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Seasoned activists critique Wall Street protests

October 10, 2011


NEW YORK — To veterans of past social movements, the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York and spread nationwide have been a welcome response to corporate greed and the enfeebled economy. But whether the energy of protesters can be tapped to transform the political climate remains to be seen.

“There’s a difference between an emotional outcry and a movement,” said Andrew Young, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a strategist during the civil rights movement and served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “This is an emotional outcry. The difference is organization and articulation.”

The nearly four-week-old protest that began in a lower Manhattan park has taken on a semblance of organization and a coherent message has largely emerged: That “the 99 percent” who struggle daily as the economy shudders, employment stagnates and medical costs rise are suffering as the 1 percent who control the vast majority of the economy’s wealth continues to prosper.

The growing cohesiveness and profile of the protest have caught the attention of public intellectuals and veterans of past social movements.

“I think if the idea of the movement is to raise the discontent that a lot of people from different walks of life and different persuasions have on the economic inequity in this country — it’s been perfect,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who plans to broadcast his nationally syndicated radio show from the park today and five days later lead a jobs march in Washington, D.C.

He said he felt it was necessary to be there to talk about how blacks and Latinos are also buffeted by economic difficulties.

“I think it is more a movement to show dissatisfaction. I think that is effective and useful,” he said.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said the protest was a growing success. “There is a legitimacy to their demands for economic reconstruction,” he said, with the analysis of the problems in the economic system “dead on,” as he wrote in a commentary.

He said the protest could become a powerful movement if “it remains disciplined, focused and nonviolent — and turns some of their pain into voting power.”


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

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Shane Garrett 6 years, 6 months ago

And the great community organizer is doing what? "There is a legitimacy to their demands for economic reconstruction.” Should that not read destruction? What would they demand our economic system be replaced with?

Corey Williams 6 years, 6 months ago

"I strongly feel the new on-line manager, who I hear is a good guy, should take a serious look at terminating Agnostick's account. He is a bully and a nuisance to conservative forum members."

"Any thoughts for once on merrills incessant posting and re-posting of virtually the same thing over and over, day after day?"

"Coming from a clueless Bush hater."

"But do you have a brain? Maybe a pickled brain."

Yeah, I guess you would know a thing or two about disparaging comments. Glad to see you back.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Nah, I think it was because I made reference to a now disappeared poster who appears to have reappeared.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Yea, those horrible people, terrorizing police with their nonviolence, forcing them to pepper spray them and beat them with clubs.

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