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The aim of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET is to draw protesters to New York's financial district in a non-violent protest to spark a mass movement against corporate dominance. While the corporate media ignores the protest, Reader Supported News will continue to report on the latest developments.

A demonstrator holds a sign during an Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan. The protests moved into their third week on Monday. (photo: Reuters)
A demonstrator holds a sign during an Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan. The protests moved into their third week on Monday. (photo: Reuters)



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Occupy Worldwide

Reader Supported News Special Coverage Archive 1

17 September - 02 October 11

 

This page is an archive. Future OWS updates will go on the new page.

 

 

Amy Goodman: "The Fourth Estate or For the State"

 

Parks and Demonstration

The Daily Show

05 October 11

 

JPMorgan Chase Recently Donated 4.6 Million to NYPD

02 October 11

A posting on the JP Morgan Chase website confirms a donation by the financial institution to the New York City Police Foundation. The money was donated ostensibly as a "gift ... to strengthen security in the Big Apple." The exact date of the gift is not clear, however, in light of the NYPD's unwarranted use of force in deterring peaceful demonstrators, it opens the NYPD and the city of NY to charges of applying the law under influence.

The statement on the JP Morgan website says:

New York City Police Foundation - New York

JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD's main data center.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing "profound gratitude" for the company's donation.

"These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe," Dimon said. "We're incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work."

 

Police Arrest Occupy Wall Street Protesters
on the Brooklyn Bridge

 

Wall Street Protests: Which Side Are You On?

By Van Jones and Max Berger, Reader Supported News

01 October 11

Wall Street has long been the home of the biggest threat to American Democracy. Now it has become home to what may be our best hope for rescuing it.

For everyone who loves this country, for everyone whose heart is breaking for the growing ranks of the poor, for everyone who is seething at the unopposed demolition of America's working and middle class: the time has come to get off the fence.

A new generation has gone to the scene of the crimes committed against our future. The time has come for all people of good will to give our full-throated backing to the young people of the Occupy Wall Street movement. READ MORE

 

Thousands March in Boston, 24 Arrested

By Agency France-Presse

01 October 11

Twenty-four protesters were arrested as a vast crowd marched outside Bank of America offices in Boston, police said Saturday in the latest US demonstrations against corporate influence and greed.

Nine men and 15 women were charged with trespassing for their part in a sit-down protest Friday afternoon, said Boston police spokesman Eddy Chrispin. "They were asked to remove themselves, and they opted to be arrested," Chrispin told AFP.

Right to the City, the coalition of advocacy groups that organized the demonstration, said the event was held to protest corporate greed and to stop bank foreclosures. READ MORE

 

AUDIO: Occupy Wall Street Brooklyn Bridge Arrests

The following is an audio recording of the arrests that took place late this afternoon, Saturday October 1st, by the NYPD of Occupy Wall Street protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge. -- CW/RSN

LISTEN HERE

 

Van Jones Expresses Support For Occupy Wall Street

 

A US Autumn Responding to Arab Spring

By Cornel West, Democracy Now!

30 September 11

It's impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand, or two demands. We're talking about a democratic awakening," said Dr. Cornel West when he spoke with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman during a visit Tuesday night to the Occupy Wall Street encampment. Some critics have expressed frustration at the protest's lack of a clear and unified message. But the Princeton University professor emphasized that "you're talking about raising political consciousness so it spills over all parts of the country, so people can begin to see what's going on through a set of different lens, and then you begin to highlight what the more detailed demands would be. Because in the end we're really talking about what Martin King would call a revolution: A transfer of power from oligarchs to everyday people of all colors. And that is a step by step process." Dr. West also called on President Obama to apologize for calling on members of the Congressional Black Caucus to "stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying" when unemployment among African Americans has reached record highs and two of five Black children live in poverty. This video features Amy Goodman's interview with Dr. West, along with his address to Occupy Wall Street protesters. READ MORE

 

AFL-CIO's Trumka Backs Occupy Wall Street

By Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

30 September 11

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was asked about the Occupy Wall Street protests this morning at an event at the Brookings Institution, John Nichols reports, and said:

"I think it's a tactic and a valid tactic to call attention to a problem. Wall Street is out of control. We have three imbalances in this country - the imbalance between imports and exports, the imbalance between employer power and working power, and the imbalance between the real economy and the financial economy. We need to bring back balance to the financial economy, and calling attention to it and peacefully protesting is a very legitimate way of doing it." READ MORE

 

Wall Street Protesters March on Police HQ

By Paul Harris, Guardian UK

30 September 11

Several thousand anti-Wall Street protesters marched through downtown Manhattan on Friday night to protest against incidents of police brutality at a previous demonstration."

