Wall Street Protest Growing

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Major Unions Join Wall Street Protest

The Teamsters Union and New York Transit Workers Union have thrown their support behind the Wall Street protests.

Alexander Higgins - reporting live from the protests - notes that United Airlines pilots marched in the protest wearing their full pilot uniforms:

LinkUnited pilots picket Wall Street. #occupywallst has support! #connecttheleft #unionmember #p2 #p21 #p2b #wiunion

True Conservatives Support Protest

This may seem at first glance like a liberal cause, but as I've previously noted, that is a false dichotomy, and true conservatives support it:

The whole left-versus-right thing is just a distraction trick. It’s really the American people versus the giant bankers, captains of the military-industrial complex, and handful of others who are benefiting by shafting the average American.

Remember that one of the founders of the Tea Party – Karl Denninger – has slammed the current Tea Party (which was quickly co-opted by the mainstream GOP) for serving the rich and the Republican party instead of fighting against the giant banks, and is calling for non-partisan, Gandhi-style nonviolent resistance to take on the banskters.

And see this.

Protests Spreading World-Wide

The protests are spreading world-wide. There are now purportedly 80+ copycat protests planned world-wide, including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Las Vegas.

Mainstream Media Now Covering Protest

And the police brutality on innocent Wall Street protesters is finally being covered by the mainstream news.

Here is a must-watch MSNBC segment:

The Guardian and Atlantic Wire also have good write ups on these incidents. They discuss the following video of yet another unprovoked pepper spray attack (this one on a media photographer not directly taking part in the protests):

As with the police use of firehoses on African-American children in the American South during the 1960s or the murder of non-violent South African activists, police violence seems to have backfired and turned public opinion in favor of the protesters.

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Inibo E. Exibo's picture

When are they going to occuply Constitution Ave?  That's where the problem is.

Nobody For President's picture

In a way, I'm surprised it took this long.

I mean - Picket the White House? She-it, somebody is *always* picketing the White House.

March on our (dysfunctional) Congress? Wealthy servants of TPTB?

Maybe this will start getting the attention where it belongs.

Maybe more taxpayers will start noticing how much profit US corporations are making and holding overseas to avoid the taxes, and connect that to our persistant unemployment.

Maybe MSM will start investigating and reporting where the trillions of taxpayer 'stimulus' really went, including the Euro banks - don't forget the Euro banks.

Maybe -

Aww, nah. It's football season. Fuck.

Maybe next year.

falak pema's picture

same theme same comment as before :

The resistance to WS's mafia economy has to begin at the roots, in NY, where the symbolic power of this ponzi construct is and where its Oligarchs hide playing their dark pool games.

It is in Washington and downtown NY that the rage of the people should express itself. And en masse...

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.


-- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron
Greenlight's picture

NEW YORK -- The members of Occupy Wall Street are not allowed to use megaphones, so they've adopted a low-tech workaround.

At their twice-daily general meetings in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan's financial district, whoever has an announcement to make speaks slowly and clearly, with a pause every few seconds, so that everyone within earshot of the speaker can repeat back what he or she just said -- amplifying it for the crowd of hundreds to hear.

That crowd, which in some ways resembles an indie-rock concert audience -- mostly young people, with a smattering of Baby Boomers, and a higher than average quotient of hair dye -- has been gathered here, steps from Wall Street, since September 17. They've been addressing a mishmash of concerns and causes -- from war to income inequality to corporate influence in politics -- that has left many onlookers bewildered.

The occupiers' speak-and-repeat technique is time-consuming, but their willingness to use it suggests a group not easily discouraged. Many of the protesters have been camped in lower Manhattan's Financial District for what is now nearly two weeks, sleeping on foam pads, cardboard boxes, and a ragtag collection of mattresses and furniture.

Despite lousy weather, media skepticism and clashes with the police -- including an ugly incident this past Saturday in which an officer pepper-sprayed several young women during a march -- the faithful seem to be in it for the long haul.

"Indefinitely," said Shon Botado, one of the protesters staffing the first aid station, a couple of tables spilling over with donated cold medicine, vitamins, tampons and other paraphernalia, when asked how long he was planning to be there. "Until change is made to the financial structure."

What that change might look like, no one can say for sure.

Whatever one might say about Occupy Wall Street, it's hard to accuse it of being a single-issue movement. The crowds of people in and around Zuccotti Park have as many different reasons for being there as you can name.


Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

Seems like the usual assortment of trouble makers: blacks, jews, communists, homos, illegals, muslims, baby killers.

You know, demokratz.

" What EXACTLY are you amalgam of misfits "protesting"?

