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Occupy Wall Street was born out of little-guy frustration | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

When I first watched the Occupy Wall Street rallies in New York and around the country, I wondered if folks carrying signs, camping out, holding up traffic and boycotting financial institutions could really make a difference.

The jaded part of me didn’t think the protesters could accomplish much other than some media coverage. There wasn’t a clear leader for the movement. Their demands weren’t specific enough.

Yet the Occupy Wall Street campaign isn’t abating, and for good reason.

“The protests represent people’s frustration in dealing with big government, politics and big corporations that aren’t providing jobs, aren’t listening to us and who are nickel-and-diming us,” said Ed Mierzwinski, the consumer program director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has expressed sympathy with those on the streets.

“They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington – and at some level I can’t blame them,” Bernanke told Congress’ Joint Economic Committee last week when he was asked what he thought of the movement.

President Barack Obama also weighed in on the protests during his news conference Thursday.

There’s been “huge collateral damage all throughout the country, all across Main Street,” he said.

Although some have criticized the movement for its lack of leadership and clear agenda, the protests do have a purpose, says Kalle Lasn, editor-and-chief of Adbusters magazine.

It was the Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine that spurred the Occupy Wall Street campaign. It urged people to show up on Wall Street starting Sept. 17 and set up tents, kitchens and peaceful barricades and stay for a few months.

“This movement at the moment is all about being angry and having rage,” Lasn said in an interview.

“But in the next few weeks, as it grows, it will become clear it’s a positive program about political and social change.”

Lasn said he hopes the next big protest will happen on Oct. 29. The magazine is encouraging people to stage protests in state capitals in the U.S. and abroad the weekend before the next G-20 summit. The summit, a gathering of finance ministers and central bank governors from the 20 largest economies, is meeting in France Nov. 3-4. Lasn said that one demand protesters can unite behind is a global financial transaction levy dubbed the Robin Hood tax, which is intended to make the financial sector contribute to fixing the economic crisis it helped create.

“We want to get millions marching on Oct. 29,” Lasn said. “This could be the beginning of a whole new global future where we the people call the shots. I just hope it doesn’t align itself with the Democratic Party. I hope it stays aloof from the U.S. two-party system. It should become a real people’s movement.”

Throughout history, great change has evolved from small civil protests.

It took a Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, to inspire the Montgomery bus boycott that eventually resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation was unconstitutional.

Go even further back to the origins of the word boycott and you’ll find the story of Irish tenant farmers who got tired of being taken advantage of by rich landowners. Charles C. Boycott, an English estate manager in Ireland, found himself in the middle of a game-changing protest.

Despite a poor harvest, Boycott had refused to lower rents for the farmers. So local laborers in turn refused to work the land that Boycott was managing. Leading that protest was Charles Parnell, an Irish politician, who fought for the rights of the tenant farmers. Parnell advocated peaceful protest, one in which workers ostracized the people behind unfair business practices.

Jean Ann Fox, director of financial services for the Consumer Federation of America, says, “Policymakers are at risk of underestimating how fed up and angry consumers are with practices they think are unfair.”

Are you fed up? If so, you can find local Occupy Wall Street events at http://www.occupytogether.org, which says it’s the unofficial hub for those who want to take action against corporate greed.

Even if the protests wane, it’s still the beginning of something great, Lasn said.

I’m no longer jaded.

I’m excited that those most hurt by the dismal economy – the young, old, employed and unemployed – are marching, picketing and raising ruckus against the financial sector that has morphed into too-big-to-fail institutions that gave little thought to how their actions could wreak havoc in people’s lives.

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Is politics from below ‘class warfare’?

The exciting presence and perseverance of protestors on Wall Street (and the spread of the #OccupyWallStreet protests to cities throughout America) is a welcome respite from years of passivity, and not only in relation to the scandalous legal and illegal abuses of comprador capitalists.

In addition, it is a reaction to the prolongations of predatory wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a rising anti-democratic Islamophobic tide, to a shameless reliance on incarceration for harmless activities, to a presidency that seems less willing to confront hedge fund managers than jobless masses, and to a Congress that incredibly represents billionaires while scorning the people that put them in office.

But will this exhilarating presence be sustained in a manner that brings credible hope of restored and renewed democracy that is dedicated to social well-being at home and responsible law-oriented leadership abroad that is no longer drone-driven?