From unpromising beginnings the Occupy Wall Street movement has now become a major American news story. A similar group is set to occupy a square in the financial district of Boston over the weekend and actions are also planned for Los Angeles and Washington DC and other large cities in October. This week several large New York unions have also announced they will be joining the protesters in Zuccotti Park. READ MORE

 

Thousands March on Police Plaza

 

VIDEO; Wall Street Protesters March on Police HQ

By Alastair Good, The Telegraph UK

01 October 11

After some protesters were hit with pepper spray in alleged police brutality last week, thousands march on the New York Police Department (NYPD) headquarters. WATCH HERE

 

The view from above.

Occupy Wall Street from Fox5 Helicopter on 09-30-11

 

OCCUPY TOGETHER

OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. As we have followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various live feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a site that would help spread the word as more protests organize across the country. We hope to provide people with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.READ MORE

 

Anonymous: OCCUPY THE PLANET!

 

Are You a Rebel or a Slave?

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

30 September 11

here are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave.

To be declared innocent in a country where the rule of law means nothing, where we have undergone a corporate coup, where the poor and working men and women are reduced to joblessness and hunger, where war, financial speculation and internal surveillance are the only real business of the state, where even habeas corpus no longer exists, where you, as a citizen, are nothing more than a commodity to corporate systems of power, one to be used and discarded, is to be complicit in this radical evil. To stand on the sidelines and say “I am innocent” is to bear the mark of Cain; it is to do nothing to reach out and help the weak, the oppressed and the suffering, to save the planet. To be innocent in times like these is to be a criminal. Ask Tim DeChristopher.READ MORE

 

Unions Joining Occupy Wall Street

 

Unions, Community Groups to Join Occupy Wall Street

Daniel Massey, Crain's New York

30 September 11

The city's most experienced agitators - the labor and community groups that typically organize local marches, rallies and sit-ins - have been largely missing from the Occupy Wall Street protest that is in its 13th day at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. But that's about to change.

A loose coalition of labor and community groups said Thursday that they would join the protest next week. They are organizing a solidarity march scheduled for Wednesday that is expected to start at City Hall and finish a few blocks south at Zuccotti Park.READ MORE

 

Recap Day 12

 

Cate Woodruff Reporting From Wall Street: Day 11

Cate Woodruff, Reader Supported News

29 September 11

With much of the media focused on pepper-spraying police officers rather than what the protesters have to say, perhaps the best way to understand the motives and the people of OccupyWallStreet is to go down there and find out for yourself.

I first visited Liberty Plaza and OccupyWallStreet on the 4th day of the protest. At that time, it was new and vibrating with energy and peaceful determination. The protest was still taking shape.

My second visit was on Tuesday, September 27th - Day 11 of the protest - and the change is striking. Now there is a marked difference in the occupiers - they are more focused and they work in a highly organized way on a myriad of tasks. It feels like a well-run camp, with an outdoor office and a community living area.READ MORE

 

Cate Woodruff Reporting From Wall Street: Day 11

 

Occupy Boston: Aiming to Emulate Wall Street Protests

Paul Harris, Guardian UK

29 September 11

There were socialists, anti-poverty campaigners, students, anarchists, computer hackers, the unemployed, and workers ranging from a vet to an accountant.

And, numbering around 200 and meeting to plot until late in the night, a group of Bostonians have decided to recreate the anti-Wall Street protests that are gripping New York.

Unlike previous attempts, such as a march that fizzled out in Chicago with just 20 people, the people behind Occupy Boston showed a strong dose of media savvy and organisational skill on Monday night, as they drew a committed crowd of volunteers to their cause: to occupy a slice of the city. Local TV crews were in attendance at the evening mass planning meeting, and it had been flagged on the front pages of Boston's newspapers.READ MORE

 

NPR Shuffles By Wall Street Protests

Edward Schumacher-Matos, NPR

29 September 11

Reader Supported News often rails about the perils of 'hidden hand' financing, touting our alternative, exclusively Reader Supported funding model. The following is a review of NPR's decision not to report on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations by NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos.

NPR is heavily dependent on the funding it receives from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). While such financing is often defined as 'public financing' because it ultimately comes from US taxpayer dollars, it also opens up NPR, along with other recipients of the CPB's good graces, to the CPB's oversight and influence.

What follows is a stark illustration of the perils of 3rd party-financed news and information. For the record, Reader Supported News does find the events unfolding at Liberty Plaza, Wall Street, newsworthy. That is what our Supporters expect. -- ma/RSN READ MORE

 

 

Michael Moore: "Rise Up, Everyone"

 

NYC Contact Numbers


Deputy Commissioner of Public Information: (646) 610-6700
Mayor's Office: (212) 639-9675
NYPD Switchboard: (646) 610-5000
Central Booking: (212) 374-3921
First Precinct: (212) 334-0611

 

Dr. Cornel West: "The People Have Found Their Voice"

 

Occupying Both Heads of the Beast

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

27 September 11

With the Occupation of Wall Street in its second week, solidarity actions are popping up around the country and the world. Cities currently supporting Occupy Wall Street are: Madrid, Spain; San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; Toronto, Canada; London, England; Athens, Greece; Sydney, Australia; Stuttgart, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Milan, Italy; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Algiers, Algeria; Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel; Portland, Oregon; and Chicago, Illinois.

