A Courageous Former Naval Officer Stands Trial for Speaking Up for the 99%
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And for Bolger, presenting the raw numbers — the facts — is the place to start.
“This is how you make the connections: Let people see in their own communities what is being funded when Congress and the Super Committee are trying to find $1.3 trillion and the Republicans want to cut Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and the Democrats want to raise taxes. There’s no reason why we should have to cut anything. We should be slashing the military budget.”
It’s been said since the fall that the Occupy movement lacks demands. What Bolger, through her actions, has shown is that the people themselves, rather than profits, must become the demand.
“We have the power,” she says, “we just have to reclaim it.”
This article appears through a collaboration with Occupy.com and was jointly published there.
Michael Levitin has reported from the Balkans, China, East Africa, India and across Latin America for publications including Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, Forbes and Grist. He is an editor at Occupy.com.