“Obama’s electoral victory in 2008 was the last hope of the young in America.”

There is little doubt that this move to the streets of America expresses a deep disillusionment with ordinary politics based on elections and governing institutions. Obama’s electoral victory in 2008 was the last hope of the young in America who poured unprecedented enthusiasm into his campaign that promised so much and delivered so little. Perhaps worse than Obama’s failure to deliver, was his refusal to fight for what he claimed to believe, or even to bring into his entourage of advisors a few voices of empathy and mildly progressive outlook.

From his initial appointment of Rahm Emmanuel onwards, it should have been clear that the Obama presidency was intent on playing the same old Washington games waged by special interests. More recently, these interests were further deformed by a Republican Party lurching to the right, by a surging Tea Party intent on pushing the government policy and role to the outer extremes of cruel and irresponsible public policy, by a pathetic Democratic Party that is trying to survive mainly by mimicking Republicans, and by a domineering media that has become largely captive to corporate America.

If such a portrayal of ordinary politics is more or less correct it is a wonder that a more radical sense from the left of America’s future took so long to materialise, if indeed it has. At least #OccupyWall Street is displaying the distress of young urban Americans and sending some warning signals to the bastions of the established power that acute displeasure is rising, and may become threatening to what is, as well as engaging with what might be.

Far right radicals

Of course, radicalism is not absent from the American political scene. Ever since the end of the Cold War, the forces of the right have been riding higher in the United States.

Such an impression is strengthened by the loss of composure by the Democratic party that struggles to show that it is almost as capitalist, pro-military, anti-tax, anti-immigrant, and patriotic as its reactionary critics. Its traditional principles of a compassionate state serving the interests of the citizenry have been put in cold storage. Democrats are scared to seem weak, and even more scared to seem to be socialists.

“One serious cost of the collapse of the Soviet Union was to discredit efforts by government to care for the health, education and wellbeing of less advantaged people in the country.”

One serious cost of the collapse of the Soviet Union was to discredit efforts by the government to care for the health, education, and well-being of less advantaged people in the country. Thus the Wall Street protests, if indeed they do have a radical agenda, which is not yet clear, will be to fill this vacuum on the left that has been so disabling during the last twenty years when capitalism had no ideological rival.
One amusing legacy of Cold War anti-Marxism is for the reactionary legions in the country to complain that the protesters are intent on launching ‘class warfare.’ It is one of those post-liberal epithets that gets promiscuously tossed around by ascendant right wing ideologues so as to demonise even those who are reckless enough to propose a modest tax increase on the super-rich in America.

Even Barack Obama who has done his best to please Wall Street 99 per cent of the time, is being charged with waging ‘class warfare’. Liberals are so timid ever since the Berlin Wall fell, and with it fell the possibility of compassionate society, whether capitalist or socialist, the label intimidates. Since then every effort has been made to protect the interests of the exploiting social forces that exult and prosper while marginalised minorities weep and bleed.

As has been pointed out by trenchant critics of what is going on, yes, there is class warfare being practiced, not by its victims, but by the very folks that decry class warfare.

The rich have been extraordinarily successful during the last decade or so in redistributing income upward, from the poor to the rich and ultra rich, including from the increasingly worried middle classes to those plump elites sitting comfortably on top of the economic pyramid.

Combined with pro-corporate and pro-bank deregulation, tax holidays, labour-busting tactics, anti-immigrant-fervor, this assault on the citizenry of the country is an inversion of class warfare as delimited in the Marxist tradition.

The ‘new’ class warfare

The new class warfare is waged on behalf of those with great wealth who have solidified their control over the reins of government with the purpose of disenfranchising the citizenry, breaking the social contract of the New Deal, and relying on law enforcement to keep those who object under suspicion. This is a task facilitated by the repressive legislation made plausible by the 9/11 attacks and the curtailment of individual freedoms associated with the rigours of ‘homeland security’.

“The new class warfare is waged on behalf of those with great wealth who have solidified their control over the reins of government.”

Disavowing American party and institutional politics and situating hope with the arousal of progressive forces in civil society is different from concluding that the Wall Street protests are more than a tantalising flash in the pan at this stage.

