As Occupy Wall Street moves forward, here is one of the next steps is to move into foreclosures:
Occupy Wall Street has left the street and gone legit. They’ve rented office space in the Financial District and meet daily at a public atrium inside Deutche Bank.
“We’ve managed to, in basically two months, propel the issues of inequality and social justice to the top of our national discussion,” said one Occupier.
In various cities today there were marches on a variety of issues, but the movement plans new tactics. On Tuesday around the nation, it plans to occupy foreclosed homes. In mid-January, a call to pitch tents outside of Congress.
Foreclosures have generally taken a back seat recently to issues like jobs, stock markets, and Republican presidential nominees. Can OWS turn attention back to housing? It will be very interesting to see where they occupy homes (the worst areas like Merced, California or Las Vegas?), how they sustain their collective energy if they are more indeed spread out, and how neighbors respond.
Some recent polls on the most important issues in the minds of Americans:
–PwC Health Research Institute in mid-November: job creation is most important and healthcare and the deficit are tied at number two.
–Gallup in early November: the economy leads the way but there is no mention of housing or foreclosures.
–Rasmussen Reports in mid-October: economy leads by wide margin with 84% saying it is “very important.” No separate category for housing so hard to parse out jobs, stock market, housing.
Perhaps there aren’t many people tracking dissatisfaction with housing in recent months?
If these polls are correct, should the OWS focus on job creation and the economy rather than branch out into foreclosures/the housing market?