Voices of the 99 Percent
Interview with protesters at a joint Occupy Wall Street/labor union rally in New York City, Oct. 5, 2011, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Less than a month old, the new Occupy Wall Street protests, spreading like wildfire across the U.S., have already had a profound effect on the national debate, which up until a few weeks ago centered in Washington around budget cuts and slashing social safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. With its newfound power to influence, the direct action movement has attracted new allies in labor unions that have made common cause with the protesters’ grievances against Wall Street greed and political corruption. In New York City, labor unions joined Occupy activists for a march and rally on Oct. 5th.