The World Socialist Web Site interviewed a number of those who came to support the occupation and learn more about it.
Julia Register, a sophomore at the State University of New York in New Paltz, told the World Socialist Web Site:
“I understand that income of workers is on the decline. I am struggling with going to school and working two jobs. One of the jobs is working for minimum wage at the library at my school. The other job I have is working for someone organizing films.
“I need to work in order to pay off my loans, live at the college, and pay for my books. I am studying theater. I am an actress, writer, painter and musician. I love the theater and the opportunity to create. The problem is that by the time I graduate I will have $20,000 in loans, which they say is not bad considering that there are a lot of students with bigger debts. Some of my friends have $50,000 to $60,000 in student loans.
“People in this country tend to not want to acknowledge that there is a difference between the rich and the poor. They have been taught that we are all equal Americans. But economically and politically we are not at all equal. Wall Street controls the government. The multi-billion-dollar corporations are feeding the politicians and creating their opinions. This is true for both the Democrats and the Republicans. Obama listens to the same rich people as did Bush. We are fighting against this.”
There are many different people participating in OWS and that probably makes them very easy to ridicule as some have chosen to do. But in forums that allow them to actually speak, you see that they have a reason for what they're doing.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: