The Occupy Protests…What Now?

Hi Class! Using information from “The Occupy Protests” article and your opinions, respond to some of or all of the following statements:

  1. Government must end poverty by taxing the rich and giving to the poor.
  2. People determine their success or failure. Therefore being rich or poor is a choice.
  3. Occupying public spaces will (or will not) make a difference in reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.
  4. People should be permitted to live in public spaces (parks, squares, etc…).
  5. Protesting is the wrong approach. People wanting to make a difference should ______, because…

Develop meaningful posts (state your main idea, support it with reasons, sum up your position, leave the reader thinking in depth about what you have said). In total, you must write at least 100 words for your response(s). You are the author and do not need to make “I” statements. Your response(s) must be submitted by November 16th.

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26 Responses to The Occupy Protests…What Now?

  1. "KOLTON!!!!!" says:

    The government shouldn’t take the riches money because they worked hard for that money and the government shouldn’t take it away from them and give it to the poor.

  2. Remmy koocha says:

    1). Well they shouldn’t take the money from the rich , but what the should is provide the 99 percent with high paying jobs so they can “get back on there feet”.

    2).yes because if you don’t pay attention in class there is less of a chance you’ll get a scholarship and if you’re family does not have enough money to pay you will not get a good job and most likely be a part of the on percent

    4). Nope because they give me tickets when I sleep in parks , so why should the not get tickets for sleeping in parks why don’t they just go back to their homeless shelter.

  3. Ruchita says:

    (talking about the first one) Well it kinda seems like there scamming the rich people to well because like if someone like charged extra 5$ for bananas and then they just give away the 5 bucks to someone else.

  4. Keira :) says:

    1.) I think they should tax the RICH because most rich have more than they NEED and poor have LESS than they need.
    2.) Yes it is you need a education and try hard in what you do if you fail it was your choice and not get a proper life. Plus with rich they have done good at getting education and earning money of their own so their for , Yes they do have a choice to be rich or poor.
    3.) It wont make a difference by occupying public spaces it is just a place being taken up.
    4.) No I think they shouldn’t be permitted because other people who wanna go and have a walk and other things don’t want to see people living were they are enjoying things.
    5.) Yes protesting is the wrong approach. To be honest I think they can’t change any thing just because the government is in charge. The protesters can’t do anymore then they have. But they can always try in my mind.

    Keira

    • RYRY321URME Johnson says:

      I think that the protesters could do more than they are doing. I think this could turn out very bad and become violent. Than again maybe it will turn out peaceful. Thats just my opinion.

  5. RYRY321URME Johnson says:

    1. They should tax the rich because it should be fair for the people who pay monthly or daily. If they are rich and have so much money it shouldn’t be a problem to pay tax.

    2.Being rich or poor is a choice in some ways and in other ways it isn’t. You could choose to be rich if you wanted to if you were really good at what you do and put your all into it. You cant set your life up for failure. In other ways you cant choose because if you really try hard for what you do but just not good enough then that is their fault. It depends on what kind of job they choose. If you wanted to be poor it is defiantly a choice, but who would want to be poor? If you are protesting and saying you don’t have any money and you could never be rich because if the bank or the government than that is not true because once again you can choose to be rich or poor.

    3. By occupying a space to themselves is making a bigger gap between the rich or poor. The poor are doing that to themselves.

    4. Public spaces are for every person to be able to hang out or just walk around. The poor should be able to sleep there if they have no where else but not every night. They should only be able to sleep at the park or other places but there has to be a limit of nights their aloud to be there for or if they are going to stay here they have to follow these rules. If they don’t follow the rules they don’t deserve to be able to stay there. They shouldn’t be setting up tents and putting signs up in the public parks where OTHER people want to walk and hang out. You never want to go to a peaceful park and find poor people protesting with their tents up.

    5. If this whole money thing has gone way to far then protest but protesting right away should not be the first approach. They should start pf by telling the people they know, if they agree. They should confront someone who deals with money if you have made a peaceful argument and they still don’t listen, fine protest but not before you try to make it a peaceful manner first.

    DONE!! 🙂 :/ 🙁 ( 405 words)

  6. nadroj/jordan says:

    Number 1: No because the rich earned that money by successful business and the poor had bad money investments to lose all their money. The tax for the rich would still be pretty high because the would most likely live in a huge mansion with pools and hot tubs. So the water and electric bills would be pretty high and the cost to pay all their staff. That would be a lot to pay for all of that and some of the more successful people could donate some of their money to a charity.

