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The seed planted on September 17th in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out into hundreds of groups organizing in their own communities. Reader Supported News will highlight some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and come back often for the latest developments.

Occupiers say they are protesting the influence of corporate money in politics, and will show the House of Representatives what real democracy looks like. (photo: Scott Thuman/ABC7/WJLA)
Occupiers say they are protesting the influence of corporate money in politics, and will show the House of Representatives what real democracy looks like. (photo: Scott Thuman/ABC7/WJLA)

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24 October 12


Spain Mulling Plan to Ban Photos & Videos of Police


24 October 12

In a move sure to send shivers down the spines of activists and civil liberties advocates everywhere, the Spanish government is taking steps to prohibit the filming and photographing of on-duty police and security forces, the New York Times reports.

Described by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria as a reaction to the recent shocking clashes between police and demonstrators – such as the Madrid anti-austerity actions – this ban is necessary, they claim, to strike a balance "between citizens' right to protest" and the need "to uphold the integrity of state security forces."



Man Sues Over Arrest for Wearing "Occupy" Jacket in Supreme Court

By Reuters

18 October 12

A man who was arrested in the Supreme Court's museum corridor for wearing a jacket emblazoned with the slogan "Occupy Everywhere" is suing the federal government over the incident.



Food Sovereignty Advocates Occupy the World Food Prize

By Jake Olzen, Waging Nonviolence

18 October 12

The world's leading agricultural and food policy experts are headed to Des Moines, Iowa, this week to celebrate the World Food Prize. The annual event heralds the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. But not everyone finds such achievements reason to celebrate.

Occupy the World Food Prize - an ad hoc coalition of community groups and activists - has organized a week of educational events, panel discussions and direct action to protest the corporate control of local and global food systems. The goals of Occupy the World Food Prize's campaign are twofold: to use the World Food Prize event as an opportunity to redirect the public discourse around food and farming systems and to shift the focus of the prize away from agribusiness to locally-based, sustainable agriculture.



This Week Is OccU-pied by DEBT!


16 October 12


5 Sessions! All THIS week!

On Debt and Race!
History of Debt Resistance!
The Visual Culture of Debt!
Contemporary Art, and the Specter of Communization!
On Municipal Debt!
About Occupy University:




Occupy London Little Book of Ideas

By OccupyLondon

15 October 12

On the first anniversary of the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp just by St Paul’s Cathedral, Occupy London is pleased to announce the publication of its first book, which aims to demystify the financial world and provide possible solutions. Entitled ‘The Little Book of Ideas’, the free pocket sized book – written by the Economics Working Group of Occupy London – is now available for download and is also available in print, with a first run of 1,500 copies. A handy fact sheet is included below.

The book is launched one year to the day when thousands of people came together to highlight social and economic injustice in the UK and beyond, as part of a global movement for real democracy.



Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

16 October 12

The next great battle of the Occupy movement may not take place in city parks and plazas, where the security and surveillance state is blocking protesters from setting up urban encampments./p>

Instead it could arise in the nation’s heartland, where some ranchers, farmers and enraged citizens, often after seeing their land seized by eminent domain and their water supplies placed under mortal threat, have united with Occupiers and activists to oppose the building of the Keystone XL tar sand pipeline.

They have formed an unusual coalition called Tar Sands Blockade (TSB).



Global Noise Takes On Austerity: 'We Are Not Going to Be Silent'


15 October 12

Demonstrators across the world are calling for an end to austerity as Global Noise protests kick off in more than 30 countries, including many in the Nobel Peace laureate European Union.

The worldwide demonstrations on Saturday passed without incident, and Caleb Maupin from the International Action Centre explained what's driving the public to take to the streets.

RT: A year ago Occupy Wall Street spread across the world, and now it’s Global Noise. What is Global Noise all about? How is it different?



Occupy Supporters Stage Protest in London

By Associated Press

15 October 12

LONDON (AP) — Several supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul’s Cathedral during a service on Sunday in an action for the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.

The dean of St. Paul’s, David Ison, said he was conducting an evening prayer service when "four young women dressed in white" chained themselves to the structure.

Photos showed the women, one of whom was in a wheelchair, around the pulpit.

The police said officers were not trying to remove the demonstrators. Other protesters unfurled a banner outside the church urging "throw the money changers out of the temple."



Occupy the Pipeline Battles Fracking

By Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK

13 October 12

I saw an odd sight on a quiet, West Village street in New York City on Saturday 6 October. A group of about 30 young women and men - all naked or topless - were dancing about, with their flesh painted green.

Patrick Robbins, a 26-year-old native of Brooklyn who works on sustainable development at Cooper Union, is the spokesperson for the group, Occupy the Pipeline. He explained the purpose of the protest-art show hybrid:



'Occupy' Activists in Newnan Court Seeking to Stop Woman's Eviction

By Alex McRae, The Times-Herald

12 October 12

A busload of former Occupy Atlanta activists were in Newnan Thursday to support former Atlanta police officer Jacqueline Barber as she fights eviction from her Fayette County home.



Greece: Where Occupations Speak, and Governments Fall

By Eric Ribellarsi, Tidal

12 October 12

I recently traveled with a team of radical reporters to Greece. There, longstanding illusions of Europe as a "progressive and democratic" force in the world are being dashed as the neo-liberal and imperialist projects that are European Union and the International Monetary Fund bare their fangs.

Thousands upon thousands of public sector jobs have disappeared. Half of Greece's hospitals are slated to close. We met doctors who had not received their pay in over 6 months. Free access to healthcare is being replaced by free market chaos in which people must rely on bribes and brokers in order to even secure basic services. The old social contract of the European welfare state has come to an end.



20 Arrested in Housing Protest in Castro

By Kevin Fagan, Justin Berton and Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle

11 October 12

A group protesting the lack of housing for thousands of San Franciscans briefly took over a vacant building in the heart of the Castro district on Wednesday evening as part of a worldwide day of action aimed at drawing attention to the plight of homeless people.

About 50 protesters gathered at Dolores Park at 5 p.m. and listened to music for an hour before marching down 18th Street, chanting "Homes not jails." Shortly after 6 p.m., protesters wearing black masks broke into an empty building at 535 Castro St. and hung a sign reading, "Gentrification Equals Assimilation."



One Year Later: Lessons Learned From Occupy Wall Street

By Thomas Hedges, Truthdig

10 October 12

Last week protesters disrupted traffic and picketed corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C., in honor of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s one-year anniversary.

Roughly 130 people gathered at 7 a.m. Oct. 1 in Farragut Square and then marched along K Street, where many lobbying firms are located, chanting “all day, all week, occupy K Street” and clutching signs that read “Down With K Street” until reaching Liberty Plaza.



Madrid on the Brink: S25 ? S29


09 October 12

This short film chronicles recent events in Spain where hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of the government and an end to police brutality. Many of the protests ended in clashes with the police. Since the stand off began on September 25th, the images of police brutality have travelled the world over, shocking and inspiring people across Europe and leading to an international day of action on September 29th. This film tells the story of why so many people took to the streets and follows these events as they unfolded.



Occupy Members Join Police in Bid to Save Home

By Associated Press

09 October 12

Atlanta - Less than a year after Occupy Atlanta members clashed with police in riot gear in a downtown park, they're now protesting alongside officers to help a retired detective avoid losing her home to foreclosure.

Activists joined current and retired Atlanta police Monday for a demonstration and discussion at the home of retired Atlanta police Detective Jaqueline Barber in Fayetteville, south of the city.

"The police are in the 99 percent and when it comes down to their economic struggles, we're going to be there to shine a light on those and organize around those," said Tim Franzen.



A Chicago Judge Rules in Favor of "Occupy Chicago" Protesters

By Julie Hilden, CounterPunch

09 October 12

On September 27, Chicago Judge Thomas More Donnelly issued a ruling in favor of "Occupy Chicago" protesters who had stayed in Grant Park, an historic public forum, after the park's curfew - which closed the park from 11:00 p.m. until 6 a.m. - and had been arrested as a result. (On one occasion, this resulted in 173 arrests; on another, in 130 arrests.

Judge Donnelly - who invoked not only the First Amendment, but also the Illinois Constitution's especially broad right of assembly - made three key points in support of his ruling.



At Least Three Occupy Austin Members Arrested During Attempt to Reorganize

By Kate Alexander, American-Statesman

08 October 12

At least three Occupy Austin members were arrested when the group reorganized Saturday to begin a new occupation in North Austin.

About 50 protesters gathered at 5 p.m. at the northern edge of Highland Park Mall. But they were met by a line of about a dozen Austin police officers, who swept toward them and said they were on private property and needed to move to the sidewalk.



Occupy Atlanta Marks Anniversary of Protests

By Carl Willis, WSBTV

08 October 12

ATLANTA — Protestors involved in a series of Occupy Atlanta demonstrations last fall returned to Woodruff Park Sunday, to mark the one year anniversary of the movement.

A few dozen people turned out for the event, a far cry from the hundreds who camped out in the park last October, eventually clashing with police.

Members of the group told Channel 2's Carl Willis they wanted to reflect on the year that passed.



Occupy Portland Hits the Streets of Downtown for Anniversary March

By Bryan Denson, The Oregonian The Oregonian

08 October 12

At a little after 3 p.m. Saturday, a wedding party posing for photos outside the Benson Hotel looked up to find a noisy crowd of more than 300 Occupy Portland protesters, flanked by police, marching up Broadway.

Many demonstrators, celebrating the one-year anniversary of their counter-corporate movement, shouted good wishes to the couple. If you thought about it, the specter of the "99 percenters" tipping their hats to a well-heeled wedding party in front of a ritzy hotel where presidents have laid their heads might seem antithetical to their cause.

But it was just that kind of afternoon.



“A Buddhist Perspective on Occupy Wall Street” by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

By Justin Whitaker, Patheos

08 October 12

I have not yet met the Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, but I very much hope to do so soon. I have spent time with several of his students, collaborators, and friends, and I have been impressed by all of them. And I have listened to countless hours of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s podcasts and lectures and -needless to say- read countless pages of his writings and translations of the Buddha’s words.

In this video, Bhikkhu Bodhi lays out the US economy in clear terms we all can understand. Usually, in my experience, these charts and graphs are limited to nerdy economists and leftists. It’s about time that a clear, Buddhist perspective can show these facts and describe the situation and the moral issues at hand.



Occupy Spirit Flares With Protests

By Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Gate

05 October 12

Just days after the dismantlement of the last tent encampment in San Francisco that billed itself as part of the Occupy movement, several groups pushed on with protests against economic inequality this week.

On Tuesday, a cluster of groups including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and Occupy Bernal demonstrated at several sites throughout the city including a Chase bank branch and a foreclosure auction at City Hall to protest evictions and foreclosures.



Occupy DC Still There After One Year

By Emma Burge, Gather

05 October 12

Celebrating their one year of occupation, Occupy DC is still sticking it to authorities and making their presence known. A Facebook event page describes the one year anniversary event as:

"Freedom Plaza was occupied one year ago on Oct.6th and is still occupied to this day by our fellow Veterans. Show your support and come help us celebrate the one year anniversary. Details will be posted as this develops. The party begins Oct. 1st to Oct. 6th. If you would like to help with this event please contact us. We would love to see everyone that was here one year ago again. On the First we will rename Freedom Plaza and it will be called the Bradley Manning Freedom Plaza."



Recurring Global Actions Called for 22nd of Every Month, Beginning #O22


02 October 12

VIA22, an open collective created in Montreal-Quebec, is sending a call to create a monthly process of global actions, the 22nd of each month, starting on October 22nd.

The idea is to collectively express the need that our marches and demonstrations become spaces for sharing knowledge about alternatives, and raise collective consciousness. We want to support and connect initiatives around the world and contribute to the dialogue between global and local. Strength comes from creativity and unity!

People from Mexico, Spain, Mozambique, Senegal, Belarus, Croatia, England, Japan, Greece, El Salvador and Chile are already in contact with us, but we need to spread the word widely!



Occupy DC Protesters to Mark One-Year Anniversary With Demonstrations On Oct. 1

By Maggie Fazeli Fard, The Washington Post

01 October 12

To mark the first anniversary of the Occupy DC protests, protesters are planning a series of events to "shut down K Street" Monday morning. The first demonstration is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and is expected to tie up traffic in the area.

Monday marks one year since Occupy DC protesters set up camp in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.



Surround the Congress Spreads to Lisbon, Rome, and Beyond


01 October 12

A new tactic of global resistance is emerging: "Surround the Congress." Following #25S, when thousands of protestors converged on Spain's parliament building in Madrid to denounce austerity and the kidnapping of popular sovereignty by the Troika and the Markets, similar actions will take place Saturday September 29th across Spain and in a number of European capitals, including Rome, Lisbon, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam. With momentum behind the new tactic growing, AdBusters has called for an October 31 "Halloween Party" on Capitol Hill.



Judge Throws Out Occupy Chicago Arrests

By Don Babwin and Jason Keyser, Associated Press

28 September 12

Chicago - A judge Thursday threw out the arrests of more than 90 Occupy Chicago protesters in a city park and ruled that the curfew for the area was unconstitutional.



Occupy Camp at Federal Reserve in San Francisco Cleared, Protesters Arrested

By Bay City News Service

28 September 12

San Francisco - Police made multiple arrests while clearing illegal Occupy encampments in downtown San Francisco late Wednesday night, a police spokesman said.

Occupy protesters camping out on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco building at 101 Market St. were arrested for illegal lodging at about 11:30 p.m., police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.



Police Harassment Leads to Injury: NYPD Abuse Victim Arrested While in Hospital for Treatment

By Cory Clark, OpEdNews

28 September 12

New York, NY September 25, 2012 - Police started their daily campaign of harassment early by kicking protesters wake to make room for Trinity churches private maintenance crew to clean the sidewalks, it quickly escalated to violence on the on the part of NYPD from there.

At 9:48 am police Sgt. Harney Badge number 2849 and a fellow officer confiscated a large painting from a protester that wasn't initially present at the scene.

When the young woman arrived shortly after police took the piece of art she tried to claim it. A pulling match ensured between the much larger Harney and the 4 ft. 9 in. woman. After several moments Harney released the painting with a push driving her into the scaffolding knocking her unconscious.



OWS Check Mates NYPD on S-17 (Photos and Video)

By Cory Clark, OpEdNews

28 September 12

New York, NY September 18, 2012 - By the middle of the afternoon there had already been 120 arrests, many of the made violent by increased police aggression over the course of the day, provoking protesters to take every last vestige of control from police.



It's a Crucial Week for Spain and a Huge 'Occupy' Protest Plans to Swarm the Capital Today

By Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider

25 September 12

Heads up: Later on today, Spain will be hit with its own "occupy" protests, as thousands of people are expected to voice their anger with the conservative governments' new budget cuts that are coming later today. According to reports, buses are already being stopped and checked, and the parliament is on lockdown, as protesters plan to surround the building.

We saw protests in Spain and Portugal a couple of weeks ago, and at least in Portugal it seems to have caused the leadership to back off on a specific tax.

This is a huge week for Spain (and all of Europe) as the country is expected to unveil a budget later this week.



Occupy's Planned Return Stirs Political Unease

By Dave Wedge and Christine McConville, Boston Herald

25 September 12

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block occupiers from digging in again at Dewey Square, setting up a potential high-profile showdown that could cause waves for Elizabeth Warren at a pivotal moment in her race to unseat U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.

"We're not going to allow them to set up camp at Dewey Square," the mayor told the Herald last night. "Occupy Boston can express themselves. But we’re not going to tolerate them blocking traffic or setting up encampments in the city of Boston."



Bloomberg's Army Will Not Silence Us


25 September 12

The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was a joyous affair for the 99%.

Yet regrettably, it was also a day that illustrated how Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 'private army' has been increasingly unleashed to beat, arrest, imprison, and broadly suppress OWS.



Occupy Activists Commandeer Anti-Occupy Wall Street Rally

By Adam Gabbatt, Guardian UK

21 September 12

A conservative rally billed as an opportunity to "stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists" fell flat on Thursday when it was co-opted by members of Occupy Wall Street.

Supporters of Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party-esque group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, gathered at the Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan to demonstrate against both Occupy Wall Street and President Obama.

But almost half of the sparse crowd were Occupy Wall Street protesters, smartly dressed and bearing signs parodying Americans for Prosperity's ultra-conservative message.



Twitter Reluctantly Coughs Up Occupy Protester's Data

By David Kravets, Wired

20 September 12

Twitter on Friday reluctantly complied with a judge's order to divulge the tweets and account information connected to an Occupy protester.

The case concerns Malcolm Harris, who was among hundreds arrested last October for disorderly conduct in an Occupy movement march along the Brooklyn Bridge.

Prosecutors sought tweets made by Harris' account "to refute the defendant's anticipated defense, that the police either led or escorted the defendant into stepping onto the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge." The case was being closely watched as the authorities increasingly monitor and move to access material posted on social networks.



NYPD Arrests Almost 200 Occupy Protesters, Roughs Up City Councilman Again

By Frances Fox Piven, Guardian UK

17 September 12

A good many observers wonder, is Occupy over? After all, the encampments that announced the movement a year ago have largely disappeared, and no obviously similar protest demonstrations of young people have taken their place, at least not in the United States.

Nevertheless, I think the ready conclusion that the protests have fizzled is based on a misconception of the nature of movements, a misconception influenced by the metaphors we rely on. We think of these eruptions as something like explosions, Fourth of July fireworks perhaps that shoot into the sky, dazzle us for a moment, and then quickly fade away. The metaphor leads us to think of protest movements as bursts of energy and anger that rise in a great arc and then, exhausted, disappear.