Mumbles.  " You know.  Fascism, corporatism, racism, sexism, man.  Real communism has never been tried."

I have no soft spot for these unwashed commie tools.

Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

You faggots feel free to march with cornell west, michael moore, and lawrence "I am a socialist" o'donnell.

The enemy of my enemy is not my friend in this case.  I'll sit back and root for mass beatings and arrests.

boiltherich's picture

Oooohhh Goooodie, we have a new closet case troll on the board!

Nobody For President's picture

He, He, He.

Nice try, outlaw.

But perhaps you wandered over from Yahoo Finance by mistake - this is Zero Hedge, and trolls are old news.

Greenlight's picture

And the trouble is coming to get  throwbacks like YOU. Praise God!

Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

Don't count on it. 

This assortment of losers couldn't knock over a fruit stand.

Greenlight's picture

And you couldn't knock over a banana.

Lazane's picture

it is all a distraction in preparation as the globalists plan the future for the next 12 -18 months, prepare as you are able.

ricocyb13's picture

the actions of the NYPD is a great publicity stunt by the city of New York..... USA is a free country after all.


seeing this, I will never visit New York and USA again.

John Law Lives's picture

This is what happens when people don't feel like being muscled by the police. This was in Detroit in 1995.


jayman21's picture

Thanks GW.  For all the bad news out there, this one gives me hope.  Keep up the great work.

boiltherich's picture

Misdirection, while the cameras are focusing on a Wall Street protest 3 trillion more bucks are going down the toilet in the eurozone.  Police brutality is just to be certain that the attention is away from the real bloodbath, the US backstopped bailout of euro commercial banks. 

gojam's picture

You're wrong.

And I think your post is mis-mis-direction.

Great post George!

John Law Lives's picture

All it takes for these things to get out of control is for the police to muscle someone who doesn't feel like being muscled.  When they apply muscle of their own, these things can get out of control.

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fyrebird's picture

NY-ers can be tempermental. I know, I married one. One bullet could set that city ablaze.

Emotions. Desperation. A run at the barracades right off the edge of the map. And beyond here there be monsters.

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

The cop's should be marching with them, I guess they have'nt figured out when the crooks blow it all up their pensions go up in smoke. Most cop's are low IQ power trippers anaway.

Bagbalm's picture

Guns are a ways off. But I can see 1,000 union members marching with protest signs that just happen to be on three foot of steel water pipe. Pepper spray them and all the riot shields and kevlar in the universe won't save your ass.

Greenlight's picture

My respect for Lawrence O'Donnell has increased immeasurably.

Spigot's picture

Surprising how this is persisting and growing, IMO this may become the match that ignites most every day people against their elites as a general movement, for all the crap they have been shoveling.


I consider anything from CNBC suspect.  lean forward for communism.  I'm as pissed at the favorable treatment that the large banksters receive, but when was the last time someone protested FNMA, FreedieMac, Chris Dodd, barney Frank, The proponenst of the CRA.  The whole system is decayed and that includes the idiot who signed their name to a variable rate mortgage for $300K when they made 30K a year. the solution is to make everyone take personal ownership.  Let people fail (and that includes the banks) and they will learn their lesson.

ThothMaat's picture

+1 Einsilverguy...

This whole protest is completely organized by unions & union organizers... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnakdRdh7Es

This it not a case of the 'everyday man' standing up for his rights ... this is about organized labor fighting against capitalism and trying to get more for themselves..

And with so many union thugs around, is anyone suprised there is violence?  Same shit, different day... move along people ...nothing to see here..

LongSoupLine's picture

ThothMaat I believe you just went critical mass to become a "Stupidity Black Hole".

Stupidity Black Hole - def: the act of stupid being so powerful, that it materializes into matter so powerful it can bend and overpower any "smart" within range of it's "stupidity field".

Examples of active SBH's: CNBC, Rep. Maxine Waters, Tim Geithner, and most Nobel Prize winners. 

Greenlight's picture

The violence was perpetrated by the cops.  What were you watching?  Your interior fantasies?

midtowng's picture

It's amazing that you managed to get so many things wrong is so few words.

It's almost as if you are shilling for the banksters.

fyrebird's picture

-1. You made all that up on the spot.

john39's picture

serious question, does anyone else here wonder whether these protests are being orchestrated?  order out of chaos...   as much as I want the system to burn, I am very concerned that the system is actively trying to out-maneuver the forces of change.

mudduck's picture

Don't know, but in cons as big as the ones these jackals have been running in the end they need everyone to think 1) the money got burned up in the fire/explosion/whatever. 2)The main people responsible are dead or were also victims. 3) That the rest of the people who were responsible are or will be dealt with. So who knows. But if this is some sort of orchestrated scam, it could sure turn against them in a hurry. Also noticed that this dude talked only about cops being douchebags, no mention of the douchebags people are out protesting against.

