March on Wall Street: Update on What’s Happening

Wall Street March: What’s Happening?

Pictures of the Wall Street protest are being posted online.

Democracy Now reports live from the Wall Street protests:

The New York Police Department are manhandling protesters, with reports of a tooth being knocked out:


There are also reports that the police arresting reporters, in an attempt to stifle coverage of the event. If true, this would be a replay of the 2008 arrests at the Republican National Convention.

Sam Cohen, a civil rights attorney, is filing suit against the NY Police Department for violating the Constitutional First Amendment rights of the Wall Street protesters in Liberty Plaza.

The NYPD is also using a 1845 law against masks to arrest Wall Street protesters wearing “Anonymous” masks.

Michael Moore is lambasting the corporate media for ignoring the protests. Anonymous also alleges that Yahoo is blocking emails mentioning the Wall Street protests.

The Wall Street protesters put their money where their mouths are and moved their money out of the big banks:

Even PhD economists are calling for protests. I noted in 2009:

As MSNBC news correspondent Jonathan Capehart tells Dylan Ratigan, the main problem is that people aren’t making enough noise. Capehart says that the people not only have to “burn up the phone lines to Congress”, but also to hit the streets and protest in D.C.

Even though most politicians are totally corrupt, if many millions of Americans poured into the streets of D.C., a critical mass would be reached, and the politicians would start changing things in a hurry.

As [liberal] PhD economist Dean Baker points out:

The elites hate to acknowledge it, but when large numbers of ordinary people are moved to action, it changes the narrow political world where the elites call the shots. Inside accounts reveal the extent to which Johnson and Nixon’s conduct of the Vietnam War was constrained by the huge anti-war movement. It was the civil rights movement, not compelling arguments, that convinced members of Congress to end legal racial discrimination. More recently, the townhall meetings, dominated by people opposed to health care reform, have been a serious roadblock for those pushing reform….

A big turnout … can make a real difference.

Baker is right about Vietnam.

Specifically – according to Daniel Ellsberg and many others – Richard Nixon actually planned on dropping a nuclear bomb on Vietnam Nixon also said he didn’t care what the American people thought. He said that — no matter what the public did or said — he was going to escalate the war in Vietnam.

However, a well-known biographer says that Nixon backed off when hundreds of thousands of people turned out in Washington, D.C. to protest an escalation of the war.

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