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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Have you ever noticed how Obama has campaign funds allocated to CNN, and his picturesque face pops up on the right side of your screen, urging you to submit your e mail address so his committee can spam you with propaganda from the left. Come on CNN, these bloggers want to know more about wastefull spending. Give them one good reason you refuse to post ANYTHING about the now BANKRUPT Solyndra Corporation. They want honest people to deal with. Tell them.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott00

      Why don't you propose term limits and a flat national federal sales tax and become a hero? We the people are sick of the blame game and the hypocrisy in Washington. Do something sensible while there is still time and quit playing partisan games. The same bs you blame obama for the Repubies did on the prescription drug plan so google Billy Tauzin and look at a true hypocrite and lobbyist. Congress is a joke.

      October 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott00

      One more small tidbit of information you can pass on to the RNC. Independent voters are going to decide 2012 elections so give us specifics on your plans if you have any rather than blaming others. If you remember correctly you had a R president controlled the House and Senate and did nothing but waste time on Iraq. No immigration reform, no balanced budget amendment, just 2 wars and a trillion dollar medicare drug plan giveaway that goes back to one of your largest contributors the drug lobby. Transparency does not exist in DC for either party. If Charlie Rangel, Barney Frank, James Clyburn, and Nancy Pelosi cannot get you to propose term limits then please tell me what it will take.

      October 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. OK

    Isn't Ben+Jerry's a corporation lol

    October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Imo, she wasn't talking about the companies that remain here, with all employees being American citizens residing in America.
    Imo, when talking about corporate greed, outsourcing to cheap labor is *exactly* one of the things I think of, along with insanely gigantic bonuses for CEO's, even while forcing wage reductions for its employees.
    Or downsizing its employees, just so they can maintain the same or elevated levels of profit and bonuses.
    It's kind of like our electric company here asking for a rate hike because people are using less energy, and their reason for the hike is not because they are *losing* money, but that they are not making the same gigantic profits, so the executives don't get the same 5 million bonuses.
    Which happens here frequently.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott00

      It seems that the young people that are protesting were ok until the unions got involved. If you want to look at one of the main problems in many states is the unions. Unions were originally started for worker protections but due to greedy and smart lawyers have become a cancer in USA. They are bankrupting states and pensions/health benefits can and will never be sustained. If the young people protested for union abolishment then maybe our government would offer tax breaks for companies moving back from overseas. If you think free trade was not a union slap then you are stupid. Unions were trying to unionize walmart and slick willie from arkansas seized the money and the moment and hence we have all these jobs sucked out of us. We have the unions to blame for a lot of this nonsense and its time to wake up before its too late. These protests are wasting time and taking away from what we need to be focusing on which is lobbying reform and term limits for congress.

      October 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Well correct me if im wrong, but hasnt the internet pretty much replaced newspapers, and also isnt it CHEAPER to advertise via a website?? Yay Obama! Hes cutting expenses thereby "downsizing overspending". Sounds like he does what he says lol

    October 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I hear correct statements being made right on this thread from both sides of the argument.
    I would like to see, instead of "Occupy" demonstrations, massive discussion meetings where Jeff Frank, s kel, and gung hoe (among others) would stand up and speak about all of the correct points that they are making.
    The issues (plural) are enormously complex, and many of the young demonstrators are only aware that something is terribly wrong, while they have been brainwashed into believing so many irrational cognitions that they cannot think well enough to understand what is wrong or what would have to be done to make things better.

    October 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Unless and until we elect a President and Congress who is willing to stand up and say no the MIC(military-industrial-complex), nothing significant will change. We need to take take this country back from these freeloaders who already for all intents and purposes, own this government and stop allthese needless wars!!!

    October 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Sorry about the missprint above, folks. I meant to print "all these", not "allthese".

      October 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Hi, chrissy.
    Whassup?

    @JIF:
    I concur.
    Set it up.

    J/K

    October 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @ !!!:

    *Yawn*

    October 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    I'd go protest, but blankets and food won't cover it.. Anyone offering cash? Lots of cash?

    October 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JulieTravel

    If these people really want to work why aren't they going for some of these 3000 jobs Siemens has been trying to fill. The BLS reports that as of July, there were more than 3 million job openings in America CEOs are having trouble trying to find skilled workers. The point is SKILLED workers. Time to get off your picket line and get some real training. Did you really think the "BS" degree in Liberal Arts was going to get you a real job? Companies want to know what you bring to the table (other than more piercings than appendages and a body full of tattoos). If you want to work, get the training that companies are looking for. Siemens is even willing to train the right people! http://www.cnbc.com/id/44820001?__source=yahoo%7Cheadline%7Cquote%7Ctext%7C&par=yahoo

    October 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JulieTravel

      As the CEO of Siemens said, "real issue [in the U.S.] is there’s a gap between who can start today and people who need a lot of training."

      October 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      But who wants to work for semen.. Sorry, electrician's joke – they make breakers, among other things. I *would* encourage anyone to work for cox, though..

      October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      So you sell your house, probably at a loss. You take your kids out of school. Your wife quits her job. You leave your old neighborhood. You load up the minivan and travel halfway across country to find out you are #3001 on a waiting list. So for some .it's a hard choice ..For a single person it's a great opportunity.

      October 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    7:22, 7:25 posts NOT JIF but by !!!
    The 7:06 post was genuine JIF.
    Danke schoen banasy.
    @ all of you: please ask yourself why I agree with points of both sides.
    Why is Jeff Frank, IMO, right, and s kel, IMO, right, and banasy, and gung hoe? And others?

    October 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Listen to scott100 too.
    He makes a lot of sense.
    The corruption in unions serves union leaders, not union members.
    The union of which I have to be a member sends a lot of work overseas by refusing to recognize that different kinds of work should get different pay.

    October 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yup, It's The Commie News Network!

    Ben and Jerrry are anti union. They don’t let their dairy workers in Vermont or their warehouse workers in the Bronx join a union, because “progressive employers don’t need a union”.

    So, how does that square with the OccupyWallStreet peeps?

    October 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Not only do MIC products cost too much, so do health-care products.
    So does medical treatment, but we have to go to the doctor, and the hospital, and the nurse, and the pharmacy, because we get sick...and therefore insurance costs too much, in addition to the truth that insurance is one of the biggest rackets in the country.
    IT'S NOT JUST ONE THING, and taxing the rich won't solve the whole problem.
    The rich already pay a lot of taxes.
    I do, and I don't consider myself rich.

    October 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Yup:
    Would you consider the possibility that the Ben and Jerry's workers might be better off without a union?
    They have jobs, don't they?

    October 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
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