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Posted on Sep 30, 2011
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Every week, Truthdig recognizes an individual or group of people who spoke truth to power, blew the whistle or stood up in the face of injustice. You can see past winners here, and make your own nomination for our next awardee here.

For 14 days now, thousands of people have camped out in the financial district of New York City to protest the corporate greed they say has taken over America. Those participating in the protest, which calls itself Occupy Wall Street, are our Truthdiggers of the Week.

The call for action that spurred the protests came in July, when the group Adbusters urged the people of America to “#OCCUPYWALLSTREET.”

“Are you ready for a Tahrir moment?” the group asked. The word spread quickly through social media, and soon an action committee had formed and a plan had been made.

On Sept. 17, the “occupation” began. At first, the protest gained little notice. But demonstrators brought blankets, air mattresses and kitchen supplies with them, intending to stay on the sidewalks of the financial district for a long time. For a week the protesters held signs and chanted. “We are the 99 percent!” they chorused, calling for a democracy that speaks for the people rather than for corporations.

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The protest has drawn the attention and support of well-known public figures, many who dropped by to encourage the demonstrators, including Michael Moore, Chris Hedges, Cornel West and Noam Chomsky.

But the “occupation” didn’t draw much attention from the media until Sept. 24 when high-ranking police were recorded using excessive force and even Mace on a group of peaceful protesters. YouTube videos of the scene went viral and the blogosphere lit up with news of the unruly behavior of those NYPD officers. But while the scuffle brought the protesters and their cause more into the public eye, they said they hope people don’t lose sight of the reason they are there to begin with.

“We condemn the actions of unprofessional police who used excessive force in subduing a peaceful march,” a news release on the Occupy Wall Street site said. “But we are foremost here to oppose the growing power of the ruling class.”

Occupy Wall Street received an outpouring of support from Truthdig readers this week, many of them having championed the effort since before the mainstream media picked up on the excessive police force angle. Paul Dodenhoff was just one of many Truthdig readers to nominate the protesters, along with his 18-year-old son, “who’s been there since it started and has been arrested twice along with others for speaking truth to power! He’s my hero, along with all the other brave young people there.” One reader called the demonstrators “the spark” of a larger movement that could sweep the nation, something that is already taking root in various cities today other than New York, including Chicago and San Francisco.

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Honorable Mentions

MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell was one of the only people in the mainstream media to report on the Occupy Wall Street protests this week. On his show “The Last Word,” he spends about nine minutes talking about the protests. It is only unfortunate that his sole focus was on the few instances of excessive force by high-ranking police against peaceful protesters instead of their greater message decrying corporate greed.

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Watch Dr. Cornell West address the Occupy Wall Street general assembly on Sept. 27. Because police would not allow amplification systems in the area, the protesters had to use what they call the “people’s microphone” to make sure people in the back could hear what West was saying.

 


Watch Michael Moore address the protesters of Occupy Wall Street on Sept. 26.

 


Watch MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell call out police for using unnecessary force in dealing with Occupy Wall Street protesters:

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By Leefeller, October 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment

Butting out is not an option, this affects everyone, including the politically progressive wealthy, celebrities actually anyone who feels the need, (those who can think for themselves and support an issue not status quo) it seems to me people should want all the support they can get.

Why is it assumed and surmised Nader and Moore cannot stand for the same things, in this case such as Occupy Wall Street? I did not vote for Nader, but I support the occupiers? I am not allowed to support because of my voting record?

I do not agree with everyone on everything, seldom do!  Myopic vision will subject Occupy Wall Street to an early demise. Everyone is in this together, step back and look at the big picture and do not be a hoarder and act selfish in your disenfranchisement.

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By Bill Cimbrelo, October 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

I find it disheartening, but not surprising that
CNN’s nightly broadcast did everything in its power
to marginalize what Occupy Wall Street is all about. 
At this point I am not sure which was worse, the
initial news blackout or the carefully crafted
attempts at demoralizing the movement.

Some of the pundits have made a point of saying this
will not have any impact because it has been
basically a non-violent protest (except for the
NYPD)and “hey…look at them..they’re just having fun
and eating pizza.”  It’s unfortunate that getting
noticed may very well mean that people need to take
more dramatic steps.

I do believe that a better scripted set of demands
would be useful and perhaps it’s a good lesson for
those heading to Washington, D.C. in the next couple
of days for THAT demonstration.

