Not Since The 1960s Has America Been On The Move Of “Occupy”!
How #OccupyWallStreet Is Evolving and Gaining Power
MoveOn.org summed it up this way: “What do the protesters want? A solution to the jobs crisis, corporate money out of politics, fairer tax rates, and policies that work for 99% of Americans instead of the 1% at the top.” But you don't have to take one ...See all stories on this topic »
Victory! Transforming Occupy Wall Street From a Moment to a Movement
Huffington Post (blog)
The question facing the activists is this: Is the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon a moment of protest or a movement for sustained change? Will Rose Gudiel become the Rosa Parks of a new economic justice movement? As I write in The Nation (in the October ...See all stories on this topic »
Is the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement being hijacked by newcomers?
Christian Science Monitor
More people and organizations are joining Occupy Wall Street or expressing solidarity every day. Whether it's an infusion of vital energy or a force that tears at cohesion is up to the movement. By Daniel B. Wood, Staff writer / October 7, ...See all stories on this topic »-Christian Science Monitor
Occupy Wall Street movement comes to St. George?
St. George Daily Spectrum
People gather as Ingela Rundquist talks about Occupy Wall Street and its movement across the country during the first assembly meeting for Occupy St. George at Vernon Worthen Park on Thursday. / Samantha Clemens The Spectrum ST. ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street: Protest Day in Minneapolis
FOX 9 News
by Karen Scullin / FOX 9 News MINNEAPOLIS - “Occupy” demonstrations have swept the nation this week, with protesters turning out by the hundreds or thousands to take a stand against Wall Street. Now it's Minnesota's turn, with Occupy Minnesota ...See all stories on this topic »-FOX 9 News
Life Lessons On Occupied Wall Street
Wall Street Pit
By Larry M. Elkin Oct 7, 2011, 9:16 AM Author's Website The young people who started the Occupy Wall Street protest a few weeks ago are about to learn some important lessons about life in the grown-up world. Lesson One: If you don't have an objective, ...See all stories on this topic »
Anti-Wall Street Protesters Surface Nationwide
MSNBC is reporting that support for the New York-based Occupy Wall Street has gained momentum nationwide. Protests with names like Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Portland, Occupy Chicago, and Occupy Boston were staged in front of Federal Reserve buildings ...See all stories on this topic »
Local Electeds Join Occupy Wall Street
The movement, called Occupy Wall Street, is a sleep-in and moving demonstration around Wall Street that started three weeks ago, and continues today, protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of corporate money on ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street Spin-offs In Houston And Other Texas Cities
Hundreds of protesters march in Houston and other Texas cities to join the Occupy Wall Streetdemonstrations, demanding an end to what some are calling corruption in politics and business. Members of the Occupy Houston movement gathered at Market ...See all stories on this topic »
Wall Street Protesters Disgusted With Both Parties
Long Island Press
Labor unions and others join Occupy Wall Street during a march in Lower Manhattan as they arrive near Zuccotti Park Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) Although their main concern is Wall Street practices and economic ...See all stories on this topic »
Naomi Klein to Occupy Wall Street: Get Organized
Village Voice (blog)
... anti-corporatist books No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, spoke to the protesters at Occupy Wall Street yesterday evening, telling them their movement can follow through on the promises of the global trade protests she participated in a decade ago. ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street - Let's Have a Student Loan Bailout - But We Need to March ...
I'm the most enthusiastic about Occupy Wall Street but I have to part company with it on one of the major grievances. Student loans. I agree that you have been ripped off, but I don't think you should be pinning that particular grievance on finance ...See all stories on this topic »
The Occupy Wall Street movement gathers steam
By Tariq Jeeroburkhan In less than one week, the New Botton Line movement in the US has exploded into a viral Occupy Wall Street and We Are the 99% peaceful uprising against the growing economic injustice fostered by the greed of corporate America and ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street: Interview With Micah White From Adbusters
Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing demonstration protesting against socio-economic inequality and corporate greed in America. The movement was started by the organization Adbusters and has now spread to over 80 cities across the country. ...See all stories on this topic »
The Occupy Wall Street Movement Needs a Clear Set of Demands
I have been awed and inspired by the raw energy, passion and commitment on the streets of lower Manhattan these past several weeks by the Occupy Wall Street movement. These are folks of all shapes, sizes, ages, races, religions, social classes, ...See all stories on this topic »
Eric Cantor Condemns Occupy Wall Street 'Mobs': They're 'Pitting Americans ...
Cantor used part of his address to attack the Occupy Wall Street protests, and he condemned political leaders who are supporting them. "This administration's failed policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation's bedrock principles," he ...See all stories on this topic »
Baby Boomer's Method to Occupy Wall Street
Huffington Post (blog)
Wealth Without Wall Street was released a few weeks before Occupy Wall Street took place. Along with sharing in the protest, I offer concrete solutions for reducing the power of Wall Street. I don't advocate marching in the streets or writing a letter ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street protesters: We hate billionaires, but not Steve Jobs
Santa Cruz Sentinel
"A ripple of shock went through our crowd," said Thorin Caristo, who helps lead Occupy Wall Street's web-based movement. That evening, men and women gathered at computers near him "expressed their sadness; they stopped typing and reflected on life ...See all stories on this topic »
Minneapolis latest site of Occupy Wall Street-styled protest
The Washington Independent
The international AFL-CIO threw its weight behind Occupy Wall Street earlier in the week, urging members to “open our union halls and community centers as well as our arms and our hearts to those with the courage to stand up and demand a better America ...See all stories on this topic »
Does Cain misunderstand Occupy Wall Street?
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) On a radio show Wednesday, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, once again criticized the Occupy Wall Street movement saying that it almost makes him angry to see their rallies. Occupy Wall Street may be ...See all stories on this topic »
Is 'Occupy Wall Street' Obama's Real Jobs Program?
Some of the demonstrators were from Occupy LA, a grassroots group of fewer than 100 people that pitched tents and camped out for a week on City Hall lawns. Those protesters intend to remain another month and may stay until winter, said Cole Gillette, ...See all stories on this topic »
Anti-Wall St. protesters arrested in Calif.
