Recently I posted a bit of a primer on Occupy Wall Street consisting of quotes, links, and summations. I’m a reader – so I prefer textual materials. I can’t stand watching non-fiction video (e.g. news, documentaries), feeling I can more rapidly consume text…but I know many are more visual-oriented learners than I am…so here I am including a few videos I used at a recent Calvary Community College & Career gathering to discuss Occupy Wall Street. I think they provide a fairly good overview of the topic.
This is a very powerful video (00:01:31) attempting to explain what OWS is about using visual representations of disparities and injustices from an OWS perspective.
This is a short advertisement (0:00:33) created by some proponents for OWS. It provides brief blips from a few different individuals on what OWS means for them. It is professionally done.
This slightly longer video (00:04:25) features Elizabeth Warren prominently and is another view on the causes of the recent economic recession and explains the complaints of OWS proponents.
This video (00:02:21) provides a first-hand video account of riot police pushing Occupy Oakland demonstrators out. There is some brief strong profanity in this video along with some blood due to someone being hit by a rubber bullet in the face. Remember that the police have a difficult job to do. I do not want to defend their every action, but I also think it is important to recognize that they are sometimes being attacked violently as well, and are called to maintain a balance between swift and effective peace-keeping with reasonable methods.
The final video here (00:02:21) is from Eric W. Dolan on The Raw Story. He provides a brief clip of Pat Robertson, a conservative Christian personage, in which Robertson criticizes the OWS movement. Dolan couches this clip in criticism of Robertson and his position.
I hope these videos provide a brief yet effective guide to OWS and some of the issues surrounding it. If you have other videos you found particularly informative or powerful – I’d love to see them. Also, I am having a hard time finding good videos (of limited length) from an opposition perspective on OWS. Assistance in finding such videos would be appreciated…I do not mean to under-represent the opposition, but the results I find via searches, etc. whether in text or video are generally pro-OWS.
- Obama-Endorsed #OWS Occupy Wall Street Blocks/Bans Press (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Protests Shifting To College Campuses (huffingtonpost.com)
- Occupy Wall Street gears up for a big day: Thursday, November 17 (boingboing.net)
- Occupy Wall Street: Simple As You Want It to Be (businessweek.com)
- Russell Simmons Defends Jay-Z’s Occupy Wall Street T-Shirts (pitchfork.com)
- Occupy #OccupyWallStreet (buzzmachine.com)
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins Bryce Dallas Howard For a Screening, Then Occupies Wall Street (popsugar.com)
- Status Update on Seized Occupy Wall Street Library (batterrier.com)
- “In my view, it now makes little sense to be objective about Occupy Wall Street and its various,…” (underpaidgenius.com)
- Wall Street Protesters Now Occupy an Office [Occupy Wall Street] (gawker.com)
- Occupy Wall Street vs Tea Party (iwanticewater.wordpress.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Popularity Fading Bigtime (ken_ashford.typepad.com)
- WTO or Occupy Wall Street (slog.thestranger.com)
- Professional Mediator and Author of Elusive Peace Called Upon to Explain Dynamics of Occupy Wall Street Movement (prweb.com)
- Reiterating Occupy Changes (asecondcup.wordpress.com)
- “In relation to AP staff being taken into custody at the Occupy Wall Street story, we’ve had a…” (shortformblog.tumblr.com)