Reaction To Occupy Wall Street Demands

#OccupyWallStreet -78-98 Liberty St, Manhattan, NY 10006.  I was here when students, teachers and union workers rallied support for the movement on Wednesday, Oct. 5th and in New Jersey on Thursday, Oct. 6th.

You can follow via Live webcam mobile units set up in NYC and Washington D.C. 
It's about time! The goal is to end the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1% of America! #OccupyWallstreet has brought the issues out into the open for discussion.

Best video I've seen on four of the main #OccupyWallStreet demands:

1) Reinstate Glass-Steagall
2) Audit the Federal Reserve
3) Repeal "Corporate Personhood."
4) Reform Top 1% and Corporate tax rates.

Getting lobbyists out of the Government has to be done. Super Pacs need to be eliminated. We need to stand together as the 99% to restrict campaign funding.

The protest launched at "Liberty Park" in the Wall Street financial district more than three weeks ago (Sept. 17th) has gained the support of activist groups online and around the world, and has finally grabbed the attention of major television, online and print media. 

Protesters also brought the message to Washington D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Congressman Alan Grayson from Florida, who was not in-office at the time, explained and defended the Occupy Wall Street Movement on national TV and the studio audience gave him a standing ovation!

In response, here's what a few politicians said on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.

“I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country.” - Eric Cantor, US House Majority Leader (Rep.)

“I think it expresses the frustration the American people feel.”- President Barack Obama.

“They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them.” - Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

“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!” - Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate.

“We are the 1 percent.” - Signs tapped on windows at Chicago’s Board of Trade building.

“God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.” - Nancy Pelosi, US House Minority Leader (Dem.)

“This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real. By the time this is over, it will make the Tea Party look like … a tea party.” - Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator of Wisc.

“I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare.” -  Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate.

“What they’re trying to do is take away the jobs of people working in the city, take away the tax base that we have.” - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I’m very, very understanding of where they’re coming from.” - Senator John Kerry, (Dem.) from Mass.

The New York Times, opinion page "Thread, Oct. 7, 2011" sums it up this way:
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. and the American Dream Movement organized a massive march down to the Occupy Wall Street encampment, and they have also organized a "Virtual March on Wall Street" to demand government that is responsive to the 99% of Americans, not the 1% that can afford lobbyists.

"We in the American Dream movement respect and celebrate Occupy Wall Street as an independent movement; we love their spirit, courage, and nonviolence. Like so many Americans, we want to do what we can to help them succeed," the group said in a mass email.
"The occupiers have asked for the rest of us (who make up America's "99%") to stand and act with them in solidarity.

Today, we answer that call. Take a few minutes to share your story or your message of support for Occupy Wall Street here."

No more listening to the titans on Wall Street. They were wrong when they told us less regulation would bring more jobs. They were wrong when they told us their banks were too big to fail.
There is only one thing that is too big to fail today: the dreams of this new generation, finding its voice in Liberty Park.
Occupy Wall Street posters are available and can be downloaded at

Big Money 

1.Have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

2.Have have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

3.Have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

4.Have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

5.Have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

6.Have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

7.Have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

8.Have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

9.Have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

10.Have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

11.Have sold our privacy as a commodity.

12.Have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

13.Determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

14.Have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

15.Continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

16.Continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

17.Have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

18.Purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

19.Have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

20.Have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

21.Continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.  *These grievances are not all-inclusive.

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power. Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal."

Join us and make your voices heard!

OccupyWallStreet - Live Webcam Unit!
Mobile news webcam units have been established in NYC and Washington DC

New York City General Assembly - meets daily at 6pm at Liberty Park.

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