Wall Street protesters coalesce; movement spreads nationwide
The Occupy Wall Street protests have been spreading in Los Angeles, California and across the country.
October 5th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Wall Street protesters coalesce; movement spreads nationwide

The few hundred people camped out at Zuccotti Park in New York’s Financial District in an entrenched protest loosely focused on corporate greed and big business’s involvement in government will see their numbers bolstered by thousands this afternoon.

A half-dozen labor unions, including the local Transport Workers Union are joining Occupy Wall Street for a march through Lower Manhattan today. The demonstrators plan to leave their encampment and join the union members at Foley Square about a mile north of their location. Then, together, they’ll march back down to Zuccotti Park.

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As the number of protesters grows the movement shows no signs of letting up. It has spread to several other cities across the country. An Occupy Philadelphia protest began this week.

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The movement is leaderless and lacking an organizational structure. But that doesn’t mean it’s disorganized.

“We didn’t set up a clear set of goals to begin with because we felt we were trying to bring people together and start a conversation, and from that conversation … the goals and demands will become clear,” said Lorenzo Cerna, one of the volunteers working in Occupy Wall Street’s ad hoc media center.

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The process for facilitating the conversation revolves around what the demonstrators call a General Assembly. It meets daily, sometimes twice a day, and anyone can stand up and voice an opinion. Those listening nearby then repeat what the speaker said, amplifying it so that everyone else can hear the message.

They’re trying to create a consensus around a clear objective through a group process.

“It takes some time. So we have to be patient,” Cerna said. “A lot of people want a specific thing to be said. But I think that specific thing will eventually be said.” As he looked at the diverse group of people around him he said, “This movement is very much about bringing people together and for getting people to start talking to each other and start working together.” In that regard, he believes Occupy Wall Street has been successful.

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While they figure out what their goals are, they’ve organized different volunteer groups tasked with keeping the park clean, distributing food donated by people sympathetic to their cause, and dealing with medical and legal issues.

They even have their own internal security force, although, they didn’t want to be called security. They settled on the term "De-escalation." They call out people violating the group rules of no drugs and alcohol and respecting each other’s property.

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While the people who make up Occupy Wall Street figure out how they want to focus their message, no one can say how long it will take and where this is all heading. As more people join the protest they get to have their opinions heard, too, drawing out the process.

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  1. AshMordac-Tea Party Guy

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/money/jobs-and-careers/unfocused-occupy-wall-street-protesters-make-list-demands

    I'd expect CNN or at least Fox to be on top of their demands and provide some real analysis. Their demands are just ludicrous and nonsensical. Where's the money coming from to meet all of these demands? The Top 25% wealthiest citizens pay almost 90% of the taxes. I'm interested to see who emerges as their leadership. That will be the real indicator of what this is all about. Right now, all I'm hearing is "We hate capitalism and want to be taken care of by the gov't." It's social progressives on steroids.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreddieBoy

      I have yet to hear a single soul from the Occupy movement say they are anti-capitalism. Where do you get such drivel?

      October 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmeme

      Agreed. Regardless of their mantra, it's not gonna work. They're not taking my money. Come get some, hippies! If you had protested CORRUPTION IN CAPITALISM, instead of Capitalism, it could have worked..but again- emotionally crippled envy.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmeme

      Freddie, the signs are EVERYWHERE. DO a google search- stop asking other people to educate you, and do so yourself.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      The wealthy 90% pay What? The wealthiest 90% with the loopholes and special deductions, pays lower taxes than my daughter who is 24 and making 8 bucks an hour. At the end of the year, with her poverty level income....she paids between 4-5 hundred dollars. She is single without children. She doesn't get any loopholes or special deductions. Something is wrong with this picture. I believe Buffett before I believe you, afterall, YOU are NOT one of the 1%.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey in Lowell MA

      You need to re-think what you believe. The reason why it is nonsensical to you is you didn't do the math. The 1% make half the income in this country. They pay less taxes by percent than the 99%. That's the truth. Not what you heard on Faux news.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • L.O.

      You want ludicrous and nonsensical....try the teabaggers!

      October 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Who cares what TeaTurds think. They might as well be hired help paid by Wal-Mart. Hey – IF y'all got some real balls, why don't you become a REAL party and not some worthless shill for the GOP. It makes you look like cowards and stupid.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • PE

      Hey Geoffrey id hate the world too if i was stuck in lowell mass...what a slum.

      Also, 48% of Americans pay zero taxes...that doesnt sound very fair to me.,...we should tax consumption, not production.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jdalco

    You want to get mad at folks, get mad at Obama, he is the one who signed off on giving away all that cash to Wall Street in the first place. . . he is the thief.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Nice Try. Bush bailed out banks and autos. Quit trying to rewrite history. We have Google. Anyone can look this information up.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmeme

      AWww.. a 'Bush's fault" commenter. I knew they were out there. So, freakin' adorable. 😉

      October 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • L.O.

      Tell ya what: It was Bush( the poster boy for idiocy) that sunk the economy and gave $$$ to Wall Street months before Obama was even elected.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Mneme Just stating a fact. I know y'all don't like facts. Sucks to be you!

