Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination

The people are finally beginning to really rise up, and we hope this turns into a large-scale movement across all the country – “overturning the tables,” so to speak. Stand up against greed! Stand up against corruption! Stand up FOR compassion, the working Americans, unemployed, and the large percentage of Americans in poverty. OCCUPY.

Why are people occupying Wall Street? Why has the occupation –despite the latest police crackdown – sent out sparks across America, within days, inspiring hundreds of people to send pizzas, money, equipment and, now, to start their own movements called OccupyChicago, OccupyFlorida, in OccupyDenver or OccupyLA?

There are obvious reasons. We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates.

Read the full story here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/sep/25/occupy-wall-street-protest?intcmp=239.

2012-08-24T02:19:10+00:00

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