Erin Brockovich - the public advocate made famous on the silver screen by Julia Roberts - has a message for the temporary residents of Zuccotti park: Get your act together!
The anger and blame galvanized by the movement is understandable, she says, but without a clear message she's afraid the protest won't yield results. Simply living in a park does not create change.
"We are all frustrated," Brockovich tells Jeff Macke in the accompanying interview. "If you don't get yourself together, collectively with some leadership and message to be conveyed then it just falls on a deaf ear."
Her advice for the Occupy Wall Street protesters: get organized, get a spokesperson and make tangible demands.
Brockovich made history more than a decade ago after spearheading and winning a $333 million lawsuit for the residents of Hinkley, California against PG&E over claims they contaminated the water supply. Today she is quick to point out she's not anti-business. In fact, she's for more cooperation between corporations and citizens. How's that accomplished? "Through greater transparency, through mutual respect for community and some honesty."
She also says it's time for individuals to take more responsibility for what's going on in America in order to find solutions. "Everyone is going to have to give a little, to get a little," she says.
She's hopeful it can be done.
- Julia Roberts