The Faces of Occupy Wall Street – David Solnit

October 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

“I’m 47 years old. I live in the Bay area. I work in construction as a carpenter. There’s a lot of money in the Bay Area so I’ve kept employed but a lot of people whos houses I’ve worked on have been forced out of their houses. Both renters and home owners are having a hard time so that’s why I’m here.
I’m sick of the people whose houses I’ve been working on, getting run out of the Bay area. You know, the economic system we live in hard wired to take the stuff we need in our lives away from us. You know? So I’m here as part of the occupy movements. You know, trying to make a difference over the decades. Trying to figure out how to get together with all the rest of people in society and get the corporations out of our lives. They are just…corporations are not natural entities and there’s tons of other ways to organize society where people take care of their needs based on what’s good for people in the environment and not what’s good for the bottom lines of the small elite percent.
It’s amazing, since September 17th, 2011 the U.S. has stepped up and joined the rest of the world who are in rebellion against a global economic system and corrupt governments around the world. It’s very hopeful. I think different people are looking at different parts of the elephant but I think more and more people are realizing the problem is systemic. It’s not a single issue and it won’t be fixed by switching politicians or a piece of legislation. There needs to be a shift of consciousness and then a shift of power which means we need to overthrow the corporations that are running our communities into the ground and run out the politicians who they control.”

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