Occupy Wall Street Chants
OccupyWallStreet is a movement which was inaugurated on 17 September 2011. OccupyWallStreet has become the inspiration for Occupations throughout the United States of America and further afield. We have worked to publicize OWS and its peaceful non-violent actions and have been watching the movement grow and recording the chants it has used. This article contains a selection.
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OccupyWallStreet Chant 1: We Are the Ninety Nine Per Cent!
OccupyWallStreet holds that 1% of the population of the United States owns 50% of its wealth. The other 99% – including the teachers, soldiers, police, factory workers, farmers, students, the unemployed and the under-employed – owns the other 50% of the wealth. Since the economic crisis which became noticed in 2008 the 1% have increased its share of the wealth. The gap between rich and poor has grown bigger. That’s because:
OccupyWallStreet Chant 2: They Got Bailed Out; We Got Sold Out!
Tax (the people’s money collected by the government) has been paid to the bankers because “they were too big to fail” but mostly because there was no method in place to people to exist without money. If the banks could not supply money there would have been widespread panic and a breakdown in society. All the banks had to do was to threaten that there would be no money in cash machines and that checks and other payments would not be honored unless governments covered the losses which banks had made (by giving mortgages to people who could not pay and speculating on futures and currencies). So the banks received money from the 99% to replace what they has squandered.
Then it got worse. The banks kept the money – paid their employees huge bonuses – and refused to borrow it to businesses and people. The worst aspect of this entire sorry affair was that companies were allowed to go bust, more and more people became unemployed but the 99% were expected to pay back all the money the banks had lost… twice.
OccupyWallStreet Chant 3: Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like! This is What Democracy Looks Like!
The movement refutes what is held to be democracy. One vote every four years is not democracy. Democracy should be about the 99% making decisions on policy and strategy. Decisions should be made to serve the 99%. The current state of democracy benefits the 1%.
OccupyWallStreet Chant 4: All Day All Week Occupy Wall Street
Chanted by OccupyWallStreet marchers who have been camping out in “Liberty Park” near Wall Street for four weeks now. This chant is a way of saying – “we will be here for as long as it takes”.
OccupyWallStreet Chant 5: The Whole World is Watching
Although mainstream media had not covered much of the momentous events of OccupyWallStreet and the events it has inspired throughout the United Street much of the mindless violence which has been used against the peaceful protesters has been filmed and shown on Youtube and streamed live on the OccupyWallStreet site. Click Here to Watch the Live Stream of OccupyWallStreet.
OccupyWallStreet Chant 6: Our Street Wall Street
The bottom line. It belongs to the 99%. The 1% have shown they are unfit for purpose. They should have been serving us but they have been serving themselves.