You want to know one of my favorite things about Berkeley – even when we drink we have intellectual heated debates. Last night I went to Taco Tuesday at Café Durant with some friends. We had a few pitchers of beer out (there were at least 10 of us) and we were about to play a game when someone asked about the Walk Out happening tomorrow (today Wednesday November 9th). Berkeley has combined the Occupy movement in order to bring more attention to fee hikes that are currently happening with in the UC system. Most of my friends are in the middle class so as we are all part of the 99% we are also part of the 20 – 40% who have a very comfortable life style.
I sat their listening to everyone’s opinion – there seemed to be a good consensus on the fact that majority of these “occupy people” did not know a lot about the system they were fighting against. I was thinking about it myself – do I know a lot about the American governmental and banking system? Do I want to Occupy? I am part of the 99% but Occupy Oakland got very rowdy to say the least and I do not believe that violence will help us change the system.
I am in two economy classes and I feel that I have learned a lot about the history of our governmental system, as well as how the recession came about. At first it seemed that Occupy Wall Street came out for to blame the banks for the fact that most of our lives our fairly miserable at the moment. I have learned that although the banks got bailouts and have caused us much pain – the housing bubble is what really did us in, especially in California. That has to do with the banks, but it has to do with many other institutions all the way up to the White House. Our democratic system is made of checks and balances in order to avoid too much power in one place – but also to make sure that everyone is doing what they are supposed to be – it’s supposed to alleviate corruption. As we can now tell, this has not happened. I believe that the Occupy movement has changed it’s self into this 99% movement in which we are calling for accountability, and change to the system. 99% of the country feels that they have no control over what happens to them. I believe this could be an amazing revolution.
I am going to the Walk Out at 12pm on Sproul Plaza as well as the Teach-In at 5pm at Berkeley. I am hoping to learn more about the Occupy Movement; as well as to learn more about the potential fee hikes that may in be put in place. I will update this post as I find out more.