The unlikely Occupier who just can't stop
Jeannie Lee was unmoved by the early days of Occupy Wall Street. Now, she can't tear herself away.
November 17th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

The unlikely Occupier who just can't stop

Editor’s Note: Jeannie H. Lee has been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. She received a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and previously worked as a community organizer with Church Women United.

By Jeannie H. Lee, Special to CNN

Something revolutionary has happened to me: Occupy.

Occupy Wall Street has radically transformed my life.

Until a month ago, I merely watched from afar, in print and on TV, as Occupy Wall Street took shape. There was nothing on the Occupy agenda that moved me into action.

That’s changed. My participation at first was innocuous; I went down to Zuccotti Park out of curiosity. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for years, but my past work as a community organizer had stirred my interest. I still wanted to help the movement for justice, especially as it relates to our children’s futures.

The fire was truly lit under me when the phrase “marginalized communities” was used at one of the first Occupy organizational meetings I attended. Folks at the meeting kept saying how the “marginalized communities” had to come to Occupy, to “them,” to Zuccotti Park, where New York’s Occupy movement was based.

They were referring to people like me.

This reference – “marginalized communities” – enraged me. I posted on my Facebook wall, demanding that the Occupy Movement stop referring to me as marginalized. “I am not marginalized; you make me marginalized from your point of reference,” I wrote. “I am proud to be an immigrant, Korean-American, Asian-American, woman, stay at home mom, living in Harlem-Washington Heights and I'm sure I'm forgetting other categories... you say I'm marginalized. Let's get rid of that word we use selectively for certain populations. None of us are marginalized. Others make us marginalized.”

Then, I had my first encounter with the People of Color Caucus.

There’s a variety of numbers on the racial demographics of the people occupying Wall Street. Fordham University conducted a survey of 301 respondents at Zuccotti Park in mid-October and found that 68% of protesters were white, 10% were black, 10% were Hispanic, and 7% were Asian. An OccupyWallSt.org survey of 5,124 protestors estimated that 81.2% consider themselves white, 6.8% Latino, 2.8% Asian, 3% mixed race and 1.6% black. Either way, those numbers don’t represent national demographic figures. These numbers are, in fact, discouraging. So, I was glad to see that the People of Color caucus had come together and started to meet on a regular basis.

The first time I attended, I made it to only the last 30 minutes of the People of Color meeting, but it was enough. I was disappointed, troubled by what I witnessed. They were in the thick of discussing a proposal, to be presented to Occupy’s General Assembly, to make the working group into a caucus.

They were essentially asking permission. That's what got me. What happened to self-determination?

But I couldn’t just walk away. I had to stay. I had to be involved.

As a Korean-American, I go out of my way to find “my people.” In this case, People of Color Caucus was the closest I was going to get and so I made it a personal mission to participate in this group. There was good turn out at the meeting, but not surprisingly, there weren’t many Asian-Americans. We are reluctant to join general movements and historically, we organize within our own communities – much of this is due to language and cultural barriers. Although our number isn’t high within People of Color Caucus, Asian-Americans have begun to organize themselves to address some of the Occupy Wall Street concerns unique to our communities.

No longer am I a bystander, but an active participant. Along with three mothers and friends, I started the 99% School, a virtual school which organizes events for children and families. We use the motto “Each one, teach one,” an African proverb whereby each one is accountable to teach one whatever knowledge they’ve gained. Knowledge is determined by the collective community. In that spirit, the 99% School has organized teach-ins, an “Un-Columbus Day” at Zuccotti Park, where children reflected on the true origins of American occupation, and a Children’s Brigade on November 17, when children and adults will march from Union Square to Foley Square in support of the Occupy movement.

Rareviews: Bringing black voices to Occupy Wall Street

I’ve gone to numerous Occupy meetings; People of Color Caucus, Women’s Caucus, Outreach Working Group and more. Frankly, I’m exhausted. Trust me when I say that my household of four is still in shock with this change of events. I used to joke that I was the stay-at-home mom of two sons who never stayed at home, but now that’s the truth.

Attendance at the last People of Color Caucus meeting was low, not because there is less interest, but because so many of the regular attendees were busy organizing and taking action within their own local communities. The low meeting attendance also reflects the dilemma members of the caucus face – distance. It takes me at least an hour to get to most Occupy meetings and that’s on a good day. Many meetings are scheduled during the day, when many people work, or at night, when many parents like me can’t participate.

This leads me back to the reason I got involved in the first place, to ensure that my sons will be governed by a true democracy and not a self-interested few with economic power.

Recently, I read one of my son’s Marvel comic books to take a break from all of this heady stuff. The allegory reminded me that when it comes to righting wrongs, even the most unlikely, mismatched parties must align themselves together. Everyone is part of the center; no one is left out or marginalized because without a fully engaged democracy, the battle or war will be lost. In the case of Occupy, there can be no center determined by locale, racial identity, gender, sexual orientation, political party loyalty, agenda – the center is everywhere, everyone. No longer are there “marginalized communities” to reach out to. They’re already engaged in the conversation.

It’s a mind-boggling challenge only if you keep the center small. I challenge those who are at the “center” of Occupy, and everywhere and anywhere a “center” has been determined by a minority, to re-orient their mindset. Do that and everyone is already there. The outreach isn’t as challenging – you won’t feel like you have to bring the others to engage. They’re already there. Right now, the way it is, it’s a minority who has determined who is in or out and that’s why so many are sitting on the fence or not engaging in the movement. The people - more than you’ll ever imagine - are already there, but you must let go of controlling, of drawing lines, of making circles. Let that just be determined by the people, the 99%.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jeannie H. Lee.

soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. BillV

    “I am not marginalized; you make me marginalized from your point of reference... Others make us marginalized.”
    "As a Korean-American, I go out of my way to find 'my people.' "

    I'm confused. Others force her to go out of her way to find "her people?"

    November 18, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. danfromparma

    Wonder how many waiters and waitresses make more than the people sitting there with Union Jobs? Bet these same waiters and waitresses earn minimum wage.

    Want to know how they make so much money? They hustle. I ALWAYS tip someone that gives great service MORE than I do others.

    Want to bet NONE OF OWS would EVER consider hustling like that to make a good living?

    Why don't you ask the bartender at a busy bar how much they make. Or any waiter or waitress that brings home a couple hundred a night.

    People get back what they put into life. You hustle, life will reward you,. You chose the easy way out, you get what you deserve.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. jeremy

    She's a stay at home mom (probably on welfare anyway). Of course she has nothing better to do than 'occupy.' She's a waste of carbon as it is.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Why Use Facts

      What makes you think she is on welfare? She is an educated woman who from the sounds of it has made the choice so stay home and raise the children. I applaud her for the decision to actually raise her kids instead of having daycare do it for her. I disagree with her decision to join the occupy movement, but at least she wants to make a change for things that she considers better. I hope that once she realizes that the occupy movement is promoting socialism, and some in the movement even espouse communism, both systems have been shown not to work in the real world that she is working for change that is actually worse.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • xl

      this is a woman with a master's degree from Yale. i highly doubt she's on welfare, more likely her husband has taken on the role of providing financially for the family while she devotes her time to her children and nonprofit work. she's completely at the other end of the spectrum.

      December 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rachel

    Shouldn't you be at home watching your kids?

    November 18, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria L

      After all this rambling by the author, she joins so she can find her people? What is she actually occupying for - "where's the beef?" Yet another example of this movement not being a definitive one and just a lump of people out there following others blindly ... someone que the music for the macarena please.

      November 18, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
      • jeremy

        from the looks of her, she needs more salad and less beef 🙂

        November 18, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rafael

    I'd like to know when was it that the Educated Elite (Masters from Yale? Really? You mean like Bush, Forbes, Gore?) had become part of the marginalized minority.

    November 18, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • BMW

      What an ignorant statement. Educated Elite? Simply because someone attends a prestigious school does not automatically lump them in with the likes of all other alumni. Guilt by association does not apply here.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hometown Postville

    I think I see the point the author is trying to make... that races other than caucasian are in the minority when it comes to joining OWS. She is trying to educate herself so she can encourage others to join. A fine line exists between that and self-segregation so it's easy to for some of you to jump on that bandwagon. If this movement is to be a success, it must embrace ALL races and lifestyles. Seeking to understand WHY minorities are avoiding OWS instead of bashing one minority's views will go a long ways toward creating the cohesiveness the movement needs to survive. Only then will the 99% be "for the PEOPLE/by the PEOPLE," without regard to color, race, or lifestyle! Rock on OWS!

    November 18, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Atlanta

      Why is the 99% bashing the 1% minority. And wow, I bet less that 1% of the population get a Masters from Yale? Lets bash her for being in that 1%

      November 18, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. MinesA99

    oh, and look at the photo – nice iPad, anti big business people. Pay for that with a credit card from a bank at an Apple store, by chance?

    November 18, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Birkenstock doesn't make tablets, genius. Democrats and liberals graduate from good schools, own homes, businesses, cars, all that stuff. You want a BMW? Great, go ahead and work for it. You republicans are great at talking about the power of the American Dream and pulling yourself up by the bootstraps while at the same time working feverishly to destroy all avenues to do just that. Class mobility has nosedived since Reagan, and we have laughable corporate income disparity – 440 to 1! It's the same thing with the free market – you guys talk a good (half-decent) game, but your actual platforms tilt earnings and bailouts and opportunity to the already haves. I am not some hippie dreaming of a zero footprint grass hut farmer collective – I am a Ivy educated small business owner who is sick of watching the powerful in this country have all of the voice, all of the power and all of the money. OWS, keep it up!!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. ERIC

    It is amazing that the only thing this "occupier" could see was percentages of color of skin, ethnic groups, and race- and bemoan the difficulty in finding "her people". Another great example of the reversal of American values that the OWS movement represents. Its all racism and class warfare. What a shame.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • MinesA99

      Exactly what I was going to post, Eric. This article seemed to be more about her finding a way to hang out with people of her ethnic background rather that finding a way to support the OWS movement. 99% is about people in general, not how specific ethnics are treated. To me, people like this poster are what's holding the races back – by seeing herself, not as an American, but as a Korean-American who wants to hang out with other Korean-Americans. That's self-segregation, and racist in itself.

