Recently, the Occupy Wall Street protests have been gaining steam. Since protesters took up residence in downtown Manhattan to contest the practices of banks who are too greedy in their eyes, the movement has spread. Now Occupy movements have sprouted up in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and even small towns like Salem, Oregon and Ashland, Kentucky. But can it work in the inner city?
Over the weekend the Loop21 profiled two activists who are trying to bring the Occupy movment to the inner city. After seeing the Occupy Wall Street protests grow, but feeling like they weren’t quite capturing the needs of minorities, Malik Rhasaan started Occupy the Hood.
After observing the protests in Manhattan, Rhasaan noticed that not many Blacks and Latinos were participating. He took to Facebook to ask his friends what they thought of the movement. Noticing their responses exposed a need, Rhasaan created @OccupyTheHood on Twitter. After Ife Johari Uhuru saw his tweets, the two began talking and Uhuru decided to lend her social media savvy to bolster the cause.
Uhuru told the Loop21 that Occupy Wall Street protests will continue to see a lack of minority support if they ” if they don’t connect effects of capitalism to racism,” but she’s hoping Occupy the Hood will get young Blacks and Latinos involved.
While Occupy the Hood is in its infancy, they’ve already heard from influential people such as Cornel West and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and hope to use the existing protests to tackle other issues that plague inner city communities. Rhasaan says: “Using this as an springboard to address other things, whether it be crime or health issues in our communities. But we in the inner-city doesn’t know how this pertains to us. We don’t tie our issues to Wall Street.”
Check out this video of Malik Rhasaan discussing Occupy the Hood and find out more information here.
What do you think of Occupy the Hood? Can it work?