Some more epicfailguise <3 yesterday in Chicago #occupychi also courtesy of @pHinkasaurus
RAIN CAN’T STOP OCCUPY WALL STREET
(some footage and stills from Day7 #occupywallstreet courtesy of
Protesters Rally Against Government Bailouts #occupyphoenix #mirrors
“PHOENIX - Protesters rallied outside a Bank of America in central Phoenix Friday as part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
They gathered in front of the branch near Camelback and Central Avenue.
They’re protesting the government’s bailout of banks. They blame banks and mortgage lenders for the housing mess, and they say corporations should be taxed — just like American citizens.
The rally is in conjunction with protests outside of Wall Street during the past week.
“The thing that upsets me the most is the fact that people are losing their jobs, unemployment rates are ridiculously high, people can barely feed their families if they can at all. the mass, a very large portion of the population is on food stamps now, which is almost in parallel with the great depression,” says protester Paul Swek.
These activists call themselves “the 99 percent,” representing what they say are the number of Americans fed up with the government pumping taxpayer dollars into financial institutions.”~MyFoxPhoenix
Umbrella Flashmob day 7 #Occupywallstreet That’s a keeper…very cool idea guise. <3
From this website: http://occupythenation.com
BBC finally started Coverage on #occupywallstreet 9/23 Now I think all of the news stations are accounted for. Stop the mediablackout tweets. Focus on occupyingwallstreet as well as the rest of the US financial districts. <3 Heres the article:
“They are the kind of people who would normally find no reason to linger in New York’s financial district - people wearing hooded tops, biker jackets and plaid shirts - but for a week they have been camping there.
All are anti-Wall Street protesters, but with barricades and swarms of police officers in front of the New York Stock Exchange the closest they can get to their target is Liberty Street, a good three streets away.
An online activist group called Adbusters organised the gathering and the word spread through social media.
With attention focused sharply on the financial markets and many US citizens suffering hardships undreamed of in the 1980s and 1990s, campaigners thought they could pull in thousands to join them but although the campaign - broadly known as “Occupy Wall Street” - has attracted people from thousands of miles away, only about 50 people are currently involved.
The small numbers have not dampened the group’s enthusiasm - but the weather has.
“When it rains, people go home,” said Luke Richards, one of the few who has been a part of the group from the beginning.
On the ground alongside their camp, the group has an array of signs spelling out their disparate goals.
They include “Tax the rich”, “Another American against corporate greed” and “Peace”.
Among those the appeal attracted was at least one man there for personal reasons.
“My family was directly affected by the floating interest rate loans that a lot of Wall Street banks extended,” said Jay, a 22-year-old dairy worker from Vermont. “They lost their house because of that.”
He has been a part of the protest since the beginning, which he hopes will make financial institutions take responsibility.Protester Jay: “My family lost their house”
Those who have weathered this week’s rains in New York are clearly tired by the effort: the ground at their base camp is dappled with sleeping protesters, who are covered in blankets and tarpaulin.
And they are heavy sleepers. Even though the raucous daily protest march past the New York Stock Exchange involves a cacophony of drumming and chanting, several manage to slumber through it.
Protesters chant such slogans as: “Abolish the Fed! Stop building up the debt!”
The parading demonstrators are flanked by a small army of police officers, tourists, members of the media, and people who are trying to get to work.
Over the week some have performed other stunts to draw attention to their pet annoyance, including at one point this week a topless protest to graphically illustrate their view that 1% of the world has the shirts off the backs of the other 99% - a move that certainly engaged passing workers’ eyes if not their minds.
Locals may be looking, but they are not necessarily comprehending.
Several passers-by said they did not know why the protesters were there. And they were not overly concerned about finding out.
But the demonstrators are patient. “Now that we have taken the square, we are setting up a platform for public debate,” said Vlad Teichberg, a self-described media activist.
He has camped there since Saturday, and plans to stay indefinitely. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take,” he said.Telly Liberatos takes his OccuPie pizza, a tribute to the Wall Street protesters, out of the oven
‘Stop sending pizza’
Not all those in the area are indifferent.
At least one local business got a big boost from the protest.
Telly Liberatos says that the name of his downtown pizza parlour grabbed the attention of the protesters, and their followers.
Occupy Wall Street put Liberatos Pizza’s phone number on its Twitter page, allowing supporters to send pizzas from his restaurant to the protesters.
Orders came from across the country, and from as far away as New Zealand.
Telly described how the movement helped his business to rebound from a recent lull.
He would not give a precise figure on how much Occupy Wall Street helped to boost his bottom line, only to say that it was a big boon - especially after a slow few months. “It was a tough summer,” he says.
Liberatos Pizza even named a pie in honour of the protesters.
The OccuPie features a line of pepperoni across the middle, in the shape of a slash, intended to represent protester anger.
But even free, thematic pizza can be too much of a good thing: an online message from Occupy Wall Street said that they had enough food, and pleaded with benefactors: “Stop sending pizza.”
If the economy and the markets carry on into further dire straits, some of those currently in the protesters’ firing line may find themselves stepping in to take their unwanted slices of pizza.”~BBC
Activists Bring Wall St. Demonstration to Willis Tower #occupychi #sept23
“Why should New York have all the fun? In solidarity with the coalition of activist groups staging an ongoing “occupation” of Wall St., a smaller crowd of Chicagoans gathered at Willis Tower this morning to demonstrate for a litany of causes, from wealth inequality to political corruption.
