My Superman

 

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(http://worldofblackheroes.com/2012/03/03/president-superman/)

My Superman is optimistic, ambitious and confident; he is a Hero- Millennial. “As generation type is born, matures, comes to influence in the culture, and then declines and dies, it plays a role in propelling society through a cycle of growth maturation, entropy, destruction, and then regrowth.” (McKays, 2012)

My Superman looked up to his grandfather. His grandfather was one of the few people that knew one day he would be successful. My Superman’s grandfather was apart of the nomad generation; the generation that was left behind as children to find their own norms. (McKays, 2012) My Superman’s grandfather had to grow up the fast way; He made many mistakes so he did not want his grandchildren to go through some of the same things he had to go through as a child so he did everything he could so they would not become that way. He instilled the importance of finishing things that they started. He showed them to the importance of getting an education so they will be successful in their life. Unfortunately, my Superman’s grandfather recently passed away.

At first, my Superman did not know how to handle that he would no longer be able to see his grandfather. He was use to going to his grandfather for any and everything. At one point of time, my Superman completely shut down; he did not know who he was without his grandfather. He did not want to do anything with his life anymore; he did not even want to go to college. One day, my Superman realized that his grandfather prepared him to stand up and become the man that his grandfather knew he could be. He took back control over his life and decided that he wanted to make his grandfather proud. He applied to several colleges. He continued to do all the things he loved before his grandfather died. My superman did not let the situation break him. He will be intending Eastern Michigan University in the fall and desires to pursue a career in aeronautical engineering. My Superman made mistakes but he learned from his mistakes. Robert Lewis is my Superman because of the obstacles that he went through; like many of us (millennials) have been through things and have a hard time copping, but because of our strength we manage to overcome these things.

The Gentle Giant

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To me, the face in the block with the big question mark represents someone who is known and has a positive influence. After many candidates, I decided on a male who succeeded despite his background. That man is the great, Michael Oher. A little background of him is that at a young age he didn’t have a father, his mother was a drug addict, he was homeless, and he was uneducated. He met the Tuohy’s who were a wealthy white family and eventually who took him in. Long story short, he was a 6 foot 4, 300+ lb., African-American male living in Memphis Tennessee, and he stuck out like a sore thumb at an all white school. After the influence and support of the Tuohy’s he started playing football, got to be really good, and is now currently playing in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens. He overcame so much in his life and is making a positive impact on the world.

He is a good representation of American in this day and age. Overtime, our society has changed, and I believe he represents the millennial generation in such a significant way. The article entitled, “The Generations of Men: How the Cycles of History Shape Your Values, Your Idea of Manhood, and Your Future,” stated that, “The Millennial generation has weaknesses as every generation does, but they already display some classic Hero generation qualities: they’re very friendly, sensible, nice, and even-keeled, get along well with younger peers and older adults, are very peer and team-oriented, and prefer practical solutions over polarizing ideologies.” (Mckays, 2012) Michael Oher was known as a “gentle giant,” always caring for others more than himself. In addition, he was very team-oriented in his football team and family. He protected them with his life, and would do anything for them. A reading by Strauss and Howe expressed that the millennials, “…will have a much tighter personal, social, and economic interdependence with their parents than prior generations had.” (Strauss and Howe, 2006) He developed a close relationship between himself and the Tuohy’s.

He can be considered “manly” because he has the personality that most males have. He has proven his determination and dedication in football, as well as in his academics. Also, he is a supporter of his family, which many males are known for being. Michael Oher is such a positive and influential male in our generation.

 

The Toddlers of the Protesting World: Occupy Wall Street

Gabrielle Cuzzola

July 25, 2014

 

The American Dream is not what it used to be in the early twentieth century.  It could be arguably seen as a dream deferred as what was written in Raisin in the Sun; the American Dream is no longer tangible for struggling Americans.  Whether the struggle is financial or material, the work ethic that was then and now has completely changed, therefore lead us to our a mini revolution in the twenty-first century labeled as Occupy Wall Street.

My struggle in understanding this revolution is not behind the meaning but the way the protesters went about it.  This is an age where ambition and power control everything; and if you don’t have either you are S. O. O. L.   The drive for survival as an American seems far less stressed than in the 1900s. There was a purpose and resilience that was manifested into their DNA.  Those that struggle today, protesters on the Wall Street are certainly making a name for themselves, but it seems to be one that mocks their very own reason of assembly.

Pacing the streets, scavenging for affirmation and even support from that of the 1% portrays an entitlement mentality that in my opinion doesn’t look very good on them.  I understand their purpose in protesting and projecting their voice for it to be heard by all.  Consequently, it makes them look even worse. Protesting for days: missing more opportunities that they could’ve taken, depriving their families of an income, and making themselves more vulnerable to the harsh reality of working is an essential to living.

