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Friday, September 22, 2023

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Wall Street protestors speak for Coogs

For the past few weeks, protesters have been gathering in larger and larger numbers along the sidewalks of Wall Street. It’s about time.

For far too long, Americans have been sitting on the sidelines just waiting and hoping for things to get better. Citizens sat on their couches, tightening their fists in anger as they watched the news reports about the tanking economy, the rising unemployment, and the greed and corruption in Wall Street that drove us into this situation and walked off, scot-free, avoiding any of the ramifications of their decisions. There’s no way the country should let them get away with it.

To date, over 700 peaceful protesters have been arrested for making a stand against economic corruption.

But their point has been made, and as the protesters gather support, people across the country are banding together to send politicians and the wealthy who pay for their policies one message: we won’t tolerate it any longer.

The sentiment has sparked solidarity protests in major cities everywhere in the US, with Chicago, Los Angeles and even Houston joining in. These efforts show that Americans are still willing to take a stand for their beliefs, and that the vast majority of Americans are tired of the blatant robbery and inequalities that the wealthiest individuals of the US have left behind for us to suffer.

It’s tough to believe that the nation still operates as a democracy when the laws and policies that our politicians have instated done nothing to help its citizens, and do everything to benefit the corporations. When elections no longer serve the people, the only way we can ensure our voices are heard is through protest.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “the issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” The country has shifted in a direction that undermines the principles on which it was built upon, and it needs to be brought back. The Occupy Wall Street protests are a necessary and important step in the democratic process to make sure that America is still a country by the people, for the people.

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