Corporate America’s blind ambition and greed is also
their Achilles heal.  With that in mind, one sure
fire way to get their undivided attention, would be
to organize nationwide boycotts against targeted
companies.  Consumers, just like voters, need to
learn that they have a lot more clout than anyone
wants them to realize.  And fortunately, at least
for now, consumers are not bound in any way by the
obliquities of the Taft-Hartley Act.  We all just
need to get substantially more organized and flex
our collective muscles.

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By Lud Kissell, October 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment
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I really do think the “celebrities” should butt out. The whole point is that it’s completely grass roots. They don’t lend it legitimacy, they are just a distraction.

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By MK77, October 3, 2011 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

I posted this the other day and it bears repeating:

“Celebrities have options other than photo-ops.

For instance, in the aftermath of the tsunami in Thailand a few years back, Sandra Bullock wrote a check for $1 million to a relief fund. You didn’t see her make a grand display of her munificence. She did something kind and left it at that.”

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By MK77, October 3, 2011 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

“And so we should ignore him?”

I didn’t say we should ignore Moore because he is wealthy.

I said we should call him out for being a hypocrite.

The anti-corporate spirit that animates the Wall Street protests was alive and well in the person of Ralph Nader 7 years ago, but Moore endorsed the corporate Democratic candidate John Kerry, and then some years later begged Nader not to run again for president.

Now he’s turned pure and leftist again, showing solidarity with the radicals. It’s dishonest for him to claim to belong the masses when socioeconomically he has more in common with the 400 richest Americans.

Sorry, but there’s something about Moore that reeks of opportunism.

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By cpb, October 3, 2011 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

“But Moore himself is a millionaire many times over.
Materially, socially, and economically he has more in
common with the 400 than he does with everybody else.”

And so we should ignore him?  That’s along the lines of
pointing out that Chomsky makes money selling books and
thus is a hypocritical evil capitalist.  I believe this
this is what they call ‘ad hominem’.

More in common with the 400?  How many of the 400
started out son of an autoworker in Flint and then were
inspired to make their money making a film about the
death of an entire community?

Give us all a break…

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By EastWest, October 3, 2011 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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Even if Michael Moore does get to see a perp walk (his number one request), won’t the megabanks just replace the employees who got caught and stay the course, full speed ahead, to the next crash and bailout at our expense?

That is why I humbly suggest that our top priorities should also include more substantive reforms that are specific and feasible in the real world, such as:

1. An electable progressive candidate for President
2. A Glass-Steagall firewall like we had before deregulation
3. An anti-usury law
4. A jobs bill that doesn’t waste half its budget on tax breaks
5. Prohibit secret bailouts from the Fed

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By Outraged, October 3, 2011 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

For anyone who is interested you can sign the petition
to have ALL charges dropped against the Wall Street
Protesters who’ve been arrested and you can also
DONATE.

http://bailoutpeople.org/

From the “avatar”.  LOL…

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By David J. Cyr, October 3, 2011 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

Positions proffered by anonymous entities are not those of natural persons, but rather the positions of an entity that has itself chosen to be an avatar thing, or some unknown unperson.

Someone engaged in activity that the corporate-state might promptly imprison them for has good justification to disguise their identity.

However, corporate (R) & (D) party operatives, who urge people to continue to support their corporate person representing Republicans or Democrats, have no good reason to disguise their identity… unless they are ashamed of what they do.

Whenever the corporate party’s “progressive” liberals are challenged for employing their treachery there’s always some form of red-baiting re-deployed by them.

http://www.chenangogreens.org

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By Inherit The Wind, October 3, 2011 at 3:41 am Link to this comment

QUOTE, of an outrageously fake named “outraged” anonymous agent unperson:
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The mark of one advocating violent, bloody Marxist revolution: the designation of any “unpure” ones (ie anything the leader says is “unpure”) for extermination AND the elimination of even their name—that was what the Stalinists used “unperson” for.

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What the last half-century has made abundantly clear is that My Generation is a cancer upon humanity. The Boomers should completely retire from politics, or die, to get out of the way of the young struggling to survive their parent generation’s lifelong corporate (R) & (D) party dedication.
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Except, of course, yourself, the one with the prophetic “visions” (you can call ‘em “science”—Marxists always call their neo-religion’s dogma “science”, just like Scientologists and Creationists).  Like all hypocrites you call on everyone exactly like yourself (in this case Baby Boomers) to take an action you yourself have no intention of taking—removing yourself from all political action and commentary.

