Occupy: the reasons for our discontent

Occupy: the reasons for our discontent

by Mark Greif

“People ask me if Occupy will continue, or succeed in anything, if it will change anyone’s mind in power. I really have no idea what to answer. For my part, these letters, bound in print, mean that no one can any longer say that they didn’t learn what had gone wrong in America, what Occupy arose from, or whether the citizenry supported it; or that they didn’t know what solutions citizens clearly wanted, or the profound reasons for our discontent.”

Dear Bankers: Thanks for Wrecking Our Lives …

“Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s encampment at Zuccotti Park. Some of the protesters there created a Web site for Americans who couldn’t join them in Lower Manhattan. Called Occupy the Boardroom, the site invited people across the country to write detailed letters to the executives and directors of banks. The site’s developers promised to deliver them as e-mail and in person. The more than 8,000 letters that resulted (to Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) supply some insight into the way different Americans experienced the financial crisis and recession since 2007. The literary magazine n+1 collected 200 of the letters in a book, “The Trouble Is the Banks: Letters to Wall Street,” which appears this month. Mike McQuade, an artist, used excerpts from these letters to create this illustration for The New York Times.”

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