This Changes Everything

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2011-12-05
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Occupy Wall Street protests have spread around the world, with a common slogan of "We are the 99%." But there is a great deal of confusion and misperception about this movement. This book clarifies the who, what, when, where, why, and how of this movement. It provides profound insight into the movement's power, messages, significance, methods, and impact. The editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to show how the meaning and impact of this movement are much bigger and more far-reaching than is being reported. The central thesis of this book is "This Changes Everything." The authors show how this movement changes (1) how citizens view themselves, (2) what citizens see is really going on in the world, (3) what is possible in creating a world that works for the many (the "99%") and not just the few (the "1%"), and (4) how citizens can bring about changes they seek in their communities, nations, and the world.

Author Biography

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org. She is a frequent guest on radio and television, commenting: on current affairs.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: How Occupy Wall Street Changes Everythingp. 1
10 Ways The Occupy Wall Street Changes Everythingp. 13
Occupy Wall Streetp. 14
How Occupy Wall Street Really Got startedp. 16
Enacting the Impossible: Making Decisions by Consensusp. 22
Principles of Solidarity The Occupy Wall Street General Assemblyp. 25
The Chills of Popular Power: The First Month of Occupy Wall Streetp. 27
Claiming Space For Diversity at Occupy Wall Streetp. 33
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City The Occupy Wall Street General Assemblyp. 36
No Leader, No Violence: What Diversity of Tactics Means for Occupy Wall Streetp. 39
The most Important thing in the Worldp. 45
What Needs To Changep. 50
How Inequality Poisons Society And Equity Benefits Everyone: An Interview With Richard Wilkinsonp. 52
Six Ways To Liberate Main Street From Wall Streetp. 55
A Fair Tax System: Three Places To Startp. 61
How To Create Living-Wage Jobs That Are Good For The Planetp. 63
We Have The Powerp. 68
How To Put The Rights Of People And Nature Over Corporate Rightp. 70
Going To The Streets To Get Things Donep. 74
The Occupation Of Hope: Letter To A Dead Manp. 77
10 Ways To Support The Occupy Movementp. 83
About Yes! Magazinep. 85
About Berrett-Koehler Publishersp. 87
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