Mountain View Voice

For the Record - October 21, 2011

Voices Around Town

What is the message of the Occupy Wall Street protests?

Asked in downtown Mountain View. Pictures and interviews by Daniel DeBolt and Michelle Le.

"A lot of them are students with student loans. They are graduating and don't have a lot of jobs to go to. They are talking about how the system needs to be changed. I think that's a great thing."

Valerie England, San Jose

"I'm hearing a few different messages but the underlying theme is people are really frustrated with the wealth being concentrated in the top 1 percent of the population."

Nitin Bhandari, Fremont

"From what I can gather its really about the distribution of wealth and how there's only about 1 percent to 2 percent that really have wealth in the world and how the rest of the people are really the 99 percent, and how there needs to be more of an even playing field and not such a monopoly."

Kristin Souders, Sunnyvale

"I think their main message is that society shouldn't only focus on making money and that there are other things that need to be put in balance, such as making sure people have jobs, the environment and many other subjects. But I think their point is that some of the excesses of the past have to be managed and we have to start looking towards a bigger picture of what's important to future generations."

Dan Janson, Los Altos

"Tell people to stop going to (Starbucks), Walmart or Target. If people just for three months did all their Christmas shopping at other (independent) places, they would be crushed and they would get the message."

Keith Haze, Mountain View

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