Dan Thompson, 11/21/11
Many commentators on all sides of the political spectrum claimed the Occupy movement was dead. Process pieces in many of the major news outlets focused on fracturing and lawless camps and disorganized responses to evictions. But last week's events in New York signaled a turning point. The movement is clearly still focused on it's original goals: building momentum for addressing the hardships of all Americans, rather than just those with the capital to demand that their needs be met.
Dan Thompson, 11/16/2011
Tomorrow is an important day for Occupy Wall Street. A series of heavy handed moves by Mayor Bloomberg, including a forced, unexpected eviction of the park and the destroyal of property has only energized greater interest in and sympathy for the movement. I will be in Lower Manhattan tomorrow morning to listen to and engage with the recently evicted occupiers further. I hope to return with a greater understanding about how Capital Institute can even more vigourously and creatively pursue a financial system that works for the planet and the people that live on it. Stay tuned...
Susan Arterian Chang, 11/07/11
There are many voices of Occupy Wall Street. One is a grandmother of 5, Marsha Spencer, 56, who grew up on a dairy farm in Wixom, Michigan, and moved to New York to work as a seamstress in the theatre district. She told us that all of her siblings were able to attend college on a farmer’s income but that she doubts that her grandchildren will be able to afford to.
Gar Alperovitz—writer, historian, political economist, think tank founder, and one of the visionaries behind the Evergreen Cooperatives—talks about his life's work helping to prepare the ground for the systemic institutional and policy changes that will be required to broaden the ownership of capital in America and transform our throwaway cities into stable, sustainable economies.