Occupy Wall Street Numbers Swell During Global Day Of Change

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.

While #OWS protests rippled through New York City, people all over the United States and the world were participating in their own Occupations as a show of solidarity with the Times Square demonstrators.

  • Four hundred Iowans marched in Des Moines, Iowa Saturday as part of the international day of action.
  • In the UK over 3,000 people attempted to occupy the London Stock Exchange.
  • In South Africa, about 80 people gathered at the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, Talk Radio 702 reported.
  • In Australia, about 800 people gathered in Sydney’s central business district, carrying cardboard banners and chanting “Human need, not corporate greed.”
  • In Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, 3,000 people chanted and banged drums.
  • In Sydney, about 2,000 people, including representatives of Aboriginal groups, communists and trade unionists, protested outside the central Reserve Bank of Australia.
  • 5,000 people took to the streets in Chicago with chants of “People over Profits! Occupy Chicago!”

Despite police brutality in the days leading up to October 15th, Occupiers in Boston have started their own Kickstarter campaign to publish the Occupied Boston Globe, an internal newspaper for participants.

While much of the mainstream media still depicts the movement as scattered and aimless, there’s already evidence that the Occupy Wall Street protests are having a real impact on middle-class voters.

Although the Mayor attempted to evict Liberty Square residents just days ago, Bloomberg.com reports that 67 percent of New York City voters agree with OWS protesters’ views, according to a Quinnipiac University survey.

And the push for a higher tax on New Yorkers making more than $1 million a year is getting fresh life with a new poll showing overwhelming support. The Siena College poll found 72 percent of New York voters support the tax to avoid further budget cuts. Just 26 percent oppose the proposal by powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

So what’s next?

Rumor has it that the Occupy Wall Street protesters have outgrown Liberty Square and are thinking about overtaking a second location, the completely public Washington Square Park. Because Washington Square is managed by the City of New York, it has a strict “no overnight” rule. Ignoring this regulation would inevitably lead to clashes with NYPD–who showed up in riot gear to clear out the small group that tried to occupy Washington Square Park after the Times Square march after dark.

Related Reading:

Thousands Of Protesters Fill NYC’s Times Square

Occupy Oakland: Slideshow

Occupy Edmonton: The Movement Spreads To Canada

 

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40 comments

Kath R.
Kath P.4 years ago

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

Jeffrey W.
Jeffrey W.4 years ago

Isn't FREE SPEECH a wonderful thing :)

Susan T.
Susan T.4 years ago

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.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

thanks for the up dated.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

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

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

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

Penny C.
Penny C.4 years ago

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

Peter Mussallem
Peter Mussallem4 years ago

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?

sandra m.
Past Member 4 years ago

Wish I could be there!

Matilda H.
Past Member 4 years ago

Time for change has come.