sabrina 1's Journal
The American people have decided that it is THEY who are Too Big To Fail!
Sign from Wall Street Protest
The Corporate Media, unsurprisingly, is still Too Puzzled by 'their message' to know how to cover it! Hint for the media, They're Occupying Wall St!
Fortunately for the people the Corporate Media, as it turned out, was not needed. In fact people are coming to the conclusion that this movement would not benefit from the coverage of the Corporate Media with some now rethinking their initial demands that they do so.
The small amount of coverage they did give to this amazing and fast-growing movement, was as should have been expected, distorted. Headlines from the weekend such as Violence Erupts during Wall Street Protests but which should have read Police Resort to Violence Against Peaceful Wall Street Protestors is just one example of why many believe now it is better if they stay away.
The Corporate Media becomes increasingly irrelevant.
City's biggest unions, community groups to join the fight as young amateurs using Facebook and Twitter make more waves than the pros.
A loose coalition of labor and community groups said Thursday that they would join the protest next week. They are organizing a solidarity march scheduled for Wednesday that is expected to start at City Hall and finish a few blocks south at Zuccotti Park.
Some of the biggest players in organized labor are actively involved in planning for Wednesday's demonstration, either directly or through coalitions that they are a part of. The United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, Workers United and Transport Workers Union Local 100 are all expected to participate. The Working Families Party is helping to organize the protest and MoveOn.org is expected to mobilize its extensive online regional networks to drum up support for the effort.
“We're getting involved because the crisis was caused by the excesses of Wall Street and the consequences have fallen hardest on workers,” a spokesman for TWU Local 100 said.
Community groups like Make the Road New York, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Alliance for Quality Education and Community Voices Heard are also organizing for Wednesday's action, and the labor/community coalitions United New York and Strong Economy For All are pitching in as well.
The Transit Workers Union Local 100's executive committee, which oversees the organization of subway and bus workers, voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the protesters. The union claims 38,000 members. A union-backed organizing coalition, which orchestrated a large May 12 march on Wall Street before the protests, is planning a rally on Oct. 5 in explicit support. And SEIU 32BJ, which represents doormen, security guards and maintenance workers, is using its Oct. 12 rally to express solidarity with the Zuccotti Park protesters.
Jackie DiSalvo, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, says a series of public actions aimed at expressing support for labor -- from disrupting a Sotheby's auction on Sept. 22 to attending a postal workers' rally on Tuesday -- have convinced unions that the two groups' struggles are one.
"Labor is up against the wall and they're begging us to help them," said DiSalvo, a retired professor at Baruch College in her late 60s who has emerged as a driving force in the effort to link up labor and the protests. DiSalvo is herself a member of the Professional Staff Congress, which represents teachers at the City University of New York.
"Their fight is our fight," director Michael Kink said. "They've chosen the right targets. We also want to see a society where folks other than the top 1 percent have a chance to say how things go."
Emphasis mine ~
And good news for the Wall Street Protesters:
Zuccotti Park Can't Be Closed to Wall Street Protesters, NYPD Says
DOWNTOWN — Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Wednesday that the department could not bar protesters from Zuccotti Park since it is a public plaza that is required to stay open 24 hours a day.
"In building this plaza, there was an agreement it be open 24 hours a day," Kelly said of the park near the World Trade Center, which is owned by Brookfield Office Properties but operates as a public space.
Looks like the owners did try to have them evicted, but the NYPD does not have the power to do it. sabrina
"Zuccotti Park is intended for the use and enjoyment of the general public for passive recreation," said Melissa Coley, vice president of investor relations and communications for Brookfield, in a statement.
"We are extremely concerned with the conditions that have been created by those currently occupying the park and are actively working with the City of New York to address these conditions and restore the park to its intended purpose."
The Wall Street protesters joined the Postal Workers in solidarity on Sept. 27th. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D.NY) was there for the Postal Workers. It was reported that the Postal Workers cheered as Occupywallstreet joined them and passersby waved and honked in support. You can see video of the even here: Occupy Wall Street Goes Postal
Celebrities added a boost to the protests this week also.
Michael Moore @ Occupy Wall Street.
Amy Goodman (she is the BEST)
All came to offer their support while others, such as Noam Chomsky and Jesse Jackson sent messages of support.
Comedian Lee Camp offered his contribution in his very funny take on the police v the protestors.
Comedian Lee Camp Asks Important Questions About the Police Response to OccupyWallStreet Worth watching. You will laugh, especially towards the end, and think!
