Happy Birthday Occupiers, you survived your first year.
On Sept. 17, 2011, citizens of the United States took a fiscal turn by venturing to corporation greed and demanding answers.
Many believe the Arab Spring inspired Americans to take to the streets in their communities and demand change.
On Monday, the NY Times reported demonstrators gathered around the stock exchange to form a human wall to protest what they said was an unfair economic system that benefited the rich and corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens.
What first started as a few individuals fed up with tax breaks and bailouts became a lasting domino affect, hitting every city in America.
While many believe the Occupy movement was a hoax for those who are looking to point the finger and blame someone else for their laziness, many celebrities chose to stand with the 99 percent, a nickname used by Occupiers for those who are not part of the wealthy 1 percent in America.
Compared to last years thousands of protesters marc hing down the financial districts of their cities, this year, the protests seem to be short in numbers.
AP reported only a few hundreds made it out to the march on Wall Street on their first anniversary as go-getters of financial change.
When the Occupy movement started last September, those who took the streets were intellectu als with high paying jobs and young college students. Now the movement reeks of unhygienic individuals, pun intended.
The initial idea behind the movement should be applauded. These were people who were tired of the economic downfall of America’s economy and decided to band together to take a stand.
But somewhere along the lines, the message was lost.
Unfortunately, a lot of people watching could only sympathize for so long. Asheville’s Occupy movement was taken over by those who had no idea what the movementwas about. They and rather were just angry in general.
One thing remained similar throughout the entire movement: unhappy police officers.
During the first year anniversary, at least 100 protestors were arrested by the New York Police Department in NYC.
What first started out as a revolution of the people, by the people, ends with protestors who still are unemployed 12 months later.