These are some of the claims I have been reading lately about what OWS has accomplished in the past two months. Please let me know your thoughts.
1. ECONOMIC AWARENESS.
Do you agree that this movement has really and truly put economic inequality at the "heart" or "front page" of "national discourse" and that the rhetoric of 1% and 99% is effective, useful, correct, and intelligent? Do you agree that such rhetoric has become a "permanent part of political discourse"?
2 PUBLIC EDUCATION
Do you agree that OWS has itself called attention to issues of student loans, tuitions for public universities, and do you agree that OWS has "inspired President Obama" to try to ease the loan burdens? I agree that he has and wants to. Do you agree that it was because of OWS? Does evidence support this?
3. POLITICAL PRESSURE
Do you feel that anyone anywhere feels "political pressure" of any kind based on OWS activities and camp-outs, that have effected policy of any kind? Particularly, as has been claimed, the delay, again at the level of the President, on building the Keystone XL pipeline?
4 HOUSING ISSUES
Do you really believe as has been claimed, and is there evidence, that OWS has "inspired" a vaguely described "wide variety of actions" that aim to prevent foreclosures, evictions, and to help home owners?
5. EDUCATIONAL REFORM
Do you agree that OWS has at a national level, at a specific policy level, or at the level of a general audience, drawn attention in any way whatsoever to school closings, and any particular or general educational reform policies?
6. LABOR MOVEMENT
Do you agree that the OWS movements have provided rhetoric and energy to protect collective bargaining agreements against attacks? Here I can somewhat and to a limited point agree.
7 POLICE BRUTALITY
Do you agree that OWS has drawn attention to the militarization of police forces in large urban areas? I think we can agree on that. But has it, as is claimed, therefore drawn a great deal of attention from the treatment of police against largely white protestors, to the situation of lower socioeconomic based people of color in urban areas or is that a huge leap to make? (not the reality of the police violence itself, but the idea that people have demonstrated a link or that the general public sees a link or even pays that much attention to all this - my experiences show that actually the people focusing on the violence are largely the victims of it)
Please do respond because these are the claimed list of accomplishments and I disagree with all of them.