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caltrek2

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 6:35 pm

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/30/inside_occupy_wall_st_a_tour


PATRICK BYRNE: My name is Patrick Byrne. I am 23 years old. I’m from Tucson, Arizona although I live in Bed-Stuy until I can’t pay for it anymore, which is next month and then I’m officially moved in here. I’m on the Press Relations Working Group right here at Occupy Wall Street. I think there is a very real sense in this country, and there has been for a long time, that things are not working. We have right now an 80% of the country thinks we’re on the wrong track. We have only a 15% approval rating of Congress. Those numbers aren’t acceptable. People are coming out here to voice their disapproval with the system and to voice themselves in a direct, democratic fashion. It is really refreshing for people to have a voice, and it’s really refreshing for people to think they can affect change in this system that essentially has made it so only 1% of the population are citizens.


MARISA HOLMES: My name is Marisa Holmes and I have been with the New York General Assembly from the beginning. Basically, every night we have an occupation here of 200 to 300 people a night sleeping and organizing themselves. We have a Food Committee, Medic Team, Legal Team—a couple of different Media Teams working. Really it is about self organization, participation, and democratic process.


MIKE BURKE: What keeps you coming back every single night?


MARISA HOLMES: Incredible momentum and support I’ve been getting from around the world. We have an Occupy Chicago, an Occupy L.A., an Occupy Milwaukee, an Occupy Atlanta, an Occupy Tampa. It is crazy. We have international support from Spain, Greece, Egypt, Tunisia. So, hearing all of their stories and their actions, and realizing that this is a global movement keeps me coming back.


MIKE BURKE: The protest movement and Occupy Wall Street received a significant boost this week when one of the city’s major unions voted to endorse the occupation.


JACKIE DI SALVO: My name is Jackie Di Salvo. I am an English professor at the City University of New York at Baruch College in the Graduate Center. The Transit Workers Union, which is the most militant public-sector union in this city, which is the one union that has had the guts to break the Taylor Law, which is an anti-strike law and strike, and suffered great penalties for it, they endorsed Occupy Wall Street today. Tomorrow at 5:30, there is a rally at one Police Plaza organized by many rank-and-file trade unionists from my union, the Professional Staff Congress, to condemn the police brutality and harassment. At the end of that rally, they’re going to march to Occupy Wall Street. I have to say that this is a working class group, by and large. They’re describe as middle-class in the press, but a lot of these young people are unemployed, underemployed, underpaid, working a couple of part-time jobs, so they identify very easily with the labor movement. Many of them wish they had a union.


MIKE BURKE: Let’s take a quick tour of Liberty Plaza, the home of the Occupy Wall Street movement. For the past two weeks, the media center here at Occupy Wall Street has been the way the protesters have gotten word out to the rest of the country and the world. Over here is the food area. Hundreds of people here have been eating donated food every day: muffins, apples, power bars. They have been serving three meals a day to the hundreds of protesters who have been camping out here. Tents are spread throughout this part of Liberty Plaza. Protesters are preparing to spend another night, the 13th night in a row inside this park, as part of Occupy Wall Street. The Police have barred the use of tents, but it has not stopped protesters from staying here even in the rain and the cold. On the northern end of Liberty Plaza space has been set aside for protesters to make homemade posters. Some of them read: "You are the 99%,” “System Change. Not Climate Change,” “Wall Street Bonuses = Money From Crime.”


THEO VINCENT: My name is Theo Vincent. I am an artist, dancer, actor, model, songwriter, singer. You name it; I do it. I’m basically here because I am fighting for my family and my friends, I’m fighting for everybody who’s going through the same thing we have gone through over the last couple of years. There’s a certain 1% that has taken everything from us. They’re not even looking out for us. They’re supporting our politicians; our politicians support them. There has to be an end. There has to be restrictions on these lobbyists that buy out campaigns. It is causing us to go to war, and to still be in wars that we should not be fighting. It’s causing us to lose our homes and mortgages to go up. That is what our message is…


MIKE BURKE: Here in the western part of Liberty Plaza, the space has largely been used for small gatherings, for classes, for teach-ins. On Wednesday we observed a class on direct democracy, another one on how to facilitate a meeting. Just hours ago, we caught up with one local professor who just returned from Spain. He was talking about how Occupy Wall Street fits into the global movement.


