In this article in The Nation, Allison Kilkenny responds to columnist Ginia Belafante's insulting article on The New York Times, depicting the protesters as "scatterbrained, sometimes borderline-psychotic transients".
But Allison met some of the other people present at the protests -- not just the loud eye-catching ones. She met an unassuming 40-year-old father of two who said "My home has been seized, I'm unemployed, there's no job prospects on the horizon. I have two children and I don't see a future for them. This is the only way I see to effect change. This isn't a progressive issue. This is an American issue. We're here to take our country back from the corporations."
Instead of bemoaning the fact that protesters haven't arrived in matching uniforms with a coherent PowerPoint presentation, these are the issues we should be addressing. Of course the majority of Zuccotti Park occupiers are young, brash and lost. They'd have to be to do something like this, and risk getting hypothermia for the chance to be ignored and belittled by the media. Young people are always the first ones willing to risk comfort and security for the romantic vision of a better tomorrow."
You should read Allison's entire piece.
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