Personal Reflection on Violence in the Occupy movement

As I watch countless videos of elders and youth getting physically attacked by police forces during peaceful Occupy protests, my stomach tightens and I feel sick. I ask myself to what extent is the U.S truly respecting the First Amendment of free speech and assembly? It strikes me as hypocritical that we tell the people other countries to fight against an unjust government system, for example Egypt’s tyrannical government, but our own American citizens are silenced for “disturbing the peace.” The acts of violence by the police countering the Occupy [Read More]

"We are Students"- Lila Volkas

The piece “We are Students” was inspired by the popular video of the events that took place on November 18th, 2011 when peaceful Occupy UC Davis students were pepper sprayed in the face by police. I wanted to explore the role that violence plays in the non-violent Occupy movement. The red and blue background depicts the American public watching this event, while the cameras signify the important role of technology in the documentation and spreading of information of the Occupy movement. The injustice against these students was internationally recognized because [Read More]