This is a video I filmed and edited for Chicago news website The Wired Loop. I was given 5 minutes to give a certain angle, so I figured it would be best to give a breakdown of most of the demonstrations that took place and let people know what issues people are fighting for.
I spent the whole month of May covering the series of protests leading up to the NATO summit, learning more about the issues within our society that affect all of us in more ways than some may be aware of. I attended protests, debates, panels and workshops that, even though some may believe have no actual effect on the issues, I’ve realized although change may not happen in a day, it all begins with making people more knowledgeable about the actual situation by giving people the information needed to understand-why and what’s wrong. Yes, some people won’t step out of their bubble to care. But some will. And they’ll want to learn more. And then they’ll do something to make a difference. And the only thing stronger than the determination of one person, is when it is met with the same determination of others. Hundreds. Thousands. Who knows then what can be achieved? I felt very fortunate to experience the audacity of those who choose to step forward and set the example for anyone- whether social activist or otherwise–what it means to stand up for what you believe in.
Beginning Tuesday May 1st, Occupy Protestors will begin their “31 magical days,” a month-long movement taking effect in cities around the world as the 2012 NATO summit approaches. 50,000 protestors are expected to assemble in Chicago’s Grant Park, and according to a blog post titled, “The May 2012 Insurrection,” the Occupy movement will be armed with the following message:
“[We will tell] the military elites there to stop their saber rattling against Iran, halt the global arms race and get behind what the majority of the people on Earth want: a nuclear-free world starting with a nuclear-free Middle East that includes both Iran and Israel.”
But your own voice is just as important. Do you feel the message sent by Occupy has a chance of not only reaching the ears of world leaders, but influencing the decisions which impact our future? Or are they wasting their efforts towards a goal that can’t be reached? Do you even fully understand the message Occupy sends out?
Please take a moment to listen to the audio instructions and answer the poll below. Feel free to leave a comment and let your own voice be heard.