Protesters Occupy the Federal Reserve in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. organized an "Occupy DC" protest shortly before his assassination to bring attention to economic inequality.

Today, protesters honored Dr. King’s vision by staging occupy protests at Federal Reserve banks all over the country. For background on today’s protests, see this, this, this, this and this.

AP notes:

The “Occupy the Dream” coalition is calling for a National Day of Action to mark Martin Luther King Day today.


Leaders are calling for demonstrations outside all 13 Federal Reserve Banks across the country.


Two members of the coalition’s national steering committee, Benjamin Chavis Jr., and the Reverend Jamal Bryant, say the effort will be led by prominent members of the African American clergy, Occupy Wall Street participants, students and others concerned about income inequality and economic justice in America.


Bryant says Occupy Wall Street has snatched the torch of Dr. King and reignited in America the flame that was seen in Tunisia and Egypt — to spotlight poverty as a critical issue.

In a separate article, AP points out:


About 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from New York’s African Burial Ground to the Federal Reserve for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, saying the civil rights leader’s work echoes in their own fight for more economic opportunity.


“He set the benchmark,” protester Ted Actie said. “He set the blueprint as far as what Occupy Wall Street is talking about.”




The protesters then marched a few blocks south to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where they huddled in 30-degree weather to listen to speakers who criticized corporate greed. The demonstrators carried signs reading “We oppose economic inequality” and “Democracy for sale no more.” They handed out pamphlets with excerpts of King’s speeches.




Occupy protesters also planned King Day rallies in Washington, Atlanta, Chicago and other cities.


WABE  reports:

The Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which King founded, is one of the support groups. Damien Conners is with the SCLC.

“Dr. King’s last campaign was the poor peoples’ campaign,” said Conners. “The Occupy movement is primarily about people who have been left out of the political processes as well as economic gains the country has made.”

From the Occupy the Dream website:

Members of the African-American faith community have joined forces with Occupy Wall Street to launch a new campaign for economic justice inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Faithful to its philosophical origin, the “Occupy the Dream” coalition has called for a National Day of Action on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 16, 2012 – to focus attention on the gross injustice visited upon the 99% by the financial elite.

As the Sacramento Bee notes, King’s message is echoed in the message of the “99%”:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to action – spoken four days before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 – resonates powerfully in the hearts and minds of many in the 99 percent.




“King would say, ‘Please finish what I started.’ That’s what we’re doing,” said Sean Laney, head of Occupy Sacramento’s education committee.

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Stop referring to this Adulterous Communist Racist Pig as a National Hero!

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If you are going to troll, try to make a better effort next time. This wa just pathetic.

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MelvilleSaysNo's picture

MLK was a commie plagarist fraud.  The fact that this country has a holiday in his honor is a disgrace and a sure sign of degeneracy.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Let them have their holiday as it is really a holiday for all of us.  The US blacks DID suffer more than most (ex. Native Americans).  The whole MLK Day is just politics anyway, but I support a day for those who suffered in the past.  It reminds us of inhuman behavior...

It's OK, IMO, for the downtrodden to have their day.  But, what we SHOULD be hearing from the downtrodden's champions is HOW they improve their lot (studying in school, not dealing drugs, not having children out of wedlock, etc.)!

The key (IMO) is to how we get all Americans to sign on to the program that study & work will advance each of us.  Study and work has advanced lil ol me...

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DoChenRollingBearing said "what we SHOULD be hearing from the downtrodden's champions is HOW they improve their lot (studying in school, not dealing drugs, not having children out of wedlock, etc.)!"

Minister Farrakhan's message for the last 50 years has been exactly that.  At every turn he's been ridiculed, defamed and slandered most notably as an "anti-Semite" to sabotage his efforts resurrecting and educating the Black man and woman in America.


adr's picture

When the blacks start protesting the massive handouts of HUD, welfare, Snap, Medicaid, HEAP, SS disability, and the other myriad of social programs created to keep the black man voting for the Big G. Well then thay can stand for something. Right now any black taking a dime from the government while protesting  is spitting on the grave of Dr. King. If you want to look for the true culprit of the assasination, look behind King to the "Great" Jessie Jackson. King's dream meant poverty for Jackson. Good ol Jessie knew that the Great Society could make him rich along with every other black politician as long as they kept the blacks in line. After King's death look at the numbers of ghetto trash that moved on to washington pocketing millions along the way. Good ol Tubbs Jones selling food stamps ad the rest just like her.

Fozzy Slippers's picture

I'm starting to believe Billary really does have a cock.

Papasmurf's picture

He wanted to go, but he had a prior engagement on the golf course.

BeerBrewer09's picture

How long? Not long. Cause what you reap, is what you sow.

Hephasteus's picture

"How long? Not long. Cause what you reap, is what you sow."

That's not true. People aren't seeds and aren't farming each other.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

100 people....?

All black too ,probably.

So why the low numbers,and wheres the whitey's,watching it on t.v...?