      November 18, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Vidia

    Lucky you, Ms. Lee. Being a liberal, you get to punch all kinds of cards for being marginalized, SATH mom, minority etc. As a conservative, you lose them all, minority , female, vet ... How's that for open-mindedness... You guys sound like the Red Guard or Hitler Youth with your blind ignorance.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. LM

    If you make yourself better, you make your country better. If you don't, you lose, your country loses and humanity loses.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Vidia

    If we gave people points for being smart...Going to Yale would probably earn you 50 smart points, getting a degree in Divinity is about -200. Getting a degree in Divinity from one of the most prestigious and expensive schools knocks another 200 pts. off.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Wow, so MLK was a rube for being a pastor and a community organizer, I guess. Some people actually get a kick out of helping other people and making the world a better place. But look at who I'm pushing that idea on, an American conservative. How silly of me.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. omg

    people who take their kids to protests = creepy
    people who create special kid protests to attract more kids who don't understand any issues they are protesting or "brigading" about = insane

    November 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. William

    Why does someone's opinion who has never worked for a living matter??
    Go back to being a "stay at home Mom" please and let the grownups decide things...

    November 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DregonX

      As the father of a young child, I can tell you that a stay-at-home mom certainly works! It's pretty unfair to say that she doesn't work just because she shares in the money her husband brings home (money he can only earn because he doesn't have to care all day for the kids).

      November 18, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
      • OutOfTheKitchen

        She could have made an even better choice by NOT reproducing. If you want to be the literal equivalent of the household pet, then by all means, pop out some kids and stay in the kitchen for the rest of your sorry life. But that kind of existence is a pure waste of potential and one's life.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • DregonX

        @OutOfTheKitchen: It sounds like you feel as though any offspring of yours would be worthless... I, on the other hand, feel I have a great little person in my care, and that staying at home to raise a child is an investment in the future. My wife and I are lucky in that we have high-paying low-office-hour jobs, so one of us can be home most of the time; we don't need a babysitter (I hate the idea of leaving my child in a stranger's care). But not everyone has that option, so being a stay-at-home mom is a pretty good decision, if necessary. Comparing a person who does the equivalent work of a day-care worker, cook, maid, accountant, and driver, with a household pet is both rude and nonsensical. 'Housework' is 'work' (the hint is that the second half of that compound noun is 'work'). Please afford her the respect of acknowledging it.
        Oh, and for the record, I don't agree with Mrs. Lee's reasons for occupying. I'm just peeved that anyone would look down upon housework.

        November 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sam

    OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOLKS : – i don't know what u guys stand for..are u aganist americans, mortgage companies etc.. stand with the US citizens folks..stand with them aganist there exploitation by the companies here in our home...Our Citizens with hefty student loans are out of work..our younger genration are starving because there parents don't have jobs...Our veterans are out of JOB...At the sametime companies hire VISA HOLDERS FOR work in our country...Indian and American companies..Do u know how many visa holders are working in our country in H1, L1 and EAD..there are 6 Million of these folks 95% from India and China..Do you know Indians companies in USA employ 1 Million Visa Holders mainly from INDIA..99% of these companies employ Visa Holders..they don't hire a single American...Fight for that people..Stop the discrimination against American Citizens..ALL Indian companies in USA hire only Indians or VISA holders..they just don;t hire an america..Take any example of Indian and American consulting BIG and small companies..Top five Indian IT and consulting companies employ more than 100,000 VISA holders in USA and they have less 10 employees as US citizens..same case for American companies...where WE GO ..FIGHT FOR THAT PEOPLE..SEND THESE VISA HOLDERS HOME..CANCEL THERE work permit..we will prosper again..fight for the real cause OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOLKS..Fight against these injustice people..Fight to Increase THERE VISA FEES TO 30k/year SO COMAPNIES CANNOT BRING IN CHEAP WORKERS BUT ONLY BRIGHT AND BEST CANDIDATES TO WORK HERE BY PAYING THE premium..

    November 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • nnnlo

      Ok, Europe is going to set up visa + 100k euro/years charge for every American on EU territory. No matter what is the purpose...

      November 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • omg

      author, your movement is so confused, diffused and schizophrenic (e.g. look at your kooky list of random initiatives, groups and activities and groups within groups) that it should disband before xmas (or like the internet, break up into a million microsites that than then focus on their own little interests, which would be more impactful).

      November 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCS_CHI

      I don't think it is a valid argument to blame visa holders for taking American jobs. Many of these IT jobs require a background in engineering, math, etc. I highly doubt any unemployed occupier studied any subject that would prepare them for these tech jobs. Instead, they are awash in student loans because they CHOSE to study things that don't have a high demand in the marketplace. Studying computer science and studying sociology or the like are quite different endeavors. One leads to a high paying, reliable job; the other apparently leads to a tent in Zuccotti Park. Too bad too many people don't understand the basics of supply and demand. Good luck!

      November 18, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
      • LM

        Nicely said. Basic Supply and Demand.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Linda

    At the end of the day it comes down to the fact that we have become too much of a material society. We want things we can't afford – or even need for that matter. The better car, the bigger house etc. Why would someone brag about working 80+ hours a week? I'm not saying we shouldn't work, but nobody should have to work two jobs to support their family (that they never get to see). A woman should be able to stay at home with her kids before school age – it's important for them to be taken care of by their own parent. Nothing should be handed to anyone. I have $60k worth of student loans that I took out and will take responsibility for. Living a comfortable life should not be unattainable for anyone in a country like America. My generation sees buying a house as a pipe dream at this point in time. Isn't there something wrong with that picture?

    November 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • RetiredMilitaryMember

      The problems are multifaceted in this country. Babyboomers and Generation Xers used their starter homes as ATMs. Or used easy loan money to speculate in the real estate market and purchase homes to flip. Now there are tight restrictions and debt-to-equity ratios that have been used since the early nineteen hundreds. Our politicians have allowed our military to engage in protracted Wars in two countries. This set us back billions of dollars, borrowed from social security funds. OWS is targeting the 1% to include Warren Buffet and other multi-millionaires for greater tax increases. Your movement fails to acknowledge 1% includes professional athletes, celebrities, self-made entrepreneurs. Not all 1% of the top earners (defined as making at least $324K per year) are corrupt politicians, Wall Street Traders, and CEOs. Why not form a 50% Group which represents fifty percent of Americans who pay local, state, and federal income taxes? The fifty percent pulling the corporate slave wagons, entrepreneur and military wagons? The fifty percent who work for a living. All progressive societies rely on the health and productivity of its work force under 62 years of age. How about lobbying for mandatory drug testing of all welfare, SSI disability, and Veteran benefit recipients? If they test positive, their monthly checks stop immediately until they complete an in residence drug & alcohol treatment program. This would save tax payers billions of dollars and increase our numbers past 50%. Your 99% include thugs, anarchists, hippies, unemployed malcontents as well as kids with expensive college degrees and tuition debts.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL

      Exactly which generation is it that sees home ownership as a pipe dream? Hundreds of thousands of houses are in short sale, selling for cheaper than they've ever been, and interest rates are at less than 4 percent. If you can't get a house, there is a darn good reason for that, and it has nothing to do with it being a "pipe dream."

      November 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Move to Florida- they are half price.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SummerGirl

      I'm in my 20s and all of my friends, with the exception of 1 who lives in Chicago, have houses that we've bought over the past several years. Further, several of us, myself included, just refinanced so we'll have them paid off in 15 years. Home ownership is not a pipe dream if you realize that a basic 1200-1800 sq. ft. house is all you need and that granite countertops, hardwood floors, spa bathrooms, etc. aren't necessary.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  16. Richard

    Okay, two things stand out. 1. She was a community organizer – she is Occupy. 2. As a Korean-American she searches for her "people". Wouldn't that be other Americans? And if not, isn't that really the source of the problem?

    November 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      Amen to that

      November 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Doug Pederson AKA SpectateSwamp

    Sure would be nice to see someone do a similar blog for the Pro Streeter crew. With picture and background. I doubt that you will find any to the thieves that are brave enough to come forward and show their face and explain their side of the issue. What do you Streeters stand for. Corporate greed, lying, cheating, crap audits or Lobbyists buying politicians: WHAT.

    November 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed today...let me guess. The whole economic issue is because of the government and corporations. Nothing to do with irresponsible people thinking they could buy a million dollar home on a $200K budget. Should the lenders gave them the money? No. But RESPONSIBLE people wouldn't have bit off more than they could chew anyways. Greed goes both ways.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rooting for OWS!!!!

    I'm out here in a small little town out in the country-side rooting for you!! I lived in NYC years ago and so wish I were there to show up for OWS myself. I follow the news and root for OWS because I believe that things HAVE to change. I downsized my life because I realized I was being told by 'society' (run by big corps) how I needed to live and think, and what I should be buying in order to fit in. I like simple, so now I am doing a simple life and I love it. Not everyone is in to cut-throat profits, or living a plastic life.

    The good news is that with any movement, whenever a huge shift for the better is about to take place, it becomes VERY polarized. Just look at the 60's.

    Think of me sitting in Small Town, USA; cuz I sure as heck am thinking of ya'll!! Go, Justice, Go!!

    November 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL

      Sooooo, you did that to make your life better, but they are too good to do so? Why is your self-esteem so low? When you get to the root of that problem, you will discover why you are rooting for lazy, selfish people with IQs only slightly higher than bananas.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      You are nuts and lazy!

      November 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tom

    You Occupy people are a complete disgrace to this country. There are some things I don't agree with, for instance the way banks capitilize on peope. For instance, Suntrust bank will charge youa $40.00 late charge for a $20.00 bill. That's ridiculous and clearly is taking advantage of people. But if you want to blame someone, then blame Obama. The hard working conservatives in this country are the people that are getting stiffed. Take a look at the "new energy" movement Obama's been pushing. Every single company out there has an Obama backer in his White House.

    November 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • nnnlo

      You misunderstand the idea of the protest. OWS do not want just re-distribution of the wealth. OWS is an international movement with one goal: the removal of the money-market system. People worldwide do not trust money-market system. The new system will be a resource-based economy. The support for this system is growing.

