Laura Flanders, GRITtv host, talks to co-founder of The Indypendent and The Occupied Wall Street, Arun Gupta, and organizer Marina Sitrin about the movement's impact and future role in American life and politics.
Gupta pointed to some tangible results since the movement erupted. "Occupy has lifted all organizing boats. So we saw that in New York City, for example, the Occupy movement helped Teamsters win a better contract with Sotheby's," Gupta said. "They [also] helped fast food workers at Hot & Crusty unionize, which is remarkable that you have fast food workers who unionized."
Sitrin also shared a difference in terms of the personal self-esteem of the 99%. "Where in the past, to be unemployed, to be in foreclosure was something you kept secret. It was something to be ashamed of," Sitrin told Flanders. "And the power of Occupy and the slogan is to say, 'Well, wait a minute. I'm the 99%. I'm the majority. I can feel empowered.'"
On the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
Published on Sep 20, 2012 by MoyersandCompany