Oh,right ,they don't show thiat stuff on t.v

Star search i guess.

b_thunder's picture

Hey, OWS, I supported you (both in person, online and financially) in the fall, but did you know that today was MLK day - a holiday when the banks are CLOSED???  Nobody saw you!




Fred Hayek's picture

Finally they have the best target.

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Bulls eye!

Now they need 1,000,000 on Liberty Street to shut down lower Manhattan.

China and Europe will drag the US into Great Depression II.

Occupiers wintering in their parent's basements emerge with the crocuses to create some very clever social chaos.

Entitlement programs collapse.

Throw in Ron Paul bashing Ben and Obama. and we have the Second American Revolution.

We can collapse into chaos (Obamney) or into our Constitutional/Common Law roots (Ron Paul).

GaMe oN FiSHeS!

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it took OWS six months to find the problem. Now they need to stay there until Bernanke resigns.

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What would getting rid of one lackey and exchanging him for another, really get us?

Freddie's picture

+100 worthless Federal Reserve Notes

Don't get rid of Bernake - get rid of the unConstitutional Federal Reserve.

(this post is under investigation by DHS) 

non_anon's picture

now the occupiers are onto something, keep searching

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Martin Luther King...KING OF AMERICA Scanned & Excerpted from COMMUNIST REVOLUTION in the STREETS by Gary Allen

He is a winner of a Nobel "peace" prize, but he is continually at war with the white man. He presents himself as a Christian minister, but J. Edgar Hoover has called him the "most notorious liar in the country." Many are wondering what is behind the man whom some people call...

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midtowng's picture

Wow. Mentioning MLK still brings out the racists and anti-communist nuts after all these years.

And you are quoting Hoover to prove something?

blindman's picture

j. edgar hoover said while wearing his mother's
"It wasn't until after his death that Americans learned J. Edgar Hoover was a secret transvestite, but long before that, it meant bad news for some FBI recruits. The alleged discovery of Hoover's long-lost diary has revealed how he may have misused his power as FBI director to satisfy his own twisted cravings, destroying the lives of many recruits in the law-enforcement agency. The diary purports that from at least the mid-1930s onward, Hoover would require selected agents to take on special undercover assignments, often lasting for years, as women or drag queens in high heels and skirts. Sources speculate that Hoover, unable to dress openly as a woman, forced some of his underlings to take up his freakish habit so he'd feel more normal. He reportedly enjoyed training these agents himself, selecting their outfits, applying makeup and fixing hairdos. Most men hated these assignments and many were threatened with firing or even jail time for their cooperation."
i find him as a source, suspect, not that dressing funny is a crime but
he seems to have taken things beyond just " looking fancy ". he was all
about taking things to the next level, apparently while at work.

blindman's picture

here more for the red arrow clowns...
"..The diary recounts at least one case in the 1950s in which Hoover had the mother of an agent jailed on trumped-up charges to keep him on duty as a red-headed, high-heeled gun moll. Perhaps the weirdest case is that of 24-year-old Bert Horgson, a six-foot Swede who left his family and girlfriend in Minnesota in 1935 to fight Nazi spies with the FBI. Once Hoover caught sight of him, however, the slim, blue-eyed Horgson was instead given a different assignment -- and spent the remainder of his career in dresses and high-heeled pumps as Hoover's "special agent."
The diary recounts how Hoover kept Horgson from quitting by alternating promises of reassignment with intimidation of both Horgson and his family. Hoover even went so far as to have Horgson's legal identity changed from male to female -- making it illegal for him to dress as a man for most of the 30s, 40s and 50s -- and had agents make sure he complied. Even Hoover's death in 1972 brought Horgson no reprieve. In a final bizarre ploy from beyond the grave, Hoover left orders that the 60-year-old FBI man was to be confined to a special high-security nursing home as a national security risk.
Horgson found himself forced to remain "Bettina Horgson" until his death 29 years later. Horgson died in 2001 at the age of 89 in a government nursing home in Washington, D.C. One government source says, "this is one of the strangest, and most flagrant abuses of power I've ever heard of." J. Edgar Hoover was more familiar to Americans than most presidents. "

DavidPierre's picture

 J. Edna Hoover was the "most notorious liar in the country."

In 1935 The Bureau of Investigation (BI) changed its name to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) but, the Bureau was still the personal instrument of control, revenge and repression of megalomaniacal transvestite and gay basher, J. Edgar Hoover, whose personal crime wave against the people of the United States continued unabated until his long overdue death in 1972.

Wealthy friends, including leading Mafia figures, gave Hoover and his gay lover, FBI Assistant Director Clyde Tolson, lavish hospitality and investment "tips". In return, Hoover protected them from criminal investigation and denied the very existence of the Mafia.

Media critics were terrorized and/or blackmailed into silence.

Under Hoover, the FBI  kept files on every politician who made it to to Capitol Hill, providing a rich source of blackmail material with which to control American politicians.

