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Occupy Wall Street Numbers Swell During Global Day Of Change

Occupy Wall Street Numbers Swell During Global Day Of Change
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October 17th marked the one month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. For over 30 days, thousands of people have occupied the renamed Liberty Square just blocks from Wall Street and the gilded doors of the New York Stock Exchange.

In the last month, the message of “the 99%” has won the hearts and minds of over half of Americans (according to a recent Time survey) and is gaining ground globally, with 1500 protests in 82 countries during the “Global Day of Change” this past weekend.

On Saturday, over 6,000 protesters from all five of New York’s boroughs flooded the subways to converge on Times Square in the largest single showing since the beginning of the movement.

Occupy Wall Street Times Square Twitpic via @glomag

As occupiers flocked toward Times Square, two dozen participants were arrested at a nearby Citibank while attempting to withdraw their accounts from the global banking giant.

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12:53PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Reminds me of the peaceful protests of the '60's.

9:37AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Isn't FREE SPEECH a wonderful thing :)

8:55PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

This is the best political movement I have seen happening in my lifetime. It's really given me some hope. While I suspect that a large number of protesters are left leaning, I have seen interviews with Ron Paul supporters and those of more "central" leanings in interviews with the NYC protesters. And you just can't convince me that the hundreds protesting in IOWA are all radical lefties.

IMO, it's really important to understand this is not about "left" and "right" politics - it's not about reducing it to a familiar and tired playbook. It's about real change, not about tinkering around the edges. And it just starts with people saying "This is wrong" and continuing to say it, louder and louder, until the politicians and the wealthy 1% get scared of losing their jobs and start listening.

7:14PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

thanks for the up dated.

8:13PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Yeah!! William K. So true and so well said.

8:10PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

This is so exciting - finally the people have awakened and they're really, really grumpy!

7:29PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

So long as no yobbos join the crowd & spoil it I hope it goes very well.

3:44PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

to Sandra M.-- You ARE there! Everyone who considers this issue and then posts is adding his or her spirit to this statement. THE MINORITY OF SOULLESS BEASTS WHO ARE ROBBING US OF OUR OWN PROPERTY MUST BE MADE TO FACE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR THEFTS! If this means mass arrests, then so be it. WHERE IS OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT?

3:07PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Wish I could be there!

2:52PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Time for change has come.

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