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Thirteen Things America Can Do to Stop Foreclosures and Fulfill the American Dream
Access to an affordable home under fair and sustainable terms is crucial to our economic security and central to the American Dream. But misconduct by banks and lenders, inadequate rules and enforcement, and record unemployment rates are robbing millions of Americans of their homes and security while ravaging whole communities and holding back our national recovery.
Clear solutions exist that prevent foreclosures and restore communities today while repairing the American Dream into the future. We call upon policymakers, the banking and lending industry, and everyday Americans to adopt or demand the following solutions to our housing crisis. Click here to read more (PDF).
Supporting Occupy Wall Street
The Opportunity Agenda continues to support the Occupy Wall Street movement’s call for greater and more equal economic opportunity and democratic voice. The impact of this movement is being felt not only at Zuccotti Park and other public spaces in the United States, but also on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and increasingly around the world. It has the potential not only to change our policies and politics, but to help fulfill our nation’s values and restore the American Dream.
Those who say they don’t understand what Occupy Wall Street protestors want fail to understand the movement’s true nature. Despite not having a structured manifesto, their shared desires are very clear: They seek honest work that pays a decent, living wage; accountability for the financial institutions that wrecked our economy; a political system in which everyone has an equal voice and vote; and an affordable college education, to name a few. To learn more about our insights on Occupy Wall Street, take a look at the following links:
- Read our blog "What 21st Century Democracy Looks Like"
- See also: "Heeding the Voice of the 99 Percent."
- Read our October's Public Opinion Monthly on the rising support for the Occupy movement.
- Check out our tips for talking to the mainstream media about the goals of the Occupy movement while addressing the importance of economic opportunity in America.
- To see one of our engagements at Zuccotti Park, click here.
- Download our communications advice for promoting an equitable economic recovery, and our Ten Lessons for Talking About Racial Equity in the Age of Obama.
The Adventures of Unemployed Man and Occupy Halloween
- Daily Kos, "The Adventures of Unemployed Man-One of the Best Books Ever on the Economy," June 6, 2012.
- The New York Times interviewed Creative Change alumnus Gan Golan and the Occupy Wall Street protesters for the Halloween parade.
- "Master of Degrees," a character in Gan Golan and Erich Origen’s graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man, has captured the attention of media and progressive organizations alike. CBS News interviewed “Master of Degrees,” portrayed by Gan in full costume, at the Occupy DC rally earlier in October, calling him the best representation of both the American Dream and the Occupy Wall Street movements.
- Gan Golan, Biko Baker, and Michelle Miller participated in a panel discussion facilitated by our Creative Fellow Betsy Richards, “Cultural Organizing: How Hip Hop, Superheroes and Digital Shorts Can Hyper-Charge the American Dream Movement” during the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, D.C, about their respective projects on economic justice. To read more about Gan's interview with Campus Progress about the panel, click here.
- On Halloween morning, heroes-for-hard-times Unemployed Man, Wondermother, The Master of Degrees, Zilch and others went to Liberty Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall St. movement, to confront corporate corruption and lawlessness. Want to know more about The Adventures of Unemployed Man? Watch the video below!
- John Maloney, president of Tumblr, posted a comment regarding Unemployed Man on his personal page.
- Unemployed Man is the "unofficial superhero of Occupy Wall Street," according to Wired magazine.
- New York-based radio station WNYC wrote about Occupy Halloween and included a photo slideshow.
- DNAinfo visited the Occupy Halloween workshop in Brooklyn, NY.
- Check more candid photos of Occupy Halloween on gothamist.com.
- "The Pink Slip," one of The Adventures of Unemployed Man's villains at Occupy Halloween, appeared on the MSNBC Photoblog.
- PolicyMic interviewed Gan Golan and showed footage of the "New York Slot Exchange" robot.
- To see more candid photos from Occupy Halloween, check our Facebook page.
- Read Comic Book Resources' article "Superhero street theater at Occupy Wall Street."
- Gan Golan was interviewed by AFP. To watch video, click on the link below (it will play directly from YouTube)
- Rich Johnston from Comic books blogsite "Bleeding Cool" dedicated an article on Occupy Halloween
Read the following articles on Occupy Halloween's performance during the Village Parade:
- Michael Herzenberg from NY1: "OWS Marchers Take Part in Halloween Parade."
- NBC New York also reported on Occupy Halloween's participation during the Village Halloween parade.
- CBS New York: 'Occupy Wall Street' Takes Their Message to the Halloween Parade" (click here).
- Bloomberg Businessweek: 'Occupy Wall Street Does Halloween' (click here).
- Campus Progress: 'Occupy Wall Street Celebrates Halloween-By Occupying a Parade' (click here)
Here's another video about Occupy Halloween
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