Synopses & Reviews
We Are the 99%
The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations— something the political establishment and most media have long ignored.
But the movement goes far beyond this critique. This Changes Everything shows how the movement is shifting the way people view themselves and the world, the kind of society they believe is possible, and their own involvement in creating a society that works for the 99% rather than just the 1%.
Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving movement have led to confusion and misperception. In this volume, the editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This book features contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, as well as Occupy activists who were there from the beginning, such as David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement—and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.
"Those who have joined the Occupy Wall Street movement have learned to scrounge in order to survive as they fight the good fight. Readers may also feel as if they're receiving the bare minimum, given that this book was hastily published a mere two months after the effort began. This collection-comprising short pieces from blogs; a quick history of the movement; an essay on consensus-based decision-making; a brief memoir recalling disputes regarding racially-charged wording in 'The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City;' a blurb on tax reform; an interview with Richard Wilkinson, a British epidemiologist who has studied the effect of economic inequality; and a supportive bit by Ralph Nader-offers little more than a general understanding of the nascent movement. A list detailing the '10 Ways the Occupy Movement Changes Everything' takes the liberty to declare that 'We have reclaimed our power,' though those still occupying spaces around the world would likely argue that there's a long road ahead. To wit, the editors offer a hastily sketched map for that road, uninspiringly encouraging folks to 'Show up at the occupied space near you,' and 'Name the meaning of this moment.' Despite the editors' admirable effort to do so, the moment may yet be too young to name. Photos.
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Very lively, forward-looking, and filled with interesting insights.
Occupy Wall Street protests have spread around the world, with a common slogan of “We are the 99%.” But there is a great deal of confusion and misperception about this movement. This book clarifies the who, what, when, where, why, and how of this movement. It provides profound insight into the movement’s power, messages, significance, methods, and impact. The editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to show how the meaning and impact of this movement are much bigger and more far-reaching than is being reported.
The central thesis of this book is “This Changes Everything.” The authors show how this movement changes (1) how citizens view themselves, (2) what citizens see is really going on in the world, (3) what is possible in creating a world that works for the many (the “99%”) and not just the few (the “1%”), and (4) how citizens can bring about changes they seek in their communities, nations, and the world.
About the Author
Since their founding in 1996, YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org have been showing how powerful ideas fused with practical actions can drive profound change toward a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Project Censored calls YES! “the standard for solutions journalism.” Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman calls YES! a “vital voice of independent journalism.” The Utne Independent Press Awards have repeatedly recognized YES! Magazine.
YES! Magazine is donating royalties from the print edition of this book to support the Occupy Wall Street/99% movement.
Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org. She is a frequent guest on radio and television, commenting on current affairs.