17 September 12

Occupy LiveStream September 17 2012



Occupy San Francisco Protests Ban on Homeless Sitting on Sidewalk

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

17 September 12

Occupy San Francisco continued their actions today by protesting against foreclosures, evictions and the criminalization of homelessness.

Occupiers sat down in front of Harvey Milk Plaza to protest San Francisco's Sit/Lie ban, which bans sitting or lying on the city's sidewalks for all, but ultimately is most detrimental to the homeless. Community Not Commodity, an LGBT Occupy coalition that organized the rally, said the ban severely affects LGBT youth, who make up 40 percent of the population.



Financial District In Chaos On 'Occupy Wall Street' Anniversary

By By Vera Chinese, Anthony Bartkewicz, New York Daily News

17 September 12

Protesters and cops swarmed the Financial District Monday morning during events marking the one-year anniversary of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.

Demonstrators had planned to shut down the District by lining the streets around the New York Stock Exchange and then sitting down en masse to create an occupied zone.

But "The People's Wall," as Occupiers called it, fizzled out and protesters took to marching through the streets, chanting slogans and singing "Happy Birthday" to their movement.



Protesters Meet Well-Prepared Police on Occupy Wall Street Anniversary

By Matt Taylor

17 September 12

As several hundred Occupy protesters coalesced at key intersections in the financial district on Monday morning, they were met by the usual mix of curious onlookers, journalists, and police.

It is September 17, the first anniversary of the somewhat spontaneous occupation of Zuccotti Park, and what else could protesters do but try to disrupt the flow of life for the one percent?



Occupy Your Victories: OWS' First Anniversary

By By Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch

17 September 12

ccupy is now a year old. A year is an almost ridiculous measure of time for much of what matters: at one year old, Georgia O'Keeffe was not a great painter, and Bessie Smith wasn't much of a singer.

One year into the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was still in progress, catalyzed by the unknown secretary of the local NAACP chapter and a preacher from Atlanta -- by, that is, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. Occupy, our bouncing baby, was born with such struggle and joy a year ago, and here we are, 12 long months later.



Occupy Begins 'Year II' With Three-Day Convergence

By Yates McKee, Waging Nonviolence

15 September 12

"The whole world is watching! The whole world is watching!" cried voices across Zuccotti Park on Wednesday night as 30 people sat with their arms interlocked, surrounded by cameras and sympathetic onlookers. NYPD officers were positioned some distance away at the concrete barricades that had begun surrounding the park.

Confronting the sit-in with mock dispersal orders were Sam Corbin and Logan Price, OWS Direct Action trainers tasked with helping to prepare participants for the People's Wall, a nonviolent civil disobedience action in the Financial District planned for the morning of Monday, September 17.

September 17 (S17) is of course the one-year anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park, a reclaiming of public space that galvanized the political imagination of the country and the world with its proclaimed opposition between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, its prefigurative emphasis on horizontality and mutual aid, and its linking of grievances from climate change to Stop and Frisk to predatory debt.



How Occupy Made Me Stronger

By Grace Davie, Yes! Magazine

15 Sepember 12

In its first year, Occupy Wall Street was called a "movement of movements." Some likened its broad reach to an octopus. One person described occupied Zuccotti Park to me, wistfully, as a "city on the hill."

Then again, over dinner with the organizers of the National Gathering in Philadelphia this July, I heard OWS compared to "a bad dating scene."

As Occupiers gear up for a weekend of one-year-anniversary activities, it seems like the right time to offer my reading



New Tactics in Creative Resistance

By Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence

12 September 12

Slowly, I am learning to embrace the electronic world in an effort to harness ever more tools for revolution. Though I still don't tweet, I have had the chance to be involved in several online webinars, have used Facebook as a tool for outreach and event organizing, have almost drowned in Google Docs to cowrite books in a cloud, and, now, this week, am co-hosting a virtual dialogue that spans seven days and as many continents in a keystroke.

So, here's your invitation to "Cultural Resistance: The Arts of Protest." It's part of a monthly online dialogue series for the website New Tactics in Human Rights, a project of the Center for Victims of Torture, this time in collaboration with Waging Nonviolence. It runs from today until September 18 and will be open to anyone in the 4,000-plus New Tactics online community, representing more than 120 countries. Anyone can join.



Nine Arrested During 'Occupy Monsanto' Protest in Oxnard

By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times

12 September 12

Nine protesters were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of trespassing after blocking access to a Monsanto seed distribution center in Oxnard, group organizers said.

Those arrested were part of a decentralized network of food activists and Occupy protesters, said Adam Eidenger, a spokesman for the Occupy Monsanto group.

Their aim is to protest Monsanto's sales of genetically modified seeds, he said. They also sought to bring attention to Proposition 37, a ballot initiative set to come before California voters this fall.



Occupate il Teatro

By Alberto Mucci, In These Times

12 September 12

When a group of artists took over the Teatro Valle, Rome's oldest theater, in June 2011, nobody thought they would last long. Yet the artists, actors and crew members who first barricaded themselves in Valle soon grew into a crowd of fierce Occupiers who under the national media spotlight became the country's foremost anti-austerity crusaders.



Judge: Twitter Must Produce Occupy Protester's Tweets

By Joseph Ax, Reuters

12 September 12

Twitter must hand over the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester to Manhattan prosecutors by Friday or face civil contempt and a hefty fine, a New York City judge said on Tuesday.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino told a lawyer for Twitter that the San Francisco-based social media company had had 73 days to comply with his June 30 ruling ordering it to produce nearly three months' worth of tweets from Malcolm Harris. The Occupy member was arrested during a mass march across the Brooklyn Bridge last October.



Seeing Red: Chicago Teachers Elevate Anti-Privatization Fight to National Level


12 September 12

When a teachers' strike started to look like a realistic possibility earlier this spring, CPS Chief Communications Officer Becky Carroll warned the readers of Catalyst, "Any talk of a strike is the wrong message to send our schools, students and taxpayers." For her, and the rest of the privatization evangelists at CPS, the "right" message is simple - shut up and do what you're told.



99% TO WALL STREET: WE’RE COMING FOR YOU! - Actions Set for Sept. 15, 16 and 17 As Year Two Begins

By Occupy Wall Street

12 September 12

Occupy Wall Street Continues Pushback Against 1% Greed - "ALL ROADS LEAD TO WALL STREET”

The 99%? "Of course, they're fighting back after 30 years of being shot at." - Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest mutual fund

September 17, 2012 (#S17) marks the beginning of year two of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Under the banner All Roads Lead to Wall Street three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice are planned for September 15-17, with convergences and assemblies, concerts, and some of OWS’s famous direct action planned for 7 AM, September 17th at the New York Stock Exchange. Solidarity actions are being planned in dozens of cities across the country.



Stand Against Rahm!

By Rick Perlstein, Salon

11 September 12

First Wisconsin. Then Occupy. Now Chicago. The teachers' strike is the next chapter in the fight against plutocracy.



Year One: Occupy Wall Street Plans Anniversary Protest of Wall Street

By Allison Kilkenny, The Nation

10 September 12

Occupy Wall Street, one of the largest grassroots mass movements in U.S. history, celebrates its one year anniversary next week on September 17, and the group has planned not only a day of protest and direct action, but also weekend workshops in which protesters will bring awareness to ongoing projects, and lay out Occupy's vision for what will happen Sept 18 and beyond. The week leading up to Occupy's anniversary will include training in direct action, reflection on the past year of popular resistance, and ultimately the Sept. 17 action on Wall Street.

Washington Square Park on Sept. 15 will be a site of convergence, for gathering and information sharing under the banner of "Education for Liberation," according to Nina Mehta, an Occupy organizer who has been working the convergence spaces around S17.



Occupy Protesters Face Eviction With End of DNC


07 September 12

Charlotte, N.C. - The protesters who are camped out at Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte only have a few hours before police said they will make them leave.



2,500 March on Wall Street South: We Need Jobs, Housing, Justice, Not War!


05 September 12

Braving extreme heat, more than 2,500 people from throughout the South and across the U.S. filled the streets of Charlotte on Sun., Sept. 2 for the March on Wall Street South. The demonstration confronted the banks and corporations headquartered in Charlotte that are wreaking havoc on communities throughout the country, and raised a people's agenda for jobs and justice as the Democratic National Convention convenes here.



200 Charlotte Protesters: “Police Everywhere, Justice Nowhere!”

By Texas Insider

05 September 12

Texas Insider Report: CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The group apparently left the “Occupy Charlotte” camp in Marshall Park about 11 p.m., walking on McDowell & Davidson Streets before marching back to camp around 12:10 a.m.. An anti-war march at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday led to a standoff with the police, one arrest, and ultimately a peaceful protest through the streets of Charlotte.



Near the Convention Site, ‘Occupy’ Takes Root

By Viv, Bernstein, The New York Times

05 September 12

Eric Verlo waved an “Occupy the DNC” flag as he stood among the dozens of tents pitched around Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte on Monday in advance of the Democratic National Convention. The flag was not so much a rallying point as a declaration of the Occupy movement’s defiant presence here.



DNC Protests Target Charlotte-Based Companies in 'Wall Street South'

By Kane Farabaugh, Voice of America

05 September 12

As Democrats arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina for their party’s national convention - where they will formally nominate President Barack Obama for a second term - they were greeted by hundreds of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Many of the protesters are concerned about the influence of corporate money in politics.

In Charlotte North Carolina, the protests are bigger and livelier than similar events at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, because protesters say this is where President Obama and the Democratic Party are meeting to chart a path forward for the next four years.



The DNC Hostess Committee Invites You to Charlotte North Carolina

By Occupy the DNC

05 September 12

Join us in creating the NEW new South. Get ready for some SOUTHERN hospitality



DNC Dispatch: Occupy Charlotte Has Encampment

By Kevin Gosztola, FireDogLake

05 September 12

It is nicknamed "Banktown. ' The city is considered to be the No.2 banking capital of America. The city is Charlotte, North Carolina, and it is where the 2012 Democratic National Convention is being held.

The setting is appropriate when you consider how much of a return banks and financial institutions have gotten from President Barack Obama’s administration for donating to the campaign of hope and change in 2008. In retrospect, a banker might ask if that message was for executives and senior businessmen, who were afraid they would be investigated and prosecuted for contributing to the collapse of the economy. Which is why it is not surprising that there is likely to be a sizable number of Occupy protesters here during the convention to protest Obama and the Democratic Party.

I walked through downtown this morning to Marshall Park where Occupy Charlotte - and presumably other Occupy groups - should be during the next days.



New York Bakery Workers Fight Closure, Occupy Store

By Mark Brenner, Labor Notes

03 September 12

Workers at the New York City bakery Hot and Crusty got a jump start on Labor Day this year, storming one of the chain's Manhattan locations this afternoon - and refusing to leave.

The occupation came 11 days after owners announced they were closing the 63rd Street store. Workers condemned the closure as retaliation for union organizing.



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By Corey Dade, NPR

03 September 12

As President Obama reintroduces himself to America at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week, the Occupy movement will be there trying to do the same.



Common Ground Collective, Food Not Bombs and Occupy Movement Form Coalition to Help Isaac & Katrina Victims


03 September 12

A ground breaking coalition of activists from the Common Ground Collective, Food Not Bombs, and Occupy have come together in a Relief Effort to aid not only the victims of Hurricane Isaac, but also the nearly 10,000 people who remain displaced from Hurricane Katrina. Occupy activists are using a communications platform called InterOccupy, that combines conference calls, discussion boards, email listserves, rss feeds and social media links to organize the efforts of the coalition.



Occupy Charlotte Marches Ahead of the 2012 Democratic National Convention

By Jason Reagan, The Examiner

03 September 12

Protesters numbering as many as 700 people have gathered in the business district of Charlotte, N.C. ahead of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The anti-war and anti-capitalism demonstrators huddled in Frazier Park on Sunday ahead of their planned march. The group picked Charlotte for publicity because it is the location of the 2012 Democratic National Convention which is scheduled to convene on Tuesday in Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena.



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+246 # Barbara K 2011-09-18 14:13
Hey Media: Just so you know, we are sick to death of your brown-nosing the Tbaggers and their nutty utterances. How about covering some events where intelligence prevails? How about coverage for intelligent people? We have had enough and are turning off your idiots.
+34 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-24 20:08
Many of us never tuned in to the Reich-wing media, so we don't have to turn them off.
+34 # Elusive Pimpernel 2011-10-10 10:45
Quoting Progressive Patriot:
Many of us never tuned in to the Reich-wing media, so we don't have to turn them off.

You are right, but those who have been asleep and are now waking up, need to be made aware of how they have been brainwashed by the media.
+16 # Cassandra2012 2011-11-13 14:13
Quoting Freeman1776:

You are right, but those who have been asleep and are now waking up, need to be made aware of how they have been brainwashed by the media.

The media (even Brooks of PBS) are so accustomed to lying they have apparently lost their memories ...The latest Repugnican they are touting for President is old (nasty) Newt Gingrich. Has EVERYONE forgotten that this blue-eyed poster boy for 'family values' served his (last?) wife with DIVORCE PAPERS just as she was emerging from anesthesia after having a MASTECTOMY?????
+61 # X Dane 2011-09-26 23:59
Barbara, the media is beginning to pay attention, not in a positive way, but they can't ignore it now I would suggest we call the news papers and ask them why they are not covering the protests. Flood them with calls. Drive them crazy.

I am so impressed with the protesters.

I know I was critical of us for not having enough will to stick with it. I stand corrected. I eat my words and I apologize. The protesters are AVESOME.
+43 # Vardette 2011-09-28 17:54
I am so on the same page and wrote MSNBC and told them that I am so sick of the oral diarrhea that substitutes for news. What about the world, our environment, the XL pipe line, famine, drought?!
+20 # Barracuda87 2011-10-05 20:29
Good for you! I've written them before as well... Hopefully some good will come out of it. I feel like Keith Olbermann is the only one that used to cover stories that mattered, but he had finally had enough as well and packed up and left.
+7 # Doubter 2011-11-25 18:22
You can find good ol' Keith here:
+17 # Peace Anonymous 2011-09-29 22:02
Quoting Barbara K:
Hey Media: Just so you know, we are sick to death of your brown-nosing the Tbaggers and their nutty utterances. How about covering some events where intelligence prevails? How about coverage for intelligent people? We have had enough and are turning off your idiots.

Great point but there is a reason...follow the money.
+186 # X Dane 2011-09-18 14:52

They have no intetion to show how angry we are. The demostrations need to be MUCH, MUCH bigger.
There are so many people out of work, they could demonstrate during the week, when ihe rest is at work.
We need our own Tahrir Square,.....NOW
+94 # Vardette 2011-09-18 20:06
Ed Shults on MSNBC does. Hes out in Ohio letting the people talk.
+87 # Barbara K 2011-09-19 07:53
Love Ed Schultz and watch him every night. We need more like him in the media. Not afraid to speak the truth and to help the people too. Go Ed!
+57 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-24 20:18
We should occupy K Street in Washington DC, where all the lobbyists are located .... slow down their operations and force them to stop influencing Congress so much.
+83 # Capn Canard 2011-09-18 16:42
X Dane, that is the heart of the problem and IMO the MSM does as they are instructed to do by big business. I used to work in a newsroom, and it is a sickening process to watch, though they do try to be subtle though occasionally they can be rather clumsy, i.e. some HOT stories/ideas start getting some attention and then inexplicably and mysteriously the potential story is tabled. Editors don't necessarily share the reasons why to their underlings and the offended Publisher need not say a word!
+62 # X Dane 2011-09-18 18:12
Yes Capn. I think a number of jounalits are liberal and want to inform the public and go after important stories.
But they are hamstrung by the corporate owners.

Then there are the "big" journalists who, I am afraid, have been blinded by politicians and celebrities and do not want to risk access, by writing anything unflattering, or asking in dept questions.

One in particular puzzle me: Woodward, he seems downright conservative, while Bernstein stayed feisty and liberal.
What is your take on Woodward, Capn??
+65 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:13
GE owns NBC so do not look to them for news
they have blocked out Japanese protest and the crime of their Nukes in Japan failing as in other places....Boyco tt GE
+10 # Capn Canard 2011-10-01 08:52
Woodward? I am not certain, but he may be too close to the powers that be... of course I am cynical, so he may try to avoid killing the goose that has laid some golden eggs.
+4 # X Dane 2011-10-04 00:31
Capn, thank you for replying, It would seem you agree with me. I was wondering if I was being unfair. But maybe Woodward always were more conservativem and simply went with the big story, watergate certainly was?
+7 # josephhill 2011-11-21 12:25
"Woodward, he seems downright conservative, while Bernstein stayed feisty and liberal."


Woodward gave up "critical reporting" as he became more and more a tool of the Establishment. He has lost what critical edge he once had.