      So, we are living in interesting times, a new technological revolution and a new economical revolution. This change is unstoppable.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lowcountry David

        You are doing drugs. You work, you earn. It is that simple. You don't have it given to you.......

        November 18, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Rafael

        Communist. Every time there is economic chaos, the Commies come out to play. But you will NEVER win. Sorry.

        November 18, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Paddy

      Tom, Did you just blame Obama that you got charged a $40 late fee at your bank? Get off Cnn & go back to fox4idiots

      November 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. MONTE

    Why is there not many Asians in the group? Probably because (I hate having to use a sterotype) as a group, Asians - especially immigrants - are one of the hardest working, creative, and focused ethic groups in the world. Too bad Ms. Lee feels she deserves more for her divinity degree. We already know what kind of success cn be achieved having a community organizer as someone to follow . Enjoy motherhood Ms. Lee. If there were no jobs to be found in America, why do so many do anything - to inlcude risk their lives - to get here and work? Because they are willing to work and build their own success rather than expecting handouts.

    November 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. glyder

    if she has a special needs child,i wonder if the evil seiu union is collecting union dues from her.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  22. D

    When potato growers and frozen pizza makers lobby Congress to unravel the push to make school lunches healthier (to keep french fries on the menu and to call tomato paste a vegetable (if anything it's a fruit)) you have to see how bought and sold our Congress is. This is not how capitalism is supposed to work. This is what OWS is about. Watch "Inside Job" and join us.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB

      If the school is not providing the lunch you want why not just pack a lunch? Seems like a pretty simple solution that doesn't require congress, lobbying, etc. Just a little self motivation and 10 minutes out of your day to make sure your kids have a healthy meal.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. RealistoCrat

    Irony at its best... The "Have Nots" complaining how they are oppressed and overlooked by the Man... But taking the time to do so while filming the entire event on their iPad 2.... Take the $500 from the iPad, hire a resume writing firm and do what the rest of us do... Work for a living and make your own path in life. Life was never intended to be a non-stop adventure at Woodstock. I'm sure Oprah will have a syndrome named for this in the next couple months... The truth is (look it up on your iPads)... the 1% income range is closer to $300K/year than it is $1M. And that 1% pays 46% of all taxes... Now consider that 47% of all of Americans don't pay taxes... I'd say the 1% is doing their fair share... And no... I'm not one of the 1%... I'm just an informed American... Something that is in short supply these days.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Ronco

      Wow. I see you have just proven that anyone who owns an IPad has no justification to be upset about anything in this country. This logic is incredible sound. Well said. Bravo.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • mdubbs

        Paul, get a job. I'm not rich, but I am doing just fine. I work hard and fight for what I earn. Something that is lacking with 90% of these hippie morons walking the streets and rioting. The bandwagon idiots you guys have on OWS are the ones giving the ones with a legitimate gripe a bad name, like the unemployed ones saying, "IT AIN'T FAIR I GOTTA PAY SO MUCH IN TAXES." You don't pay taxes, you're unemployed, moron.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • glyder

        and as usual ronco,you completely avoided the point.typical communist.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Whorhay

        Simply being unemployed does not free you from paying any taxes. It does exempt you from income taxs, medicare and Social Security, but those are hardly all the taxes. Just becuase you are unemployed does not mean you don't need to pay for transportation, food and shelter.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • LM

        The world does not owe you a living, as a matter of fact the world does not owe you a damn thing. Why are you so scared of working your A$$ off and actually putting in the time and the effort to be a productive person. Working hard, try it sometime, you actually feel good about yourself.

        November 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whorhay

      I'd like to point out that the 1% are paying less in taxes comparatively than the rest of us that do pay taxes. They do pay a lot more in income taxes generally but they have lower exposure to all the other taxes. And while it's true that a very large portion of the population does not pay income taxes they are the ones most heavily affected by all the other taxes like sales tax, particularly in states like mine where even groceries have a 10% sales tax.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Howard

        @Whorhay (Jorge) – you've GOT to be kidding with your comment! The 1% pay less SALES TAX than you? You've got to be smoking some serious crack! If they have more MONEY than YOU or I and they BUY something, they are paying SALES TAX. Your argument is full of almost as many holes as your head, dude. Pull your head out and get a job!

        November 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • ronincalifi

        GGeez..the top 1% pay about 40% of all taxes collected. The next 53% pay the rest, the bottom 46% pay almost nothing and some even get a 'Refund' due to tax credits FOR TAXES NOT PAID.!! I think the issues here is not income inequality rather it is EFFORT INEQUALITY. Spend time being productive at some level. Any job is better than no job.

        November 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Martin

        Replace the IRS and income tax with a flat sales tax on EVERYTHING sold inside the united states.

        with a $14 trillion economy, a sales tax rate of about 20% should do it.

        Rich will pay more as they buy more, savings will be encouraged as people would only be taxed on what they buy, not what they spend on debt repayments or what they put into a savings account.

        No loopholes. You buy something, you pay 20% tax. The poorest would still pay towards taxes as they still by even a little bit, illegal immigrants would contribute, rich would pay more as they buy more, but everyone would pay the same rate.

        No more IRS, no more income tax. You wanna buy something? Then you contribute.

        November 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • LM

        Not sure about all of the 1%, I know what I paid in taxes in 2010, over 100K and no issues with the concept of flat tax. I do have an issue with people who believe that I need to pay for their existance, believe that wealth needs to be shared and not earned

        November 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbud

      We appreciate your cliche strawman argument, but it proves nothing other than lazy thinking. The OWS movement has never come out as anti-corporation so pointing out an IPAD or an Abercrombie shirt proves zilch. They have come out as anti-greed. Anti corporate greed. Anti political greed. Anti personal greed. Greed is truly a cancer that will eventually eat us all. Yes, even those like you who trudge off with their little lunch pails to their happy drudgery every day with that vacant little smile on their faces, waiting for that pension that won't be there. When you're in the filthy nursing home waiting for that minimum wage earning immigrant to come and empty your bedpan and your turkey gravy mush to get microwaved just the way you like it you'll look back and ask yourself "why did I work myself to death for this?": By then it will be too late. I genuinely pity you. You only get one shot at this and you're martyring yourself for nothing.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  24. Paul Ronco

    The thing that strikes me so much of the anti-OWS movement is the virtual RELIGION they have made out of what they think is capitalism. First of all, we don't have a capitalist economy in America. If we had, there would no longer be a Chase or Bank of America. What we have is a corporate welfare system that socializes losses and privatizes profits. These unjust laws were rammed through by wealthy lobbyists and the government officials they corrupted. So please, SPARE me the violin that keeps playing the tired tune "They have a right to make whatever they can/They have a right to keep what they earn." If I went into your house, trashed it with a club, held you at gunpoint and stole your safe, that would hardly be considered "earning" that money. But that is exactly what the rich are doing to the poor right now in the American economy.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Ronco

      The rich are not interested in breaking into the homes of any single poor person. But they figured out if they can write a law that lets them steal a little bit from all 300 million of us... and that's what they've been doing for the past thirty years. In the days of the Bible, 29.99% interest was listed as one of the reasons God sent marauders to destroy civilizations. It was called usury, and every fifteen years they held a jubilee year to cancel the debts so PEOPLE WHO MADE MISTAKES AND SMALL BUSINESSES COULD GROW. Now it's called a high APR, and it never ends until you just stop paying, which I encourage everyone with a credit card they cannot pay to do. We need a debtor's revolt in America.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SummerGirl

      I hate to say this, but your comment reminded me of a hysterical and excellent episode South Park did about the economy. Basically, people were praying to the economic gods...it had turned into a religion, just like you said. Funny but true! And sad...

      November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Not sure what all the crying and complaining is about, but there is a simple solution. Get off your rear end and go work hard and don't ask for handouts. Came to the US 27 years ago and put myself through college. Worked 2 jobs, did what I had to do to survive. Ater college, and before I got a job, I worked 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, manual labor, but never missed a college loan payment. Now, all of a sudden I am the "BAD GUY", the 1%. You don't know a thing about me, and you never will as you and I have nothing in common. I put 200K miles on an airplane each year, sleep 5 to 6 hours a night, spend less than a week at home each month. I have never asked for anything, takiend anything that was not mine or earned. You live in the greatest country in the world. Your problem is not the 1%, your problem is no ambition, no guts and most of all thinking that the world owes you an existance.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Woofka

        Sam, the problem is that 1) you think everyone should want to live that way. I want to be with my child and get a healthy amount of sleep, not be dying to work; 2) Not everyone is physically capable of those kinds of things, nor should they try to be. When your body breaks down because you work like a slave who will take care of you in the nursing home? Likely someone making barely minimum wage with little or no education. Hopefully, they will still have their compassion intact, because you are going to need it. The idea that people can simply "get a job" provides some clue as to your awareness of current economic conditions. Even if they get 2 or 3 minimum wage jobs we are back to square one: working like a slave, no time with one's kids or family, complete breakdown of society. That is not the promise of America. It is not the America our founders fought to build. It is certainly not the America I want my beautiful child to inherit. We can do better. We can be better. We can restore this nation to the values of fairness (and yes, hard work.) What we cannot do is surrender to a system that seeks to enslave the 99% so that the 1% can continue to look down on us for not wanting to BE slaves. Peace to you.

        November 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • LM

        I made my choices, and you have to make yours. Am I bad prson for living the way I do, working the hours I work or making the money I make? I never asked you to work 2 jobs, or 15 hours a day, 6 days a week. The fact is that you can find work, may not be what you want but it pays the bills. FYI – I washed cars and worked in a funeral home while being a full time student, not exactly prme work. I never askedfor a thing from ayone and if I could not afford it, I went without. As far as health care workers making minimum wage, you really need to check your facts. If you want what the 1% have then go do what the 1% do, but can't have both the income and the easy life. How do you go through life knowing that you are living off of someone elses blood, sweat and tears. I can't, maybe others can!!!!