Hoover's appearances before the House Appropriations Committee are, therefore, not too stressful. From 1924 to 1971, there will not be a single public hearing into the ever-escalating FBI budget.

Throughout his reign, Hoover will fake crime statistics, misrepresent responsibility for the solution of crimes and terrorize FBI agents and employees who know they must do Hoover's bidding or else.

The FBI under Director J. Edgar Hoover conducts headline-grabbing manhunts during the mid-thirties but can't seem to get around to going after the Mafia which operates in the U.S. with no interference from the FBI.

The mob is run nationally by Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky who had divided up the country among the various Mafia families at a meeting in Atlantic City in 1929.

J. Edgar Hoover and and his lover, FBI Assistant Director Clyde Tolson, frequent the Stork Club in New York, owned by Mafia kingpin Frank Costello.

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation actually sits with Costello in the Stork Club and meets him at other times for coffee or drinks and also in the barber shop at the Waldorf Hotel. Costello's main occupation is the gambling racket, especially fixing horse racing in the U.S. Chuck Giancana, brother of Chicago Mafia boss Sam Giancana, will later tell a journalist, "Hoover didn't want an envelope each month, we gave him something better, tips on fixed races. He could bet ten thousand dollars on a horse that showed twenty to one odds if he wanted…and he has."

But the Mafia doesn't use just carrots with Hoover, they have a big stick hanging over him too. On New Year's Eve 1936, Hoover and Tolson are seen holding hands in the Stork Club. The Mafia-owned Stork Club reportedly has two way mirrors in the toilets and hidden microphones at certain tables. Later, mob figures will tell journalists that Meyer Lansky had photographs of Hoover and Tolson performing homosexual acts with each other.

Hoover's homosexuality was well known to the Mafia and they reputedly had blackmail material on him extending back to the 1920s and Hoover's supposed arrest on charges of homosexuality in New Orleans.

Another longtime Hoover/Mafia hangout is Joe's Stone Crabs Restaurant in Miami, frequented by Costello, Al Capone and Meyer Lansky. The wife of the owner remembers J. Edna and Clyde sitting in the restaurant having a fine old time as some of the FBI's "Most Wanted" ate undisturbed a few tables away. Staff at Gatti's Restaurant in Miami remember Hoover and Meyer Lansky being in the restaurant together, sometimes sitting at adjoining tables.

In 1946, the owner of a major racing wire service begins telling the FBI all he knows about the mob and their connections "which lead to very high places". Hoover refuses to provide protection and James Ragen is soon murdered. After Ragen is killed, Hoover orders all investigations into his allegations dropped.

Agents knew perfectly well that it was FBI policy to ignore the Mafia and to suppress information about it. Hoover actually claimed on numerous occasions that the Mafia did not exist. Agents who received information about the mob simply filed it away, without once using the word "Mafia". Overeager agents, who actually attempted to get the goods on the mob, were transferred to hardship posts in the middle of nowhere.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers conducting a wiretap on a Canadian mob figure's conversation with Meyer Lansky listened to Lansky reading from an internal FBI report which had been written only the day before, indicating a very high level connection inside the FBI.

There was never any serious attempt to indict Lansky until 1970 and then the IRS went after him for income tax evasion. After a lifetime of crime, Lansky died peacefully, wealthy and unprosecuted in 1983.

 J. Edna had MLK whacked.

DavidPierre's picture
COINTELPRO: FBI's War On Black America      The FBI conspiracy to kill major black leaders in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

The killed off the Panthers because they were a threat to the establishment.

Hephasteus's picture

They killed off the panthers because both peaceful and violent revolution work. Peaceful revolution doesn't work alone and neither does violent.

Well peaceful alone works but it has to be taken to extremes. IE complete lack of cooperation on everthing. In order to force the people who run things to take more and more drastic actions till everyone figures out it's never going to stop.

ToNYC's picture

It's all Karen Silkwood vs. Erin Brockovich! If you don't make money or energy transfer, some Law of Nature or other acts against the whole deal coming off well. Learn to make the truth pay and win every day is what I say.

Savyindallas's picture

J. Edna had a hand in the Kennedy assasination also -

Freddie's picture

J. Edgar Hoover has called him the "most notorious liar in the country."

Shame J Edgar never met Bill Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Holder, and Hairy Reid.

Stack Trace's picture

You forgot to add Bush and Poppy Bush, Reagan, Boner, MCDaddyTurtleConnel, Mitt Gravey, etc...

Your party partisanship is naive and shows you have ZERO understanding of how our leadership caste really operates.

HD's picture

Yup. Partisan politics is an illusion. Doesn't matter if they have an (R) or (D) after their name - after they are elected they will fuck you over just the same.  All politicians are by their very nature lying, corrupt and self serving - and the handful that are not don't last long.



Al Gorerhythm's picture

He was their equal and was certainly well aquainted with their ilk.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

J. Edgar was a cocksucker....