The Occupy Movement in the United States: Revealing the Failure of 21st Century U.S. Capitalism; and a Step towards Participatory Socialism, Presented in Havana, Cuba, June 20, 2012June 25, 2012
A major problem has been how to build a movement that unites the 99% while simultaneously making central the concerns of the most oppressed–by not having our only talking point be the excess wealth and power of the 1%. How do we build a movement that includes immigrant rights, environmental justice, racial justice and racial inequality, LGBT and reproductive/women rights, anti-war and global justice? Most participants in Occupy are sympathetic to amnesty for undocumented immigrants and against U.S. wars; but these have not been principles of the movement nor put forth as demands. A major challenge of Occupy is how to be simultaneously broad, inclusive and principled.