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Occupy Wall Street” Protests

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Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City based in Zuccotti Park. The protest was originally called for by the Canadian activist group Adbusters; it took inspiration from the Arab Spring movement, particularly the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo, which initiated the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

The participants of the event are mainly protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns. Adbusters states that, “Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America.” [Wikipedia]
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Samantha Rowling, March 18, 2012

Occupy’s 6-month anniversary rally - Dozens arrested:

This is our spring offensive,” said Michael Premo, 30, of New York, who identified himself as a spokesman for the movement. “People think the Occupy movement has gone away. It’s important for people to see we’re back.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/18/us-usa-occupy-wallstreet-idUSBRE82G0FC20120318

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9RnxFYUHcfY&feature=player_embedded
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Hillary Campbell, Feb. 16, 2012

Occupy Wall Street: Jimmy Carter Casts Movement As ‘Relatively Successful’…

…because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity despite lacking leadership and a unifying set of goals.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/occupy-wall-street-jimmy-carter_n_1281163.html

http://youtube.com/watch?v=CGF2RbA900g
Hillary Campbell
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Mark Collins, Jan. 29, 2012

300 arrested in daylong Occupy Oakland protests

The movement is still not dead. Saturday’s protests — the most turbulent since Oakland police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment in November — came just days after the group said it planned to use a vacant building as a social center and political hub and threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/29/300-arrested-in-daylong-occupy-oakland-protests-786054029/

An exasperated Mayor Jean Quan, who faced heavy criticism for the police action last fall, called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=wtKHGDN8KPs
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Jenny Knuthsen, Jan. 13, 2012

Famed author Chinua Achebe on the Occupy Nigeria strikes

In an interview, Nigeria’s premier novelist Chinua Achebe says that corruption is the root of the current fuel-strikes crisis, and that the only way to set Nigeria on a democratic path is for Nigerians to select better leaders, and to punish those who “steal from the state.”

Professor Chinua Achebe currently teaches at Brown University as the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies. He is the author of the globally acclaimed novels ”Things Fall Apart”, “A Man of the People”,” Arrow of God” and “Anthills of the Savannah”.

Excellent article…
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2012/0111/Famed-author-Chinua-Achebe-on-the-Occupy-Nigeria-strikes

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aoi9ANh0l6c
Jenny Knuthsen
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Nina Dumas, Jan. 8, 2012

Burn! Split! Invest! Occupy Wall Street organizers left with decisions about how to spend their remaining $300,000

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083845/Burn-Split-Invest-Occupy-Wall-Street-organizers-left-decisions-spend-remaining-300-000.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Over the past three months since the Occupy Wall Street protests began, the movement raised a whopping $706,855.91 through online and personal donations… They’re throwing around some rather interesting proposals on how to spend the $300k remaining in their treasury!

Here’s a look back at the money raising machine side of the Occupy movement…

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pZCQo_UnVBU
Nina Dumas
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Mark Collins, Dec. 6, 2011

Police militarization is now an ingrained part of American culture:

Disturbingly, America’s police departments have been moving toward more aggressive, force-first, militaristic tactics and their accompanying mindset for 30 years.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/radley-balko/police-militarization-use-of-force-swat-raids_b_1123848.html?page=1

Outraged by the Occupy crackdowns, some pundits and political commentators who paid little heed to these issues in the past are now calling for a national discussion on the use of force.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_f06VQOkI4
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Phong Ma, Dec. 5, 2011

FINALLY…the elusive answer to what those pesky Occupy Wall Street people want. And it comes from an unlikely place…Kaitlyn Ridel, Assistant News Editor for the University of Dayton’s student newspaper online edition:

The main goal of the Occupy Wall Street movement is to put pressure on government and on society in general to make it unacceptable for banks and large businesses to have an influence on politics. That’s the main goal.

They also want this: “What Occupy Wall Street is advocating is more employment and economic justice,” said Aaron Adams, a senior political science major and legislative aid for the Dayton City Commission office. She says it is important to understand the economic context of the movement in order to make an opinion about it.

It is not about whether you agree or not, it is [about] understanding why they are protesting,” he said. “People have gambled with our money, and ruined the hope for the American dream.”

The movement aims to fight back against the “1 percent” of the richest Americans allegedly controlling the economy, according to the group’s website.

I think that’s a great summary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUXI3O8SAaQ
Phong Ma
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 6, 2011
    Kim Hsu I do not know the answer. But I am speculating for you have posed a valid question. Students not yet corrupted by vested interests have seen what is there to see. Remember media needs the advertisement support of the 1% to exist. So over a period of time they understand what they need to do in the interest of their own survival. Heard of the story of Emperor's New Clothes? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor's_New_Clothes
  • Wendy Bachman Wendy Bachman Dec. 6, 2011
    Hit the nail on the head Srini. What I've mostly heard from the media is that the Occupy movement is confused, unfocused, off-message, and unhygenic. Not once did I ever hear a journalist try to articulate their message in a compelling way. Journalists need to remain impartial…yes. But intellectual analysis/opinion would be welcome from them too.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 8, 2011
    Wendy,

    I don't mind journos taking sides. After all all they have
    a) a job to do
    b) they too have a right to their personal opinions.
    But what they can do to retain the sanctity of their noble profession is to clearly tag news and opinions and refrain from disinformation. And let the readers make up their minds.
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Henry Hamilton, Dec. 1, 2011

Just a few major “Occupations” still going on around the U.S. Activists are already changing tactics and warning of a winter of discontent, with rallies and marches every week.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/raids-wall-street-protesters-shift-tactics-15060328#.TtdVLFZa8dU

The camps may bloom again in the spring, organizers said, and next summer could bring huge demonstrations at the Republican and Democratic conventions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIjfh3qSN8s
Henry Hamilton
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Ayana Helebo, Nov. 30, 2011

Is the Occupy movement slowly loosing momentum?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYKPJaGk0CM
Ayana Helebo
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Wendy Bachman, Nov. 28, 2011

Occupy protesters wear out welcome in L.A., Philadelphia — Wall Street protesters in Los Angeles defied the mayor’s early Monday deadline to vacate their encampment near City Hall, with about 1,000 flooding into the area as hundreds of tents remained standing as they have for nearly two months.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-11-27/Philadelphia-Los-Angeles-Occupy-protest-evictions/51427214/1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTlDPgOr05M
Wendy Bachman
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