The Occupy Wall Street movement has been the target of jeers from conservatives, as well as cheers from a large number of Americans who support the message. Blogs, magazines, television and newspapers are have been proving that people from all walks of life are joining the movement. The New York Daily News just reported that veterans are actively supporting protestors in New York and all over the country.
When I went down to Freedom Plaza in DC recently, I met several people who expressed their own frustration, and were ready to get real about why they are willing to camp out in the rain, and snow, and sleep on concrete.
The desire for change — change of the status quo, change of the influence the wealthy have over decisions made in this country, change for being able to make a decent wage, all of these issues were expressed.
The biggest concern critics have with the movement, however, is the sustainability of it – particularly when there seems to be no core message. What is the purpose? And how is protesting in this way going to change anything? This is what some of the people I talked to had to say.