There’s a persistent myth suggesting that Occupiers haven’t done a thing but camp. In addition, there’s been absurd expectations like implementing a tax policy (isn’t that the job of a public servant?) or forcing a candidate into office before the movement was even two months old. From stopping a police officer’s home being foreclosed to inspiring an amendment in the House of Representatives, you can find a (very much incomplete) list of Occupy’s accomplishments here.
- Tax changes in New York: “Gov. Cuomo caves to protesters”
- Occupy saves home of 78-year old woman who took part in Civil Rights Movement
- Evanston, Illinois may close its account with Chase Bank and switch to smaller, local bank
- The City of Buffalo, NY ditches JP Morgan, switches to local bank
- Forced landlord to restore heat to poor tenants
- Occupy was crucial in passing Homeowner Bill of Rights in California, to help fight unfair foreclosures
- Austin, TX: With ‘Occupy’ Inspired Item, City May Shift Banking to Credit Unions, Local Banks
- Occupiers save police officer’s home from being foreclosed.
- An amendment to curtail corporate influence has been introduced.
- Helped promote switch from big banks to credit unions. Big credit to mymp.
- Occupy has gone worldwide.
- Occupy the SEC is scrutinizing the Volcker Rule for loopholes.
So why don’t we see these accomplishments and more in the media? Well, for one thing, the interests of major media networks are frequently at odds with Occupy — 90% of all media consumed in the United States is owned by ONLY 6 COMPANIES, all of which have revenues in the tens of billions of dollars. They don’t want things to change any more than the banks do. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch CNN or NBC, or not try to get information from them — but you should also expose yourself to other sources of information, like IndyMedia, Mother Jones, live Occupy coverage by citizen journalists (like TimCast), and of course The Daily Occupation.