Thank you to the overwhelming number of TSM readers for nominating the Occupy Movement for Hero of the Year! How I understand the Occupy Movement is that finally the 99% woke up and spoke truth to power–the absurd distribution of power and wealth in the United States must come to an end. Of course, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission certainly brought home the point that America was officially for sale. Extending the Bush tax cuts to the top 2% of Americans just added insult to injury. We can thank the Fecal Five for selling out America.
While I only attended a dozen Occupy Portland demonstrations, I was consistently impressed that people were getting the message out about the maniacal distribution of wealth and power, despite the heroic efforts of the media to vilify the movement. My heart was also warmed when many of my cohort of social workers withdrew their money from the big banks and put it credit unions–go social workers!
My hope is that the Occupy Movement will continue in its various incarnations and will eventually affect real change in how wealth and power are distributed–that humanity will prevail over greed.
Flashback 2010: Number 2 Hero of 2010 was Bernie Sanders.