Bernstein on the other hand hasn't let up a bit. Maybe it's because of his radical pedigree.
+121 # Saberoff 2011-09-18 16:46
We all need to support these "Occupy Wall Street" protesters. Stay informed. Do what you can. Do not let up. These things are, and must, come to a head soon. We demand!
+47 # Vardette 2011-09-20 14:50
Yes - we need more but Americans arre starting to wake up and so many are the young who will also be devasted by a jobless society,low wages paying the rich to stay rich at the cost of our lives!
-47 # punk 2011-09-18 18:18
just ~1000 demonstrators? i wd think in manhatten u cd get more ppl to demonstrate about pigeon droppings. everybody hates the banksters and only 1000 protesters show up?
i know it sounds strange, but it could be a good idea to work with the TParty on this. i think there is a large segment of them who do not just protect the rich and are furious about the bailouts. they at least seem better able to generate involvement than the left. fixing wall st investment companies is an issue that has support on the L and the R
+37 # Ken Hall 2011-09-18 21:58
I don't think anyone is prohibiting or blocking TPers from being there.
+38 # Glen 2011-09-19 05:43
How many tea party types are in the street? We know so little that it is possible they are there in great numbers. Maybe we'll find out from Amy Goodman or the like. I'll be watching Democracy Now this evening.
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:15
Lot of them are in alleys and subway bathroom stalls, cannot afford to miss out on the money
+36 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-24 20:39
It's not a TP issue. They don't oppose large banks. Remember, for all their claim of being a "Grassroots" organization, they ARE funded by the likes of the Koch Brothers. The Teabaggers are a corporate push trying to make out like they're just ordinary people.
+13 # readerz 2011-09-25 15:14
Yeah, anybody can wear a flannel shirt.
+41 # Glen 2011-09-19 05:49
Unless you are there, the numbers aren't known yet. Not being in New York doesn't mean there isn't concern, and yes, possibly from the tea party. The inability to get to New York City is an example of part of the problem. Folks have to work and can't afford to make the trip.

Time to get creative to find a way to show how much support there is of this protest by those who cannot be there.
+44 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:18
Rethink your 401k investments, look into who your Unions deal with, look into Canada, Mexico. Sierra Club has some new plans using green technology investments, but must watch that they are not in bed with GE etc.
Want to make an initiative Boycott and show the TeaParty you are doing what they do not do...because they are in bed with everyone. Tea Party, an insult to every American
+28 # readerz 2011-09-25 15:17
Don't just boycott GE.
BE SURE to boycott the many companies that are actually the Koch brothers; lots of grocery store items.
It really pains me, because I love the arts, but Koch has put their ugly stamp on the arts in NYC; it's time for avid audience members to say NO to the NO sayers. It really pains me, because sports is so much worse, but what do the arts stand for?
+23 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-24 20:44
I've been reading that what is needed to support the Wall Street protests is to get people out in the streets in other cities, protesting at banks and other financial places.
+23 # Torvus 2011-09-28 12:16
Protesters should ensure they go to a demo armed with at least a bottle of water (to drink, or rinse spray from eyes). And (from Nation of Change): if you get ar­rested, call the Na­tional Lawyers Guild at 212-679-6018. Write that num­ber on your arm, be­cause the po­lice take all your stuff when they put you in jail.
+13 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:14
More than that have been showing up TP perhaps more will continue around the world to say No to Wall Street
+30 # suzyskier 2011-09-20 18:32
Punk where did you get the number 1000? I think that there are more than that protesting, and even if there aren't there yet maybe it is because there is a blackout from NBC and other networks. I think more people would show up if they knew about it!
+20 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-24 20:05
Why would we consider working with the TeaTHUGliKKKlan s, when they hate Americans? THEY are the ones who have been DESTROYING America for the past 30+ years.
+12 # readerz 2011-09-25 15:12
As much as everybody (me too) hates the TP, those few who are not racist pigs might be moved to agree that this country is being taken away from everybody, including them.
As far as "generating involvement," that is because there is a LOT of money funding the TP demonstrations, and the media covers them if 2 show up. (Remember the article that stated we should say it is a TParty rally?) There are more of us than them, and more of us demonstrating.
But lastly, if I say anything too strong, I will be censored. Remember what the college kids used to do in the late 1960s and early 1970s? They would occupy buildings, not streets, and I'm not suggesting it, but in this case... that would be the big media companies that are an EQUAL overpaid and underserving problem as the stock market and banks.
How many people do you know with a million dollar salaries (i.e., in the pocket of big business); now think of all those well-heeled "news" anchors.
+39 # minkdumink 2011-09-18 18:35
''The kingdoms of Experience
In the precious wind they rot
While paupers change possessions
Each one wishing for what the other has got
And the princess and the prince
Discuss what’s real and what is not
It doesn’t matter inside the Gates of Eden''
Bob Dylan/Gates of eden
+98 # michelle 2011-09-18 19:39
If nothing else is accomplished we are sure of one thing now--there is no fourth estate in America. The press has deserted the citizens. Eerie feeling to know you cannot get information.
+28 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:24
But we can. We should remember the Newspapers, rags that actually started to give us our voice. Rolling Stone Village Voice used to. Buy papers that are not blacking us out....Papers are losing their subscriptions, now make it a reality.]
News stop watching TV...they thrive on ratings. Watch only Letterman, Kimmel etc...let them loseratings therefore advertising. Get people to call advertisers esp out of Country to pull ads with Stations until Media starts remembering this is America not Hitlers Germany.
+44 # suzyskier 2011-09-20 18:38
No it isn't Nazi Germany, not yet. All the signs are there. I think the teaparty is a bit fascist. Lucky for Germany they have turned their country into a great nation, they learned the hard way. Is that is what in store of us?
+16 # readerz 2011-09-25 15:21
There are many signs of TP imitating Nazis, but they are also descended from the same people: the Bush family in the 1930s funded the Nazis. The Allies made sure that Germany put in a law the spreading Nazi propaganda (after WWII) is not free speech; it is against the law there. But here... although I'm not for censorship (we would be hit first), some kinds of hate speech are tearing people apart.
+77 # stevb 2011-09-18 20:13
Protests and marches are ineffective. To make a dent in the corporate oligarchy we have to hurt them and hurt them seriously and the only way to do that is by boycott and strike, strategies not too popular these days because they require months and years of hard work, organizing at every level, relentlessly. This is the commitment the movement needs - permanent international boycott of one of the corporate players until driven into bankruptcy and then move on to another. No other way to get their attention, and their respect.
+52 # X Dane 2011-09-18 21:38
Protest marches are ineffective steveb.
Just one word TAHRIR SQUARE, no that was two.

It CERTAINLY was EFFECTIVE. But it would seem the Egyptians want democracy MORE than we do
They sure had the WILL and the PATIENCE to stick it out till they won.

I am afraid that in this INSTANT AGE we Americans lack STICKTUITIVENESS.
If it doesn't happen FAST we loose interest....... .or will.

+15 # Vardette 2011-09-28 17:50
I think that is changing now that joblessness and poverty are exploding. Our young people are facing ever increasing dismal futures.
+8 # X Dane 2011-10-04 00:42
I hope you all saw I apologized for being sceptical.I am so glad, that I was wrong.
Y'all should watch Dylan Rattigan at one o'clock (pacific time) on MSNBC. He is certainly fired up. Hi makes a lot of sense. I just wish he would TALK instead of yelling. He was interviewing some of the protesters.
Things are beginning to move the right way for us
+58 # michelle 2011-09-19 11:34
Marches if they are large enough should get some attention. Remember it took several days before we had any information on Wisconsin.

Boycotts can be very effective as well. An unorganized push on Netflix may not have yielded any results for consumers but look at the damage inflicted on the company. Netflix was trading for $304/share a couple of months ago and now it is $153/share. This was a spontaneous, I'm not gonna take it anymore, response to outrageous rate hikes. Imagine if it was coordinated.

I remember many years ago, in the 60's, attending the Delano Grape Pickers event in Cucamonga, Ca. The Farm workers were advocating a boycott, surely one that would harm them in the short term. Their position was they would win in the long term and that is just what they did. Eventually farmers settled with them, recognized farm workers and wages improved. It cleared the way for the birth of United Farm Workers. Farm workers still have a long way to go but the boycott won some changes. Nothing will happen over night. Both approaches, boycott and protest marches, will move the goals forward. Both approaches allow people to participate when and where they can.
+29 # Vardette 2011-09-21 15:45
During the 60's it was nation wide protests and very protracted and finally after the establishment knew resistance was futile they stopped the war. It was the same with the civil rights movement- This will alwsys be our battle because there will always be those in power who will allow corruption and greed to take a front seat against the people.
+1 # Ellisdtripp 2012-06-13 21:42
This is common canard usually promulgated by old hippies who like to pat themselves on the back for having smoked dope at anti-Vietnam rallies. What stopped the Vietnam war was too many dead kids coming home to middle America in coffins. And that is the ONLY thing that stopped it. Protests didn't do much more than piss off the people whose support was needed: middle America. The protests you tout as being so effective stopped after students - being more self-serving than socially conscious or pacifistic - were no longer in danger from the draft. When middle America bothers to look over their shoulder and sees who is boning then up the butt there may be action taken to straighten out the present clusterf$ck. The demonstrations do serve the purpose of letting us know how many of us are alienated from the system, and that is an important function, but do not kid yourself that demonstrations in and of themselves actually represent some kind of real-world progress. I am not inimical to the occupy movement, I'm just and old hippie who has seen this all before.
0 # ChickenBoo 2012-02-12 19:26
Quoting michelle:
Marches if they are large enough should get some attention. Remember it took several days before we had any information on Wisconsin.

Boycotts can be very effective as well. An unorganized push on Netflix may not have yielded any results for consumers but look at the damage inflicted on the company. Netflix was trading for $304/share a couple of months ago and now it is $153/share. This was a spontaneous, I'm not gonna take it anymore, response to outrageous rate hikes. Imagine if it was coordinated.

I remember many years ago, in the 60's, attending the Delano Grape Pickers event in Cucamonga, Ca. The Farm workers were advocating a boycott, surely one that would harm them in the short term. Their position was they would win in the long term and that is just what they did. Eventually farmers settled with them, recognized farm workers and wages improved. It cleared the way for the birth of United Farm Workers. Farm workers still have a long way to go but the boycott won some changes. Nothing will happen over night. Both approaches, boycott and protest marches, will move the goals forward. Both approaches allow people to participate when and where they can.

Excellent post! I agree!
+27 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:25
Right now there have been Marches for the past week in it is a very disgusting situation that we are living supposedly in a Democratic Nation and Media is working for Nazis
-13 # fobsub 2011-09-23 00:51
Quoting stevb:
Protests and marches are ineffective. To make a dent in the corporate oligarchy we have to hurt them and hurt them seriously and the only way to do that is by boycott and strike, strategies not too popular these days because they require months and years of hard work, organizing at every level, relentlessly. This is the commitment the movement needs - permanent international boycott of one of the corporate players until driven into bankruptcy and then move on to another. No other way to get their attention, and their respect.

A good idea,, 50 years too late to be effective here. The infestation is too widespread and integral to too many vital structures. Killing the disease would kill us all. It has to be destroyed using the same type of tactics that developed it: plain view, accepted deception.
+9 # Vardette 2011-09-28 14:14
-2 # ChickenBoo 2012-02-12 19:32
Quoting fobsub:
Quoting stevb:
Protests and marches are ineffective. To make a dent in the corporate oligarchy we have to hurt them and hurt them seriously and the only way to do that is by boycott and strike, strategies not too popular these days because they require months and years of hard work, organizing at every level, relentlessly. This is the commitment the movement needs - permanent international boycott of one of the corporate players until driven into bankruptcy and then move on to another. No other way to get their attention, and their respect.

A good idea,, 50 years too late to be effective here. The infestation is too widespread and integral to too many vital structures. Killing the disease would kill us all. It has to be destroyed using the same type of tactics that developed it: plain view, accepted deception.

It IS huge and it can be over whelming. But don't 'belly-Up'! That's exactly what they WANT us to do. Great strides HAVE been made. If you can't be active, at least be positive for those who ARE out there in the front lines trying to make a better way for all of us. Hang in there, and stay tuned!
+8 # Vardoz 2011-11-03 21:00
Sorry I don't agree. What is the most effective and what happened in the 60's and is now happening in Wisconsin and Ohio is large, widespread, P=rrotracted, peaceful protests combined with well organized grassroots action that elects the kind of people we want. Violence will get us nowwhere. Look what they did to Malcolm X The FBI killed them + a thousand others. The movement is growing. Its only weeks old and already 165,000 have put their money into credit unions. Come on what are we a few months into this? Its all over the news and there is a lot of organizing taking place.I am feeling hopeful. The determination is there. As it grows it will organize - there is already a massive strinke in Oakland.
+5 # BLBreck 2011-11-19 18:33
Thank you, Vardoz! Look at the amazing things this this movement has done in 2 months! Yes, just two, the 17th was the 2 month anniversary. We have become people who expect instant results, like Cup O' Soup! Just like so many expected a new president to fix all the ills accumulated over 30 years, in a couple of months! Not that I am especially happy with our president, but our expectations are so often unrealistic! Perseverance! Remember Gandhi! In Egypt they are back in the streets to stop the military from taking over, it is not over for them.... OWS will develop new tactics and grow if we stand strong for as long as we need to.
+77 # speedboy 2011-09-19 00:02
What we need is a nationwide shut-down! No one should leave their home on a designated day, as a warning of what will happen if the majority of Americans continue to be ignored
-10 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:27
I wrote about it last was done but too many ignore us when we tell you
+32 # minkdumink 2011-09-19 18:26
it would be nice if that day was a sunday and the NFL games were empty.Theres no way that could be ignored.
+6 # thirby 2011-11-16 16:22
Why do people watch and pay for the professional sports mafia? Play your own games. Dont enrich these criminals anymore
+13 # fobsub 2011-09-23 01:24
Quoting speedboy:
What we need is a nationwide shut-down! No one should leave their home on a designated day, as a warning of what will happen if the majority of Americans continue to be ignored

In theory you are correct, one or two days is all it would take but in reality it can't happen because all Americans were willing conspirators in the growth of this cancer and the small economic quake we've recently experienced while generating some noise and discomfort, has not harmed enough of us to motivate widespread consideration of such drastic measures. For example the military and police structure was virtually unharmed and remains completely loyal to the enemy. Its business as usual and those losers who fell under the wheels served nicely as lubricant. One can only hope for a miracle disruption of mega proportions and seriously organize massive events on a relentless basis following that bit of luck. A week long national power blackout of mysterious origin for example.
+2 # BLBreck 2011-11-19 18:36
I, too, like the idea of a shut down, but with a little twist... when workers walk away from the businesses that are among the 1% that they walk TO small, local businesses and support them either with positive signs or by spending some money at the local mom and pop stores!
+5 # Vardoz 2011-11-03 21:02
I believe a big shutdown is coming. Maybe we should hit up the Walmart emplyees who are being so screwed?
+37 # Texan 4 Peace 2011-09-19 08:36
Disappoint to see #punk get so many thumbs-down. Certainly the teabaggers are odious, in their present form, but they are a significant manifestation of populist rage and many of them are as angry at the über-rich and their bankster henchmen as we are. That rage just needs to be educated and channeled in a productive direction. Not an easy task I know, but we need to build bridges if this is to become a mass movement. Today's teabagger may become tomorrow's progressive after he's been foreclosed on.
+80 # X Dane 2011-09-19 11:09
Texan. The T baggers are NOT a grassroots movement. They were STARTED, ORGANIZED and FINANCED by the Koch brothers, and those two creeps call the shots at ALL TIMES.

They got together the nastiest reactionary wing of the republicans. I am sure that some independants and democrats are angry too, but they are not as stupid and backwards as the T-bags
+1 # BLBreck 2011-11-19 18:43
I agree with both Texan 4 Peace and X Dane... I certainly know that the T Party was and is a fake grassroots movement, but I also believe that some TP's are realizing they were duped and have enough critical thinking skills to become aware they have been duped. One of the things I love most about the OWS movement is the educational aspect, and as Texan says, they may have a very rude awakening when they fall victim to the current system themselves! And many of them will!
+25 # michelle 2011-09-19 11:38
As much as I dislike the TPers and I'm pretty sure they can't think their way out of a paper bag, you may be on to something. Divisiveness advances the power and wealth of the plutocrats and renders the rest of us powerless. I have tried talking with some on the far right and have not made any progress. I'm not sure how we can accomplish this but again the division is really harming the other 98%.
+69 # Tommypaine 2011-09-19 10:40
A bought off congress, supporting free trade agreements that have destroyed American jobs. A Wall Street casino, with no government oversight destroyed the housing market. Taxation policy has starved the Federal government of needed revenue. The rich have doubled their wealth while the poor increase in number. We fight endless wars with borrowed money. We have futile nation building abroad while our own infrastructure crumbles. The public watches TV. Now, watch Wall Street.
+33 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-23 09:36
Correction: According to Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman,( NY Times) the wealthiest Americans have increased their wealth 480% ! The middle class has had a 27% increase, over the same time span. Protests are more than justified, since there is no action being taken to change this trend.
+48 # iris 2011-09-19 12:56
I cant reach Amy goodman, but the demand was made by hundreds of picketing nurses a couple weeks ago. it was to tax wall st. transactions, like 17 other countries do at about 1/2 of one percent, and save the economy. This would also make them pay damages, and make it easier to police the fraud and risky speculation. Too bad there,s is a news blackout iris
+9 # fobsub 2011-09-23 01:45
Quoting iris:
I cant reach Amy goodman, but the demand was made by hundreds of picketing nurses a couple weeks ago. it was to tax wall st. transactions, like 17 other countries do at about 1/2 of one percent, and save the economy. This would also make them pay damages, and make it easier to police the fraud and risky speculation. Too bad there,s is a news blackout iris

Who are you asking to do this tax thing? Lawmakers and virtually all major federal agencies (FDA, EPA etc.) work only for Wall Street and its related business partners (Monsanto, Big Pharmas etc.), not for us,, so why would they want to bite their own butt? In reality, they likely already have in place, laws that compensate them with tax dollars whenever they make an oops and suffer direct losses,, oh wait.....they actually do have that don't they!! And you want to ask them to play nice? Ha!
+36 # iris 2011-09-19 13:01
cry out!!! TAX TRANSACIONS! POLICE THE FRAUD! JAIL THE GAMBLERS! (and Can Geithner and Summers
+5 # Regina 2011-10-08 10:38
Especially the latter!! Obama, thinking sweetness and peace, retained Bush's sneaky varmints. Didn't work out that way.
+35 # jimmyjames 2011-09-19 16:23
I just sent the protesters $100 of Pizza from Liberato’s Pizza in NYC. I challenge supporters on this site to do the same (or what you can afford. VIVA La Revolution!!
+22 # michelle 2011-09-19 19:49
Excellent suggestion. I had to call Liberato's because the online ordering crashed. You can purchase a pizza for $12-$21 pretty reasonable. I assume it is the place on Cedar St. for those who need to google.
-19 # fobsub 2011-09-23 01:48
Quoting jimmyjames:
I just sent the protesters $100 of Pizza from Liberato’s Pizza in NYC. I challenge supporters on this site to do the same (or what you can afford. VIVA La Revolution!!

