Veteran Civil Rights and Anti-War Organizer Tom Hayden Assesses the Power of the Occupy Wall Street Movement
Interview with Tom Hayden, former California legislator, activist and founder of Students for a Democratic Society, conducted by Scott Harris
Just over five weeks old, the new and growing Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York’s Zucotti Park on Sept. 17 has spread to hundreds of cities nationwide and across the world. Thousands of activists, decrying corporate greed and political corruption, have established encampments in parks, on the grounds of state capitals, city halls and in the shadow of large financial institutions. Participants, many of them young, but of all ages and from all walks of life, have begun creating communities based on horizontal, direct democracy, making decisions about their political stands and local activities by consensus. Students, unions and health care workers are among the groups that have made common cause with the new movement.