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2011-10-04
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Occupy Wall Street

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Wall Street has seen a different kind of activity over the past two weeks. A social movement called Occupy Wall Street has been massing around the financial sector protesting the destruction of America through poor decision making activities by the free market. Protesters have been lurching around with white painted faces and suits mocking corporate zombie behavior. Inspired by Arab Spring's ability to motivate the general public, Occupy Wall Street is aiming to get as many folks involved to show their distaste for how the finance industry has gotten away scot-free with its damage to America. Speaking for the group, Patrick Bruner states, "Our main concern is the way that democracy is hijacked through wealth inequality." Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, producer of Capitalism: A Love Story, is no friend to the industry either and commented in an interview, "The rich are getting away with a huge crime. Nobody's been arrested on Wall Street for the crash of 2008. They're not paying their fair share of the taxes." While the movement thus far has been relatively quiet, it has produced scuffles with the NYPD after an arrest of 700 protesters blocking the Brooklyn Bridge to include many reports of pepper spraying.

"Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants."


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