There are a large number of injustices in American society that motivate our occupation of Kiener Plaza, as well as the occupation by tens of thousands of concerned citizens of public spaces in cities across America, all inspired by Occupy Wall Street.
Each of us participating in Occupy St. Louis will likely have their own distinct list of grievances to be redressed, but there is one overriding political malady on which we would all agree. The very rich are becoming exponentially richer- leaving the rest of us, the 99%, with exponentially less and less. This translates on an ongoing basis into less of the economic pie, less political voice, less control over our jobs if we are lucky enough to have one, and ultimately less command over our well being, our future, our lives. And if the poorest 99% are losing out, the situation for the poorest 40%, 30%, 20% is beyond desperate. This abysmal state of affairs is not the result of some unpredictable economic development or some unintended consequence of changes in technology or tastes. Nor is it the result of an economic tsunami flowing from foreign shores. We, the 99%, hereby declare by our occupations of public spaces that this vile, arrogant class warfare by the richest 1% will no longer be tolerated and will be reversed. And it is imperative that we take action now because neither democracy nor, ironically, capitalism as a tool of progress will survive in a nation destroyed by unbounded inequality.