Cities in the process of joining Occupy Wall Street are: Phoenix, Arizona; Montreal, Canada; Cleveland, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Seattle, Washington; and Orlando, Florida.READ MORE

 

Lawrence O'Donnell: "Police Brutality Occurs Every Day In America"

 

Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests

By Jeanne Mansfield, Boston Review

27 September 11

My boyfriend Frank and I are heading toward Liberty Square to check out what's going on at the Occupy Wall Street protest, when we stumble upon the afternoon march toward Union Square. So we join up and walk along behind. The crowd looks like maybe 300 people, mostly punk - styled kids and folks carrying their computers (for live streaming, we found out later) and some aging - hippie types. People are beating drums, blowing whistles, carrying signs, and chanting: "Banks got bailed out, you got sold out!" and "We are the 99 percent!" and "All day, all week, occupy Wall Street!" and of course the classic "This is what democracy looks like!" READ MORE

 

 

Activist Rapper Immortal Technique In Liberty Plaza

 

Occupy Wall Street: Michael Moore in Liberty Plaza

By Jo Harrington, Suite 101

27 September 11

Occupy Wall Street protesters had just returned to Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Plaza) from the latest of their daily marches through the streets of New York. It had been a peaceful progress with none of the controversial arrests, which had marred a similar progress two days before. Several people Tweeted that they had made it to the famous Wall Street bull, before turning around and heading to the small urban park that many have been calling home for the past ten days.

They were in good spirits. This was September 26th 2011, when Noam Chomsky had announced his solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protesters had seen their inspiration create several parallel demonstrations around the USA. OccupyChicago has already been set up. As the first of the New York marchers entered Liberty Plaza, a huge cheer went up. Another legendary American activist was standing in their midst. Michael Moore had arrived in person. READ MORE

 

Occupy Wall Street Rediscovers the Radical Imagination

By David Graeber, Guardian UK

27 September 11

Why are people occupying Wall Street? Why has the occupation - despite the latest police crackdown - sent out sparks across America, within days, inspiring hundreds of people to send pizzas, money, equipment and, now, to start their own movements called OccupyChicago, OccupyFlorida, in OccupyDenver or OccupyLA?

There are obvious reasons. We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated - faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates. READ MORE

 

Noam Chomsky Announces Solidarity With #occupywallstreet

By Occupy Wall Street

25 September 11

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course. READ MORE

 

Michael Moore in Liberty Plaza

 

Wall Street vs. Everybody

By Linh Dinh, CommonDreams

26 September 11

As usual, Bush got it wrong. Wall Street soberly and cynically got the rest of us drunk on dreams of homeownership, a robust stock portfolio and a cozy retirement. This slurry bacchanal was fueled by the housing bubble and, when that exploded in our faces, bailouts saved Wall Street from any hangover, so it's us who will suffer through a torturous, decades - long headache of a ruined economy.

But who are us, exactly? Us are the poor and the middle class, unions, retirement funds and governments at all levels, federal, state and city. Us are 99%, according to the mostly young protesters at Liberty Park in NYC. Nearly everyone got ripped off, including the cops guarding these protesters. As a protest sign sweetly and innocently demands: "Say Sorry! To All of Us!" READ MORE

 

"That's the Bank That Took My Parents' Home"

 

Occupy Wall Street Bleeds and Leads

By Nathan Schneider, Waging Nonviolence

26 September 11

A bit after 10 p.m. on Saturday night in occupied Liberty Plaza, there was a celebration around the media tables. Photocopied facsimiles of Sunday's New York Daily News were being passed around and photographed. After having held the plaza with hundreds of protesters at any given time for a week, and having kept the blocks surrounding the Stock Exchange barricaded by police all the while, the protest was finally getting serious news coverage.

"The Daily News!" I heard someone say on the plaza. "It's because this is a sustained occupation." READ MORE

 

Journalistic "Objectivity" Sours Wall Street Reporting

By Michael Tracey, Michael C. Tracey.com

26 September 11

Last night, the New York Times' Brian Stelter tweeted about the Occupy Wall Street protests, which have been ongoing for over a week now, but seemed to reach a tipping point yesterday. Stelter wrote, "2 hours ago Union Sq was the scene of an ugly battle btwn OccupyWallSt protesters & police," followed by a link to a YouTube video entitled "Occupy Wall Street Police Abuse." The video depicts officers shoving and arresting protesters, as well as using some kind of makeshift orange net to corral them into a pen.