Even with this cautionary commentary, it is obvious that these events own a large acknowledged debt to Tahrir Square (as well as to a surprising initial push from the Canadian anti-consumerist magazine, Adbusters) – especially the ethos of a nonviolent leaderless, programme-less spontaneous rising that learns day-by-day what it is about, who it is, and what is possible.

Of course, the immediate stakes for the protesters seem much lower than in Egypt or elsewhere in the Arab world, as there is little present risk of death or physical injury at the hands of the police on American streets. Additionally, however disappointing and abusive the political and economic realities have become, they are not cruelly and corruptly autocratic.

For this reason, the ghouls of Wall Street do not provide quite as potent a unifying target as was the grim personage of Hosni Mubarak, a cruel autocrat in power for more than three decades, and so it may be harder to transform these protests into a sustainable movement.

But in other ways the stakes and risks on Wall Street are higher than they might seem. As long as America is beholden to militarists and right-wing billionaires its shadow negatively affects many ongoing struggles throughout the world.

This America turns away from the needed global cooperation to address climate change, world poverty, severe human rights abuses, nuclear disarmament, and such concrete issues as self-determination for the Palestinian people and peace for Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other outposts of misery.

This America opposes carbon taxes, and refuses to support the establishment of a Global Peoples Parliament or a UN Emergency Peace Force that might encourage global democracy and make the protection of vulnerable people a task for the United Nations rather than a geopolitical maneuver.

The world needs an America that rediscovers its own dream of liberty and justice, and awakens from a long and debilitating nightmare that has silenced its ‘better angels’.

In the end, we all must hope and engage. The beginnings of hope are rooted in the correctness of analysis, and so we can be thankful that this initiative places its focus on the shortcomings of a merely procedural democracy, the deforming impact of financial and corporate practices, and does not look to the reform or even the control of the state as the cure for what ails.

The implicit not so subtle point is that the centre of power over the destinies of the American people has shifted its locus from Washington to New York, and beyond! Underneath the rhetoric is the search for substantive democracy that upholds rights, demands justice and freedom, and allows people to participate in the control of their destinies

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Cops Beat Veterans in Boston and City Hall Blackmails OccupyDallas

Occupy Wall Street first struck me as a joke. Here were all these twenty somethings in their Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters complaining about corporate greed in the middle of the work week while taking photos with their $1000 cameras and their $300 iPhones.Their gatherings pulled cops away from other areas and terrible things happened like a series of random attacks on women in the subway. It’s so very easy to admonish these people as privileged hipster kids and dislike them for how they inconvenience the cities they protest in.

But then the cops in New York started macing people. And as much as we might WANT to mace a hipster it’s still assault and unwarranted and not cool.

Since that assault via spicy face spray the movement has sort of exploded. Mainstream media is covering it (though it’s with a sense of bewilderment) and new Occupy protests have sprouted up all over the country.

Part of the movement is occupying public parks long-term. In some locations there are no rules governing the occupation of a public space. In other places permits are required to occupy these parks.

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Police Arrest Protesters, Demolish Camp in Financial Zone – Jamaica Plain, MA Patch

Early Tuesday morning, Boston Police arrested protesters and demolished a new camp that Occupy Boston protesters had established on Monday, according to a wide variety of reports on Twitter.

The original Occupy Boston protest zone near South Station remains intact.

Sean Ryan, a former candidate for City Council, posted a photo of Police Commissioner Ed Davis standing in the area that had been cleared.

According to scanner traffic, the charges against those arrested could include “unlawful assembly” and “entering and remaining in a city park after 11 p.m.”

“Protestors have been asked to return to their original camp site on the Greenway and leave the area of the Greenway by Pearl Street where they expanded to earlier today,” said a statement from Boston Police Media Relations. “That particular section of the Greenway recently underwent a renovation of the green space by the Greenway Conversancy. We have been communicating that request to protestors in various ways including in person, Twitter and flyers.”

According to police, print copies of this message were distributed at the second camp that was later dispersed:

The Boston Police Department has continued to respect your right to peacefully protest. The BPD is also obligated to maintain public order and safety. We ask for your ongoing cooperation.

What the BPD expects from Occupy Boston Participants:

• Respect police instructions and, if asked to leave an area, please do so peacefully, taking your belongings with you.

• Don’t engage in negative behavior, such as fighting, throwing objects, or destroying property.

