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#1 Joker

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 09:21 PM

Could this be the beginning of the American Autumn?

Do they know it's going to be winter in a few months? :huh:

Protesters in N.Y.C. blast money in politics

(CBS News) NEW YORK - A coalition of groups who say they've been inspired by "Arab Spring" protests against Middle Eastern despots has initiated a large, Tahrir Square-like protest in New York City, in the heart of the financial district.
On Saturday, about 1,000 people converged on Bowling Green Park in Lower Manhattan, near the financial district, to protest the influence of corporate money in American politics. Some will pitch tents with the intention of sitting in for a couple of months.

Organizers of the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstration have called for 20,000 people to "flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months."

The protesters seek to persuade President Barack Obama to establish a commission that would end "the influence money has over representatives in Washington."

Their website is occupywallst.org.

"Something is going to happen Sept. 17 on Wall Street. What it's going to be is up to all of us," Bill Csapo, a volunteer organizer for the event, told CBS Station WCBS.

"I don't think anybody that anybody can look at the political and economic landscape we have now in Washington and not come to the conclusion that the system is broken," Csapo said. "The main focus is the toxic and corrupting effect of unlimited money on the political situation, which would be called a Corporate-ocracy, not Democracy.

"We need to get government back into the hands of the 99 percent, not the one percent," Csapo said. "Right now, the law is currently written for the one percent, and we are seeing an incredible amount of wealth being extracted."

Among the affiliates groups is the 99 Percent Project, whose site advocates for the 99 percent who are "getting kicked out of our homes ... forced to choose between groceries and rent ... denied quality medical care ... working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all.

"We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything."

The original call to occupy Wall Street was put out by the advocacy group Adbusters. NYC General Assembly and U.S. Day of Rage have joined, and similar occupations are being planned for Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.

The hacker/protest group Anonymous also reportedly threw its support behind the Sept. 17 protest, according to WCBS.

#2 Joker

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 12:54 PM

Protest Closes Off Wall Street Roads

A social media-fueled protest against U.S. banking institutions brought hundreds of demonstrators this weekend to Manhattan's Financial District, organizers said Sunday. New York City Police said the protest could cause access to Wall Street to be restricted Monday morning.

Blocked from Wall Street by police, demonstrators hunkered down in tents in Liberty Plaza, with sleeping bags and boxes of food.

"The method of protest that we're using, the purpose is to interrupt the flow of Wall Street," said Joe Sharkey, 30 years old, a free-lance designer from Bedford-Stuyvesant who showed up at the protest Sunday and attended planning meetings. He said Monday was going to be the group's "crucial period."

"We are going to ride and coordinate and communicate," Mr. Sharkey said. "The process takes a long time."

A law-enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said the demonstration has remained largely peaceful. Two men were arrested Saturday afternoon for disorderly conduct; police said they were loitering while wearing bandanas over their faces and yelling about corporate corruption.

The official said police were prepared for the protests, bulking up manpower and closing off streets in advance. Over the weekend, police blocked off entrances to Wall Street at William Street and Broadway to the east and west, the corner of Pine and Nassau streets to the north and Broad and Beaver streets to the south.

"No one who doesn't have legitimate business or live on Wall Street is allowed past barricades," the official said.

While the group has no permit to demonstrate in the area, they are "currently allowing them to peacefully demonstrate," though that could change as needed, the official said.

Street closures will remain fluid Monday depending on if they are needed, the official said.

The demonstration is an outgrowth of an article titled #OccupyWallStreet on Adbusters, a nonprofit anticonsumer organization that runs a magazine.

Groups such as NYC General Assembly and U.S. Day of Rage spent months using social-media sites like Twitter to draw as many 20,000 people to Wall Street. The numbers fell far short over the weekend. By Sunday, there were a few hundred.

The protesters have made Zuccotti Park and Liberty Plaza their home base, where they keep food and sleeping bags and have "General Assembly" meetings about how to present their diverse views to the public.

There is an area for sign-making. Some read: "No such thing as too big to fail" and "Evict the banks."

http://online.wsj.co...1495261236.html

#3 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 12:58 PM

The protesters seek to persuade President Barack Obama to establish a commission that would end "the influence money has over representatives in Washington."



:rotf:

Please, Mr. president.

We see corruption plaguing our political system. The type of corruption with corporate lobbying that got YOU elected. We're asking you to regulate yourself and your buddies to set up more government to regulate the current government that has run afoul.

:lol:

#4 drvic

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:40 PM

Think of all the people that didnt get their vente mocha lattes today because all of the baristas are MIA.

#5 gram-man

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:02 PM

You do realize that 1000 people on Wall St, on a weekend, when no trading is happening, isn't even going to be noticed...right?

#6 u.s.blues

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:15 PM

well...police and the press have noticed already. i have no clue if they will reach their goal of 20k but if they do, then that would surely get noticed by many.

#7 Feck

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:26 PM

from here, 14 wall St.; other than some parade fences, pretty much a non event

a lot of them looked like they would have rather been at the Stone St. Oyster fest on Saturday, but maybe those were just the ones at the back of the march :dunno:

#8 Joker

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:41 PM

I don't see it growing that big or lasting long at all this time of year. They should probably just abort this attempt and try it again next spring if protesting hasn't been banned by then. :coffee:


Some pics and a video.

Got to love the "Swells" partying and looking down on the rabble :lol:


http://www.washingto...p3FfK_blog.html

#9 Bone Daddy

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:21 PM

http://www.politicus...-us-day-of-rage

#10 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:36 PM

The revolution will not be televised. It is unfortunately far too late for effeective peaceful protest.

#11 jg

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:20 PM

I saw this yesterday.

"I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one." - Ara Rubyan

#12 scarfire

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 10:36 PM

revolution is unlikely while the majority living in poverty still have air conditioning, cell phones, cable TV and Xbox.

once those amenities are gone, the entire house of cards topples.

#13 vic

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 05:31 PM

I saw this yesterday.

"I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one." - Ara Rubyan


:rotf:

#14 JBetty

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 06:26 PM

revolution is unlikely while the majority living in poverty still have air conditioning, cell phones, cable TV and Xbox.

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I had no idea that Rand Paul is a boardie. :shocked: