Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:02 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Movement: history in the making

The Occupy Movement, in a simple explanation, is a group of citizens that have decided they have had enough with corporations having way too much power in politics. We very much love what our country was founded upon originally and seek to restore the liberties we once had. We no longer believe that our government is of, for and by the people. We believe the government is of, for and by the corporations, especially those involved with the banking industry.

To date, the most substantial piece that we are working on is repealing the Citizens United v. FEC ruling and creating a constitutional amendment clearly defining that "Corporations Are Not People" or, that we hold corporations accountable like we do citizens, up to and including the corporate death penalty. Our objective is to allow those in office to create this legislation, but if they cannot we will do it ourselves by removing them from office and replacing them.

The Occupy Movement as a whole uses protesting as a way to gain more support from like-minded individuals, reach those not aware of us, disrupt corporate money flows and remind our government that "we the people" are in charge of this country. For too long, we have allowed our government to derail our system of democracy by creating this constant state of fear and corruption we live in today.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

Occupy has the hearts of more people than most folks realize and we see this every time we protest as more cars pass by that wave and honk at us, then there are those that ignore or shout derogatory comments and gesture at us.

If you don't think this Occupy Movement will work, think again. Since the protests started in New York City, it is estimated that one million people have transferred from the big banks to credit unions, totaling a whopping $4.5 billion in transfers. We also watched Wells Fargo, Bank of America and other banks scrap their $5 debit card fee as a result of this. In addition to this, we have started to see new legislation pop-up such as HB Resolution 88 which will clearly define that "Corporations Are Not People" in a constitutional amendment. I'm glad to be part of this beautiful history in the making.

Jeremiah Emmerson

Proud occupier