"To the young men and women who are braving the overreaction of local authorities to raise their voices against the corruption and manipulation of our nation that emanates from Wall Street: I say to you that your presence is making a difference. You are exercising the right every American holds most dear, the right of freedom of expression, and with that expression you are finally getting the attention of the nation."
“We stand for the 99 percent who don't have much of a voice in this system,” a young woman named Melissa told me. A recent graduate with “not much in the way of job prospects,” she said she'd never been involved in a protest before."
“We need to bring back Glass-Steagal,” he said, referring to the Depression-era law that created a firewall between investment- and commercial-banking. “It's really ironic that a law whose purpose was to prevent another Great Depression was repealed and now we have an economy that is worse than at any time since the Depression”
“We need a massive investment in infrastructure, in green technology, high-speed rail, things like that,” he said. “We need to abandon or significantly modify these free-trade agreements like NAFTA... these weren't the result of some democratic groundswell. They were written by lobbyists,”
"Going to a demonstration in New York City? Know your rights! The New York Civil Liberties Union has two guides that can help you know what to do if you’re protesting or if you have a police interaction."
"In Florida, a weekend protest drew a crowd carrying signs reading "End Corporate Welfare" and "It is Time for a Revolution." Another protest was planned for Tampa on Thursday.
The nation's largest union of nurses, National Nurses United, said it would join a New York march on Wednesday. And Healthcare-Now, which advocates for a national single-payer system, said it was joining the Washington protest to "demand human needs over corporate greed."
"Ultimately, what’s fascinating about Occupy Wall Street is how big something that small has become. There were hundreds of people in that park, but not thousands. Today’s march might have thousands or tens of thousands of people, but not hundreds of thousands. But it’s growing, and fast. And just as with the tea party, the media are interested in covering it, and the political establishment is interested in joining it. Occupy Wall Street has created a space for some type of populist movement to emerge. What exactly that will look like remains anyone’s guess."
"Well, I think we’ve got to keep the momentum going because it’s impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand, or two demands. We’re talking about a democratic awakening. We’re talking about raising political consciousness, so it spills over; all parts of the country so people can begin to see what’s going on through a different set of lens." said Dr. Cornel West.
"La llamada Community-labor march to Wall Street fue organizada inicialmente por el grueso de los trabajadores neoyorquinos para demostrar oficialmente su apoyo a los jóvenes que protagonizan el movimiento Occupy Wall Street, pero a la convocatoria se han sumado más de 60 grupos que incluyen sindicatos grandes y pequeños tan dispares como el de guionistas de cine, el de profesores, el de mecánicos o el de empleados del transporte público, organizaciones de apoyo a la comunidad negra y latina, colectivos independientes de artistas y hasta el colectivo Moveon.org, que tan importante fue para captar el voto joven en la elección de Barack Obama hace tres años."
"http://twitter.com/#!/jcstearns is tracking, confirming and verifying reports of journalist arrests at #Occupy protests all over the country. We are just getting started but hearing lots of reports. Help me by sending tips and tweets to @jcstearns.
"President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Mike Fishman and president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York Michael Mulgrew explain why their unions are joining the Occupy Wall Street protests today."
"Occupy Wall Street is movement, but it is also a Twitter hashtag, a Facebook page and a Livestream event, which means the protest does not even need a physical home. By one estimate Tuesday morning, "Occupy" events were happening in 147 cities, and much of that is the result of social media being used to recruit the young and the computer-literate...
There has clearly been some fragmentation. On Facebook, the Occupy Wall Street page has nearly 22,000 "likes." Yet there are another 9,000-plus for the Boston page, more than 13,000 in Los Angeles, over 6,600 in Philadelphia, and on and on. It is not clear how many of those overlap.
The movement's official Twitter name, @OccupyWallSt, had nearly 39,000 followers. The "Global Revolution" Livestream channel had nearly 4,000 viewers."
"It may sound counter-intuitive, but there really is no politics in the United States. There is exploitation, oppression, inequality, violence, there are rumors that there might still be a state. But there is no politics. There is only the semblance of politics. Its mostly just professionals renting influence to favor their interests. The state is no longer even capable of negotiating the common interests of its ruling class."
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