Rito: Read, then make up mind on Occupy

Heinz Klatt’s portrayal of the Occupy movement was a less realistic representation of the actual protesters than Snooki is of people from New Jersey (“Occupy movement may be most vapid of all,” Heinz Klatt, Nov. 24).

Nevermind Klatt’s vapid suggestion the majority of protesters have loose morals and use narcotics, the single quotation given as representative of the protesters’ ideology was chosen for its use of the ‘F-word’ rather than its political clout. This movement’s ‘Declaration of the Occupation’ can be found by a simple Google search. It was approved by unanimous consent at the New York assembly on Sept. 29, 2011.

While the declaration does give a list of 23 grievances regarding what its writers perceive as a corporate strangle-hold on modern society, it does not claim anything similar to the quote given in Klatt’s article. What it does say is this:

“Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.”

While it would be ridiculous to suggest that every protester with an Occupy sign can be represented with perfect accuracy in this single document, I believe it would be even more ridiculous to suggest every such protester would identify with bringing down the entire capitalist system.

In the end, please disregard my transparently biased opinion of the movement, read the declaration and form your own opinion.

Justin Rito