State employee Sarah Tomlinson, 26, took a day off from her job to join dozens of others in a protest in Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 6, 2011, in support of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in New York. (AP Photo) SACRAMENTO, Calif. ...See all stories on this topic »
Michigan State Workers Join "Occupy Wall Street" Protest
A handful of demonstrators began the movement they call "Occupy Wall Street" last month and it's been growing ever since. Protestors have multiplied by the thousands in lower Manhattan. They carried signs reading "Save The American Dream" and "US in ...See all stories on this topic »
AOL News Boss Takes Sides in Wall Street Protest
Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, has become a full-on supporter of the Occupy Wall Street protests — injecting her endorsement of the demonstrations into her media outlets' coverage of the events in ...See all stories on this topic »-
Occupy Wall Street protest comes to Kalamazoo
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - While protesters continue to make their point on Wall Street, right here in West Michigan they're trying to do the same thing. People came together in Bronson Park on Thursday to protest what they are calling corporate greed and ...See all stories on this topic »
Gingrich Says Occupy Wall Street Protests Signal Need To Repeal Wall Street Reform
Now, Gingrich is co-opting the Occupy Wall Street protest to call yet again for the repeal of these much-needed reforms. On CNN's The Situation Room yesterday, Gingrich told host Wolf Blitzer that the protests are a wholesale indictment of President...See all stories on this topic »
Will 'Occupy Wall Street' movement gain political clarity with grassroots ...
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement continues to gain institutional allies, with MoveOn.org, community organizations and some labor unions declaring their support. As AP reported: A diverse group of powerful unions joined demonstrations near Wall Street ...See all stories on this topic »
Google's Lurch to the Left Could Open the Way to Government Control of the ...
American Spectator (blog)
Google has also been aligned with the far left group Moveon.org, blogger Michelle Malkin has noted. Executive Director Eric Schmidt campaigned with Obama in the final weeks of the 2008 campaign and continues to speak in favor of new government spending ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street: Demanding Justice
Terrance Heath, Campaign for America's Future: "Empathy makes casting moral judgments upon others more complicated and more difficult, because seeing something of our reality in them gives them a context - a 'story' like our own, which frames their choices and actions with complexities that bleed over into our stories and those of others. For conservatives like Brooks, empathy in government becomes even more troublesome, because it subverts morality by shielding people from the consequences of their sins."
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It's been a while since empathy — the uniquely human capacity to recognize and share the feelings experienced by others, that science even suggests is hardwired in us — when President Obama included it in the qualities he sought in a Supreme Court appointee, and conservatives from Glenn Beck to Sen. Jim Sessions. So I was surprised to see columnist David Brooks turn the spotlight on empathy again.
However, when I put it in the context of popular and growing movements like Occupy Wall Street and We are the 99 Percent, and even the movements in Wisconsin and Ohio, I was not surprised to see Brooks holding forth on the shortcomings of empathy. The success of these progressive movements constitute a powerful challenge to conservatives.
The problem comes when we try to turn feeling into action. Empathy makes you more aware of other people’s suffering, but it’s not clear it actually motivates you to take moral action or prevents you from taking immoral action.
…Empathy orients you toward moral action, but it doesn’t seem to help much when that action comes at a personal cost. You may feel a pang for the homeless guy on the other side of the street, but the odds are that you are not going to cross the street to give him a dollar.
…Nobody is against empathy. Nonetheless, it’s insufficient. These days empathy has become a shortcut. It has become a way to experience delicious moral emotions without confronting the weaknesses in our nature that prevent us from actually acting upon them. It has become a way to experience the illusion of moral progress without having to do the nasty work of making moral judgments. In a culture that is inarticulate about moral categories and touchy about giving offense, teaching empathy is a safe way for schools and other institutions to seem virtuous without risking controversy or hurting anybody’s feelings.
People who actually perform pro-social action don’t only feel for those who are suffering, they feel compelled to act by a sense of duty. Their lives are structured by sacred codes.
Brooks makes an interesting point in the conservative case against empathy, by first arguing that no one is against empathy, and then arguing why sometimes one should be. He instead argues for strong moral codes that allow "pro-social" action without empathy, driven instead by duty. It doesn't end up with any answers. It doesn't replace empathy, because with empathy comes compassion, and Brooks almost extolls morality driven action that may be void of compassion.
We take care of the poor because we "must." Because "God" commands us to. But it doesn't mean we have to "expand our moral imaginations" (as President Obama put it, in his Tucson speech) and put ourselves in their shoes or put ourselves in their places. Moral judgment like that Brooks favors over empathy allows for a separation between "us" and "them," it casts "them" as "Other," and puts a comfortable distance between "us" and "them." Empathy requires some level of identification with another, and a recognition of some basic degree of commonality.
Empathy makes casting moral judgments upon others more complicated and more difficult, because seeing something of our reality in them gives them a context — a "story" like our own, which frames their choices and actions with complexities that bleed over into our stories and those of others.
For conservatives like Brooks, empathy in government becomes even more troublesome, because it subverts morality by shielding people from the consequences of their sins.
When you are the president in a financial crisis, you have the power to pave roads and hire teachers. That will reduce the suffering of real people who would otherwise be jobless. You have the power to streamline regulations and reduce tax burdens. That will induce a bit more hiring and activity. These are real contributions.
But you don’t have the power to transform the whole situation. Your discrete goods might contribute to an overall turnaround, but that turnaround will be beyond your comprehension and control.
Over the past decades, Americans have developed an absurd view of the power of government. Many voters seem to think that government has the power to protect them from the consequences of their sins. Then they get angry and cynical when it turns out that it can’t.
Sins? Sins, did you say? What sins?
Brooks' moral case for a "do nothing" (or at little as possible) approach to the economic crisis is not only classic conservatism, but fits nearly into the conservative worldview that George Lakoff nailed in his book Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think.
Competition is necessary for a moral world; without it, people would not have to develop discipline and so would not become moral beings. Worldly success is an indicator of sufficient moral strength; lack of success suggests lack of sufficient discipline. Dependency is immoral. The undisciplined will be weak and poor, and deservedly so.
Strict Father Morality demonstrates a natural Moral Order: Those who are moral should be in power. The Moral Order legitimizes traditional power relations as being natural, determining a hierarchy of Moral Authority: God above Man; Man above Nature; Adults above Children; Western Culture above Non-western Culture; America above other nations. (There are other traditional aspects of the Moral Order that are less accepted than they used to be: Straights above Gays; Christians above non-Christians; Men above Women; White above Non-whites.)
Since to participate in the promotion or preservation of immorality is itself immoral, it is a moral requirement to eradicate immorality—through "tough love" if possible but through punishment if necessary—in every aspect of life, both public and private, domestic and foreign.
Put plainly, the better off are better off because they are better people. The poor, the unemployed, the underemployed, the uninsured, etc, are solely to blame for their condition. The have-nots are have-nots because they "have not" the right moral character. The most recent example of this is Herman Cain's recent statement on joblessness and inequality.
