BY SHELLY YANG
Wall Street’s looking a little different this weekend. More than 2,000 protesters from all over the country gathered in lower Manhattan to join the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
“A protest on Wall Street. Police quickly set up barricades near the New York stock exchange after hearing about the protest plans on twitter. Some people called it the United States day of rage. According to organizers, the idea was to camp out for weeks, even months possibly as an expression of anger over the financial system they say favors the rich and powerful. At least two people were arrested. “
Most U.S. cable networks only briefly mentioned the event. And The Wall Street Journal had no coverage as of Sunday afternoon -- but Russian news outlet RT went in-depth. A protester told the network the group’s anger was targetted at Wall Street fat cats.
“When the top 1% of wealth of this country controls political decisions, when the money that comes straight out of banks goes to bonuses instead of taking care of the problems we need and that same money goes to pay for politicians who make those decisions, people should be damn annoyed.”
The Think Progress website concedes debates about the tactics and strategies behind an anti-Wall Street campaign might be warranted. It points out...
“While many of the conservative defenders of Wall Street may be quick to portray protests ... as driven by envy of its wealth or far-left ideologies, the truth is that people have a very simple reason to be angry — because Wall Street’s actions made tens of millions of people dramatically poorer through no fault of their own.”
The protest organizer AdBusters expects this campaign to be like the Tahrir Square moment of the Arab Spring. The site has a link to a live stream of the event on its website.
But CNN questions about the impact.
“CNN Money’s Julian Pepitone was in the middle of it today. She said it turned out felt way short of organizers’ expectations.”
“The original call back in July from Adbusters magazine was for 90,000 people to show up, and a couple of weeks ago they kind of down say that asking for 20,000 people, but they certainly didn’t get that kind of turnout today.”
But China’s Xinhua News Agency warns America that this is a warning sign.
“The U.S. economy is so depressed at the moment and the employment rate keeps plummeting. If it can’t stop, it is not impossible for America to confront large-scale social unrest.”
The protest organizers say they plan to occupy Wall Street for a couple months. But according to Bloomberg -- already -- on Day 2 -- their numbers had dwindled to a few hundred Sunday.
BY VICTORIA CRAIG
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They’re fed up! And they want everyone to know it.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining momentum and has analysts and pundits asking: is Occupy Wall Street the new Tea Party of the left?
“Ever since the dawn of the Tea Party, liberal activists have yearned for a revolution of their own.” (CNN)
“They feel like this is bringing light into the left -- essentially bringing people excited and energized.” (Wall Street Journal)
“The liberal media seized on the moment, possibly trying to make it their Tea Party moment.” (Fox News)
And conservatives like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor say they're concerned.
“I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country.” (CSPAN)
Adding fuel to the already blazing fire, politicians and celebrities are beginning to show their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Politico reports the movement has been gaining increasing attention from the media as well.
“Coverage of the protests in the mainstream media has gotten progressively more serious. The New York Times’s initial review of the protest was a bit sneering, accusing them of trying to ‘pantomime progressivism.’ But by Thursday, sarcasm about the protests seemed to have gone a bit out of fashion.”
Everywhere except here:
“These are mostly college kids, okay? Most of them live off their parents. All dressed in protester sheets. Whipping it up. These protesters and knit caps and alpaca dirty pullovers.”
But when the Tea Party started getting national attention -- liberal critics echoed the same sentiment.
“Sometimes I really think this whole Tea Party thing is just an elaborate practical joke that everybody else is just pretending to take seriously and then one day when I’ve almost had enough, they’re all going to say ‘Surprise, it was just a gag!’”
Finally, an analyst on MSNBC sees parallels between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, but says the liberal movement has work to do before it can see the same s
“They’re still having trouble articulating specifically what they’re fighting for beyond, for instance, decrying that corporations quote have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ health care and pay.”
BY LEXA DECKERT
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Occupy Wall Street may have started small, but now it spans the globe. ABC has details...
REPORTER: “...protests in Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts and Oregon -- and the message being translated around the globe. In Tokyo protesters are fighting inequality. Filipino demonstrators cried ‘US troops out now,’ and about 300 Australians chanted the cry that started on Wall Street.”
PROTESTER: “We are the 99%!”
Anger at what protests call corporate greed and political complacency is the common thread -- but other grievances vary from place to place. The Telegraph talks to one protester in Japan...
“I’m obviously against social disparity and poverty just like with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and I’m interested in the subject. But our more pressing issues are against nuclear power and Trans-Pacific partnership and that’s our main message.”
And in London -- demonstrators are protesting bank bailouts and “corporate greed.” CNBC reports...
“A crowd of a few thousand protesters … noisily gathered outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London on Saturday, less than 100 meters away from the London Stock Exchange. … Protesters ... carried placards reading, ‘If voting could change anything, it would be illegal,’ and ‘Bankers got a bailout, we got sold-out...’”
A writer for the Washington Post says the fact these protests aren’t going away, and are actually spreading, could be a troubling sign.
“What worries me is the echo of the 1930s, a similar period of economic change and dislocation. When the traditional business and political leaders seemed to have failed during the downturn of the ’30s, populist indignation veered sharply right and left -- toward dangerous movements that expressed national indignation at the point of a gun.”
According to the Occupy Wall Street Web site, demonstrations will continue until they achieve their goals.
“United in one voice... it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us. On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen. It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.”
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BY RICHARD LAYCOCK
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been infiltrated. The group reportedly has a “mole problem” according to WCBS.
“It seems the FBI and NYPD are getting help in monitoring Occupy Wall Street. Published reports say security consultant, Thomas Ryan, has been secretly attending Occupy Wall Street meetings; monitoring the social media accounts and passing information along to law enforcement agencies.”
One other person has gotten ahold of that information. Big Journalism blogger Andrew Breitbart.
The Daily Mail reports...
“From Thomas Ryan: Andrew Breitbart has a cache of 3,900 e-mails from the political operatives who created the ‘spontaneous’ Occupy Everything.”
So, what’s the implication of these leaked mails? Gawker spoke with Ryan who alleges a conspiratorial who’s who of participants.
“I know which of them are Anonymous members, who aren't and what they do and their alter-egos,” he said…
…in a blog post that he had seen Occupy Wall Street posts on the Al Qaeda recruitment forum Shamuk and Al-Jahad…
But Gawker follows this with…
“While it's true that members of Anonymous have been involved in the protests … Ryan couldn't prove how the group was exercising control over the generally disorganized Occupy Wall Street protests.”
Alternet comments on the accusations made about Occupy Everything, by both Ryan and Breitbart.
“It’s not bad enough that right-wing media have attempted to portray the Occupy Movement as dirty hippies, lazy freeloaders, ignorant dupes, leftist traitors, godless heathens...Breitbart is adding Al-Qaeda terrorists to this list. If it wasn’t so dangerously provocative it would be moderately humorous.”
Ryan tries to justify what he is doing in a blog post for Big Government...
“We are sharing the email archive because we believe the public needs to know the hidden agendas behind the Occupation–the socialist, anarchist, and other agendas that have not been reported in the mainstream media.”
The release of these files has done nothing to stop the spread of the movement-- according to the Washington Post. On Saturday more than 900 cities across the globe held demonstrations; in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.
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Dan's thoughts on Occupy Wall Street.
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Dan's thoughts on Occupy Wall Street.
*******www.theresident**** - You know I wouldn't be doing my thing if I didn't have a little fun, but in all seriousness, I very much am in support of what these folks are doing.
Dont watch Erin Burnett on CNN that is she is sooo out of touch with people and society ! And reminds me of nothing but an air head !
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