• If you are noticed by the BPD that you are unlawfully assembling, or trespassing, you will not be allowed to remain in the area. Please immediately leave the area with your belongings, or you will be subject to arrest.

What Occupy Boston Participants can expect from the BPD:

• BPD will arrest those knowingly in violation of the law if necessary.

• Police will employ the use of video-cameras in areas surrounding the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The video will be used to capture the images of individuals who are engaging in disorder. Those images will then be used to lodge criminal complaints in a follow-up investigation conducted by Boston Police detectives.

• Officers will conduct themselves in a professional, respectful and proportional manner.

Know the Laws:

Unlawful Assembly

• In the event that 5 or more armed people or 10 or more people are unlawfully, riotously or tumultuously assembled, the police can demand that they immediately and peaceably disperse.

• Any person who unlawfully assembles and does not disperse after being ordered is subject to arrest and imprisonment of up to 1 year or a fine between $100 and $500.


• Remaining upon land of another after having been forbidden to do so by a person who has lawful control over the premises.

• Any person who trespasses is subject to arrest and imprisonment of up to 30 days or a fine of up to $100.

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Occupy Wall Street protests continue, with fresh push planned targeting banks – CNN.com

New York (CNN) — Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, music star Kanye West and the Rev. Al Sharpton were the latest to lend their celebrity to the Occupy Wall Street cause, mixing with the masses in New York on Monday, days ahead of a larger, promised protest targeting mammoth banks.

Their visits came as the burgeoning movement continued to echo from coast to coast, voicing impassioned sentiments on a range of topics while commonly railing against what protesters describe as corporate greed, political ineptitude and the inordinate power wielded by the United States’ wealthiest people.

“We are here today because we agree 1% should not be controlling the (nation’s) wealth,” Sharpton said on his nationally syndicated radio program from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. “These (demonstrators) are regular people trying to feed their families, trying to pay their rent and mortgages, trying to survive.”

The outspoken civil rights activist and his “Keepin’ It Real” show were joined Monday in the park — where protesters have been camping out for 24 days — by Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Recordings and the Phat Farm clothing empire, one of many high-profile people to visit in recent days. And a YouTube video, posted on Rapdose.com, showed Simmons at the park flanked by Grammy Award-winning artist Kanye West.

Earlier, organizers of the “leaderless resistance movement” billed Monday as “Kids Speak Out” day, given that many schoolchildren are off for Columbus Day.

“Even as banks got bailed out, American children have witnessed their parents get tossed out of their homes and lose their jobs. Public school kids have lost arts, music and physical education,” the movement’s website said. “Now our kids can see activists take these issues to the streets in a democratic forum at Occupy Wall Street.”

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University students played a big part Monday in demonstrations associated with the movement in Boston.

Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts and other schools were among those represented — along with members of several labor unions and other groups who have been active in Occupy Boston events in recent weeks. Overhead video from Boston showed long lines of people filling up streets as they marched.

A posting on the website of that city’s movement suggested that the march from the Boston Common to Dewey Square was timed to come on the eve of key votes on the American Jobs Act, a bill pushed by President Barack Obama to boost the economy.

“We can’t just sit idly by while the politicians in Washington play political games with our jobs and our livelihoods,” protester Jay Chambers said on the site, which claimed the bill would create “at least 11,000 local jobs.” “It’s time to take the fight to the streets.”

But that didn’t appear to be the only message. Video showed one Boston protester holding up a sign that read “No privatization of public education,” and CNN affiliate WCVB characterized the event as a protest against university presidents’ high salaries.

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The nationwide movement has been largely peaceful, though it has led to some skirmishes with police and arrests, particularly in New York and Washington. It has also stoked fervent public debate, including among politicians. Democrats have generally offered sympathy for protesters’ concerns while several Republicans, among them 2012 presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, have described the demonstrations as “class warfare.”

New York Mayor Bloomberg, an independent, appeared Monday to soften his stance about the protests.

Last Friday, he said on WOR radio that some demonstrators were “trying to destroy the jobs of working people in the city” and suggested it could only be a matter of time before officials potentially put an end to the Zuccotti Park encampment. Yet, speaking to CNN affiliate WCBS at a Columbus Day parade, the mayor said the city now plans to allow the protesters to stay indefinitely.

“The bottom line is, people want to express themselves, as long as they obey the laws, we’ll allow them to,” he said.

