Wall Street is well known as the centre of US economy activities. However, Wall Street-DC is also seen as the symbol of inequality, not only in the matter of economy but also social. Then, there is OWS movement, Occupy Wall Street. What kind of movement is it? Let’s getting to know OWS further.
• First Held on 17 September 2011
This movement was started in 2011, on 17 September for the precise date. The date was chosen because they want to give an honour to the victims on World Trade Center bombing on September 11 2001. That also why the movement was taken place near the WTC, just around two blocks away.
• The Biggest Reason
This movement’s biggest reason is just because of the unequal economy condition in the US itself. After the bombing of WTC, the US tried the best way to restore the economy condition but it couldn’t be denied that this situation had already affected the world’s economic condition too.
As a powerful country, the US fall in the economy will also affect other countries. There was a crisis in many countries, where the gap between the middle-low class people and the rich one become bigger. The middle and low class cannot get their rights such as minimum wage, but the rich people become richer than before. This is the biggest concern of the OWS movement. They demand the US government to solve this problem.
• Another Main Reason
It’s not only because of the economic condition, but it is also because of social condition which is affected by that economy condition. It happened in the US back then, when the rich people can somehow “persuade” the government to make the laws that will be beneficial for them. This is a disadvantage for the middle and low class because their voice cannot be heard by the government and they don’t have any power against them.
This chaos motivated the OWS where there were thousands of people marching and camping in the area of Wall Street. They wanted to be heard by compiling their voices together. Now, this movement continues. Although, many people already think that the US economy and social condition are better than before, many of them still want to stand for the better condition for people in other countries.
After getting to know OWS further, it can be understood why people do that kind of movement in order to achieve what they want. It is not a bad thing either to do the movement since the goal is for humanity.