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. bigwilliestyles

    You don't even have to boycott all corporations at the same time. Boycott them one at a time until you initiate the domino effect. One could start with Bank of America, for example, then move to other companies. As their bottom line is affected, their policies will change. Other companies will become 'collateral damage' from the BoA boycott, resulting in a policy change, while others will try to change policy to avoid boycotts of their goods/services. Simple, easy to do, and it can be coordinated through social networking sites. A civilized revolution, so to speak.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    bigwilliestyles, you have a new phone?
    Whatever; your posts are always relevant.

    @JIF:
    As usual, your stories are amusing, and sometimes cringe-worthy.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anne

    i work hard to just try keep eating. the bank holds part of my money. never enough to go round. i dont want welfare. i want the millionaires and millionairess to pay their share .stop telling me to get a job i have one .this country was not made only for the rich. it was built by poor , farmers. slaves and immigrants. being poor doesn't make me ignorant or a second class citizen.i have the same rights as you.stop taking the whole country down when you are not getting your way

    October 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    @ banasy: just trying to stay ahead of CNN's (another mega corporation pretending that its impartial) censors.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. barbara451

    protests have already occured in Atlanta, Tampa, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, DC, LA, SD, San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Chapel Hill, Madison, Norfolk, Knoxville, Long Beach, et al

    October 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rich

    The obvious solution to this problem is massive tax cuts for the super rich.

    October 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. barbara451

    be sure to mention that the majority of the police support the occupy movement. They are part of the 99%. Just ask them.

    October 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lol

    While the intention is good, I kinda laugh at the fact that they think they are proving a point. Most, if not all of the things they are using are brought to them by corporations. The social networking sites, the computers and cell phones they are using to rally the troops, the tents they are using to sleep in, the food, the water, the coffee, etc. It all leads back to a major corporation one way or another.

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

      you're disillusioned. Wall street has brought absolutely nothing concrete. They speculate and sell derivatives which ultimately takes a buck out of your pocket. They crash the markets and cause trillion dollar damages for only billion dollar bonuses..

      October 10, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      What would you prefer? Seriously, what choice do they have? They are getting the message out, whether you laugh at it or not.

      October 10, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @anne

    I'm so sorry. This is what we're fighting for.

    October 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. scallywag1

    A noble protest to be sure... But the same old political faces are already trying to hijack the movement. Protestors, find a leader. Get organized. There will be no victory without clear goals. You risk being nothing more than "have nots" whining about the "haves". You are already being portrayed as such. Kindly ask the Labor leaders, the Al Sharptons, to get OUT. Become the democracy you claim to be, and make it work

    October 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Parker East

    Here is my contribution to the movement.... so far. Pass it along.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6xrMZwnS-o&w=640&h=360]

    Worth watching...

    October 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. scallywag1

    Kindly ask the Labor leaders, the Al sharptons to get OUT. lest you become their political tools in the same old game

    October 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SofGangsta

    1,326 – The number of cities where Occupy protests were planned as of Monday.

    I like that number!

    October 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    New interpretation of the First Amendment: Freedom of Assembly is only a right until 11 p.m.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Phil

    Money + Politicians = the end of democracy

    That is the real issue. Democrats and republicans are equally guilty. Money has corrupted the political system so our politicians no longer work for us. Instead, they are indebted to their deep-pocket donors.

    We need to fix this but certainly cannot rely on our politicians to do so. The only way is through a mass uprising of the people. Hopefully the Occupy movement will become massive and will remain peaceful, because this is what's required to force changes on the corrupt system.

    It's great to see this uprising starting to happen. Now let's keep it growing. If we can get back our democracy, good things will return to America.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
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