By Albert N. Milliron, Editor, Iron Mill Interactive Media
Occupy Wall Street was touted as a “Day of Rage” for for Americans for Month. Hundreds of left leaning websites promoted the protest with abandon, but when the heads where counted , the numbers were less than a Bingo game at the Catholic Church nearby.
Whatever the reason, the left seems unable to get a crowd together to protest the problems of the day. That is unless it is organized and paid for by union workers.
Below we will provide several news and blog sources about the outcome of the Occupy Wall Street “Day of Rage”.
Protesters are gathering on Wall Street today in a movement they call “Occupy Wall Street.”
As of noon, hundreds of protesters gathered at Bowling Green Park in Manhattan, home of the iconic charging bull in New York’s Financial District as they prepare to “take the bull by the horns,” as said on a flyer advertising the event.
“The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%,” said a statement on the website Occupy Wall Street.
According to statements on the website, the movement, an offshoot of online magazine AdBusters, is angered by what it calls the principle of “profit over and above all else,” which it says has dominated not only America’s economic policies, but also the way in which Americans view culture and humanity.
Posts on the website compare the group’s efforts to those used in pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, dubbed the Arab Spring.
“On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months,” one statement says. “Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”
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On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat our one simple demand until Barack Obama capitulates.
‘Day of Rage’ Protestors Descend Upon NY
On Saturday September 17, around 1,000 people converged in the financial district in New York City to stage a nationwide “Day of Rage” or rather “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration to protest capitalism and the influence of money on US politics.
Organizers of “Occupy Wall Street” are a coalition of groups who were inspired by “Arab Spring” protestors in the Middle East. They are calling for a Tahrir Square-like demonstration of over 20,000 to “flood into lower, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months.” So far that number has been underwhelming in New York, but according to PressTv, several other cities are joining in the protest such as Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
Live Blogging #TakeWallStreet – Police Decide to Occupy Wall St Instead
As reported in a previous post, today is the day for Occupy Wall Street, an action that a number of organizers have been planning for lower Manhattan for the past months. Inspired by occupations in Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Egypt and other countries where occupations have taken place, organizers began to put together websites and fliers to promote an occupation on Wall Street. Hoping for around 20,000 to swarm the area, they intended to come setup peaceful assemblies on public sidewalks and be there for a while to call attention to the crimes Wall Street banksters and casino capitalists have been perpetrating against the United States.
Hundreds of protesters descend to ‘Occupy Wall Street’ – Sep. 17, 2011
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Manhattan’s financial district on Saturday in a largely peaceful protest aimed at drawing attention to the role powerful financial interests played in wreaking havoc on America’s economy.
Modeled on the “Arab Spring” uprisings that swept through Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and other countries this year, Occupy Wall Street is a “leaderless resistance movement” orchestrated through Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools. The Twitter hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and #TakeWallStreet lit up Saturday with coordination messages and solidarity tweets. (See CNNMoney’s coverage in photos and tweets.)
Activist magazine Adbusters spearheaded the event, putting the call out two months ago for participants in a Sept. 17 demonstration in lower Manhattan. Protestors arranged to meet and discuss their goals at the iconic Wall Street Bull statue at noon, as well as at a “people’s assembly” at One Chase Manhattan Plaza at 3 p.m.
“The NYPD is aware of various protests and we have planned accordingly,” Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told CNN late Friday.
Watch The Latest Attempt To Occupy Wall Street (On A Weekend?) Live | ZeroHedge
If there is one thing America has had a lot of, it is (failed) attempts to make a political statement by “occupying” Wall Street, although how anyone makes a “statement” on a weekend, when all the trading on Wall Street is done out of Chicago and Mahwah (and not on Saturday), and all the actual capital decisions are made out of midtown (and Shanghai) is a little confusing. Today, Operation EmpireStateRebellion, for whom this is neither the first, nor the last attempt to organize an improvized rebellion, has proceeded with its latest such statement, which will come and go and achieve nothing, as unfortunately the welfare and entitlement society of the US is ingrained far too deeply fo anyone to actually willingly give up on their paper 201(k)s and Social Security benefits, no matter how much of an underfunded ponzi they may be. The only time something, anything, can happen in the US is when that monthly retirement fund, annuity report or Schwab statement shows $0.00 in the bottom line for everyone (middle class that is, the others will have long since converted their paper wealth into physical). Not a second before. That said we do wish them all the best. Those willing to watch this weekend’s gathering of idealists can do so at the webcast (with commercial interruptions) below.