Millennial Generation of Occupy Movement Aren’t Settling for Anything Less Than the “Earth-Shattering”
Unlike Obama, this movement, this generation is not caving. As Beka Economopoulous put it, they will not accept gains “a little baby drop at a time” and will wait to achieve something “Earth-shattering.”
I’m with them. I agree as well that the system is “broken,” including the voting, legislative, and petition processes which are rigged and orchestrated to a tune not benefiting anyone but the wealthy. But more than that, with the very life of the planet at risk in the unthinkably short term as it is, we need to stand firm. Everything, literally everything, depends on breaking free into a system that flows again and which will support life, not end it.
My generation demanded “Peace Now!” For every day of continued war meant more dead bodies. This generation’s demand–and yes, all you critics, they do have a demand–for “Democracy Now!” is even more urgent. For there are far more lives, all of them on this planet actually, that are at stake.
Occupy Wall Street: Stronger Without One Specific Demand
By John Talty | October 7, 2011 10:26 AM EDT
Much of the media attention on Occupy Wall Street has centered on the lack of singular demands and unification amongst the hundreds of protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park.
But Beka Economopoulous, an unofficial media spokeswoman for Occupy Wall Street, told IBTimes that she feels the lack of one specific demand actually gives the movement more strength.
“The longer the occupiers don’t have demands, the stronger they are,” said Economopoulous, a vice president at Fission Strategy, a social media company specializing in strategies for nonprofits and foundations. “I don’t believe there will be a stand on one particular reform that we want to see happen. We believe the system is fundamentally broken.”
That suspicion stems from a feeling that the political system is largely broken.
The movement, as noted by many, is quite diverse but does have a younger feel to it. The majority of the people at Occupy Wall Street are between the ages of 18-29 – a key demographic in a lot of ways. Only one in five 18 to 29 year olds voted in the 2010 midterm elections — allowing some to question the movement if the people involved aren’t exercising their civic duties.
“This is a Lost Generation and they feel that there is no legitimacy in the democratic process anymore,” Economopolous said. “It’s a post-apocalyptic generation that doesn’t have faith in anything anymore, including in voting.”
Instead of focusing on voting in local elections — which Economopolous compared to “a little baby drop at a time” — the Occupy Wall Street movement is an opportunity to create something “earth shattering.”