Oops. Caught with your pants down!

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By StephenS777, October 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mohandas Gandhi

This is not stopping, it’s growing. Keep it going.

Good choice for Truthdigger of the Week.

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By David J. Cyr, October 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm Link to this comment

QUOTE, of an outrageously fake named “outraged” anonymous agent unperson:

“I myself don’t ascribe to purity for one simple reason (and thank god I realized this early on) it is extremism and NO FUN AT ALL.  I mean life is difficult enough and at times unbearable but at least us “unpurists” have some good times along the way.”
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Yes, the corporate party’s really retrograde Republicans and deeply depraved Democrats are proud to be impure — rotten to the core — with no principles; no morality; nothing of value to contribute.

Yes, they have “FUN” — in conservative (R) & liberal (D) solidarity together — regularly corporate party voting together to ensue that perpetual war is the only answer; that SickProfits are increased instead of healthcare being provided; that sociopathic banksters and Criminally Exploitative Organisms (CEOs) are amply rewarded for crimes corporate-state considered to be “legal” and TOO BIG to be prosecutable… “FUN” supporting the insane continuation of the corporate party’s ruthless exploitation and extraction economy to ensure there will be no future for future generations.

What the last half-century has made abundantly clear is that My Generation is a cancer upon humanity. The Boomers should completely retire from politics, or die, to get out of the way of the young struggling to survive their parent generation’s lifelong corporate (R) & (D) party dedication.

http://www.chenangogreens.org

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By Outraged, October 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment

Re: ITW

Your comment; “Are you kidding me? IMHO “purists”
are close-minded fools who will kill any and every
movement with their foolishness.”

I agree.  Thank you. Its as if they are there to
drive a wedge between “the people” over here and “the
people” over there.  Kinda makes you wonder who’s
side they’re on…..are they on the side of THE
PEOPLE or are they looking out for some other
“backers”.

Funny thing… a “purist”, I mean.  When you look at
history, biographies and autobiographies, you find
that all “purists” were either off their rocker in
one way or another OR they were putting on a facade,
basically,(or in third grade terms) a BIG FAT LIAR.

I myself don’t ascribe to purity for one simple
reason (and thank god I realized this early on) it is
extremism and NO FUN AT ALL.  I mean life is
difficult enough and at times unbearable but at least
us “unpurists” have some good times along the way.

Enjoy.

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By John R., October 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment

This is the most current official list of grievances, they are not all-inclusive.

This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night,
around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three
more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days:

1) A declaration of demands.

2) Principles of Solidarity

3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation
Group.

This is a living document. you can receive an official press copy of the latest
version by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).??

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City


Please see this link for the entire document. Thank you.

http://getgrounded.tv/2011/10/02/grounded-news-first-‘official’-statement-
from-the-occupy-wall-street-movement/

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By glider, October 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

Love Noam Chomsky’s reference to “too Big to Jail” in his letter of support to OccupyWallStreet.

https://occupywallst.org/article/noam-chomsky-solidarity/

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By glider, October 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

Time to get off our lazy posting asses and support the one chance to make the change many have been focused on here for years. 

Contribute what you are able!  It is going viral and needs support to keep going, particularly with the upcoming cold weather.  This is the turn around moment we have been searching for that is taking root now.

Go here and click “Donate” at the top right of the page:
https://occupywallst.org/

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By Inherit The Wind, October 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

“A dim-witted and fatuous reply.

Wall Street can only ever be “fought and tamed” by people who renounce the corporate
Democrats and the ideology of “responsibility.””

yeah all sixteen of you perfect saints.  That’s really gonna get it done….insulting and
rejecting allies when we need all we can get is the dim-witted and fatuous thinking of a
narrow-dogmatic martinet.

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By Morri Creech, October 2, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
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John Ruskin, in what seems to be a message tailor-made for Wall Street:

“That which seems to be wealth may in verity be only the gilded index of far-reaching ruin; a wrecker’s handful of coin gleaned from the beach to which he has beguiled an argosy; a camp-follower’s bundle of rags unwrapped from the breasts of goodly soldiers dead; the purchase-pieces of potters’ fields, wherein shall be buried together the citizen and the stranger.”