The Occupy movement shows few signs of slowing down. Rallies and marches have been held in numerous towns and cities in recent days, with many more planned.

That includes a “Call to Action Against Banks,” which New York’s Occupy Wall Street announced on its Facebook site will happen Saturday.

“No longer will banks take our homes. No longer will banks rob students of our future. No longer will banks destroy the environment. No longer will banks fund the misery of war. No longer will banks cause massive unemployment. And no longer will banks create and profit from economic crisis without a struggle,” according to the online message Monday.

It then urges people to “visit your local Bank of America, Wells Fargo or Chase (branches) and let them know, we will not allow business as usual.”

“We. Will. Occupy. Everywhere,” the posting ends.

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‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement sweeping through major Canadian cities

VANCOUVER — It’s time for democracy, not corporatocracy, we’re doomed without it.

With that message, Adbusters, the Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine, called on people in July’s 97th issue to flood into Lower Manhattan on September 17 to “occupy Wall Street for a few months.”

Little did the magazine’s staff know that the movement to protest against corporate greed, now known as Occupy Wall Street, would gather so much momentum via social media and spread to so many cities.

And now, on Oct. 15, the movement is coming to Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal. According to its Facebook page, the Occupy Vancouver event alone is expected to attract more than 2,500 people. Participants plan to occupy the area outside the Vancouver Art Gallery indefinitely. While protesters say the demonstration will be peaceful, police have been notified, and downtown businesses have been advised to beef up security.

The Occupy Wall Street movement goes international just as the U.S. version enters a new level of confrontation. On Saturday, the online hacker group Anonymous warned that some of its members planned to take down the New York Stock Exchange website, NYSE.com, on Tuesday as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In a YouTube video, a computer-generated voice said that there was a short hack on NYSE.com Saturday and that it was down for 30 minutes “in a matter of seconds.”

The video said factions in Anonymous were going ahead with the hack on Tuesday despite opposition from some members.

The message to NYSE was simple: Anonymous members would “destroy you,” the video said.

“Those who are going to be part of the attack have a message to the NYSE: We hack you because we don’t like you,” the voice said.

“We are all Anonymous. We are all one Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget.”

In Vancouver, at Occupy’s first general assembly on Saturday, hundreds of people squeezed into the W2 Media Cafe to discuss the logistics of occupying the Art Gallery successfully. Eventually, the meeting was moved up to the atrium. There was no leader, and all participants were careful to use diplomatic language, such as, “I would recommend,” or, “Do we all agree?”

Even though many had ideas for the actual demonstration, no one seemed to know what Occupy Vancouver’s demands are.

“My suggestion would be that this is not the place to iron out demands, that (when we) occupy together, that is our time to figure ourselves out,” said moderator Sarah Rose Edwards Noel, to which the crowd answered, “Agreed!”

Eric Hamilton-Smith, one of the organizers for Occupy Vancouver, said he is confident those demands will materialize over the next few weeks. For now, he said, the most important thing is for people to discuss their economic and political frustrations and to share ideas and common experiences. Eventually, proposals for change will form organically, he said.

“I’m frustrated with . . . having governments making policies that don’t represent me,” he said. “I can’t stand idly by while our financial (situation) and our society . . . is coming apart at the seams, and I think more and more people realize that and are hoping for more positive change and a better tomorrow.”

That sentiment is shared by Adbusters’ founder and editor, Kalle Lasn. Although Adbusters catalyzed the Occupy demonstrations, Lasn said he had not expected the protest to spread from New York so rapidly.

“I was quite surprised when suddenly, they started to have occupations in Chicago, in Los Angeles, and then there was one in San Francisco,” he said. “Now it’s spread to 200 cities in America and spilling over to Canada, and I thought, ‘This is more than just a one-shot deal. This is becoming a movement.’”

As with Occupy Vancouver, Occupy Wall Street does not have a defined objective, either. Participants are united by a common grievance: that a small group of corporations hold massive amounts of wealth and decision-making power, while the majority of the population suffers from enormous debt, unemployment, and unaffordable health care and housing. The movement still lacks concrete demands, but protesters seem to pride themselves more in the process than the outcome. General assemblies, where decisions about the occupation are made through consensus, are held twice a day.

The organizers of Occupation Vancouver plan to follow the footsteps of their New York counterparts.

