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Occupy Wall Street

A Righteous Anger: Demanding Wall Street Accountability

by: Michael Conrad

Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 02:36:48 AM EST

On Sunday night 60 Minutes went there. Prosecuting Wall Street asks why over three years after the Great Crash of 2008, no one on Wall Street has been prosecuted. Specifically, why haven't the Department of Justice or the SEC prosecuted Wall Street for violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? CBS' Steve Kroft interviewed two high-level whistleblowers and Obama Administration Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.
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Silent No Longer

by: poligirl

Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 14:56:16 PM EST

This is what they think of us. This is how they view us. To the 1-percenters and their supporters and beneficiaries in government - federal, state, and local - and the MSM, we are riff raff who are much better when we're not seen or heard. They prefer us to be invisible to them.

We don't have much, if any, representation in government: you may see a few of us run for office, but we are most often beat by the incredible 1 percent money machine. We don't have much, if any, representation in the MSM: you may occasionally see us, but only in token feel good stories occasionally or crime reporting. Many of the 1 percent rarely think of us, save for the examples above and maybe if and when they give to charity, but even then, those thoughts are fleeting.

We are completely controlled.

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An Occupy Wall Street Starving Artist Protest Artwork Sale

by: priceman

Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 04:52:27 AM EST

Hello my Progressive Blue friends. I am writing this diary for you because I know all of you the best and though you may not be able to afford any of these as we are all broke these days, I figured I would appeal to you anyway just in case as I am now selling OWS protest T-shirts at CafePress. It's certainly not because I'm going to get rich or really profit much because off of this(though I have donated some of these pieces to Occupy Houston for free) as most of the money goes into making the shirt with my artwork on it, but I am somewhat proud of these pieces I have done while being inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. here is my latest and best. I don't know if I will be able to top this iconic image which kind of sucks, but I think that's a good accomplishment.


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Do you know the way..............

by: Karita Hummer

Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 11:57:59 AM EST

I attended the General Assembly of Occupy San Jan Jose yesterday and now you can, too, on our site's Live Stream. http://occupysj.org/?page_id=18 As a part of the 99% attending, I am a voting member, when I clap my hands overhead.

Kudos to all the Occupy Together groups around the country.

Check out the schedule and find your way to.... http://occupysj.org/?page_id=7

See you at the next General Assembly!

We are the 99%, and our voices are being heard round the world.

Karita Hummer

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Wall Street Protests And The 99% - A Fierce Discontent

by: Michael Conrad

Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 07:43:38 AM EST

I'm only speaking for myself here. For the purposes of this post I'm referring to The 99% as the broader movement, as it has been around at least since the Wisconsin protests, and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) as a major event and component of that movement.

First off, credit to the protesters. Just as we saw earlier this year in  Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan, boots on the ground activists are renewing hope. Their activism serves as a reminder that progressive movements have triumphed despite seemingly insurmountable opposition from powerful interests before and can do so again. The vibrant array of protesters in New York have set in motion something truly remarkable, as cities across the country are joining in. Needless to say, Occupy Wall Street is doing a lot of things right.

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Occupy San Jose, Evicted, One Tent Remains.

by: Karita Hummer

Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 18:10:59 PM EST

General Assembly called for 7:00 p.m. tonight at City Hall, San Jose.

This is "the Peoples' movement and "We, the people" must show this is our cause.  We are the 99% and we are fed up with inequality and the corruption of our system of government the corporate and political elites, where government has been bought and sold to the highest bidder.  We want a government where the "common good" is the highest good, befitting a true democracy.

Karita and Paul Hummer

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Occupy San Jose Citizens Threatened with Eviction

by: Karita Hummer

Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 00:56:48 AM EST

 Occupy San Jose

Our Plea to our San Jose City Officials
On hearing that the brave and patriotic citizens of Occupy San Jose are being threatened with imminent closure of their assembly.

As citizens of San Jose, we say, "Not good, San Jose City Officials, Occupy San Jose, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, is what democracy is all about.

We support Occupy San Jose in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street.

Remember, the Bill of Rights, the right to free speech and the right to assemble. Wasn't that some of the vision of Architect, Richard Meier that this would be a gathering place for the expression of democracy. What? This was Okay for Cairo, Tunisia and Libya, but not for USA?

Remember the Bill of Rights, and it is "We" who are the citizens of our country.

Occupy San Jose is all about democracy in America, which, unfortunately, has recently been bought and sold by the highest lobbyist bidder, and we say, enough is enough!

Two Citizens of San Jose and the USA

Karita and Paul Hummer

To protest to San Jose Officials, go to: http://occupysj.org/, get the contact information and make your protest for the Common Good.

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Occupy Wall Street and Wall Streets around the Country.

by: Karita Hummer

Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 03:31:42 AM EST

Remembering the protests of the 60's, this sign does my heart perfectly good.  Will I see One Americaa yet in my lifetime?  I hope and pray so.

Having turned 71 years of age a little over a week ago, I was greeted during the Occupy San Jose, General Assembly, at one of its committee meetings (the Communications Committee) as an old warrrior, and I felt proud of the title, though it is a peaceful war I wage, and have been fighting for for a long time in America.

Why do I feel tears and joy at the same time.

The occupations give great hope.

In solidarity with Occupy Wall Street,

I am,

Karita hummer

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Don't Pretend You Are Against Wall Street Crimes if You Excuse the Dirty Banker Deal

by: priceman

Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 00:04:15 AM EST

That's right. Unless you are on NY AG Eric Schneidermans' side here, one can't claim to care about the abuses of Wall Street and the overall fraud behind the subprime mortgage meltdown and the foreclosure crisis. It's really that simple. You have to criticize this White House for pressuring him to side with the dirty banker deal they still support or factually one really can't claim to care about a functioning financial system or economy at all.

For instance, it occurs to me that as our brave brothers and sisters are getting beaten and maced while occupying Wall Street, we must not forget that there is a real chance for some accountability.

original art by ©priceman but feel free to share it with anyone you want. Make it go viral!

There is also a chance for us to submit the idea that more attention should be paid to this story among the protesters so the media can't say there is no unifying message. Like Susan Sarandon said, there should be some unifying messages that tie everything together like campaign finance reform and ending Too Big To Fail. I would argue the same not that I don't think there are already unifying messages by occupying Wall Street in general now that the movement is spreading to more cities. Prosecuting fraud is also at the core of all of which #occupywallstreet is protesting, so why not draw attention to the fight Eric Schneiderman is bringing forth against the banks?

NY AG Eric Schneiderman like Elliot Spitzer before him is not budging despite this administration's attempts to get him to basically sign onto the dirty banker deal and paltry 20 billion dollar settlement for crashing our economy and taking a big part crashing the global economy, municipalities and the like. This dynamic might rock the markets soon with the prospects of Greece defaulting causing insolvency with their bond holders in France and elsewhere as well. This is behind the joblessness and the sickening austerity measures prolonging it all of which is being protested.

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