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By MK77, October 2, 2011 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

“It is exactly that kind of ridiculous demands for dogmatic ‘purity’ that need to be fought
and rejected if Wall Street is to successfully be fought and tamed.”

A dim-witted and fatuous reply.

Wall Street can only ever be “fought and tamed” by people who renounce the corporate Democrats and the ideology of “responsibility.”

What have the corporate Democrats given us the last 4 years? Fatter Pentagon budgets, more wars, more surveillance of citizens, a mandate to buy private health insurance, more aid to Israel, bailouts of corporations (banks, auto, insurance companies), proposals to cut Medicare and Social Security…

Moore’s a hypocrite.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 2, 2011 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

See? Not one progressive action can occur without Cyr condemning, and with his wholy
unoriginal fart joke.  As one watches Cyr attack every action, it is like the old joke: How
do you carve a statue of an elephant? Chip away everything that doesn’t look like an
elephant.  So when you chip away everything Cyr attacks, what is the only that doesn’t
get viciously trashed by him is….violent Marxist revolution.  That is all he leaves as his
idea of a “viable option.”

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By Inherit The Wind, October 2, 2011 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

And to add injury to insult, Moore turned his back on Nader and the third-party
movement 7 years ago when he endorsed John Kerry for president. It’s hypocritical for
him now to pretend to belong to the company of radicals.

It is exactly that kind of ridiculous demands for dogmatic “purity” that need to be fought
and rejected if Wall Street is to successfully be fought and tamed. Quite frankly, I agree
with Moore.  But if that, a Presidential election from 2004 is what is important to you then
stay home out of the way!

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By David J. Cyr, October 2, 2011 at 8:45 am Link to this comment

QUOTE: (of an anonymous avatar wishing future generations to inherit just a fart):

“It has always been apparent to me that Cyr decries and condemns every action but one.”
___________________

Actually, the one action in peace and social justice movements I’m known for condemning is that of disingenuous, devious and depraved Democrats co-opting movements into service of their corporate party faction — the Robert Rubin Goldman Sachs/Citigroup faction of the corporate (R) & (D) party.

Robert Rubin is still laughing about tens of millions of liberal maniacs having sent in their small change contributions in 2008, attempting to match the funds of the corporations that already owned all the shares in the corporate party’s (D) branded Obama. Rubin’s Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and all of Obama’s other corporate person shareholders have accumulated mountains of dividends, and both short and long-term gains from their investment in Obama. Natural persons only get to pay all (D) externalized costs.

Obama maniacs voted for Goldman Sachs to control economic policy; for Monsanto to control farm & food policy; for the extraction industry to control mountaintop removal and fracking policy; and for the military industrial complex to control foreign policy. Democrat “change” votes were for corporate persons to continue to completely control the government of natural persons.

It don’t matter what tactics are used if the result is just more (D) corporate party support.

The “progressives” urge people to vote for Democrats so they can keep protesting against what they have voted for.

http://www.chenangogreens.org

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By MK77, October 2, 2011 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

“Celebs shouldn’t be there?”

No, not unless they wish to open themselves to the charge of ego-tripping and opportunism.

Celebrities have options other than photo-ops.

For instance, in the aftermath of the tsunami in Thailand a few years back, Sandra Bullock wrote a check for $1 million to a relief fund. You didn’t see her make a grand display of her munificence. She did something kind and left it at that.

In the video above Moore speaks of the 400 Americans who are richer than 150 million of their fellow citizens combined, and he includes himself in the company of “us” against “them.” But Moore himself is a millionaire many times over. Materially, socially, and economically he has more in common with the 400 than he does with everybody else.

And to add injury to insult, Moore turned his back on Nader and the third-party movement 7 years ago when he endorsed John Kerry for president. It’s hypocritical for him now to pretend to belong to the company of radicals.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 2, 2011 at 4:30 am Link to this comment

The left-wing naysayers like Cyr are dogmatic head-in-the-sand types whose “theories”
are more true to them than the evidence of their own eyes. “Purity” of who is there?
Celebs shouldn’t be there? It’s all a setup? Are you kidding me? IMHO “purists” are
close-minded fools who will kill any and every movement with their foolishness

It has always been apparent to me that Cyr decries and condemns every action but one.
And that one is violent Marxist revolution, something I do NOT advocate. Notice that
every liberal peaceful and non-Marxist action is disparaged or condemned by him, as are
violent NON-Marxist revolutions. Of what use is such a critic?

