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Wall Street Protest Heads to Washington Square Park

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Several thousand Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to New York City's Washington Square Park on Saturday.

Demonstrators marched Saturday from Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, the group's unofficial headquarters where protesters have been camped out for the last 22 days. The trek was peaceful and orderly.

On Wednesday, dozens were arrested when thousands marched on Wall Street in their biggest show of support yet. Last Saturday, 700 people were arrested after they spilled onto the roadway while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Protesters are speaking out against corporate greed and the gap between the rich and poor. They say they have no leaders and are making decisions by consensus.

Supporters have donated food, clothing and medical supplies. Some drop off their offerings, while others have mailed them.

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Oct. 09 2011 11:11 PM

THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL, published October 8, 2011, is right on the mark: "The message — and the solutions — should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention since the economy went into a recession that continues to sock the middle class while the rich have recovered and prospered. The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening." "At this point, protest is the message: income inequality is grinding down that middle class, increasing the ranks of the poor, and threatening to create a permanent underclass of able, willing but jobless people. On one level, the protesters, most of them young, are giving voice to a generation of lost opportunity." The last paragraph of the NYT EDITORIAL sums it up: "It is not the job of the protesters to draft legislation. That’s the job of the nation’s leaders, and if they had been doing it all along there might not be a need for these marches and rallies. Because they have not, the public airing of grievances is a legitimate and important end in itself. It is also the first line of defense against a return to the Wall Street ways that plunged the nation into an economic crisis from which it has yet to emerge." There's a need for Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and New York State's Members in the U.S. House of Representatives, that they are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with Occupy Wall Street protestors by not protecting the banks and Wall Street and be more aggressive for full employment for all Americans. Here's a huge protest in NYC's and NYS's backyard snowballing and finally attracting mainstream media while our elected politicians in Congress from the Empire State remain silent.

Oct. 09 2011 11:50 AM

I went to the Occupy Demonstration yesterday at Washington Square and came away thinking that these people are an excellent group I participated in demonstrations in the sixties and can't help but to compare the two. Generally My feelings after one day is that the sixties were anarchic, more involved in tearing down an order. Occupy Wallstreet felt to me as more capable of actual long term reform. It felt like a wonderfully populist group. One thing I really liked was that they are aware of how the media can define a movement through the media own leans rather than reporting on a group's true goal. I hope they stay strong in this sense. This is a group that care's about their right to have a good future in this country. That is reality. What the media thinks about you (often wrong and misguided) is not.

Oct. 09 2011 10:35 AM
Barrie Peterson

After expressions of interest by students at two colleges where I teach (Rutgers-Newark and Ramapo College), my partner and I visited OWS in Manhattan Wed.
We were impressed by the diversity, peacefulness, and thoughtfulness of the hundreds gathered in this democratic process. It brought to mind both Tahir Sq. in Cairo and what the pre-Revolutionary "Liberty Poles" or Tavern discussions must have been like in 1774.
I will support this populist movement which, unlike the Tea Party, isn't captured by the deserved target of anger (Big bank/corporate/Wall Street greed and domination of politics) or full of bad history, racism, Christian jihadism and nativism.

Oct. 09 2011 08:06 AM

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