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Forum Post: Reaching the Suburbs

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 5:41 p.m. EST by sophiaomni (289)
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Here's a Youtube version of a film that was shown at a forum in support of Occupy Wall Street on Long Island on Wednesday:


The audience was made up of about 300 hundred people, about 2/3s of whom were college students. I know that it's tempting to give up on the suburbs, but from what I've seen the more people understand the ideas behind OWS, the more they come around to support the movement. It's all well and good to "preach to the choir" but real change will only happen in this country when we can persuade those who now view the movement with some degree of suspicion--and many of those individuals like in places like Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester.

The great thing about the film was that most of the people who were interviewed were intelligent, articulate, politically aware men and women in their 20s, who were able to explain in clear and succinct terms exactly why they were protesting. Seeing these folks in action had an enormous impact on the suburban audience, who couldn't fall back on their usual stereotype of OWS protesters as bubble-headed, incoherent hippies with no clear vision for the country. There was even a generally positive write-up in Newsday, which is not exactly the most radical paper in the country.



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[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

Thank you for the post. I agree. I don't like to see the citizens of this country divided into the 1% and the 99%. Whether I pay taxes in the first or last percentage, that is not the problem. The problem from my point of view is this - I am getting more and more angry about the stupid way that my tax dollars are being spent, talks of raising my taxes for that there is more for the stupid - I don't care who you get it from - the 1% or the 99%. Spending it the way we do today is simply totally irresponsible in my opinion. I am not equating this stupidity to the war in Iraq, nor to the Fanny-Freddie joke, not to welfare, not to unemployment - I am simply saying that enough is enough and I am talking about the overall stupidity of the entire system.. If our follies have to be curtailed - so be it - we will all share in it together.