“A social movement that aims to reclaim democracy has to be democratic in its process,” said Min Reyes, another Occupy Vancouver organizer. “It’s a movement that focuses on the essence of democracy and therefore, nobody can set up goals and impose it on others.”

University of British Columbia sociology professor Rima Wilkes said that without a unified voice and clear-cut position, Occupy Wall Street and other similar protests may not have the power to effect change.

“The people who have that much money, there’s a reason they have that much money and they’re not going to give it up, just like that,” she said.

Simon Fraser University labour history professor Mark Leier agrees that change would be difficult, but not impossible if protesters connect with groups that have bargaining power. For example, labour unions, such as the teachers, nurses and transit workers who joined the protest on Wall Street on Wednesday, can put different kinds of economic and political pressure on the powerful.

“Where people have a sense of injustice, a sense that things must be better, they’re going to talk about it,” Leier said. “They’re going to say, ‘What do we most want on the agenda?’ And they’re going to discuss it, and they’re going to, with any luck, find some way forward.”

Lasn said he believes Occupy could become a global movement driven by social media. Young people who face a “big, black hole” — bleak economic future, political grievances, and climate change — will “bite the bullet and have a surge of bottoms-up, democratic demands that will change the world,” he said.

“All around the world, people will stand up and say, ‘You, the leaders who are creating my future, you don’t understand what’s going on, you don’t understand the complexity and the danger of what the future is,’” he said. “And they’re going to . . . demand things like a tax on all financial transactions, banning of high-frequency trading, banking reforms.”

Regardless of whether the movement can bring forth change, both Wilkes and Leier stressed the importance of highlighting economic inequality and the true potential of democracy.

“Even if we don’t see direct political change, what people are going to learn are lessons they have forgotten over the last 30 years,” Leier said. “Democracy is not just about casting a ballot every four or five years. Whether it’s women’s suffrage, unemployment insurance, health care, they have certainly not been divorced from electoral politics, but it’s the power of the people . . . to get out on the streets that have also propelled this.”

Reyes agreed, saying that Occupy Vancouver is as much of a symbolic occupation as it is a physical one.

“I would hope that this movement wakens people up in terms of their rightful, political engagement with issues they deal with,” she said. “If it came to a point where people just have to go back home, they will take the spirit and experience back with them, and never forget that the public sphere is there for them to reclaim their voice and be heard.”

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Occupy Wall Street: Democrats and Tea Partiers Pick Their Sides

From my over-taxed inbox this morning — a holiday morning! — two different fundraising appeals. The first comes from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, an official arm of the Democratic Party, tasked with winning back the House of Representatives. It’s a full-on endorsement of Occupy Wall Street.

Protestors are assembling in New York and around the country to let billionaires, big oil and big bankers know that we’re not going to let the richest 1% force draconian economic policies and massive cuts to crucial programs on Main Street Americans.

Out-of-touch Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he is “increasingly concerned by the growing mobs.” Mobs? That must be what Republicans refer to as the middle class, or maybe the millions of unemployed Americans across the country.

As Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “The message of the American people is that no longer will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause massive joblessness on Main Street…”

Help us send a message straight to Eric Cantor, Speaker Boehner, and the rest of reckless Republican leadership in Congress:

Sign our petition right now and help us reach 100,000 strong standing with #OccupyWallStreet protestors across the country >>

Also out today: A new appeal from the Tea Party Express.

The media continues to insist that the Occupy Wall Street protests are motivated by the same problems that the Tea Party coalesced around and that they are the Tea Party of the left!

We here at the Tea Party Express find those comparisons to be insulting.   Three weeks into the Occupy Wall Street protests,  it is still not exactly apparent what they are protesting about.  The motivation behind their rage seems to be anything from corporate greed, redistribution of wealth, free college tuition, guaranteed wages (whether you work or not), defending the people against the man, all the way to anarchy.  The only commonality that we have is that we are both opposed to the bailouts of Wall Street – and that is it.

Their motivations, their behavior and their disrespect for the principles that made this country great could not stand in starker contrast to ours.  We stand for free market capitalism, individual responsibility, self reliance, individual liberties, and a limited federal government.

This is important that we stand up to these comparisons and stand up for our principles. Click here to contribute!

Congratulations, Occupiers. You’ve made it.

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