I would but I haven't got a hundred bucks,, will you lend it to me?
+15 # michelle 2011-09-24 10:47
Do you have $12? I think jimmyjames suggests, 'what you can afford." If you have nothing, then of course you cannot send food to Liberty Plaza.
0 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-24 20:58
Do they take food stamps form out of state?
+4 # BLBreck 2011-11-19 18:46
and the Republicans have just declared pizza a vegetable so all is good! All kidding aside, I'm glad you were able to support the protesters in this way!
+33 # Ma Tsu 2011-09-19 16:29
Wall Street is to the economy as insurance is to health care - a big suck on our prosperity, our well-being, a con game run by the few to benefit the few.
Enough of the suck. Game over. A new day dawns.
-21 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:15
Quoting Ma Tsu:
Wall Street is to the economy as insurance is to health care - a big suck on our prosperity, our well-being, a con game run by the few to benefit the few.
Enough of the suck. Game over. A new day dawns.

The "pot calling the kettle black". Republicans may have designed and facilitated this mess but they couldn't have accomplished it without the greedy, shameless participation of all of us. Proud of yourself? If Americans will accept their own complicity in the creation of this ugly monster that has already killed millions and if there is any conscience remaining among us AND enough are willing to accept extreme hardship and sacrifice for a long time, then maybe a well organized effort could begin to turn things around. Personally I don't believe Americans will ever become desperate enough in large enough numbers to be able to achieve such greatness and maybe thats a good thing.
+12 # BLBreck 2011-09-29 16:39
Yes, fobsub, we have been complicit and complacent. The mistake that has been made is that more and more people are no longer comfortable and no longer complacent. Thus, I believe more and more of these demonstrations will happen. these are so many young people who cannot find jobs...they are the main force, as always, but this time there are also many "old hippies" who demonstrated against wars and for civil rights that have also had their comfort and complacency ripped away. Demonstrations are now rising in Boston and I know there is one being planned in San Diego and I will join them. It will, if nothing else, be heartening to hear our own voices when we feel no one is listening in Washington in this time of very bad choices by the government that is supposed to be working for ALL the people, not just the top 1 or 2%.
+39 # X Dane 2011-09-19 16:53
We all agree, that the right-wing is evil and conniving...... ..unfortunately , they have also been A LOT SMARTER that the democrats.
Years ago they began buying up Newspapers, radio and TV stations, so now THEY OWN PRACTICALLY ALL MEDIA.........G uess what? ....only THEIR message is heard. They are poisoning the airwaves with their right-wing crap. And what can we do??........... ..diddly squat.
We need to have wealthy democrats buy, and or start news outlets, so we can be heard, or we wil basically be out of the game......If you are never heard.......YOU DON'T EXIST
+17 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 17:31
We slept thru it all or went to Wallie World.
I remember Letterman and Letterman is one who will have this on tonite, he has been speaking out and in favor of tax on rich...he is one of them
+30 # X Dane 2011-09-19 20:46
Thank god a number of wealthy people can see the injustice, and SAY that they should pay mere, good for them,....and us
+28 # Torvus 2011-09-19 17:03
And reading the comments about lack of sufficient media coverage, maybe protestors should demonstrate outside some of the media's centres of operation? If certain of the media are so negatively selective in disseminating demonstrators news and views, what is their news 'coverage' worth? That should get exposure and an overhaul along with Wall Street.
+25 # DanetteB 2011-09-19 17:21
This may actually tip the scales- if RSN continues to cover this while others ignore it. Perhaps that's the biggest news of the day-- who's paying attention to this? Who is encouraging the people to rise up?
+22 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-21 20:22
Follow the money from Wall Street to Washington. It is the elephant in the room, ignored by the lame stream, gothcha media. Someone must say stop!
-23 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:19
Ok, I'll volunteer since I have nothing to lose, so here goes......STOP! Did it work? Are we all fat and happy again?
-19 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:16
It won't
+28 # Dave45 2011-09-19 23:02
This is so great to see. Wouldn't it be great if "Occupy Wall Street" was only part one, with part two being a similar occupation of the media giants who refuse to cover part one (or anything else slightly out of the ordinary that is beneficial for common people).Obama-- pay attention!The White House could be next.
+8 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:25
Don't blame Obama, blame yourself! Part one didn't, won't and cannot do anything. Part two, three, four,... will have the same results. A whimper isn't heard, it takes a ROAR!!
+5 # Vardoz 2011-10-30 17:15
Unfortunately we don't have many options. Mitt would be much worse. The GOP is even more interested in taking over the House and Senate. Look at all the power they have now!
+11 # cstein 2011-09-20 02:12
+13 # X Dane 2011-09-20 13:22
Not MONEY, but gready conniving cheeters
-14 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:29
By that you're making it personal,, you mean all of us don't you?
-14 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:27
Any enemy of MONEY has been met and defeated.
+2 # 2011-11-20 14:43
fobsub: You are a very negative, cynical, uninspired person.
+23 # jwb110 2011-09-20 11:56
Remind the NYPD that they have a functioning Union and a very good retirement program and medical care. Whose side are they on. The people pay for the things that the NYPD enjoys not Wall Street.
+7 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:33
The NYPD works for them, not us as do all PD's and they are well taken care of, so don't expect any quarter from them.
-1 # Regina 2011-10-08 10:43
It was the White Shirts, police managers, that attacked the demonstrators, not the rank and file blue shirts, union members. (No doubt they have an even better retirement program.)
+4 # Vardoz 2011-10-30 17:13
They just got paid 3 million from Wall St to brutalize the protests!
+14 # iris 2011-09-20 12:55
what was that lovely musical piece in the 5 min of slow motion clip? by the way read Saul Alinskis "rules for radicals". once you start, keep it up, point out specific targets, and specific demands
+17 # Torvus 2011-09-20 14:46
Thanks for the Alinsky tip, iris; one section reads: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...

"...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'
+14 # Torvus 2011-09-21 16:41
. They become visible by their support of the target...'
Or in this case by their LACK of support for the protesters. The silent media must be really really scared.
-21 # fobsub 2011-09-23 02:38
Hey that insight is really cool, it should solve everything! I think it should be reinforced with a catchy slogan or rallying call like "gimme back my D"
+37 # Vardette 2011-09-20 17:47
I praise these young people who have the courage to get out there. They are isn such trouble and I think they are starting to get it. We fought for 15 years to end the Vietman war so give them encouragement for doing the right thing. Without action we are all sunk!
-24 # fobsub 2011-09-23 03:00
I would too if I thought the event has anything to do with "courage". To me "courage" implies suffering, danger, sacrifice and I don't see any of that here. With no concerted agreement as to expected outcome or demanded solutions it looks more like an electronically organized social event put together by some bored school kids who think whats happening in some tortured countries is really cool.
+1 # Doubter 2011-11-20 15:18
"I don't see any of that here"

+9 # Capn Canard 2011-09-21 09:52
I like the video of 9 year old Sam Kesler and his comment of "Reverse Robin Hoods", nice.
+9 # iris 2011-09-21 13:03
I still dont know how to locate that great song on the slow motion video... u tube only gave it hard rap...And Torvus: I did a protest once targeting a governor and a labor comissioner. by the time the press got done "the others" did come out of the woodwork. 14 public officials resigned in a hurry. Now if yahoo keep censoring id do a boycott, change servers, and sell their stock short... just like the banksters. iris
+10 # Torvus 2011-09-21 16:47
Well done, iris, and at least you had the Press on your side for that one to work. Where is the media now? Who was it who said decades ago that Pressmen are prostitutes? Obviously we must exclude those who ARE reporting this news and not blacking it out as if it were a non-event.
+5 # Regina 2011-10-08 10:51
We need to separate the reporters from the editors and the publisher, who call the shots on what gets covered and published, not the writers who cover what's assigned. And it's the corporate owners who decide policy. (Reporters also have a union but we're not hearing from them.)
+3 # BLBreck 2011-11-19 18:58
Some of us who are participating in our local OWS met with reporters from a few news agencies on Thursday night after our action on a bridge. One interesting thing that became clear was that the police would wait until the reporters gave up for the night (they have to sleep, too) to perpetrate the violent raids on encampments, therefore putting the kabosh on any real reporting of the event. The reporters also asked for "citizen reporters" to help them get the news out and the stories of the protesters. Like so much of the news media, the local media is telling a very skewed story on what is really going on and the mayors and City Council aid and abet that. And, yes, as our city is very Republican most of the news media is owned by 1%ers, and the reporters are restricted by their bosses.
+18 # Torvus 2011-09-21 14:34
So protesters are 'dumb' are they? (CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson labeled the protesters as "profoundly dumb.") DON'T YOU HEAR THEM, MAN? THEY are not dumb. YOU are DEAF; and out of it. Maybe a member of the arrogant smirking breed as shown by the people who were on a Wall Street balcony confidently raising their glasses and laughing as the protesters did their laps around the protester-forbi dden street (which should now be called Fall Street). Financiers and their supporters are the real dumbos. They are so arrogant they are not only deaf, but blind as well.
-27 # fobsub 2011-09-23 03:35
"Dumb" is actually a fairly accurate description of this incident and its participants. Serious protesters that may have been planning a real protest action may be justifiably angered by this non-event as it brings to mind "the boy who cried wolf" in that it halfheartedly addressed a very serious condition and resulted in not only appearing frivolous but also playing down its importance to public opinion and may have only served to produce a massive obstacle of indifference to any future truly fervent organized attempts to address this issue. Good going kids, hope you had fun, don't bother to pick up all those pizza boxes, I'm sure the cleaning lady will take care of it!
+7 # cstein 2011-09-21 20:02
MONEY HAS AN ENEMY (pass it on
+22 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-21 20:11
The protesters are certainly not dumb or stupid. They are unafraid. When you ain't got nothing you got nothing to lose. The current economy affects them the most, because they are young with no prospects for a real job. Only they are willing to say what everyone else knows but are reluctant to speak out. The system engineered over the last 30 years has failed them and almost everyone else. The rich, the big banks, the multinationals, are doing very well and must use the NYPD to keep things that way. Keep in mind that many Police officers have lost their jobs etc. as well. Can you get them on your side? You probably could, if you decided to do that.
-28 # fobsub 2011-09-23 04:09
Of course they're unafraid, they have nothing to be afraid of,, they don't even know what they want and they'll all go home soon, so they present no threat. While its true that they are the ones that will be most affected by this problem, its also true that "youth is wasted on the young" so they don't even know it and by the time they figure it out they'll be too old, battered and defeated to be able to do anything, or will have gained so much to lose by goin with the flow that they won't want to do anything. Every previous generation contributed in that way to help create this ugly condition and I am as confident as its evil perpetrators (knowing that they are far more immoral and clever than I) that every following generation will do the same until the whole thing crumbles down on top of its self,, only then will the sun come out and birdies will be tweeting again and there may even be a few human survivors to eagerly begin the whole process over again. Thats the human thing,, its how we progress.
+16 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-21 20:16
There is a lot of rainy weather ahead. I think you should consider working in shifts to give people a chance to dry off and warm up. Good luck, don't give up.
-32 # fobsub 2011-09-23 04:12
No need, they won't be there,, they'll be home polishing their skis or otherwise getting ready for their next adventure.
+18 # iris 2011-09-22 11:02
if the press wont cover it, try bumper stickers that say it "tax wall st transactions" ." police the fraud" "Jail banksters!". return the glass steagal act. iris.
-25 # fobsub 2011-09-23 04:13
Cool, mine says "I brake for ants"
+1 # Doubter 2011-11-20 15:35
Mine says:
"I brake for Trolls, Zombies and the Brain Dead"
+27 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-09-22 14:59
No, Keith; Mainstream Media did not FAIL to cover the protests; THEY REFUSED to cover it!
+23 # BLBreck 2011-09-22 15:43
I have written comments at NPR and CNN and the NYT asking them why they are not covering progressive events like this and the protest out side of the White House about the Keystone Pipeline where hundreds of people were arrested. I guess it's time to start calling them, too! Perhaps if a lot of people who can't be in NYC flood the phone lines of major media asking why they are not covering this event, it would be part of this protest.
-20 # fobsub 2011-09-23 04:19
Things get to where they get because the perps have confidence in the American people. This is a Demockracy so you have a choice,, get with it, or get burried.
+12 # reiverpacific 2011-09-29 19:00
Quoting fobsub:
Things get to where they get because the perps have confidence in the American people. This is a Demockracy so you have a choice,, get with it, or get burried.

This has been an interesting and sometimes cloudy back-and-forth but I have to interject here. The fact that you consider the "Fragmented States" to be a "Demockracy" (is that a new spelling for a mockery of "democracy?" -in that case, right on!), demonstrates y'r insouciance and please don't give me any patronizing or flippant claptrap in return. -Just what you base these specious assumptions and mockeries on.
Macing a non-violent bystander OR a protester and cuffing same is not democracy. These are NOT spoiled trust-fund brats but people of all ages who see their future and past (like me ) being shredded by the greed-mongers and their shills in congress. They are occupying public and semi-public spaces as is their right.
The bloody cops should be out there WITH them! -They are just as much at threat as the Wisconsin example shows.
I'm an old activist from way back, physical and conceptual, and I applaud ALL attempts by ALL people from ALL walks of life to get out and say "Enough!".
If you don't like it, get outa the way! I'd be there with them if wasn't one of the "New Poor", caused by -well guess who?
Now git real or git off!
-2 # Cabbagehead 2012-02-09 01:00
The first step in Revolution is to Pull the Plug. Use TV to watch DVDs from the Library; be selective. Listen to one or two remaining radio shows. Ignore the broadcast media. Pull the plug on GE/NBC, Disney/ABC, CBS, Koch, Fox. They are your enemies and your consumerism pays their dividends. Pull the Plug. Take the first step. No cop will bop you if you just Pull the Plug.
0 # RHytonen 2014-03-18 19:55
Quoting Cabbagehead:
The first step in Revolution is to Pull the Plug. Use TV to watch DVDs from the Library; be selective. Listen to one or two remaining radio shows. Ignore the broadcast media. Pull the plug on GE/NBC, Disney/ABC, CBS, Koch, Fox. They are your enemies and your consumerism pays their dividends. Pull the Plug. Take the first step. No cop will bop you if you just Pull the Plug.

We "cut the cable" (canceled DTV) almst three years ago and have never been happier. It's easy to get a dose of Rachel, Democracy Now! or Colbert, if you see your hot issue addressed, online (GuideboxTV has them all (except DN! has its own web presence. All free.)
You'll be amazed at how much you were paying to be hammered by corporate propaganda!
-7 # fobsub 2011-09-23 00:23
I heard few complaints before the meltdown. The "99%" are equally responsible for allowing an evil enemy to permeate, gain power and tear down the constitution and democracy while we (the 99%) turned a blind eye, greedily hoping that some of the blood $$ would drip on us. Its a little late. It will take millions of determined protestors on Wall Street to begin to make a dent and many will die. Ready to make a sacrifice?
+19 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-23 09:42
If voters were truly informed and checked their facts before they voted,that would solve all our problems. The middle class is a sleeping giant, easily persuaded to vote against their own interests, on the basis of mere slogans. The politicians smile and wave the flag, while they pick your pocket. Wake up america, please.
+17 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-23 09:43
Tip: best rain wear is a full length poncho.
+14 # boudreaux 2011-09-23 09:00
They have forgotten who bailed them out and now look at where we are, they still get so many profits from kickbacks and keep wanting to drain us of everything that we have worked for in this country to stay free, now it looks like they will become a police country until these Americans wake up and know that they live in this country too...we need more United We Stand in this once beautiful land in which we lived and prospered.Let's not ever forget that we built this land and this land is our land......
+19 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-23 16:44
Wall Street just completed it's worst week since 2008. This may get people to realize that NOTHING has been fixed on Wall Street. The protest may begin to gain more traction. Don't give up. Peace.
+20 # Vardette 2011-09-23 16:48
It is so sad to see our bright, young people protesting in desperate for the preservation of their futures! They deserve better and they know they are totally being screwed. Kieth Olbermann did report the protest on Current TV 107 on Comcast! I emailed Ed Shultz demanding coverage.
+15 # Helen 2011-09-24 11:18
I wonder if this protest is being reported abroad. Maybe the people in other countries would be interested in seeing that all Americans are not in league with the corporations.
+16 # coffeewriter 2011-09-24 19:08
As a South African living in South Korea, I admire and support these protests 100%. I hope they carry on until, in your own country and elsewhere, the powers that be take note. Make sure your mainstream media has no option but to report on the occupation! Strength and peace to all involved.
+2 # 2011-11-20 14:58
"Strength and peace to all involved."
Thank you Coffeewriter!
+5 # Dion Giles 2011-10-06 21:19
I noticed a call on Facebook today inviting people to an Occupy Townsville meeting on October 15 at that town's Masonic Hall. Townsville is a regional city in north Queensland, Australia. There are many echoes of the Occupy Wall Street movement around the world - but the usual Press blackout.
+14 # Vardette 2011-09-24 12:43
Things need to start from somewhere and this is a beginning. We must protest or be crushed. Also we should all call our reps and tell them that legal bribery has been a primary component in landing us where were are today and we will no longer vote for reps who put profit and corporate favoritism ahead of the survival of their constituients. You can look up where your reps get their money from online.
+2 # wwway 2011-09-24 16:06
Someone told me that one of the reasons why NYC has so much law enforcement and other services and eminties like Central Park upkeep is because the wealthy residents pay extra above and beyond their own taxes and raise money among themselves to fund all these things. Is this true? Anyone know? It seems that the police are getting braver and braver through expectations by the wealthy that the city be "cleaned up."
+5 # teachnet 2011-09-24 16:22
Scott Galindez' "Put on Notice?" captures the struggle intrinsic to capitalism and made real in the 1854 question attributed to Chief Si’ahl (Seattle) "How can you own the sky?" Capitalism MUST commodify EVERYTHING -- the Midas Virus. Brookfield Properties spent $8 million renovating the plaza in 2005, probably much less than the taxes they owed that year but avoided paying. They "own" this public land! Privatization of that which we should share in common with all life leads to "Notices" of what we can and cannot do there.

