Occupy Wall Street ignites in other cities: 'We want justice'
A sign Monday in Washington's Freedom Plaza expresses the sentiments of protesters.
October 10th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

Occupy Wall Street ignites in other cities: 'We want justice'

The Occupy Wall Street movement, an organic, rolling outcry that blames many of the nation's problems on corporate greed, continued to gain momentum Monday as it entered its fourth week.

Protests were planned for several cities Monday, including Atlanta and Oakland, California, according to activist websites.

Starting in New York and spreading almost daily, protesters have vowed to hunker down, or "occupy" stretches of public property to raise awareness of the myriad economic problems facing young and old Americans.

David Pitman, a protester in Somerville, Alabama, said the movement is not partisan and will remain resilient.  "We refuse to play party games, and we won't re-elect liars and scoundrels," he told CNN in an e-mail Monday. "And we want justice, impartially, (for) the rich AND poor."

Calling themselves the "99%,” demonstrators have sprouted a movement powered by social-networking sites and handwritten posters. Several posts on social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter called attention to rallies this week, organizing provisions for food, blankets and the like.

On Monday, the Rev. Al Sharpton broadcast his syndicated radio show in New York’s Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the protests.

Also, Ben & Jerry’s issued a statement of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement over the weekend, saying, “The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral."

“We realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic change. We support this call to action and are honored to join in this call to take back our nation and democracy,” the ice cream company, which is known for championing liberal causes, said on its website.

By the numbers

1,326 - The number of cities where Occupy protests were planned as of Monday. Aspen, Colorado; South Bend, Indiana; and Fort Worth, Texas, were among several cities preparing for rallies Monday, according to OccupyTogether.org, an unofficial hub of the movement.

$1.9 million - The amount in overtime pay that the movement has cost the New York City Police Department, NYPD Raymond Kelly told CNN affiliate NY1.

32 - The number of protesters arrested early Monday outside the Iowa Capitol, state public safety department spokeswoman Jessie Lown said. "They did not have a permit," she said, adding that “they still have a right to gather there, sing songs, have picnics whatever. But they have a right to be there until 11 o’ clock, when the park closed and they were warned multiple times.”

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  1. RobF


    October 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©


    I was just in South Bend this past weekend...

    October 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nimbo

    Justice? It sounds more like socialism.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      Socialism? It sounds like someone doesn't know the definitions of the words they're using.

      October 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anomic Office Drone

    All of those numbers pale in comparison to the billions of tax dollars our country gives away in corporate welfare so that those corporations can in turn spend more money corrupting our government.

    October 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles

    @ office drone: exactly! That's the reason that its so difficult to eliminate these 'tax loopholes' and subsidies to already giant corporations. The politicians know that the money will be returned to them through various 'lobbyists', and the taxpayer foots the bill. Legally processed bribery/robbery. The corporations spend money to influence politicians that comes from taxpayers through subsidies, tax cuts and loopholes. It has always been criminal, it has just become so blatant that it can no longer be ignored, thus:occupy wall street was born.

    October 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Occuopy Wallstreet – Why do ypu waste my time like this. 1. We want justice? No. You want justice. The only problem with that is, you haven't been victimized. 2. You won't re-elect liars and scoundrels. Well now. That would be most of the system, including yourselves. If someone right tomorrow handed you a $100 million dollar bond, what would you do with it anyways? 3. There is NO law anywhere that says anyone, anywhere, at anytime must help you and your cause or obligate themselves aiding or abetting you, or otherwise give you money free and clear. Mad yet? 4. Social Networking sites are going to either have to shut you down, or face penalty and shut down themselves, for supporting any and all unlawful activities activities committed by your group, battery, assault, obstruction, you know, those kinds of things. 5. You need to change your name, to something that represents what it is you do. "Occupy Space"

    October 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    6. And one more thing for now. You are using what little resources this country has to offer (the blessings we have been given), and your pitting it against your own country. OK. Now the communist left can come in now and blog asassinate me., cause this is what you'll do anyways. I'm going back to work... 😀

    October 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    CNN is censoring the founding fathers' scathing remarks against the banks and corporations...read thomas jefferson people...READ! Shame on you
    CNN...one big gomer pyle shame! shame! shame!

    October 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ frank...maybe YOU havent been victimized but 99$ percent of the american population HAS! So when you make those outlandish statements you need to clarify that you are speaking for yourself! When the gov pays $l6 for a muffin and $l2 for a cup of java i

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

    feel like a victim and they say the average person should be able to eat for a week on $30 while they spend nearly that much for a breakfast. They need to start trimming from the top and work their way down. And yea i say fire em all and start over!

    October 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeride

    Get government out of bed with big business – stop electing millionaires invested in banks and big corporations into congress and the senate.

    October 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    And as chris stated the cost of anything the gov buys is outragious. Hence the high cost dollar wise of these wars .If you dont think that every bullet or rocket that the gov buys isnt overpriced your a fool. Also what happened of our gov being of the people for the people.,please show me a lawmaker in washington thats not a lawyer

    October 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    @ chissy There is absolutley nothing outlandish, about what I said. A lot of the gross exaggerations about corporate greed, may be true in a few isolated incidences, but don't start or ever start cracking your whip against companies, that haven't moved to other places to outsouce labor, or had to "streamline" it's company so it wouldn't have to close it's doors on it's bread and butter. There's more to it than overspending.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Those who continuously rail against this movement are the ones that have never experienced the injustices of some of the government's decisions.
    And that's all well and good, but they are in a minority; please do not show derision for the majority when they protest what you have been fortunate enough not to have experienced.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    Jeff Frank R-Ohio first of all We vastly disagree on how this country is being run and poliical partys, I hope your family member in the hospital is doing better.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
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