Joblessness, unemployment, the economic crisis, the foreclosure crisis. You name it, conservatives blame it all on the sins of "Others." Maybe it's Blacks and Latinos that caused the foreclosure crisis. Maybe its gays and same-sex marriage that caused the economic meltdown. And the over 15 million jobless Americans are jobless because the just are looking and hoping hard enough.
Rounding out this trip through the conservative mindset by way of Brooks and Cain is Ron Paul's recent appearance on The Daily Show.
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'Do you worry that you trust us more than you should," Stewart asked, expressing his concern for unregulated markets.
"When I talk to young people, and I talk to a lot of them," Paul replied. "I say, if we can get your freedom back just remember the decisions you make affect yourself and you can't come crawling to the government for some help. When I make a decision or the government makes a decision, it's for everybody. When you make a bad decision, it only hurts you. So, if you have great faith in people, then you have to say, well, the people are the politicians. And quite frankly, the people I know in Washington aren't capable of telling you what you ought to do."
But the issue to Stewart is one of public empathy.
"Doesn't trusting the people also then accept the fact that people won't let their fellow man be in a position where they fail?" Stewart asked.
It's worth repeating: "When you make a bad decision it only hurts you." It runs counter to common sense. If I decide, starting today, to drive on the left side of the road and to ignore speed limits, that's a decision that's likely to hurt me. But it's not only going to hurt me. Given the certainty that my decision will cause an accident, it will hurt the other party. They could suffer a loss of property, depending on the damage to their car. They could suffer a loss of health or even a loss of life if they are severely injured as a result of my decision to flout "government" regulations that "tell me what I ought to do"; like which side of the road I should drive on, or how fast I should go.
What decision would the other party have made that hurt them? Merely to drive home along the same route they always take, and abide by the traffic laws. Now, you could say that it's their fault because they could have chosen another route, thus avoided me. In other words, It was their fault for being on the road, even if they were following the rules.
But common sense tells you it was my decision that hurt them. The law would certainly see it that way, and my consequences could include a fine and/or jail time for vehicular homicide. Our laws recognize that the choices people make have consequences for other people, whose only fault was doing what they were supposed to be doing. Common sense and the law recognize that situations like these call for accountability.
Cast the same story in the context of the economic crisis, substitute Wall Street for yours truly, and middle- and working-class Americans for the injured party, and conservatives like Brooks, Cain, and Paul essentially say: It's their own damn fault.
Brooks says Americans have an "absurd" idea that government exists to "protect them from the consequences of their sins." But it's the consequences of the sins of others government protects us from, when it works. The reality is that for decades government has failed to protect us from the sins of others who fall into the category of "corporate persons," and that's the source of the anger and cynicism Brooks mentioned.
Steve Benen asks:
Has Brooks ever actually spoken to anyone who’s falling further behind? As poverty rates reach one in six, does the columnist sincerely believe systemic sin is responsible? With unemployment over 9%, is Brooks convinced that all the jobless deserved to be forced from their jobs?
As for the role of the state, Brooks believes the public simply needs to be conditioned — stop thinking government will provide a net, and you won’t be disappointed when government intervention seems inadequate.
The reason that movements like Occupy Wall Street and We Are the 99 Percent have taken off is because millions of Americans have actually spoken with someone who's falling behind. We do so every day. We don't have to go far to find them, because they are often our friends, neighbors and family members. Those of us who are still hanging on in this recession live and work beside others who are in the same precarious position, just a step or two from falling — or being pushed — into the abyss.
That's the reason, as Bryce Covert writes, that the other 99% of us are crying out.
While signs at the protests have many, many messages — from BP to Iran to capital punishment — the affiliated Tumblr, We Are the 99 Percent, exposes what’s motivating people to get on the streets. With over 700 submissions at this point, Americans from all over have been writing down personal stories to explain their frustrations. While those protesting on Wall Street have grievances that are far ranging, those on the Tumblr are almost all sparked by a combination of a few common things: joblessness, debt, and low wages. They are the stories of those who can’t make ends meet. These days, that covers a lot of us.
As spontaneous as these movements seem, the truth is they've been building for a long time. As Andy Kroll writes, they stem from a "decade from hell," for middle- and working-class Americans.
In recent months, a blizzard of new data, the hardest of hard numbers, has laid bare the dilapidated condition of the American economy, and particularly of the once-mighty American middle class. Each report sparks a flurry of news stories and pundit chatter, but never much reflection on what it all means now that we have just enough distance to look back on the first decade of the twenty-first century and see how Americans fared in that turbulent period.
And yet the verdict couldn’t be more clear-cut. For the American middle class, long the pride of this country and the envy of the world, the past 10 years were a bust. A washout. A decade from hell.
Paychecks shrank. Household wealth melted away like so many sandcastles swept off by the incoming tide. Poverty spiked, swallowing an ever-greater share of the population, young and old."This is truly a lost decade," Harvard University economist Lawrence Katz said of these last years. "We think of America as a place where every generation is doing better, but we're looking at a period when the median family is in worse shape than it was in the late 1990s."
That it happened at the same time that that the top 1% enjoyed record low taxes and captured the lion's share of income, isn't lost on the millions of Americans in the other 99%. The 1% took a hit to their stock portfolios when the at the start of the recession, but have since recovered. It's no coincidence that we see America as more divided between haves and have-nots than ever before.
Take a look at a new poll from the Pew Center on People and Press, showing that the number of Americans who think we’re a country divided into the “haves” and “have nots” shot up by 10 percent over the past three years, after a bit of a decline the year prior:
Brooks' column against empathy goes a long way towards making the moral case for the Republican austerity agenda, without coming right out and saying so. That's especially true if you look at it as a moral agenda: one that turns a dispassionate eye towards the people who will bear the brunt of it, and endure a great deal more pain and anxiety in the process
But Americans caught in the teeth of this recession aren't necessarily buying the conservative moral argument that it's our own fault. Elizabeth Warren put succinctly the understanding that moved so many to "occupy Wall Street."
Warren also drew applause for her tough talk on Wall Street. "The people on Wall Street broke this country, and they did it one lousy mortgage at a time. It happened more than three years ago, and there has been no real accountability, and there has been no real effort to fix it."
Young Americans, joined by everyone from airline pilots to labor unions and U.S. Marines (about as far from "hippies" as one could imagine) have occupied Wall Street for weeks now, because they know who "broke" the economy. Americans are occupying Washington, D.C., because they know who "broke" the economy, who allowed it to happen, and who still hasn't done much of anything about it. We have been living with the consequences of "sins" not our own, because our government failed to protect us from the sins of others. Namely, Wall Street.