        November 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. George Smith

    Does everyone see the white man with long hair standing right in front of the flag type of thing? Go to youtube.com and type in occupy wall street crazy hippies. That would be the same exact guy.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Phil

    Occupier...take up space with no central spokesperson, no demands, no stated consequence....no real agenda.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ActionJackson

      True, they are totally irrelevant unless they move forward, and indeed "draw a line" as to what specifically they stand for, propose, and demand (which oddly enough, this blogger is actually encouraging the movement NOT to do...)

      November 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grace

      http://occupywallst.org/about/ I googled it... If you don't know what they stand for, you are too stupid for words.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Clark Kent

    You were a community organizer?!?

    You'll be the next President! Congrats

    November 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Phil

    Look at that bunch. They don't look like they ever left the care of their parents' homes despite being adults themselves.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Integrity

      Cosider this.

      Wasn’t it President Wilson, or was it President Hoover, who couldn’t understand why the unemployed didn’t just go out and get a job.

      He reasoned that he himself never had trouble getting a job—How then could anyone else not be able just go out and get a job.

      Remember unemployment was at about 25 % in 1933.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • GeorgeBos95

        The issue isn't "go get a job" – it's really "go create your own job". Whether that's convincing someone to hire you, or creating a job out of nothing. Stop whining that someone isn't creating a job for you – that's not their responsibility, it's YOUR responsibility.

        But OWS continues to demonstrate that they refuse to assume any responsibility in their lives. They choose to demand that others assume responsibility for them.


        November 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • UH, No.

        And THERE ARE MILLIONS OF JOBS OUT THERE. They might not be the fat job you WANT in your dreams but I seem to recall there are hundreds of thousands of people who are willing to die just to cross our border to do ANY job they can get their hands on. The American UNIONS are wastes of human flesh. Their UNION BOSSES ARE THE ONES GETTING RICH. These Patagonia wearing, North Face Tent Sleeping, iPad-iPhone-iBook users are not poor by any stretch of the imagination. This entire things is a temper tantrum that happens to be utilizing CORPORATE MEDIA and CORPORATE FUNDING to play their little game.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Andrew


    November 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. DC

    Give me a break. What a horrible article. I am tired of race being brought into everything. Either you believe in what Occupy stands for or you don't. It doesn't matter if you are white, brown, black, or purple. People of Color Caucus? White is a color...would they be welcome there? The reverse-racism that takes place every day in our country is ridiculous. How can you have Black Entertainment awards and exclude other races? There would be an outrage if there were White Entertainment awards. I understand the precedence and history...but racism has to stop on all ends, not just by the caucasians. There will never be racial equality when exceptions are made for different races in different situations.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ton

      Why did CNN post this as news?

      November 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • hilliebillie

        They didn't. It's a blog.

        November 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • ActionJackson

        Its a blog, but they put a link to it on their main page, under 'U.S.' News, as well as in the headlining OWS coverage section.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrdz

      It will never stop as people in general are afraid of there own shadow and some tend to be paranoid to boot add in concealed carry into the mix and you want to know why this country is so damn screwed up take a good look around. I guess you have never had doors slammed in your face. Or an idiots get in your face and tells you to go back to your own country well I hate to disappoint those morons because this is my country this is were my ancestry is from. I deal with this crap everyday I bet you don't.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Cudda Shoulda

    It's difficult not to sound racist with any comment or question that makes people question why it is that a majority of protesters are Anglo. Perhaps people of "color" (what ever the heck that actually translates to considering we all have ethnic relatives in the modern age) should question why. Why is it that this struggle is not more ethnically diverse?.

    Are you going to let a bunch of white people stand up for your rights and try to make the world a better place? – if you do then doesn't that mean you would have to stop mindlessly hating them?

    November 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerold

      The problem is not whether the "Occupiers" are White, Black, Asian, Latino etc. The problem is that everyone has been harmed by the "good 'ol boy system" that has been in place since this country's history began. White Americans are showing up in larger numbers because they are now realizing that the system was designed to screw them as well, because they are NOT part of the 1%. They have fooled the majority of White Americans to support their past agendas, thinking they would also benefit from them. Everyone else basically knew where they stood as a race of people in this country. Let's call it "Occupy...The Great Awakening"!

      November 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • sld1016

        While there is a "good ole' boy network" (GOBN) in some places it does not mean you can't succeed if you try. Or maybe you need to either become a "good ole boy". I'm sure our current President is part of the GOBN. Apply yourself to a work ethic and you will go farther than a beggar. I dropped out of High School in 1986 and now make over 80K a year and am just now going back to college. You don't need someone to hand you anything.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • anon

        The 99% are the dumb masses. The 1% are the intelligent ones who were able to work not just harder, but made the right choices to get what they got. I guarantee you the vast majority of them are white.

        But if you want to talk about hard work and creating your own job, then copy the mexicans. Those people are amazing when it comes to hard work.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • SummerGirl

        Anon, don't kid yourself. A lot of them are there because of their connections, not because of their hard work. Old money perpetuates its wealth in this society. Not saying there's necessarily anything wrong with that, but you can't say it's not true. And you just the OWS point by your Mexican analogy. It's true that they are very hard workers. If you think hard work is all it takes to achieve wealth, why aren't they wealthy? Oh, maybe it's because they don't know the right people and don't have the right last name or skin color. My husband and I went to school for 8 years and work very hard. VERY hard. We've also made excellent financial decisions. We are doing well for a couple in their late 20s, but there's no way we'll ever amass the wealth that the 1% have. It's ridiculous that we pay 28% federal income tax and billionaires pay only 17% or less. You can say worker harder all you want but I honestly don't think it's possible.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gerold

        Obviously you don't know the ramifications of GOBN. Though it's cool that you make over 80K yearly, it is all relevant as to what part of the country you live in. Some making more than that can hardly survive themselves. You are also pretty presumptuous in suggesting that no one is trying or applying themselves. Even though you think you have made it well because you dropped out of school making over 80K, just think how much more you could be making if you had stayed in school.

        November 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • LM

        Not White, Black or Latino, not a part o the Good Ol Boy Network, BUT a part o the 1% and earned every penny of it. What the hell is wrong with you people. Why do you want handouts? Where is your self respect? If you don't want to work for it yo can't have it. Why is that so hard to understand? Life is not fair, deal with it

        November 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  32. shillbuster

    CNN is occupied by shameless shills on wall street payroll.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • $teve Job$

      says the retard writing such trash on the shill's website. Hypocrite.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Doug Pederson AKA SpectateSwamp

    Real Name: Doug Pederson Osoyoos
    We want to know who you really are. Posts without it are meaningless.
    The brave folks that protest have their faces out there for everybody to see and the Chicken S*** people here bad mouth them. Go OWS you can not be stopped. You are winning. The whining here is proof

    November 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Yeah, if you believe that I got a bridge to sell you in NY...Cheap

      November 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ActionJackson

      Go ahead and post your home address and your social security number while you're at it. Show us how truly courageous you are.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Lee Bingenheimer


      I am not afraid.....I am part of the 99%....if those losey hippies don't stop defamming my good name.....I will sue them for thier boat load of donations....that should move me into the 1%......Liberals are proving themselves do be violent, lazy dolts.......Funny when a bunch of old white people are more progressive = non-violent

      November 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thia

      Uh...those brake folks AREN'T putting their faces out there. Many are covered by bandanas or masks. So much for being brave!

      November 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  34. A guy with a real degree

    Masters in Divinity? LMAO! Community organizer? Sign her up for POTUS!

    People get "educated" and graduate with these degrees and expect to do what with them? I wonder how much Yale charges for a degree you can't get a high paying job with? Why on earth would you waste your time. At least there is a market for baskets made underwater...

    November 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      I graduated with a science degree ... no job either. My wife graduate with and engineering degree ... no job!!

      November 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • sld1016

        B*S I have no idea what a degree in "science" covers but ANYONE with a degree in engineering can find a job. http://www.engineerjobs.com/engineering-employers.php

        It may not be where you want to live or make as much as you think you are worth, but you can find a job. Big difference.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • mdubbs

        Yea, what is a "science" degree? I'm really interested now... I can definitely see why you don't have a job.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thia

      I have a VERY hard time your wife has an engineering degree and can't find a job. Have you considered moving?

      November 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. barbara

    Being a stay at home mom even for a few years is a LUXURY, let alone 10 years! This is something most women with kids only dream off.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • OccupyingMyJob


      November 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • day

      Finding a good man who is willing to work his backside off so that you can stay home is a bit hard these days. Of course, that ambition is a bit gone when a man can't even find a woman who can boil water, let alone cook a decent four square meal that doesn't involve shoving chicken nuggets in the microwave.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • anon

        That's right. And I think we have finally and for the first time reached the stage in our society where the women know as little as the men.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • SummerGirl

        I cook nearly every meal because the stuff I make is tastier, healthier, and cheaper than the slop served by most restaurants. I'm also a financial wiz and have us on track to be completely debt-free, including mortgage, by our mid-30s. My husband is handy around the house and has never hired a repair man or contractor throughout our fairly extensive improvements to our home. We are 27 and 29 year old pharmacists. Most of our friends are the same way, albeit with different professions. We are out there...you just never hear from us because we're not whining about our latest iphone not working or bragging about our sweet new 40k car....because we don't have either! Please don't think all of Gen Y are bratty losers!

        November 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      it's not a luury, it's a lifestyle choice. Yes there are upper middle class people who can afford to live off of one income in high style, but that is not most stay-at-home moms. Most of them are people who choose to rent and not own, have basic cable, no data or teting on their phones etc etc. As in, living off of one income by cutting back on the materialism. People that have two income homes often also have a lot more bills they are wracking up in the first place.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • SummerGirl

        Since when is owning your own home materialistic? Maybe people should hold off on having kids until they can afford them if living on one income is so important. Personally, I choose to work. Working mothers are just as good as SAHMs. Better, in my opinion.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • mdubbs

        No Summer, these idiots would much rather multiply like rabbits so they can milk their welfare for every cent. Why get a job to own a house when you can just have 10 kids and still own a house and a Benz and boots with da fur?

        November 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Vincent

    Don't make asians look bad by joining this movement. Its embarassing to the asians.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • $teve Job$

      Don't make retards look worse by you continuing to comment.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • bob

        You mean like you a dead man name, that smart.

