October 14, 2011
By Melissa Kakareka
The Occupy Movement continues to spread across the nation as protestors express their discontent with the government and the economy. As our Melissa Kakareka tells us, college campuses are becoming one of the main sites of activism across the country.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Money was hanging on the campus of Binghamton University Friday. But it wasn't the kind that you could spend.
"They are basically fake million dollars and they say we are the 99 percent that need to be heard on the top and then there's a place to write a message. The message is that your message is more important than money and needs to be heard," said Binghamton University sophomore Toni Bruno.
It's just one of many similar demonstrations going on at college campuses around the country as the occupy movement spreads.
"The occupy movement is saying that while political power is concentrated in one percent of the population, the other 99 percent isn't listened to, and students are a part of that 99 percent, so we are trying to do our part to support the movement," said Bruno.
It's a trend that has many people talking about the cause of this widespread student activism that seems similar to that of the sixties and seventies.
"Usually students are among the most willing and able to participate in the sorts of street activism that we are seeing on Wall Street and on many college campuses, because they have the time and the inclination to participate in these non traditional political activities that older people don't," explained BU Political Science Professor John McNulty.
While their methods may be different from the students who came decades beforehand, some students at Binghamton University said their mission is the same.
"It's definitely being done differently, the use of technology and internet and the way it's being coordinated is different than the way it was done in the sixties certainly, so there's a lot of things that are different, but the basic energy and principle that we need to be heard is definitely still there," said Bruno.
Starting a conversation about a cause that affects everyone, one campus at a time.
Students are planning to participate in another Occupy Binghamton demonstration downtown on Saturday.
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