New report on Occupy Wall Street in New York City.
Some of the findings:
- Highly educated young adults were overrepresented
among OWS activists and supporters, a group with
limited ethnic/racial or class diversity
- Most OWS activists and supporters were deeply
skeptical of the mainstream political system as an
effective vehicle for social change. For some, this
skepticism intensified after the election of Barack
Obama in 2008 failed to produce the changes they
had been led to expect.
- Despite being disillusioned with mainstream
politics, many OWS activists and supporters
remain politically active and civically engaged.
- OWS was able to attract supporters with a wide
variety of specific concerns, many of whom had
not worked together before, This was in large part
because it made no formal “demands,” and united
around the “We Are the 99%” slogan.
Read the full report here.
(HT Archon Fung)