Time to take it back. ALL of it.
+10 # angelfish 2011-09-24 16:24
WHY are the Police acting like Nazi Storm Troopers towards these PEACEFUL protesters? Mayor Bloomberg should be ASHAMED of himself for allowing this kind of brutality to take place against NON-VIOLENT citizens exersizing their right to Free Speech! This is DISGRACEFUL and will be remembered! I sent an e-mail to the New York Times asking WHY they haven't covered any of this and have not received the favor of a reply. So much for "All the News that's fit to print"!
-1 # brux 2012-05-29 23:49
Clearly this is terrorism - just not quite on a par with Syria, the object of which is to make people afraid to show their support and express their opinions so others can see.
+5 # endgame 2011-09-24 16:32
Is this really happening? I just now rechecked today's New York Times and the LA Times. Not a word on it in either paper. Must be one of those strange dreams. I gotta get off the jug wine.
+4 # fobsub 2011-09-24 18:10
Quoting endgame:
Is this really happening? I just now rechecked today's New York Times and the LA Times. Not a word on it in either paper. Must be one of those strange dreams. I gotta get off the jug wine.

Good morning sleepy,, now you know what your news media is all about. What you see happening here is the norm and can be extrapolated to include all "news" in this country. We call Palestinians "terrorists",, start reading foreign news broadcasts to learn who the real "terrorists" are. This is just one of many glaring examples demonstrating that every word or action, spoken or perpetrated by Republicans is a lie or a deceitful tactic bent on personal gain regardless of cost to others or national consequence. Have a nice day.
-1 # Doubter 2011-11-20 15:46
See! I told you this guy interpolates some truths among his venom.
0 # Cabbagehead 2012-02-09 01:01
Quoting fobsub:
Quoting endgame:
Is this really happening? I just now rechecked today's New York Times and the LA Times. Not a word on it in either paper. Must be one of those strange dreams. I gotta get off the jug wine.

Good morning sleepy,, now you know what your news media is all about. What you see happening here is the norm and can be extrapolated to include all "news" in this country. We call Palestinians "terrorists",, start reading foreign news broadcasts to learn who the real "terrorists" are. This is just one of many glaring examples demonstrating that every word or action, spoken or perpetrated by Republicans is a lie or a deceitful tactic bent on personal gain regardless of cost to others or national consequence. Have a nice day.

The first step in Revolution is to Pull the Plug. Use TV to watch DVDs from the Library; be selective. Listen to one or two remaining radio shows. Ignore the broadcast media. Pull the plug on GE/NBC, Disney/ABC, CBS, Koch, Fox. They are your enemies and your consumerism pays their dividends. Pull the Plug. Take the first step. No cop will bop you if you just Pull the Plug.
+14 # Annette Saint John Lawrence 2011-09-24 16:35
Simply wanted to thank RSN for this excellent Chronicle. I appreciate the simplicity and meticulousness of what you
put out as well as the way you go about it. I experience a
certain Soul quality which I am not able to explain in words.
Thank You.
+16 # angelfish 2011-09-24 16:50
I think it's heartening to see so many bright, articulate young people telling their truth to power in such a peaceful and coherent manner. THIS is why the News Media isn't covering any of it. They WANT to see blood in the streets, THEN and ONLY then will it get any air time. Shame on ALL of them who are turning this Country into a Nazi/Fascist State!
+5 # Lulie 2011-09-24 17:39
Hurray for the protesters! But they need to make their demands more clear and specific.
+9 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-24 20:50
I'm not at all surprised that there is brutality on the part of the police. America promotes that kind of treatment of demonstrators in other countries.
+13 # giraffee2012 2011-09-24 20:52
How does one get a "permit" to join the protest? I "Heard" - those without a permit will be arrested.

These PD are acting like "brown shirts" of yester-year!

Other than ONLINE - has anyone seen these protests in local newspapers?
+6 # X Dane 2011-10-04 01:03
Yes Giraffe. I don't know where you live, but I can tell you that on the 12th day LA Times FINALLY got their act together and started writing about the protests, a number of snide remarks, because there were not thousands (week-day) but d they also chided protesters because there were not any famous people taking part.
I wrote and asked them if they were waiting for the blood to flow in the streets before they would bother to inform their readers about what is going on.
0 # boudreaux 2011-10-14 10:04
Not at all....
+8 # Tommycanyouhearme 2011-09-24 23:02
I have to hand it to the officer in the white shirt who applies the pepper spray to the females in the orange net and then quickly walks away, out of view. Is that what they teach them in the police academy?
0 # Doubter 2011-11-20 15:48
He is probably one of the instructors.
+10 # seeuingoa 2011-09-25 03:35
Policestate and fascism as in
Germany and Italy in the 1930´s
is just around the corner.
+13 # seeuingoa 2011-09-25 04:28
what about making huge banners saying:



+6 # X Dane 2011-10-04 01:06
Good idea, and also the truth.
+19 # SteveH 2011-09-25 10:22
I just visited the NY Times web site to see if there's any reporting and, yep, a couple f articles in fact. The articles were disparaging of and focusing on what could be seen by many as the "fringe". This is an attempt to discredit the movement.

However, by far, the largest number of readers' comments, responding to those articles, articulated that these protests are valid, relevant and intelligently motivated. Despite biased reporting, people are watching and understanding all too well that the 99% are us and that Wall St controls K St and K St controls 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and 1st St.
+6 # X Dane 2011-10-04 01:12
Steve H, write and give them hell. They really need to understand how angry we are. And they neglect it at their own peil, because the protedters are not going away. I truly believe this is a beginning of something important. and we need to support the protesters, even if we can't be there with them on the street.
-26 # Joeconserve 2011-09-25 11:14
Hey, the sit in is getting great coverage on FOX. Oh, that's right that channel is not on the list of approved channels. Anyway, it's been good coverage.
+4 # angelfish 2011-10-03 10:20
Yeah? Maybe so, but I think that, Sick Puppies that they are, they're just gloating at seeing young people get brutalized by the Goon Squads.
+3 # X Dane 2011-10-04 21:44
Joeconserve Who cares what fixed news says or does, very few people with working brains and hearts watch that crap.
A few times I have watched. It nearly made me sick. Sadly too many people's brains have been poisoned, and turned into mush by the venom spewed by fix.
I am afraid they are now a lost cause.
+15 # Vardette 2011-09-25 14:41
OUT RAGE!!!!- I am calling Bloomberg's office and telling him I will NEVER vote for him again! How dare they do this to our desperate young people!
+1 # 2011-11-20 15:04
Good for you, Vardette!
+8 # propsguy 2011-09-25 15:29
hmmm, does anyone still go to burger king? maybe you want to stop
+10 # bigkahuna671 2011-09-25 18:41
How many of you are veterans? How many of you really believe we need to do something about Wall Street? If you really did, you'd think that maybe it needs to be occupied by veterans who've decided to exercise the 2nd Amendment rights guaranteed to us by the GOP and their Supreme Court. All police officers and other first responders who are vets and who are sick and tired of the greed and corruption of Wall Street should also get involved and shut down the Street. Don't support Big Money by coming down on middle class Americans who've grown tired of being screwed by these jerks, support your brethren and peers and help to drive them out of the country. Do you think the Chinese would put up with this kind of greed? Hell, no! In China, you do this and you get publicly executed. If the Right Wing can call for people to take up arms, isn't it about time that the Left Wing do the same? Enough of this garbage, take the SOBs down. Scare the living bejeesus out of them and maybe (although I doubt it), just maybe, they'll start working for less $$ and try to restore the foundations of our economy. Hey, maybe we could even get some of the Pols in the GOP to join in, although I doubt it. Throw the bums out of their offices and into jail cells!!!
0 # punk 2011-09-26 06:28
wtf are u talking about? u havent been to china, thats for sure. there are enormously wealthy ppl there, and they're out shopping like mad in malls so glitzy, they make american malls look like run-down dollar stores.
get out your guns and talk ignorant gibberish? i think you crashed the wrong party. u sd have taken a hard right back at the T party exit. sorry, but you'll just have to lick the bankers' ferragamo moccasins [$2,300] with all the other t party toadies.
+8 # X Dane 2011-10-04 01:17
Spoken like a true right wing punk. You are clinging to your damned guns.

+12 # bigkahuna671 2011-09-26 15:32
I guess people didn't get my sarcasm with the 2nd Amendment rights bit. Actually, as a Democrat, this is one point of view I could appreciate 'cause I'm sick and tired about hearing how the wealthy pay more than their share, after all, they pay more than the rest of us combined...1% pays more than 97%, whoa!
But, hey, they earn the most and protect it through all the tax breaks they're given by our Congress. What breaks do the middle class have? Unless you own a home, just your mortgage interest, but the wealthy incorporate themselves and buy their cars, vacation homes, etc, through the corporations. The corporation pays at a corporate rate, but since the car is used to haul the CEO around and the vacation home might be used to reward junior execs for a job well done, they become complete write-offs. It's a racket but they get away with it. Jefferson said a little blood needs to be shed every now and then. In recent years, with the two Bush wars, the only blood that's being shed is by working class stiffs. I still think a 2nd Amendment solution sounds pretty good.
0 # Doubter 2011-11-20 15:53
How about active service members?
I'd rather be locked up for a REAL cause than be sent to die for a phony one!
+6 # punk 2011-09-26 05:56
i'm glad the 'Protesters Go Topless' vid was removed. why did u put it on anyway? nothing like making the whole protest look stupid.
-22 # Martintfre 2011-09-26 14:32
crap that might of been the only vid worth the time.
+1 # Martintfre 2011-09-26 14:28
Wrong target -

If corporations are what your after then
Occupy the FED (Federal Reserve Bank) They are a corporate monopoly protected by government with the 'exclusive' power to print money at will.

By the way - the Democratic party, like the Republican party and the US government are corporations as well - legal fictions that have no brain no belly no life and no right to vote.
+17 # davidhp 2011-09-26 15:20
The arrests I have seen on these videos were just plain harassment of the right to assemble and petition the government. This is part of the creeping fascism which is a result of allowing the corporate robber barons to control America's economy at the expense of the rights of the people.

America allows right wing theocratic zealots to appear at demonstrations supporting the corporate oligarchy and armed with assault rifles and takes no action, but arrests peaceful demonstrators against the corporate power structure. The police who are union members should be ashamed for allowing this to happen (though it appears the police manager scabs are the ones leading the arrests).

These demonstrations need to spread across the country - they cannot be centralized in one location. The arms of Wall St spread through out the country, they must be fought everywhere.
+15 # davidhp 2011-09-26 18:48
Everyone should be contacting their representatives in Congress and the Senator demanding a federal investigation into police brutality at the anti Wall St demonstrations in New York. Stop this fascism now.
+3 # Vardette 2011-09-26 19:51
These kids are disorganized. They need a leader- Where is Michael Moore and the unions? Where are Progressive leaders. These poor kids are alone trying so hard to make change and be heard.
+9 # Regina 2011-10-08 11:04
Michael Moore has been there, but only Keith Olbermann showed him there, as I recall.
+2 # Doubter 2011-11-20 16:02
I guess you are right in a way, but I can't forget Bob Dylan's admonition:
"Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters."
+12 # Vardette 2011-09-26 20:01
NY police should pay attention to the Tea Party agenda to break the unions and know that the police unions are at risk as much as evryone else. So as silly as these people may seem to them, tomorrow it may be their wages and jobs that are cut.
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 04:11
Hey dummy? Yeah you...haven't you noticed that the psychological profiling used to select whom to hire into policing trends towards sociopaths who will be authoritarian and follow orders. Or that the police unions serve to elect a party through funding in exchange for indemnification for systematic criminality and murder? Anyone who thinks "union" means "ally" or "good" has drunk the kool-aid. And I'm here to start pissing on them publicly. (Idiots.)
p.s. that might mean you too. Methinks this is an ideologue fest given those Tea Party folk...tend to protest the same damn things as you do. It's just this crowd doesn't like that they also want to take the funding away from those who abuse power, which you don't like. How about trying to stop being preferential idealists and start paying closer analytic attention to the garbage fed by the thought-decider s on the "left" and the "right" to the masses pre-packaged and ready for regurgitation? Less Michael Moore and Olberman, more Allan Bloom and Robert Nisbet? Or maybe Locke & Tocqueville?
+12 # R U Kidding Me? 2011-09-27 02:47
This is reminiscent of the 60's in the fight for Civil Rights, the fight to abolish Prohibition, and it will no doubt spread throughout the country which is a great thing. Have a cohesive argument PLEASE...don't be all over the map so your message is clear: College grads with a ton of debt unable to get good jobs...the American dream hijacked by sheer corporate greed. They are not job creators, they are middle class destroyers and WE THE PEOPLE SHALL OVERCOME one more storm. The sane part of the country is with you and the insane part you don't want anyway.
+9 # sebouhian 2011-09-27 02:51
This violence against the people is not surprising. From my childhood in the Bronx up to my high school in Queens, I experienced police threatening us boys on the street, to confess robbing a local store, when we were just playing ball in the street; climaxed by a scene in which several cop cars screeched up to a corner out side the high school, jumped out with their batons lashing at the kids gambling with dice, no warnings, no talk, just attack to injure, beating the kids on the head, all over, no restraint, kids sobbing in pain, police crazed by what they saw as enemies like on a battle field. I grew up on seeing the police as a danger to us, not as protectors of peace and justice. Unfortunately what has happened on Wall Street simply reinforces that view, as if the citizens peacefully objecting to the captialistic system and its faults and economic cruelty against workers and their families--as if those objecting in public are the terrorists.
+8 # gtigerclaw 2011-09-27 12:47
Hi all, I just got bounced off Facebook for posting this link on the official Occupy Wall St page

I don't really care, but if that was the cause, the big players are getting really scared.

They have the power to isolate me, but change my mind and stop me from spreading the word never.
+7 # Bodiotoo 2011-09-27 16:35
Wish the "sitters" all the best. Stay "Peaceful. find the route the serves the poropse...long term anti violence, we need these all over the country, not just in front of Wall Street..."
+10 # Bodiotoo 2011-09-27 16:45
will the actions of the officers in NY mark the "Kent State" of this generation or will we need our youth to be murdered on the streets and campuses again?
+7 # Vardette 2011-09-28 14:13
We need to do what we have to do with courage and conviction for our futures and lives. Kids in poor neighborhoods are getting murdered every day. Medical malpractice is the major cause of death in our nation, followed by smoking cigarettes, poverty, lack of healthcare. We are already being murdered!
-4 # Ella 2011-09-28 00:20
A simple revolution for people who don't get that they are being manipulated and lied to like always. Shedding more blood for the NWO, jut like the original "fake" tea party. History is being written/falsifi ed once again. How many will die for this one? Wake up people, Anonymous is the CIA. Alex Jones is CIA. You are being CONNED.
+2 # Vardette 2011-09-28 14:09
Please. What planet are you from?
+5 # Vardette 2011-09-28 13:36
I emailed brother West and he heard my call now we need more like him to join in. I have even called the Obama comment line saying that if he is truly behind jobs and our futures he needs to come and support our young people who are fighting for their lives! IT MADE ME CRY TO SEE HIM THERE!
+14 # Vardette 2011-09-28 13:46
+1 # X Dane 2011-10-04 01:24
Vardette. They are joining in now. one of the big union leadersg to join the protests there.
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 04:16
Just food for thought, but: American unionism happened to exist for those who were highly skilled. Modern unions exist to funnel money to a single party and embezzle the rest while providing little to no benefit to those they serve. In the old days they acted as insurance to insure the qualified could move between jobs (and thus not suffer the trap of being an ordinary family or wage-earner who could get better work only if s/he didn't lack the money--which meant employment opportunities in California, in fact, pressured employers in Ohio), but do they do that now? I've actually showed-up to start reminding people of this because a bunch of kool-aid drunks actually think "union" = ally/friend when it doesn't; they similarly mistake "Democrat" (or even "Marxist/progre ssive"--ignorin g history) and it's pathetic.
+14 # Vardette 2011-09-28 15:11
Now that MSNBC has joined Olbermann on current TV along with Amy Goodman I am very, very happy that our young people whose futures have been stolen by criminals and gangsters as Mr. Moore put it, are getting support. But they need and deserve much more. All I know is that if we end up with a TP nation every parasitic special interest will suck the economic marrow from our bones and our young people know it. As Boehner said, " no jobs, so be it."just as long as the rich stay rich at our expense. They are not for jobs, healthcare, education, student loans, unemployment benefits, food stamps, head start, you name it, higher wages, unions, workers rights. Waxman just said this is the most anti envirnmental congress in our history so we can kiss our entitlements and protections good-bye too. If we vote in these guys it will be the end of our nation as we know it. This is why so many big corporations are paying off our corrupt reps that we vote for and throwing milllions to beat Obama. The GOP doesn't care if 50 + million have no health care or that our kids pay more for college than any other developed nation - And when the ten's of millions graduate and there are no jobs waiting for them shoud they roll over and play dead?
+8 # futhark 2011-09-28 17:28
The whole idea of having a "demonstration" is to attract media attention to a cause or point of view. Now, however, with the corporate-contr olled media being used as a tool to protect the plutocratic status quo, demonstrations as we have known them in the past are no longer as useful.

