Occupying a place in the process

November 8, 2011 

Our democracy functions best when there is a high level of participation and a balance of political power. The high concentration of influence by a small minority poses a threat to what should be a participatory process.

Fortunately, there are groups out there like Occupy Wall Street who are turning their lack of influence into a chance to speak their voice, using time that could be spent producing in a healthy economy to sound the alarm about pressing concerns like social inequality and government corruption.

OWS has since accomplished achievements like refocusing the national debate onto jobs and accountability and away from austerity. They were also responsible for National Bank Transfer Day, which has moved tens of thousands of accounts from "too big to fail" banks to local credit unions who support communities. This is democracy in action. Thank you, Occupy Wall Street. America loves you.

BRIAN DERHEN
Turlock

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