Occupy Wall Street Protesters Take to Music to Fuel Revolution

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
October 7, 2011|12:54 pm

With the protests at Wall Street coming up on the one month mark, the gathering crowd is starting to become increasingly creative in their ways to rally against the rich, especially through music.

Much like the peace and love protesters of the 60s and early 70s, these protesters are taking to song, dance, and musical pieces to express themselves.

According to Culture.wnyc.org, Gavi Shapiro, a sax player and protester said, "Music can keep things positive, but it can also be a wonderful method of critique...protest songs really get people in the spirit."

Throughout the day passers-by can hear the steady pulsing beats of drums and various percussion being played providing the heartbeat to the group.

"It gets people motivated, it gets people spiritually in the mood, it keeps us strong," said Robert Fontaine as reported by Culture.wnyc.org.

The website also reported about individuals who are professional entertainment protesters. Gio Andollo even has an album called Protests Songs are Dead and frequently marches up and down the streets with his acoustic guitar and harmonica and performs.

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“People seem to think that nobody is interested in protest music anymore - that people only want to hear songs about romance or whatever,” said Andollo. “But I think that the occupations cropping up around the country have demonstrated that people are absolutely interested in these political issues."

The organizers have also created a newspaper called The Occupy Wall Street Journal that is distributed freely to anyone willing to listen.

The 99 percent (standing for the general population) are standing firm on their stances and promoting change through non-combative enthusiastic creativity despite what cops, politicians, corporate executives say to them.

In a report from MTV, Tim Payne a 20-year-old NYU student, voiced his concerns saying, "College tuition keeps going up and the top 400 people have more wealth than the lowest 125 million. I have all these loans out and they're profiting off that, and I don't think that's fair."

 

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