On my walk home from school, I pass the tents and signs set up at Memorial Park. I look at the make shift campsite, and wonder if the people freezing their butts off every night are there to prove a point, or if they're there to be a part of the bigger movement. To one day be able tell their grandkids "Yeah, I was a part of Occupy, maaaannnnnnn."
Either way, for those who us who are unaware of their protest demands, the "Occupants" just look like a bunch of really dumb urban campers.
Looks like fun? Join us.
The problem with Occupy Winnipeg is; it's loosing momentum. Quickly. The focus is nearly is lost, and hardly there in the first place.
With the NYPD pushing the protesters out of Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), and the world moving on from the initial shock of people protesting something-but-we're-not-all-quite-sure-what. The trend seems to be dying out (and we all know it is a trend because Kanye West was there).
Other Occupy locations in Canada are beginning to be dismantled. This "revolutionary" movement already something we're going to look back on and laugh.
Today, while I was doing research in order to formulate my opinion about Occupy, I went to the Occupy Winnipeg Website (click to go to).
Any confusion I had about their demands, was now clearly spelled out in front of me with nice typography and good design.
In comparison to the Occupy Wall Street (click to go to) website, the Winnipeg website is more clear, and better put together. Suddenly, I felt more compelled to listen to what these peaceful protesters have to say.
Yep, and it's still nice out!
So here's what still makes me wonder; if they can get their shit together enough to organize a nice website, then why can't they get their shit together enough for us, in Winnipeg, to care?
What I'm trying to say is: the overall movement is to protest against economic and social inequality, right? And while I agree that the demands made by Occupy Winnipeg are large societal problems that should addressed.
However, social and economic inequality will always be there no matter if there are tents in front of the Leg' or not.
Call it pessimistic, call it what you will, but really these problems run much too deep for anyone to be able to protest them seriously.
But then again, maybe I'm wrong because there are thousands of people around the world doing it right now.
Wouldn't it be more effective to go volunteer somewhere, rather than go camping?!
Anyway, good luck out there guys! I'm off to my minimum wage paying job with a smile on my face.
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