Foreign Correspondent, Nick Kristof who has been covering the Arab Spring also paid a visit:
Nick Kristof @ Occupy Wall Street
Along with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges:
Chris Hedges @ Occupy Wall Street
Even Politicians are beginning to drop by:
Gov David Patterson @ Occupy Wall Street
Covering all of it are Keith Olbermann for Current TV, Lawrence O'Donnell for MSNBC, Amy Goodman for Democracy Now. And Russian TV. RT, has done some great coverage also. Thanks also to the live bloggers who are on the ground, The Guardian, even Korean News is covering it, and Al Jazeera. In fact as one protester said, 'there is more foreign news media here than US media.
Gratitude to those who are doing their jobs as journalists. Love them all, because without them, would we even know this is happening?
These are just a few of the events happening just in New York as the protest, predicted by some to have died after the first weekend, finishes its second week of Occupying Wall St. Not only are they still there, despite the police brutality and the naysayers, they have inspired what is now a movement spreading like wildfire across the country:
Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, a hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. As we have followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various live feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a site that would help spread the word as more protests organize across the country. We hope to provide people with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.
What has been amazing to watch this week, is the speed with which the movement went National! The above link is to a site set up by volunteers to try to keep up with the developments in states and cities around the country called Occupy Together. On the right-hand side of the page is a list of the new Protests as the begin to organize. Some of them have already set up their FB, Twitter accounts and blogs and have grown in numbers even as they try only begin to organize.
Their list is only a partial list as it is hard to keep up with all the new groups that are organizing around the country.
This Occupy The Nation is another site which has a longer list and updates as they add states and cities, now up to at least 36 states and many more cities.
Examples of some of the states and their cities that now have groups active:
Los Angeles -- Currently Active 7pm at Pershing Square! 9.25.11 @OccupyLA @OWSLosAngeles
San Diego -- FB
San Francisco -- @OccupySF FB OccupySF.com
San Jose -- FB
Santa Cruz -- FB
Cincinnati -- @OccupyCincy FB
Cleveland -- @OccupyCleveland FB 1st General Assembly: 10/1/11 3:00pm - 5:30pm Willard Park Cleveland OH
Columbus -- FB
Youngstown -- @OccupyYoungstow
Austin -- @occupyaustin FB 9/29 Gen Assembly mtg to prep for 10/6
Houston -- @OccupyHouston FB
Dallas -- @OccupyDallas FB
Lots more at the site, if you want to see if there is one near you
I have been following the Occupy Chicago group since they began. It started out with just one young woman, named Charlie. On the video she put on her website, she said she was so inspired by the Occupy Wall St. protests she was hoping someone would start a group in Chicago. 'I waited and waited' she says, but when no one did, she decided to do it herself. With three friends she set up a twitter page and a blog, and went down to the Federal Building where they camped out on Sept. 24th. It was a forlorn group that night and though I was rooting for them, I was afraid it might just fizzle out.
Instead, it began to grow. Her twitter feed http://twitter.com/#!/occupychicago now has over 4,500 followers going from about 50 when I first checked it out several days ago. The wetsite is here Occupy Chicago
Join the Movement
Welcome to #occupychi Join us in front of the Federal Reserve to let your voice be heard. Greed, Corruption, and the destruction of our democratic process is why we are here. So stand strong with our brothers and sisters in New York and support a new tomorrow that is by the people, and for the people
Maybe if the MSM read the mission statements of the protesters they would not be puzzled anymore about their message.
There are lots more great photos Occupy Chicago Photos
It's been exciting watching these groups grow so quickly and to see how people all over the country are responding and how they KNOW something is wrong, and most seem to know WHAT it is even if the MSM doesn't.
I think Occupy Wall Street and all the other groups should get some bumper stickers made. It would serve two purposes, help fund their efforts and spread the message even further.
Finally, speaking of the MSM, the NYT published this very interesting article today:
As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe
But from South Asia to the heartland of Europe and now even to Wall Street, these protesters share something else: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over.
They are taking to the streets, in part, because they have little faith in the ballot box.
“Our parents are grateful because they’re voting,” said Marta Solanas, 27, referring to older Spaniards’ decades spent under the Franco dictatorship. “We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless.”
Yonatan Levi, 26, called the tent cities that sprang up in Israel “a beautiful anarchy.” There were leaderless discussion circles like Internet chat rooms, governed, he said, by “emoticon” hand gestures like crossed forearms to signal disagreement with the latest speaker, hands held up and wiggling in the air for agreement — the same hand signs used in public assemblies in Spain. There were free lessons and food, based on the Internet conviction that everything should be available without charge.
Levi added “the political system has abandoned its citizens.” He expresses what so many around the world are saying. The political systems of every country now have been poisoned by Corporate Money and they no longer respond to the people.
End Corporate influence on the political process.
Prosecute the criminals who crashed the World's economies.
Bring back Glass Steagal
Hands OFF the Social Safety Nets
These are some of the goals of the protesters but it all starts with 'Ending Corporate Influence on the Political Process'.
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