2011 has been quite a year for those looking to made their voices heard - such a year that Time declared the protester the person of the year. 2011 began with stories about revolutions overseas, and over time, it seemed the energy from those abroad returned home in the form of the Occupy Movement - which, whether people approve or not, seems to be making its way into history already as museums begin to gather artifacts and documents to preserve in their collections. I suspect that the pop culture references to the movement will only continue to increase in the near future.
(Let me say it now - I absolutely support the general idea behind the movement and believe it has striking similarities to the Civil Rights movement - a movement that also lacked leaders and organization for a time, which branched out into multiple ideas and goals over time, and which received similar complaints long before it became an important staple in American history. I do not always support the methods of Occupy and acknowledge the differences between it and the Civil Rights movement, but I consider the idea is legit, and the idea is not leaving now that the movement has brought it to the public's attention.
Also, for those who are curious, here's a pretty good infographic from the New York Times about support for the Occupy movement.)
I mention this because of a letter written to my local paper by my local protesters.
Give it a read.
What do you think? Do you support this movement? Do you think it's time for it to evolve? Or do you think it's time for it to leave the scene for good?