“We can either have Democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both.”
– Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1856-1941
Occupy Reno was organized in October 2011 as a response to the Occupy Wall Street movement that began on September 17, 2011. Around the world, citizens are rising up and demanding social and economic justice – and a return of power to the people.
The U.S. Constitution is crumbling right before our eyes. We the People are governed by a system that favors corporations over people and is selling away our democracy piece by piece (watch video: Citizens United v. FEC). Not to mention, the gulf between America’s richest and poorest is the widest it has ever been.
College graduates are stepping out of the classroom and into a world with no job opportunities and crushing student loan debt. Homeowners are fighting to stay in their homes while predatory Wall Street lenders move to foreclose. Working families are suffering from economic policies that line the pockets of the wealthiest Americans.
The middle class is vanishing and falling through the cracks.
We are you. We are your neighbors. We are college students, teachers, nurses, small business owners, parents, and children, and we sit across the entire political spectrum. Many of us are homeless, as well. We are the 99% of Americans who pay dearly when Wall Street tanks the economy and loses our homes. We are the 99% who work three jobs just to make ends meet, or can’t find a job at all. We are the 99% who cannot afford to buy our own politicians. We are the 99% who believe in people over profits.
Read real stories from people like you.
The Occupy movement is leaderless and powered by direct democracy. We the People are gathering in every city, occupying public space, empowering our communities, and engaging in nonviolent direct action. We are uniting together.
It is time to move, to act, to participate. For those who have lost their jobs, and homes; it is your time to mobilize and organize for change.