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What a difference one month canmake! Toward the end of Sep-tember a crowd started to gatheron Wall Street in New York Cityto protest the significant role thefinancial industry played in caus-ing our international economiccrisis. People were expressinganger that major banking andinvestment institutions madehuge profits from risky decisionsbut, when the bubble burst, werebailed out with taxpayer moneyinstead of penalized. Meanwhile,millions of regular Americans losttheir jobs, savings and homes andgot no help.Occupy Wall Street sprouted upfrom the grassroots and grew rap-idly into a worldwide movementwithin a few weeks. There arenow protests in hundreds of citiesincluding OccupyMN in down-town Minneapolis where about1,000 people showed up on the firstday, some stayed and many returnfrequently.
“First they ignore you, then theylaugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mohandas Gandhi
While it’s true that some of themost devoted occupiers might bedescribed as “looking a bit differ-ent” many are the people that yousee each day in your neighbor-hood. It’s a lot easier to march fora few miles in balmy fall weatherthan sleep overnight on cold, hardconcrete so we fair-weather friendsappreciate those who are toughingit out.
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform.”Susan B. Anthony
The Occupy movement is mostcertainly a phenomenon! It’sincredible in its size, scope, volume,velocity and unity. Individuals maybe promoting a dizzyingly diversearray of causes but its animatingmessage is abundantly clear: “Thebanks got bailed out, the peoplegot sold out” to quote a frequentlyrepeated slogan.Deregulation of the financialindustry over the past decades,along with an escalating amountof money being poured into Con-gressional campaigns and lobby-ing, have had a profound effecton the power balance in America.The top one percent of the popu-lation has amassed an obscenelylarge proportion of the nationalwealth while the middle class isshrinking and poverty is surging.“We are the 99%” is another mes-sage.
“We learned long ago that power and privilege never give up anything without a struggle. Money fights hard, and it fights dirty.” Bill Moyers
There’s no doubt there are strongfeelings for shifting power fromthe financial elite to the rest of us. A recent Time Magazine pollreported the OccupyUSA Move-ment has the support of 54% of theAmerican public, surpassing 27%support for the Tea Party Move-ment.
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Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
Liz Mattingly and Brita Melom brightened the first day of OccupyMN at the Hen-nepin County Government Center on October 7.
They gave away roses complimentsof Amelia’s flower shop in Uptown. Don Portwood, minister of Lyndale United Church of Christ, was one of the surprised participants who received a flower. Lyndale UCC is hold-ing services at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South , until renovation on theirbuilding at 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue is complete soon. Amelia Flower and GardenShoppe is at 36th Street and Bryant Avenue , 612.825.3019.
(Photo by Phyllis Stenerson)
Since the September 2011issue I’ve been writing about politics and government for the purpose of contributing to civic education and promoting dialogue. Therewas a time when subjects thatwere not considered polite conversation included politics, money, race, power, sex and religion. That’s what needs to be discussed plus much more. Previous editorials and context can be found at www. ProgressiveValues.org.