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The Occupy Movement

Mitch Billings

Mitch just finished his first year at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.He currently works with a non-profit immigration law practice as a legislative advocacy intern, and is involved in local Democratic politics.He also blogs about his law school experiences at

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Some legitimacy has been brought to the movement by union and political endorsements.  Even the President has spoke favorably.  However, left-leaning politicians aren’t able to disapprove of the movement, because many on the left have embraced it.  Failure to support this cause could easily result in being voted out of office next fall.

A recent NBC poll shows that twice as many Americans approve of this movement than the Tea Party, showing that the frustration is justified.  (Poll) If you want to have a real impact, boycott the companies to the extent possible.  Write letters to every person you can think of.  Demand more of those in office.  What the people in the Arab Spring movements were fighting for was the right to have a voice in a government.  We have a voice in government.  We vote every November.  Let members of Congress know that the longer we don’t have jobs, the less certain their continued employment is.  How many of us have actually gone to a town hall meeting or written a letter?

The real lesson to be taken from the Occupy Movement is that Americans are fed up with the way corporations seem to rule our country, and that something needs to be done.  However, the noise being made by swarms of people is muffled by the fact that they lack clear direction.  We need to get in the government’s face.  Make sure phones don’t stop ringing, and that mailboxes are filled to capacity every day until something is done.  Until our government acts, nothing will get done.  Until then, go home, figure out what the actual message you want to send is, and then get back to it.

You can follow Mr. Billings on twitter @minnesotamitch and, while you are at it, check out his blog about his personal law school experiences at

Come vote in our Occupy Wall Street Poll and make sure to read Ms. Wijelath’s response, The Occupy Movement – America, Change it or Lose it


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