      October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • AL in West Palm Beach

      I beg to differ.

      Bush signed the wallstreet bail out. It was signed in November of 2008. Guess who was president then?

      Don't try to rewrite or revise history.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not Quite

      Actually Bush signed the first tarp bill. Obama the second.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey in Lowell MA

      1) TARP was Bush. The President DID NOT give away all that cash.
      2) Almost all of it was repaid.

      Yours is the ludicrous kind of belief instilled by high performance marketing tricks. VOTE DEMOCRAT 2012. Not perfect but not enslaving the people.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TMACK

      Not a fan of Obama, but it is inaccurate to state that he alone bailed out the banks. The money was requested under Bush / Paulson, and about 1/3 of it was spent before Obama came into office. Please align your facts with reality and don't spread disinformation to fuel your right wing propaganda blather.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      As I recall, it was Mr. Bush that signed the TARP into being.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um Yeah

      Yeah so lets do the math on this one, Obama was elected in Nov 2008 and took office in Jan 2009. TARP (the bank bail out) was passed and took effect Oct 6, 2008. Well if elections were the first week of November then ok I know this is complicated for you tea party folks so lets see, Jan, no, Feb, no, March, no, April, no, May, no, June, no, July, no, Aug, no, Sept, no, October (wait I see one, TARP passes is Obama president? no not even elected yet, Nov, there he is getting elected but TARP passed already?????? Dec, nope still Bush, and then it starts over with a new year but the months are the same, Jan, There Obama is, after the TARP funds gosh darn that truth and facts, they always get in the way- I will get you next time truth and facts

      October 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Y'all TeaTurds are a bunch of idiots and need to be hung for being the biggest morons on the planet.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Personally, I resent ignorance. This government has been bought for decades. The President talked about campaign reform in his last campaign. The foundation of America for sale started in the 1980's under the Reagan administration. Why do you think Reagan is the Republicans hero? It sure in hell not about "tear down this wall"...it was about a policy of rearranging our country by shifting wealth ie: shipping middle class jobs overseas because of Corporate Greed. More money were made by these corporations and they began wanting more.for the U.S. government in Taxes....yours and mine dollars. For those Taxes, they began buying politicans and the politicans wrote and passed bills with the help of their Lobbyist to benefit them. Imagine thousands of Corporations and their bidders on Capitol Hill on a daily basis promising Cantor, Boehner and McConnell huge campaign donations to write and fight for their bills. No, it's not just Republicans, but they are Known for it. When they retire, they go right into the Financial System or into big Corporations board rooms. It continues on a merry-go-round with these politicans and they are valuble to Corporations because they KNOW how to get around our government.

      I am also offended when you call our president "a thief"....what did he steal? Bush enacted TARP..before leaving office he spent 350 billion on propping up Wall Street and our Financial system. 350 billion was left for the incoming President...who gave tax cuts and propped up the failing American Auto industry. Millions of jobs would have been lost across the spectrum. Stop being an idiot by throwing out words such as "thief, liar, or whatever". There's a reason for your anger, but it may be misplaced.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Bush started it. Both Democrats & Republicans do what Wall Street tells them to do.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Moby49

    This is going to be just like Ravel's Bolero. A simple message that grows and grows and grows till it can no longer be ignored. Just listen.

    http://www­.youtube.c­om/watch?v­=3-4J5j74V­Pw

    October 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. arthurrrrr

    I wonder if ANY of these protesters believe in God, Know Jesus, and are filled with the Holy Spirit? for some reason,i kinda doubt it. While the protest has no HUMAN leader, their LEADER should be the Lord God. If it isn't. it will fail. If God IS leading them, NOTHING can stop them. Unless they refuse to follow Him.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cerethus

      Seriously??? Come on man, look - you love your religion and that's great. It makes you happy, it fulfills your life. That's awesome for you. But you seriously need to stop with this "their LEADER should be the Lord God" stuff. Not everybody believes what you do and and you have no right or place to claim your beliefs as FACT. Dooming someone to fail because they don't subscribe to your belief system is simply another way to isolate yourself and prove to everyone that religious zealots are simpleminded, judgemental, intolerant crazy people. Which is what you sound like.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • CrazyOwlLady

      Good grief. Why do you guys insist that everything and everyone has to do with Jesus/God? It doesn't. Get over yourselves. The whole nation is not 100% Xtian and that's just fine.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • AL in West Palm Beach

      I am a christian, but God does have a great sense of humor though. He can lead but sometimes he does it for fun.

      Look at how he lead Bachman, Perry, don't forget Bush.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey in Lowell MA

      Actually, yes they do. You should read the Gospels because this movement represents the teachings more than your ill and selfish post. Jesus did not advocate taxing the poor to satisfy the rich. He was about giving people a chance.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Just keep making up lies in your head. That's seems to be the American way.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      My invisible-man-in-the-sky can beat up your invisible-man-in-the-sky!

