PBS NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Speak
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SUSIE GHARIB: Meanwhile, the "Occupy Wall Street" agenda is getting wide support across the country. In Washington today, thousands gathered to protest what they called corporate greed and economic unfairness. Many of the movement`s activists are young people who are worried about getting jobs or the types of jobs they want. Darren Gersh talked to some of them.
DARREN GERSH, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: They come from all over the country. Twenty-two-year-old Harriet Rowan joined protesters from Wisconsin. She`s here for the same reason as many other young people - - they can`t find a job.
HARRIET ROWAN, PROTESTER 22: To get a job where I will be paid enough to live and pay back my student loan. And it`s something that I`m struggling with. I haven`t figured out how to deal with it.
GERSH: It`s hard to find anyone under 30 here whose biggest concern isn`t the high level of unemployment for young people. Madison-area community college teacher Ben Manski says he sees it in his classroom every day.
BEN MANSKI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LIBERTY TREE FOUNDATION: I think there is a sense of hopelessness that is very widespread. And the inability to find a career, to find a job that pays a livable wage, that provides a livable income for people to start a family and to have a future, to be able to plan ahead, is a big part of that hopelessness.
GERSH: The protesters here don`t consider this a one-day event. Some of them have sleeping bags and plan to stay here for days or longer. But many others are headed home for protests across the country. In a park a few blocks away, Washington, DC`s, occupy movement is planning for a long stay. Twenty-two-year-old Rob Wohl graduated from college in May and he`s now working a temp job as a researcher.
ROB WOHL, PROTESTER, 22: There are folks who they went to college, they borrowed to go to college. They were told that`s a good investment -- go to college and you`ll get a good job. And now they`re, like, a lot of them are at best part-time or under-employed.
GERSH: Thirty one-year-old Legba Carrefour dreamed of becoming a college professor, but now works at a coat check.
LEGBA CARREFOUR, PROTESTER, 31: I thought my life was going to be a lot different. Sort of the promise of my parent`s generation that was I was going to follow this very strict path of education, higher education, followed by years of working some entry level job, followed by tenure, followed by a good, happy life, followed by retirement. It`s all very clear that I`m not going to have any of that.
GERSH: The protestors have been criticized for not having a specific complaint, but listen carefully and you`ll hear a quiet anger among the young with a country that no longer seems able to deliver the good job and good life it once promised.