Unit 9 Ss236: People Power and Politics: an Introduction to American Government

Topics: United States Declaration of Independence, Government, Protest Pages: 5 (1947 words) Published: October 31, 2012
Unit 9 Final Project
SS236: People, Power, and Politics: An Introduction to American Government Kaplan University
February 29th, 2012

The Occupy movements have sprung up all over the world because citizens are fed up with their countries current situation and believe a real change can be achieved through the coordination of non violent actions and self-managed alternatives. They believe for example; that another world is possible, where nobody has to die of hunger while others throw food away.

“We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.” (OWS 2011)

When reading the Declaration of Occupation it does appear to get into different areas but most of the focus is on corporate power. Other subjects are Democracy and what it means today , Economic justice, Environment, Human rights (including free practice of religion, women’s rights), National and ethnic identity (including anti-colonial struggles) and Peace. Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is part of the global movement that attempts to address the underlying economic issues creating the suffering of the "99%" by the "1%" elite. It began with Occupy Wall Street after the economic downturn and the injustices unknown to the public at the time. The idea was to create public space to air out the people’s grievances publicly and openly. Sometimes the solution comes from the exposure of the problem. OWS attempts to broaden its base, resist manipulation, attacks, and attempts to include various causes of sufferings while highlighting the global profiteering abuses of the 1%.

Occupy Tampa Being required to do another project on this topic has become a big problem there are only 78 occupy members in Tampa in a population of approximately 335,709 and the numbers are dwindling. Possibly the police arrested 29 people and they used the city ordinance law to stop protests in our public parks. So I did a lot of research on different subjects so I could relate more to what they were trying to do. However, fortunately for Occupy Tampa a local private park owner had allowed them to set up camp at his park that is The Freedom Voice Park. Although they have a free reign there they do work at keeping the park clean and uncluttered but it does give them a good base for their activities.

Also, in January the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act, this dangerous new law can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured outside of war, many people freaked out. These people think that in part because the law as written is entirely too vague, the law will be used to indefinitely detain US citizens domestically, it is written to allow the detention of US citizens abroad as well as foreigners without trial. So if you were a protester you might be considered a danger to society and get arrested and subjected to this new Act. When I went to the January 21st Community Support Rally, I asked a guy named Dwight what he thought about NDAA and he said “OWS believes it is unconstitutional. We can try to abandon politics as usual and focus on electing politicians who care more about curtailing government excess than expanding government power endlessly in our never-ending War on Terror”.

However, there is an event calendar on the Occupy Tampa web site which showing different meetings and events etc. I searched the event calendar to try and find one that would relate to my unit three project and found a Community Support Rally on 29th January at The Voice of Freedom Park, where I attended the first time. In preparation for this event I did a lot of research and also read the city ordinance laws. I also used a tape recorder so I could collect...

References: Lang, M. (2011) Police arrest 29 Occupy Tampa protesters after asking them to vacate park. The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved 2/18/2012 from web site; http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/police-arrest-29-occupy-tampa  protesters-after-asking-them-to-vacate-park/1204486
Occupy Tampa (2012) Community Rally and March . Retrieved 2/18/2012 from web site;
Occupy Tampa (2012) Rally and March over the Internet. Retrieved 2/18/2012 from web site;
OWS NY (2011) Declaration of Occupation. Retrieved 2/18/2012 from web site; http://www.occupytampa.org/announcements/declaration-of-occupation/#more-1024
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