Americans are occupying their own cities all over the country, because they know in a crisis this big, the scene of the crime is in our own cities, our neighborhoods, and sometimes even in our own living rooms; because we have friends or family who are getting laid off because of local/state budget cuts that state/local jobs cuts that are slowing down what passes as a recovery; because we are or have children who are graduating off a cliff into a jobless recovery and an economy with no place for them; because foreclosures have left our neighborhoods struggling with blight; because the future we dreamed up for our children is in peril.
For all these reasons and more, Americans are taking to the streets. There's a line that runs from the Wisconsin protests, connecting them. Instead of hardening our hearts against each other, the economic crisis has "sharpened our instincts for empathy" and, as President Obama said in his Tucson speech, caused us to "remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together." We have not used it as an opportunity to turn on each other. Instead, a sense of shared struggles has empowers us to demand accountability and justice.
In his opening address to the Take Back The American Dream conference, Van Jones reminded those who were inspired by Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, "You inspired him first." What's happening now — what we've seen in Occupy Wall Street, in We Are the 99 Percent, in the protests in Wisconsin and Ohio, etc. — is that we are inspiring each other. We may have inspired Obama again, if the White House's change in tune is any indication. But the real game-changer beyond 2012 may be that we are inspiring each other. The real game changer may be a belief embodied in the Wisconsin protests, theAmerican Dream movement, and Occupy Wall street, not only that — as Van said — "something can be done," but that we can make it happen.
Occupy Austin protestors spent a second day outside city hall today to express their grievances about issues ranging from socioeconomic stratification to the role of money in the political process. Demonstrators say they plan to keep people there around the clock until December.
Given that Austin is anchored by a major academic institution, we thought an academic perspective might be in order. We contacted Michael P. Young, a social movements scholar in the department of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.
KUT News: You were down at the event yesterday. What are your observations of this emerging social movement? Would you call it that?
Michael Young: Yes, I think it is an emerging social movement. It struck me that what I saw yesterday seems to accord with a lot of what we know is happening with Occupy Wall Street. And things are percolating in Portland and LA and Washington. So yeah, I would call it an emerging movement.
KUT News: You have studied all sorts of social movements. What patterns or trends have you noticed with this one?
Young: I think the thing that’s remarkable about this movement is that it does not appear to be organized by established groups. You have young people, anarchists with a small “a”, a number of socialists of various hues, moving a very amorphous collective action with some very strong grievances and with a very open democratic process that they’re trying to do on the fly in these occupied spaces.
That’s interesting because I think maybe two months ago, we heard a lot in the mainstream press about, “Where is the left?” Where was the organized left and its response to the terrible economic conditions?
A number of people said that organized labor and other established groups would have to do this. It seems the occupiers have stepped into the fold, and they’ve done so without a lot of organizational support, with new media.
It’s very fluid. I think they want it to be fluid. They want the open process. So it’s very hard to predict what’s going to happen. But it does have momentum, which is exciting.
KUT News: And it appears to be fueled by technology.
Young: Definitely fueled by technology. As a social movements scholar, I think about ten years ago, right before [anti-globalization protests in] Seattle in 1999, a lot of people thought that we knew how these things happened and what was necessary to be in place. But I think anyone who tells you that now is delusional or lying.
I think these things are emergent in the sense of being very unpredictable. The Arab Spring shows that. It’s very hard to know what the outcome is and the strength of these movements because they are unfolding.
The Occupy Wall Street started very small and gained momentum slowly and without a lot of established support. It seems now that it’s gaining momentum. I think MoveOn.org endorsed it. Unions showed up on Wednesday in New York in large numbers, which swelled the ranks.
But in Austin, there seemed to be some organized labor presence, very small. A few of the sort of already printed placards of health workers, I think. But for the most part in Austin, as it was at the beginning in New York, it’s a very amorphous network of radicals.
KUT News: It’s interesting because, as you mentioned, this is pretty much a leftist movement, but it did not originate from established liberal groups like MoveOn.org or organized labor. It came from a relatively unorganized association of individuals brought together by social media.
Young: The social media and the internet is obviously a big part of this story. The thing that will take longer to figure out is the hidden networks of activists that have been developing, I really think since Seattle in 1999. I think then we saw them emerge.
Just in Austin, if you think about various places where these networks have been built, and then can be activated at moments like this. Like bookstores like Monkey Wrench Books, and the Rhizome Collective here in Austin, and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.
These are places where an anti-corporation and an anti-capitalist sensibility has been articulated and developed, where young people have very strong resistance to leadership, to organizational structures, a true anarchist sensibility. And they are increasingly networked by social media.
That’s a robust network, a hidden network of activism, that then when a moment comes, and with the help of the internet, can actually emerge and with surprising strength.
How it sustains itself once it does emerge and creates this momentum. That, I don’t think we know.
But I think one of the reasons we had a hard time predicting this is that it’s hard to see these networks, and it’s also hard to predict how social media can activate them.
Our older series of social movements were based on more formal organizations and tracking resources and so forth. This is much more difficult.
KUT News: It sounds like you see this as an extension of the anti-globalization movement of the late-90s.
Young: I’m sure there would be disagreement among scholars about this, but I think it is. It looks that way to me.
Occupy Main Street By Michael Rectenwald 06 Oct 2011 The deregulation, the bailouts, the hoarding, the investment boycott, the austerity measures, the imperialist wars, the political and economic inaction and indifference – these are all symptomatic of the same crisis and cannot simply be attributed to individual character flaws or even to political desiderata. Certainly the system produces the very monsters and policies that the protesters declaim. But their existence and behavior is an utterly predictable product of objective historical conditions.
The world economic order is in the throes of severe crisis, a crisis for which economic or political experts and advisors have no answers at all. The crisis is the direct result of the contradictions of capitalist production and exchange, which have come to a head as capitalists have reached (perhaps temporary) limits in global labor exploitation and resource acquisition. The political establishment is also hostage to the same capitalist crisis. It has nothing on offer for the vast majority within existing conditions, and certainly cannot propose anything beyond them. Reformers have no new tricks left in their bag and the reforms that haven't been enacted are beyond the reach of the system.
The Occupy Wall Street movement represents the long-standing, brewing and boiling over of anger, disillusionment, dispossession, and growing despair of the many millions affected by this systemic crisis. Indeed, the movement represents, at least figuratively, the cry of the vast majority of the nation’s and the world's population – "the 99%." The movement thus contains the germ of revolutionary potential – a potential, however incipient and faint -- to completely overthrow the existing state of affairs and to commence the long revolutionary process of inaugurating a successor social order.
