Occupy Wall Street wins over union backing, more protesters Reporting from New York— In a sign that it is shifting from a loose-knit fringe group to a bloc that could draw in mainstream America, the movement called Occupy Wall Street brought thousands of people to the streets of New York on Wednesday after major labor unions gave their backing to its anti-greed message. The march, from Occupy Wall Street's makeshift headquarters at a small park in the financial district to Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, was the largest since the group launched its movement Sept. 17. At its peak, the crowd of several thousand filled Foley Square and covered the steps of the courthouse across the street as speakers from several labor groups railed against corporate America. "Every one of us is here because of corporate greed," yelled Christopher Shelton, vice president of the regional branch of the Communication Workers of America. "It's time not to occupy Wall Street, but to take back Wall Street." Photos: Occupy LA "Wall Street needs an enema," read one sign.
OccupyColleges (@OccupyColleges) sur Twitter OpESR Occupy Wall Street Newspaper Raises $54,000 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. 17, distributed its first issue on Saturday. Backers on crowdfunding site Kickstarter have picked up the printing bill for 50,000 copies and have already chipped in enough money for a second issue. The New York Times says that at the time of its first issue, the paper had raised more than its goal of $12,000 using the site. "PLEASE KEEP CONTRIBUTING! Resulting pledges have put The Occupied Wall Street Journal in ranks with Kickstarter's most funded projects in the writing and publishing category. SEE ALSO: Occupy Wall Street Protests Sprout 928 Offshoots On Meetup.com Overnight Most Kickstarter backers of the paper receive either a heartfelt thank you or mail delivery of the product. Image courtesy of Flickr Commons, Nick Gulotta Photos: Occupy Wall Street
Views: Why Occupy Colleges? At noon Wednesday, thousands of college students from at least 75 colleges walked out of class as part of Occupy Colleges, which is the collegiate version of Occupy Wall Street. Students are angry and they want to show their support for the 99 percent of American citizens whom they feel are being ignored by our political leaders and fleeced by Wall Street. Given the Arab Spring and the unrest caused by the youth in these countries, is it surprising that America could be on the brink of a College Fall? They are angry about the debt that many of them must obtain to go to college and that their employment opportunities look vastly different from the way they did in the fall of 2007. They are angry that many will need to live with their parents for years after they graduate, and their parents are not so happy either. In 2009, the average college debt for a graduating senior with debt was $24,000. We should not underestimate the power of these “Occupy” grassroots movements.
OccupyArrests Occupy Wall Street Media by Jed Brandt THE FIRST ISSUE IS OUT! So is the Spanish Edition! And as of 9am, October 8th, Issue #2! PLEASE KEEP CONTRIBUTING! Occupy Wall Street is the beginning of a whole new kind of democracy: a bottom-up people's democracy led by the 99%. We want to be the people's media. Future projects include longer editions of the newspaper, bold stickers, edgy posters, colorful palm cards and inspiring flyers. This project is a volunteer effort: every penny you donate will go directly to printing and distribution. Occupy Wall Street Media is not the "official" media of the occupation -- there is no official media!
Nought 101 » Where are the college occupiers? Occupy Wall Street’s academic affiliate, Occupy Colleges, is slow to catch on in Vermont. But then, the notion of “occupying” seems to be at odds with “walking out of class,” the inaugural activity promoted by Occupy Colleges. Of the 75 schools across the country listed in the Occupy Colleges initiative, Champlain College was the only Vermont entry. Students there had the best of both worlds Wednesday: At noon they walked out of class (about 15 minutes before the period ended), and then they occupied the Hauke Courtyard during the lunch hour, chanting slogans and discussing the issues raised by the Wall Street protesters. UVM students appear to be a bit behind the curve, but perhaps not for long. What issues might unite Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Colleges? That’s for students to figure out, but there’s no doubt that many colleges are heavily invested in Wall Street and that executive compensation is an easy target in both venues.
OCCUPY UNITED Wall Street protesters promise to continue - Americas Members of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement have vowed to stay through winter in a park near New York's iconic financial district, where they are protesting issues including the 2008 bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment in the United States. Protests inspired by New York's have emerged in other US cities in recent days, including Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. A group in Boston has taken on the tactics of New York's protesters and on Friday night set itself up in the city's Dewey Square. Activists remained camped out at what they called "the heart of the financial district" on Saturday. "We are establishing our subsection of a national dialogue on finance reform and governance reform," Nadeem Mazen, an organiser with Occupy Boston, told Al Jazeera. Mazen said that the Boston protest quickly drew a thousand people. The New York campaign is based in Zuccotti Park - formerly Liberty Plaza Park - just across from the World Trade Center site. Friday protest
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