The morning after:
Democracy Now’s coverage of the march and speeches is about as good as you’ll find. They briefly cover other events first in this, then move on to a video of people getting arrested in their tent in Seattle’s Occupy location, and then cover New York’s march.
They report that 75 schools staged walkouts across the nation yesterday, and interview Tomas Reed from CUNY. Also: an interview of Naomi Klein which includes discussion of CNN and other press’ mocking coverage of Occupy Wall Street. Klein also talks about the plan to build the tarsands oil Keystone pipeline and the cozy relationship between the U.S. Consulate in Ottawa and the U.S. State Department
There was a point at which 10 protesters were arrested and police pepper sprayed people in the crowd and beat them with batons. “Journalist Luke Rudkowski was attacked by police Wednesday night while trying to document the Occupy Wall Street arrests in NY. NYPD used pepper spray, batons, and brute force to move protesters away from the entrance to Wall Street after many tried to push through police barricades. Rumors immediately circulated that police provocateurs dressed as protesters were to blame for the incident.”
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Video and quoted write-up are from the site WeAreChange
Here’s Keith Olbermann reading the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City:
Backup link to Keith Olbermann reading the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.
There are more videos and link at the official occupywallst site.
5:51 Central Time
This is likely my last update for the evening. If you scroll down, you’ll see several spots to get live video from occupy events.
Here are some social media updates from Wisconsinites on Wall Street:
From Arthur Kohl-Riggs
“Dozens of thousands of people here, this is beautiful.”
Tweets from HarryWaisbren
-Cheeseheads are getting even more comments than usual. mass motivation from #WIunion at #occupywallstreet!
-”We will fight. We will win. New York, Cairo, Wisconsin.”
Tweets from Jenna Pope AKA @BatmanWI
-Just got done with a live interview with @harrywaisbren on Free Speech TV at #occupywallstreet.
-A dude is handing out free cigarettes to us as we’re marching.
-People also handing out free fruit
-There’s at least 15,000 people in Foley Square near city hall!
-People are loving the cheeseheads! Getting lots of thank you’s and people telling us how inspiring we are.
Tweets from Jenni Dye AKA @legaleagle
=People were asking how to donate to #OWS. They have a link for donations on occupywallst.org – or help in your local community!
-It took less than 30 seconds to get separated from my friends in this march. :-/
-”We are the 99%!” Math cheers. My dad would be so proud. #OWS #p2ny #wiunion
-There are people talking but the drumming drowns out the speakers.
-Apparently we’re fenced in or something at Foley Square. People chanting “hey hey ho ho, these barricades have got to go
-I’m on the fence about Zucotti Park, but this feels like #wiunion. Singing “Solidarity Forever.”
-Marching back to Zucotti Park now
A recent upload from (JennY) of flickr who is in the San Francisco Occupy action
Opinion of Occupy Wall Street beats that of Congress – (not like we have much of an opinion of Congress): A new Rasmussen poll finds that the group enjoys a higher approval rating (33 percent) than does Congress (14 percent).
And here’s the sign for Madison’s Occupy event.
Jenni Dye was interviewed by radio host Kurt Baron today. He asked “Is there a concrete goal you are aiming for? What specific changes need to be made?”
Kurt’s twitter: @forwardwithkurt
A tourist cheering protesters from her bus:
image from @allisonkilkenny
1:10pm Central Time
Laura Flanders of GritTV was down by Wall Street interviewing and then her camera guy was silently walking around taking it all in. I’ll go ahead and embed multiple places to get audio and/or video of today’s scenes. You fmight see an annoying ad at the beginning of some of these, but hold out for the content. There are probably more occupy feeds to be found by contacting one of the 293 occupy meetups. I selected the feeds that were “on” when I came by today.
Global Revolution on livestream-Typically broadcasting New York City content.
Occupy Los Angeles
12:40PM Central Time
Here’s the full list of colleges that committed to a walkout in advance. I see University of Wisconsin-Superior is listed.
