It is an occupation, and occupations are often not pretty. No one criticized frontline soldiers for being dirty. Even if that was true, and in 3 weeks covering the movement daily I can attest that it is not, these are soldiers in a peace-war to take back control of the nation from those who have leveraged and sold it out.
This is the people’s occupation against the actual redistribution of wealth that has already taken place in this country. If you believe the propaganda about those occupying spaces around the nation and world, ask yourself if you and the people you know are struggling more today in relation to the historic and unprecedented accumulation of wealth by a small number of corporatists and economic looters.
That 1% has been redistributing the wealth for three decades now. Only when the American people assert their right to reclaim what was stolen do they call that redistribution. By that perverse logic, a parking ticket, a license, a levied fine is redistribution. Right wing radio in Chicago claims daily the movement is fading. Today, holding their daily congress, I found the backbone of the effort, those stalwart and intransigent souls who hold the ground as their transient colleagues come and go, were in this for the long haul.