Peterson is an artist from New York who thinks the situation on Wall Street has brought Americans to their “boiling point,” but feels that protesters should use a more positive approach when demonstrating.
Moynihan is a CEO of on one of the largest banks in the nation, Bank of America, and believes that people wouldn’t criticize his company if they realized all the good they do.
Although they are on opposite sides of the fence, they both serve a similar purpose during the Occupy movement– to rebuild the tarnished reputations of their organizations.
Some critiques of the movement are that demonstrators are directing their frustrations at the wrong people, intruding on public property, committing crimes, and not serving as a good voice for the true issues.
However, Garon is determined to make sure that the message is delivered clearly, and positively.
Occupation: Filmmaker, Artist
I work in film, but at the moment I’m in between jobs. I’m building a business with my art.
This movement is extremely important right now, because the way this country has been going in the past 30 years, it’ really been going down.
I really love what’s going down here. But when I come down, I see a lot of signs that are not really positive–I understand if you are are angry at the system, you’re angry at the banks, so they’re expressing that. But I believe we need to show love.
Occupation: CEO of Bank of America
Moynihan was appointed CEO of Bank of America in December, 2009. He has recently come under scrutiny after announcing that Bank of America would start charging customers $5 per month to use their debit cards for purchases. Moynhian responded to the critics, by stating that they wouldn’t be so critical if they knew ‘how much good’ he, and his employees actually do.