Occupy Wall Street is a protest against (among other things) corporate influence in America, which began in New York City on September 17, 2011. It was originally attended by around 1,000 protestors and has continued with varying numbers up to this day. It has also inspired sister protests across the nation. Today, on October 1, protests began in Asheville, NC. The protestors vow to continue their occupation until their demands are met.
Since their demands are varied, I interviewed a few of the protestors to get an idea of what they are most interested in. Here are the results of those short interviews.
*** Update *** I’ve returned to the Occupy Asheville protest, and have another round of photos and interviews: Occupy Asheville, Day 5.
When asked why she was attending, she gave this summary:
Here is Eric Helsley creating his sign, which read “WE REALLY WANT CHANGE”. When asked his reason for attending, he stated:
Franscheca told me that this was an extension of the Arab Spring, that it started in Egypt.
This is Kris. He told me his black flag was a symbol of the anarchist movement, and that it represented a nationless world, because it is blank. He is concerned about extreme concentration of weath.
This is Martin. He is concerned about the current state of democracy.
James is most concerned with the Troy Davis case, and is opposed to capital punishment. He has since researched other movements that are active inside the Occupy Wall Street movement, and has become part of the rally.
Ben Silverman feels that his generation has nothing to look forward to currently, due to a broken system. He also says that money goes to wars and bailouts instead of education, healthcare, jobs, or the environment.
This is Scott Stewart. Scott feels that in the end, we all want to live in peace.