Occupy Wall Street

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Protesters in Knoxville, Oct 2011.

Leftist protest Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing anti-capitalism rally, with beginnings as a small astroturfing campaign on September 17, 2011 in New York City, that spread to various liberal cities and is causing thousands of arrests across the United States.[1] The Occupy Wall Street protesters consist of radicals, anarchists, nihilists, college students, hippies, special interest groups, labor unions and vendors. They dislike capitalism, blame greed, Wall Street and the banks for economic hardship, and have been seen spitting on U.S. Military personnel.[2] The movement was inspired by the Arab Spring protests in Cairo that were organized by the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians camped out in Tahir Square until Hosni Mubarak resigned. Similar 'Occupy' demonstrations have spread to a dozen cities.

The sixties radical and icon of the Left Bill Ayers, who was featured on a magazine cover while standing on the American flag,[3] wrote concerning Occupy Wall Street, [4]

Let’s overthrow American capitalism and the American way!!!

Overview

Occupy Wall Street is a protest attempting to counter the influence of the real grassroots movement, the Tea Party Movement. The protest proclaims that thousands of cities in America will join their cause and that it will spread internationally to hundreds of cities. Many misinformed people see the protests as a worthy cause, with some falsely relating it to the Tea Party.

Occupy Wall Street is neither worthy, nor is it similar to the Tea Party. The Tea Party movement is a collection of concerned citizens that care for future generations, fighting for austerity and an honest national government. Wall Street protesters are selfish, make silly demands, and have misguided rage toward job creators. Over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested during its first month; after more than two years, zero arrests have been made in the Tea Party movement.

Unlike the Tea Party, Obama was quick to acknowledge Occupy Wall Street, offering it credibility and a share of frustration and support. Nancy Pelosi cried upon learning about the Tea Party; she offered her blessings to Occupy Wall Street. Rush Limbaugh argued that this protest was organized by the White House and Obama. Bill O'Reilly says the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters are "far-left loons" and "anarchists."[5].

Other reports indicate that sanitation is becoming a concern for Occupy Wall Street as the park where the protesters camp hasn't been cleaned since September 16 and Mayor Bloomberg indicates that the protests are costing NYC tourism dollars.

Despite criticism a majority of Americans are favorable towards the movement with 29% of those polled saying they are somewhat favorable and 25% saying they are very favorable. 10% rated the movement somewhat unfavorable and 13% rated the movement very unfavorable.[6]

Astroturfing

Reports show that Wall Street protesters are being paid to march. Manufactured, professional designed protest signs indicate liberal money is influencing the protests.[7] A re-branded ACORN is involved with the 'Occupy' protests.[1]

Lack of Direction

Conservatives mock the movement as Occupy Sesame Street, for its childishness. Conservatives know that it's the government devaluing our currency, weakening our economy and plundering money from the next generation -- Wall Street and the banks aren't to blame. Republicans Mitt Romney and Herman Cain have denounced the protests as class warfare. [8]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising email asking supporters to sign a petition in support of the protesters. President Obama said that the movement reflected "broad-based frustration about how our financial system works." [9]

13 demands

The content below is listed on the Occupy Wall Street website by an affiliated protester. OWS has made their intentions known that it is an unofficial post and they do not have an official list of demands. Per their website,


Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Demand four: Free college education.

Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.

Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.

Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.

Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.

Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.

Other Demands

On September 21, 2011, an unofficial list of demands was posted on the Occupy Wall Street website from "the fifth communiqué."[10] The group claimed the following demands.

On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent.

Ending capital punishment is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more wealth than half of the country's population.

Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, four of our members were arrested on baseless charges.

Ending police intimidation is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, we determined that Yahoo lied about occupywallst.org being in spam filters.

Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, roughly eighty percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track.

Ending the modern gilded age is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, roughly 15% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing.

Ending political corruption is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of Americans did not have work.

Ending joblessness is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of America lived in poverty.

Ending poverty is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, roughly fifty million Americans were without health insurance.

Ending health-profiteering is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, America had military bases in around one hundred and thirty out of one hundred and sixty-five countries.

Ending American imperialism is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, America was at war with the world.

Ending war is our one demand.

Liberal endorsement for Occupy Wall Street

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Video Exposing How 'Occupy Wall Street' Was Organized From Day One By SEIU/ACORN Fromt – The Working Family Party, And How They All Tie To The Obama Administration, DNC, Democratic Socialists of America Tides And George Soros, The Blaze, October 7, 2011.
  2. Occupy Boston Protesters Spit On Coast Guard Member, myfoxboston.com, October 13, 2011.
  3. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/August-2001/No-Regrets/
  4. Is American terrorist Bill Ayers behind the current "Days of Rage" protests?, Washington Examiner, September 11th 2011.
  5. WaPo's Wemple: 'Really Disgraceful' That O'Reilly Called Protesters 'Far-Left Loons' and 'Anarchists', Newsbusters, October 8, 2011.
  6. [1] Times Poll of Current Views, Time, October 10, 2011
  7. Big Soros Money Linked to “Occupy Wall Street”, New American, October 5, 2011.
  8. Congressional Dems rally in support of ‘Occupy Wall Street’, Daily Caller, October 6, 2011.
  9. Poll finds majority of Americans aware of Occupy Wall Street protests, The Hill, October 10, 2011.
  10. A Message From Occupy Wall Street
  11. It's Official: Obama Has Embraced Occupy Wall Street, bussinessinsider.com, October 10, 2011.
  12. Nazis and Communists Throw Their Support Behind Occupy Wall Street Movements, Gateway Pundit, October 15, 2011
  13. Al Gore Says He's Cheering On The Occupy Wall Street Movement, The Blaze, October 2011.

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