"Yo Melbourne it's Chris Seerden aka Tent Monster Rush from Santa Cruz, Ca. In Washington DC at the moment. I just want to say thank you for inspiring me. I saw your videos on youtube and what happened broke my heart. So I took it within myself to be in solidarity with you as a fellow Tent Monster here in the US. I use my Tent as a political sign representing Homelessness-Corporate Greed-Education-Equality. My dream is to have at least one or more Tent Monsters in every Occupy, then come together at a large event together as one. Hope to ttys.. Much Love OCCUPY!!!"
Despite these glorious achievements, however, OWS does not seem to be growing. The initial excitement and novelty of the movement has dissipated, and the public has become almost indifferent to watching commando-like police raids and evictions of protesters from most of their encampments. Many of its potential allies such as larger numbers of working people seem to be taking a wait-and-see stance toward it.
Several nationwide polls clearly indicate that the movement has stalled. While polling results need to be viewed with caution, they cannot be ignored either, as their findings are by and large consistent
More than half of those surveyed by Ipsos were unsure how they felt about the movement -- which prides itself on being leaderless -- while a third sympathized with the protesters and 13 percent had an unfavorable view of the group.
Yet when told more about the general objectives of Occupy -- to protest social and economic inequality, corporate greed, the power of the financial sector and the global financial system -- sympathy for the group rose to 53 percent from 33 percent.
"This shift in favorability suggests the movement could have greater support if they communicated their goals more clearly. Until then, the primary response will continue to be a lack of awareness," said Ipsos spokeswoman Keren Gottfried.
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