I was struck by the term Stelter used to described the altercations: "battle." As I understand it, if a "battle" is taking place, that means at least two aggressors are "battling" one another. Which would seem to be an odd characterization of yesterday's events. I wasn't there, but all the first-hand reports, news stories, video, and eyewitness testimonies suggest that the NYPD was quite clearly responsible for escalating tension, at least in certain instances - such as when several female protesters were indiscriminately maced in the face. READ MORE

 

The Demand Is a Process

 

Inside Occupy Wall Street

By Danny Schechter, Reader Supported News

25 September 11

Before you read on, watch the video below. It's a video from the base camp of the #OccupyWallStreet protest that is now in its seventh day. It's called "Nobody Can Predict the Moment of Revolution." (The video was produced by Martyna Starosta and her friend Iva.)

These are the faces of a wannabe revolution, more than a protest but not yet quite a major Movement. The spirit is infectious, perhaps because of the sincerity of the participants and their obvious commitment to their ideals. READ MORE

 

Nobody Can Predict the Moment of Revolution

 

UPDATE: Day of Community Building

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

25 September 11

Today was a quiet but productive day in Liberty Plaza. There was not a major march planned. The 2pm General Assembly meeting was the big event of the day. The meeting is still going and it sounds like spirits are high. After yesterday's crackdown during the march a day of planning and building community makes sense. The crowd in the park appears to be growing. We will keep you up to date on further developments from "Liberty Plaza."

 

09/23/11; Day before Mass-Arrests from JRL on Vimeo.

 

Police Crack Down on 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests

By Matt Wells, Guardian UK

25 September 11

The anti-capitalist protests that have become something of a fixture in Lower Manhattan over the past week or so have taken on a distinctly ugly turn.

Police have been accused of heavy-handed tactics after making 80 arrests on Saturday when protesters marched uptown from their makeshift camp in a private park in the financial district.

Footage has emerged on YouTube showing stocky police officers coralling a group of young female protesters and then spraying them with mace, despite being surrounded and apparently posing threats of only the verbal kind. >READ MORE

 

Burger King Denies Occupy Wall Street Participant Coffee

 

The 99 Percent Call for NYPD Police Chief to Resign, White Collar Cops to be Prosecuted

By The General Assembly

25 September 11

This is the eighth communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street. On September 24th, 2011, the lie revealed itself. We live in a world where only 1 percent of us are protected and served. We demand that Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly resigns.

A message to blue-collar police: Do not do what you are told. We are peaceful and you know this. We offer you coffee in the morning and water in the day. You always refuse and we know that's because they told you to. Speak of the crimes of your supervisors. We will help you. We are expressing the same frustration that you feel. You are the 99 percent. Join us. Join our conversation. READ MORE

 

Occupy Wall Street Saturday: Tasers and Mass Arrests

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

24 September 11

Occupywallstreet.org is reporting at least 80 arrests during today's community march. While the live feeds were up I witnessed a very powerful arrest of a law student whose parents were recently evicted from their home. He dropped to his knees and gave an impassioned plea for the American people to wake up! There are reports of police kettling protesters with a big orange net, at least five maced, and police using tasers."

UPDATE: We are now receiving reports that at least 80 protesters have been arrested. The National Lawyers Guild puts the number at around one hundred. Liberty Square is currently full with an ongoing discussion on how to respond to this unprecedented level of police aggression. Police are currently surrounding the square. There is nearly one police officer for every two protesters.

 

Arrest of Member of Media Team

 

Police Use Pepper Spray on Peaceful Protesters

 

One of the Arrests

 

What If the Tea Party Occupied Wall Street?

By Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting

24 September 11

In an action called Occupy Wall Street, thousands of activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan on September 17.

The protests are continuing, with demonstrators camped out on the Financial District's Liberty Street in support of US democratization and against corporate domination of politics (Adbusters, 9/19/11).

But you wouldn't know much about any of this from the corporate media - outlets that seem much more interested in protests of the Tea Party variety. READ MORE

 

Broadway and Cortland Street During Today's March

 

Thousands Now Marching on Wall Street

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

24 September 11

A very loud spirited march thousands strong is marching on Wall Street. It is hard to get an accurate read on the crowd size but there are clearly thousands. Chants of "Whose Street! ... Our Street" are echoing through the narrow Manhattan streets. Their chants include "All day, all week occupy Wall Street."

 

Occupation Put On Notice?

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

24 September 11

Men in suits escorted by the NYPD entered the park at 11:30 am to handout "notices." The notices according to those present spelled out the rules for the park, which is owned by Brookfield Associates. The notice was not on letterhead and was not signed. The NYPD filmed the issuing of the notice. Some of the rules in the notice included no sleeping, no skateboards, and no riding bicycles.

