Van Jones, an activist who once worked in the Obama White House and now heads an organization called Rebuild the Dream, has been watching the Occupy movement closely. He has spoken at Occupy encampments and has met with those who are working on the next steps. He thinks the movement can work on multiple fronts. Protests and demonstrations are important, he says, but so are elections.
"There's no reason to do an either-or here. This can be one of the biggest movements in the history of the country," he says.
It's not a question of Occupy Wall Street needing to promote candidates the way the Tea Party has, Jones says. It's about candidates feeling compelled to address issues like income inequality, which this movement has made part of a national discussion.
"I think candidates who speak to those issues will be able to get some of the people who have been enthusiastic about the protests to be enthusiastic about politics," Jones says.