Yes, Wall Street is home to many wealthy people, but why are they so concerned with what they do with their money? Wall Street helps provide economic circulation throughout the country and the world.  If they are in such a rut, why tear others down? Go improve your own standings before you criticize others for how they live. If you want so badly to change something, use your assets and build a community around the resources available with others in the same situation.

http://teknomadics.com/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-news-flash/

 

Someone like Us

(Solis, 2009)

     Our generation has made a statement thus far. We have clearly stated through our actions that we are not willing to give up and that we want to succeed in life. In hopes of becoming someone successful, something that makes us and those around us proud. Just as other generations, we are fortunate enough to have people that stand out as leaders. As a member of the millennial generation I believe that there are men out there who are seen as significant role models. These role models have something within them that make them manliness. In my opinion I would define manliness as a person who is an inspiration, a role model, intellectual person, and has leadership skills.

These role models have something within them that create their manliness, but there is one very specific person I keep in mind. I believe that my uncle, Isaias Solis is manliness in the way that he speaks out to our generation. As mentioned in McKay’s blog post, “As each generation type is born, matures, comes to influence in the culture, and then declines and dies.” (McKay, 2012) This quote stands for those who are influential to us and our country. This is only my opinion, but my uncle represents the millennial generation from everything that he has accomplished. His face should be put in the box with the question mark along with the other men.  In a way he is the mirror of what our generation is capable of doing and excelling beyond his point. He created a documentary named “In Our Own Words” describing what he believes in and what his purpose in life is (Solis, 2009). My uncle has my greatest admiration and is the pride of the family for graduating with a degree in social work, Management of Human Services in graduate school. My uncle attended the prestigious school named the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is now the director for Agency and Neighborhood Coordination for Ingham County. My uncle accomplished much more than any other family member that I know and even though the economy wasn’t great he still fought through. McKay mentioned in his blog post that there are numerous forms of threats being made to the nation and one of them is economic distress (McKay, 2012). Even back then this was a renowned issue in our nation but this did not stop my uncle. As I find my uncle to be a manliness person to our country, I hope that those who have met him have the same reaction.

Stephanie Perez

The Elite

Evan Louro

 

I chose to blog about the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. The reason I chose to write about this is because it was the most captivating and hit home the most for me. Living in that area that the “Occupy Wall Street” movement took place really made me realize things that were going on in the world that I would otherwise be unaware of. It really made me want to learn about the struggles that some people were going through and are still going through in this generation.

This being said I think that the actually purpose of this movement was to get people ware of what was going on with the 99% and how big the gap was between them and the 1%. It really made me want to gain knowledge about this and I know it wasn’t just me because many young people that didn’t know anything about this before the movement and this caused them to reach out and try to understand what was going on and why so many people were protesting in the street and why there was so much traffic in the area that it was going on because during this no one could drive anywhere because of all the traffic and delays.

I think that these movements breach many peoples value that live in that area of New York. This is the case because there is a lot of diversity. Some of the richest people in the world live in New York and you can just walk down the street and see some of the poorest. My family is sort of in the middle because we aren’t poor but we aren’t rich so we can kind of go both ways.

I think that this movement had good intentions but it has some things that I don’t agree with. I don’t think people should be punished for being rich. They are rich because they put in a lot of work and had many struggle in their life that other people that aren’t as wealthy ever went through. On the other hand many of those wealthy people had opportunities that the other side didn’t so you can really go both ways. Overall I think this movement was a success because it got people involved and aware which I think the goal was in the first place.IMG_0940

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Bold was the willingness for them to say what needed to be said, no matter who it might have offended or upset. Persistent was their relentlessness to fight for justice. Fearless was because they were unafraid of the obstacles they might have come across or the consequences they might receive. All of these words come to mind when I think of the protesters who contributed to the Occupy Movement.

Revolutions typically do not happen over night. They usually start as a “spark” in the form of a social or political problem that many people dislike. And over many years and many generations the spark is blown and the fire gradually grows. And once the fire is in full-fledged an uprising begins. The Occupy Movement was one of the few protests that had a personal and direct impact on my life. This protest was also the first time that I realized I am among the 99 percent. I remember learning about it in my civics and economics class. My teacher Mr. Boyer made it where I could understand they key issues that were at hand. He explained to me that the movement was to fight against the economic inequality this country faces. These protests became so well known, that it spread across to many major cities in the United Sates.

