Generation Y and Occupy Wall Street

Generation Y comes of age, and with no job to go to sets out to make a difference for us all by thawing the ground ahead of a Global Spring.

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Together Generation Y is bigger and stronger

What They did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1995, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world.

They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as They ran the world. I think They thought you were too dumb to notice.

Indeed, I thought They had won.

But I watched you occupy the capital of Wisconsin. I see you today as you occupy Wall Street. And I see a spark, a glimmer of the glorious new age that is yours. A changing of the guard, a guard that has stood for entirely too long and needs your young legs to take his place.

I watch you turn away from what is easy and stand up for what is right. I see you understand we as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. I see you wise beyond your years. And I am proud. Give ‘em hell, kids. You are beautiful.

Together we are strong.

by John Cleveland

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“[W]e have to be careful not to allow this to get any legitimacy,” said Rep. Peter King (R-NY) of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. “I’m taking this seriously in that I’m old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy,” he said. “We can’t allow that to happen.”  

Herman Cain, GOP presidential hopeful, tells the protestors, “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!”

While I am 42, working my ass off to raise a family, my heart is with you, Generation Y, and my wish is nothing but unmitigated success, because you are the future, and the future has begun.

I have long maintained that yours will be the generation that will make the world just and beautiful.  You’re stretching your vocal chords, seem to have found your balls and are taking the bull of Wall Street by the horns.  My suspicion is that this is just the beginning.  I, for one, hope it is, and that we are witnessing a thawing that will blossom into a global spring.

You, Gen Y, are not homophobic, racist and mean.  You may be young, but you are more compassionate and evolved than the Cains and Kings of this world.  You are educated and unemployed and justifiably angry that others before you have, and are still trying, to piss away your future.

Stand strong.

This Gen X-er thanks you.

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9 Responses to Generation Y and Occupy Wall Street

  1. Peggy Roche

    October 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    This Baby Boomer thanks them too! 🙂

  2. Michael John Scott

    October 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Brilliant! Just brilliant and like Peggy, this Baby Boomer also thanks them. Soon, if just for an hour, I will be joining them.

  3. Collin Hinds

    October 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Anyone who would oppose them is a Neanderthal without a creative bone in his body.

    • Michael John Scott

      October 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

      I can’t disagree with that. Eric Cantor called them a “mob” just the other day. That speaks volumes!

  4. Krell

    October 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    There are people of all ages,protesting all around the country, angry and afraid as they feel the opportunity and voice in their country is fading away. To being virtually ignored 3 weeks ago, to being labeled a mob threat today, they will continue on. This is democracy in action!

    As you wrote… “My suspicion is that this is just the beginning. I, for one, hope it is, and that we are witnessing a thawing that will blossom into a global spring.” Amen brother… Amen to that!

    “Why are they protesting?” ask the baffled pundits on TV. Meanwhile, the rest of the world asks: “What took you so long?” Naomi Klein

    Excellent Collin!
    (ps.. when you watch the video clip, chose the Full-Screen mode by clicking in the right corner. Most of the images are high res and the effect is worth it. Thanks)

    • Collin Hinds

      October 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for the inspiring video.

  5. Jess

    October 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    You can help out with donations if you are so inclined. also, there are things going on in almost every state you can go to if you want. Wyoming I think is the only state not doing anything at this moment in time. Right now the OWS peeps are looking for blankets, gloves and so on since cooler weather will be upon us soon enough. If you have them, dollar stores have already started putting out scarves and gloves with the fingers cut out. Those help with typing on laptops and stuff. Here’s a link to where things may be happening in your area to get involved with.

    Remember misfits are the ones that change the world.

    P.S. Peter King is an asshole.

  6. Michael John Scott

    October 9, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Winter is going to be hell and might just put an end to it. Rather like the Germans at Stalingrad.

  7. Laurel Kornfeld

    March 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Occupy is an intergenerational phenomenon not limited only to generation Y. When I was at Zuccotti Park, I saw a wide range of people representing every generation. There were even World War II veterans there. Collin, you do not speak for your entire generation. I’m not working hard to raise a family, as I’ve dedicated my life to changing the world. We need people of all ages and generations to make the world just and beautiful. Don’t count the rest of us out.