Occupy Wall Street is a movement that addresses unrest among Americans, spurred by the bank bail-outs and corporate special interests in politics that have become a theme of the current recesssion. People of all ages have turned up to support a message of seperating money from politics.
Peaceful protests are a wonderful way to call attention to a cause and garner support. The Occupy Wall Street rallies have revealed a crop of passionate and creative individuals. They dress not only for the weather, but to spread a message in costume. Whether you are protesting or just spectating, here's a guide for Occupy wear.
A symbol of the Anonymous group that started the Occupy rallies, the Guy Fawkes mask isn't required for attendance, but is a popular staple of the Occupy crowd. They can be found at local costume shops, or you can get one for cheap online.
3. Homemade Masks
If you are for the Occupy Wall Street protests, but don't want to risk your day job, a homemade mask is a good option. This mask, made of paper, couldn't have cost more than a few cents and a few minutes to make.
Grab an old Halloween mask or make your own out of the most simple of materials. Plus side.. you don't have to hold up a sign if your mask spreads the message. Hands-free protesting!
4. Wear a Hat
If you are in it for the long haul (or more than twenty minutes, really) you're going to need a hat. Standing out in the sun can be harsh on your face, and sunburn can happen very quickly, even in cold climates. Unless you're planning on using your protest sign as a visor, it's a good idea to take a hat along with you.
5. Worker Uniforms
Union workers and just generally hard-working Americans have shown their support by attending protests in their work uniforms.
Any factory or trade uniforms are more than welcome to the demonstrations, as these are a clear sign of working Americans who are frustrated with the financial system.
More than anything, the peaceful protests should be about the American dream. Whether you agree with the demonstrations or not, I think we can all settle on the fact that true patriots are those who desire to make a better America for our children.
Showing up in the red, white and blue is a great way to express your love for the country, no matter what your views on the current state of our financial institutions. Here are some easy ways to make patriotic hats, shirts and more.
7. Normal Freakin' Clothes.
While costumes and masks make things fun and interesting, it can be equally important to show the mainstream media that you are a rational, hard working American that is exercising their right to speak up. This is an important element to any protest.
Without the Veterans, teachers and grandma's hanging around, a protest can seem like a frivolous party. Put on your shoes and hit the door. If you don't make it on the evening news, just jump around behind the guy covered in green body paint.