By following the events of the Occupy Movement, I was able to better my understanding of the issues many individuals have with America’s values. Income inequality is on the rise in the United States. Everyday the rich are becoming richer, while the poor becomes poorer. The government is suppose to be for the people, by the people, but they are only supporting the one percent. You would think that with all of these protests going around, the government would try to resolve the issue. Of course, that wasn’t the case. Most people think of America as the “promise land”, but in reality we are just as screwed up as every other country.

Whether you agree or disagree with their motives, you still cannot deny the fact that these individuals had the courage to protest towards powerful people just so their voices could be heard. They took all their drive and passion to speak up against our government system to tell them, “You can’t keep treating us this way.” They endured police brutality, were pepper sprayed in the face, and many were convicted of crimes they did not commit. However, they still never lost hope. As the upcoming generation, it is now our job to take a stand and make a difference, to show the government they cannot keep taking advantage of their people.

Mind Over Matter

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When I think of revolution, I think of change; a change so significant that it starts a movement. Many movements start with a single individual, and develop over time into a larger group. I believe someone can make an impact on the world if they are passionate, determined, and hard working. Characteristics like this describe a leader, but it takes more than one person to make something happen; that’s where the followers come in. However, the word follower can have a bad reputation. In our society, it’s sometimes considered as being unoriginal, but in all actuality, followers are what start a movement. Movements create noise throughout the world, and as they grow they turn into a revolution.

I believe that one generation has the power to start a revolution. Our generation, for instance, has had the opportunity to learn from past generations’ movements. We are considered the technological generation. We grew up in the era of technology, and we use that at our advantage. A prime example of this is social media. Social media has allowed us the ability to communicate globally, and express our beliefs and opinions of issues around the world. There are a countless number of organizations all over social networks. Our generation knows the ins and outs of social media and we use that to our advantage, especially when we start something so powerful as a revolution. An article entitled, “Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change” mentioned that, “It’s not just their gadgets—it’s the way they’ve fused their social lives into them.” (PewResearch Social & Demographic Trends) We have changed the world so much already, and I really do believe if we set our minds to it, that we could start a revolution.

The protest of Arab Spring is a great example that expresses being pursuant on something you are passionate about to make a change. The visual representation was when the young fruit seller boy set himself on fire. He was willing to give up his life for something bigger than he was. He was looked at as a leader because he took a stance, and died over it. His death caused a chain reaction throughout the youth. They came together as one coherent unit to protest youth unemployment. This has strong relation to my family values. My family believes that if you are interested and are passionate about something, then go for it, whatever it may be. Personally, I’m the type of person that will set my mind to something and go full force. I dedicate all my time and effort into accomplishing that task, just like the youth from Arab Spring. They set out with a goal in mind, and won’t stop till they succeed.

– Bree Marich

What Percent Are You

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(http://occupywallstreet.net/story/don%E2%80%99t-move-occupy-social-movement-vs-social-arrest)

The Occupy Wall Street Movement was mainly started due to the social and economic inequality between what was considered the 99% and 1%. The 1% is considered to be the wealthiest. The 99% are those that fight the issue of income inequality, those of the “working class”, the middle class, those barely making enough to provide for their family, those in poverty. The movement was an attempt for change.

Some people are not even trying to understand what Occupy Wall Street movement is about or what the purpose and goal is. Some people were complaining about the noise validation without looking at the larger picture and reasoning for the noise. Comparatively, construction is a noise validation; construction can involve hammering, slamming, and other things that makes a lot of noise, but people don’t complain about that because they see something being built, they know what the construction is for. The wealthiest one percent pays almost 38 percent of federal taxes. Some of the rich think that should be enough. Some of those people believe they still should pay the same amount of taxes as the other “99%” that are considered to be a part of the working class, though they are making nearly ten times more than the average American (Cussen, 2013).

If everyone was handed a sliver-platter, just imagine how the world would be. “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself. It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed,” the ex-Godfather’s Pizza CEO declared. There are still people that worked very hard whether it be in terms of academia or anything else and still are not in the position that they desire because working to where you want to be can sometimes be easier said than done.

The Occupy Wall Street movement reaches my family because we are not a part of the 1%. I have a neighbor that has a Ph.D. but does not have a job. Anytime I have a conversation with her, she blows my mind; she is brilliant. One time, I asked my grandfather about her being jobless yet having such a high academic background, my grandfather responded that sometimes life could get the best of us. When he told me that I honestly did not understand what he meant. I now understand that you are not guaranteed a certain job or income just because of your academic background, you are also not guaranteed income inequality because you believe you deserve it. I believe that things should change and if I could have been at the Occupy Movement, I would have been.

“Every generation needs a new revolution.” (Jefferson) There are tons of things that changed since the last generation such as the messed up economy and those changes were due to multiple generations working together. My generation needs a new voice; it needs a new revolution, and in order to do that we need help from other generations, though it could be done alone. I don’t believe that there needs to be multiple generations involved to create one revolution, but the inclusion of other generations may be useful.

