With all the recent attention and coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) protest, there is great interest in what exactly is being protested and the movement’s future plans. Here is a roundup of recent articles and blog posts discussing the issues and agenda of #OWS.
Mike Konczal uses posts from the #OWS-related “We are the 99%” Tumblr to gather data and identify the common concerns of blog’s posters. His quantitative approach presents the concerns in a simple manner with informative, easy-to-follow charts.
While Henry Blodget does not touch upon all the popular #OWS issues, he does paint a great story through charts about unemployment, corporate profits, income inequality and the financial sector.
Mary Pilon highlights another major #OWS issue, student-loan debt, in the WSJ blog Real Time Economics.
Catherine Rampell’s NYT Economix blog post uses annual income statistics for the top 1%, providing more information about who makes up the 99% and 1% in the United States.
Where is #OWS headed? There are great suggestions on what should be included in the #OWS list of demands, however there is no defined #OWS agenda yet, and that’s OK. #OWS is still a young protest (the one-month anniversary was October 17) and the messages will change and develop. Elizabeth Mary King agrees that an evolving agenda is normal, citing a couple historical protests as examples. To supplement King’s article, the six articles below highlight the importance of the #OWS movement itself rather than the need to identify concrete demands this early in the process.
“Occupy Wall Street Gets What the 'Very Serious People' Have Missed for 30 Years”, John Schmitt (AlterNet)
“What will victory look like for Occupy Wall Street?”, Sally Kohn (CNN Opinion)
“Why Occupy Wall Street isn't about a list of demands”, Julianne Pepitone (CNN Money)
“Protesters Against Wall Street” (NYT Opinion)
“Why Liberals Should Embrace Occupy Wall Street”, John B. Judis and Jonathan Cohn (The New Republic)
“It's a Tremor, Not a Quake. Yet.”, Tom Hayden (Huffington Post)
Although there is no official agenda, future plans are being made. Over the weekend, a group of #OWS protestors formed the Working Group, which has begun organizing a National General Assembly, set to convene on July 4, 2012, and posted the 99% Declaration. The Declaration’s Petition of Grievances is not final and is in no way the official platform of the #OWS movement; however, a very similar petition will likely be voted on by the National General Assembly come July 2012.