GERARDO RENIQUE: My name is Gerardo Renique. I’m a professor of history, Latin-American history in the City University of New York. As a historian I see the current crisis and events of the last two decades from a long-term perspective. What we’re going to—I think it is—the consolidation of a particular economic model that it is grounded in the financial sector and a sort of casino capitalism. I do not see in the near future an economic structure that will be creating enough jobs to absorb the number of young people graduating out of high schools and universities. One of the questions that this type of demonstration raises, is the fact that we need to start thinking of a new alternative, one: to come out of the crisis, and I would say an alternative model of civilization.


MIKE BURKE: While the Occupy Wall Street protest has been festive and peaceful, the New York police have arrested dozens of protesters over the past week. In at least two instances senior police official pepper sprayed peaceful protesters. The official, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, is now under investigation.


MICHAEL TRACEY: My name is Michael Tracey. I am a journalist. I created a flyer that depicts Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna on Saturday in a video I think surfaced two days ago, pepper spraying protesters unprovoked after they had actually been given an order by him and were complying with it. He is standing on the sidewalk near Union Square, and the protesters that he had instructed to vacate were doing so. Even then, as there were walking away, he indiscriminately started spraying them with pepper spray. This was caught on video. After the first video, which had surfaced a few days earlier, depicted him just spraying women in the face with pepper spray. When I looked this image I just saw the rage in his face. What really came to my mind is that we can do better than this collectively. Protesters deserve respect from officers and officers deserve respect from protesters. This image belies the mutual respect that should be afforded.


MIKE BURKE: I caught up with one of the victims that was pepper sprayed by Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna last Saturday. I asked her to describe what happened.


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MIKE BURKE: This Saturday will mark the beginning of the third week of the Occupy Wall Street protest. A major demonstration is scheduled here in the Financial District and lower Manhattan. Protesters say they’re planning to stay here indefinitely and hope that Occupy Wall Street inspires similar protests across the country.


FRANCES FOX PIVEN: I teach at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. I am here because I am so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this sit-in, over the marches that are occurring over postal worker issues, the sister demonstrations that are starting in Chicago and Los Angeles, and maybe in Boston. I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States. None of us know. I study movements. None of us know the exact formula for when those movements erupt, but it could be. And if that is true, then these people who are here are really wonderful. I would do anything to help them.

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 6:40 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:21 pm

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>So, I'm going to ask again - What exactly are these people protesting?  I've been down there and even I can't tell.

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They're protesting capitalism - they don't believe that people should be able to have what they earn.


SLagonia

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 7:02 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:40 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:21 pm

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>So, I'm going to ask again - What exactly are these people protesting?  I've been down there and even I can't tell.

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They're protesting capitalism - they don't believe that people should be able to have what they earn.


Except half of them are against The Obama administration, so maybe you should let them in on why they're supposed to be down there.


Honjestly, I think they're just protesting - They're not protesting anything in particular, nor do they have a goal, a platform or some sort of grievance.  They just want to protest and have decided to hurt other people since that's what protesters do, right?


"If it doesn't work, paint it." -Unofficial Motto of the Starfleet Border Patrol -------- "Speak for the unheard, secure the vulnerable, bring light to the dark, fight for those who cannot" -Real motto of The Starfleet Border Patrol

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 7:05 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 7:02 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:40 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:21 pm

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>So, I'm going to ask again - What exactly are these people protesting?  I've been down there and even I can't tell.

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They're protesting capitalism - they don't believe that people should be able to have what they earn.

Except half of them are against The Obama administration, so maybe you should let them in on why they're supposed to be down there.

Honjestly, I think they're just protesting - They're not protesting anything in particular, nor do they have a goal, a platform or some sort of grievance.  They just want to protest and have decided to hurt other people since that's what protesters do, right?

Yea, some of them are probably there just to say they were there.


And there's a lot of people against the Obama administration because he's not communist enough for them.  Even the Black Congress have been out against Obama.


I also had to laugh - some are complaining about Congress, but protesting at Wall Street.


Vicsage

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 7:24 pm

I think what the people are protesting is that they know somethings wrong with our country.  They don't really know what or how to fix it.  They don't think the people in power know and/or care.  And the protestors are frustrated.  People are beginning to feel trapped.  Trapped creatures lash out. These protest will soon die down, but like waves on a beach the next one will roll in.  Probably a little bigger and more intense.  The system is broke and no one in power can or will fix it.  Bandage here, bandage there.  It seems the problems are growing faster then the solutions. 


