The open ended protest down at Wall Street is approaching its third week, despite being ignored by mainstream media outlets initially. The anti-corporate demonstrations are around the issues of corruption and the theft of the decent standard of living for many millions of people. After some serious media black out attempts, the protests have broken out into a major happening that would make many outlets look bad to continue to ignore. With no clear demands, but a list of many legitimate social grievances, the grouping calling themselves the 99 percent have garnered support from well known activists such as Cornel West and Michael Moore. Today, a contingent of Wall Street protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, and that seems to have elevated things.
Now with today’s most recent development of mass arrests of hundreds of protesters by the NYPD, it appears that things have reached a turning point. The clamp down had to come, but no one expected it to be completely wholesale. There are reports that several busloads of protesters carted off, after a peaceful march. 700 people arrested at once is nothing to overlook. This will only give the protesters more attention, as it looks heavy handed.
What will this mean? After three weeks, and the example spreading to other cities for inspiration, this looks to be the beginning of a movement. Seriously. As things develop, you will see more on this. It is encouraging to see that people are beginning to say that we do not deserve this austerity being forced upon us by Wall Street. And it is most ironic that this round of protests begin in here in New York, and not in Washington, DC. Perhaps millions of people understand truly understand that Wall Street runs Washington, and not vice versa. Will this influence the political process? So many questions, and they appear that they will be answered by events, not evasive politicians seeking to calm things down. This post is primarily a statement of solidarity, and I leave it at that for now.
Marc W. Polite