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How To Support Occupy Wall Street

Updated on October 15, 2011
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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

#OccupyWallStreet

#OWS

#occupy

#needsoftheoccupiers

#99percent

Also check out #Occupy tags for nearby cities, such as #OccupyDenver, #OccupyLA, and #OccupyLondon.

Stay informed.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Fight against materialism, environmental degradation, and affluenza by following the three R's in your daily life.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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    • TotalHealth profile image

      TotalHealth 

      6 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Nice hub! OWS is a movement worthy of support.

    • CHyNCHyN profile image

      CHyNCHyN 

      6 years ago from Malaysia

      I don't know if the Occupy movement is still around.

    • peanutroaster profile image

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

      Good ideas. Voting is only the start. Don't vote and then go to sleep. You need to contact your representatives and tell them how you feel. Call them, write them, send them emails, visit them in Washington. Put the issue in the subject and your "vote" on the issue. They are suppose to represent the people not corporations but corporate lobbyists have the money to spend if everyday citizens don't bother to express their views then the lobbyists are the only thing they hear.

    • road2hell profile image

      road2hell 

      6 years ago from Linden, AB

      Ever hear of scams? That's what Big Banks are. And I'm tired of "buyer beware". It should be "seller beware"!

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      LogicalThinker 

      6 years ago

      " Don't like the greed and cruelty of the Big Banks? "

      Cruelty? The bank is not your Mom. The bank does not chain you to a railroad track or call you names. You may not agree with their business practices, but that's hardly cruelty.

    • politicalzealot profile image

      politicalzealot 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      How OWS handles itself in the next 48 hours is going to be extremely important after their eviction from Zuccotti Park. Things will be interesting!

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great sorce article for the movement. Thanks.

    • gabgirl12 profile image

      gabgirl12 

      6 years ago

      I thought about supporting Occupy Wall Street but I recently read that in my area folks were told not to report if they were victims of crimes due to being part of the demonstrations. What concerns me is that Occupying Wall Street is being seen as rebelling against authority when it isn't because of the confrontations with the Police. I wonder if those who are telling people not to report if they are victims of crime realize the jeopardy they are putting people in? And can someone please explain the logic in this?

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      progressivist 

      6 years ago

      I'm supporting my local Occupy movement with sharing my skills, collecting donations, and, of course, writing about my visits there and publishing the observations here on HubPages! Also, http://donate.firedoglake.com is helping the protesters with union-made USA products. Thanks for bringing all these resources together!

    • Xenonlit profile image

      Xenonlit 

      6 years ago

      This is the kind of info that people need to read. Well done.

    • raycamper profile image

      raycamper 

      6 years ago from North Minneapolis, MN

      Great Hub, and thank you for the links, they are so helpful!

    • travis pickern profile image

      travis pickern 

      6 years ago from Grants Pass

      Good job. Thanks for the info

    • pinkdaisy profile image

      pinkdaisy 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! These are great ways to support Occupy Wall Street!

    • Imogen French profile image

      Imogen French 

      6 years ago from Southwest England

      Great hub, KerryG. It does seem that the media is doing its best to discredit the protestors, who are mainly peaceful people with a very valid point.

      Here is a link to a pressure group who are running a worldwide petition in support of the the protestors:

      http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?cl=1...

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      Brian L. Powell 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      This makes things a little clearer for me. Thanks

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