Monday, October 17, 2011

events | Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street celebrate the first month: on September 17 about 2,000 people gathered in Lower Manhattan and marched up Broadway. About 150 people spent the night at Zuccotti Park an estimated 150 stayed the night and began an encampment. The protest is against bank bailouts, corporate greed, and the power of Wall Street on the government, and the message is “We are the 99%” The non-violent movement is "gaining ground globally, with 1500 protests in 82 countries this past Saturday (October 15)."

“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 courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.”

Noam Chomsky
September 26 2011