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Forum Post: With Regard to Labeling in the Media

Posted 6 years ago on Sept. 29, 2011, 3:24 p.m. EST by ZinnReader (92) from Encinitas, CA
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I have written Reuters and would encourage others to do the same. This goes for any other media outlets as well that attempt to label the movement, "Anti-Capitalist" or otherwise. Below is their contact information and a sample of the letter. Feel free to use it or modify it to your tastes. However, I would encourage you to remain respectful and professional. Peace.

Thomson Reuters Erin Kurtz Head of Public Relations, Media & Editorial Head of Americas Public Relations Tel: +1 646.223.8149 erin.kurtz@thomsonreuters.com

Dear Erin, I would urge that Reuters refrain from labeling the Occupy Wall Street movement "Anti-Capitalist." This description is inaccurate.

Although many involved with Occupy Wall Street agree that unfettered capitalism has hurt many people across the globe, it does not necessarily entail that the movement is "Anti-Capitalists." For example, many in the movement simply want to see meaningful financial reform take place; or to see accountability and justice served for the unethical and illegal practices that significantly contributed to our current financial crisis. These are not anti-capitalist views, but rather calls for economic justice.

The beauty of this movement is that it represents people from all walks of life -- all races, genders, classes, ethnicities, and sexual orientations from diverse cultures with diverse political views. It's about creating an open and free society that respects the voice of the people -- the 99%. In this sense Occupy Wall Street is about Democracy in action.

Moreover, refraining from assigning labels, such as "Anti-Capitalist," will ensure that the movement remains open to growth and infinite possibilities that make it truly a movement of great potential.

Thank you for your consideration.




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[-] 1 points by Peacefulmind (23) 6 years ago

"AWARENESS" is an important thing for people to have. Also "WHEN YOU CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THINGS THE THINGS YOU LOOK AT CHANGE." A Yogi said this phrase to me, and please pass it on to your fellow Americans. KEEP PREACHING THE TRUTH FOR IT SHALL SET YOU FREE.

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 6 years ago

again i will restate. it is impossibloe for me to be against a system which does not exist. a fiction. I am not against capitalism, i think its a fine idea- when do we start? The system we have is NOT capitalism, its corporate oligarchy, we are FOR democracy and FOR a free market system that is ethical. That does not exclude capitalism, it puts it in its place as a chunk of a democratic system.