The Occupy movement has raised important questions about rising inequality, and about the terms of the bailout. I think that we continue to experience the political fallout from anger over the bailout—esp. the fact that it did not hold the banks to account. Nor did subsequent regulations resolve the problem of banks “too big to fail.” It is important to continue to keep these questions at the center of our politics.
We had planned on being there for 24 hours. They were using their clubs and beating the crap out of people.
Occupy Wall Street has set the snowball rolling…it has made America aware of a sinister, usurious process by which wealth has systematically been funneled into fewer and fewer hands.
There were some instances where for the first time, our rights were respected as media reps and we even had some big guys making sure we had good positions in a restricted area to get important photos. A very slight improvement, but an improvement nonetheless. Maybe I’m glass-half-fulling here, but I did feel a slight shift.
We heard accounts of excessive force in events around the country, and it became clear it was a national issue. It seemed it merited a national response, and the coordination that Justice could bring. He wanted to make sure it was comprehensive in its scope.