Whatever happened to Occupy Wall Street? Are you folks still out there? Yes, the economy seems to be improving and thus the power of your message has been slightly blunted. But as a political force that could rally the nation on behalf of the 99%, who tend not to contribute huge sums to campaigns and so have less influence than their numbers deserve, you're still badly needed.
In Los Angeles and nationwide, there are still sputtering signs that the Occupy movement hasn't disappeared. Last week, activists held demonstrations on about 30 college campuses in California, including Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Long Beach, to protest state cuts to higher education. On Monday they moved their act to Sacramento, where assorted student groups and public employee labor unions staged an "Occupy the Capitol" event that attracted thousands of people decrying education cuts and backing a measure slated for the November ballot that would tax millionaires to support state services. Whether such student rallies constitute "genuine" Occupy events is tough to say, because at this point any interest group challenging the status quo can adopt the Occupy label.
That's OK — something similar happened to the tea party movement, and that didn't prevent it from being a force to be reckoned with in the 2010 elections — but it's still hard to escape the feeling that since Occupy activists were kicked out of their encampments across the country this winter, the group has lost a good deal of momentum as well as what little organizational coherence it possessed.