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5 Oct 2011

Live #OccupyWallStreet Updates

Saturday: 10/8/11
Day 22
ABC: An expedition of protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement is scheduled to hold  a "general assembly" at 3 p.m, in Washington Square Park . Which they describe as an opportunity to recruit new supporters and share ideas.
ABC News reports that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain reiterated his criticism of the Occupy Wall Street protesters Friday, saying the groups are “anti-capitalism” and “anti-free market.”
Connecticut's version of "Occupy Wall Street" had its largest gathering to date Friday as more than 200 people joined an "Occupy Hartford" march through downtown and prepared to camp in a park.
Ben & Jerry’s made the following statement:
"We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity. The issues raised are of fundamental importance to all of us."
The company specified:
  • The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.
  • We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.
  • Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.
  • Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.
  • Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.
CBS Video: At the Value Voters Summit on Friday, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said he is "increasingly concerned" by "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations which began in New York and spread to other major cities.
Opinion from NYT: The Occupy Wall Street Quiz
"If you look at the results, you’ll see a sort of historically familiar pattern: Democrats sympathizing with the protestors, Republicans railing against them and Michael Bloomberg worrying about his city’s tax base."

Friday  10/7/11
Day 21

CNN Tweeted: Press Secretary Carney is expected to discuss the #OccupyWallStreet protests at today's White House briefing.
CBSNews Photo gallery
The Guardian also has a photo gallery up.
Friday Fun: 1% of the population (the cookie monster) eats 100% of the cookies.

Wednesday 10/5/11 Day 19

Washington Post: Who are the 99 percent?
“I am young. I am educated and hard working. I am not able to pay my bills. I am afraid of what the future holds.”

Who are the 99 percent? Part 2

“I did everything I was supposed to and I have nothing to show for it.”

NYDaily Mail reports that approximately $35,000 has been raise by the protesters so far. "Some money will be used to pay bail for arrested demonstrators."

From NPR: The Occupy Colleges movement called for a "nationwide college student walk out" at noon today, their website lists 75 colleges where walkouts are expected to happen.

Gothamist reports that Jeff Mangum played at the protest last night

The NYCLU Tweeted that they are sending a team of legal observers today.

From Politico - Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren came out swinging against the financial industry in her first U.S. Senate primary debate, arguing that “the people on Wall Street broke this country.”

From CNN - Transport Workers Union Local 100 spokesman Jim Gannon says,  'Their Goals Are Our Goals'

The Massachusetts Nurses Association says "hundreds" of the city's nurses will rally with the Occupy Boston protesters on Wednesday.

Protesters have begun publishing The Occupied Wall Street Journal, NYT reports.

Protest FAQ's by The Nation

Fox Footage on YouTube interview with a protester.

The "Occupy Wall Street" protests "appears to be settling in for the long term," NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

Retro: Wall Street Protest, Circa 1967

Tuesday morning 10/4/11 Day 18

Anti-Wall Street protests spread to South Florida
NYT: Wall Street Closes Sharply Lower

CNN:  Demanding Accountability
Warren Buffett: Wall Street doesn't feel loved
Bloomberg: Anti-Wall Street protests spread nationwide
9: 57
Baltimore Sun. Occupy Wall Street protests spread to Baltimore, other cities
CNN Occupying Wall Street, demanding accountability

BBC: George Soros' sympathy for Wall Street protesters
WGA East Endorses Occupy Wall Street Protests
Daily Kos - Three Concrete Demands

Monday morning: 10/3/11
Live Tweeters

  • Occupy Wall Street Protesters:  We Are Americans (ABC)
  • Protesters ask New Yorkers: We need blankets, water and food.
  • Mashable photos
Sunday: 10/3/11

A timeline of the Occupy Wall Street movement: (via MOJo)

Live updates by Alex Akesson