        November 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dreamer

    My dream is to be a stay at home Dad!!! Hey Oh!!!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Well, when you find a gal who gets off on role reversals, then I guess you can knock yourself out. At the peak of feminism, you had a pretty good chance of finding one. However, that particular pendulum is starting to swing the other way. Feminism is a perfect example of how just because you keep saying and preaching something for years, that does not make it true.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. slobro

    As the WHite House rejects charges that the Obama administration was motivated by politics

    in its decisions on green energy loans, scrutiny is increasing over the

    preference given to Democratic donors seeking federal loans.

    Recent emails suggest that politics did play

    a role in administration decisions regarding its energy loan guarantee

    programs. But beyond the timing of political announcements, the Solyndra

    investigation has churned up questions about the White House's overall

    strategy of doling out taxpayer money.

    The rolls of green energy subsidies show

    that beyond a few headline-grabbing cases, several well-connected

    Democrats obtained taxpayer assistance for environmentally friendly


    Among the recipients are:

    - Solyndra, which received $535 million in

    loan guarantees and whose chief investor was the George Kaiser Family

    Foundation. George Kaiser was an Obama campaign bundler.

    - Brightsource Energy, which received $1.6 billion and whose senior adviser is Robert Kennedy, Jr., an early Obama backer;

    - Solar Reserve, which got a $737 million

    loan, and whose major investor is a company run by Michael Froman, who

    was a deputy assistant to the president. Froman bundled up to $500,000

    for the president's 2008 campaign;

    - Granite Reliable Wind Generation, which

    received a $168.9 million loan. The company's majority owner is a firm

    formerly led by Nancy Ann DeParle, now a White House deputy chief of

    staff and former head of the president's health care communications team

    during the reform debate; and

    - Abound Solar, which received a loan

    guarantee worth $400 million. A key investor is billionaire heiress Pat

    Stryker, who gave $87,000 to Obama's inauguration committee, and

    hundreds of thousands more to Democratic causes.

    More examples of fat cat greed polluting politics and costing the taxpayers money while enriching the political elite.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerold

      Very long post! The only thing your post suggests is that president Obama implemented all of this on his own. Remember his predecessors laid down those traditions long before he ever thought about running for public office. He's getting donors and wealthy ones, because he is worth the investment. Stop hating! It really makes you guys look bad!

      November 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • garden girl

        Why do you feel that just because people who do not agreed with a President that is entierly out of his element, has no clue on how the real world works, who hasn't had a job that isn't subsidied by the goverment, who comes from a Chicago political machine, that feels that people who work hard and accomplish some degree of financial success are the one to be punished, basically wants wealth redisturbtion, who want to dicide how and how much money you can have, and then wants you to feel greatfull for that, and doesn;t beleive that this is the greatest conunty on earth. Why do you think we all hate him???

        November 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Doug Pederson AKA SpectateSwamp

    The occupiers have their faces out there. Far braver than those that post here using User id's Anybody that doesn't post their real name and town shouldn't be listened to. They know they are wrong
    Real Name: Doug Pederson Osoyoos

    November 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Well Doug Pederson, I certainly hope you don't have a wife and kids at home who have to now worry about some psycho tracking you down to your very driveway. Your "bravery" just made it that much easier for them, and potentially more dangerous and more stressful for your loved ones.

      Not posting your name over the worldwide web is not lacking in bravery. It is simply good common sense.


      November 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • ActionJackson


        November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdubbs

      By the way "Doug," where is that last name from? Let's see your green card... we'll find out if you REALLY pay taxes.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thia

      No, they don't. They are wearing masks and covering their faces. Nice bravery.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  40. trying2save

    There is general resentment about how the banks led us into the economic mess. And what is worse these banks got trillions in bailout. Instead of just euthanising sick banks. Try those top execs of big banks like WELLS FARGO, BOA etc and put them in prison. We put people in prison for stealing a sandwhich. The housing ponzi scheme was a mess of gigantic proportions and these banks were central to it.
    Until that happens the OWS will only grow stronger. The current actions of stopping people from protesting will only make the movement stronger and bigger.

    Wall street has found of new way of dumping losses on common citizens. Go broke and let citizens hold the bag of losses. Wall street and big banks ought to be more responsible and bear the consequences of their actions.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CheckYourFacts

      It's hard to take you seriously when you list the Wells Fargo CEO as the first person you want to throw in prison. He actually refused TARP money because Wells Fargo didn't need it; instead, Paulson forced it through.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • i agree

        You're absolutely correct. Paulson is the biggest crook of all. He is the one who should be sent to the pokey.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |

    I really had a hard time following her point. What was her point? What is she fighting for? "Each one, teach one"? Why does that have to be associated with the Occupy movement? She doesn't think that "each one, teach one" applies to overall efforts outside the OWS? Ridiculous.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      With that degree and her experience as a community organizer, she should be President.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ActionJackson

      She is keeping busy politically indoctrinating the young.

      Seriously, making young children march in support of OWS is ridiculous. Followed up by teaching a "class" vilifying Christopher Columbus. Sorry, he was not single-handedly responsible for the subjugation of the native american peoples. They guy thought he landed in the west indies for jeebus sake.

      Also, I hope no parent actually has her children SLEEP OVER at an OWS location. They are sketchy at BEST, and at worst resemble a third world REFUGEE CAMP.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Scotto

    Ms. Lee states that she wants a world where "my sons will be governed by a true democracy". Does she not realize that a "true democracy" is nothing more than mob rule? In mob rule, as long as you are with the majority, you win. The minute you loose the majority, very bad things can, and usually do, happen to you.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Debby

    @B... Totally understand what you are saying, but have to say... if they want to stay out of the work force and can afford it – YAY!! Good for them. I think that is great and part of some people's American Dream. Plus, it leaves way for people that DO need a job. However, it is the whining and the need for a "pat on the back" ;that drives me nuts. I LOVED and appreciated the two years I considered myself a stay-at-home mom. I don't understand people that don't do the same. I'm preaching to the choir I understand – sorry, I'm just on a roll now... OK... lunch is over. 🙂 Back to work now.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  44. choseywales

    I have served in our military; I have worked several jobs and went to school to get my bachelors & and in the process of getting my MBA. I have been very poor and now I am doing better than some and not as well as others. It's true that this movement lacks focus but it is a populous movement where people across many different facets of society are expressing their dissatisfaction.

    These people are focused on Wall Street because Wall Street was bailed out. We were told that our actions were the majority of the problem. Shouldn’t have taken that loan if you can’t pay it back! You’re spending way too much! I agree with the sentiment – you shouldn’t borrow if you can’t afford the payments. You don’t need everything your neighbor has. These are solid arguments but they sound hypocritical when the bankers over-extended themselves into mortgages securities. The banks would have been burned without the government interceding. Why weren’t those companies allowed to fail? Those same banks are foreclosing on taxpayers who can pay the mortgages. It’s ironic.

    I scoff at the idea that some here insinuate that these people are lazy. Job growth is dismal and the unemployment rates exceed what is being communicated because some people have quit looking. I know of many graduates who have transitioned from their bachelors to a graduate program because they didn’t have the opportunities for jobs when they received their four year degree. I look at places around my community and see closed shops where there used to be businesses. Did those people not care? What of their families? Your argument rings hollow on these people.

    I ask you if it is wrong for corporations to lobby for their self interests? If it is alright for them to do so, then what is wrong with these people protesting? That is part of the freedom provided to us by the blood shed by our forefathers, is it not? Don’t be fooled, they are speaking to our government in one of the two ways our government understands: money and votes. As long as the movement remains strong and grows, it is a reminder to the politicians that those people are relevant and will be holding them accountable.

    What do we see when we look at Washington? Gridlock and rhetoric. Forget what party you are affiliated with… What of our deficit? Is it time to do something before it is too late? I would gladly pay more taxes and cut spending if it meant putting our country back in order fiscally. Why can’t they put aside their differences and create a plan that works? Here’s an even better question: why aren’t we demanding them to?

    One last thing: I understand the arguments against welfare. I know there are people who game the system and there needs to be some accountability for that. I also know that there are people who couldn’t make it without the added assistance. Do the following: (1) Contact your congressman/congresswoman and senator and demand action on their part. If they don’t listen, hold them accountable and vote them out and (2) Get off your butt and serve in a charity or put hours towards something that is helping someone in need. It’s easy to believe someone else will do it or to contribute a few dollars to tell yourself that you’ve done your part. It hits a little closer to home if you realize that they people are like you, have families and are trying. In short, do something else in additional to posting your opinion which makes a difference.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hlc123


      The following 'occupy' supporting
      celebrities, OVER paid by you and me,
      are in America's top one percent.
      Let's let each one of them keep
      but occupiers should camp out on
      their lawns, or places of business,
      until they give the rest of their money to the poor !!!

      #1 Yoko Ono Net Worth – $500 million.

      #2 Russell Simmons Net Worth – $325 million

      #3 Roseanne Barr Net Worth – $80 million

      #4 Deepak Chopra Net Worth – $80 million

      #5 Kanye West Net Worth – $70 million

      #6 Alec Baldwin Net Worth – $65 million

      #7 Susan Sarandon Net Worth – $50 million

      #8 Michael Moore Net Worth – $50 million

      #9 Tim Robbins Net Worth – $50 million

      #10 Nancy Pelosi Net Worth – $35.5 million

      #11 Oprah Winfrey Net Worth – $2.7 Billion

      #12 Lady Gaga Net Worth – $110 million

      #13 Jay-Z Net Worth – $450 million

      #14 Lil Wayne Net Worth – $85 million

      #15 50 cent Net worth – $250 million

      #16 Rosie ODonnel Net Worth – $100 million

      #17 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Net Worth – $3 billion

      #18 Matt Damon Net Worth – $65 million

      #19 John Cusack Net Worth – $50 million

      #20 Eli Roth Net worth $19 million

      November 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • SPQR

        Americans are not protesting Capitalism.

        Americans are protesting corruption in Congress.

        Americans are protesting a corrupt Centralized Banking System.

        Americans are protesting the creation of money out of debt (If you don't understand what that means watch MoneyMasters).

