The media blackout on #OccupyWallStreet is over. Congratulations, protesters. Now keep growing. (More)
The media blackout on #OccupyWallStreet has ended. Maybe it was the 700 arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge, though the NYPD say all but a handful received only a civil summons for standing in the traffic lanes and were bused back to the OWS base camp. Maybe it was the unions joining the OWS movement. Maybe it was the 3000 who marched in front of the Bank of America building in Boston, the week-long protest at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, or the other protests occurring or planned in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh … and Montreal, Prague, and Melbourne. Maybe it was the former Marines announcing they will travel to New York City in their dress blues and stand guard to protect demonstrators’ rights. Regardless, the movement has become too big to ignore.
Take NBC Nightly News, for example:
Yes, you can kvetch about this or that phrase. But the overall tenor of the report is positive … as is hearing OWS members talk about “organization” and “infrastructure.” These protesters are getting a hands-on lesson in civics. They admit their movement began a bit haphazardly, but they are also learning from their mistakes. Quickly.
Now some are planning voter registration drives at protest sites across the country. Mix the energy of youth with the experience of unions and a nationwide pushback against Republican vote suppression efforts … and the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts. It becomes a powerful coalition for progressive change.