Joanna Slater writes in today's Globe and Mail that, if you thought the Occupy Movement was dead, you should hold that thought:
After months of internal wrangling and low morale, the campaign is staging a return to the spotlight. Sept. 17 is the first anniversary of the movement that took over a slice of downtown Manhattan for two months, spawned offshoots in cities from Toronto to Hong Kong, and coined its own slogan to direct attention to inequality: “We are the 99 per cent."
Occupy has been resurrected because inequality has not gone away. In fact, it's gotten worse:
Earlier this week, the U.S. census released data showing that median household income in the country, adjusted for inflation, fell in 2011, while a measure of income inequality increased.
The banks which were deemed too big to fail have gotten bigger. And they are still gambling with other people's money.
Politicians may tout the number of jobs which have been created -- at lower salaries than the ones that were lost. But the simple truth is that, for the 99%, things have not gotten better. And, until things do get better, the streets and parks will be occupied.