Occupy Wall Street Topics

Inspired by the massive public protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square, hundreds occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall Street from Sept. 17 to Nov. 15, 2011, as part of a campaign dubbed "Occupy Wall Street." Developing a common slogan "We are the 99 percent," solidarity encampments and demonstrations have been organized across the United States and the world to call for economic, political and social change. A global day of action on Oct. 15 drew protests in 1,500 cities world-wide, including more than 100 in the United States. #OWS #Occupy

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    Students made up a large contingent of Wednesday’s march in support of Occupy Wall Street. A national day of student walkouts was held to protest budget cuts and to show support for Occupy Wall Street. According to the website OccupyColleges.org, walkouts occurred at 75 schools across the nation, including many in New York City. Democracy Now! met up with several students who walked out of classes at the City University of New York, the...
    October 06, 2011 | Story
  • Organized labor will serve notice today on the bankers and the politicians that the young protesters of Occupy Wall Street speak for millions. The labor rally will signal just how far unions have come since that infamous day 41 years ago, when bands of construction workers rampaged through the Financial District and City Hall, writes Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez in today’s NY Daily News.
    October 05, 2011 | Web Exclusive
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    The Occupy Wall Street protest grows daily, spreading to cities across the United States. “We are the 99 percent,” the protesters say, “that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”
    October 05, 2011 | Columns & Articles
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    As the Occupy Wall Street protest enters its 20th day, New York City’s most powerful unions are set to march today from City Hall to the movement’s encampment in the Financial District. The demonstration will be bolstered by the walkout of potentially thousands of students at major public universities in New York City, where tuition rates are on the rise. Meanwhile, similar "occupation" movements are springing up in...
    October 05, 2011 | Story
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    CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven recently spoke with Democracy Now!'s Mike Burke at the Occupy Wall Street protest. "I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States," Piven said. "I study movements. [None of us] know the exact formula, when those movements erupt. But it could be. And if that's true, then these people who are here are really wonderful." [includes rush transcript]
    October 04, 2011 | Web Exclusive
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    On Monday, we reported a final settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, along with producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, challenging the police crackdown on journalists at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. We play excerpts of a news conference of our announcement, held yesterday in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, where hundreds are camped out with the...
    October 04, 2011 | Story
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    The Occupy Wall Street protests in the Financial District took a dramatic turn on Saturday when protesters tried to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. When police arrested 700 of the demonstrators, the event quickly turned into one of the largest arrests of nonviolent protesters in recent history. Some protesters claim police lured them onto oncoming traffic on the bridge’s roadway; others said they did not hear instructions from police...
    October 03, 2011 | Story
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    Hundreds continue to camp out in a park in Manhattan’s Financial District for the Occupy Wall Street protest. The encampment got a boost this week when one of New York City’s largest unions, the Transit Workers Union, announced its backing. In this report, Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke gets a tour of the private park, open to the public, that people have occupied, and speaks with demonstrators, including a woman who was...
    September 30, 2011 | Story
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    "We’re talking about a democratic awakening," said Dr. Cornel West when he spoke with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman during a visit Tuesday night to the Occupy Wall Street encampment. [includes rush transcript]
    September 29, 2011 | Web Exclusive
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    Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, and provocateur laureate Michael Moore joins us for the hour. One of the world’s most acclaimed—and notorious—independent filmmakers and rabble-rousers, his documentary films include Roger & Me; Bowling for Columbine, for which he won the Academy Award; Fahrenheit 9/11; SiCKO; and Capitalism: A Love Story. In the first part of our interview, Moore talks about the growing "Occupy Wall...
    September 28, 2011 | Story