The current global economy is in fact an "un-economy": it's unfair, unsustainable, unstable, and is making many people unhappy. Opportunity is a lost hope for many, as social mobility in America is now less than in Western Europe.
When I first made the decision to visit the Occupy Wall Street encampment, I was skeptical. However, what I -- and now thousands of New Yorkers -- have found at Zuccotti Park is an undeniable energy and spirit.
It seems there is another hurricane happening now. Part of Occupy Wall Street's intrigue for me is the collision of groups and cultures who are dropping labels, and identifying as one: against the 1 percent.
The majority of people around the world need jobs right now, not venture capital. Entrepreneurship is not a skill or a trade, it's an instinct, and it usually starts as some sort of project, not necessarily as what is traditionally defined as a "business."
As students, what can we do? How can we help grow the #occupy movement and empower the 99%? We can do more than hold signs, hand out flyers, and post on Facebook. We can change the way our universities bank.
My hope is that the protest will be a rallying cry for all Americans to remind us of our shared values, not simply the occasion for replicating the political polarization that already grips our country.
Pundits tell Occupy Wall Street: give us your list of demands or you'll fail. Occupy Wall Street is obviously doing just fine without following that script. But why? What is Occupy Wall Street doing right? Here, some lessons from the history and theory of social movements.
People of color must turn out to the #Occupy actions to demand that our issues are addressed by our progressive allies. Only by providing our unique perspectives can we push reforms that address the continuing realities of structural racism and exclusion.