        How can you not understand what is wrong in our country. All this affects you too !!!

        November 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        You know the nation is messed up when Kanye West has more money than Alec Baldwin.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        And which of these people helped cause the financial meltdown we are in?

        November 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Reality

        So if someone makes a lot of honest money on their own, they should give away most of it?

        November 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        The republicans are trying to make this into class warfare. No one is saying that someone cannot make a living. Occupy Wallstreet's focus is on banks and Wall Street execs who crashed our economy. No one has yet been held accountable – in fact many have gotten huge bonuses. Bonuses paid for by our tax dollars.

        The people listed above earned their money fair and square.

        November 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allinit123

      Wish we all could be so informed and present their ideas in this way.. Well done!

      November 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • GS

      I too was in the military – 20 years. Got a bachelor and MBA degree. Doing better than some and not as good as others. I still think we can make a difference by voting with our wallet. Start searching out American made products. You will pay more – but it's worth it! Your dollars will stay here and continue to work in our communities instead of funcgin someone else's middle class. That is where the wealth of the middle class is going – overseas. There will always be the rich and there will always be politicians. But there hasn't alwasy been a middle class. It is not a our right to have a middle class. We need to make sure there is a continued middle class for our children.

      We need to demand products made in America. Manufacturing jobs are typacilly good pyaing jobs that don't require 10s of thousands of dollars spent in college.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SummerGirl

      This is a very intelligent, well written response. I agree with you 100%. Perhaps you should send this to OWS so they can use it for some direction...

      November 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • sickofit

      Good post, I just don't understand why so many people are against O.W.S. They are fighting for everyone who has been wronged by our crooked, corporate run government. Some people are just simple I guess...

      November 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • eb79

      Thank you!

      I think it's good to protest, but it seems more like a monkey see monkey do type thing. And the mess being made is ridiculous. Do you make that kind of mess at home and not clean it up?

      Wall street is an easier central target, but we should be protesting outside politicians homes or offices. I completely disagree with any government involvement with the big businesses. Ford and many other companies managed to stand on their own. Is it fair to reward the poor management and bad decisions of the companies that were having trouble? Is it fair that there was any involvement by the government to begin with which did nothing but contribute to these issues? I don't think so....

      I do think that the salaries of all politicians should be on the ballots. If the citizens aren't happy with the results, the politicians won't be happy with their salaries.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdubbs

      The sad thing is that the legitimate beef the OWS movement has is being overshadowed by the idiots and bandwagon hippies that are in the movement that have no idea why they are there, they are just looking for something to do.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  45. amanda

    dang. goes to show, you can go to yale and still be a ninny. oh, but we knew that because obama went all the way to harvard law and we now know he, too, is a ninny.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  46. mark ducharme

    CNN, Just for you to give her the space for such a pile of dung makes me lose even more respect for you.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  47. angelaD

    Wonder how her husband feels about her participation at OWS? He is probably very hard working so she can stay at home and raise the kids, just like my husband does. Or they are independently wealthy...:-). I don't really get the point of her article.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  48. rockafeller

    Lets just hope that she does not end up being assaulted by fellow Che Gueveras

    November 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  49. mark ducharme

    I see her degree wasn't in math. I'm sure she needs something to believe in now that her nest is either empty or getting that way. Too bad she doesn't believe in working for a living, like the real 99%

    November 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  50. BiffJohannson

    SO.. who let her out of the kitchen?

    November 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  51. easy_target

    What a bunch of bu... uh, nonsense.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Retspool

    so its either the unemployed or stay at moms?

    November 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      think again

      November 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  53. JusDav

    I was with you right up until you referred to yourself as Something-American.
    Be an American, or be something else.
    I am an American. My ancestors were European, but I certainly am NOT. (Absolutely nothing wrong with being a European, but I suspect that very few people in England, for instance, refer to themselves as American-English... LOL)
    Stay strong, but be true to yourself. Calling yourself Something-American makes me, an average hometown American, think of you as self-serving elitist (of course this being in your own mind and not a reality) I personally think of those that refer to themselves as Something-American as less than second class people… not second class citizens mind you, but low class people.
    Cheers Americans, stay strong, stay proud, stay American

    November 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Nick

    I love how this woman is blaming society for being marginalized, yet from her bio at the top of the article we find out she went to Yale and received one of the best educations in this country. Try being marginalized in North Korea and see how far you can make it. Yes this country has problems but trying to agitate for the purpose of agitating will not solve anything. WE ARE A DEMOCRACY! If you have 99% of the vote, unless there is massive voter fraud, you should be able to vote out any politicians you don't like.

    And explain to me how having unions involved in your movement goes with your turning away special interests, when they contribute millions of dollars to politicians and elections!

    November 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Durableman

      You are an idiot, she went to Yale Divinity School not to Yale University. Your entire statement is therefor rubbish!

      November 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nick

        HAHA. I hope your joking, right? Thats a department of Yale.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • RickL

        Yale Divinity School is part of Yale University. So who is the idiot?

        November 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • laugh@durableman

        here is a link for you DurableMan

        November 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dilbert1865

        Wait, who's the idiot? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_Divinity_School

        November 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Wait...A democracy?? You are sorely mislead. This is a republic. Anyone arguing against that is asinine. If this is democracy, do you vote for the laws, or do you vote for congress to make laws? That's what I thought. We vote for individuals to make laws for us. That's a republic. Also, like our votes matter anyways? Pizza was made a vegetable, why? Because the companies that benefit from this lobbied Congress $5 million. That's who votes, so if you still believe your vote counts I am sorry to burst your bubble. That is what both the TeaParty and OWS are getting at. End corrupt money in Congress. So everyone get over yourselves and act like Americans. We need to get rid of the corrupt people that are in there and replace them with people that we vote in. The Republic.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Rabbit One

    i simply wish the occupiers' mode of action had more of doing good deeds to help vulnerable communities and themselves; the stunts and disruptions and the playing around with the bullying cops seem less than valuable; it would be so amazing instead to see the assembled people trying new ways of being charitable to others, sharing resources and education . . . in other words, it would be nice to see examples of living successfully without government, and without corporations.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • freesia

      No, doing good deeds would actually require physical labor. That's simply asking too much of these protesters.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Wake up

        look to the facts many of these people have jobs but they are choosing to exercise there rights to assemble peacefully and freedom of speech..and the rebel rouser who says they are the 99%er's maybe he is put there by big business to create the crap the old switch and bait....

        November 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • mdubbs

        But they are not assembling peacefully. They are breaking laws and causing disruption. They are disobeying orders from law enforcement officials and even using physical violence. Not all of them are doing this, but these are the ones that are overshadowing the good reasons the intelligent ones are there for. When I see a picture of a protester with his hands on a law enforcement officer, I'd expect a beatdown and an arrest to quickly follow. You don't touch the cops, ever. If they aren't smart enough to at least realize that, then I don't know what to say.

        November 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  56. NorCalMojo

    She's tilting windmills.

    If the OWS protesters weren't concerned about ethnic divisions, they would have joined the Tea Party. In '09. 99% of OWS were cheering on the status quo and calling the Tea Party protesters racists.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sammie

      Great point! Now I wonder why the liberal media and Obama and company haven't grabbed onto that obvious "problem" as they did with the Tea Party? We'll see the second coming first before that ever happens....

      November 17, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Daddy2010

      "tilting at windmills"

      November 17, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
      • NorCalMojo

        I try to spatter my posts with those kinds of errors. It lets the unemployed liberal arts majors feel useful.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        So, now everyone who bothers to learn how to write is a liberal art major?

        November 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daddy2010

        @NorCalMojo. 1) You should talk to a professional about your anger issues. 2) Wrong on the liberal arts major. Very wrong. 3) Since I graduated from college, self-paid, I have worked full-time. 4) What do you have against someone using a quote properly? I'm sure many young people have never heard the quote and they will have to look it up. If you want them to understand you, use it properly. It only makes sense, unless you are talking to yourself. 5) Constructive criticism. Look it up. Learn it.

        November 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Washington

      Tea Party protestors were racist and nothing but corporate shills.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • freesia

        That is a blatant lie perpetuated by the left.

        November 17, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • NorCalMojo

        They weren't. They were everyday citizens that were fed up with the corrupt politicians in DC. When it started it was way more bipartisan than OWS will ever be. It took months of attacks by useful idiots to drive them into the loving arms of the GOP.

        Now they're just the GOP, but when it started, it was genuine.

        YOU are the corporate shill. You did your part to stop their protest. You were working for the 1%. The fact that you're still unaware of it. just makes it more pathetic

        November 17, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Gigi

        Why isn't it racist to join a People of Color Occupiers?

        November 17, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
      • A thinking person

        Freesia, you are correct. GW, really????

        November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • NorCalMojo

        Even worse, Freesia. It was a blatant lie pushed by corrupt politicians working for the 1%.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jimmy

        Freesia and all the rest of you read the facts

        Anybody who supports the Tea Party is really a bunch of corporate shills.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      To bad the Tea Partiers are funded by the Kock brothers. Just another arm of big business.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jimmy

        Sorry, I meant Koch.
        Here's the facts:

        November 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  57. islandgirl

    UNITED we stand together...or DIVIDED we fail.
    I live in Key West and we have a motto "ONE HUMAN FAMILY"
    I think there are some of you who could learn and benefit from our philosophy that we all occupy this earth together and we better learn to get along, help each other out, and work TOGETHER.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      The only way to go. The world has become so selfish that it makes this seemingly easy mantra that much harder. I'm down w/ your cause in New York 🙂

      November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      so according to your motto, you would accept illegal immigrants flooding this country for jobs, health care and all of the other benefits of the US, while not paying taxes. Lets send all of the illegals to Florida to live with you. You can pay their health care and their taxes.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • islandgirl

        Interesting comment Timmy. After a massive brain tumor and neurosurgery, I am somewhat medically uninsurable is this great country. The miserable policy any corporate minded profit-at-all-cost insurance company is willing to write for me is extremely expensive and covers little. Educated and well-travelled, I have found a solution. I love my country (not its government) and will work with the Occupiers to bring back a government for the people and by the people while I am live here, but I am have found a better place 🙂

        November 17, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • A thinking person

        Island girl, sorry to hear of your troubles, but we all have them. I have a daughter who will die in the next 10 or 12 years but not before becoming completely incapacitated. It is not my neighbor's fault and I don't expect handouts for her. I

        November 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  58. HR

    I am a Korean-American and I have to agree with people here.... what are you trying prove Jeannie H. Lee? Whether you are minority, majority, white, black, Asian, Hispanic, red, orange, green, who gives a rats behind. I don't need to find some coalition to make myself feel important. It's people like you who give "minorities" a bad name and further segregate America.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      Coming w/ the heat. I like it. Keeping your culture is very important. American is the only place on Earth where a "Korean-American" and "Carribean American" can be viewed the same. United we stand, divided we fall though. I don't want to crumble like Rome which is why I am proud to be an American. This country isn't perfect but is the only place where stories like ours are possible so I am proud to walk down the streets an American like you are.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • timmy

        "I don't want to crumble like Rome which is why I am proud to be an American."

        this sentence make no sense.

