Occupy Wall St. could lay the necessary foundation for the next surge of student activism. And this time, we teenagers have mass communication at our disposal and a great deal of tension compounded by decades of silence.
Speaking as a flower child of the '60s -- a proud member of the generation that danced at Woodstock and elevated protest marches to an art form -- I'd like to offer some advice to the Occupy Wall Streeters.
People are internalizing the truth that they share more with this group, the 99 percent, than they have ever shared with another group of protestors. Now, people are standing up and actively making their presence known.
America's families and small businesses are barely hanging on while the Wall Street-run health insurance profit machines have been jacking up rates and providing less care. That's why it makes sense for Occupy Wall Street protesters to occupy them as well.
We brought the calf to Wall Street to confess our allegiance to false Gods and to announce that something was dying for us. That death is our own belief in the sacred calf of the Wall Street picture of the universe.
Movements grow not because of the specifics of their agenda, but because of the truth of their protest. Occupy Wall Street protests outrages that all of us see. Their protest is too valid to be ignored; too pressing to be suppressed.
Our politicians are telling us that we need to cut back, accept lower wages, fewer benefits, less government services. They tell us the money isn't there. But it is, Kim, it is. You're wearing it on your ears.
I want to publicly say thank you to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thank you for not accepting the status quo. Thank you for not assuming there is nothing to be done. Thank you for rattling the cages.