground to ridicule liberals.  Yes they actually went to cover OWS, but in their way.  Simply covering something doesn't always show the facts.  That is the problem sometimes with tradition media.  social media has rapidly integrated into our everyday lives, allowing us to speak for ourselves whenever we want with no limits.  Traditional media is usually taking a general idea and making it a one way deal. "Fair & Balanced" is not the case for Fox News.  Just because you say something doesn't make it either right or passible for accuracy.

Occupy-One Year Later

Occupy is a network. Occupy is a metaphor. Occupy is still alive. Occupy is dead. Occupy is the spirit of revolution, a lost cause, a dream deferred.

These were the many rumored beliefs of where Occupy Wall Street was headed.  Heres is a video that shows just how strong they still are after 1 year.


We Got This (Occupy Sandy) from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.

The occupy movement has become something for the people.  Occupy Sandy is exactly that.  The Occupy movement have shifted gears in an effort to help their fellow 99%ers.  In this video, it will show what the occupy movement is doing to help out others in their time of need after Hurricane Sandy.