Yet the importance and relative success of the Occupy Wall Street is not due to any program, platform or series of demands, nor to the array, number, or character of protesters themselves. Rather, the potential of the movement derives from the objective historical conditions of capitalism and its effects on hundreds of millions worldwide. These conditions have emerged in the consciousness of workers, students, and the under- and unemployed, prompting action across the country and across the globe, the likes of which OCW is only a recent and growing example.
By the same token, the crisis in capitalism is not due to the character of Wall Street executives, the psychopathic greed of the bankers, the deregulation of the stock market, the outlandish salaries of corporate executives, or the utter ineffectualness of bourgeois political parties. These are all symptoms of the crisis, not its causes. No psychological, sociological or strictly political explanations are adequate to explain the death grip that the system has on the vast majority in the U.S. and across the world. What appears as increased rapacity and seeming utter indifference to the needs of the vast majority on the part of the ownership class and their political representatives is in fact a function of the same capitalist crisis that has brought the protesters to the streets. The deregulation, the bailouts, the hoarding, the investment boycott, the austerity measures, the imperialist wars, the political and economic inaction and indifference – these are all symptomatic of the same crisis and cannot simply be attributed to individual character flaws or even to political desiderata. Certainly the system produces the very monsters and policies that the protesters declaim. But their existence and behavior is an utterly predictable product of objective historical conditions.
Likewise, the political establishment and their mouthpieces either attempt to dismiss the protests as irrational and misguided, or, in the case of the left Democrats and the unions, to co-opt them for electoral and thus dead ends. The political parties will battle over the future and meaning of the protests. But in no case will an alliance with either party or any of their representatives yield any benefit to the protesters or the hundreds of millions that they represent. The political establishment cannot but represent the interests that the movement necessarily opposes.
The movement must utterly reject all ties to the Democratic Party, including its boosters, apologists, ginger groups and union surrogates. These can be spotted by their suggestions and deflections. Do they call on the removal of greed and a character change of individuals, or do they reject a system that necessarily promotes and rewards greed? Do they point to the other political party as the culprit, or to the Federal Reserve, or do they recognize the complicity of the entire political and economic establishment in the conditions that obtain for the vast majority? Do they appeal to and petition the lords and masters for mercy, or do they work to mobilize the vast majority for a showdown against them?
Some Democrats and their proxies will attempt to reframe demands away from systemic change. But progressive reforms will not be forthcoming – because capitalism cannot afford them. What may pass as reform can only be roll-backs for the majority and boons to the ownership class. This is Obama's role precisely—to package as reforms policies that are essentially austerity measures for the vast majority and hand-outs to the corporate class that he represents.
To avoid being co-opted or crushed, the Wall Street Occupation must become Occupy Main Street. It must attract the many layers of the 99% that are not yet literally represented within its ranks. These include industrial but also temporary, piecemeal, service, educational, medical, communications, technical and unemployed workers, amongst others. The 99% must represent a factual, not merely a rhetorical inclusion. The terms must be broader and deeper than leftist reformism, comprehending and including the whole workforce, such as those at the Wall Marts of the world. It must focus on the exploitation of workers everywhere, and their liberation from the lottery-like conditions of the capitalist marketplace.
Occupy Wall Street Arrests; Fox 5 Crew and Protesters Hit by Pepper Spray, Batons --Protest broadens scope 06 Oct 2011 While covering the Occupy Wall Street protests on Wednesday night, Fox 5 photographer Roy Isen was hit in the eyes by pepper spray from a police officer and Fox 5 reporter Dick Brennan was hit by an officer's baton. The protests on Wall Street continued to grow all day. The rallies and their participants are showing no signs of slowing down. In the evening, crowds surged past barriers and NYPD officers moved in to contain the protesters. Officers, many wearing white shirts [although donning black shirts would have signalled a wardrobe more reflective of their behavior] indicating supervisor rank, swatted protesters with batons and sprayed them with mace, video from the scene showed.
Thousands march in Occupy Wall Street protest 05 Oct 2011 Thousands of people waving signs and chanting slogans marched Wednesday afternoon from Occupy Wall Street's encampment in Lower Manhattan's financial district to Foley Square in front of the courthouse to press their anti-greed message. It was by far the biggest march yet in New York since the movement began Sept. 17 and was helped by the presence of people representing various labor groups, among them transportation union workers, nurses and teachers.
The political issues in the fight against Wall Street By Bill Van Auken 05 Oct 2011 The Occupy Wall Street protest, now in its third week, has struck a powerful chord throughout the US, with similar occupations developing in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities and towns across the country. The demonstrators and their demand for social equality have given expression to the growing hostility of millions towards capitalism, the banks and the corporations, and the burning need for jobs, decent living standards and a guarantee of health care, education and other basic social necessities.
'Occupy Boston' protesters set up tent city By Kate Randall 05 Oct 2011 "Occupy Boston" protesters have set up a tent city in response to the Wall Street protests in New York. About 200 people have been camping out overnight in Dewey Square, opposite South Station and the Federal Reserve building in Boston’s financial district... "Occupy Boston" reached an agreement with the Conservancy Trust, which owns the private land where the action is taking place, to set up the camp.
Occupy Philly Takes a Stand Against "Corporate Greed" --Protesters are critical of politicians in Washington and Harrisburg. 06 Oct 2011 Several hundred people rallied outside Philadelphia City Hall on Thursday as part of an Occupy Philadelphia rally modeled after the ongoing protest on Wall Street in New York. The crowd began gathering on Thursday morning and swelled through the noon hour. The event on Dilworth Plaza was a mix of speakers, demonstrators carrying signs, chanting and some musicians. An afternoon march was planned around City Hall, with police on standby to temporarily stop traffic in Center City.
Occupy Wall Street spreads to Philadelphia, 250 at City Hall 06 Oct 2011 Occupy Wall Street-style protesters swarmed Philadelphia City Hall Thursday with messages of anger and hope. An estimated 250 people amassed on the 15th Street side, holding banners, picket signs and props. Teresa Shoatz of West Philadelphia held a poster-board sign saying, "Jail bankers for fraud."
Los Angeles lawmakers cheer on protesters outside City Hall 04 Oct 2011 During Tuesday's Los Angeles City Council meeting, a speaker stood and told lawmakers they were ignoring an obvious fact: "You are surrounded by tents." He was referring to the large group of protesters camped a few hundred feet away, on a grassy lawn outside City Hall. The group, which calls itself Occupy L.A., has been there since Saturday in a demonstration against economic policies that benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans. The speaker, John Walsh, invited the council members to tour the tent city outside. So when the meeting adjourned, several of them did.