 

The Whole World Is Watching: Nonviolence at Liberty Plaza

By Nathan Schneider, Waging Nonviolence

24 September 11

There have been several arrests each day among those occupying Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park in New York’s Financial District, and a certain ritual has developed for when it happens.

At the first sign that police officers are moving in - usually a pack of dark-blue shirts led by one or two in white with a bullhorn - the shouting begins. "Cameras up!" (Everything must be recorded. Among the officers, too, is someone from TARU with a video camera.) Protesters start variously calling out insults at the police and pleas for them to stand down, sending a schizophrenic, even panicked message. But soon, they coalesce into unity with chants, some holding up their fingers in a peace sign. The NYPD motto: "Courtesy! Professionalism! Respect!" A reminder of the cameras: "The Whole World Is Watching!" And, if necessary, simply, "Shame!" Repeat. They remain peaceful to a fault, but loudly and combustibly so. READ MORE

 

New York Times Article Pokes Fun at Occupy Wall Street

By Liz Berry, MyFDL

24 September 11

An article appeared sometime late yesterday (Sept 23) in the New York Times titled "Gunning for Wall Street With Faulty Aim." It pokes fun at the protesters depicting them as silly misguided adolescents that the cops, the private equity and hedge fund traders (yes the same ones who are dismantling our economy) are benignly tolerating like friendly uncles patting children on their heads. They can afford to benignly tolerate these youth. Many of the protesters, ironically, are likely children and grandchildren of people like Henry Kravis who has earned his current net worth of $3.9 billion by purchasing companies all over the USA, running them into debt, firing the employees, and then finally selling off all their assets - in short, dismantling Main Street. The article mockingly downplays the number of participants for Occupy Wall Street by trying to leave the false impression that there are only a 100 or so participants. READ MORE

 

Food Fund Will Be Used As a General Fund

By Occupy Wall Street

24 September 11

Occupy Wall Street is elated to announce that, through the efforts of our brothers and sisters in the upcoming October 6th occupation of DC (october2011.org), we have today acquired fiscal sponsorship through the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501C3 non-profit (afgj.org). Over the past month and a half, occupywallst.org has been assisting with the collection of monetary donations for food purchases, spearheaded by the Food Committee. These funds have been collected through wepay.com and to this point have remained inaccessible due to bureaucratic difficulties. Through the generosity of The Alliance for Global Justice and October 2011 we have expedited the process for accessing the funds that we desperately need.

We, the Occupation are touched and eternally grateful for mass outpouring of prepared food donations that we receive daily. Despite our bureaucratic challenges, we have been able to feed our numbers comfortably with what we have on-site. Consequently, it was put forth by this afternoon’s General Assembly, that what is currently the online Food Fund be re-purposed as the General Infrastructure Fund, by which working groups may request funding from the G.A. To oversee these funds and prevent any misappropriation the G.A. supported the formation of a Finance Committee with independent auditors.

It is the utmost importance to this occupation that we remain completely transparent and accountable for our actions, both on location and off-site. We would like to provide anyone who has donated to the Food Fund 36 hours to determine whether they would like to continue to support us, or whether they would prefer to withdraw their donations as is possible via wepay.com. READ MORE

 

Occupy Wall Street: Why Are Students Flocking to Protest?

By Cassandra Garrison, Metro

23 September 11

The Occupy Wall Street movement, now in its sixth day, is largely comprised of college students. Why is this demographic so attracted to this protest? Metro spent a night with protesters in Zuccotti park and spoke to college students about what brings them there. READ MORE

 

 

 

Occupy Wall Street: The Protesters Speak

By Paul Harris, Guardian UK

22 September 11

Casey O'Neill had no regrets. He had travelled thousands of miles across the country – and gave up a well-paying job as a data manager in California - to sleep rough in a downtown Manhattan public square, enduring rain and increasingly chilly nights. Police keep a close eye on him every day.

But O'Neill was happy to be part of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests that have transformed New York's Zuccotti Park from a spot where Wall Streeters grab a lunchtime sandwich into an informal camp of revolutionaries, socialists, anarchists and quite a lot of the just-plain-annoyed.READ MORE

 

Protesters Speak

 

A Message From Occupied Wall Street

By The General Assembly

22 September 11

This is the fifth communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street. On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent. Ending capital punishment is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more wealth than half of the country's population. Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.READ MORE

 

A Look at Day 5 in Liberty Plaza

 

Wall Street Protesters Go Topless

 

Are You Being Censored?

By Jonathan Collyer, Reader Supported News

22 September 11

As the Technical Lead at RSN it has been my responsibility to make sure your newsletters arrive, Facebook "share" buttons are working, send to friend emails go through, etc, etc. Since the story about Yahoo blocking emails with links to occupywallstreet.org broke, we've seen a major upsurge in the number of emails from our readers regarding censorship. It seems an important time to take a serious look at the potential for Internet censorship, what it means for Progressives, and what we can do about it.

