Climate change is not happening in a vacuum, and speakers referred repeatedly to "corporate greed" as complicit in its profiting from mining and burning fossil fuels. Issues and answers filled the streets.
If you really want to know why ordinary Americans are being turned off by politics in record numbers, run for Congress. More than likely, you'll find out, as I have, that what's wrong with Washington has a common root: money.
The goal of a safer, sounder financial system, one that is less prone to crisis and failure and eliminates or dramatically reduces the need for taxpayer bailouts, is achievable. This is what the American people voted for last November. This is the president's clear mandate.
There is no question that the concentrated corporate power of Wall Street is working to weaken the already disappointing financial reform bill. There is only one antidote to their power and that is our power.