Nurses to Join March on Wall Street October 5, Demand Wall Street Transaction Tax – an 'FTT' 03 Oct 2011 National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of nurses in the US – with 170,000 members, will be represented at the Wall Street March on October 5 by contingents including from Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, D.C., Illinois and New York. NNU is joining other unions, organizations and community groups in support of Occupy Wall Street. NNU is pressing for a financial transaction tax (FTT) which was in effect in the US from 1914 to 1966.
'Occupy DC' protesters rally in Freedom Plaza 06 Oct 2011 A couple of hundred social justice protesters launched an "occupation" of Freedom Plaza Thursday, the area's first major demonstration against rising inequality since the Occupy Wall Street movement began last month in New York and spread around the country. Decrying corporate greed, ineffective political leaders and a rising gap between the haves and the have nots in the United States, protesters unfurled sleeping bags and raised tents in the public plaza in the shadow of the White House, vowing to stay indefinitely -- or until their voices are heard.
October 6: Occupation of Washington DC begins (october2011.org) 05 Oct 2011 Starting on October 6, 2011, thousands of concerned Americans will assemble in Freedom Plaza, in Washington DC to take control of our country and our lives. We will occupy the plaza and hold a People's Assembly where we come up with just and sustainable solutions to the crises we face and demand that these solutions be presented and that the people's needs be addressed. [Citizens for Legitimate Government endorses the October 6 events. CLG is building toward Seize DC, spring 2012!]
Bank of America website remains down [Anonymous, why not make sure it *stays* down?] --Speculation swirls as angry customers try to withdraw their money 04 Oct 2011 There is a lot of speculation about why Bank of America's website remains down as outraged customers try to get their money out of the bank following an increase in fees. Adding to the frustration, BofA's home page has an error message and the online service has been slow since Friday, sending thousands of customers to the web to complain and petition the fees.
Thousands demonstrate during Occupy Portland 07 Oct 2011 (OR) The Occupy Wall Street movement hit Portland on Thursday with thousands who spent hours gathering, listening, chanting and marching downtown. (Photo essay)
Occupy Portland's peaceful rally, march attracts thousands --Protesters plan to set up a camp outside county courthouse 06 Oct 2011 Thousands of protestors took to the streets of downtown Portland Thursday afternoon to voice their displeasure with corporate America. The rally and march organized by Occupy Portland is the latest in a series of demonstrations across the country that began in mid-September as Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan’s financial district.
'Occupy Seattle' protesters arrested at Westlake Park 05 Oct 2011 Seattle police arrested 25 "Occupy Seattle" protesters at Westlake Park on Wednesday, hours after Mayor Mike McGinn ordered the demonstrators to pack up their tents and leave. Seattle Parks Department workers took down the tents after the arrests were made. Seattle police reported that they arrested 21 men, two women and two juveniles, both girls.
Occupy Wall Street: Mass Economic Riots Are Now Here And ...
Is Occupy Wall Street going to represent a major turning point in U.S. history? Over the past several years, many people have been warning that we would see.endoftheamericandream.com/.../occupy-wall-street-mass-econ...
Insight: Occupy Wall St, the start of a new protest era?
An Occupy Wall Street protester shouts slogans as he demonstrates in New York City, October 5, 2011. By Mark Egan and Ben Berkowitz NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Paul Friedman met the rag-tag youth camped out near Wall Street to protest inequality in the ...See all stories on this topic »-
Cantor says he's concerned by 'mobs' at 'Occupy Wall Street'
By msnbc.com's MIchael O'Brien and NBC's Carrie Dann The second-ranking House Republican castigated "Occupy Wall Street" protesters on Friday, just as Democrats begin cozying up to the weeks-old demonstrations. House GOP Leader Eric Cantor decried the ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street gets celebrity support
(CBS) Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Penn Badgley are only some of the stars lending their celebrity to the Occupy Wall Street cause. Ruffalo has been using his Twitter account to post news about the rallies and voice his support; ...See all stories on this topic »
Naomi Klein On Occupy Wall Street: 'The Sky's The Limit' (VIDEO)
Naomi Klein had just spoken at the encampment in Lower Manhattan, and she praised Occupy Wall Street for its ability to galvanize people across the country and for its peacefulness. She said that the lack of violence or "broken windows" had forced the ...See all stories on this topic »
A Movie Guide to Occupy Wall Street
As Occupy Wall Street spawns a number of offshoots including Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Colleges and Occupy Seattle, its protestors defy boxes and squares, labels and tags and the status quo. Instead, these groups are a lightning rod for a dizzying ...See all stories on this topic »
Dallas holds 'Occupy Wall Street' style protest
With their nearly one-mile march from Pike Park to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, they joined protests that have sprung up across the country since last month, starting on Wall Street in New York. The "Occupy Wall Street" effort began when a small ...See all stories on this topic »
About 300 gather for Mpls version of Occupy Wall Street
The demonstration was intended to mirror similar protests sprouting up across the country, all of which take inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street protests that began last month in New York city. >Click to the right to see a slideshow of the ...See all stories on this topic »
Talib Kweli at Occupy Wall Street: 'We Have to Grow'
By Eric Sundermann Talib Kweli arrived at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration at New York's Liberty Plaza last night and immediately took to Twitter: "Now this is the New York City I love," he wrote. And indeed, this was a New York City that loved him...
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Occupy Wall Street frustrations are understood, “solutions” are dead wrong
But the nascent “Occupy Wall Street” have expressed their list of demands, which for all of their supposed distrust of government, has a very utopian idea of what government should be — likely enough to make Karl Marx and Che Guevara proud. ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street Organizing Nationwide Boycott Against Banks
In an effort to send a message to big banks, some protestors, who seem to be associated with theOccupy Wall Street movement, have organized an event to remove all funds from banks and into credit unions. Protestors are calling the event "Bank Transfer ...See all stories on this topic »
ROLL CALL: Hollywood Joins Occupy Wall Street Protests
Caption Penn Badgley attends Coach Men's 'Summer Party On The High Line' at The High Line in New York City on June 28, 2011Your Daily Dispatch of Celebrity Shenanigans Celebrity Sit-In: New York's Occupy Wall Street protests got a little more star ...
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Occupy Wall Street and the Nobel Peace Prize
As Zerohedge quotes Art Cashin it's hard to decipher a unified demand or voice of OWS movement, The Occupy Wall Street protest is reminiscent of the scene in the 1953 film “The Wild One” where a young woman asks a motorcycle gang leader played by ...See all stories on this topic »
Is Occupy Wall Street The Real Thing?
