Success in the Occupy Movement

Many unions and community organizing groups have been challenging corporate power and fighting for consumers, workers, and communities for many years, but the Occupy Wall Street movement created a new national mood that has given them the self-confidence to be bolder and think bigger.  The movement has paid off in many ways.  As Harold Meyerson reported in his article inAmerican Prospect,  “The Man the Banks Feared Most,” the Occupy movement made it possible for Eric Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, and Kamala Harris, his California counterpart, to face down the banks and the Obama administration to forge a strong settlement with six major banks to renegotiate mortgages for homeowners that they ripped off.

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