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99%

October 7, 2011

“We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”

This is the mantra of the movement we now know as “Occupy Wall Street”. A protest that began three weeks ago to NO media fanfare. In contrast to the Tea Party media blitz that launched it (unfortunately) into a political power.

Thankfully this has not dulled the fire that is fueling this multi-faceted concensus of America. I believe that this movement will grow, further, that more movements like it will grow. Why?

  • Because the injustices being perpetrated on the people of this country are increasing in this time of struggle while the desperity between the immensely privileged and working class widens.
  • Because members of the unconscionable 1% are behind the scenes funding state legislated voter suppression.
  • Because for the last decade 88% of the wealth of the nation has gone to that 1%.
  • Because Wall Street plutocrats still award themselves princely ransoms while laying off workers.
  • Because banks are foreclosing on people who have paid there mortgages religiously, but have lost their jobs.

I can go on ad nausea with reasons why this movement could and will bloom – but the most important is that it is on the side of right. I am heartend to see that Unions and other more mainstream entities have decided to embrace the movement. One of the things that has been missing in the push to popularize the fight against corporate oligarchy is the absence of a consensus, a group move that galvanizes the strength of our numbers.  I don’t know if Occupy can provide that.  Leaderless resistance can do a lot, but eventually the 99% will have to speak as one become more than an expression of  discontent.

Dr. King and those leaders of the civil rights movement were able to move the indicator from an expression of injustice to an impact on public policy. That’s what made them dangerous – that’s what made them world changers. That’s what we need to be.

We are the 99%

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