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Occupy Everywhere - Sept 17th - Day of Rage Against Wall Street and what it stands for!

Wall Street Locked Down - NY Police Arrest Seven #OWSnews / #occupywallstreet

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New York City police limited access to parts of Wall Street for a third day after a weekend of protests targeting financial firms. At least seven people were arrested since the demonstrations began.
The size of the protest, dubbed "#OccupyWallStreet," dwindled to about 200 people early today near Chase Manhattan Plaza, down from 1,000 on Sept. 17.

Four demonstrators were arrested today for wearing masks in violation of a law that bars two or more participants from doing so, and one was arrested for jumping a police barrier and resisting arrest, Paul Browne, a police spokesman, said in an e- mailed statement. Two masked protesters were arrested Saturday for trying to enter a building used by Bank of America Corp. (BAC), he said.

Protesters are urging President Barack Obama to establish a commission to end "the influence money has over our representatives in Washington," according to the website of Adbusters, a group that asked people to occupy Wall Street "for a few months."

Police partitioned Wall Street's pedestrian walkway throughout the weekend, preventing the protesters from gaining a toehold there. Pedestrians were limited today to sidewalks between Broadway and William Street.


The call to occupy Wall Street resonates around the world

[Image: Occupy-Wall-Street-Anti-B-007.jpg]People protest during the 'Occupy Wall Street' rally at Bowling Green Plaza on 17 September.
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On Saturday 17 September, many of us watched in awe as 5,000 Americans descended on to the financial district of lower Manhattan, waved signs, unfurled banners, beat drums, chanted slogans and proceeded to walk towards the "financial Gomorrah" of the nation. They vowed to "occupy Wall Street" and to "bring justice to the bankers", but the New York police thwarted their efforts temporarily, locking down the symbolic street with barricades and checkpoints.

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

Three hundred spent the night, several hundred reinforcements arrived the next day and as we write this article, the encampment is rolling out sleeping bags once again. When they tweeted to the world that they were hungry, a nearby pizzeria received $2,800 in orders for delivery in a single hour. Emboldened by an outpouring of international solidarity, these American indignados said they'd be there to greet the bankers when the stock market opened on Monday. It looks like, for now, the police don't think they can stop them. ABC News reports that "even though the demonstrators don't have a permit for the protest, [the New York police department says that] they have no plans to remove those protesters who seem determined to stay on the streets." Organisers on the ground say, "we're digging in for a long-term occupation".

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET was inspired by the people's assemblies of Spain and floated as a concept by a double-page poster in the 97th issue of Adbusters magazine, but it was spearheaded, orchestrated and accomplished by independent activists. It all started when Adbusters asked its network of culture jammers to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents,


Occupy Wall Street Protest, Day 3: a Smaller Core Fights on

By Jeremy B. White | September 19, 2011 11:17 AM EDT
The protestors had come to lower Manhattan equipped with signs, slogans and the guiding mantra of "occupy Wall Street," but at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday the area in front of the New York Stock Exchange was conspicuously tranquil.

Half an hour before, more than a hundred protestors had wound their way around a maze of metal barricades blocking off the stretch of Wall Street between Broadway and William Street as a heavy contingent of police officers -- some standing stone-faced with nightsticks drawn -- tried to shepherd the crowd.
Chants of "We got sold out, they got bailed out" and a cacophony of whistles and drumbeats echoed off the canyon of financial offices. Protestors waved fragments of cardboard boxes bearing phrases like "Get Your Money out of Government" and "People Over Profit."
But sustaining a multiple-day protest can be hard work -- this one began on Saturday -- and by ten o'clock the protestors were regrouping at nearby Zuccotti Park. The encampment there indicated that protestors, their numbers diminished since a Saturday peak of about 1,000, were not ready to disperse.



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Wall Street Protesters Arrested for Wearing Masks

By DJ Pangburn Monday, September 19, 2011

The Legal Fact Sheet from the NYC General Assembly warned protesters that wearing masks was illegal (an absurd law, no doubt), but protesters defied the warning. And what did it achieve?
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"Where is the intersection between the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness?"