Tsar Pointless's picture

You mean in a "Kermit Roosevelt in Iran to bring down Mossadegh for the CIA" kind of a way?

There's always that chance.

contrabandista13's picture

I have a lot of friends who are cops and many of them NYPD....  They are all sympathetic to the protesters and they have all told me that the hostility is being generated by the senior ranks..   You may find some of them out with the protesters this weekend in a show of solidarity....


Best regards,



zot23's picture

Now that would be a hopeful occurance, it would go a country mile to improving the NYPD's image after last weekend.  I know the force has many good and dedicated people, but if you continue to support a seniority that acts like they did last week, well, you can't be absolved of all blame.  

I wish the NYPD would suspend Anthony Bologna and open a real investigation, while simultaneously issuing a public apology and a mandate that this behavior is unacceptable.  Otherwise, I won't trust them.

George Washington's picture

Amen!  If anyone of them want to (anonymously) comment, have them send me an email...

swampyankee's picture

Seven billion people hypnotized by a clown car full of @-holes. Welcome to planet Earth.  ; P

anyways's picture

msnbc Lawrence O'Donnell: +100

NYPD = Nazi Gestapo, owned by TBTB. FUCK THAT BASTARDS.

RemiG2010's picture

"NYPD = Nazi Gestapo"

Have anyone already told you, you are an idiot?!

SuperRay's picture

Now, now, keep your eyes on the prize, my bloodthirsty libertarians.  That's just what those motherfuckers in the goldman sucks building would love to see - protesters attacking the police.  They then lose their moral authority and become an unruly mob.  Remember Ghandi and MLK...

adr's picture

When the Unions get involved it is no longer a protest, it becomes a line of beggars asking for more handouts.

The union protestors will go away once the union bosses get paid off with new concessions. Cities on fire, give em a few more welfare dollars and they'll go away.


Did you know that asking Union members to pay a little more for their outlandish benefits will increase crime, starve your child at school, and allow your house to burn down? That is the case they are making in Ohio to overturn Senate Bill 5. I almost wanted to punch the cop outside my building saying, Fuck Kasich and fuck the people of Ohio wanting to take my bargaining away. He told the group of tourists not to go down to the end of the street because that is where the drug dealers hang out. Hey you stupid fat moron, IF THAT IS WHERE THE DRUG DEALERS ARE WHY DON'T YOU GO DOWN THERE AND ARREST THEM!!!! Oh I forgot the only people you go after are people making a U-turn into a parking spot on the other side of the street.

saiybat's picture

I don't know why you're getting downvoted. Fuck union workers and their overpaid fat asses. They reap all the benefits at the expense of everyone else. They protest for a bonus in their own salaries not for anyone outside the union. They're gaming the system and doing their part in ensuring deindustrialization. Union workers are basically liabilities that you can't lay off because it'd cost more fighting them in court. They're kept latched to the host until the host just decides to liquidate rather than trudge along with niggardly profits.

I don't have anything against the idea of unions. They've done good things in the past but now the only thing unions do is game the system while everyone else gets laid off. They're not doing anybody any favors.

Take a look at the USPS. It's operating at a loss of 7-10 billion annually and it'll probably get privatized. They'll probably start closing down on saturdays. You can thank the APWU that you won't be getting your junk mail on saturday because mail sorters feel entitled to 50k a year plus benefits. Their jobs are only slightly less complex than flipping burgers without the hazards of getting burnt.


granolageek's picture

I'd like a second job. How much did you get paid for that troll post? Where do I send my writing sample?

midtowng's picture

So union workers = beggars, huh?

One wonders if you've ever even talked to a union worker before.

Sophist Economicus's picture

I worked in a textile mill in my late teens early twenties.   Was a full fledge union member.   Met the goons that ran the local.  Was in the meetings to discuss how to featherbed.   It was an eye opening experience.   Not only were most of these creatures the laziest asses I have ever met, but they succeeded in destroying what was left of a vibrant textile business in the Paterson NJ area.     Now, the plants have all been closed, the idiots that were lead by the nose are living in semi-poverty, and the bosses got what they were after -- fat pensions and the destruction of another American industry.   


Arkadaba's picture

I worked in a non-union factory when in my late teens and the conditions were abysmal. That being said, having some exposure to how unions work as a child (through union organizer father), your criticism has merit. I just don't see as a black or white issue such as unions are good or unions are bad. Some unions (and their leaders) have introduced some positive changes into the workplace and some have contributed to the destruction of their own industries.