October 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM

A Resurgence of Political Protest

"Political protest rallies are being held across America, including in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Albuquerque and Santa Fe"

By Greta Chapin McGill

Santa Fe Fashion and Style

Greta is an artist, writer and renaissance woman

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Political protest is one of the oldest ways for people of any country to come together and express disagreement with government policies and programs. Since the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, there have been a few small-grown swells of protest. Notice civil protest has once again come to light. This time in the face of growing economic dissatisfaction with the legislative branch of the government and corporate structure of the American economic system. The people are poised to directly change the economic policy.

From the early 16th century Protestant Rebellion to the French and American revolutions, there have been times when oppressive governmental decisions have become too much for the populace to bear. Picket signs have long served as a way for Americans to make themselves heard but their use may have dipped in recent decades. Whether it be due to ambivalence on the part of Americans comfortable with their lifestyle or glued to reality TV, this basic American tradition has not been embraced by everyone.

The Wall Street protests against corporate greed and overzealous police intervention that affect the economic base of the country have inspired national action and attention. Starting with college students, as is traditional in America, this protest resulted in the arrest of 700 people on the Brooklyn Bridge. Americans are frustrated knowing corporate America continues to bonus itself while oppressive tax policies close small businesses and multi-national superbanks refuse to lend a hand to help everyday Americans keep their homes and lifestyles intact. Political protest rallies are being held across America, including in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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