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In Less Than A Minute Alan Grayson Explains Occupy Wall Street To The 1 Percent – YouTube.

I keep talking to people about both our local Occupy movement, and the Occupations in various cities around the country. I’m curious what folks think, and have found it ranges wildly, from those who are supportive and involved, to those who are confused, to those who are dismissive, to those who are just plain pissed off.

The question I invariably get from everyone who’s not supportive or involved is this: What do they want? That question is stated haltingly by the confused, and angrily by the offended, but it’s the common theme. And this surprises me. I think that’s been obvious from the beginning what inspired OWS and the other occupations, and I tell people that in addition to whatever local issues each city’s Occupy folks have shouldered, there are two issues.

The first is two-fold in and of itself: Accountability by the financial sector for crashing the economy, and setting up safeguards to keep it from happening again.

The second is jobs, and that’s not at all unrelated to the first concern.

Simple, yes? Big issues, but in essence it boils down to some very basic concerns.

So it was that this short clip from Bill Maher’s show, featuring Alan Grayson summing up the same points in a nice, quick delivery really struck a cord with me.  Thanks, Mr. Grayson.


Things I read on Occupy Wall Street – mostly about how who is really occupying Wall Street is different than how the “mainstream” media is portraying it, and how labor and the occupiers are forging bonds:

Ezra Klein @ Wonkblog: The 99% and 1%: Not so different, after all

This helps to make the point, I think, that though the Occupy Wall Street folks are right that Wall Street has done a lot of damage to the economy and the top 1 percent have developed a curious ability to prosper while most Americans fall behind, in the long run, almost everyone’s interests are aligned here. Banks and corporations might be able to prosper in a bad economy for a couple of years, but they can’t do it for very long. Indeed, it seems like time might already be running out for Wall Street.


Greg Sargent @ The Plum Line: What if working class Americans actually like Occupy Wall Street?

The movement is still very young, and it’s very hard to gauge support for it. But one labor official shares with me a very interesting data point: Working America, the affiliate of the AFL-CIO that organizes workers from non-union workplaces, has signed up approximately 25,000 new recruits in the last week alone, thanks largely to the high visibility of the protests.

Karen Nussbaum, the executive director of Working America, tells me that this actually dwarfs their most successful recruiting during the Wisconsin protests. “In so many ways, Wisconsin was a preview of what we’re now seeing,” Nussbaum says. “We thought it was big when we got 20,000 members in a month during the Wisconsin protests. This shows how much bigger this is.”


Harold Meyerson @ The American Prospect: How the Times Have Changed, Part 386

On Wednesday afternoon, within a few minutes of one another, many of America’s leading unions—the Service Employees, the Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers—not to mention labor’s omnibus federation, the AFL-CIO—all released endorsements of Occupy Wall Street and its ongoing demonstrations in New York’s (and the world’s) financial center. Nothing surprising here—other individual unions and numerous local unions had already released statements of support for OSW, and the AFL-CIO itself has held several demonstrations on Wall Street since the financial collapse of 2008.

But for geezers like me, who came out of the student left of the ‘60s that found itself in various pitched battles with organized labor, the difference between then and now couldn’t be greater….

Laura Clawson @ Daily Kos: Occupy Wall Street spurs support for unions among the working class

Beltway wisdom would have it that Occupy Wall Street protesters are pierced, pot-smoking hippies reviled by heartland Americans. That view hasn’t been supported by polling; several polls have found positive favorability for Occupy Wall Street, and when PPP polled the issue for Daily Kos, people earning less than $50,000 had a net positive view of the protests, as did people earning more than $100,000.

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