Those of you who read this column with regularity know that I've been a little hard on the Occupy Wall Street protesters. As it began, OWS was a disjointed movement, unsure of its motives, possessing no comprehensive demands and eschewing traditional ...See all stories on this topic »-Ology
No Yom Kippur Tickets? Kol Nidre Service at Occupy Wall Street is Free
A group of Jewish activists are holding Kol Nidre prayer services at the Occupy Wall Street sit-in. Services are being held at 7 pm Friday night, across from Zuccotti Park at the plaza in front of 140 Broadway. Here are the details, as written on their ...See all stories on this topic »
14 Ways for Occupy Wall Street to Legitimize Itself in Week Four
Next week will be Week Four of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). 1. Embrace Personal Accountability. Herman Cain went after the protesters this week by saying that anyone protesting should blame themselves for not having a job. If OWS is perceived of as a ...See all stories on this topic »
Statement From AFGE President John Gage on Occupy Wall Street
MarketWatch (press release)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- American Federation of Government Employees National President today issued the following statement in response to the Occupy Wall Street movement: "As the largest union representing federal and DC ...See all stories on this topic »
Portland's Occupy Wall Street demonstrators won't give way to runners
AP PORTLAND — Demonstrators who camped out in downtown Portland in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement say they're determined to stay despite requests from authorities to make way for an estimated 10000 marathon runners. ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street And Media Distortion
Hartford Courant (blog)
By Rick Green on October 7, 2011 8:48 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) I don't know what theOccupy Wall Street protesters really want. They're mad. The love their Macboooks. They don't appear to have jobs. They scream too much. Well. ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street comes to Alabama
The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread across the nation and last night hundreds of people met in both Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama. The cities of Auburn, Tuscaloosa and Mobile are planning events and have created Facebook pages too. ...See all stories on this topic »
Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street
Santa Barbara Edhat
The 99%, as the Occupy Wall Street movement has so eloquently pointed out, are feeling pressure at every level. Here in Santa Barbara, we support the hard work of activists who have brought this national movement to life in our own community, ...See all stories on this topic »
DOWNTOWN: Occupy Atlanta brings Wall Street protests to Peachtree Street
"Occupy Wall Street is saying, 'We will not take it anymore,'" Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said in a statement Friday. "They are saying we must not forget about those in need, about those who work for starvation wages, those who bear their burden in the ...See all stories on this topic »
We Shouldnt Ignore the Danger Of Occupy Wall Street
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Occupy Wall Street is growing with protests across the country. We on the right have had fun making fun of the protesters protesting against capitalism and corporatism while using all the corporate products that we all enjoy, but I think it's time we ...See all stories on this topic »-
Houston Chronicle (blog)
'Occupy Wall Street' movement comes to Prescott
Prescott Daily Courier
The "Occupy Wall Street" protest began in September with hundreds of people gathering in Manhattan's financial district to shine a light on the problems they see plaguing the nation - and catalyze action. It's about people like Bryan, ...See all stories on this topic »
Could Elizabeth Warren Become The First “Occupy Wall Street” Senator
If she receives the Democratic nomination for Senate, which is highly likely, will Warren run as the first “Occupy Wall Street” Senator? Tea Party protests which erupted in 2009 and were sustained throughout the midterm election in 2010 brought to ...See all stories on this topic »-Ology
For some protesters, Steve Jobs wasn't just a billionaire, he was 'beneficial ...
(Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press) - Thorin Caristo, left, a 37-year-old antique store owner from Plainfield, Conn., and Quacy Cayasso, a computer techie, setup and operate live streaming video from the site of the Occupy Wall Street Protest at ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street's Media Team
Columbia Journalism Review (blog)
Those who count themselves among the media team for Occupy Wall Street are self appointed; the same goes with all teams within this community. As I tried walking into the media area, which is portioned off with a three foot wall of suitcases, tarps, ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street Newspaper Raises $54000 on Kickstarter
There's a new newspaper on Wall Street, and it's targeting a very different demographic than the classic publication. The Occupied Wall Street Journal, a newspaper dedicated to the Occupy Wall Street protests that began on Sept. ...See all stories on this topic »
First Occupy Wall Street — Now Occupy the Fed
The New American
Perhaps surprising to some, many conservatives sympathize with the Occupy Wall Streetprotesters because they understand the motivating factors behind the protests: increased costs on everyday items, unemployment, inflation, etc. ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street – The camp organization
New York : Peace group protestors and members of Occupy Wall Street stage a demonstration to mark the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan on Times Square in New York, October 7, 2011. (AFP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand ) Accused of being anarchist and ...See all stories on this topic »
“Occupy Wall Street” arrests – strategic attack
Los Angeles : Protestors sit in the street and demonstrate during an anti-Wall Street protest in downtown Los Angeles. (AFP Photo / Robyn Beck) Echoes from the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests have reached the US capital as crowds march through downtown ...See all stories on this topic »
'Occupy Wilmington' organizers inspired by 'Occupy Wall Street' movement
Occupy Wall Street is a movement that began three weeks ago to protest what its participants see as Wall Street and corporate America's role in the country's economic crisis and how that has affected individuals. The movement has grown from individuals ...See all stories on this topic »
Talib Kweli Joins Occupy Wall Street Protest
By Adam Murphy Talib Kweli lent his leadership and lyricism to the Occupy Wall Street protesters Thursday night in New York's Zuccotti Park. Nearly three weeks into their occupation, the movement has gained strength in numbers. ...See all stories on this topic »
Erin Burnett did not deserve her Occupy Wall Street flaming
The Guardian (blog)
Burnett's coverage of the occupy Wall Street protests in particular has sparked condemnation from other journalists and commentators. Salon's Glenn Greenwald has probably been the most vociferous, describing her as a "spokesperson for Wall Street",...See all stories on this topic »-The Guardian (blog)
Occupy Wall Street Spreads to Salt Lake City
The Occupy Wall Street movement spread to Salt Lake City on Thursday. While much of the state was sitting at temperatures in the low 40s to upper 30s, approximately 300 people were in tents in Pioneer Park. Organizers expect that number to grow ...See all stories on this topic »
Protesters blast Wall Street and war; support OccupySF
San Francisco Bay Guardian
was Tanya Dennis's cry yesterday (Thurs/6) afternoon at a march and rally that drew from the Occupy San Francisco/Occupy Wall Street and the anti-war movements. It began at the Federal Building at Mission and 7 th streets, where protesters will return ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street Protests Sprout 928 Offshoots On Meetup.com Overnight
Occupy Wall Street, which began with a couple hundred protesters in Manhattan's financial district Sept. 17, has sprouted “Occupy Seattle,” “Occupy San Francisco” and several other solidarity events in more than 200 cities across the US The independent ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street Highs -- Penned in Lows
Huffington Post (blog)
Why are citizens of a presumably mature, open democracy, allowing ourselves -- the 99% -- to be herded like so many cattle while the bulls and bears of Wall Street enjoy their gambols to and fro, wherever they wish to go? It's time for us to reclaim ...See all stories on this topic »
ANN ARBOR: 'Occupy Wall Street' makes local stop
By Kevin Doby, Heritage Media The "Occupy Wall Street" protests in New York that have been spreaqding across the country made their way to Ann Arbor Thursday night. About 100 concerned citizens filled the Diag at the University of Michigan, ...See all stories on this topic »
Many Downtown Residents and Stores Chafe Under 'Occupation'
New York Times
Protesters from Occupy Wall Street, who are encamped in a nearby park, have been tromping in by the scores, and not because they are hungry. Stacey Tzortzatos of Panini and Company secures the key to the bathroom, which had been a favorite of the ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street: Beyond the Caricatures - Reason Magazine
By Michael Tracey
Outsiders are criticizing a heterodox movement that they choose not to understand. Reason Magazine
'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread as Obama weighs in – CNN ...
