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. jose

    Don;t let the extremists and those who support and defend the powerful and the wealthy try to intimidate you with name calling insults. The "get a job" go get a shower, only the lazy and unemployed have time to protest, communists, etc.etc. This time we are not going to let them silence us, we will continue with this movement forward and steady until every American has heard the message about corporate welfare, unfair tax loopholes and other freebies, the true reason why they don't want to hire and invest in the working class, why education and training is not their priority, why the banksters get bailed out but the rest of us lost our 401ks. Occupy America!

    October 11, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      I agree. Why is Donald Trump on when there is breaking news that is so important to this country?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Dood

      Sounds like a political problem not a Wall Street Problem. Our priorities as citizens should be:

      1. Find out which politicians are on the payroll
      2. Find out which politicians voted to bail them out
      3. Vote them all out
      4. Have the Federal Reserve Audited
      5. Boycott every corporation and buy American.

      October 11, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    My fellow promising young activists,, as a reformist I believe that the economic slavery in America needs to end soon. More people in America work for the Government then private sector, I call this decrosocilism stage one. The middle class Americans have been impoverished, the rich are running the country by subordinations. It's time to take America back to the people, on our next election don't vote All across our country ...when we the people don't vote in a Government no Government can assume power and govern very simple lop all of Democracy.
    God luck young fighters.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Occupyer Olie

    We will not stop until we are heard. We will not stop until we get what we want. We want more cowbell.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. joshuagamen

    Growing up, most of us were taught that if we wanted to change things in America, we could do it at the ballot box. Well, today large numbers of Americans are realizing that both major political parties have been bought and paid for. http://youtu.be/p3Ven1km2y4

    October 11, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. the prophet

    Fellow movement friends you are demonstrating the power of the people when the peolple are called for a cause. The media calls this a wall street protest, this is a convenient name used to undermine the real cause of the movement. the peole will prevail in their cause GOD will guide them ... The media is wandering who the leader is?

    October 11, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Funny

    Like God cares how much money is in your 401K. Get a clue prophet. False prophet, rather.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jedediah Walls

    You can support the efforts of those in New York! Visit this link to make a donation: https://www.wepay.com/donate/80590

    October 11, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. bigwilliestyles

    I don't mean to belittle the efforts of the protesters; far from it. I support what they are trying to do. But their method is severely flawed. The people that they target couldn't care less if they lived in the parks long enough to build cities there. As long as they can walk past you and go about their financial business, you can stay in the parks until you-know-what freezes over. They will sit in their opulent offices and make jokes about the protesters, never changing a thing. The won't care one wit about your protest because it doesn't affect them. They are businesses; the weapon of choice to use against them is to BOYCOTT their GOODS and SERVICES. It is the only thing that will get their attention. Remember, Reagan allowed the Air Traffic Controllers to protest outside the White House for as long as they liked; nothing changed, and the protest died out. An organized boycott will get their attention quickly because it affects the only thing that they really care about-the bottom line.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Abby

    Cain has his 9-9-9 Plan (which I like by the way). I have my 4-3-2 Plan ... Terms in years for Presidents, Senators and Congress-People. Get elected, serve your term and go back home. 1 term elected Federal officials. NO Retirement. NO Persion. NO benefits. PAY into Social Security. BUY your own Health Insurance (if you can get it). A government of the people, by the people and for the people .... Correct? So why is they make their own rules, for themselves and not the people? Obama campaigned on CHANGE. This is Change. Just maybe he will be in favor of it. But no matter. 300+ million people SHOULD be stronger than 1 President, 100 Senators and 435 Congress-People. One more thing. All of the above mentioned should feel the pain of National Un-Employment. If they don't, where is their incentive to fix it. So I propose that should Un-Employment be say 10%, then 10 Senators and 45 Congress-People receive NO SALARY, Would that not be the fair way to represent the people by being of the people?

    October 11, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Why isn't CNN reporting on the arrests and what not going on in boston and has been going on for the past hour or 2 at the occupy boston protest?

    October 11, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      I agree. Why is Donald Trump on when there is breaking news that is so important to this country?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. the prophet

    Protesters are good it shows that people can still organize assemble protest heft ib America. A leader to born to leafr is miasing, for this movement to ve affective in it's cause!

    October 11, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. michaelfury


    October 11, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Funnier

    No more of a false prophet than God...
    Hay! I'm a false prophet too! Get a clue yourself, moron!

    October 11, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. the prophet

    Fellow protestors history has thought us lessons, where people had to fight to in each cause we take for granted today! The work of the people to start revolutions is never done and the Government reforms are never enough to end subordination. As a leader and as a reformist I beleave in possibilities not in settlement.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Like I said before, three things need to be done first. Number one, get us out of all these obnoxious wars which benefit the right-wing politicians in Washington. Number two, stop all this wasteful and needless military spending on weapons that we'll never need and number three, make the rich pay their share of the taxes. Otherwise, nothing will change and corruption will rule in Washington!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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