Something important is happening in America right now. People are fed up. People are underemployed and unemployed, struggling to make ends meet and living below the poverty line. The American people are falling into dispair while Wall Street fat cats are receiving corporate bail outs… on the taxpayer’s dime. The American people are done with this.
Described as a “leaderless resistance movement”, people are making their voices heard, by way of peaceful protests and sit ins, primarily in front of the JP Morgan Chase location on Wall Street in Manhattan and in locations across the country, including the Chase bank on Main Street Lexington, KY. But very little is being covered by the news sources. One will not find much in the papers. The articles that are being published vary wildly to the reports given by the protesters. Not to fear. The people are using online marketing techniques to spread the word of the movement.
Online marketing and social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter, are being utilized in a way such as never before and creating solidarity nationwide to a movement that otherwise may falter. Activists are not only taking part in sit ins, chants, and peaceful resistance, but what some of the officers may not have counted on is that nearly every citizen in sight is carrying a video camera in their pocket. Videos of arrests and police use of excessive and unprovoked force against the activists is slowly gaining attention due to the videos, tweets and posts from those on site.
Occupytogether.org is an online hub offering information on the movement and allowing readers to find a location nearby in which to take part. Both Lexington and Louisville host a branch of the movement. Also, the main site occupywallst.org allows those unable to physically join the protests to help in other ways.
Lexington has its own website called occupylexky.org which allows viewers to keep abreast of the local Occupy events. The site maintains a live Twitter feed as well as an area for posting relevant videos. For those who are unable to physically join the protest, the website has a list of items which can be donated as well as how to make monetary contributions. Perhaps most important the Lexington Online Hub for the Occupy movement allows a means of connection to Occupy Wallstreet and the still growing movement taking place across the nation and around the world.