In my post I will focus on how Occupy Providence goes hand in hand with Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Roles of Allies as Agents of Change by Andrea and Allan Johnson's article, Privilege, Power, and Difference. I rooted my connections not only from both article but also from Mike's post, which really helped me out.
I went to the website of Occupy Providence and this is what their "About Us" section entailed;
"Occupy Providence stands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements throughout the world as a vehicle for socioeconomic change."Occupy Providence is a sub section of the actual main movement of Occupy wall street. Its the representation of the 99% of the population that is being representation by the filthy rich of the 1%. They are looking for socioeconomic justice and wants the banks to spread out money evenly. Though now the movement has branch out into many different categories, that is their main focus. They get together for general meetings that occur through out the week, make signs to rally, and camp out to show what the greed of the 1% has done to their lives. They are upset about bank bail outs, foreclosures, lost of jobs and money not going to the ones in need.
Mike mentions in his blog,
"The people camping out at Occupy Providence were mainly men and a majority that I saw were white. Because these white men are fighting for financial equality, Ayvazian would classify them as allies. Johnson would claim these men have privilege and that people with privilege are the only people who can change the system. These white men are working side by side with people of color and women for equality."
Which really brings up a good point. Ayvazian focuses so much on how the only way this country will ever see change is if one unites with others and see that the voice of a group of people will shake grounds and create change. Ayvazian strongly believes in allies and the remarkable outcomes that comes from the support of one another, especially for the desperate need of having socioeconomic justice in this country! Not to sure on how i would feel in regards to the last part of Mike's quote in regards to the representing population in Occupy Providence were white men, because there were only about 5 when I went, I think it was just a small mix of people being there. I do know that Occupy is a mixture of people coming from various backgrounds...but the way that Mike described it, how white American men would of course gain more attention if they were speaking out that they had a problem with this, and supported the Occupy movement.
Final thoughts on Occupy:
Occupy is something that I have been intrigued by. I still do bot have a specific view, or idea behind it. It is a movement that I definitely would do more research on, and seems very interesting, and for the people of this country. I do hope that it can crate a positive change for this country and especially to balance out the inequality especially in the socioeconomic field of the society we live in!
**The pictures on this blog were from Burnside Park, in Providence, Rhode Island....from my camera!