Occupy Wall Street is reminiscent of the mid-20th century civil rights, women's lib, and peace movements, as well as the great labor battles of the '30s and '40s that brought unions and shared prosperity broadly to the working class.
Results of our interviews show a population more motivated by reform than massive overhauls of existing systems, a group well-educated and well-versed on relevant policy issues rather than a radical movement likely to resort to violence.
MF Global -- which is unlikely to survive through the weekend, at least in its current form -- is no ordinary firm and the tale of how it became the latest casualty of mindless risk taking is something that every risk taker on Wall Street could learn from.
Occupy Wall Street is about anxiety, and the courage of young people to fly into conflict on Gandhi's wings. This is the noble legacy of civil disobedience on display at Zuccotti Park. We are seeing that anxiety channeled by courage can transform a society.
Occupy Wall Street has a limited window of attention and momentum, regardless of how long they intend to physically occupy. With the clock counting down, I am holding out hope that they can find their purpose.
We thought our uniforms made us safe. We were wrong. I wore an American flag bandanna around my wrist when we marched on the debate, and held another folded in my hands. I don't wear my uniform anymore, and the flag no longer has any home on my body.
Let's look at how the Occupiers and protests would be treated if we were a functioning democracy -- a government of, by and for We, the People -- instead of a dysfunctional plutocracy serving the biggest corporations and the billionaires behind them.
We must see that Wall Street's inherent structural flaws and fraudulent foundation demand reasonable government regulation; we've seen what happens when those are relaxed. Protesting the consequences of greed is a start, but only a start.
Clashes between Occupiers and Oakland police continued into last night as protesters tried to reclaim the park and police met them with tear gas. The movement has vowed to continue attempting to return to the space
Occupy Wall Street is not just about Americans who can't find work. It's about the fact that even when they can find work, the rules have gotten difficult; the deck has been so stacked against them that there just aren't enough rewards in the game to make it seem worthwhile.
Part of what makes the Occupy movement so powerful is that it operates like an open source network. Its non-hierarchical approach empowers everyone and forces collaboration. It's not a place to be precious about ideas or to take ownership of any one thing.
Far too often, the stories, I've heard about police brutality, came with an air of resignation and comments like, "Its been going on so long, it will never change." That is certainly not how it felt on the streets of Harlem on Friday!
The growth of student loan debt makes young people furious. It's a betrayal of the American social contract that says if you work hard and invest in yourself through education, you'll be able to build a better life.