        November 17, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • A thinking person

      Great post, HR. I am glad you are here. YOU are the strength of immigration, not the problem. God bless and keep you.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • eb79

      THANK YOU!!!
      I've always thought it sounded pretty ignorant. We ALL come from somewhere else except for native americans.

      And stay at home mom? What a joke! When you're a single unsupported parent of four, full time worker and attending college, then you might get some kind of acknowledgement from me.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Claude

    You people who don't get it yet, will eventually.
    If I went down to Zuccotti, I would start the RIch People's group. Fore if we do not create a group to which the rich people would then have to behave in accordance with the rules of the OWS movement, and bring their thoughts to the General Counsel for consideration and not run rough shod over everyone thinking they can run the join because they are wealthy, then in fact the OWS movement is marginalizing them. And desiring the largest tent possible as the writer states, is the intent, so the rich people should have their own forum, and this will then allow OWS to INVITE the rich people to join the greater populace in a true spirit of democracy and it draws the line in the sand saying that THIS would be the proper way to be part of the larger collective of humanity, not the Plutocracy that Citigroup proposes.
    http://www.realitybase DOT org/journal/2010/10/16/the-citigroup-plutonomy-memos.html
    If you make it, they will come.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  60. East of Eden

    Sorry for the double post folks, hate when it happens.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  61. East of Eden

    I had a few occupiers scoff at me for being a black pawn to the establishment. These trust fund babies make me laugh. When I was starving in the hood w/ my friends growing up, I saw none of these people at soup kitchens helping the "1%" out. Now that the climate has changed and affects them, the want to cause a ruckus. Yes, the system is very broken but this is not how you play ball. The movement is turning into a farce with so many counter-culture activities going on that is doesn't even resemble the "mission" it is supposed to be embarking on.

    Bottom line, life is hard. Billions in this world have it worse. Grind hard or go home. When you go to college it is not just a degree that matters. I'm 23 and I can understand this. The work you put in, working with administrators and getting yourself to a professional level of development to hit the ground running post-graduation means more. The times of just going to class and chilling out for 4 years are over. I had 3 Jobs and played a sport through college for Christ's sake! Don't get mad at me now that I am blessed enough to have a job. No, I will not leave my Job and join you either. I have bills to pay, rent to pay and no parents or family to support this. It goes against everything I was raised on. If I had to go work at Barnes and Noble to provide, I will surely do so and be very happy with it. That was my thought coming out of school and I am blessed enough not to have to do it. Suck up the pride and get a living. No matter what you do, there is no shame in LEGAL paid work!

    Time to grow up Young Americans!!! The more of you not actively looking for employment makes it that much easier for those who are 🙂 ...

    November 17, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • miss trixie

      Awesome post. Your hard work has paid off and will continue to pay off. Bless you.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • freesia

      Well said, East. It's my great honor to share the country with a young person of such integrity and capability. Somehow I'm sure that you will never want for a job or self-respect. I wish you a life full of happiness, prosperity and accomplishment.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I liked your statements the best of them all, I am proud of you and you are a good American !!!!

      November 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ugghwearedoomed

      Thank goodness! I am a 1984 college grad (yes, I'm old to many readers here) and I had begun to entirely lose hope that kids did it the way I did. I am so pleased to hear your post. Your story is a true "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" story. Same as mine in the 80s. And I don't feel I now that I should, nor whould you, feel sorry and give yet another hand out to folks who cannot and will not help themselves. My first job at age 14 was scraping plates in the dishroom of a university caffeteria. Seriously, like I should worry that some of today's youth (20 somethings) won't do this type of work because it is beneath them?!!! I don't think so. Walk a mile in our shoes and see what hard work can produce. Thanks for renewing my hope in society and today's youth.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitchel

      Very good post East of Eden. I live that way day to day... that's the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning is knowing that i have it better than someone else....someone else is worse off than me. BUT what do you do about that?.... put on the other shoe and keep going to your reg job day in and day out and do/say nothing about those billions that are suffering??? You're in a position of great power because you live in America and you need to show more responsibility to your country, community, and elders. We've lost the nucleus family in this county, we've lost empathy and we've lost compassion. Nothing wrong with making profits, but there is something wrong wtih stepping on a man when he's already down. Nature vs Nurture..... lets get out of that "Social Darwin" mindframe!

      November 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • miracle

      I totally agree with you. I came from very humble background and immigrated here when I was 19 years old. I worked 2 jobs to pay for my tuition and got a good job after graduation. This country won't provide you with a job if you don't try hard to get a job. These young american doesn't understand how bless they are to be born in this country. They just take it as granted. I am sure a lots of people working in wall street worked very hard to get into the field and putting whole life to make the money, too. I hope that people start opening their eyes and stop blaming and hating people.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. East of Eden

    I had a few occupiers scoff at me for being a black pawn to the establishment. These trust fund babies make me laugh. When I was starving in the hood w/ my friends growing up, I saw none of these people at soup kitchens helping the "1%" out. Now that the climate has changed and affects them, the want to cause a ruckus. Yes, the system is very broken but this is not how you play ball. The movement is turning into a farce with so many counter-culture activities going on that is doesn't even resemble the "mission" it is supposed to be embarking on.

    Bottom line, life is hard. Billions in this world have it worse. Grind hard or go home. When you go to college it is not just a degree that matters. I'm 23 and I can understand this. The work you put in, working with administrators and getting yourself to a professional level of development to hit the ground running post-graduation means more. The times of just going to class and chilling out for 4 years are over. I had 3 Jobs and played a sport through college for Christ's sake! Don't get mad at me now that I am blessed enough to have a job. No, I will not leave my Job and join you either. I have bills to pay, rent to pay and no parents or family to support this. It goes against everything I was raised on. If I had to go work at Barnes and Noble to provide, I will surely do so and be very happy with it. That was my thought coming out of school and I am blessed enough not to have to do it. Suck up the pride and get a living. No matter what you do, there is no shame in LEGAL paid work!

    Time to grow up Young Americans!!! The more of you not actively looking for employment makes it that much easier for those who are 🙂

    November 17, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tanya

      The occupods claim to represent the 99%. I'm not in the 1% but they don't represent me. The middle class is being squeezed to pay for all the programs for the less-fortunate. I am a single mother with a full time job. My salary which is small puts me above the poverty line. I don't qualify for food, heat, or rent assistance. I pay for EVERYTHING my children need, and struggle to do so. My children have had to do without Xbox and fancy cell phones. At times I feel like if I stopped working we would be better off, because their "less-fortunate" friends qualify for free extra-curricular activites, vacation day programs, and services we are denied.
      The occupods need to see that Wall Street is not the problem, it is the government hand out programs that the rich and middle class pay for.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
      • East of Eden

        I hear your point. The lower middle class gets the shaft. If nothing changes, you're in for an uphill battle come college time. As a recipient of the programs you mentioned, I thank you for providing a better future for me. I kept the tax payers in mind as I went through the program. Wasn't one of the kids who got a free education and blew it. Now, I'm helping others do the same. I'm sorry for your plight and that I can't change it. The Social Services sector of our gov't needs massive reform. Too many able bodied people collecting benefits while you struggle just to make ends meet. Keep the faith, friend.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Rja

    we all KNOW what the last "community organizer " did for us

    November 17, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  64. Johnny Appleseed

    OCCUPYNEERS GO HOME ! The only thing you are doing is making the police and city governments mad and NOTHING SIGNIFICANT is being accomplished. Even the people who were behind you to start with are becoming annoyed with your antics. It didn't work. GIVE IT UP. WE are sicjk of hearing about your stupidity every night on the news. Go to a movie and chill out. You are NOT making a difference!!!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Allinit123

      Relax johnny. Just because u say it doesn't mean it's true. Why not contribute to the dialogue rationally instead of delusional ranting. Better for America and does wonder for your integrity.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  65. BeConsistent

    The Occupy movement needs to be consistent. Protest against movie stars, athletes and singers who make a ton of money (and get just about everything for free when they are the most able to afford them). While I am annoyed at how much CEOs take home, they work and they work long hours. They don't spend hours at the salon or working out 5 hours a day to have a perfectly toned body. Their leadership can, sometimes, make you money if invested. They sometimes can grow a company to provide jobs. What do singers, reality "stars," and others do for you? Don't get me wrong - I am disgusted that CEOs lay off people and then take home millions as part of their bonus. But don't hurt the small businesses by rioting. Don't take away money and resources from those that need it because they need extra police to keep an eye on your protest and to clean up your messes. Don't destroy property to increase the pollution and trash already generated.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • miss trixie

      The most intelligent post of the day.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • She-man

      True... But then again, athletes and reality stars don't lobby politicians to steer laws in their favor, buy their way into public policy, export millions of jobs and dollars a year to foreign countries, evade taxes, buy and sell stocks with their options that cost invidivual investors billions a year, create wars all in the name of money and oil, and worse – much as the CEO's do.

      Bottom line, they're BOTH a problem.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • messervy@mailbolt.com

      Can you name one movie star, athlete or singer that ruined our economy, took bail out money and still fail to help recover the economy?