Occupy Chicago, as the event is calling itself, began this morning at 9 a.m. when roughly 20 soggy protestors met at Willis Tower. The group marched to the Federal Reserve Bank at noon, where they will stay until tonight.
Some said they were planning to camp on the streets or in city parks. Others said they would return home after tonight’s candlelight vigil for Troy Davis, the Georgia inmate executed Wednesday amid mounting public doubt of his guilt.
Add capital punishment to the list of generally left-leaning causes championed by Occupy Chicago’s determined, if somewhat ragtag bunch. The group’s flyers and website literature identify corporate greed and government favoritism for “the ‘elite’ one percent” as the central targets of their demonstration.
Charlie, who did not give her last name, said the group would demonstrate along with those in New York, “until we all agree that they [the government] have finally listened to us.”
“Any Federal Reserve city should be having protests as well,” said Andrew Smith, one of the demonstrators. “There’s something not right with America right now. We need to get the focus back on the people,” Smith said.
A few police officers observed the demonstrators at Willis Tower, but did not interrupt as members of the group marched with signs and beat a hand drum through the morning rain.”~Chicagoist Click thru title to see a couple more pics!
I just woke up.. but let me start off tumblin with the people at #OccupyChi (Chicago) Hanging outside a tv studio. Anons totally welcome. «from about 2 hours ago.. ))
Occupy Chicago: Come prepared
Looks like rain is in the forecast this weekend. Dress accordingly. Thought I would post a quick checklist of things to bring with you.
Extra food. Things like granola bars and energy food is a good idea, we might be there awhile.
Extra batteries or stand alone chargers. Let’s keep the message rolling while we are there.
Signs. Be creative let YOUR voice be heard.
Candle for overnight vigil for Troy Davis.
These are just off the top of my head, post in the comments any suggestions. See you all there!
If you are in the Chicago area.. #occupychi has posted on reddit to discuss route plans go here: http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/ko5u2/occupy_chicago_route_plans_itinerary_and_other/
Also Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201826659885367&view=wall¬if_t=event_wall
Info from facebook page #mirrors:
“This is a PEACEFUL protest!
Beginning 9/23/2011 @ 9am, ending when the government puts things right.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/ko5u2/occupy_chicago_route_plans_itinerary_and_other/
THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT
IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS, POST THEM ON THE REDDIT PAGE.
Go to the link above and interact with each other. We need everyone’s input.
Everyone who has felt cheated by our government again and again choosing money over human rights is invited to show your support by heading downtown. Participate in a peaceful protest. All views, all people, from all walks of life, please come and share your thoughts on how this country can change for the better.
We only have one goal - to unite and to show our government we will not stand for their corruption and greed. Everyone has their reasons. Now is the time to share them.
These are the CURRENT route plans, please give me tips, watch for changes:
THIS FRIDAY, the 23rd, Rally - 9am Sears Tower (Willis Tower)
March 12pm - West Adams to Michigan, Michigan to Monroe, south on LaSalle
Rally - outside of Federal Reserve Bank on Jackson/Lasalle
General Assembly 3pm
- the purpose of the General Assembly to the OccupyWallStreet movement is one of discussion. Assemblies are held to learn about each other’s views and talk about what our demands should be for our country.
March ? LaSalle to Monroe to Michigan
Rally and overnight - Michigan/Millenium Park
JOINING OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, AND TAKE THE SQUARE, FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
http://takethesquare.net/ or https://occupywallst.org/ For more info about the protests around the globe, and what’s happening on wall street. Educate yourself!
http://www.forum.BayLeaks.com/ - CARPOOL, SAVE GAS, HELP OTHERS”
From Occupy Chicago blog
“Okay, so I’m starting this blog to help with the Occupy Chicago protests. Let’s start off by enumerating the various pitfalls that cropped up with the #occupywallstreet protesting, as well as a few that are unique to Chicago and then go into detail as to how to avoid them.
- The anti-mask laws in NYC are giving the cops a prime reason to mess with the members of anonymous who wanted to protest
- Tent city torn down
- No permits
- Little media coverage
- Media coverage tainted by the lack of coherent message.
- Common perception is of radical (fringe) movement
- Low retention numbers past the first day
- Overzealous protesters harassing passers by.
- Illinois wiretapping laws
Okay, time to address the issues.
- It looks like the anti-mask law in Chicago abolished back in 2001
- If your tent is under 400 feet you don’t need a permit.
- Apply for a right of way permit
- One of our news corporations shoots their news in front of a huge glass window
- This one’s for the comments section, but we desperately need one unifying reason for the protest. I believe USDoR is saying that we are protesting corporate personhood.
- Be smart! I know your anarcho-communist collective desperately needs the press, but you need to keep this protest as narrowly focused as possible. This is not the war, this is a battle, and if we treat it otherwise we will lose both.
- Tent donations. Seriously, if the protest isn’t completely miserable like the one in NYC looks we can probably retain a lot more campers. Also, get Lupe Fiasco involved.
- This is on you guys. Aside from constantly blasting Pink Floyd I can’t think of a way to keep the mob from getting out of hand.
- Be aware! Audiotaping, or videotaping with sound a police officer without their consent carries a 15 year sentence! Find an app that lets you videotape cops without sound, or figure out how to turn the mic off on your phone or video camera.
Point out more flaws and solutions in the comments so we can make this the most effective protest it can be.”~go here:http://maskedblogchicago.blogspot.com/2011/09/what-have-we-learned-from.html To comment if you have any ideas.