As a native South African born a month after the Soweto uprising, I have grown up with the idea of censorship. My father produced a television show for the South African Broadcasting Corporation from 1979-1981. Under the Apartheid government, censorship was not a secret. READ MORE

 

 

Big Media Blacks-Out Wall Street Protests

By Will Bunch, Attytood Blog

21 September 11

hat do you think was running in the pro-government, pro-Mubarek newspapers in Egypt back in February, when crowds of unhappy and often un- or under-employed citizens began crowding into Tahrir Square? I don't know the answer to that, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say there probably wasn't a lot of coverage of what was happening in Tahrir Square, at least at first. They were probably running cute feature stories about an old-time falafel stand in a changing Cairo neighborhood, or maybe articles on parking problems at the Great Pyramids. They certainly weren't going to call attention to the elephant in the room that was about to knock over a corrupt and decadent society.

I was thinking about that this week, during the extra time I had on my hands because I wasn't reading in the pages of the New York Times or the Washington Post about the Wall Street protests that have been going on now for four days, with hundreds of disenchanted and disaffected youth camping out nightly in a lower Manhattan park, marching on the financial district by day, getting arrested and provoking a large police presence including a phalanx of NYPD cops guarding the notorious Merrill Lynch bronze idol of greed. READ MORE


 

Keith Olbermann | Mainstream Media's Failure to Cover Wall Street Protests

 

Protesters Vow to Camp Near Wall St. Indefinitely

By Meghan Barr, Associated Press

21 September 11

In a small granite plaza a block from the New York Stock Exchange, a group of 20-somethings in flannel pajama pants and tie-dyed T-shirts are plotting the demise of Wall Street as we know it.

Welcome to the headquarters of "Occupy Wall Street," a place where topless women stood Wednesday morning on the corner shouting "I can't afford a shirt!" while construction workers eagerly snapped photos on their phones. A small group of the protesters wound their way through the streets of lower Manhattan escorted by police officers, blaring bullhorns and chanting "Resist! Stand Up! There comes a time when the people rise up!"READ MORE

 

99 Percenters Occupy Wall Street

By Amy Goodman, truthdig

21 September 11

If 2,000 Tea Party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them. Yet 2,000 people did occupy Wall Street on Saturday. They weren't carrying the banner of the Tea Party, the Gadsden flag with its coiled snake and the threat "Don't Tread on Me." Yet their message was clear: "We are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent." They were there, mostly young, protesting the virtually unregulated speculation of Wall Street that caused the global financial meltdown.

Outside in the cold Tuesday morning, the demonstrators continued their fourth day of the protest with a march amidst a heavy police presence and the ringing of an opening bell at 9:30 a.m. for a "people's exchange," just as the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange is rung. While the bankers remained secure in their bailed-out banks, outside, the police began arresting protesters. In a just world, with a just economy, we have to wonder, who would be out in the cold? Who would be getting arrested?READ MORE

 

Wall Street Protesters: Over-Educated, Under-Employed and Angry

By Karen McVeigh, Guardian UK

21 September 11

In the heart of New York's financial district, the marble and concrete floor of lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park was strewn with untidy clumps of people, gathered in small groups amid a jumble of sleeping bags, mattresses and home-made banners, protesting against the banks and institutions that towered over them.

Some sat in circles, talking earnestly, others hugged, while at one side of the park, a small gaggle of "facilitators" took it in turns to address the crowd in chants. Mostly under 30, they are the self-proclaimed "over-educated and under-employed," protesters left over from the 5,000-strong demonstration to "Occupy Wall Street" that took place on Saturday. On the third day of the protest, a hard core, including students, artists, performers and writers who have since slept out in the park, said they planned to occupy the square for the forseeable future." READ MORE

 

Occupy Wall Street: Just the Beginning?

 

Yahoo Admits to Blocking Wall Street Protest Emails

By Lee Fang, ThinkProgress

20 September 11

Thinking about e-mailing your friends and neighbors about the protests against Wall Street happening right now? If you have a Yahoo e-mail account, think again. ThinkProgress has reviewed claims that Yahoo is censoring e-mails relating to the protest and found that after several attempts on multiple accounts, we too were prevented from sending messages about the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations.

Over the weekend, thousands gathered for a "Tahrir Square"-style protest of Wall Street's domination of American politics. The protesters, organized online and by organizations like Adbusters, have called their effort "Occupy Wall Street" and have set up the website: www.OccupyWallSt.org. However, several YouTube users posted videos of themselves trying to email a message inviting their friends to visit the Occupy Wall St campaign website, only to be blocked repeatedly by Yahoo. View a video of ThinkProgress making the attempt with the same blocked message experienced by others: READ MORE

 

Cate Woodruff Reporting From Wall Street Occupation

By Cate Woodruff, Reader Supported News

20 September 11

Yesterday, I spent part of the afternoon in Liberty Park at the "Occupy Wall Street" protest.

What I did not find was an indignant, screaming, angry or self-absorbed mob. However, what I did find was a group of extraordinarily caring, very peaceful, deeply concerned and educated people who have come together with the determination to help Americans take a realistic look at the destructive direction of this failing financial system.

Most important, they want Americans to demand change. And the positive energy was palpable. Passersby often stopped on the Broadway sidewalk at Liberty Street to engage in lively political discussion with a group of sign-holding protesters. READ MORE

 

Michael Moore on the MainStream Media's Silence

 

NYPD Not Allowing Tarps in Camp

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

20 September 11

With reports of rain heading towards the encampment in "Liberty Plaza" protesters began to prepare for the weather. The NYPD however moved in and prevented them from putting up tarps or erecting tents. At least two protesters were arrested for setting up a tent. Overnight some food deliveries were turned away by the NYPD and the gas for the generator that has been powering the live feed was seized by the police. Live feeds are back up so it seems the folks in "Liberty Square" have overcome the obstacles that have been presented to them.

 

Video of Arrests On Tuesday Morning

 

Wall Street Protesters Building Community

 

How a Pizza Joint Became the Official Caterer of the Revolution

By Adrian Chen, Gawker

19 September 11

The employees of Liberatos sounded overwhelmed when I called this afternoon - "We're so busy!" exclaimed one before accidentally hanging up on me. Not a surprise, since they've been tasked with feeding the hundreds of anticorporate protestors camped out in Zucotti Park near Wall Street for the last three days. Last night Liberatos made over 200 pies for hungry radicals before running out of dough. Today they churned out 350 at the lunchtime rush, and Liberatos' owner, Telly Liberatos, told us he expects even more for dinner.

Organizers have been passing around Liberatos' phone number over Twitter and in Google documents and the pizzas, $2,800-worth according to one estimate, started flowing. They were donated by sympathizers to express their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protestors, who descended on Lower Manhattan on Friday and promise to remain for "a few months."

"We're getting phone calls from all over the world about buying pies for the protestors - they're really passionate about it," Liberatos told us. READ MORE

 

A Sleep-In Protest in the Shadow of Power

By Manny Jalonschi, the Indypendent

19 September 11

Surrounded by the headquarters of some of the world's most powerful financial players, over two thousand protesters converged on Wall Street this Saturday. By the end of the second day, those occupying Liberty Park, formerly known as Zuccotti Park on Broadway and Liberty Street, had settled in, partially helped by pizza, hot chocolate and blankets paid for and delivered by their supporters in New York City and across the country.

While Saturday saw the most activity in terms of rallies, assemblies and marches, Sunday became a day of support for the occupation. Thousands of New Yorkers stopped in to either see or support the growing city of sleeping bags, signs and popular assemblies. The highlight of the day was when over $2,000 in pizza was ordered in less than an hour by supporters from around the world for the protesters in Zuccotti Plaza. By the second evening, the call went out for blankets as temperatures dipped into the 50’s.

And in fact, those occupying Wall Street were not alone. News flooded in throughout the weekend of sister-rallies across the United States, including Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The international presence was heavy at the rally itself. Not only had protesters driven in from across the country, but activists we spoke to also arrived from as far as Mexico and Tunisia. READ MORE

 

America's Own Arab Spring?

 

Wall Street Protesters Say They're Settled In

By Erin McLaughlin, ABC News

18 September 11

Organizers of the protest told ABC station WABC-TV in New York that they are hoping the crowd will grow as the work week begins Monday. Like the protests that inspired this one, the demonstration is being fueled by social media, with supporters using the Twitter hashtag #takewallstreet to organize meetings of the so-called "General Assembly" and to advertise the effort. The event is also streaming live online.

According to a statement on the Occupy Wall Street website, supporters of the movement are angered by what they call the principle of "profit over and above all else."

"The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%," the statement said. Demonstrators at the event echoed that sentiment. READ MORE

 

Wall Street Protests Continue, At Least 6 Arrested

By Colin Moynihan, The New York Times

19 September 11

In a continuation of the demonstrations that began on Saturday, nearly 200 protesters marched along Wall Street and other parts of the financial district Monday morning, brandishing American flags and signs denouncing the economic system. At least six of them were arrested.

It was the third day of anticorporate protests that were promoted by a range of groups including AdbustersMedia Foundation, an advocacy group based in Canada, as well as a New York City group that called itself the General Assembly. Participants said that the demonstrations were meant to criticize a financial system that unfairly benefits corporations and the rich and undermines democracy.

