How To Support Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street is a worldwide movement for economic and social justice that began in New York City on September 17th. The brain child of Ad Busters, the occupation is now organized by the New York General Assembly and other demonstrations have sprung up around the world in solidarity with the NYC occupiers.
If you support Occupy Wall Street's call for People over Profit, here are some ways you can help support the occupiers in New York City and around the world:
Join a demonstration.
Demonstrations and protests in support of Occupy Wall Street have occurred around the world. One of the best ways to show your support is to join a local demonstration. Occupy Together is a website set up to help would-be occupiers in other areas find a nearby meet-up or demonstration.
Donate to support the protesters.
Donations help support the occupiers with food, water, and other needs. You can donate directly via the New York City General Assembly website or via crowdfunding websites such as WePay or Kickstarter. Following the #needsoftheoccupiers hashtag on Twitter is another way to discover ways to help.
Common Twitter Hashtags Used by Occupy Wall Street
Also check out #Occupy tags for nearby cities, such as #OccupyDenver, #OccupyLA, and #OccupyLondon.
The mainstream media, which is run by many of the same corporations the occupiers are protesting against, is making every effort to portray the occupiers as lazy, disaffected, and uninformed rabble rousers. Police brutality against peaceful protesters has already occurred in New York and Boston. By staying informed about what is going on at the protests and spreading the word among your family and friends, you can help protect the occupiers against the efforts of the status quo to silence their voices. Watch livestreams and Twitter hashtags, read blogs and news articles from every side of the political spectrum, and keep your eyes open.
Put your money where your mouth is.
Most important of all, sit down and think of some ways that YOU can change YOUR life to support your goals of economic and social justice for all. Here are some ideas to get started:
- Buy local. By buying products and services from locally owned businesses, you support your local economy, not some massive multinational corporation with no loyalty to any community or nation.
- Grow your own food. By growing some or all of your own food, you can reduce your dependence on the corporate system and move down the path towards greater self-sufficiency.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle. Fight against materialism, environmental degradation, and affluenza by following the three R's in your daily life.
- Join the Collaborative Consumerism movement. Collaborative consumption is a catchall term that includes many different ways to save money, reduce consumption, and build community, including peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing, P2P renting, bartering, swapping, fractional ownership, and more.
- Join a health insurance cooperative. Non-profit health insurance cooperatives are available in some regions of the country and offer affordable health insurance and more patient-friendly terms than most corporate-owned insurance providers.
- Move your money. Don't like the greed and cruelty of the Big Banks? Don't keep your money with them! To learn more about local banks and credits unions and how they can help create a more stable and just economy, check out the Move Your Money Project, Bank Transfer Day, and Slow Money.
- Start a small business. Small businesses create jobs and benefit local economies. Starting one is hard work, but for many, the rewards are well worth the effort. Don't know what kind of business to start? Check out The Ultimate List of Small Business Ideas for some ideas to get started.
- Vote! Stay informed about the issues and vote for candidates that truly share your ideals. If you can't find any, consider running for public office yourself.
Learn More About Occupy Wall Street
- Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution
The official website of Occupy Wall Street
- Occupy Wall Street
Information about Occupy Wall Street from AdBusters
- Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
Occupy Wall Street's manifesto
- Occupy Wall Street | Facebook
Occupy Wall Street's Facebook page
Occupy Wall Street on Twitter
- We Are the 99 Percent
A Tumblr posting messages of solidarity (and non-solidarity) with the occupiers.
- Organizing the Sept. 17th Wall Street Occupation
Occupy Wall Street on reddit
- OccupyTV's Channel - YouTube
A YouTube channel collecting videos from the occupations