Occupy Wall Street: Live Blog
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IT's BETTER SOUTH OF THE BORDER
2:40 PM - It's Better South of the Border
Another Vet takes the podium to talk about how in Mexico they get a free college education...course he also says that "most of the Mexicans can't read or right...but those who do...get a free college educatio."
Vet says "free the kids of the burden of debt so they can get an education that will benefit us all."
2:39 PM - More from our Twitter Feed
@MGBFanatic Toxic assets should be allowed to devalue and remain there. Let the banks that own the mortgages take the hair cut.
2:26 PM - Red Light - Green Light
You gotta love the Occupy Wall Street a protest against Wall Street where a New Yorker gets up to protest "right on red lights." Didn't Woodie Allen settle this in Annie Hall?
2:32 PM - Poetry in Motion
Suzanne a "performance poet" from Milwaukee is reading her newest. "from here, on a path lined with fear." ... "In 2008 we saw our country rise, now it has fallen for a party of lies....lies, lies, liesssssssssssss" "Here is the church, here is the steeple, our supreme court invented a new kind of people."..."lies, lies, liesssssssssssss, liessssssssssss" "it's money that counts from Bayview to....Duluth... to hell with the truth." "it's those corpse, those corpse, those corporations." "blame the corpse, the greedy rogues with a bottom line who ignore the corpse,those corpse, those corpse left behind."
Or something like that.
2:31 PM - Environmental Concerns
New York resident speaking now. She's quite upset about the Energy companies. She wants to stop the hydraulic fracking.
2:30 PM - Class Act
Teacher at the stand saying how proud he is of the movement. Ending his brief statement with, "power to the people."
2:22 PM - The Ph.D with a Plan
Ph.D is on the podium now...says she's ok, but is there to speak up against the high child mortality rates in the US.
2:20 PM - Pat From Rhode Island
Says she's at the protests because she wants all the young Americans to have the same type of life she had in America. She says she's had a great life, a great education, a great chance. But ads, this isn't the case now. She was the 7th child of 10, who was able to go to college without ANY loans.
2:17 PM- Wait, What? Where Was Your Mother?
Young man on the podium now standing up for Wall Street. Says he's been trading since he was 14. He's says he's for more regulation and if they want to protest something - protest the government NOT Wall Street.
2:16 PM - Remember, I Took French
Man speaking now in Spanish. I took 7 years of French so I'm kind of lost.... sorry.
2:15 PM - Sean from the Street
Sean from Wall Street took to the podium to remind folks to vote - saying we're in this situation because no one cares what's going on. He reminds folks to vote. Don't think he's a candidate - just a good citizen.
2:14 PM - Austin City Lights Up the Podium
Man from Austin, Texas wants to see people pay more attention to what's going on -and to really pay attention to their fellow man - to LISTEN to what they are saying and to act as "one."
2:13 PM - A Situation From Jersey
Jersey City resident is visiting the protest for the first time and is very inspired by the cause..saying it's time to stand up and make a change.
2:11 PM - Predictions from the Podium
New speaker predicts this OWS (Occupy Wall Street) will be the Left's Tea Party movement and that this protest will, "Become the new social norm."
Says he plans to run for political office in four years -- but not til after he goes back to school. He'll be ready in 2016. Again...didn't catch say his name. NOTE to candidates and candidates-to-be: say your name... say it, say it and say it again.
2:08 PM - A Spiritual Fight
A man named "Wellington" (love that name) says this is a spiritual fight, that the protestors are a community and that those on Wall Street represent "everything that is bad about society."
Wellington urges all to "come together, we need each other," he says the 99%'rs have been left in the cold and that we all have to stand up together to fight for the poor and the needy. Ends by quoting scriptures and the Beatles... "Come Together."
2:05 PM - Voices from the Bridge
Man says he was one of the 700 arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge and is at the protest for the 99%'rs. He's also there for those on death row and all political prisoners.
2:03 PM - The Spring Revolution
Selma from Egypt is visiting and is very inspired by what is happening all around the world.
1:59 PM - Banking on the Banks
Speaker is very upset with how much money the government loaned the banks. Says it's unfair that we loaned them money, saved their butts and now these same banks want consumers to pay more in banking fees.
Asks everyone to support Obama's plans to put Americans back to work and to save America's education. Likes being there - but wants a more defined message. Says Wall Street is standing in the way of America moving forward. Says don't stand in the way of someone wanting to create jobs when all the banks want to do is create money.
Tells the banks to, "Lead, follow or get out of the way."
1:51 PM - The Businessman Speaks
Self-proclaimed, tie and suit-wearing business man says he's there because he "loves America." He says it's in our interest to have a better economy, for people to have jobs, for corporations to retain their legitimacy. He says the media has failed to tell the full story of what is going on with the protests. He says the movement is a big tent movement - that all are welcome, anyone can be a leader of the movement.
1:47 PM - Candidate X
Man (sorry, missed his name) is running against President Obama. Waiting for him to give his name again. He's doing a good job expressing himself, showing eye contact, telling his story (he was a protestor during the Viet Nam war), he's against the war(s), hates the drones, is calling on Article 5 (gotta look that up - here it is), says raising taxes on the rich is not a bad idea, says we've been doing that all through history, says it's not healthy to let the wealthy keep getting wealthier. Then he quits.
Didn't say his name. Sorry.
1:46 PM - The Professor is in the House
Bruce, the professor says he's there to stand up for the 99%rs and wants everyone to come out there to show their support.
Short and sweet - I totally should have taken his classes.
1:45 PM - Beware of Black Tshirts
Man in a black tshirt is very, very angry with Wall Street. He's really upset that no one on Wall Street has gone to jail for the current financial mess. He says the 99%'rs have held up their end of the bargain - but those fat cats on Wall Street haven't done their share. He says what they've done is criminal.
1:42 PM- Alex, Alex, Alex
So our crew is trying to get our producer's attention down there to let him know, we're all up and ready to go. They're screaming out his name, Alex. Reminds me of one of my favorite clips evahhhh.
THE END OR THE BEGINNING?
1:39 PM - More Tweets
@Occupy99PerSay George Soros is an Obama fan and he is now feeding these protests. Thoughts anyone?
1:30 PM - What Did You Think?
In Sunday's NYT Column, Paul Krugman wrote in , "Panic of the Plutocrats"
"It remains to be seen whether the Occupy Wall Street protests will change America’s direction. Yet the protests have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich in general, and politicians and pundits who reliably serve the interests of the wealthiest hundredth of a percent.
And this reaction tells you something important — namely, that the extremists threatening American values are what F.D.R. called “economic royalists,” not the people camping in Zuccotti Park."
So, what do you think - is Krugman right? wrong? Share your comments here or on our Facebook page.