“Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement …. aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.” – occupywallst.org
LULTV participated in a November 7th march that aimed at bringing more diverse involvement to the Occupy Wall St. movement. The march from Washington Heights to Zucotti Park was documented by LULTV and hosted by Hermano Luis Tapia.
“If it’s going to move, it needs to be by the people who are most affected; it needs to be by the working class people of color; it needs to be done by US,” remarked a participant in the march. This statement has a resounding affect on the Latino and minority community.
This short documentary aims to find answers to several questions. Why aren’t Latinos and minorities more involved with the Occupy movements? Why don’t these groups seem to take an active stance on an awareness issue that directly affects them? Is it because they are afraid of being arrested? Are there other implications? What can we do to increase the voice given to these highly underrepresented groups, which are two of the main people affected by these social injustices?