Contrary to the mainstream media
Occupy NOLA protesters marched into Lafayette Square around 12:30 p.m. today.
Numbering around 200-300, the protesters arrived in true New Orleans fashion accompanied by police on motorcycles and a “second line”.
Holding signs and large banners declaring “End the FED”, “Wall Street is Corrupt”, “End The War” and “Too Poor to Afford a Lobbyist”, citizens of New Orleans officially joined the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The protesters are a well-organized, peaceful and a diverse group of individuals.
Contrary to reports in the mainstream media, the Occupy Wall Street movement is not just a bunch of Socialists and Fascists waiting to overthrow the American government.
They are simply American citizens who want to improve our democracy.
"We are very concerned about how the Occupy Wall Street movement is being portrayed in the media," said Laila, a general assembly organizer. We will continue to keep emphasizing that this is a peaceful movement to improve our democracy. We are not affiliated with any political party; we just want to effect change in our society."
There were only a few moments when solidarity was broken by certain protesters who took the megaphone with political agenda.
"Vote Ron Paul," one protester yelled into a bullhorn, "He’s the only one who can get us out of this mess."
Members of the crowd quickly spoke up to stop the discussion of presidential campaigns.
"We’re not here to listen to you tell us who to vote for, we’re here change the politics of our country," a protester yelled.
There were several local media outlets present to cover the protests. Only time will tell if the media actually decide to give the people participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement a chance.
It seems it’s going to be a long road though. New Orleans talk radio did nothing but make fun of the protesters on-air today, referring to them as slackers and loser with nothing better to.
I happen to obviously feel differently. The freedom we have in this country to speak our minds is so very sacred, so very important.
The voices of the people may not make sense to you now, but ultimately they are doing our country a great service. It may take some time. And how wonderful it would be if it works and things really start to get better.