What concrete results has Occupy Wall St accomplished?
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At Liberty Plaza, the Sustainability and Sanitation teams worked constantly, in collaboration with the Kitchen, to keep the Occupation clean and green. Through the work of then strangers, we coordinated trash and recycling disposal, compost removal and delivery of food waste to NYC Community Gardens, grey water systems, and energy produced by bicycles. As gadfly journalists were drawn to these efforts and carting companies vied for our nutrient-rich compost, we prevailed, building bigger teams of volunteers to cart waste, empty wash bins, bag cans.
Occupy brought like-minded, environmentally and sustainability oriented people out of their smaller communities and in front of the world to see.
Occupy has forged networks & relationships for the next generation of activism. But more than that, it has provided space for people who feel powerless to change a system that was founded by “we the people.” Occupy has given many people a community where they can contribute to real change in the world.
We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.
What’s at stake aren’t Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. And we have to reclaim them.
Next: count press hits—income disparity and the plight of poor people got way, way, more media attention after Occupy Wall Street started than it did before OWS existed.