I ventured out today to document the Occupy KC march.
On the Sunday morning Talking Head shows, the general consensus was that nobody understands what the Occupy Movement wants or what they are against.
It's really not that complicated.
What the Tea Party is to Big Government, the Occupy Movement is to Government Collusion with Corporate Greed.
If you are a Google+ user, following local blogging/twittering/burlesque icon Stacey Locke is the best way to take the pulse of the Occupy Movement. Progressive causes are deeply embedded in her DNA.
She shared this link to a list of the 7 Demands of the Occupy Movement. In the article, each demand is explained in more detail. I urge you to click through and read it. I'll just list the demands themselves as bullets:
1) End the Collusion Between Government and Large Corporations/Banks, So That Our Elected Leaders Are Actually Representing the Interests of the People (the 99%) and Not Just Their Rich Donors (the 1%).
2) Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.
3) Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money
4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts
5) Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations
6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties
7) End the Imperial Wars of Aggression, Bring the Troops Home from All Countries, Cut the Military Budget and Limit The Military Role to Protection of the Homeland
As I said, not that complicated.
I managed to get ahead of the marching protesters in 2 different locations. This is only about a third of the shots I took. You're welcome.
Here was the view marching away from the Liberty Memorial.
This was the view from mid-town on Broadway.