Interview With an OccupyMN Organizer

| 10/6/2011 5:06:24 PM


It’s true: We’re covering the Occupy Wall Street movement to death over here (and yes, there’s more to come), perhaps because it was granted so little coverage in the first days of its contentious life. Need a primer-cum-rallying-cry? Read Tom Engelhardt’s essay on the movement’s importance. Pointing to a counter argument by political activist and cartoonist Ted Rall, our editor-in-chief David Schimke asks us to consider if Occupy Wall Street is pushing hard enough. Also, we’re trying keeping you up to date on our Twitter and Tumblr feeds.

Occupy Wall Street is straight up the most vocal, progressively populist demonstration in years—yet from the get-go has suffered from poor media portrayal and position articulation issues. OccupyMN’s April Lukes-Streich, answering via e-mail, tries to clear up a few things before the protest occupies the Minneapolis Government Center Plaza on Friday, October 7, and turns it into the People’s Plaza. 

Utne Reader: The participants in the Occupy movement often come from either a background in local activism or a background in Anonymous, the hacktivist group. What is your activism background? 

April Lukes-Streich: I’m unaffiliated with any activist group or organization, but have been a longtime political activist and blogger.

UR:What personally draws you to the Occupy movement? What are your personal motivations?

Emily Dale
10/12/2011 10:29:00 AM

This article, in my opinion, clearly shows the fact that #Occupy is a new approach to rec-creating our nation. As the writer says, the fact that these demonstrations are designed to bring meaningful debate on the many issues that are deleteriously affecting the majority of the populace offers a reason for their occurrence. The fact that this huge group has lost the ability to rely on their elected officials to be fair, honest and objective in the handling of matters concerning their constituents is of deep concern to many.

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