Warning: the author of this essay is not a native English speaker
The “Occupy Wall Street” protest is entering its second week. About 80 people were arrested on Wall Street (New York City) today in the eighth day of protests against faceless conglomerations motivated only by profit.
At least six protesters were arrested in solidarity march for Troy Davis, a man executed for murder of police officer Mark MacPhail – the conviction was based on witness testimony, and seven of the nine witnesses said they were pressured into testifying against Troy Davis.
A lot of articles were written on the Internet about #OccupyWallStreet, so we tried to choose the most interesting of them.
Protesters Converge on Lower Manhattan, Plan ‘Occupation‘
Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — Wall Street firms are the target of a nonviolent demonstration in which organizers say they want 20,000 people to participate with tents, kitchens and “peaceful barricades” in lower Manhattan.
Dubbed “#OccupyWallStreet,” the goal of the protest is to get President Barack Obama to establish a commission to end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington,” according to the website of Adbusters, a group promoting the demonstration. Organizers want participants to “occupy” the area for “a few months,” according to the website.
„Occupy Wall Street“: Thousands March in NYC Financial District, Set Up Protest Encampment
Demonstrators are marching on Wall Street today on the third day of a campaign dubbed „Occupy Wall Street,“ which began on Saturday when thousands gathered in New York City’s Financial District. Inspired by the massive public protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square, hundreds have slept outside near Wall Street for the past two nights. We play a video report on the protest by Democracy Now!’s Sam Alcoff and get a live update from the streets from Nathan Schneider, editor of the blog „Waging Nonviolence.“ We also speak with David Graeber, an anthropologist who participated in the activities. „If you look at who showed up, it was mostly young people, and most of them were people who had gone through the educational system, who were deeply in debt, and who found it completely impossible to get jobs,“ says Graeber. „The system has completely failed them… If there’s going to be any kind of society worth living in, we’re going to have to create it ourselves.“
A Message From Occupied Wall Street
Tonight we were joined by a protest against the for-profit legal lynching of Troy Davis. We are all Troy Davis. If Troy Davis had been a member of the 1% he would still be alive. Together we numbered nearly a thousand strong and marched on Wall Street. The police arrested six of us and attempted to incite violence by splitting the march and boxing in protesters, in spite of this, we remained true to our principles of nonviolence. After the police arrested our members we marched on their First Precinct as phone calls from supporters flooded in, urging the police to release the jailed peaceful protesters.
We stand in solidarity with homeowners across the country and the world whose homes are in the process of being stolen by faceless conglomerations motivated only by profit. We are the 99 percent. We will not let you steal our homes. We will not let you deprive us of a basic right, shelter, so that you can buy a home you do not use. We are here. We are growing. And we will not be moved.
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Last Saturday, protesters converged on Wall Street for a protest against the corrupt heart of the American financial empire. The event had begun with a concept touted months before by Adbusters magazine, was subsequently and unexpectedly promoted widely by the members of the hacker collective Anonymous, and in the end attracted a variety of protesters which didn’t really fit into either mold.
The call to occupy Wall Street resonates around the world
On Saturday 17 September, many of us watched in awe as 5,000 Americans descended on to the financial district of lower Manhattan, waved signs, unfurled banners, beat drums, chanted slogans and proceeded to walk towards the „financial Gomorrah“ of the nation. They vowed to „occupy Wall Street“ and to „bring justice to the bankers“, but the New York police thwarted their efforts temporarily, locking down the symbolic street with barricades and checkpoints.
Wall Street protesters: over-educated, under-employed and angry
Inspired by Tahrir Square, those who gathered in lower Manhattan are keen to mount a more permanent protest at corporate influence in US politics
In the heart of New York’s financial district, the marble and concrete floor of lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park was strewn with untidy clumps of people, gathered in small groups amid a jumble of sleeping bags, mattresses and home-made banners, protesting against the banks and institutions that towered over them.
Big media’s shameful news brownout on the Wall Street protests
What do you think was running in the pro-government, pro-Mubarek newspapers in Egypt back in February, when crowds of unhappy and often un- or under-employed citizens began crowding into Tahrir Square? I don’t know the answer to that, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say there probably wasn’t a lot of coverage of what was happening in Tahrir Square, at least at first. They were probably running cute feature stories about an old-time falafel stand in a changing Cairo neighborhood, or maybe articles on parking problems at the Great Pyramids. They certainly weren’t going to call attention to the elephant in the room that was about to knock over a corrupt and decadent society.
Yahoo blocked emails about ‚Occupy Wall Street‘ protest
Yahoo admitted on Monday that it unintentionally blocked some emails pertaining to the “Occupy Wall Street” protest that began this weekend. The company issued an apology on Twitter, saying that the blockage was “not intentional,” and blamed its spam filters for stopping delivery of emails that contained the anti-Wall Street campaign website OccupyWallStreet.org.
Liberty Plaza Prevails Over Provocation
The sun rose this morning—behind clouds—on a tent city in occupied Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park in New York’s Financial District, where protesters entered their fourth day of encampment. A farmer’s market was setting up alongside the usual food trucks. Although police had already intervened in taking down a tent on the occupation’s first night, the prospect of early morning rain today made many decide around midnight to set up tarps over media and food supplies, as well as to erect several of the tents that had been donated by the rapper Lupe Fiasco to sleep in themselves. This made for some of the protesters’ most trying confrontations yet with those sworn to serve and protect them.While few were yet awake, a motorcycle police officer could be heard saying on his cell phone, “That’s my plan. To have them down as soon as possible.” On the north side of the plaza, where the morning before there had been three TV news trucks, there was now an NYPD Communications Division Command Post truck. In it was at least one officer with “COUNTERTERRORISM” on the back of his uniform.