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article imageOccupy Wall Street gaining huge momentum with Middle America

By Nancy Houser     Oct 5, 2011 in Politics
New York - UPDATE: by It looks as if Occupy Wall Street will become "Occupy Texas" in order to demonstrate against the federal buildings of Texas this coming week-end.
Occupy Wall Street has progressed from a small undistinguished movement to a front runner of national emerging protests within 19 days. This movement against corrupt corporations and Wall Street has quickly gained momentum within Middle America.
Occupy Wall Street protesters are staging its Union March today from Foley Square to the Financial District in Brooklyn, NY, around 3:00 EDT or 20:00 GMT that will be accompanied by the Transport Workers Union, the New York State United Teachers, and the Service Employees International Union. Adding to the support, New York CBS Local reports that nation-wide college walk outs are being planned as the Anonymous Hacker group threatens to shut down the New York Stock Exchange website on October 10.
Take Back the Dream conference
Estimating to be in the numbers of 5,000 protesters, Occupy Wall Street will be joined by community groups and members as part of their “Take Back the American Dream” conference from October 3-5 with live streaming. With five million members, their motto for an online war is “I stand with the Wall Street protesters. It’s time for the banks to own up to the greed that helped wreck our economy,” with I SUPPORT OCCUPY WALL STREET signing available.
According to New York CBS Local, the group is also calling for a student walk out at college campuses across the country starting at 2 p.m. to protest “against unforgivable student debt and soaring tuition rates. Professors are asking their classes to take the day to actually go to this rally.
Beginning on September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street was seen as a protest by society’s young outcasts with no direction or purpose---heralded by mainstream television news reporters as “a random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos.” Mainstream corporate media had refused to cover the Occupy Wall Street movement at the beginning, with the young protesters using Facebook and Twitter to inform the world on a daily basis of their position.
National television finally notices Occupy Wall Street
On Wednesday, a national television news program moved itself to Lower Manhattan to cover the protests at length. The program was that of Tamron Hall, the 2 p.m. anchor on MSNBC. Standing beside Zuccotti Park, the focal point of the Occupy Wall Street protests, Ms. Hall said that “protests are being held and planned right now in more than 50 cities.” On the screen were videos of earlier protests in New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles (New York Times Media Decoder).
Digital Journal was one of the few online media that covered the movement from the very beginning, an international digital media news network involving breaking news from around the world.
Occupy Wall Street is affecting cities throughout the United States. For example, in San Francisco the “General Assembly” of the Occupy San Francisco movement was set up on Market Street. The day of the Union March in NY, the SF group will march against the city’s Federal Reserve Bank.
Protesters in Seattle gathered at Westlake Park on Saturday morning to protest against corporations influence on the government. More than 100 people participated in “Occupy Seattle,” according to the event’s organizers.
“It’s amazing the diversity and the singular voice that we have,” said one protester.
“This is a grassroots satellite protest to bring awareness to the struggle on the streets of New York and to empower the 99% in this country,” said the Occupy Seattle website. (Raw Story) .
Once the unions endorsed the protest, Middle America instantly became involved, feeling the movement spoke for them on various issues:
• Fed up with bankers and financial establishments in robbing a global world
• Corporations and financial institutions have forced economic issues from Greece to the United States.
Comparison between the Egypt revolutions and Occupy Wall Street movement
Labor unions report in International Business Times,
"It's really simple. These young people on Wall Street are giving voice to many of the problems that working people in America have been confronting over the last several years," Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which has 20,000 members in the New York area, told CNN.
Reporters on the scene during the revolution in Egypt are saying that the Occupy Wall Street movement has the same sense of “social media savvy, carnival mood and deep sense of frustration & disenfranchisement” as Egypt did.. (Media Decoder)
For those who wish to stay ahead with the protests, here are the social media sites they are using:
1. Live footage of Zuccotti Park can be found at the protest epicenter's viral webstream, Global Revolution.
2. The #occupywallstreet hashtag (as well as #ows and #occupywallst) has been the main engine on Twitter.
3. supplies a range of DIY downloadable posters.
4. There is an Occupy Wall Street social app called The Vibe, which allows demonstrators to communicate anonymously.
5. An Occupy Wall Street publication was launched on Kickstarter, originally asking for $12,000 in seed money to get the publication rolling. The project surpassed its funding goal and has now raised over $40,000.
6. A Tumblr account, We Are the 99%, allows users to post personal anecdotes and stories about why they consider themselves part of the economically disaffected majority.
(from Mother Jones)
Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with the honest workers of:
United NY
Strong Economy for All Coalition
Working Families Party
TWU Local 100
SEIU 1199
CWA 1109
Communications Workers of America
CWA Local 1180
United Auto Workers
United Federation of Teachers
Professional Staff Congress - CUNY
National Nurses United
Writers Guild East
Community Voices Heard
Alliance for Quality Education
New York Communities for Change
Coalition for the Homeless
Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
The Job Party
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
The New Deal for New York Campaign
National People's Action
Human Services Council
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
Citizen Action of NY
Common Cause NY
New Bottom Line
Tenants & Neighbors
Democracy for NYC
Resource Generation
Tenants PAC
Teachers Unite
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