Why I Support Occupy Wall Street

by Suza Francina on October 11, 2011

People keep asking, “What do the Occupy Wall Street protestors want?” Anyone who takes their head out of the sand can see that the economic system driving our society is totally unethical, unjust and out of control.

Occupy Wall Street has no leader and no appointed spokesperson. From my perspective, it is a movement about changing the values that fuel the global economy. It is about facing the fact that we are living in a time of globalization where ruthless corporations rule the world. We are occupying, protesting and marching in the street because fundamental humanitarian concerns about social welfare, the environment, the impact our actions have on future generations, and a host of other quality-of-life issues have taken a back seat to greed for far too long.

The U.S. wealth distribution where 10 percent at the top of the economic ladder own nearly 90% of stocks, bonds, trust funds and business equity and over 75% of non-home real estate has got to change. We can not continue to tolerate that these very few at the top exercise enormous influence over the rest of us, from our local elected officials on up to Congress and our President.
I’m standing with Occupy Ojai because I see that the destruction of our natural resources and trashing of our economy are intimately connected. In our unfettered greed we have become accustomed to routine practices that most of us find unbearable to even contemplate. This includes the extreme cruelty of factory farms where millions of living creatures are treated like economic units, the over fishing of our oceans, deep water drilling and pollution of the air, soil and water in ways that will impact our planet for generations to come.

I’m learning that the Wall Street Occupation is an umbrella that includes a vast range of economic and ecological causes. We are all on Spaceship Earth together. We, the 99%, are saying that the atmosphere cannot absorb the amount of carbon we are putting into it, creating dangerous warming and other devastating disasters. We are telling government if you can’t stop the insanity, we will have to find another way!


The Occupy Wall Street, 99% Movement is a non-violent movement. Here is link to an excellent resource on non-violent strategy and thinking. http://www.aeinstein.org/organizations103a.html

Suza Francina is a former mayor of Ojai and author or contributing author of twelve books.

Submitted as an editorial to the Ojai Valley News. 

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spk October 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Here is a link to the facebook page. There will be a facebook group as well to better facilitate the planning of actions. There is a meeting this Friday night, further details will be on the fb page and posted here if you are not a member of fb.

The Occupy Wall Street, 99% Movement is a non-violent movement. Here is link to an excellent resource on non-violent strategy and thinking.



Suza October 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Thanks, Sean, I will add those links to the article before it’s published in the Ojai Post Daily Digest!


Is anyone paying attention October 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Here is a well thought out blog on whats really going on http://gizadeathstar.com/2011/10/thoughts-on-the-wall-street-protestors/


Suza Francina October 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I agree the problem is much deeper than Wall Street and I share some of the same concerns.

Does the author of the article speak out? Many public figures, writers, etc., are on the scene giving talks –perhaps he can too.


spk October 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

What Farrell appears to be saying is being said by the demonstrators too. This is not a left/right, red/blue false dichotomy. This is a rebellion against the oligarchy that has captured our democracy and totally corrupted our governments. This transcends party politics. The closest historical analogue to the OWS 99% Movement is the Populists of the turn of the 20th Century.


Kristofer Young, DC October 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Thank you again, for standing up and speaking out!
It is clear that much of the mess we find ourselves in has grown out of we-the-people not being actively involved.


Kristofer Young, DC October 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

My thanks to you too, Sean!
Thank you for the encouragement re non-violence!


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