Occupy Wall Street began on Saturday, September 17th, at noon in Bowling Green Park in New York City. (photo: Julianne Pepitone)
18 September 11
18 September 11
Today, over a thousand demonstrators began protests as a part of a campaign they are calling "Occupy Wall Street." The protesters intend to engage in long-term civil disobedience to draw attention to Wall Street's misdeeds and call for structural economic reforms. RT America covered the start of the campaign.
As demonstrators converged on Wall Street - with police blocking them from reaching the New York Stock Exchange - much of the news media paid little attention to the protests. Meanwhile, much of the conservative punditry has taken to mocking the demonstrations, with conservative Twitter users lambasting the "hippies" in New York City. CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson labeled the protesters as "profoundly dumb."
Certainly, debates about the tactics and strategy behind an anti-Wall Street campaign are warranted. But in a country where much of the populist energy has been absorbed by a movement that compared expanding access to private insurance to "death panels," it's worth reviewing why Americans and others should be protesting against Wall Street. READ MORE
18 September 11
Most Americans are being kept in the dark about the US Day of Rage by the corporate cable news giants at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC who have imposed a de facto blackout on the protest.
Even though estimates have varied from hundreds to as many as 50,000 protesters flooded into Manhattan and others cities to take part in events around the country to, "nonviolently disrupt the disloyal, incompetent, and corrupt special interests which have usurped our nation's civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to our liberty, lives and national security," the three cable news networks have devoted no airtime to the story.
This is becoming an all too familiar scene. In Wisconsin hundreds of thousands of regular people took to the streets each weekend to protest the theft of their rights, and were completely ignored by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. READ MORE
18 September 11
The day has arrived when #occupywallstreet became a manifestation of reality rather than a meme circulating around the interwebz today. After rigorous organization among Presstorm staff, we came to conclude that there would be little to no mainstream media coverage of this event. As it seems, we were in fact one of few media outlets covering this event and are proud to say that day 1 of this event was peaceful and full of lively passion....
The day began with protesters gathering in New York City near Wall Street only to find that it had been blocked off proactively by authorities causing protesters to (instead of joining each other in solidarity) gather in small groups in various places. It seemed to have continued on this way throughout the day as some groups marched and paraded while others gathered in clusters listening to each other chant and shout. Other smaller groups played music and mingled cheerfully among each other showing support for each of their individual reasons for being at this event. Although this issue is a bit unclear (reading from the live blog tweets versus our journalists on the ground) - either way - Wall Street was in fact blocked off. READ MORE
17 September 11
It worked in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Now, taking their cue from social-media fueled uprisings in places like Egypt and Iran, a band of online activists hopes it will work on Wall Street.
Kalle Lasn, co-founder of the counterculture magazine AdBusters, has taken to Twitter and other websites to help organize a campaign encouraging tens of thousands of Americans to hold a nonviolent sit-in Saturday in Lower Manhattan, the heart of the US financial district.
This past spring and summer saw a massive groundswell of populist demonstrations against authoritarian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East - the Arab Spring of 2011. READ MORE
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