The 99% or Occupy movement has had several victories recently.
The big thing is that their protests of Banks, helped result in the decision of Bank of America to back off on their $5.00 fees for the use of debit cards. Several other banks followed suite.
Much of that is because of the Occupy Movements call to take your money out of the banks program. Saturday, November 5th, has been hailed as the "Move our Money" day. http://thesoundstrike.info/2011/10/31/du...http://theweek.com/article/index/220937/...
Now Occupy will move into other bank abuses. WHo knows they may even pressure corporations to stop giving hundred million dollar golden parachutes to CEO's that destroy companies for their own profit. http://sfist.com/2011/10/26/occupy_movem...
People are even using Occupy to help them resist foreclosures. They are occupying their own homes!
"But instead of the anticipated confrontation, there was a dramatic reversal of fortune. Fanny Mae canceled the eviction notice and offered the Gudiels a loan modification that could enable them keep their home."
"Why? Fannie Mae and loan servicer OneWest won't discuss the case. But nonprofit advocates say a series of bold protests — with reinforcements from the "Occupy Wall Street" movement — and a spate of media interest put Rose in the limelight and forced the banks to back down. "http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44908122/ns/...
On other fronts. Many cities are making up new rules to justify kicking Occupiers out of their sites. Now a judge has told the State of Tennessee that they have to stop arresting protestors. "Political expression deserves the highest level of protection and it was unacceptable for the state to suddenly shut down protesters' speech and forcibly oust them from Legislative Plaza that has long been used as a place for peaceful expression," said Hedy Weinberg, executive director at the ACLU of Tennessee. http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/31/us/tenness...
This decision highlights the point that while many cities may have laws and ordinances against camping on city property or in parks, that the Occupy movement is not just a bunch of campers. They are protestors exercising their constitutional rights.
The first amendment of the Constitution prevents the passing of any law "interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances."
This movement is similar to the union movements that forced corporations to make concessions like the 40 hour week, health care, safety standards etc.
While there may still be some people opposed to the Occupy movement, they will soon realize that 99% of the country will benefit from the efforts of the movement.
The People United will not be defeated.