From Truth Out: http://www.truthout.org/node/12436
by: Rose Aguilar
Monday 13 February 2012
The year 2011 will go down in history as the year in which citizens used their collective power to make economic justice part of the national conversation and force the media to focus on real issues rather than the manufactured deficit crisis. Last February, Wisconsinites began demonstrating and, eventually, occupying their state Capitol to stop attacks on public workers, collective bargaining and unions.
Since Occupy Wall Street kicked off on September 17, Occupy demonstrators across the country have raised awareness about the widening wealth gap, inequality, rising student debt, criminal activity on Wall Street, poverty and home foreclosures.
Politico’s Dylan Byers did a quick search of the news via Lexis Nexis and found a significant rise in the use of the term “income inequality,” from less than 91 instances in the week before Occupy Wall Street started to almost 500 instances in November 2011.
“The Occupy movement is an extraordinary breakthrough,” says David Korten, co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, and author of “Agenda for a New Economy.”
“On the progressive side, we tend to focus on individual issues. The Occupy movement has given us an overall framing umbrella with a focus on inequality. It may be one of the most effective branding exercises in history.”
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