      October 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mmeme

    When anyone else - but hippies - actually protest, they're racist. I'm just gonna come right out and say they're racist. Anti-Semite, anti-Jew, anti-American. These people are evil.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey in Lowell MA

      It's not who protests but what they say. If you are a birther, you are for cheating people, selfishness, make ill pictures maligning someones race, if you have no point but hate then you damn well are a racist. OK, I hope this cleared up your confusion.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. booskoo

    When th One Prcent leave and take their wealth, the USA becomes Cuba Grande,

    October 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey in Lowell MA

      The 1% have never had such a tax break in all of history and still they are here and they will be here when they don't have it. They will not take their wealth. You know why? Because this is the greatest country in the world, even if you don't know it.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roland

    The Tea Baggers wanted to take it to the streets. Be careful what you wish for.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmeme

      YEah, we did take it to the street. 1million strong at Glen Beck's rally. 🙂 Lmao Hey, make sure you tell the neo-hippies to pick up their trash after their parasitic protest is over.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      BAWAHAHWAHA. A million people? There was only a fraction at his pathetic event. Anyone can look this up. BTW, where is Beck and the TeaTards???

      October 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      You don't want conservatives taking it to the streets. They are people of action with clearly defined goals. They are also well-armed. Be careful of what you wish for.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Loss4Words

    The headline should read "No Sign of Concern From Wall Street Amid Protests". Nobody in those offices really cares what these losers are saying, none of them are listening and the recent move by Citi-bank proves that. Get over yourselves, you are but the insignificant few and they don't work for you!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul NYC

      Headline should read, "Marie Antoinette Not Worried As She Gets Her Hair Done". Waking a sleeping giant was not what the elitist 1% wanted but that's what they got.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loss4Words

      Please, a "giant"...right, just listen to yourself. Go back to the park and play your drums, maybe then someone will listen.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 0 -Henry

    first,kudos to vancouver,for being the country that has made americans wake-up to cronnism in politics/corporations. Now its up to US to orginize the people to get VOTER REGISTRATIONS DRIVE in motion ,so that we the people can vote in an all democratic CONGRESS,FOR PRES, OBAMA cannot get anything done without a democratic congress.Also be on look-out for TEA-PARTY INFULTRADATORS!.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PDXSparks

    I have finally figured out how to become a news anchor! Dont listen a god damn to the person you are talking to. Smile, and nod. Then ask a dumb question that would have been answered already if you had not just interrupted to try and lead the story. YAY I too can now make money as a mass media creator!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tony

    What has happened to our country in the last decade is more than sad. If I still a gum from the local store, I will be rightfully punished if of course I am caught. These people in wall street keep stilling, and nothing happens!! Bush and friends miss guided us into a war in Iraq, resulting in death and destruction, and again no accountability. Why hasn't Obama administration done anything about these crimes?!! This is why now people have to get involved.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. marcia

    What exactly do these people want?? And...who is really funding this? George Soros and his gang?? Someone is definitely trying to stir up trouble, but to what end?

    October 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • diana

      do you really not know? the media has exclaimed "what do the protesters want?" and you choose to chant that? let me guess, you also listen to glenn beck, and you prefer not to come to your own conclusions. if it isn't obvious to you what's going on, consider this: the economy isn't doing so well, and people are struggling to get by more than ever. the divide between the rich and the middle class and poor is increasing, and those in power are succeeding in getting the 99% of us to attack each other and fall back on ourselves, rather than gathering up and fighting back. what we want is accountability. justice. we want the corruption in wall st and politics to end. we want to be able to keep our homes and take care of our families. we want to stop being abused by banks and selfish agenda. we want the 1% to stop being rewarded while the rest of us keep getting hit with foreclosures, fees, and guilt. we are starting to eat away at our own flesh. capitalism in this way is bound to fail. we must work to improve it. we are standing up and being pushed down no longer. that is what is happening. it isn't "trouble." it is what has made this nation.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Local

    This whole movement is based on the hatred of Corporations and the rich but yet they are all using Facebook, laptops and cell phones, cameras and the News media to get their story out. HELLO POT!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • diana

      you have to accept that that is our society now. we get things done by way of our technology. the best way to move forward with a revolution is with our strengths. your argument is obsolete.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TMACK

    I have a grievance against Red Lobsters and Arthur Treachers and all the othe Big Fish Restaurants in America, so what to do? I guess I will go and demonstrate at the Fulton Fish Market. These protesters have no clear message, no clear agenda, and their target – the nebulous "Banks of Wall Street" – is off the mark. They will only alienate the greater body of Americans who genuinely want a counter movement to these evil Republicans and their Tea Party, and it doesnt help that so many of the protesters are grungy, unwashed youths who cant even make a coherent sentence without coming across as hippie potheads or "Anonymous" prankster wannabe's. How many Guy Fawkes masks are in Wall Street right now?

    October 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gene sr

    It's washington stupid not wall st. Congress and the EPA, Obama policies.in the wrong place

    October 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • cerF

      Wall Street and Washington, DC are one in the same. Corporations control this country, the citizens do not.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
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