US protesters blocked in bid to occupy' Wall Street


US protesters blocked in bid to occupy' Wall Street

NEW YORK Agence France-Presse

Hundreds of people marched Saturday near Wall Street in New York in a failed attempt to occupy the heart of global finance to protest greed, corruption and budget cuts.
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People from all over the US gather on Wall Street in New York to voice their frustration with the economy on Saturday.
Hundreds of people marched Saturday near Wall Street in New York in a failed attempt to occupy the heart of global finance to protest greed, corruption and budget cuts.
Plans by protesters to turn Lower Manhattan into an "American Tahrir Square" was thwarted when police blocked all the streets near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan.
The demonstrators had planned to stake out Wall Street until their anger over a financial system they say favors the rich and powerful was heard.
"The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99 Percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent," said a statement on the website Occupy Wall Street.
By noon, about 700 people, many carrying backpacks and sleeping bags, had gathered near Wall Street to search for a place to camp amid a heavy police presence.
That was far less than the 20,000 people that the online magazine Adbusters, which launched the movement in July, had hoped to see "flood" the neighborhood for a months-long occupation.
The protesters who did arrive were full of zeal and righteous indignation.
"This is a protest against corporate greed and we come to Wall Street because Wall Street is the Ground Zero for corporate greed," said Julia River Hitt, a 22-year-old philosophy student.
"We are here just to say we are fed up, we are not gonna take it anymore."
The protesters gathered in Trinity Place, some 300 meters from Wall Street, which they hope to turn into the U.S. version of the famous square in Cairo that became the focal point of protests that led to the ouster of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak in February.
"No more corruption," read one sign a demonstrator brandished. "Wall St Greed, New Yorkers Say Enough," read another.
"I will sleep here. A lot of us we will sleep here," said Steven Taylor, 24 a protester who arrived equipped with a backpack and a sleeping bag.
Among the group was Javier Dorado, a law professor from Spain who compared the protesters with the mass "indignant" demonstrations in his country against high unemployment, welfare cuts and corruption.
"This is a global phenomenon that is taking place in Europe and many countries," Dorado said. "There's a war in Libya, there's a war in Afghanistan, there's a war in Iraq and we have cuts in education, social programs," said a masked protester who declined to be identified.
"We know where the money is going! Revolution in America!"
"Where is the intersection between the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness?"
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New York Police Brutally Attack Peaceful Wall Street Protesters (Video)

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As it started to rain last night, peaceful protesters at Liberty Park put up some tarps to protect video equipment. The NYPD used this an excuse to violently attack the protest camp and make several arrests. As the crowd chanted "the whole world is watching," the police came in and brutally threw several protesters to the ground. One of them had a tooth knocked out. Thus far several other injuries have been reported.
Here is a video of the incident:


You can call New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office to demand a statement on this event: 212-NEW YORK (212-639-9695)
"Where is the intersection between the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness?"
"Where is the intersection between the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness?"
Ed Jewett Wrote:

Quote:...The New York Police Department are manhandling protesters, with reports of a tooth being knocked out:

There are also reports that the police arresting reporters, in an attempt to stifle coverage of the event. If true, this would be a replay of the 2008 arrests at the Republican National Convention.

Sam Cohen, a civil rights attorney, is filing suit against the NY Police Department for violating the Constitutional First Amendment rights of the Wall Street protesters in Liberty Plaza.

The NYPD is also using a 1845 law against masks to arrest Wall Street protesters wearing "Anonymous" masks.

Michael Moore is lambasting the corporate media for ignoring the protests. Anonymous also alleges that Yahoo is blocking emails mentioning the Wall Street protests.....

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass

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#Occupy Wall St. demo Sept. 17, 2011. Marchers leave Zucotti Park to attempt to enter blocked off Wall St. At 55 Wall St. they find the wealthy at play and a faceoff begins.

"Where is the intersection between the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness?"
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.

'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters Vow To Camp Near Wall St. Indefinitely

