9/27 - Day 11
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Over the past ten days, hundreds of people have occupied Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan in New York as part of Occupy Wall Street. Citizens have faced down a city that has fortified Wall Street with blockades so corporate criminals responsible for the economic collapse in 2008 can avoid confrontations with angry, passionate Americans. Citizens have camped out and held daily marches in the face of a massive police presence, which has sometimes been very intimidating as individuals have been arbitrarily picked off and arrested. And last weekend, the police corralled them into an area near Union Square and proceeded to make a number of violent arrests; eighty to one hundred were arrested on Saturday. The organizers, who pride themselves in being “leaderless,” have sought to bring together a diverse crowd of various political persuasions.
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Dr. Cornel West has become the third celebrity in the past 24 hours to visit the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park. Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon both paid their respects to the demonstrators earlier today and last night.
Young protesters drowning in student loan debt want to ignite America’s autumn revolt Remember the Arab Spring , and how protesters demanding democratic rights took to social media to begin a massive, widespread protest throughout the Middle East? It didn’t happen overnight but most of those civilian led demonstrations resulted in the fall of Egypt’s regime, which had been ruled by Muhammad Mubarak after decades of dictatorship, the overthrow of the government in Tunisia, as well as widespread uprising in countless others Middle Eastern countries. The same thing appears to be happening in the U.S.
Shock Doctrine at U.S. Postal Service: Is A Manufactured Crisis Behind Push to Privatize? For more information on this issue I highly recommend this diary by joanneleon #OccupyWallStreet March to Postal Workers Protest /Cornel West, Amy Goodman Join Them at Park Another MSM fail: Has this nationalwide demonstration been on the news?
Back in the 1960s, a gang of Yippies, a politicised arm of the hippies led by the late Abbie Hoffman, wormed their way into the tour of the New York Stock Exchange. While up on the visitors' gallery, looking down on the trading floors, they threw US legal tender - coins and bills - at the men below who, when they realised what it was, began diving for dollars. That colourful assault on the money culture took place 40 years ago on August 24, 1967. CNN recently remembered the moment, noting: "Some of the brokers, clerks and stock runners below laughed and waved; others jeered angrily and shook their fists."
As my colleague Karen McVeigh has reported , internet activists who support the Occupy Wall Street protests identified the New York police officer who used pepper spray on female protesters by studying video and photographs posted online. A brief glimpse of the incident, which took place on Saturday near Union Square , was caught on video by one eyewitness – although it was difficult to see exactly what happened until an annotated, slow-motion edit of the same clip was posted on YouTube. Another eyewitness, who photographed the protest for his blog, then posted what he said was a close-up image of the officer's badge . Using that information, the Hacker collective Anonymous correctly deduced that the officer who had used his small gas canister against four female protesters was Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, a veteran commander in Manhattan.
Susan Sarandon at OWS Protest by Public Domain from Livestream OWS Feed. More big news from Day 11 of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Protest in NYC! Susan Sarandon joined the protesters and discussed the issues on the live feed . Liberty Square is still filled with protesters. I'm picking up coverage for Chaz Valenza. He joined the protest and covered it live for the first 10 days.