Occupy Wall Street

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You’ve probably heard about on the newspaper, in blogs or on TV. Occupy Wall Street is a movement fighting against inequalities and I’m proud to have been a part of the local occupy movement in my hometown. Occupy Wall Street is a national movement that has been going on since September 2011. According to www.OccupyWallSt.org, Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District.”  The movement has “spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movementaims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.”

The fight is to stop huge corporations from the mistreatment and inequality in the work place, animal cruelty, over exaggerated student loan debt, the use of military and police force to prevent freedom of the press or of assembly, the power to charge us to hold money we EARNED, the drastic disappearance of benefits. The list goes on my friends, but you get the point.

This issue (as we all know) has been a problem since Thomas Edison decided to light up banks with light bulbs. I’m sure if he knew what their intentions were, he would have kept his secret on the down low.  The madness has taken over cities all over the U.S., as well as at the national level. This has triggered people to go out in the streets to demonstrate their frustration.

The issue has also hit my hometown.  In El Paso, Texas we have been demonstrating and occupying San Jacinto Plaza for about 2 months now. Being that the Plaza is the heart of El Paso, but most importantly we have three huge corporations right across the street – Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase. Our team of local activists have been camping out all this time! Our group has persisted disregarding the drastic cold weather we have had throughout the days. We have also had activist from Australia, New York and Chicago come to our occupation.

The community has helped by donating food and necessities every so often. Besides the purpose or the anger we have within, this is an amazing turn out for El Paso. Nothing beats the unity we have gained throughout these months. Yet, there is still a lack of support from our “so called” revolutionary generation. It has been very difficult to get our people there to support this cause. It is only a few who have been keeping the momentum.

This is an awakening to my city, to our city. We are all in this together. We should help each other out! Support one another! It is movements like this that make me feel the warmth of my city. It is the stupid mistakes that the government makes that unify us!

Now the question is.. Is success and comfort blinding us? I mean, we are aware what world we are living in right? How could one not stop and think about all those who are going through hard times? Or as long as we are “okay,” then nothing matters right? How could people preach for PEACE and wear their little cool peace shirts and bracelets, but don’t even bother actually giving that word life? I hear it again and again how horrible this world is.  My question to you is – what are YOU doing about it?

In Mexico

Latin America MapBy: Marlett Mojica

In Mexico, families always stay together and are very close.  Another thing about the Mexican culture is that it keeps the Mariachis alive. People around the world enjoy listening to their music. Mariachis mostly play at birthday parties or in a big celebration. Other than the music being heard. Another part of the Mexican culture is the food. Many people from different cultures enjoy eating Mexican food; it’s even their favorite food. For example, my Japanese teacher loves eating menudo, tacos, and much more. Mexican culture is very interesting and many people from different cultures know about this culture. What is very interesting about this culture is that this is one of the few cultures that celebrates a girl’s 15th birthday. This celebration is called Quinceañera. The point of this celebration is to celebrate a girl’s growth, from childhood to a young adulthood. Many girls love celebrating this event, but it’s not just the girls who get excited to throw their huge celebration, their families and friends are also excited to celebrate their transformation. The culture reflects me as a Mexican. My dad and mom where born in México. Back at home I speak Spanish while at school I speak English. Also back at home I eat tacos menudo, enchiladas and much more. Not only that, my whole family is always together through the good and bad times no matter what. People, who have Mexican blood, should appreciate it because there’s probably many people who wish to have this blood. We’re all lucky to know about this culture and I hope nobody will ever forget it. Especially the ones who have Mexican blood.  VIVA MEXICO!!!