Should You Care About Occupy The Hood?
As the Occupy Wall Street protests hit day 24, people are beginning to see more and more sprinkles of color among the growing crowd of demonstrators. Not to mention the demonstrations are spreading outside of Manhattan’s Financial District to Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and other cities across the country. Despite the new additions, going to ground zero of many of these protests will likely place you in a sea of white faces.
It’s this very reason that the sub-movement Occupy The Hood was born. It was started by two activist friends Malik Rhasaan, 39, from Queens, New York and Ife Johari Uhuru, 35, from Detroit, Michigan. What began as an awareness campaign to get people of color involved in Occupy Wall Street has caught on with media outlets such as BET, The Village Voice and Loop 21 documenting their story. Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, OTH is getting the word out via social media—which has proved to be quite successful. The OTH Twitter page has over 5,000 followers and their Facebook following is increasing with nearly 4,000 Facebook “Likes.” They’ve even been in direct contact with political and academic heavyweights like California congresswoman Maxine Waters and Princeton professor Cornel West.
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