I attended Occupy Philadelphia City Hall on 10/23/11. Occupy is the new form of protest where a mass of people literally occupy space. It can be city hall, wall street, the federal reserve, major street or route, a college campus or a front yard. As of the writing of this post, Occupy Wall Street has been going on for about a month and since I’m in New Jersey, I figured I head up there and occupy too. But in my head it was “one day” I’ll go up there. And then it hit me, the time is right now!
Why do I Occupy? Why do I care? In 2008, while living in a condo complex, my neighbors, a couple with two children under the age of four just walked away from their home. They cleaned the carpets and about a week later there was a foreclosure notice on their door. They just simply just walked away from their home they could no longer afford. This experience hit home so hard that I personally felt the affects of the banking crisis. And I didn’t own home. Little did I know about year a later, my landlord would lose the condo I was living in and I too was forced to leave my home.
When did we become a country of homeless working class parents? We work and have children but we have no homes. Something is morally and ethically wrong with that type of thinking.