No response must mean you all agree.

SLagonia

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 7:26 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Oct. 01 2011, 7:05 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 7:02 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:40 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:21 pm

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>So, I'm going to ask again - What exactly are these people protesting?  I've been down there and even I can't tell.

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They're protesting capitalism - they don't believe that people should be able to have what they earn.

Except half of them are against The Obama administration, so maybe you should let them in on why they're supposed to be down there.

Honjestly, I think they're just protesting - They're not protesting anything in particular, nor do they have a goal, a platform or some sort of grievance.  They just want to protest and have decided to hurt other people since that's what protesters do, right?

Yea, some of them are probably there just to say they were there.

And there's a lot of people against the Obama administration because he's not communist enough for them.  Even the Black Congress have been out against Obama.

I also had to laugh - some are complaining about Congress, but protesting at Wall Street.


Yeah, I honestly can't find anyone - Even among the protestors - That can tell me what the protest is about.  From what I can tell, it's about making as many New Yorkers miserable as possible, and throwing a big party...  They're probably all from Boston.


"If it doesn't work, paint it." -Unofficial Motto of the Starfleet Border Patrol -------- "Speak for the unheard, secure the vulnerable, bring light to the dark, fight for those who cannot" -Real motto of The Starfleet Border Patrol

mccoyfan45

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 7:34 pm

Read about this earlier. Sounds awesome, more power to the protersters! On the flip side, I think I'll be avoiding the general NY city area for a good long while; hard to believe it could get any more packed, but it sounds like it just has! I read the protesters use the McDonald's near WS when they have to use the bathroom. Boy do I feel bad for the people working at that McDonald's .

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 8:11 pm

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>http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=MdMGGBX-cTg

>Why is this not police brutality?

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What specfically?


LtPondwater9

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 8:19 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 7:26 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Oct. 01 2011, 7:05 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 7:02 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:40 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Oct. 01 2011, 6:21 pm

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>So, I'm going to ask again - What exactly are these people protesting?  I've been down there and even I can't tell.

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They're protesting capitalism - they don't believe that people should be able to have what they earn.

Except half of them are against The Obama administration, so maybe you should let them in on why they're supposed to be down there.

Honjestly, I think they're just protesting - They're not protesting anything in particular, nor do they have a goal, a platform or some sort of grievance.  They just want to protest and have decided to hurt other people since that's what protesters do, right?

Yea, some of them are probably there just to say they were there.

And there's a lot of people against the Obama administration because he's not communist enough for them.  Even the Black Congress have been out against Obama.

I also had to laugh - some are complaining about Congress, but protesting at Wall Street.

Yeah, I honestly can't find anyone - Even among the protestors - That can tell me what the protest is about.  From what I can tell, it's about making as many New Yorkers miserable as possible, and throwing a big party...  They're probably all from Boston.


 


Go ahead, blame Boston.


The ducks fly at Midnight.

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 8:48 pm

At least at Tea Party rallies, it's peaceful and they don't block traffic and destroy property and trespass and get in trouble with the police.


Yet the Tea Party members are considered "terrorists" by our own government because they support the Constitution.


Tureaz'47

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Report this Oct. 02 2011, 12:30 am

It will change everytihng.


"Keep on Keeping on!"


The 'true Americans rock.'"


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Let's make the change from here and onward.

Zorf24

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Report this Oct. 02 2011, 7:02 am

i just read a series of articles on them, and each article stated that they have no idea what these people are protesting. i can't support them until i know what they're protesting. they just seem to be fighting for the sake of fighting.

Zorf24

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Report this Oct. 02 2011, 7:03 am

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Oct. 01 2011, 8:48 pm

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>At least at Tea Party rallies, it's peaceful and they don't block traffic and destroy property and trespass and get in trouble with the police.

>Yet the Tea Party members are considered "terrorists" by our own government because they support the Constitution.

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that's true. the tea party gets together and sings country songs and are called terrorists, but these people attack everyone around them and are called peacefull.

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Report this Oct. 02 2011, 9:16 am

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>Good point Bam. But I would not call it peaceful if they are throwing racial epithets around and getting into fights with passerbys.

>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8500HxYv-FE&feature=related

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You need to look at the Tea Party as a whole - not an individual who shows up to disrupt the Tea Party.


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Report this Oct. 02 2011, 9:37 am


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