Day 10 of the Occupy Wall Street Protests

by: Heather on 09/26/2011
Posted in: Activism

... but if you want to see coverage of this major event don't look to CNN or other major North American news media. You can read about it on overseas sites, such as the Guardian or Al Jazeera. You can also search online for Democracy Now's coverage, or spend some time on social media such as Facebook, where the story is spreading like wildfire among like-minded folks.

Some of the more disturbing reports allege excessive police violence, including the pepper spraying of protesters at close range.

Noam Chomsky has publicly expressed his support for the protest, writing in a message to Occupy Wall Street:

 “Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street -- financial institutions generally -- has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called "a precariat" -- seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity -- not only too big to fail, but also "too big to jail."…”

The website maintained as a communication hub for the protest defines Occupy Wall Street as a "leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. 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%."

This is Democracy Now's most recent report:


If you can't join the protests, at least help spread the word - in your social circles, online, however you can. If you want to help in more concrete ways (donations, supplies, etc.), the Occupy Wall Street webpage has the lowdown.


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