Voices from Occupy Wall Street: Voices from Left Forum
Conference organizers and volunteers recently interviewed participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The interviews featured here explore what the occupations are, how they confront capitalism, and what it means to occupy a system.
Along with the Occupy interviews we include video clips from a few of the many speakers who have been a part of the Left Forum and have spoken on capitalism and occupations.
Upon finding everything from uncertainty to insight and skepticism as to what the term capitalism means, we wanted to convey the following point, which also reflects our own learning experience in doing these interviews:
Everyone's conception of capitalism is equally valid: no one has a lock on the best definition.
At the same time, living in a country where mainstream cultural institutions demonize people's attempts to feel dignity in exploring the meaning of capitalism as a system, it is equally important to find solidarity in developing a more unified, transformational understanding of capitalism.
It is towards balancing these sides of the same exploratory effort that the following work is directed.
Above all we want to convey gratitude to the many people who gave their time to this effort and to the occupiers who so graciously shared their wisdom.