So, some other tactic needs to be invented whereby the media are compelled by public interest to give attention to opinions at variance with the self-serving interests of the plutocracy.
+14 # Vardette 2011-09-28 18:16
Michael Moore interviewed at Wall St on MSNBC on the Lawrence O'Donnell show!

Michael " How can I live in a nation where 100's of peaceful protesters get arrested but not one banker that robbed us and the nation are arrested.

O'Donnell - " We have to protest this." who says protests don't work?

Thak you Lawrence!
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 04:18
How about also arresting those who forced some of the banks to take money even when they didn't want it because strings were attached to the money and a pretext for control was desired? Your answer will show intelligent readers whether you're intelligent+fai r or an possibly the first (but not paying attention) and an ideologue.
+7 # unclewags 2011-09-28 20:12
Please ask Mayo Bloom to identify the "White Shirts" component. Are they oursourced mercenaries, trained and contracted through "BlackWater" with Homeland Security funding? Resurging Nazi-fascist "Brown Shirts" ? Our citiizenry must demand full disclosure re this tool of fascist tactics. If not, our nation may well totally succumb to the dictates of corporacity-fas cist governance which is in gestation at the obstretician hands of "Goebels-ian" manipulations of facts before presentation to mass consumption. As an FDR Democrat, now turned Independent, after having recruited "Veterans for Obama" who manned a phone bank in southern Indiana for the Obama '08 Campaign, I am now prepared to support only person of integrity who have proven themselves to have spoken against the abuses of power as exemplified in the actions of both the "repugnacants" and the "demon-rats" for have been feeding at the trouth of WS and the MIC. Wake up true American patriots; before you are silenced by the "White Shirted SS" of fascism... Ponder the machinations of Hitler's Brown Shirts".
+8 # in deo veritas 2011-10-02 14:20
Bloomberg is the biggest corporate fascist of them all. Why did the stupid voters elect him?
+10 # Vardette 2011-09-29 15:43
The jobless rate for young people are the lowest since they have been keeping records.

I guess Beohner is keeping his word. "No jobs so be it!

This state of affairs is a threat to the health, safety and welfare of ten's of millions of people. The Pew Foundation just reported that those without jobs will live shorter lives. And it made me sick to see the wall street gang standing above the crowd laughing and sipping wine! How dare they!
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 04:39
It currently costs a company cumulatively ~$15,000 to hire someone and all we do is continuously add regs. Of course unemployment is high--and will continue to be. Not officially--the already manipulated numbers will continue being massaged, but unfortunately so long as people keep thinking in terms of class warfare vs. actual mechanisms to what's going on, they won't get anywhere except maybe causing harm not only for themselves but for others. If you want improvement, get free--it'll currently cost you a min. somewhere around $25,000 just to legally open a hot-dog stand and comply with all the BS (regs and enforcement vary from place to place btw so YMMV). I actually cried when I realized the $50 I had left I needed to buy cleaning supplies and offer services...was demanded by the city I lived in for permission to work. O.O p.s. good site/org on that at
+4 # JohnMayer 2011-09-30 00:44
Bull Conner would have gone far in the NYPD.
+7 # Paul Scott 2011-09-30 22:03
I would suggest that all of us who want to support the OcuppyWallStree t movement include OWS at the end of our messages when using the internet. Its only three little letters, but at this time it represents, the power of the people.

+4 # michelle 2011-10-25 13:53
I am writing 'I support the Wall Street Occupation heroes' on the back of every envelop I mail, every bill, every correspondence, every card. Let's show our support each and every way we can. Any more suggestions? I think I will add your OWS both at the end of emails and in the re: section. Resistance has to start somewhere.
+8 # btbees 2011-09-30 22:06
The documentary “Inside Job” should be shown on large screen to all attending the protest rally. The shocking truth of Wall Street, a crime story like no other in history.
+7 # Vardette 2011-10-01 11:05
As a supporter of NPR I am outraged that they are not reporting Occupy Wall St and I am emailing them to tell them I will not support them until they cover this story and you should too!
-1 # Lowflyin Lolana 2012-01-03 23:07
So any luck?
+10 # Vardette 2011-10-01 16:34
+5 # X Dane 2011-10-04 01:29
They are now, Vardette. They will join protesters in Pittsburg
+13 # Vardette 2011-10-01 16:47
all I can say is vote for Elizabeth Warren and more like her. Listen to her epic speech and we can all see she is on our side 100%
+7 # Vardette 2011-10-01 17:53
They may be spying on us but we are all reporting on them with our millions of cell phones and cameras! They can't hide this from the people anymore and having ten's of millions of young educated people with no jobs is actually going to make big changes for all of us - GO FOR IT
+10 # Vardette 2011-10-02 12:51
Here's a bit of info that might make you angry. This was just reported in the New Yorker. Congressional aids do not have to pay back their student loans and congressmen and women get all stellar benefits and pay for the rest of their lives even if they only serve one term. In this case why would any of our congressmen or senators ever have any incentive to sticke their necks out for the people. All their needs are take care of and we can go to hell! This is an outrage and I will be contacting my reps to express how I feel that demand that this needs to be changed- You should too -202-224-3121 As ten's of millions of Americans struggle to survive, our reps are sitting pretty!
+10 # jooberdoober 2011-10-02 13:00
The first line of this NY Times article was heavily edited from the original. The original first line stated "After allowing them on the bridge, the police cut off and arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. The edit now implies that the DEMONSTRATORS were unruly and were NOT lead on to the bridge by police. Someone must complained that the reporter was reporting the truth the first time and that it had to be changed to appease the NYPD.
+6 # in deo veritas 2011-10-02 14:18
nyone who maintains an account of any kind with these vampires is an incorrigable idiot and an accomoplice. Switch banks-they are not all of them corrupt. Pay off any credit cards you have with them. The only thing these thugs will feel is in their bottom line as they have no other area of sensitivity, certinly no heart or conscience.
+6 # Vardette 2011-10-02 16:33
JPMorgan Chase Recently Donated 4.6 Million to NYPD

Of course they did. This is the nation we have become. The theives are paying their private police. This is why we are out there becasue of abuse of power.
+10 # Stephanie Remington 2011-10-02 21:49
Regarding “JPMorgan Chase Recently Donated 4.6 Million to NYPD”:

JP Morgan Chase reported over $100 billion in revenue last year. Donating $4.6 million is like a person who made $50,000/year donating a little over $2. Despite JP Morgan Chase’s role in destroying police jobs and pensions, this pitiful ‘tip’ – to “let [NYPD] know how much we value their hard work” – apparently bought them police brutality on their behalf.
+5 # williamofthetrees 2011-10-03 07:46
The Public Square is after all Public: where WE are all equal; where life needs to flow and become renewed so as to channel into every house and institution the spirit of the times. The fact that force is used on the people against the expression of that spirit is an intrusion of authoritarian power. The objective force of speech not only as a right in the full sense of the term but as a quality in the human being that keeps "life" alive is what needs to be protected above all else. Transparency, communication, solidarity are aspects of trust between human beings and are all needed for a healthy development of a humane society.
+11 # boudreaux 2011-10-03 09:59
I am so in AWE of what I am seeing with the 99%, they are cleaning up the streets as they go, sweeping up garbage and being so civil with each other...but where is the media? I don't hear anything about this on CBS at all. I'm thankful for MSNBC for taking a stand with the 99% but what I really want to know is where are the people like Michael Moore, Bernie Sanders, Van Jones and the teamsteers in all of this. They should be leading in the front lines of this protest then see how many will be arrested...I am still here in the streets doing what is right, where is Robert Reich? Come on out and join the 99% where you should be....Let us all unite...
+7 # metamind 2011-10-03 17:03 We had a cabal in 2000 when Bush was "elected." There is ONE truth. Set the truth free and the truth will set us free.
+10 # Vardette 2011-10-03 17:56
All I can say it will be a long hard fight so hang in there. We need you, your courage and determination. Obama has the power to use his executive power to override congress and create an emergency jobs act. Everyone shoudl call his comment line and urge him to be strong and so that.
+12 # Vardette 2011-10-04 08:51
I was thrilled to see on MSNBC that Joseph Steglitz, the Nobel Prize winning economist go down to Wall St. It is people like him who make it so much more important and bring attention to the economic crisis, the destruction of our Demicracy and nation are being subjected to. He was shocked when he found that no Bull Hornes or microphones were allowed and wondered what happened to our rights. We the people are in such big trouble. The unions and many people cannot sit back and let so many of OUR brave young people take the heat for the rest of us!
+10 # aljoschu 2011-10-04 10:10
Dear Americans,
you can be proud of this movement - go for it! We from the outside are looking in on what is going on in NY.
This is like Libya, like Egypt - a bottom-up movement against the plutocrats.
They are all of one kind: But Mubarak fell, Gadaffi fell - Wall Street and its filthy thugs will fall too for the better of the people.
I just wished we could get NATO to support you in your march to Wall Street ;-))
You are not living in a democracy yet, but hopefully you will be soon.
Best wishes and good luck
+14 # RemainingHuman 2011-10-04 11:03
+4 # RemainingHuman 2011-10-05 16:16
Right on!
-23 # Martintfre 2011-10-04 11:54

The Sheepole demand a new dictator!
+5 # Vardoz 2011-11-01 18:12
+3 # Vardette 2011-10-04 16:45
What wolf is saying is exactly waht we need to do and I have been SOL. We need to kick out the TP, GOP and Blue Dogs and replace them with PROGRESSIVES!!! ! AND CHANGE THE FACE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THE WAY THE TP HAVE CHANGED CONGRESS.

VT is now a progressive state. Gee how did that happen? They VOTED FOR ALL PROGRESSIVES! So whatever it takes vote for Obama and a Progressive congress and senate!
+14 # haightashbury 2011-10-04 21:58
Try this slogan.

Hay Hay B of A
How many homeowners did you Bankrupt today!
-1 # Vardoz 2011-11-01 18:09
This gets 10 points? Who are you guys?
+6 # socialismby2020 2011-10-05 10:11
Let the media now we want events covered! Sign protest forum at:

700 arrested, thousands beaten, women groped, peaceful protesters maced, yet the media won't report it!
-1 # Cabbagehead 2012-02-09 01:04
The first step in Revolution is to Pull the Plug. Use TV to watch DVDs from the Library; be selective. Listen to one or two remaining radio shows. Ignore the broadcast media. Pull the plug on GE/NBC, Disney/ABC, CBS, Koch, Fox. They are your enemies and your consumerism pays their dividends. Pull the Plug. Take the first step. No cop will bop you if you just Pull the Plug.
+8 # redchilirevolution 2011-10-05 11:49

Occupy Albuquerque !

New Mexico supports Occupy Wall Street !

Restore 95% federal personal income tax rates on Americans who NET $1 million or more a year.

Close all USA corporate federal income tax loopholes.

Use these new tax revenues to create at least 14 million new jobs !
+7 # socialismby2020 2011-10-05 12:10
Why isn't the media reporting this? Sign the petition at:
+10 # R U Kidding Me? 2011-10-05 13:35
Every single politician has been bought off. The Supreme Court with the likes of Thomas is the worse offender. They don't even do it on the sly anymore, they are blatant in their insipid moves. How long can the people on Wall Street and everywhere else building momentum last? The 1% are sitting in their plush offices thinking this will pass. WE CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN!!! If they are allowed to get away with these iniquities, THE MIDDLE CLASS IS FINISHED!!! There is very little insulation between a resurgence of any middle class and a collapse of the corruption between politicians and Wall Street. Wall Street won't relent unless LAWS CHANGE!!! ALL THEY WILL DO OTHERWISE IS RIDE OUT THIS WAVE!!!
-1 # Vardoz 2012-07-04 17:25
Not Bernie Sanders and not Elizabeth Warren. If she is elected she will be gold for us.
+2 # RemainingHuman 2011-10-05 16:08
+6 # RemainingHuman 2011-10-05 16:12
Why do we care so much whether CORPORATE media covers this history? We are making it. We know about it. We are telling all the people who want/need to know about it. To hell with CORPORATE media. They are jackals for CORPORATE interests the world over. When we slaughter people, bomb them with drones ad nauseum - we are the MILITARY for all the wealthy of the world. We are protecting their assets as well as the assets of the SLIME in this country.
+1 # Cassandra2012 2011-11-13 15:02
Quoting RemainingHuman:
Why do we care so much whether CORPORATE media covers this history? ...

We care because so many ordinary, ok people are led astray by the media to think these are just the un-washed fringe of young protestors. They remain ignorant because they are fed this interminable hogwash. A good example: there's a repeating disgusting Rove TV ad featuring a woman with a little girl at her door being told by a HIDDEN figure that she owes the govt. $70,000 to be paid out immediately or over 20 years as to cover'public expenditures like pensions.' When she protests she does not have that money and can not pay, the hiding figure says, 'I wasn't talking to YOU,...." and the ad implies that our children will have to foot the bill for e.g., public pensions and other 'entitlements'. Very CLEVER ad, but a total lie ...public pensions (for e.g.nurses, college teachers, teachers, cops, firemen) etc. were PAID FOR BY THESE PEOPLE! AND IT IS JUST THAT THE GOVERNORS AND LEGISLATURES HAVE BEEN UNDERFUNDING THE PENSIONS BY STEALING FROM THEM TO PAY THEIR BILLS/BUDGETS!! !! The real 'ENTITLEMENTS' (don't you just love that term??) are for unpaid, underpaid taxes by the corporations, and those super-medical plans for legislators including the Repugnican loudmouths in congress!, not the piddling pensions for public workers!!
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 04:47
SHOUTING THROUGH ALL CAPS WON'T CHANGE THE MATH OR MAKE YOUR ASSERTIONS INTO HONEST ASSEVERATIONS!! ! Inflation alone (a national policy taboo-to-touch) ensures that whatever they've paid-in will never be sufficient to cover what comes out. It was Harvard's more liberal economists years ago who warned that the structure of the social-welfare programs (e.g. SS) relied on the old social model of having multiples of children per couple whose later years of contributing w/could more than cover the 1-4 people eligible per 100 payees. It's true these programs are a giant funding scheme for Congress to get a LOT more taxes in the name of one thing and use for another, but even if they had the most efficient administration of these programs in all things in the world and history it would mean they could still only give back less than they took-in. Some go dumber and whine "but bonds!" BS--since that's just debt on debt sleight-of-hand iness. It's openly acknowledged by libs and conservs alike with any sort of mathematical ability (including my former bi- highly-liberal roommate who CPAs as a forensic auditor and fights corruption in gov daily) that these programs even without the thefts for other payments are...doomed. It's also the fact that across the entire globe the copy-cat programs are similarly doomed: the demographics will no longer support them. The next gen has to be hyper-productiv e to even hope to match their interest while they're at it even if we never abused them.
+10 # angelfish 2011-10-05 17:33
The People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated! God Bless you all in Liberty Plaza! Those of us who can't be with you in body are there in Spirit!
+9 # socialismby2020 2011-10-05 17:50
1200 arrests yet the mainstream media does not report this. Protest now:
+3 # socialismby2020 2011-10-05 17:51
+11 # angelfish 2011-10-06 03:22
Has anyone else noticed that there is NO mayhem UNTIL the Police, especially the ones in the White Shirts arrive? WHY do they need to Pepper Spray and Club unarmed, non-threatening people with their Batons? Don't they realize that this is ALL being filmed for Posterity AND the Courts so that when they try to criminalize the behavior of the Protesters, THEY themselves will be seen as the Perpetrators? God Bless ALL the Protesters! Remember that, the People, UNITED will NEVER be defeated! Justice WILL be served!
+8 # fredboy 2011-10-06 11:26
Crowds frighten police. They are trained in order and expect people to obey sheepishly, thus a large crowd that stands its ground is terrifying to them.

I think, for greatest effect, it may be time to take the protest to cyberspace. And summon the will and strength of tens of millions.
+14 # RemainingHuman 2011-10-06 12:39
We (my loved ones and I) are in awe of your intelligence, humanity, courage …. We salute you. We applaud you. We admire you. We support you. It would seem that those deriding this movement do not understand: (1) that the top 20% of Americans hold 87% of the total wealth in this country and that the bottom 60% owns 3.9%; (2) that the US accounts for 41% of total military spending in the world (China ranks second at 6%); (3) that 54% of all federal spending goes to fund present and past wars; and (4) if you have a job you are lucky and most definitely benefit from the work and sacrifice of all who came before us (including the cleaning staff at the hospital where you were born and the people who paved the highway to get to the hospital) … and including, of course, all those before us who struggled and died so that you DO have a job, a forty hour week, a safe work environment, health benefits, holidays, etc. Those of you who mock the bravery of these true patriots are lucky. You are NOT special. And certainly you are no more special than the patriots on the streets. (Think maybe the alleged object thrower may have been an undercover cop?)
+10 # Billy Bob 2011-10-06 20:30
Yahoo is at it again. They just dumped 5 more of my emails into my trash folder while I wasn't looking.

