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Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread Across The Nation

Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread Across The Nation

 

As the occupation of Wall Street enters its 10th day, reports of questionable arrests and police violence have begun to escalate.

But rather than intimidate those involved, this trampling of constitutional rights seems to have sparked solidarity and catalyzed a national movement.

Several weeks of actions from Boston to Honolulu are scheduled to launch in the days ahead. Organized by The New Bottom Line, a new nationwide coalition representing more than 1,000 faith-based and community organizations, the actions seek to hold Wall Street accountable and find solutions for struggling and middle-class families.

“Wall Street and the Big Banks are making record profits at the expense of the rest of us, and draining our wealth to pad their bottom line. Banks must pay their fair share of taxes, end the mortgage crisis by reducing principal for underwater homeowners, and create jobs through small business loans. Our bottom line means good jobs, healthy communities, and a government that fights for everyday people,” said LeeAnn Hall, Executive Director of Alliance for a Just Society, an organizational member of The New Bottom Line.

Large-scale actions are planned for the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver and Honolulu. Each city on the schedule has a local demand or proposal for making that community whole after years of mortgage fraud, predatory lending and other wealth-stripping practices.

Nationwide, thousands of people are demanding that the banks “Pay US Back” and they must:

  • Pay their fair share of taxes: Stop draining government of revenue and pay their statutorily required 35% corporate income tax. Stop gaming the system through off-shore tax shelters and loopholes.
  • Stabilize the housing market and revitalize the economy:  Reduce principal for all underwater homeowners to current-market value. This would end the foreclosure crisis, reset the housing market, pump billions of dollars back into the economy and create one million jobs a year.
  • Invest in American jobs: Stop sitting on trillions in cash reserves that could be invested in small businesses, the main source of jobs in the U.S., and other job-generating investments.

TAKE ACTION! Can’t make it to a public protest? Here are other ways you can help this movement gather steam!

Make Wall Street Pay! – Figure out how much money Wall Street owes YOU and send the bill to Congress.

Sign this petition from PICO and tell President Obama that we need a new approach to the foreclosure crisis.

Business Against Tax Haven AbuseAre you a small business owner? Sign this petition from Main Street Alliance to demand an end to offshore corporate tax dodging.

Related Reading:

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It’s Still Main Street vs. Wall Street

Occupation Of Wall Street Day 5 Update [Videos]

 

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11:13AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

I believe the time has come to define [Occupy American Movement]. This is the voice of the 99% of Americans to stand up for jobs. We must stand up for the middle class. Wake-up the DEMOCRATIC SLEEPING GIANT!! Voice out to create jobs. We must form new unions so that we can bargain for fair wages, keep Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Tax the wealthy 1% Wall Street, banks, big business, oil, jet setters. Let them pay their fair share. Not to put on the backs of the working middle class and the poor. We can not carry the tax weight alone. Stop the radical Tea Party that is undermining our country, Middle class and the poor. Show we are one!
They can try to stop our movement from pulling our economy out of this recession and defeat us, but it will not work. We must stand up for President Obama and re-elect. If the Republicans win the Presidency, we can and will get the same political stance as we have been getting. Stop the extremist GOP Tea Party’s greed. Vote out the Tea Party extremist. Vote Democrat. We believe in the rights of the working middle-class and the poor? We can march on our Capital. Stand against the extremist that are trying to take our way of life from us. The criteria and stance of the Tea Party is asking for it all, will no compromise. They will never get the total package with out compromise. We can not do the same as the Tea Party’s radical demand of a total package and try to bring down our government. We must stop the Tea Party extremi

6:19AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

People should remember these protesters have legal rights to gather peacfully and protest, freedom of speech, and after all, america has become the democracy it is by people standing up to those trying to oppress our NEW country............

7:04AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Don L.,

The Berlin wall fell because the Soviet Union financially collapsed. The people did not work and sat and did nothing for so long that the government could not function properly. Kind of like what is happening in this country. Out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs will cause a financial collapse yet again. I predicted the last one and I am predicting the next one. I have been doing so before it became fashionable.

Also, I was not able to answer your question regarding the Check 21 law. Very few banks offer what you suggest (copy via internet banking) as a resolution to not being provided with legal proof of payment in the form of a two-sided copy. In fact, hardly any. If you can name more than 3, please do. Those that do, usually charge for the service. The end result is that the Republican legislation took away proof of payment for consumers that the banking industry is not providing. Despite the boon to the banks the banks still had to be bailed out.

9:46AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

It is good to see real, honest Americans out protesting the demise of the American Middle Class, and the rise of the new American Feudalism. Curiously, their arguments and frustrations are nearly the same as what the Tea Party Protestors were saying just 2 years ago.

The key difference: this really is a 'rag-tag' grass-roots movement - hence the disorganization. Unlike the highly organized rallies of the Tea Party which were nothing more than a co-opting bought and paid for by the Koch Brother$.

http://theweek.com/article/index/206405/the-billionaire-koch-brothers-tea-party-puppetmasters

"By giving money to 'educate,' fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, [the Kochs] have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement,"

WAKE UP AMERICA!

3:49AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

I will not be happy until I see a computer take a politicians job. If everyone else can lose their jobs to computers, why not them? 
We vote them in and Hope that they will do what they promised. When they don't (every time!) there are no repercussions. They do not lose their jobs, they don't even explain! They are our masters instead of our servants. They have taken the place of feudal lords, kings! And we are their subjects, servants and fodder. The politicians and bankers went to the same schools and protect each other. And personally, I would be happier if computers were running the money markets.
What kind of democracy is it that only gives us 1 vote every 5 years? We live in a time when we can ALL vote on many policies via computers e-mail, telephones, lottery machines.     

Where we vote for Policies and not politicians. Do we really need them? Or are they just a pernicious meme that has no place in the 21st century.

12:02PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

thanks

1:09PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

I have been waiting for this since Watergate and observing politics and the behavior of Corporation, creating monopolies which previously we would never consider allowing, Golden Parachute Pensions, more exploitation of women and children, poor males. Taking business from the citizens and using overseas workers....it is inevitable and I've been warning others but called "negative" or a "doomsday fanatic." Hardly, merely an objective observer. And I've put my opinions out for everyone to see.

3:00AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Gloria,
The Berlin wall didn't come down because people were protesting. It came down because of President Reagan's policies, and his buildup of our military, and his political engagement with Russia, caused Russia to run out of funding for their military to keep pace with the US forces. They had to make enormous cuts to their military and recall their military from the countries they had taken control of when they formed the Soviet Union.

There were numerous very large protests that took place over the years, and those people who took part in them were extremely greatful when the Soviets decided to take the wall down and allow Eastern Germany to reunite with the west. It was a great moment in history.

Hopefully the wall street protests will lead to our government making changes in legislation that will completely change the way wall street and the huge financial entities conduct the highly risky practices that caused the financial meltdown our country in currently in.

10:13PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! WALL STREET PROTESTERS!!!!
No mainstream media coverage of it in Canada. One guess as to who owns the media these days. Since the global economic meltdown started in the US, it's only proper that the revolt should start there.
If it expands to Bay Street, I hope to be there.

7:50AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

The only place where I hear about that occupation in Care2! Here in Canada, the mainstream media is dead quiet on it.
Go, friends! And, good luck! I'm sending you lots of positive activist energy!

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