Occupy Wall Street: Is change brewing in the streets of our cities?
After yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street march in NYC drew an estimated 10,000 people—including protestors who’ve been there for weeks, union leaders and members, college students and professors—it’s clear that something big is happening down on Wall Street and throughout the country.
A friend who attended yesterday’s rally (and snapped the photo to the left) said people championed a variety of causes. Popular picket signs read “We are the 99%” or “End corporate greed.” Other people aimed to fight political corruption, protect workers’ rights, instate equitable taxes, create more jobs, and demand bailouts for people—not just banks (with some more extreme calls to end the Fed, jail Wall Street execs, and eliminate student debt).
The general message was clear: the terrible economy, high unemployment rate, and crippling number of foreclosures in the face of Wall Street’s infinite wealth have made Americans angry enough to take to the streets and voice their complaints.
What’s needed now is for a few clear goals to rise to the surface. Many grassroots movements have started without organizers and a defined mission. But they only get so far. Leaders who can articulate the issues must emerge. (Where are the Mario Savios, Harvey Milks, and Gloria Steinems of this generation? Come forth!)
I’m curious to see where this movement goes and what it could become. What are your thoughts?