Shane Goodman Publisher/Editor
The Occupy movements have gathered steam across
the nation and here in Des Moines over the past
few months. They continue to garner audiences
from those who will listen about the inequities
in our system. They pry the media for attention.
They march, carry signs, camp out and get arrested.
Iowans understand and share their frustrations,
but few are willing to pitch tents at Stewart
Square and commit their lives — even for the
short term — to the effort. In fact, many Iowans
simply don’t understand who these people are
and what they want. Even the four dozen or so
official members of Occupy Des Moines have differing
views. They want to be taken seriously, but
incidents like the recent arrest of an organizer
on drug charges during a Wells Fargo bank protest
aren’t helping their cause. Iowa’s harsh winter
will provide yet another challenge.
In this week’s cover story, we introduce you
to the people, share the objectives and attempt
to explain what the Occupy Des Moines movement
is all about. And that’s no easy task.
Thanks for reading. CV