Posted 10 years ago on Jan. 2, 2012, 5:31 p.m. EST by kayak69
from West Sand Lake, NY
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
I am one of the 99%. I support OWS and believe in what it stands for. But, because of the efforts of state and local government, with the support of Homeland Security, to shut down occupations all over the country, I am concerned that the momentum and influence of the OWS movement has been seriously diminished. Mainstream and independent news coverage has become almost non-existent. Even those in the media who pretend to support the movement have all but abandoned it. OWS activities have been fragmented with small groups of protesters occupying homes and attempting to get back into their encampments. This saddens me because it doesn't have to be this way. If this movement had leaders to direct and guide those involved, the chances for success would be greatly improved. Football, baseball and basketball are all team activities, but they can not be played successfully without knowledgeable coaches, quarterbacks and team captains. OWS has to stop being so stubborn about being a leaderless movement and find strong, dedicated, competent people to drive this movement in the direction it needs to go. I understand that leaders can become targets for the opposition, but there can be several OWS leaders and they can be anonymous. And, just like in sports, the leaders can be protected by the team. Another thing this movement needs is spokespeople, all over the country, to bring the message to the masses. This can work. Don't let it die. We are counting on you.