New York (CNN) -- The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are scheduled to go on Friday as the grassroots movement continues to grow, spread to other cities and grab the attention of the president. CNN Political Ticker
Eric Cantor: 'Increasingly Concerned' About Occupy Wall Street ...
By Evan McMorris-Santoro
What does House Majority Leader Eric Cantor think about the Occupy Wall Street movement? Go on, we'll give you one guess. TPM Election Central
Friday fun. Reason.tv visits Occupy Wall Street « Hot Air
By Jazz Shaw
The folks at Reason.tv, ever watchful for important, breaking news, headed down to Manhattan to get a first hand look at the protesters who are currently Occupying Wall Street. (Or at least a park in the vicinity of Wall Street. Or something.) ...Hot Air » Top Picks
Hugo Chavez, Occupy Wall Street, and Double Standards
By Ray Walser
Hugo Chavez hates Wall Street, ground zero for “savage capitalism.” Daily he dreams of bear markets bringing the U.S. economy crashing down. He certainly likes the Occupy Wall Streetmovement. It is tailor-made for advancing Chavez-style ...The Foundry: Conservative Policy...
Eric Cantor | Occupy Wall Street | Values Voter Summit | The Daily ...
By C.J. Ciaramella
Enough!: Cantor condemns 'Occupy Wall Street' as 'mob' | 'Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans' The Daily Caller
Mayor Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street 'Trying To Destroy the Jobs of ...
By Harry Siegel
Mayor Bloomberg fired a warning shot Friday at the city unions who have backed the Occupied Wall Street protests, saying...Runnin' Scared
AFL-CIO President Trumka Visits Occupy Wall Street | AFL-CIO ...
By Tula Connell
More than 800 Occupy Wall Street protests have sprung up across the nation, from Washington, D.C., to yes, Occupy Missoula (Mont.). While Republican Rep. Eric Cantor has called the protestors “mobs,” President Obama said yesterday the ...AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Occupy Wall Street, Steve Jobs, and the Crazy Ones | Mother Jones
By Sam Graham-Felsen
My first reaction to Occupy Wall Street was a sigh. Is the left in this country so anemic, I thought to myself, that we need a Canadian magazine to tell us to protest? It bothered me that the usual suspects—the dreadlocked, bandannaed bongo ...MoJo Articles | Mother Jones
Eric Cantor Calls Occupy Wall Street Protesters A 'Mob'
By Zeke Miller
Cantor said he is concerned by the "growing mobs occupying wall street and other cities across our country," and criticized "some in this town have condoned pitting Americans against Americans." Democrats are seeking to tap into the ...Business Insider
Michelle Malkin » From Obamacare to Occupy Wall Street: A brief ...
By Michelle Malkin
From Obamacare to Occupy Wall Street: A brief history of the Left and rent-a-non-English-speaking-protester. Michelle Malkin
Horrendous! Ann Coulter Compares Occupy Wall Street Protestors ...
By Perez Hilton
You don´t have to believe in their cause, Ann, but these comments were BEYOND deplorable! Check out the video (above) of Ann Coulter speaking with Fox Business´ Eric Bolling about the...PerezHilton
Breaking News: Occupy Wall Street: ACLU moves onto street defending protesters
Teams of New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) legal observers, staff and volunteers have moved into the Occupy Wall Street event Friday to defend the protesters right to speak their minds from heavy-handed police according to the ACLU at noon Friday ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street movement makes way to Roanoke
Friday in Market Square there was song, but no dance at the Occupy Wall Street flash mob. Adam Cohen put out a notice on Facebook looking for folks just like him. “I'm frustrated and I want to say something, so I figured there might be some other folks ...See all stories on this topic »
The Occupy Wall Street Quiz
New York Times (blog)
Last week, amid loud complaints that the Occupy Wall Street protests were being unfairly ignored by the media and the nation's politicians, the media and the nation's politicians started paying attention. And so the gnat-like media buzz of late ...See all stories on this topic »-New York Times (blog)
Occupy Wall Street An 'Effective' Movement, Thomas Friedman Says
As of last month, they're making no effort to stay passive as thousands — referred to as Occupy Wall Street — have participated in protests in New York's financial district, amounting to arrests and frustration over corporate greed and staggering ...See all stories on this topic »
Yom Kippur Service Taking Place At Occupy Wall Street
But at sundown on Friday, the 27-year-old from Brooklyn planned to join hundreds of other Jews at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration for Kol Nidre, the opening service of Yom Kippur that starts the holiest time on the Jewish calendar. ...See all stories on this topic »
'Occupy Wall Street' Blasts Banking Industry -- but Apologizes to Its Own Banker
By Jana Winter The protesters known as Occupy Wall Street may be critical of capitalism, but they still rely on the banking industry to collect and process the donations that they use to feed the troops and keep their rallies going. ...See all stories on this topic »
Cain Calls Wall Street Protesters 'Anti-Capitalism'
ABC News (blog)
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain reiterated his criticism of the Occupy Wall Streetprotesters Friday, saying the groups are “anti-capitalism” and “anti-free market.” “They are not working on the right problem,” Cain said at a social ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street protest to hit the Tri-State
CINCINNATI - We've seen the 'Occupy' movement spread across the United States. Many who plan to attend say they are frustrated and feel the system is broken. Those who plan on transforming Lytle Park into a stage to vent their frustration say there ...See all stories on this topic »
Occupy Wall Street: Reactions From Big Names In Politics, Business, Media
Approaching its fourth week, the Occupy Wall Street has grown from a largely-ignored gathering in Manhattan's financial district to a nationwide network of protesters that commentators, left and right, now can't seem to stop talking about. ...See all stories on this topic »