A peacefiul demonstration like this inspires hope. A short recent histrory of change in
the USA shows it takes a marathon, not a sprint, to get things done.  This may well be
the start of such a marathon.

Better still, it could be America’s Arab Spring.

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By mrfreeze, October 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment

The bravest thing all Americans could do to truly protest Wall Street (and all the other moneyed, powerful interests) in this country would be to simply stop working, stop spending…..stop “cooperating” with their corporate masters. I certainly admire these protesters; however, they aren’t really hitting the bullies squarely on the nose. If Americans want things to change they need to “go on strike” for a week. Let all economic activity come to a halt…let the powerful know who does all the work around here.

I’ve said this on a number of articles about these protests and I sincerely believe a more Gandhi-like approach is necessary. The powerful couldn’t care less about the “bad press” they receive from these sorts of protests.

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By zonth_zonth, October 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

Soon the media will begin the think “what a neat little story”.  And then maybe will weigh the idea—“Maybe we can get viewership ratings for this cute little anti-corporate protest”

Than perhaps their (mainstream media) greed to run a tidy little story to obtain viewership will undo and undermine themselves.

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By PatrickHenry, October 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

Soon celebrities and politicians will be comming out of the woodwork.

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By MK77, October 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

How nice of Michael Moore to join the parade.

But isn’t this the same Michael Moore who supported John Kerry for president in 2004 and begged Ralph Nader not to run in 08?

The same Moore who embraced the “pragmatism” of the Democratic Party the last two election cycles?

This is the problem with public demonstrations, at least in America: egomaniacs like Moore and West piggyback on the moment to boost the commodity-value of their name. They just have to be there to soak up all the attention and praise.

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By GoTopCat, October 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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Past time to eliminate the dirty little 5-letter word: Greed.

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By gerard, October 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

If you want a study in sneaky negative propaganda, view today’s NYTimes article.  (The WPost completely ignores the protests, so they don’t exist. Get it?)

Here’s to that “hodge podge” and all three of those “few well-worn anarchists”!  Especially the well-worn ones. 

Leefeller and others who want to be there “in spirit”—send money.
  Check: http://www.occupywallstreet.org for details.

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By redteddy, October 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

@David J. Cyr

“The clever genius of the enlightened liberal provision of “free speech” is that a
protest free of consequence is a dissidence given no value.”

Accurate and very well said.  I agree with you wholeheartedly and I am just
wondering how long it will take the students camped out to figure this out.  The
park itself was ‘given’ to them and its privately owned so its sanctioned by the very
forces they are condemning.

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By David J. Cyr, October 1, 2011 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

QUOTE, Occupy Wall St site:

““We condemn the actions of unprofessional police who used excessive force in subduing a peaceful march, but we are foremost here to oppose the growing power of the ruling class.”
_______________________

It’s the police in force (large numbers at the ready), merely standing near by displaying their intimidating potential for organized violence, who quietly maintain their professional restraint while calmly containing demonstrators, who successfully manage to minimize the effect of dissent. The police who behave “professionally” are those who manage to ensure that the exercise of free-speech dissent poses little or no threat to the corporate-state.

The clever genius of the enlightened liberal provision of “free speech” is that a protest free of consequence is a dissidence given no value.

http://www.chenangogreens.org

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By redteddy, October 1, 2011 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

This is more of a happening than a movement.  In order for it to be a movement
their needs to be set goals and organization and occupy wall st. is shirking set
goals.  This will lose momentum if they don’t allow for some serious action as
happened in Greece.  They seem to have forgotten that the demonstrations in
other countries like Egypt and Greece have (had) set goals, in the former it was to
oust Mubarak and in the latter its to stop crippling austerity measures and the
cheap bargaining of their nation.  Here there is nothing to work towards save
getting together and the occasional march, nothing will come of this if that
doesn’t change.

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By PatrickHenry, October 1, 2011 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

Its a movement, hopefully followed by others until it moves full circle into a revolution.

We are long overdue.

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By Leefeller, October 1, 2011 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

Keep up the good coverage Truth Dig and MSNBC is doing a good job also. Some of us live far away to provide physical support you have my support in spirit.

It seems the protests are non partisan, this provides so much more power to the people.  Lets face it the partisan games seem contrived to divide, it is always about manipulation.

