Some interesting stats on visitors courtesy of Fast Company:

  • More than 80% of participants are white
  • 90% are college-educated
  • Nearly half of participants are 25-44
  • Nearly half have full-time jobs and make under $25k/year
  • More than 70% are political independents
  • More than 60% are male
  • Participation in Occupy events jumped from 24% in early October to 43% two weeks later

Me? I’m curious to know how these types of movements can include different types of minority communities — whether by race, by gender, by religion, or by socioeconomics — in the protests and what difference it makes when they do so.

I have a comment/query out to Fast Company and the author about the spiritual/religious makeup of participants. I’ll share more if I receive it.

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The survey was given online - meaning those with access to the internet were more likely to fill them out, and college-educated people are more likely to fill out surveys anyway.  I think these results are a bit skewed in those directions. But it IS telling (at least to me) that nearly half have full-time jobs - and make less than $25K/year.

This "movement[ ] can include different types of minority communities" because contrary to popular misconception it is united by the desire for us to be one community. In the many voices it's message is singular and clear, let's  create the ideal existence.

I've always wondered what the term "minority" was a euphemism for? I suspect it simply stands for "not like us"; thus laying bare who the "us" is - they are not listed among the various labeled "minorities"! So, is OWS a non-minority movement? with females constituting at least 50% of the population and possibly 60% of the college educated, are women a "minority"? this stuff is so 20th century!! Grow up "non-minorities" the world does not revolve around you!