It’s the slow time, hopefully a time of rest – but really this time of year is for thinking, and you can hear the wheels turning in all the justice advocacy movements right now. So in this strategy-planning time of year, here’s a great discussion with long-time labor organizer Steven Lerner on some of the actions we can take next year to intensify the pressure for reform.
The 99% Versus Wall Street: Stephen Lerner on How We Can Mobilize To Be the Greedy 1%’s Worst Nightmare | | AlterNet.
Savvy organizer and big thinker Stephen Lerner talks to AlterNet about how to take power back from Wall Street.
I don’t think people are mad at somebody who invented a product or founded a company. It’s that people see that Wall Street is not productive. Their wealth and their riches, they do not come through any normal means — they come through cheating and gambling and ripping us off, which I think troubles us in a different kind of way.
You have a tiny group of people who basically are making decisions that control all of our lives. So it’s a very simple notion: why don’t we bargain with them collectively? [...] If we all refuse to pay at the same time, it would put enormous financial pressure on them.
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