Some of the leading proposals to solve the country's economic and political problems, offered by members of the Occupy movement who were interviewed by The Associated Press:
_ Impose a 1 percent "Robin Hood" tax on large financial transactions, and use the money to support social programs.
_ Reinstate portions of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act that were repealed in 1999. The act had prevented bank holding companies from getting into certain other types of financial ventures, effectively separating investment banking and commercial banking.
_ Freeze all property foreclosures; cap interest charges at 6 percent or less.
_ Reduce military spending; stop wars that drain financial resources.
_ Reparations; make government payments to the descendants of African slaves to reset a broken, unbalanced economy.
_ Ban big corporate donations to campaigns and set equal spending limits.
_ Instill a fair conscience and a sense of morality into the minds of big decision makers.
_ Revamp the tax code to take a higher percentage of multimillionaires' earnings. Ensure that Wall Street and big companies pay higher business taxes.
_ Equalize public education by paying fairly and proportionately for the entire U.S. population, regulating spending by student and not by school district.
_ Pass congressional legislation that returns bankruptcy protection to student loans.
_ End corporate personhood.
_ Ensure equal-access health care for all Americans.