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Our blogs are the platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. As part of our Weekly Writing Challenges, we want to help you find what you’re opinionated about.

With our Mind the Gap posts, we’ll pick a trending topic in the media and ask you what you think. Each Mind the Gap challenge will include a poll where you can cast your vote along with your fellow Daily Post participants. After you vote, tell us more about how you feel by expanding on the topic in a blog post.

To participate in the challenge, tag your posts with “DPchallenge” or leave a link to your post in the comments. We will keep an eye on the tag and highlight the week’s best posts on Freshly Pressed each Friday.


This past week, the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the protest in New York City that prompted what is now known as the “Occupy Movement,” came and went. Beginning on September 17, 2011, protestors camped out in Zuccotti Park for weeks in New York’s Financial District. Around the world, other Occupy events and protests began to sprout up as well, giving rise to a global dialogue about economic inequality, as well as counter-protests by those who disagree with the Occupy Wall Street message.

As we revisit the events of Occupy Wall Street one year later, or cover the new happenings, some WordPress.com bloggers have begun speaking about what the Occupy Movement does or does not signify for them. For this week’s Mind the Gap, let us know: What does the Occupy Movement mean to you? Take the poll (below) and then explain your opinion by blogging about it on your site, tagging it ‘DPchallenge’.

Want to know what other WordPress.com bloggers have to say? Check out these posts:

Writing about politically-charged topics can be difficult. When we look for posts that are Freshly Press-able, keep in mind that we’re looking for well-informed pieces that explore varying opinions with respect and thoughtfulness. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  1. It’s a nice idea, but we all know protesters are most often laughed at and humored just so they’ll shut up and go on. Those in positions of power have very little motivation to actually keep “the people” happy since most of “the people” won’t actually do anything to change the situation.

    1. its everyone’s nature that when some problem come to them or when someone try to go against them, then we people by some way, try to prove him wrong. we can do so by power or we can make fun of him. “So its not a big deal or something very new. people with strong will power can do anything. ”
      ALL IT TAKES IS A STRONG DETERMINATION !

    2. @lolbadger: Standing in the street and camping out will do nothing. So what is the solution? How do we get people together to discuss a solution to the situations on hand?

  2. I read about it and saw on the media. I’ve read that some or a lot of the people in O.M. and other groups want to work, want jobs. There is a group that holds impromptu rallies to support local businesses by all of them spending $10 to $20 in store or shop in a few hours. There are groups of returning vets that have held rallies and events about the economy, jobs or to raise money for education funds for the children of soldiers that died in action.

    1. The only reference in the media I’ve seen is a picture on the internet of Mr. Burns from the Simpson, and underneath it said, “I am the 1%.”

      I only found out about it last year when I saw a home made sign on a bus stop.

  3. When you first talked about writing challange, I thought about this would be similar to photography challange. But I feel its something diffrent. And as topics are also not very clear as well.
    When I first listned about thos challenge, I was really excited to take part. I felt, there is something which will be keeping me busy and intrested.

    ??

    1. Thanks for your feedback! The “Mind the Gap” challenges are designed to focus on topics in the media, while the others may focus more on WordPress.com features or grammar challenges.

      When a topic doesn’t match the theme of your blog, we hope that it still inspires you to create a post about a related subject or anything that strikes your fancy :)

      1. The Tea Party started out the same way as O.M.. Then it coalesced into a structured party and was invited to participate and start a dialogue by the Republicans. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the O.M. in time. Interesting topic for a challenge.

      2. thanks Erica. i’ll look forward to write something on it. collecting some ideas and my fantasy( which you cant imagine how strong and clear )
        BUT I ESPECIALLY WRITE LOVE POSTS SO LETS SEE HOW THIS POLITICAL STUFF LOOKS LIKE WHEN WRITTEN BY ME. MUST BE SOMETHING ENTIRELY NEW TO READ.
        ANYWAYS THANKS !

  4. I am loving these challenges! The topics are clear to me…. great job DP!

    I wrote about this subject back then and I look forward to doing a recap now to see what they’re doing now. Occupy Portland was big news in my city at the time. I covered the story 4 times. I was just a newbie blogger back then I was surprised at the attention my posts received.

    We the People (http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/we-the-people/) was the first one.
    I’ll be back after I write the next installment…

      1. Loved your post, but you Britishers always have lovely sayings (like Mind the gap) while there’s nothing quaint or lovely about Americanisms! We’re stuck with Watch your step, or Y’all!

  5. We had Occupy in UK too, so I did vote, but I don’t think things like this ever work. Protests have to be really focussed if they are to make a difference.
    Sadly this is rarely the case.
    They are always hijacked by idiots and anarchic bodies that just want to trash everything. Often leads to violence which is unrelated to the protest.

  6. Hmmm… I’m trying to find a take on this to write my post, but this is really a political subject, which is not a place I generally like to take my blog.
    Also, I am having trouble picking a poll choice… The first and last choices don’t apply to me (I’m not all in or all out), and I do believe protests can be effective. So I guess I’ll have to opt out of that part!

    1. protest here in the philippines.we compare it in the market place.more protester means more people are lack of knowledge and more people are experiencing hungry.less food to calm thier stomach.thats why we unconciously belong to the herd mentality

  7. O.M. was a fad. People were upset abut the banks and mortgages and Congress and u-name-it. I grew up in the 1960s when there was a REAL movement. It lasted more than a few weeks and it was focused. It was interesting to hear what various people who were “occupying.” Everyone had a different reason to protest. There was no unity and that’s why it was a fad.

