I don’t normally attend protests, but when the “Occupy Wall Street” movement showed up in Denver, I decided to go take a look. What I found was a group of diverse individuals who share a common set of values that are highly reminiscent of those expressed by the Socially Responsible Investing industry.
What struck me first as I approached the group of about 20 protestors (their ranks swell into the hundreds after the work day ends) was how different they all appeared to be. There were adults of all ages, both genders and even, as I spoke to them, from both political parties. At one point I found myself speaking with a gentleman named John, a clean-cut self-described conservative republican who supported the Bush tax cuts and trickle-down economics. Next to him was Steve, a longer-haired liberal democrat, artist and ardent supporter of local small businesses.
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