June 19, 2013
We Are the 99 Percent—And We’re Not Confused
Posted on Oct 4, 2011
Now that reporters are starting to check out the occupation near Wall Street (it took only three weeks), they have begun echoing the notion that protesters don’t know why they’re there. As Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities huffs in a pro-demonstration article, “Do these news analysts think it’s a coincidence that they’re occupying Wall St. as opposed to Columbus Ave. north of 79th?”
But what do they want? cry reporters and pundits.
They want justice. They want opportunity. They want to pay the rent.
In times like these, it’s best to cut out the middlemen, which is why you should check out “We Are the 99 Percent,” a Tumblr blog collecting the personal stories of people who are hurting and who are fed up. They don’t seem at all confused about what they want. —PZS
(Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald.)
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