ALL OF THEM had references to "class warfare", or "occupy wall street" in the subject heading.

I'm sure it's just another one of those "bugs" they're trying to fix.
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 04:52
As a guy whose seen internals to certain...syste ms, it has more to do with people marking emails like that as spam, thus training the system, usually because those who write on 'class warfare' have a bunch of analytic-soundi ng words and generalizations that substitutes for thinking, such that those in-the-know about what topics they try to address are just irritated rather than informed. I typically just demand a personal reply from those who email such things, usually starting with "define the word 'class'" and how a class is formed. If the response isn't intelligent I pass-along word through networks "hey, mark this person's/org's email as junk." Similarly, OWS has been filled with deadbeats--to the point it itself divided into haves/nots and doers/idlers. :( It's just human nature. And given the initial inability to delineate actual problems and finally settling on vague concepts without much fact it's not surprising associated emails are marked spam. Which is unfortunate. :(
+8 # giraffee2012 2011-10-06 20:33
Jobs - not cuts - TAX WALL STREET!

Wall Street has bought our government - and ... VOTE DEM VOTE OBAMA in 2012 -- the most important election ever.

Carl Rove already has 350 Million in his "super pack" thanks to the Supremes' decision to give "person hood" to big $$$ (the motion was put before the Supremes by the Koch Brothers - after they wined/dined Scalia/Thomas - that was in the news)

Go to your Dem headquarters to go with others to minority, old people etc. neighborhoods so these people get registered and get MAIL-IN ballots. Our elections in USA are "still" free so those "required" IDs in some states FOR VOTING are also free. Walker of WI is trying to charge $28 for an ID - and there are other crazy laws being put in to limit Dems from voting.

This advice is from Michael Moore & others.

Do not sit home as in 2010 or we'll have more GOP/TP supported by the Koch + GE + ???.

And if you CAN take the day off - volunteer to COUNT VOTES -- so Dems votes do not end up in trunks of cars, garbage cans etc (as they found in OH in 2004 after John Kerry conceded.

Thank You --- VOTE DEM VOTE OBAMA -- "trust me I'm Jewish" (old saying) and old (truth)
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 04:56
the Supremes' decision to give "person hood" to big $$$
I keep trying to warn liberals that this is a misunderstandin g--it's a Democratic talking point right out of our current bought-presiden t's camp. The Supremes never granted "personhood" to corporations (read the damn opinion). They correctly wrote that people who assemble corporately (as a group), legally filing papers or otherwise, do not thereby--even if done for-profit--sur render their rights or become subject to a loss of rights. In fact this was what was practiced by unions the whole time (which are now outspending other SuperPacs)! And it's obvious logic--but we Americans are too stupid to read the opinion rather than the pre-packeged "intellectual" criticism used to drive our opinions straight into the politicians' hands and cookie jars (to be shaken free of all our spare change and remaining sense).
+3 # DurangoKid 2011-10-06 20:59
So the Democrats have enbraced Occupy Wall St. What comes next? Strangle it?
+6 # Dion Giles 2011-10-06 22:04
Item: Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times,reports: "President Obama said Thursday that the Occupy Wall Street protests show a 'broad-based frustration' among Americans about how the US financial system works."
No, Mr Obama. the frustration is not with how "the system" works, as if "the system" were the product of some kind of natural economic laws. The frustration is over DECISIONS that have thrown millions out of work, out of their homes, out of what passes in the USA for insured medical care, in order to serve the interests of Wall Street billionaires who produce no goods and no services for the community with their own hands and brains. The decisions are ones they buy through their lobbyists with the wealth they accumulate. The decisions in large measure are those made by you and by your largely chosen administration, Mr Obama, and by the venal pollies predominating in the chambers of Congress. Yes your predecessors did the main damage, but Mr Obama you are following with essentially the same decisions.
-1 # Lowflyin Lolana 2012-01-03 23:02
LA Times: LA TOOL.

They have published articles very critical of Occupy, one after another, editorials as well.

I've had similar responses to them in my head many times.
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 05:05
some kind of natural economic laws
You do realize those exist, right? Maybe not as apparently to modern Americans, but let's say we just all stop working and distribute the, say, $1-2 trillion circulating in the banks' coffers to the people, but we've all stopped working...we'd all starve. Law #1: people must work to produce the goods necessary for survival. Let's say then we only stop the "service" industries...we still all starve. Law #2: In a complex system that has moved beyond agrarianism certain (at least) services are a necessity, not optional. So we want to save the earth by being green, so we'll stop burning fossil fuels and try to install solar panels...we stop being able to manufacture the panels or move things because constituents of oil are fundamental materials to almost everything else & inescapable (due to current knowledge of chemistry and physics)... If you & I want to work together, I have $1000 and you $0 but you have skills, but you would be classified "employee" due to the laws and how we could work, in today's America...I'm not "hiring" you if it would cost approx. $15,000 and you couldn't give me that much value--so you're "out of work." Or if you're not working a min. 2 years if I could hire and together you & I would only pull-in $29,000? Same. Law? Profit=essentia l. You have to consider reality over ideals, then how to generate more than basic effort (more than 1 to 1), & how distribute that fairly. Good luck (it is hard). ;)
+10 # Vardette 2011-10-07 10:23
Obama said on the news that if Europe goes belly up we will too. So this Global capitalism situation has clearly failed! Obama is telling us that his JOBS ACT is insurance if we go belly up except he knows damn well that this bill will NEVER pass. But when it comes to the military writing blank checks for billions is NEVER A PROBLEM - In the meantime our desperate young men and women are getting beaten and pepper sprayed while Obama and the senate are giving us false hopes once again. HOW DARE THEY AND I Have called THE OBAMA HOT LINE, AND MANY REPS HOWLING ABOUT THIS! HERE OUR PEOPLE ARE STURGGLING TO SURVIVE, GETTING BEATEN AND ABUSED WHILE OUR REPS ARE TAKING BRIBES THAT HURT US EVEN MORE, AND THEY HAVE BILLIONS FOR THESE GODDAMN WARS - NO PROBELEM!!!!!!! ! HOW DARE THEY! AND NOW WE ARE FACED WITH MR GUTLESS, GAME PLAYING FALSE HOPES OBAMA OR THE HORRIBLE TP WHO WANTS US TO GO BELLY UP! BUT BILLIONS FOR THE MILITARY AT ANT TIME NOW PROBLEM. TAX CUTS FOR THE 1% DURING A DEPRESSION, NO PROBELM AND IT MAKES ME SOOOO SAD TO SEE THESE DESPERATE KIDS GETTING BEATEN AND THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION CRUSHED BY THE HANDS OF OUR CORRUPT AND RUTHLESS LEADERSHIP AND REPS WHILE THEY GET PENSIONS FOR LIFE NO MATTER HOW LONG THEY SERVE!!!!!
-1 # 2011-11-20 15:28
VARDETTE: This is the most lucid and important comment posted! It needs to be read and reflected upon.
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 05:07
For those who think they get pension for life, look-up snopes. Meanwhile it's not escapable: in EVERY era no matter the perceived level of global integration, when one area goes belly-up so do the rest inegrated with that area. But by de-integrating each area...becomes far poorer. :( Those who study economic history know this by now--and it's not a fabrication or cr*p made-up to satisfy economic wankers, plenty of which wish it were. Hell, Western Classical Rome fell...only truly and utterly when the trade routes to Asia (which was mostly...a mystery to them) were cut off.
+8 # Kathymoi 2011-10-09 09:54
I am greatly releaved to see that there is a ground swell of open protest to the takeover of America by corporate greed, wall street greed and bankers' greed. The protesters are risking arrest, brutal beatings and other hardships to stand up for all of us. I am, however, concerned, that marching and sign carrying will not make any impression on the rich corporations or the politicians who may be dependent on the contributions of the rich. I think the protest needs teeth. We need to organize to do something that the corporations will feel, such as withdraw our investment money from their stocks and transfer all investment money to stocks only in "socially and environmentally fair" companies. Also, shopping at local and smaller businesses rather than huge international corporations who are in large part responsible. Is there a group among the protestors offering education on what some of the huge corporations such as WalMart and McDonalds are doing and on how we can get along without supporting them? Is there a group offering education on safely borrowing money for a mortgage? What can we do to cause the bankers and corporations tofeel the danger instead of the protestors being the only ones risking loss and discomfort?
0 # inlink 2014-10-12 05:08
For the real thinkers: any time you see "corporate" think "group of people" or even "group of people with interests" and much of the political double-speak and trickery upon minds...becomes ineffective if you actually do decide to start thinking about it.
+9 # Elusive Pimpernel 2011-10-10 10:40
Dear Occupiers, thanks for doing what you are doing for the rest of us who can't join you at this time, but we are slowly increasing our numbers and will be joining you soon.

A word of caution, there are members of the FED, corporate monkeys, some government moles amongst you with an agenda to thwart the cause or to misdirect it. You are vulnerable because you are not yet well organized and that is when you are weakest and most likely to have a breach in leadership. Be careful of whom you follow and what road they will lead you down. Dont get infatuated with a dynamic leader who may have been coached on how to create a following and steer you down the wrong path.

Keep up the great work!
+7 # Hardy 2011-10-11 21:43
Lets close down B of A! close your account move your credit cards to another institution.
+6 # Vardette 2011-10-12 12:25

Big Business is trying to rig the justice system.

Multibillion-dollar banks, cell phone companies, cable providers and other industries are slipping forced arbitration clauses into the fine print of their contracts.

These clauses strip the signer’s right to take the company to court. Instead, consumers and employees who have been hurt or ripped off are forced into a private, secretive tribunal that favors corporations.

Tell Congress: Stop the corporate attack on our rights and end forced arbitration.

No one should have to sign away their rights in order to buy a product or get a job.

Last April, the Supreme Court made this bad situation worse. It ruled that corporations can use forced arbitration clauses to deny people the right to band together in class actions.

There is virtually no way for the customers to hold the company accountable for stealing $100 million.

This is corporate mugging on a grand scale.

The Arbitration Fairness Act (S. 987, H.R. 1873) would fix this injustice. The Consumer Mobile Fairness Act (S. 1652) would specifically fix the problem Don’t let Big Business rig the justice system.

Thanks for all you do,

Public Citizen’s Online Action Team
+15 # Cheryl 2011-10-12 13:27
If this is all true, IT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PROTEST RIGHT ALONG WITH THE WALL STREET money crabbers!!!!How many Americans can get a retirement like this???? Wouldn't it be nice to able to vote on you future income or have a FREE handout like this to all of us for so Little time at a job??? Make term limits on all politician's. STAND UP FOR THIS CAUSE ALSO!!!!!

Subject: Wages

Salary of retired US Presidents .............$1 80,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate .........................
$174,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of Speaker of the House ............$22 3,500 FOR LIFE

Salary of Majority/Minori ty Leaders ...... $193,400 FOR Life

These are unfair compared to the above salaries...

Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000.00

Average income for SOCIAL SECURITY seniors $12,000

I think we found where the cuts should be made!

If you agree... Pass it on!
+2 # TJGeezer 2011-12-09 08:37
True, but even so - these numbers pale before the routine $1million-plus tax-dodge "bonuses" paid to Wall Street operators. It's all 1% crap and it needs to stop.
+5 # Vardoz 2011-10-18 19:24
An interview with the head of the Nation paper said on MSNBC all these protests must translate into votes. We must be aggressive at the voting stations and not let the screw us and that is what they want to do - HOW DARE THEY!

You gets just dont sem to get it!
+5 # Activista 2011-10-19 13:13
"Occupy Wall Street Shows People Want Democracy, Not Corporatocracy: Jeffrey Sachs"
anybody with smarts knows that the MOVEMENT is not about voting, but changing system.
Start with shutting MILITARISM - $1.3 trillion/year
+4 # Vardoz 2011-10-23 20:30
All I can say is that those who have landed us where we are today have made us a gross twisted hypocritical nation that waves an empty flag of "Democracy". The ambitions of those who are in charge behind the scenes have a sadistic vision of what humanity means. I hope we can prevail under such demented and ruthless conditions. Those masters of war and Wall St with their myopic minds could create a world of compassion and raise the bar for all humanity but instead they pursue a tortured world that they will leave behind anfter they have lives out their short meaningless lives. This is mankind’s paramount failure and shows how truly primitive we still are.
+2 # panhead49 2011-10-25 17:04
Not surprised by Oakland PD in the least. They cannot do anything about the rampant violence - mostly caused by wealth & resource disparity - because the gang bangers shoot back. The OWS protesters don't. Talk about low hanging fruit!! And anyone that doesn't get that their PERS STRS 401k ad nauseum is in the hands of the Wall Street Mafia (with apologies to the real Mafia for the defamation) shouldn't be given a badge and certainly not a loaded gun!
+4 # Vardoz 2011-10-26 18:08

Your inability to uphold the rule of law and justice and your willingness to destroy equal rights for American citizens and protect criminals at our expense does not make us want to vote for you.

How many people did Bush and company kill and torture in Iraq? A war that was based on lies.

How many innocent men women and children have we murdered in Afghanistan.

I cannot believe this is who you really are in you heart.

How can you face your children when you support such horrific crimes?

What is your objection to respecting the rule of law?

Why do you support immunity for criminals and use the law to protect crime?

We are no longer a nation that lives by the rule of law and we fly a hollow flag of Democracy that has lost all meaning.

Desperate Americans, faced with a dire economy, fighting for their lives as the gluttonous military, blithely spends 9 billion per week for the so called war in Afghanistan one of the world's poorest nations, corporations and the 1% are sucking our economy dry, as you stand impotent to protect the people who elected you and now support the abuse they are receiving while practicing their right to assemble. How can we cast our vote for you in light of all this?
+2 # Vardoz 2011-10-26 18:55
Survival gear when protesting- motor cycle helmets or football helmets, bullet proof jackets or some kind of reinforced jacket if you can afford it and gas masks.
0 # sphereless 2011-10-29 20:20
I just started a new FB Page:
+4 # Vardoz 2011-10-29 23:14
We need to ALL call the Obama hotline and demand that he PUTS A STOP TO our peaceful protesters getting brutalized. If he can make sure bin laden gets shot he can damn well stop the police violence against our peaceful protesters around the nations who are in the streets because they want a fair shake! 202 456 1111 CALL AND CALL AND CALL! LET HIM HEAR A MILLION VOICES SHOUTING AT HIM THAT THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! NO MORE SHOOTING AT PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WITH RUBBER BULLETS, NO MORE PEPPER SPAY, NO MORE TASERING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE- THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! WE ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW OURSELVES TO BECOME A POLICE STATE AND HAVE OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC AND RIGHTS TRAMPLED ON!
+4 # seeuingoa 2011-11-01 18:27
What about an "occupy White House"
continuation of the movement???

A circle of people holding hands
(or tents!) around the White House
as long as it takes.
+2 # Vardoz 2011-11-03 16:48
How about occupy the Supreme Court!
+5 # Vardoz 2011-11-03 16:46
Grace Lee understands what needs to e done.

We need framers for our new revolution.

We need our great minds to get together and create a new view of the kind of goverment we want and a way to achieve it.

Bill Moyers: "Our Politicians Are Money Launderers in the Trafficking of Power and Policy"

John Boehner calls on the bankers, holds out his cup, and offers them total obeisance from the House majority if only they fill it.

That’s now the norm, and they get away with it.

Barack Obama criticizes bankers as “fat cats”, then invites them to dine at a pricey New York restaurant where the tasting menu runs to $195 a person.

That’s now the norm, and they get away with it. The President has raised more money from banks, hedge funds, and private equity managers than any Republican candidate.

Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy – fewer than six degrees of separation from the spirit and tactics of Tony Soprano.

Why New York’s Zuccotti Park is filled with people is no mystery. Reporters keep scratching their heads and asking: “Why are you here?” But it’s clear they are occupying Wall Street because Wall Street has occupied the country.
+3 # Vardoz 2011-11-04 18:09
When they talk about the economic crisis on the news they act like this is something that just happened and will take years to dig out of. But Wall St, the GOP/TP, the banks and the whole damn government act like a big money laundering operation that would make any mafia boss jealous. THEY MADE THIS HAPPEN - THEY REFUSE TO CREATE JOBS OR DO ANYTHING ABOUT ALL THE TAXES THAT ARE NOT BEING PAID AS THEY SHELL OUT 9 BILLION PER WEEK FOR 1 WAR! I AM SO ENRAGED! AND NOW THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY OUR ENTITLEMENTS!

This is why why need to protest and vote and organize hard cause these SOB's are destroying us and they do not care! They are getting rich as we become impoverished!!! !!!
+4 # Vardoz 2011-11-06 19:04
David Patterson, the former Gov of NY, said on last weeks Bill Maher show, that this was the way it started in the 60's. He said he took part in the take over at Columbia Unvi in 68 and claimed that eventually the movement became very well organized and finally drove out Johnson. So don't lose faith. Patterson said the movement grew out of hope.
+4 # Johnyboy 2011-11-12 08:22
No its bigger then that. Its worse then that. This is a repeat of history again and the same fight we had over 70 years ago. There was an attempted fascist ( Business plot) to over throw the government in 1933. The exposing of this plot allowed the bills to pass to regulate the banks and finance firms. These banks and corporate elites waited until enough time had passed for there shame to be forgotten in history. Obama de-classify the people accused of high treason and refer them to FBI for trial of high treason. Lets see who the 1% are and expose them for criminal insanity that they continue.

see more
+1 # Johnyboy 2011-11-12 08:23
The grand father of two presidents was accused of high treason by a two time recipent winner of the congressional medal of honor and an american general. The injustice to this American goes on. There should be a statue of USMC Smedley butler outside the halls of congress.

