Host Theresa Mitchell takes on the rumors and accusations about Occupy Portland pointing the finger right back at the system that has created the problems represented by street people with mental health issues.She takes on the media that has worked hard to stir up fears of violence.
Clayton Morgareidge reads various responses to the concern some have expressed about the involvement of homeless people in the Occupy Wall Street movement. He offers a positive assessment that sees the movement benefiting from the homeless involvement. He suggests that learning how to get along with and work with each other is exactly what the movement is about and what it will take to integrate the homeless who aren't and shouldn't go away.
Joe Clement and Frann Michel turn to this film because of its obviously critical message about late capitalism, and the way some of its complaints, seemingly new and unprescedented at the time, resonate with the Occupy Wall Street movement today. But they have mixed feelings about how far John Carpenter's portrayal of society hijacked by otherwise unseen aliens through psychological manipulation can go as a social analysis of the real actors and sources of inequality, injustice, and social and environmental destruction.