Every day from Wall Street to Los Angeles and Atlanta, the encampments support and give greater visibility to Verizon union members demanding a fair contract, Florida farmworkers demanding an end to poverty wages and plantation abuse, and community groups marching on banks to demand an end to foreclosures.
However, the expansion of demands to challenge Wall Street’s broader agenda would strengthen the movement. The 99 percent includes 2.4 million people — 1 million black and 500,000 Latino — locked up under barbaric conditions in U.S. prisons. Ending the mass incarceration of black and brown and working-class youth is a priority. The 99 percent include 14 million undocumented immigrants facing a reign of terror from local police and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The demand for amnesty for all immigrants is critical.