Occupying Our Attention

By Don Granese

The ‘occupy’ movement started out as a simple grassroots effort of a small group of people trying to unite the 99 percent against corporate America. Their efforts grew to a nationwide trend that garnered most of America’s attention certainly including the media. But now, the movement is slowing down.

The actual outdoor occupations seem to have halted naturally by the cold winter weather. For some protesters, camping outdoors in freezing temperatures just isn’t an option. But it seems as though the movement may have halted due to other factors.

When the movement was suddenly fueled by a viral social networking campaign it, like many other viral fads became dated and old news. In December of last year some of the protesters were vigilant to hold their ground even when cities like Boston, New York and Oakland sent in police squads to try and clear out public places like the parks that were occupied at the time.

As camps acros the country started to dwindle down to much smaller crowds the occupiers claimed that their fight was not yet complete. They would move their efforts to the web and remain influential through the same networking that had started the campaign to begin with.

Now it’s a question of where we can even find the movement today. Is it still a unified effort? It appears as though the 99 percent has now become the 88 percent or the 50 percent and now even the less than 1 percent.

In Greensboro, North Carolina the movement isn’t about a fight or a physical conflict. It’s about community. Young college students who join the group are sincerely interested in making a change. They join not only to make this difference, but to unite with people who share a common interest.

The efforts of the Greensboro group have been to create a bond between the ‘occupiers’ that could last through the winter. While their camp is no longer a large physical presence, their efforts have moved to the web. They have their own website that they continue to update and they use social media to tell their story.

While the occupy movement may be hard to find, it’s still there and it’s still pushing forward.


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