Occupy Wall Street Speaker's Corner; October 24, 2011
Arinam wants to be an agent of change. He's 60 and says something's happening here. Change is taking place. John, a Vietnam vet, is 60 and just lost his job. He's tried to be here as much as possible. One of the reasons this movement has caught on is that often, poor people and working class people are in the same boat. We're not giving up, he says. We're going to make the people who control most of the resources in the world think. There were riots in America before, he says, and if we don't make some changes, that's going to happen again. We're all in this together, he adds. Brenda from Philadelphia wants a return of the WPA and to bring art back to the schools. Van Toosy, a musician, says even though things may not be as organized as we wish, there is a passion for positive change. There's too many hands inside the cookie jar, he adds. Another man says he believes it's essential to get the money out of politics. Once that's done, a lot of other issues can be taken care of. On a host of issues, getting the money out of politics would be a great help.
A man named Pinchas says there's a great irony here in that many years ago, he had a Wall Street job. The company where he worked liked him and promoted him to broker as a 16-year-old. They hired someone to take his job as an office boy and it was his job to teach his replacement. The two became friends often talked about metaphysics, capitalism and blues music. When Pinchas's replacement left, he drew pigs all over the walls and went to live in a commune. This was 40 years ago, during the time of the Vietnam War. If Republicans win next year's election, he warns, you won't recognize this country. Keep the struggle together. It might get cold, but this won't end.