      November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
      • MB79

        I'd also be interested to see if this person could name one movie star or athlete that made money without the American public's help. These people are famous because we make them famous. If the public doesn't like the fact that actors, entertainers, and athlete's make millions of dollars, maybe the public should quit supplying their income. Face it, if the public didn't love Michael Jordan, do you think Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, etc. would have sponsored him? Not a chance. And because he was hawking their merchandise, people flocked to the stores to buy it... thus supplying his income. It's the public's fault, not the actors, entertainers, and athletes. They are just doing a job and pulling in a salary, which isn't much different than what your Average Joe wants to do. Are we just jealous that we can't shoot a basketball, write and/or write songs, or cry on cue? 'Cause if we could, we'd probably be earning the same millions they are.

        November 17, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • markmwhite

        there are many celebrities that accept farm subsidies, movie production subsidies, and others such feebies. these may not be bailouts, but they are corporate welfare and they help ruin the economy. So let's not hold up celebrities as paragon's of virtue compared to CEOs. how many celebrities run companies that create life-saving drugs, procedures, or medical devices? create technology that helps provide food and water to the world's starving population? how many celebrities make movies offshore, often merely to save production costs? how many CEOs have never taken bailouts nor lobbied congress for unfair advantage? back away from the kool-aid.

        November 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MB79

      Acting is a job just like any other occupation. Yeah, it'd be nice to have a personal trainer and a stylist, but if the actors don't look good, they don't get parts. Actors and other entertainers work long days as well. It can take months, and in some cases years (LOTR) to complete a movie. All this time the actors are on the set working, not in some frilly spa. And they are away from their families, too. It's not the cushy gig you make it out to be, especially if they have several movies back-to-back. And as for their salary, who do you think pays them? The American public! Entertainment is a hot comodity and Americans are willing to pay a high price for it. Why else do you think actors, sports stars, musicians, etc. earn millions? Because the public is willing to buy expensive movie tickets, go to concerts, drive to football stadiums and basketball courts, and buy merchandise (clothing, perfume lines, books, hair products, CDs, DVDs). You think entertainers make too much money? STOP paying them!

      November 17, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
      • She-man

        Not only that, but without entertainment you'd it'd be even more depressing in this country. You'd probably have mass suicides. At least they provide enjoyment to the public, what do the CEO's provide?

        November 17, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  66. sequoia

    God Bless you! This movement is absolutely essential for the future of our nation, our democracy, our freedom, our middle class, our human rights and the American Dream. All of these things are being stolen by the corrupt, greedy, immoral and unbalanced influence of money in politics and the oppression of the people.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • freesia

      ...and with WHAT will this movement replace that so-called greed and corruption? Equal misery for all, that's what.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Cornerman

      Listen.... you are all just a small group of filthy, lazy mutts. This whole circus will have no impact on anything.... nothing. We will be looking back and laughing at all of you by this time next year. Remember, when all this is over, the photos of the nut cases (you) will forever be available for viewing on the Internet and elsewhere. I'm sure potential employers will be eager to hire you because you were so good on the tambourine or the Wal-Mart drum set. This is all just entertainment.... a good laugh each day for all the people who read the news before heading off to their job and actually work for a living.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Cesar

    Let Rome burn!! All of you keyboard warriors will come crawling back after the plutocracy is toppled, and the final Revolution has been achieved.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  68. Ryan Shells

    Why don't you actually do something with that Master's degree and master a job, master an income so you don't have to tell other people how disenfranchised you are. Citizens need to understand that they have to live with the choices they make in life. Take responsibility for your situation. Upside down on your house? You paid too much. Can't get ahead because you have 3 kids? Should have thought of that before you had them. Can't find a job? Go make an offer an employer can't refuse. Can't pay all the loans? shouldn't have borrowed money. Can't retire? Should have saved more and put it in less risky assets. Have a plan people!

    November 17, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Go make an offer an EMPLOYER can't refuse?? Hahaha, you are so dellusional. Get your head out of your a$$ son.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Ryan Shells

        What, you can't offer an employer 1 month of free service? I'd be laughing at you still standing in the unemployment line 1 year from now with 12 months of no income, and I only had 1 month of no income.

        November 17, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • miss trixie

      You are right. This woman made bad choices and now it is someone else's fault. Boo, friggin, hoo.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Cornerman

      Good post Ryan...... The truth hurts so pay no attention to the comments.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ana

      "Can't get ahead because you have three kids, should have thought before you had them"? Umm... people don't always plan to have three kids you know, sometimes women just get pregnant! that is an very stupid comment.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  69. woodrow

    I believe in revolution as much as the next person. But honestly, I'm still trying to figure out what Occupy means. Why is Asian Mom participating? She never really said. Does she think she is cheated by wallstreet?

    November 17, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      She has nothing else to do.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  70. VidiSensiVici

    I think we get stuck in labelling and we assumend a lot of things in the Occupy deal. Is it really 99% or it just sounds good to label at 99%? Isn't it interesting to see the Asians, or Asian-Americans, or Amerasians, and other ethnic backgrounds coming at low percentage of less than 10%? We really cannot assume its reason being because of language and cultural barriers. Please look at the rate of success of these minorities in schools, colleges, and universities and in various communities, they really make us proud. Their hard work and struggles paid off because they take nothing for granted. If newcomers coming to our country could make things from scratch at least once or twice in their lifetime, then we need to try harder. Our country is dynamic. We get involved in many foreign affairs because of being a peace keeper, The Great Depression of 1929 caused a big collapse in our fincancial system. The stock market downturn in 2001 or so was a big deal when there were so many bottoms in the market. The real estate market boom and burst put us in a tight squeeze, the expenses of war, etc... and we are still functioning the best we know how. We need to focus on making our country stronger by trying harder, being more resourceful, and doing the best we can to get through these difficult times. There has to be solution and not just mere complaining, it does not go anywhere. How about we do something each day, big or small, help others to get through each day? Occupy Action instead, what do you think?

    November 17, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  71. Crystal

    I LOVE this!! I'm a stay at home mom too, fully involved. I was against the idea at first, but after meeting Occupiers and really listening, I changed my view. Thanks for sharing!

    November 17, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • LM

      What did they tell you that changed your mind? Did they promise you a world where everyone lives happily ever after and where you can have anything you want and also take anything you want. Reality – It is called STEALING. Go get a job, get a life and have some self respect

      November 18, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  72. ArtistCHD

    OCCUPYNEERS of “Occupy Wall Street NYC” are now reentering Zuccotti Park. On today, Thursday, November 17, 2011...10: 24 am. Police patrols, could not contain and control the large crowds of protest marchers in the streets. So they wisely and smartly opened the barriers and the people can flooding inside that areas. Carrying supposed to be restricted items like heavy backpacks, equipment, sleeping bags, etc. They are celebrating this substantive victory. And an argument is occurring between a few people who want to go marching to take over Wall Street. As others proclaiming that they “will not follow anger”; “I will only go in peace” and love and harmony. Which means to me that very passionate, even madden and angry individuals are trying to take some unkind revenge upon the city cops, who destroyed their personal belongings, the other day, on Tuesday morning the 15th November 2011.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • miss trixie

      They are lucky that the cops billy clubs didn't "occupy" their wrectums.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  73. anon

    Wow. Do I sense racism here or what. Jeanie so your saying because a bunch of white people were protesting you didn't want to be involved but as soon as the "people of color caucus" got involved it was ok to then support the movement. You Mam are a racist and it should be called out to the forefront.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • racismsucks

      Agreed. Why can't people of all races get along? I do not care how well "educated" you are, making such an idiotic comment in an article saying you only get involved when people of your own "color" or "race" shows how unintellectual you really are.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Minority groups want a double standard for themselves. They want “equality” but only as long as they are allowed to stand apart.
      Or just American.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  74. genuine1

    As usual, the percentages of those represented speak volumes: single digit turnouts by minorities. So as not to be lambasted for political incorrectness, I'll say no more. Except: I guess the nanny is watching the kids while you run to all these meeting?

    November 17, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  75. mabel floyd

    it is good to see a educated, middle class women from suburbia in the movement. there are many people who are clean, educated, sincere who are part of this group. the picture the tbaggers want to portray is one of the unemployed, dirty and uneducated-but then the tbaggers are not too bright.
    one of the things i am the most proud of is none of the people in this movement has to depend on showing off their guns to achieve "respect"

    November 17, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • miss trixie

      @Mabel Floyd – at least at "tbagger" events there was not disease, rape and gunfire. Also, they cleaned up after themselves which is more than can be said for this crowd. And, what "ideas" are you referring to? They have offered no solutions, goals, or endpoints. Do they want the bankers to come out and give them all of their money? Wouldn't mind joining in except I have a job, family and life to attend to.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • at work

      Harlem-Washington Heights is not exactly suburbia my dear!

      November 17, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Sammie

      Uh, wrong mabel floyd....the authorities have found weapons at the OWS gatherings. Police have found metal pipes hidden in cardboard tubes, knives, guns, and all other manner of paraphernalia. And correction, most Tea Baggers are educated, employed (unlike a lot of the OWS protestors we see portrayed by the media), and a lot better organized. You may not agree with their agenda (which obviously you don't since you enjoy leveling unfounded insults), but they are still heads above this group. I don't recall killings, rapes, drug usage, police attacks, destruction of property, or thefts at any of the Tea Bagger gatherings. Or did the media miss those?

      November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Debby

      HUH? Guns? What in the hell are you talking about? Any practical points in this movement have been lost in a sea of arrests and disrespect by the OWS protestors – yes, even the "clean, educated ones"... omgosh – I am soooo sick of this bullcrap. Go home and organize.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  76. Dude

    I find it interesting that she refers to the "American occupation" when teaching about Columbus Day. However, she is also an immigrant. Isn't she then continuing the "occupation" of America? Seems a bit contradictory to me.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  77. Sam

    I'm thankful that she is involved and I whole heartedly support her and OWS! I wish I could be out there with them but my job doesn't afford me the flexibility.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Noel Farkingweigh

      You have a job, Sam. You're the enemy.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Crystal

        Don't talk if you don't know what you're talking about.

        November 17, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  78. termlimits

    Not another "community organizer "!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan Shells

      just a fancy term for (unemployed).

      November 17, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |