‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protest Spreads to Other Areas of US

Posted on October 4, 2011

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I told myself I’d leave this one alone, just like with the Casey Anthony story; but I can’t.  These people are f&*#ing retards.

An “Occupy Wall Street” protestor being productive. AP photo, John Minchillo

NEW YORK (AP/Arizona Daily Star) – Protesters who have been camping out in Manhattan’s Financial District say their movement has grown and become more organized, and they have no intention of stopping as they move into their third week.

The “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration started out small last month, with fewer than a dozen college students spending days and nights in Zuccotti Park, a private plaza off Broadway. It has grown sizably, however, both in New York City and elsewhere as people in other communities across the country display their solidarity in similar protests.

The event has drawn protesters of diverse ages and occupations who are speaking out against corporate greed, social inequality, global climate change and other concerns.

Kira Moyer-Sims, 19, of Portland, Ore., said things have changed a lot since the protest started, with the group much more organized.

“We have a protocol for most things,” she said, including what to do when people are arrested in terms of getting legal help.

She said the protest would only continue.

“They thought we were going to leave, and we haven’t left,” she said of city officials.

“We’re going to stay as long as we can,” she added.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the department wouldn’t be changing its approach to handling the protest, that it would continue regular patrols and monitoring but not assign additional officers. Police officers have been a regular sight at the plaza.

“As always, if it is a lawful demonstration, we help facilitate and if they break the law, we arrest them,” Browne said.

On Sunday, a group of New York public school teachers sat in the plaza, including Denise Martinez. The 47-year-old Brooklyn resident works at a school where most students are at poverty level.

Protestor arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, Saturday. AP Photo, Stephanie Keith

“The bottom line is the feeling that the financial industries here on Wall Street have caused the economic problems, and they’re not contributing their fair share to solving them,” she said of her reasons for camping out Sunday.

She said funding for education has shrunk to the point where her classes are as large as about 50.

“These are America’s future workers, and what’s trickling down to them are the problems – the unemployment, the crime.”

Gatherings elsewhere included one in Providence, R.I., Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Spokane, Wash. In Boston, protesters set up an encampment across the street from the Federal Reserve Building.

On Saturday, more than 700 people were arrested as the group attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Source for story:     http://azstarnet.com/article_aaff4ac6-56a0-5cea-83f1-0eed10265c8c.html