“Occupy Plymouth Rock is a one day occupation of Plymouth, MA, in a show of solidarity with the Wampanoag Nation who host a solemn march and rally, every year, beginning at noon at Cole’s Hill, overlooking Plymouth Rock, on the ‘Day of National Mourning’ aka ‘Thanksgiving Day.’”
With this sentence, the Facebook page of Occupy Plymouth Rock declares its actions that the group hopes will “demonstrat[e] for Native People’s Rights.” Occupy Plymouth Rock is an example of both how the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is the same and how it is different across the globe. What I have recognized, and what can be supported by the claims made in Anderson Kurt’s article, is that people are protesting for action: more than anything those individuals involved want to effect positive change. Whether this change impacts millions or stems from an acute need in one particular area, people are using the platform of #occupy to bring attention to injustices or prejudice or discrimination or simply, as with the Occupy Plymouth Rock, a cause that has been neglected.
Kurt comments that “rising expectations that go unfulfilled are sociology’s classic explanation for protest.” This speaks to the idea that as people around the world, and more specifically across the United States, began to feel as though their influence in the social and economic world was slipping, they have decided to fight back. The lack of control and lack of confidence in authority that was recently realized by many of the world’s citizens starkly contrasted with the opportunities that they had previously expected. Whatever the particular purposes of the regional protesters may be, these groups of people are using the support network of OWS and its overarching goal to implement the need for change not in people’s expectations but in the reality of society’s shortcomings.
Anderson, Kurt. “The Protester.” TIME Magazine (December 14, 2011). Web.
“Occupy Plymouth Rock – Info.” Facebook. Facebook.com. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. <http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Plymouth-Rock/272639272775795?sk=info>.