Measuring the Influence of Occupy

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In The Nation yesterday, Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel explores the Occupy Wall Street’s impact on how the nation — from ordinary citizens to policy leaders to the mainstream media — talks about America’s rapidly growing economic divide. PolicyLink Associate Director, and co-author of “America’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model,” is quoted in the piece explaining how the momentum spurred by the movement has galvanized advocates across the country:

Public attention to these issues shows no signs of waning—in fact, just the opposite is true, it’s on the rise and Mitt Romney can’t stop it—no matter what he has to say to protesters, or how much he wants this conversation to be confined to “quiet rooms.” (Read: back-room deals between powerbrokers to preserve and protect the status quo.) Sarah Treuhaft, associate director at PolicyLink, says grassroots equity advocates who have been working on these issues for years are now much more confident to speak up about inequality. That makes sense, since according to the Pew Research Center, conflict between the rich and poor is now “the greatest source of tension in American society,” with two-thirds of Americans describing that conflict as “strong.”

The full piece, which also ponders the impact OWS will have on the 2012 election, can be read here. 

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