Occupy Rosa Parks: What Do They Want, Anyway?

Abby Zimet

It was 56 years ago today that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. In response, notes the Rev. Jesse Jackson, "People asked, ‘Why's she doing that?'" Occupiers have likewise staked out a bit of ground to dramatize the struggle of weak against strong, poor against rich,  powerless against powerful.

"Occupy can't be pepper-sprayed away," said Jesse Jackson. "It can't be arrested. Occupy is a spirit."

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