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

They have been there since Saturday, sleeping on cardboard boxes, eating pizza and take-out dinners that were paid for by donations to their cause. There are only about 200 of them left now, though they started out 1,500 strong.
Welcome to the headquarters of "Occupy Wall Street," a place where topless women stood Wednesday morning on the corner shouting "I can't afford a shirt!" while construction workers eagerly snapped photos on their phones. A small group of the protesters wound their way through the streets of lower Manhattan escorted by police officers, blaring bullhorns and chanting "Resist! Stand Up! There comes a time when the people rise up!"
What, exactly, they are protesting is somewhat unclear. When asked what they are fighting, they gave a variety of responses ranging from Wall Street to global warming. On its website, the group proclaims: "We, the people of the United States of America, considering the crisis at hand, now reassert our sovereign control of our land."
Sam Wood, an unemployed 21-year-old, said he was there because he doesn't think it's fair "the way that the rich get more breaks than the poor."
"What I really want to achieve is to educate people about what's going on with the economy right now," he said as he bumped into another protester waving an American flag. "A couple of the ways that we might be able to fix it, you know?"
A barricade was set up to protect the NYSE building as they marched past it. Some people in suits stopped in the street to gaze curiously at the scene in the plaza a strange jumble of people carrying signs, playing snare drums and openly smoking marijuana on benches.
Police watched the proceedings carefully after a scuffle Tuesday that led to seven arrests and one injured protester. Most of those arrested were given disorderly conduct summonses and released.
Four more protesters were arrested Wednesday for disorderly conduct and released.
Ryan Reed, 21, a senior at Rutgers University, was missing class to attend the protest, but his professors are letting him make up the work by writing papers about the experience.
"The enemy is the big business leaders of Wall Street, the big oil company leaders, the coal company leaders, the big military industrial leaders," he said. "I came out here because what I see and what I feel most people in this country see is an economy and a system that's collapsing."
Kaitlyn Leigh, a 21-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., said she is going to move out of her apartment and stay here indefinitely because she's been so inspired by what she's seen.
"It's about creating a community in this liberated space," she said. "It's about having the ability to have people's needs met, whether it be food, clothing, shelter."
Every afternoon, the group convenes at the center of the plaza for what they call a "General Assembly," a meeting during which they map out their tactics for the next day. Forbidden from using a microphone they don't have the proper permits the group got creative.
"What we do is a people's microphone," Reed said. "So the person who's speaking says a couple of words and then the whole crowd repeats it so everyone can hear. It's actually beautiful."
For Reed, at least, an ideal outcome for the situation would be a near-shutdown of Wall Street, with protesters descending upon Wall Street and preventing bankers from getting to their desks. But he realizes that may not happen anytime soon particularly not before he returns to class next week.
"So far we haven't had the numbers to clog the kind of traffic we need to clog," he admitted.
Though the crowd has thinned as the days pass, the group is vowing to stick it out as long as possible. Bill Csapo, an unofficial spokesman for the protesters, said they've gained access to a commercial kitchen and plan to start cooking meals for the group in the next day or two. On Saturday night, people donated $10,000 worth of pizzas.
Csapo, of Cleveland, Tenn., hasn't actually traveled to Manhattan for the event. He got involved by meeting some of the organizers on Internet forums, which is how the whole thing got started. But he said the occupiers a term he prefers instead of "protesters" aren't leaving anytime soon.
"I'm currently unemployed and loving what I'm doing," Leigh said. "I'm going to stay here until the end."
"Where is the intersection between the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness?"
Wall Street Occupation Continues

By Allison Kilkenny [article contains embedded videos]

September 21, 2011 - 9:54am -- "The Nation
" -- Thousands of activists descended on Wall Street this past weekend as part of the #OccupyWallStreet protest organized by the group Adbusters. While the turnout was considerably lower than the projected 20,000 protesters Adbusters originally hoped would come to the event, hundreds of individuals are still participating in the occupationnot of Wall Street, per se, but of nearby Zuccotti Park.
Formerly (and perhaps more aptly) named Liberty Park, the plaza has become home to the activists and the center point of an increasingly bitter standoff between protesters and police. In total, twelve individuals have been arrested, one having suffered a leg injury during the arrest. Activists accuse the police of being too aggressive, and videos have begun to appear online showing the behavior in question.
In the video posted below, officers are shown filming protesters, cuffing them and dragging them across the asphalt, while one young man screams that he can't breathe and needs his inhaler. The onlookers shout at the police, saying "Shame" and calling them "cowards."

While the overall attendance was much lower than original projections, and the ultimate occupation has dwindled even further, those protesters who remain in Zuccotti Park have been very effective at utilizing social media (particularly the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet) to spread their message.
Outcry erupted yesterday when it became apparent that Yahoo was censoring e-mails that contained references to the Occupy Wall Street protest. A sender would receive a message that there was "suspicious activity" detected on their account when they tried to send a message relating to the event. Yahoo later responded, saying the culprit was an overzealous spam filter.
The occupation has also attracted the attention of celebrity activists like Roseanne Barr and Michael Moore. Barr recently visited the protesters to offer words of encouragement.

During his appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show, Moore wondered aloud why hundreds being arrested in front of the White House while protesting the tarsands pipeline, and thousands protesting the behavior of Wall Street, don't make the nightly news.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson expressed his support for the protests on Democracy Now!adding, "We bailed out the banks," and that the country is misallocating funds "in the four wars," the "corporations not paying their share of taxes" and "in the banks."
If a protest is considered a success based on whether its revolutionary spirit proves contagious, then Occupy Wall Street may indeed become a triumph in the long run. The event's official website recently announced that a similar protest is now being planned in Los Angeles.
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