I call for OWS to bring forth the ghost of USMC Smedley butler to bring fear into the ranks of Wall street.

Want links to verify this?
+6 # Vardoz 2011-11-12 14:03
If you want to close your account at the bank of your choice, you don't have to go there. Just write out a check for the total amount in your account and open an account in a credit union. Then you can go sometime later an close the account that has no money in it or call. $700,000 have now withdrawn there money and put it into credit unions. I am impressed. Keep it coming.
+1 # seeuingoa 2011-11-13 16:01

I have just been doing some googling!

Barrery-driven heating blankets and clothes do exist!

Please tell us from where and how we can
get this stuff so we can support our friends during wintertime!
+4 # Vardoz 2011-11-14 10:42
We need to teach our children well because each generation will find out for themselves that freedom is not free. This wll always be our battle as Angela Davis just said in Oakland. There are those who will always want to abuse the masses and have done so for generations. We must be careful who we vote for and not refuse to vote because we are angry at the govenments inaction. Our lack of participation in the last election only resulted int he TP taking over - We should have written in Progressives instead. But the protests must not stop. I would like to know more aout what is happening in Wall St and Atlanta.
+2 # markman2008 2011-11-18 17:05
I just wanted to share this video I shot the other day at the UC Davis campus. Even the teachers cancelled class so they could attend themselves!
-2 # MidwestTom 2011-11-19 08:46
The real problem with the OWS movement is its political naiveté. The protestors imagine that by attacking free enterprise and the capitalist system they are upholding the rights of the common man. The exact opposite is true. The only real alternative to free enterprise is an economy owned and administered by society's most ruthless and cruel elements, who always seems to gravitate toward statist means.

If OWS is successful, it will wake up to a world that is lorded over by federal bureaucrats and jack-booted enforcement thugs. The entire world will be run like the Post Office, the TSA, the IRS, and the Customs Bureau. This has nothing to do with freedom and nothing to do with human rights.
0 # josephhill 2011-11-21 12:33
"The entire world will be run like the Post Office, the TSA, the IRS, and the Customs Bureau."


The Government is US. The problem is that it is currently owned and operated by the capitalist powers-that-be. We The People need to take it back and make it work for US!

The 'ruthless and cruel elements' come from the capitalists that control what is supposed to be "OUR" government.
0 # stevb 2011-11-25 15:29
OK - now let's get down to the real work and take down (destroy financially) one of the 1%. The only means we have to do this is the power of the boycott. The highly integrated nature of the economy forces us to target a consumer oriented company. I nominate Coca Cola. Coca Cola has been implicated in all sorts of offenses against workers and the environment all over the world. So let's spread the word all across the world - BOYCOTT COKE - BANKRUPT COKE. If we truly are the 99% we have the power to do this and the 1% will take notice and we can begin to exercise the, latent up til now, enormous political power of the 99%. Business as usual is over.
0 # cabotool 2011-11-30 12:42
I called my local Home Depot and they don't carry Georgia Pacific wood products. I congratulated them told them that I had hoped they were not carrying Koch Industries products as I would have then voted with my feet and pocket book! Everyone can do the same.
-1 # cabotool 2011-11-30 12:40
My study of history goes back 60 years. I see the handwriting on the wall for the 1/10th percenters. Perhaps they will end the overseas wars for natural resources and bring the troops home to attack peaceful Americans, just as they do in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in the end the troops will turn against their masters. They will hesitate to kill their friends, neighbors and families. And that is the END for the 1/10th percent.

Just my take on all of this.
-1 # WE Party Mentor 2011-11-30 20:22 to promote 100% collective consciousness as a WE Party Peace Ambassador (volunteer online mentor)shake up Wall Street! Dow rises 490 points on global collaborative for peace talks.
+2 # Vardoz 2011-12-10 18:27
Occupy has really gone global. I heard on the radio today that there are now big protests in Russia.
+1 # Vardoz 2011-12-28 14:58
OWS needs specific goals or bench marks like they have in Egypt. 1. depose Murbarak, have free elections, punish Mubarak and now depose military rule. Also people need to get Gene Sharp's hand book FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY. He was interviewed on Current TV and will be show again Jan 1 9PM. He his a Harvard Professor, founded the Albert Eienstein Institute and has devoted his life to successful non- violent movements. His hand book appears to be a helpful tool for those who are interested.
-1 # sheila Cee 2012-01-06 22:37
I'M terribly concerned that the violence against the protestors will become much worse as OWS spreads and brings larger crowds.

It's what I feared would happen when OWS began. These wealthy SOBs are not going to give up without a fight and their troops are in the training camps of Blackwater..... or whatever it is now called.

And why are the police being fortified with military gear, tanks with bunker buster capability, assault weapons, etc.


I don't think most people in this country realize that we are already living in a police state. And the head of this state is most likely the wealthy who are seizing control of......everyth ing they can get their greedy little hands on.
-1 # Dan 2012-01-21 14:48
Occupiers! I applaud what you are doing, especially WHY you are doing it! But even the dreaded T-baggers realize that to change the system, you need to work WITHIN the system. That's why I, an unemployed Union member, have the audacity to run for California State Assembly. We can put one of our one - or several - in government, not by money, but by taking to the district and asking for the votes of the Working Class. Help me help you. I have a FB page called Dan McCrory for Assembly. Let me know if you're willing to help me get elected in 2013. It starts with one - just ask the T-baggers!
0 # bluepilgrim 2012-01-22 21:28
Out [Put] this on your required reading list:
The Movement Action Plan:
A Strategic Framework Describing The
Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements
By Bill Moyer, Spring 1987
-1 # Cabbagehead 2012-02-09 00:54
Forget TV. Our set is for playing DVDs from the Library. We listen very selectively to radio. Our local radio is all right-wing except 2 stations. If you don't pull the plug you will end up with inane boycotts of ABC and NBC and CBS, muchmore Fox, without realizing you are really talking about Disney, GE and other corps that blackout and twist and spin all against your own interests. The most victimized TV watcher segments are supporting their corporate enemies by not pulling the TV plug. The first step in Revolution is Pull the Plug on TV. Try it. No cop will bop you. Your stress level will improve. You may learn to read print again. Or have a face to face conversation with another human being. Become humanized: Real Reality begins by Pulling the Plug on TV. Even a Cabbagehead understands that.
+2 # seeuingoa 2012-02-17 15:13
Franklin D. Roosevelt(1938) in a message
to congress:

"The liberty of a democracy is in danger
if the people tolerate the growth of
private powers (corporations/Adelson)
to a point where it becomes stronger than
the democratic state itself.
That, in it´s essence is fascism"
0 # Vardoz 2012-03-10 15:00
I was just in San Jose Costa Rica, There was a huge protest march with ten's of thousands of people demanding higher wages and there were speakers. No one was pepper sprayed, beaten, shot teasered or arrested. In fact the were very few police at all and there was no violence and traffic was rerouted to facilitate the protesters. We have really gone down a disgusting anti Democratic path in this nation.
-1 # Vardoz 2012-03-23 11:19
Since the recent threat by one congressman to gather Facebook passwords, we will no longer use Facebook. I called my rep and told him that we were withdrawing from Facebook not only because the govt is threatening to invade our facebook passwords but also because they are spying on everything else. We are fed up and I hope many follow because Facebook is a big business that is used to invade and assault everyone's privacy.

As the world is in the throws of irreversable Global Warming threatening our very existence, the NSA is spying on everyone and spending billions to do it. I asked what the objection was to warrents for spying so that there was some accountability and it seemed to work very well for decades? They don't answer the question. I asked if all regard for the Constitution was gone?
I didn't need an answer for that one. Just imagine if thousands stopped using Face book! If you want to join in call your reps and tell them. 202-224-3121.

We are just sick of being abused and very upset that we are living in a lawless nation where we can be taken away without any legal recourse at all. They have taken away our right to due process and now they are spying on us in such a vast way it would shock Orwell.
-1 # zeep 2012-03-25 15:06
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0 # Vardoz 2012-04-05 20:52
Saw this letter in the Times today, responding to Maureen Dowd's column yesterday:
This strip search decision poses a threat to every single American, but it poses a particular threat to the female population of our country. Women and girls are much more likely to be stopped and strip searched for the sexual charge it will give male cops, and now no one can stop them.Not long ago, on Long Island, cops were stopping women driving alone at night, threatening them with tickets and arrest, and then telling them they could avoid this in exchange for stripping and/or sexual favors. At the time their conduct was illegal. Now police have free reign. With one decision this corrupt, partisan court has turned America into a police state. That is the brutal truth. And while I dislike comparisons to Nazisim, because they are too often used inappropriately , unfettered police power (SS/SA) was one of the primary ways Hitler consolidated his power. A read of William Shirer's "Berlin Diary" will confirm this.Now I worry about my daughter every time she leaves her home. I fear for myself, and for all women stepping outside their homes and schools. This is not paranoia. This is a reasonable response to the facts of the decision.
-1 # paddyrican 2012-04-29 14:35
Has anyone thought to explore & report on the revelation from the July, 2011 GAO audit report of the Federal Reserve which stated that between 2007 & 2010 the Fed. dispursed $16 TRILLION to both U.S. & foreign banks!! Don't take my word for it, go to either the Fed, webbsite or that of the GAO!
-1 # Vardoz 2012-05-03 13:37
I believe those are loans. The Fed rate is very low.
-1 # Garrett Connelly 2012-05-19 13:24
Occupy Franklin County is a small population rural Massachusetts group. Two police chiefs have quit in the past few weeks. There's a consultant consulting but not talking with the police union rank and file. Now the Mayor has appointed the consultant temporary chief and wants to hire outside civil service regulations, saying they are too cumbersome. The people here voted to put police and fire chiefs in civil service to keep "politics out of policing." Looks like the town council can approve of the mayors action and then send it to the State where the vote of the people can be over ruled and the police chief can be anybody the mayor wants.

My sign today : Police R 99% People. Keep politics out of policing.

I was a little disappointed nobody asked about the other 1%. All in all, a good day at the town common vigil and farmer's market.
-1 # tomtom 2012-05-20 12:46
We need more Than truth to set us free. Even Scott Anderson of CNN has forgotten that before 9/11, most people in América and nations on the planet had been holding demonstrations, including the U.N, pleading with the U.S. Not to attack Irak. Bush had his coalition of 1/2 a dozen Countries supporting a war; Bulgaria, El Salvador, etc. The world knew the truth, and he ignored Our sincere, groveling, humble pleas. Sorry, but being right isn't enough. Those millions of dead Vietnamese and Iraquí civilians Were Our family. The military and police Will and do treat war protestors as the enemy. This is war and the 99% are the enemy.
0 # Dougded 2012-05-30 12:43
You are a bunch of happy idiots, connon fodder for the one world, ultra rich communist's who happily use you for their gain. Does Soros ring a bell?
-1 # sharsand 2012-06-19 20:05
Simply put: let's not disassociate Murdoch from his media. He is Fox; he is the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal; he is a liar, a president hater, a fear-mongerer, a person willing to lie to the public to get his way and do anything, I mean anything, to get Obama out of office. He's not separate from his media; if he was, he would stop all the hatred and racism and lies that Fox spews.
-1 # John Steinsvold 2012-06-28 20:51
An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative".
She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."~ Albert Einstein
-1 # Vardoz 2012-07-06 12:31
Mankind has fallen prey to insane leaders and govts throughot history. Remember the story of Robin Hood? Well this stuff has been going on since people crawled out of the caves. This has always been the people's fight, the fight against injustice and tyranny and people throughout history have risen up to overthrow abusive regimes. But many have lost their lives doing it.
+1 # Vardoz 2012-07-04 14:05
I think the solution is pretty direct. End Socialism for the rich, the corporates, enforce regulations for the EPA, FDA, SEC AND FCC AND NRC, Wall St and the Banks and have a social contract that raises the bar for everyone and spreads the goddamn wealth!!!! Socialism for the rich is not acceptable at our expense. Why should we suffer and die so a few can swim in wealth at the top. Our nation was not always this corrupt. Vote out those FKING Tea Party gangsters, the GOP and the blue dog Dems. We need more like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Kennedy. And we need to March and march and march and call and protest. It will not happen over night!!!! They are out to crush the 99% and they are doing it!!!! THYE DEPEND ON OUR APATHY
+1 # Vardoz 2012-07-05 18:35
Everyone should check out what is happening in Spain as just reported on Free Speech TV. The people thousands and shareholders are demanding justice and they are getting it!

People need to come out in big numbers.

We are sick of being robbed!
+1 # mcav 2012-07-21 11:30
The Bank of America "move" was brilliant. We need more creative consumer actions we can all do like that one.
+2 # unitedwestand 2012-08-04 00:57
The Fascista police have managed to suppress the glorious ideal of Occupy it seems. Too bad they did not understand that the brave, intelligent, educated young people are putting their very lives on the line for their rights too.

I have an idea. Since it has become almost Nazi like in stopping all descent and group protests, why don't we as individuals type out notes with messages of your choice, such as: Long Live Occupy; We the people won't be silent. Occupy; Fascism does not become America Occupy; etc. etc., and leave them in various places to be found by whomever?

+1 # 2012-08-17 12:12
Hey, folks, you don't like banks? I strongly suggest considering taking your money out and putting it in community and union credit unions safe from the banksters.
+1 # Smokey 2012-08-21 07:04
Guy Fawkes masks at Occupy events? Very strange... Mr. Fawkes was an English bloke who wanted to destroy Parliament as part of a plot to put an Roman Catholic on the English throne.... Was he a rebel? Yeah, although the same can be said about Hitler and the young fascists of the 1920s... Fawkes wasn't an anarchist, a democrat, a socialist, a liberal, or any kind of progressive. If his efforts had been successful, the English would have moved from one kind of king to another.... So why does Guy Fawkes get celebrated as some kind of "liberator" at Occupy events? Some people like to celebrate violence - blowing up Parliament is like blowing up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City - but
I suspect that most of the dummies who wear Guy Fawkes masks are insensitive and ignorant. The "revolution for the hell of it" attitude doesn't help Occupy.
+1 # Vardoz 2012-08-24 10:46
We have 35 million people living in grinding poverty in our nation. It's like France just before the French Revolution. It is a travesty beyond words! Poverty kills men, women and children. While those at the top are swimming in wealth tens of millions live in life threatening situations, living in hunger in the richest nation in the world while those at the top horde their wealth at the expense of tens of millions of lives. Is this the Republicans and Obama's vision for the biggest developed nation in the world? We have regressed to a time that is now worse then the last Great Depression. Remember LBJ's war on poverty? He understood. And then Reagan tried to make it seem like these people are just sucking off the nation and our whole moral center died. And then Clinton ended welfare which was nothing compared to the corporate welfare that is being given away now at our expense! I am appalled and horrified that the American people have come to a place where having tens of millions of families live in squalor is OK! And don't think that these numbers will shrink. The relentless outsourcing of jobs with no consideration for the people of the nation or health of the economy will not stop. Notice the GOP has changed the conversation and no longer talks about jobs. It does not have to be this way. It will be trickle down poverty.
+1 # Corvette-Bob 2012-09-09 13:01
Mitt Romney does not have a business loyality to the USA. He believes that an indivdual's accomplishment is by his own efforts and not due to the assistance of the form of government, infrastructure, legal system, educational system. He says that he built his wealth himself. Apparently, he would have been just as successful if he was born in North Korea. Or that Bill Gates would have been
just as successful if he started his business in North Korea. "We built it ourselves." So of course any money that he can keep by avoiding taxes is good.
0 # dolfANITA113 2012-10-05 22:29
We are a group of Occupiers, too! We are occupying the South Coast of Oregon, and have been demonstrating together every week for over a year at the Coos Bay Boardwalk in Coos Bay, Oregon! Our General Assembly is meeting on 10/6/12 to plan our next local stand against LNG in our port!
We are also "occupying" local meetings of officials to let them be aware that we are aware of their actions locally regarding discussions of important local matters that are either necessary to promote local democratic issues, or... that what they are proposing will not be of benefit to our citizens or our coastal area.
0 # Athena1943 2012-10-07 22:40
Shared! On the Occupy Ukiah - We Are the 99 Percent, United for Global Change Facebook page.. Thank you!
0 # WestWinds 2012-10-27 04:45
It is disgusting how the main stream media has gone blackout where the Occupy movement is concerned so the Right-wing NeoCons can claim a (false) victory over Occupy. Anyone who has been following Occupy online or elsewhere understands that Occupy never fizzled out, as they claim, but is still there as a vital beacon to freedom.
0 # vgirl1 2012-10-27 17:06
A useless and senseless movement that has done nothing to stop the scam of the Romney/Ryan political, campaign machine that if successful in taking over our political leadership will make the occupy movement more mute and disfunctional than it already is.

Shame on them for having no clearer agenda or organization in organizing and calling on young people in this nation to be politically involved and to stop the TPRepublican onslaught and oligarchic takeover of our country.
0 # tbcrawford 2012-10-31 16:58
I find myself stunned by some of the bold-faced lies and incompetent opinions people make without shame...but this is almost as bad as Romney's claim that Obama sending auto manufacturing jobs to China...Hey Gov. Romney, tell us about what you and Bain did to Delphi!

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