Occupy Wall Street to Wisconsin, DC to San Francisco. Let Texas succeed from the union or join Mexico!

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By Mark Lindley, October 1, 2011 at 5:11 am Link to this comment
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Of course!!

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By bpawk, October 1, 2011 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

It’s admirable that a few people want to blame Wall Street but the real blame is for the enablers of the greedy Wall Street crowd: the U.S. government! Why not organize the millions who are unemployed to march in Washington - the police can’t tear gas everyone.

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By rumblingspire, September 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment
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“Bow Tie Daddy
don’t you blow your top
every things under control

bow tie daddy
don’t you blow your top
‘cause you think
you’re getting too old

don’t try to do
no thinkin’
just go on with
your drinkin’

just have your fun
you old son of a gun
and drive home
in your Lincoln”

Frank Zappa

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By LocalHero, September 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment

I Love these folks!!!!

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By cherile, September 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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Here is your Jeapordy “Daily Double.” And the category is famous economists for $500. What famous economist wrote the following?

“While interest is only a portion of the profit, i.e., of the surplus value, which the functioning capitalist squeezes out of the laborer, it appears now, on the contrary, as though interest were the typical product of capital, the primary matter, and profit, in the shape of profit of enterprise, were a mere accessory and by-product of the process of reproduction. Thus we get a fetish form of capital…. It is the capacity of money…to expand its own value independently of reproduction—which is a mystification in its most flagrant form. For vulgar political economy, which seeks to represent capital as an independent source of value, of value creation, this form is naturally a veritable find, a form in which the source of profit is no longer discernible, and in which the result of the capitalist process of production—divorced from the process—acquires an independent existence.”

Who is…?

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By littlebiggygirl, September 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment

have what are now mainstream protests both on the streets and across the
internet begun to legitimize the perception of Anonymous?
http://littlebiggy.org/4631847

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By Rena Church, September 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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As a socialist I would add that Truthdig should resist reporting the news that “celebrighties” have visited the site. The whole point is that these are a leaderless people.Why do we have to have “Vanity Fair” types to legitimize this group? In fact, Michael Moore and Susan Serandan (who i think are great people, actually) should have stayed home. This should absolutely be grass roots and nothing else.
No egos, no stars—that’s what brings down most movements: power jockeying and narcissism. It’s exhausting. And it reminds me of parents who just can’t stay in the background and let their teens create something new.

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By lasmog, September 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

These protestors are inspiring; focusing the nation on Wall Street corruption is a great way to start a movement.  Our wars, our destruction of the climate, our increasing financial inequality all lead back to the money men of New York.

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By db Schell, September 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment
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Dump the fracking commercials.

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By Angelo, September 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment
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A special praise for Gwen, who was interviewed by Hannity late this afternoon, broadcast on his radio show. And I think it may be on his TV show, also. She stood up well to his professional corporate sponsored bully pulpit. He gave her the usual grilling, but she was great and showed a real heart, as opposed to his phony “Christian,” support the “job makers,” Fox Network infused, money-pumping organ. You made my day, Gwen!

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By kerryrose, September 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

Doesn’t this make everyone smile?  Give them hope?  Make them tear up?  It does me.  Thank god for these brave people.

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By NABNYC, September 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

You can keep your bunker-busters, the drones,

Nafta, Wall Street and the politicians they own,

the armies navy and the marines,

big shots in limousines.

Give me a few angry women and some flowered bonnets and we will take over the world.


This is dedicated to all the angry women in Code Pink, Occupy Wall Street, and every other organization in the streets fighting for the working people. Thanks ladies, good job. You inspire us all.

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By John R., September 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

Thank you Truthdig.

It is with the opinions and stories from this site that has helped in its own way to
help this movement grow.

The movement has spread to Los Angeles, OccupyLA. They are marching on OCT
1st to City Hall in Downtown LA. They will be setting up a permanent camp.

Love to our brothers, sisters, fellow country men in California and across the USA.
This is only the start. It will grow. We will be heard. Thank you again Truthdig.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iZBNHA6qnA

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By Tobysgirl, September 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

No comments?!?!?!? This is the most exciting thing to happen in years, and these are YOUNG people!!!!!

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By gerard, September 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

Three great innovations in this report:
  1.  A major media commentator reports the truth.
  2.  The power of the ancient Greek Chorus is re-called, reinvented and revitalized.
  3.  The power of non-violence is clearly revealed.

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