Zuccotti Park New York

Zuccotti Park Training  :

The second in October, a couple of participants Collection of Wall Street invited me to speak to the protesters Zuccotti Park, just below Wall Street, right next to the Merrill Lynch building once inhabited. Some of my friends have been affected. Seven hundred people were arrested in March to protest against the previous day. Others wondered why I give this seemingly diverse group. It took a little is no-mod. Excess on Wall Street was the main cause of the current economic strife. Essentially, the protesters are right. And what they want is information, not more slogans.

You do not have to worry about anything. Joe Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist, and I did a "teach-in" with Zuccotti Park. It 'was two Sundays ago. We use an echo chamber, many are now familiar. Police deny the power microphones or amplification, so the audience to repeat a phrase, we are in a loud voice so that everyone can hear. You speak of half-sentences, but it forces you to intensify your thoughts. For me the most was how enthusiastic and attentive audience was, and how to be polite. Somewhere between 75 and 125 people, I would say, listen to me and Joe. I spoke later in the wall Manager calls the General Assembly. This group was much larger, several hundred people, at least, and the sentences was repeated twice, and loudly. In the dark, was stirring.

Since early last week, a change of attitude towards the press, the Wall Street manage and support throughout the country, the movement is suddenly drawing is important. Occupation which began on September 17, and rose from the beginning. But since two Sundays ago, the unions have joined the large and boisterous in March and little, if any, do not hesitate to visit Zuccotti Park. Friends now bring their children. The press, almost uniformly derisive during the first week, shows signs of understanding that the group touches the deep anger and confusion in America. President Obama had to answer the question last week, and said he understood the concerns. They occupy the Wall Street is actually a national truly international. Journalists in Australia and Switzerland, invited me for interviews. I'm sure many others will receive such calls.

How could this happen? For two reasons. Most young people who are driving the movement are well intentioned. They are almost all performed well. Many are highly educated. They want to learn. And they see an injustice in the deep earth. They see the crisis is not just economic. It is a matter of justice and democracy. How can we blame those in their twenties to frustration when they can not get a job with youth unemployment rates so high, when Wall Street, distributes huge bonuses? How can we explain the rescue of the banks, while politicians talk about cutting Social Security and Medicare? Certainly does not make sense that poverty continues to increase two years after economists and politicians tell us that the recession is over, and just this week, found that average incomes are still spectacular down. Is this fair?

Thirty years ago, the richest 1 percent of the population earned less than ten percent of national income, now control almost 20 percent of national income, while at the same time, pay income much lower capital gains tax rates, then they did. That leaves the other 99 percent, when the protesters are now called. It's the 1 percent increase in income made America a better place, because they often claim? Because the other 99 percent can not be anything but angry when they hear such claims, when the SAG wages and unemployment remains high?

More unusual is the nature of the organization. As a group, they are determined not to have leaders as "facilitators." No one seeks to dominate, or allowed to dominate. Especially love the word horizontal. There is no hierarchy here. This is all part of its commitment to be inclusive.

Many observers are frustrated they do not seem to have a clearer agenda or to make specific requests. But they issued a set of principles or statements. Among them, "They took our home through a foreclosure process illegal, even if they do not have the original mortgage" and "They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in employment based on age, color your skin, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. "There are about two dozen of these claims, they unanimously approved on September 29, and they say it is not a complete list of concerns of those of them. They are determined, as I say, to be understood. But they are worried that a particular program or a list of requirements may prevent certain persons or distort many people.

During this past weekend, I met and others with some of their representatives in private. Many of them have university degrees. It immediately struck me how beautiful they are. They want to make another form of protest. Again and again, they make clear their commitment to the principle of inclusiveness and the organization flat. And they are just now gathering forces around the world. There is no pressing reason for them to come with a formal agenda. They have a voice. While Washington has to listen.
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I also think it likely that its direct influence on the nation's legislators and the media is understated. Senators talk about millionaires tax. "Morning Joe talking about whether banks should be nationalized or destroyed. Nancy Pelosi is not afraid to speak on national TV the protesters free. Now there is a new institution to respond to, and its essence is its" non-institutional ".

But when it's cold Zuccotti Park. Protesters can also address the practical problems of sit-ins: the friction with the police, which could spread, infiltrated from outside, loss of control in general. In the end, must make difficult decisions. They seem to know.

I think they want to go where they perceive grave injustices and awareness on the case. If it is unjust foreclosures, they may very well be there. Shed light on the question may be sufficient. But at a time at least, they will probably need to develop specific requirements, or perhaps a set of desired reforms. There is much to do in America: a policy of real job, a more serious regulation of Wall Street, mortgage relief, tax increases (if any), a real health reform care, energy policy significantly more equal educational opportunities and student loan relief.

Not specified a list like this for the reasons I mentioned above. But much is changing so rapidly, that could also change. The protesters are willing to listen to many people about issues and policy choices facing the nation. I'm going down to one or two other learning. I feel fortunate to witness this. This is a fascinating social experiments of our time. And it shows how our traditional institution of Congress, think tanks, media did not reach the deep concern of the U.S. population. This shows that our democracy has been delayed. It took this group of young people most of the time with an empathetic view of suffering U.S. to build an institution that expresses the spontaneous complaints and concerns of what should be the majority of Americans.


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