This letter appeared in last Sunday's Chicago Tribune.
For those of you slumped in front of yet-another episode of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', it crystalizes why the Occupy Wall Street protests are so vital.
This movement (literally) represents ninety-nine percent of us, yet I have never heard such widespread criticism. Such petty whining. So many sideline editorialists opining about what the movement should be doing.
These protests are years overdue. We absolutely need to clog the streets of every city in the United States. We absolutely need to kick and scream and fight and yell until the vermin entrusted to represent us actually begins to do so.
And they won't without a hard shove from the electorate, which is us. You and me.
Rachel says it far-better than I.
"I occupy because corporations are not people, and money is not the same thing as free speech.
I occupy because I believe in united citizens, not Citizens United.
I occupy because our military is spending billions of dollars to occupy foreign countries while jobs, infrastructure and the economy suffer at home.
I occupy because my generation should have opposed these wars in greater numbers and with greater outrage to start with.
I occupy because I am tired of going to the polls and trying to decide which politician is least likely to attempt to sell a Senate seat to the highest bidder.
I occupy because I am tired of seeing executives of failed companies receiving bonuses while their employees are laid off without severance.
I occupy because I believe in the First Amendment and the civil liberties it grants us.
I occupy because the system is not broken but relies on this kind of active participation to remain strong.
I occupy because it is exciting to see democracy working.
I occupy because after seven years combined of undergraduate and graduate studies, I have student loan debt but not the gainful employment necessary to pay it down.
I occupy because I have been underemployed since finishing school, often working two or three part-time jobs to try to make ends meet.
I occupy because I have spent half of this year unemployed altogether, through no fault of my own. I occupy because the unemployed cannot afford to be invisible statistics any longer.
I occupy because the alternative is sitting in my parents' basement writing cover letters that won't even be rejected, just ignored.
I occupy because if it weren't for the safety net my parents have provided, I would be sitting on a street corner all day asking for a different kind of change.
I occupy because my dreams have been deferred, and it was only a matter of time before they would explode."