  8. The Ocupy Movement has been the public face of society’s disaffection with government and their support of the rich to the disadvantage of the middle and poor classes. Many Occupiers feel disenfranchised and impoverished by global financial institutions, that appear to owe no allegiance to anyone except themselves.

    Institutions, though unelected, wield more power than many governments. They have sold millions of jobs from one nation to another without showing the slightest sign of the patriotism they demand from the rest of us. They pose a threat to democracy and world peace.

    Though occupy movements are no longer hogging the front page, people are beginning to organize at grassroots to learn how to deal with problems at a local level. Those interested can soon find similar-minded people, not advocating revolution, but looking for completely new ways of running society so everyone receives a fair proprotion of the fruits of their labours, not just a selfish and greedy elite, who believe it is always their right to take the lion’s share of everything.

  9. wow!definitely a challenge as i don’t tend to gravitate towards political pieces – but i do work for a non profit and so we do have a fair share of link with the political sphere in different guises and to various extents and i did have a face to face encounter with the local Occupy group in Philly that sadly tarnished the overall reputation of the whole movement somewhat in my mind… so i decided to give it a try and this is what emerged: http://brettfish.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/self-occupyd-a-belated-processing-of-the-occupy-movement-that-i-encountered-face-to-face

  10. I was also looking for an “I support the movement, but have not participated / had the opportunity to participate” option, so chose the “protests don’t do anything” option, despite not actually believing this. I think that peaceful protest can make a difference. It’s disappointing that the violent protests that we have seen around the world recently do so much damage to the image of protesters. I’m in the process of watching a two-part movie called Zeitgeist at the moment and feel that I will have something to blog about (in line with this challenge) once I have digested it all.

  11. Grassroots movements that support workers rights have always been a major democratizing force in the States. Were it not for some of the Union supporters and pushers, American labour laws would be as they were in the late 80′s and early 90′s, which were among the lowest in International standards (in ’92 we were bumped to second place by Thatcher’s war on trade unionists.) The Occupy movement has revitalized these ideas and brought it to the foreground of political thought again.

  12. To say that I disagree with the Occupy Movement would be a lie, but as a college grad trying to find a way to get back in school while working, instead of being more passionate about the movement, I find that I just have to concentrate on surviving and not the intellectual debate about the rich and the poor. Undoubtedly, I feel as though the split, of the rich minority and struggling majority in the U.S. and around the world, is important and change necessary, but at this point in my life, I can’t deal with what should or possibly could be. I only have what is to focus on.

  13. I have absolutely no interest in this topic whatsoever, so writing this week was a challenge (and frustrating seeing that I look forward to the “assignment” each week). I decided to play with the word “occupy” instead of write about the Occupy Wallstreet group. “Occupy This (aka My Vacancy Sign is Flashing)” is an adult-oriented take on the concept of meeting in a motel room . . . . enough said.

    If you want a diversion from the other posts that are actually directly related to the theme–this may be something you find entertaining–it’s a stretch but I definitely got the idea from the DPChallenge.

    http://offgothepanties.com/2012/09/26/occupy-this-aka-my-vacancy-sign-is-flashing/

  14. I wrote about Occupy Wall Street earlier. These are my opinion about the same -
    1. How root cause can be resolved (occupy wall street) – https://business2buddha.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/theory-of-constraints/

    2. Generally, what is the cause of concern (greed) and how do we define it – https://business2buddha.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/money_what_is_it/

    3. Take charge (occupy wall street is such initiative) – https://business2buddha.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/need-of-the-hour/

    4. The year that was – who to blame and what to wish in the new year – https://business2buddha.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/welcoming12-seasons-of-11-and-accountability/

    Happy reading

  15. It seems that the Occupy Movement’s greatest downfall was/is that is doesn’t have a clear ask. Whilst many say that the protest is only meant to bring about awareness, I just don’t think this is enough.

    I am greatly concerned however about the rising wealth disparity in America and have discussed it with reference to an interview with Joseph Stiglitz here: http://bit.ly/PEEyey

    1. Rich people are slaves to there money. Don’t be envious if you see your neighbor grow wealthly. Poor people only protest because they are jealous of the rich they don’t want to be middle class. They want it all. Poor people are just like the rich; never content.Ignore foolish protests and help the people who want to live decent lives.

      1. I’m not envious of the rich. Certainly I would like to live comfortably and not have to worry about how I will pay for the necessities (electricity, food, etc.) when costs keep rising but I wouldn’t want to be a millionaire. From what I have seen, their money doesn’t make them happier. I think many poor people are protesting because they don’t have the opportunity to achieve anything in life. There are many who have never bothered trying but there are many others who have worked hard their entire lives and have never gotten anywhere. This is the disparity that I speak of.

  16. Here it is… my first Weekly Writing Challenge post: http://iamanafterschoolspecial.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/weekly-writing-challenge-trying-to-stay-occupied-in-san-francisco/

    I am afraid it might be weak in it’s “weekly-ness”. This is one of those topics that has SO MUCH meaning and outside influences for me it was difficult to tweeze out the hot button items and stay on point. I’m glad I went for it though. It’s great being given a topic and be inspired AND challenged to write about it.

  17. Very much enjoyed writing this. At first I thought it was very ‘Americanized’ but after a bit of research I realised so much was happening in the UK as well. So the occupy movement from a British perspective that somehow got transformed into propaganda against the top, wealthy 1% – you know how it is when you get into something and your fingers just keep typing :D
    http://mystudentstruggles.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/of-the-1-by-the-1-for-the-1/

  18. I have to research regarding about this topic. I wasn’t really aware about this. Besides, I’m not American. But since some said a lot of countries were involve her, I got to search really about this.

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