The proper way to begin this is to honor the sacrifice of time, energy, jail, and risk of physical harm that protesters on Wall Street have made. Their sacrifice and commitment has opened doors and been a catalyst to move people to action in this country and now all around the world. Successful financial and banking reform depends on those protests continuing just as they are on Wall Street and expanding slightly to encompassing the New York FED.
There are many differing viewpoints about what kind of banking and monetary system ought to replace the existing failed system. Protest strategies to get there in many ways depend on what kind of vision of reform one has. The ideal next step is to place universally accepted demands from the 99% on the table which prompt action and change. But there is a legitimate fear of being specific about reform plans and creating a divided movement. As well there is fear among conservatives that the movement is controlled by liberals. All of those concerns may be valid, but equally true is that these protests can go in any direction right now. The Occupy protests may be the best and only window of opportunity to institute a change to practices of the 1% who control the international banks and the Federal Reserve System.
The Occupy movement does not need detractors or critics so much as it needs leadership and simple plans which remains true to the 99% principles and unites liberals, conservatives, and independents while adding momentum for change rather than subtracting. Part of the basic non-violent principles of change are to be the change you want to make and to withdraw one’s personal energy from the problem they wish to solve. With all that being said there are some concrete things that people all around the country can do to support the Occupy Protests and have a positive effect.