For two nights, protesters have used Zuccotti Park, near Broadway and Maiden Lane, as a staging ground. Hundreds of people gathered there for mass meetings to discuss and plan their actions. They used granite benches inside the park as pantry shelves, piling jars of peanut butter, and bags of apples there along with jumbo-size cardboard containers of coffee. READ MORE

 

Faceoff at 55 Wall Street

 

The Call to Occupy Wall Street Resonates Around the World

By Micah White and Kalle Lasn, Guardian UK

19 September 11

On Saturday 17 September, many of us watched in awe as 5,000 Americans descended on to the financial district of lower Manhattan, waved signs, unfurled banners, beat drums, chanted slogans and proceeded to walk towards the "financial Gomorrah" of the nation. They vowed to "occupy Wall Street" and to "bring justice to the bankers", but the New York police thwarted their efforts temporarily, locking down the symbolic street with barricades and checkpoints.

Undeterred, protesters walked laps around the area before holding a people's assembly and setting up a semi-permanent protest encampment in a park on Liberty Street, a stone's throw from Wall Street and a block from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. READ MORE

 

Democracy Now! Report From Wall Street

 

Hundreds Marching on Wall Street, 4 Arrested

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 September 11

Several hundred protesters left the newly named "Liberation Square" in Manhattan and marched towards Wall Street. Protesters have advanced to within one block on Monday morning, with reports of four arrests.

 

Five Minutes of Slow Motion

 

Protesters Gearing Up for Monday Morning

 

FOCUS: Protest: Wall Street Impoverished
More Than 60 Million People

By Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress

18 September 11

Today, over a thousand demonstrators began protests as a part of a campaign they are calling "Occupy Wall Street." The protesters intend to engage in long-term civil disobedience to draw attention to Wall Street's misdeeds and call for structural economic reforms. RT America covered the start of the campaign.

As demonstrators converged on Wall Street - with police blocking them from reaching the New York Stock Exchange - much of the news media paid little attention to the protests. Meanwhile, much of the conservative punditry has taken to mocking the demonstrations, with conservative Twitter users lambasting the "hippies" in New York City. CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson labeled the protesters as "profoundly dumb."

Certainly, debates about the tactics and strategy behind an anti-Wall Street campaign are warranted. But in a country where much of the populist energy has been absorbed by a movement that compared expanding access to private insurance to "death panels," it's worth reviewing why Americans and others should be protesting against Wall Street. READ MORE

Media Blackout Ignores Thousands of US Day of Rage Protesters

By Jason Easley, PoliticusUSA

18 September 11

Most Americans are being kept in the dark about the US Day of Rage by the corporate cable news giants at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC who have imposed a de facto blackout on the protest.

Even though estimates have varied from hundreds to as many as 50,000 protesters flooded into Manhattan and others cities to take part in events around the country to, "nonviolently disrupt the disloyal, incompetent, and corrupt special interests which have usurped our nation's civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to our liberty, lives and national security," the three cable news networks have devoted no airtime to the story.

This is becoming an all too familiar scene. In Wisconsin hundreds of thousands of regular people took to the streets each weekend to protest the theft of their rights, and were completely ignored by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. READ MORE

Occupy Wall Street: Day One

By Jamie Jo Corne, Presstorm Media

18 September 11

The day has arrived when #occupywallstreet became a manifestation of reality rather than a meme circulating around the interwebz today. After rigorous organization among Presstorm staff, we came to conclude that there would be little to no mainstream media coverage of this event. As it seems, we were in fact one of few media outlets covering this event and are proud to say that day 1 of this event was peaceful and full of lively passion....

The day began with protesters gathering in New York City near Wall Street only to find that it had been blocked off proactively by authorities causing protesters to (instead of joining each other in solidarity) gather in small groups in various places. It seemed to have continued on this way throughout the day as some groups marched and paraded while others gathered in clusters listening to each other chant and shout. Other smaller groups played music and mingled cheerfully among each other showing support for each of their individual reasons for being at this event. Although this issue is a bit unclear (reading from the live blog tweets versus our journalists on the ground) - either way - Wall Street was in fact blocked off. READ MORE

Wall Street Protesters Inspired by Arab Spring Movement

By Michael Saba, CNN

17 September 11

It worked in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Now, taking their cue from social-media fueled uprisings in places like Egypt and Iran, a band of online activists hopes it will work on Wall Street.

Kalle Lasn, co-founder of the counterculture magazine AdBusters, has taken to Twitter and other websites to help organize a campaign encouraging tens of thousands of Americans to hold a nonviolent sit-in Saturday in Lower Manhattan, the heart of the US financial district.

This past spring and summer saw a massive groundswell of populist demonstrations against authoritarian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East - the Arab Spring of 2011. READ MORE

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