Democracy Now host Amy Goodman hosts a roundtable discussion of Occupy Wall Street movement on its 1 year anniversary with the following experts: Frances Fox Piven, an author and professor at City University of New York who has studied social movements for decades; Nathan Schneider, editor of the blog Waging Nonviolence, which has extensively covered the Occupy movement; and Suzanne Collado, an organizer with Occupy Wall Street since its inception and member of the group “Strike Debt,” an effort to organize a mass upsurge of debt resistance.
Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal’s poetic documentary, now available on DVD from Zeitgeist, tackles “debt” in its various manifestations – personal, spiritual, societal, ecological, criminal, environmental and economic – and makes the argument that debt is “inherently unfair”. Canadian library heavyweight Margaret Atwood’s 2008 book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth inspired the doc. Atwood, who stars in the film, faults debt’s structure as a power-based human relationship. Arguing that debt is a ”mental construct, how we think about it changes how it works”, Margaret asks: “What happens when people don’t pay their debts or can’t pay their debts or won’t pay their debts? What if the debt is one by its very nature cannot be repaid with money?”
This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with minor updates made on October 1, 2011. It is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park.
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.