D.Parker

A Chance for Change

 

 

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The Occupy Wall Street Movement was extremely influential and up taking. It started off as a magazine add sending a message and drew a couple people, then a couple more, then a couple more, until eventually it was thousands of people. Similarly to the video by Derek Silver, it only takes a brave follower to start what could be the beginning of a revolution. In the Occupy Wall Street video, it was one generation that created this revolution. Although it was people from all over the world of different ages, it was the people in that generation that started the movement and made a difference in the world.

Nick Espinosa stated, “A movement that hopes to take on the wealthiest and most powerful forces in the history of the world must be as uncompromising with its objectives as it is pragmatic with its tactics. The tendencies toward purism within the Occupy movement do not serve its goals of changing the balance of power between the haves and the have-nots.” The idea of the Occupy Wall Street Movement was that there is a huge gap of income, that 99% of the world isn’t making nearly as much as the other 1%. The idea was to start a movement and make their voices heard, by occupying Wall Street where high-class individuals usually are (the 1%). Successes that they had were the persistence and ability to reach a national level. Pretty soon Obama was aware, celebrities were joining the movement, and this movement was even starting to happen in other countries. It reached a global level. Failures that took place would be their inability to withstand the law and the police. The final outcome of this movement failed. Nothing was changed, although this problem created social awareness.

My family definitely values equality, we would definitely support this movement. The way many people went about the movement is a little bit risky, it seemed obvious that it would eventually die out and there wasn’t enough support. Political power is extremely strong in the world and can have a huge advantage when it comes to money, and my family is definitely against the use of politics over people. We would be supporters of the Occupy Movement but I don’t think we would ever make the trip to Manhattan and stand in the crowd waiting to get tear gassed by the police in order to make a difference that most likely would never happen. The idea of equality sounds nice, but the likeliness of it happening is very slim in today’s world, and I think my family is realists as well as supporting equality.

“How to Start a Movement.” Derek Silver/TED. Youtube.

1 Apr. 2010. Web. 25 Jul. 2014.

 

“Fault Lines: History of an Occupation.” Al-Jazeera English. Youtube.

21 Mar. 2012. Web. 25 Jul. 2014.

 

Espinosa, Nick. ” Two Years On: Successes, Challenges and Next Steps for the Occupy Movement.” Occupy.com N.p., 8 Oct. 2013. Web. 25 Jul. 2014.

< http://www.occupy.com/article/two-years-successes-challenges-and-next-steps-occupy-movement >.

Kendall Kramer

Are We Helping or Hurting the Revolution?

               Based on the Occupy Wall Street video, I can tell that it takes a multitude of generations to forge a revolution. In the Occupy Wall Street video, I saw that youth such as teenagers as well as young adults and even older people protesting on Wall Street. The reason being members of many generations have been impacted by the issue. In this case, I believe that it is not better to have members from many generations to make the protest more effective and successful. The youth of this generation do not know how to correctly handle challenging issues. In my opinion, having large amounts of  today’s youth in this specific movement is only leading the movement closer and closer to failure. The Occupy Wall Street movement went on for a while; however, the participants still cannot seem to form a functional “relationship” with the authorities. We know that it isn’t the senior citizens that are acting against the authorities. That being said, it can only be the younger people who are causing the authorities act the way they did. Although the Occupy Wall Street movement did not have much success, the ideas that came with the movement were very agreeable.

               The ideas of the Occupy Movement are ideas that I completely agree with. One of the ideas that the Occupy Wall Street Movement ha was that, with enough people, “working people could govern a metropolis along democratic lines” (Jones 1). To me, that means that the people of today had the power to control their own lives rather than have them controlled by the  government. That is super important because ,in my mind, it shows that the people does not necessarily have to depend on the government. They can do their own thing. But they must work for it first, which leads into another idea that I agree with.  To get what you want, you must WORK for it. Nothing will be given to you unless you are a spoiled brat that gets everything you ever ask for, which would only make you lazy and extremely unprepared for the real world.  The movement showed the citizens protesting and causing some form of trouble to get Wall Street’s attention so they could get what they felt they deserved. They went against authorities numerous times to get what they wanted. They worked hard and even risked going to jail to get what they felt they deserved as citizens.

 

References:

Cherkis, Jason. “Occupy Wall Street: Latest Developments From The Global Occupy                Movement.” Www.huffingtonpost.com. N.p., 19 Oct. 2011. Web. 25 July 2014

 Jones, Thai. “Occupy Wall Street Ideas May Live On As Movement Fades.”Www.huffingtonpost.com. N.p., 22 Sept. 2012 Web. 25 July 2014.

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