  7. nadroj/jordan says:

    Number 2: Yes because it’s their choice to buy stuff they don’t use or don’t need. Instead of buying that stuff they could focus on a good business plan for their business or
    restaurant ,coffee shop, and a little store to buy little toys or ice cream.

  8. jaxson/ninja says:

    1). Yes. If rich people have so much money than they should give some of it to the poor.
    the poor should get a job though. But the rich should be able to decide, because it’s not fair for them if all the governments keep making them pay all of these silly taxes and giving it to some bum who lives on East Hastings. So the governments should stop taxing the rich.

  9. melissa says:

    1) I think that they should end poverty once and for all they should tax the rich and give to the poor the poor need money to buy food.
    2) yes it is your decision to be poor or wealthy I think everything is a choice like going to work or make money everything is a choice to me.

  10. jaxson/ninja says:

    5). people should stop protesting and go talk to somebody or even send a meaningful email that will convince somebody. The only thing that the protesters do is complain and wine about how poor they are and how much homeless people in the world. So I would just say to protesters stop it now.

  11. hank says:

    1: It would be unfair to the rich by taxing them and giving the money to the poor
    2: Success equals RICH, failure equals POOR so it is not really a choice so it’s all about school i guess.
    3: Occupying public spaces will not make a difference reducing the gap between rich and poor
    4:people should not be permitted to live in public spaces.
    5:Protesting is a wrong approach people should of of just went to the government.

  12. Alex says:

    You can be success by staying in school, but you can get a bad job or get lad off. So no being rich or poor is not a choice, it is how live can go some time.

  13. .:JOSH:)N:. says:

    1.they should not steal from the rich and give to the poor if the rich worked hard for there money
    2. yes that is true because they work for there money #2
    3. it probably wont because there just going to get fined for there actions

  14. josh b :3) says:

    I think the people who are protesting are people who want an excuse to get free money.I personally don’t care which way the protest goes i think the whole thing is stupid.

  15. justin says:

    1.) If the rich people did not have to pay taxes in the first place , well the government better
    tax them cause that is not fair . But if the rich people pay taxes then it is unfair to take
    their money to people who did not earn it. But what choice does the government has.

  16. Alex says:

    4. Protesting is about getting attention. There are laws against staying overnight in public places like parks so they shouldn’t do that. They should try and get attention some other way.

  17. justin says:

    2.) I think being poor and rich is a choice . It depends on what you do with your life , you
    could go to university, or collages to get a good job . The poor choice is you could do
    stupid things , and be a drop out which could end up as a not so good future. But there
    isn’t a lot of money to go around, will there’s lots of money , but they take more than they
    suppose to have.

  18. "KOLTON!!!!!" says:

    I agree.. I think being rich or poor is a choice unless your really really stupid or just don’t like to work then there making the choice to be poor.

  19. Ashley Evin says:

    I think that the government should give a little more to the poor but still give as much as the rich deserve to the rich people. I think that people do chose to succeed or fail because when you work hard you can get the money you deserve. being rich or poor is a choice because if you don’t do anything then why should you expect to get money. Occupying public spaces will not make a difference in reducing between the rich and the poor because the protesting can’t get any better for the protesters because they are already buying cardboard and pens to make there posters, so they are giving money to the government. People should not be permitted to live in public spaces because when the government isn’t going to allow them to stay there. Protesting is the wrong idea. The protesters should get a job so they can get money to support there family’s.

  20. Ashley Evin says:

    I think that the government should give a little more to the poor but still give as much as the rich deserve to the rich people. I think that people do chose to succeed or fail because when you work hard you can get the money you deserve. being rich or poor is a choice because if you don’t do anything then why should you expect to get money. Occupying public spaces will not make a difference in reducing between the rich and the poor because the protesting can’t get any better for the protesters because they are already buying cardboard and pens to make there posters, so they are giving money to the government. People should not be permitted to live in public spaces because when the government isn’t going to allow them to stay there. Protesting is the wrong idea. The protesters should get a job so they can get money to support there family’s

  21. Keenan says:

    The rich should not give some money to the poor because they earned it from the better paying job. Being rich or poor is usually a choice but, people that have disabilities usually can’t get a good paid job or at least a job at all.It won’t make a difference because every thing eventually wares off. People shouldn’t live in the parks if they have a house but, if they don’t have a house or are protesting they should be able to live in the park.Protesting is not the wrong choice if it’s important, it is though the wrong choice sometimes it’s just useless.

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