I think there are a lot of spontaneous walkouts we won’t know about until later judging by tweets like this one:
My class voted to walk out at noon for @occupyboston. Here at NU rallying in solidarity. #walkout #occupywallstreet”
Here’s a photo from Binghamton University’s Latin American Student Union tweeted by Catherine:
Catherine tweeted these statements from the day: “Banks got bailed out, we got SOLD OUT!!!” and “This is about Wall Street, this is about Corporations!”
And if you haven’t seen it yet, somebody at the Chicago Board of Trade recently put signage in their windows proclaiming they are the 1%. It’s at Chicagoist
Seeing no signs of Madison or Wisconsin walkouts yet.
Photo of a CUNY walkout HERE
I don’t think this next headline is framing the scenario correctly. I think the question is better put “How can the open-minded and radical spirit of Occupy Wall Street be nurtured and not be co-opted by partisan groups?” -anyway, this is the irksome Mother Jones headline I just found:
“Occupy Wall Street, Powered by Big Labor—
Can major unions help grow the fledgling protest movement into a force to be reckoned with?”
They’ve walked out at U of Buffalo. A very brief video of some noisy chanting:
And here’s a photo of a teach-in in progress:
Where UBSpectrum says they’re saying: “Education should be for everybody!”
The facebook event for New York City’s COMMUNITY/LABOR MARCH TO WALL ST.
Seeing signs of walkouts on the East coast on twitter but much of it is this stuff at the moment: “OccupyNC Anonymous
TODAY We the 99% & Anon @OccupyColleges. Show your support for #OWS & #OccupyAmerica THIS IS A NATIONWIDE WALK OUT. NOON #Solidarity #UNITY”
There is some radio coverage of NY protests/walkouts promised via the website of WNYC FM At the moment they’re talking about Wall Street mismanagement and news coverage.
Here’s a photo of a walkout at Brooklyn College
Freespeech TV has been broadcasting from Van Jones’ American Dream conference in D.C. Frequent references are made by speakers and interviewees to either Wisconsin or to Occupy Wall Street. Some are accurate and some are downright cringe-worthy. At the moment I’m seeing Mahlon Mitchell, a great rallier and speaker from Wisconsin and the State President of The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. You can follow him on twitter at @MahlonMitchell
The Occupy Wall Street happening was at first ignored. Then when it got more national attention it was “Oh. I can’t figure out what they’re saying.” Then FOX began to cover it all the time and ridicule it while other mass media outlets did an OK or so/so job. Now we’re seeing politicians and organizations trying to ride its energy for their own ax grinding or agenda.
From a Wall Street Journal [that's Rupert Murdoch-owned] interview with Herman Cain:
“CAIN: I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!”
I don’t think I’ve seen 1 single occupy sign that mentioned Obama. Wisconsin’s thing was somewhat “about Obama” because Walker’s union-killing agenda is about getting money and electoral votes away from him. But I don’t see this occupy thing that way. This is so organic, it’s non-partisan and not at all about electoral politics. The occupy thing is erupting from alive, aware, and angry people in America who are saying enough is enough. That chant “We are the 99%!” is the opener that states the truth: there is a 1% that has 40% of our wealth and Americans are angry about that. You can then ask, “Well, what do we do about that?” and “Who do we blame for this?” and I think you’ll get so many mixed replies. But that 1st statement–that chant – -how do you argue with it? You can’t.
I just caught that Cain is the person polling 2nd among GOP presidential wanna-bes.
from reddit’s occupywallstreet subreddit
There could be a national U.S. student walk out at Noon today [in each time zone] that stems from what definitely will be a large student walk-out of colleges in New York City. And there will be a rather large convergence of protesters – citizen led and union led – upon New York City and Washington D.C. Here’s where I will put news bits, interesting tweets, photos, videos etc that help to let us know what’s going on.
For the record, I am safe from tear gas and marauding cops in Madison, Wisconsin either at home or in locations downtown.