‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protest Spreads To Jersey City, Trenton

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — You don’t have to live in New York to be fed up with Wall Street.  Now, the “Occupy Wall Street” movement has found its way to Jersey City.

About 100 protesters gathered Thursday afternoon along the waterfront in the city’s financial sector outside Goldman Sachs offices.

Photo Gallery: Occupy Wall Street

Employees who were outside the building before Thursday’s protest began said they had been told not to comment.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports the message is spreading

Even though the turnout for the Jersey City protest was small — totaling about 100 people — protester Mike Primo said the message is the same.

“We’re protesting corporation control of our government. We want to take our government back, we want the corporations held accountable and we want them to pay their fair share,” Primo told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

Protestor Pat Meany wasn’t disappointed by the turnout, pointing out that demonstrations at Zuccotti Park started out with a few dozen people.

“We’re making a Tea Party look like just a couple of people squawking on a street corner,” Meany said.

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Protesters in Jersey City. (credit: Al Jones, 1010 WINS)

What began three weeks ago in Zuccotti Park as a grass-roots protest against excesses on Wall Street has been gaining more and more nationwide attention in recent weeks.

“At first I didn’t believe that it was ever going to get this big, but it’s just the beginning of something bigger,” said Christopher Guerra of Newark.

The latest protests come after Wednesday’s large-scale event in Lower Manhattan, which featured clashes between police and protesters.

New video surfaced showing police clashing with protesters in a night of explosive emotions.  The scuffle started after police say demonstrators began spilling over barricades.

With thousands of protesters chanting and yelling, police pressed up against barriers say they were forced to use pepper spray and batons to calm part of the frenzied crowds.

The video is inflammatory but police point out they are allowed to use batons and pepper spray for crowd control purposes. Police arrested 28 people, mostly for disorderly conduct.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also commented on the situation Thursday, telling reporters that protesters would be “met with force” if they targeted police officers.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Mayor Bloomberg

When it comes to Occupy Wall Street, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this is a city that values people’s right to say what they want to say, but he had a warning.

“There just is a standard of conduct…a line you can’t cross,” said Bloomberg on Thursday.

He said you can’t charge police officers.

A reporter asked, “How concerned are you that the type of skirmishes that happened last night may escalate as this movement continues to grow?”

Bloomberg answered, “I don’t think that it will escalate and I think our police department conducted themselves the way they should. Every cop? I don’t know. There will always be somebody that’s got some piece of footage.”

As for if there is any way to resolve the protests, Bloomberg said, “There’s no leadership, one group that’s leading or whatever. What I can tell you is this is the place where you can protest.”

What is the future of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • leadfootedrabbit.com

    The leadfootedrabbit walked down to visit the occupiers, and he found a peaceful, frustrated group of individuals with varying backgrounds. Most were recent college grads who have been completely ignored by employers and politicians alike. I wrote about it on the leadfootedrabbit web site. My guess is that the people protesting will see that the repubs and dems alike care about little more than getting reelected, and that we the people are essentially on our own.


  • Morris Bergen

    Where can I be trained as a PROFESSIONAL ACTIVIST? I want to get a high-paying job as a protester complaining about unemployment.

  • Betty Beatnik

    We’re gonna take Cheesequake by storm!

  • The Watcher

    I read about a prophecy in 1998 that there will only be two classes. Rich and poor, the middle class will be eliminated by greed. Which is in fact apart of the new world order. I see this very fact unfolding right before my eyes… The way I see it if you are not apart of that 1 % then we will all be like sheep and follow the sheperd into oblivion.

  • Ingrid

    Bloomberg says that there is a line that they cannot cross. In the meantime he worked hard to ban smoking on beaches and in parks, without public knowing anything about it. He crossed the line, did it in hiding, and most New Yorkers were shocked when the ban was announced. All the laws and regulations and more laws and regulations are constantly being passed behind our back. But “they” (protesters) cannot cross the line!!! Well, crossing lines has to work for both sides. We are not slaves, and this is not Iran.

  • Mark

    This is not a protest – it is a carefully orchestrated COMMUNITY ORGANIZER event staged by White House and Union officials. Why in the WORLD would unions be involved? Are you that naive to understand that this is the Saul Alinsky way? To play on the less fortunate’s emotions to promulgate social agenda?

    Want to protest and picket? You should do so on the front lawn of the White House, because it was Bush and Obama that allowed their colleagues in the House and Senate to destroy this economy. And if you want to jojn a REAL REVOLUTION – then there is only one – THE RON PAUL REVOLUTION.

    • justin

      yeah, the same ron paul during the debate that thinks that whatever happens to an uninsured person is their problem! And even when the audience said let the person die, he didn’t try to convince them that it was wrong. And he’s a Doctor?! Go ahead and waste your vote, and hopefully you can keep your health insurance, or he’ll let you die.

      • Charlie

        Well, I’d let you die that’s for sure.

  • Eugenio Gonzalez

    I totally beleive that this demonstration will forever bring out the truth. What truth? WE will find out for the first time, where is the money?

  • Magnatron

    These animalistic, uninformed and lazy left-wing terrorists need to keep themselves above the Mason Dixon Line. Come any further south, and we’ll send your parts home in a bag.

    • Michael H.

      Death threats. Keep it classy!

  • maylIrm

    I support this movement. In spite of their somewhat conflicting and not-quite-coherent manifesto, I think that there is a central message that needs to be conveyed. For the last several decades, and to a greatest extent over the last three years, the American way of life has been in decline.

    – Our real unemployment rate remains over 15%. Our corporations have returned to their pre-2008 profit levels, but with far fewer employees on payroll. They have achieved this through a combination of outsourcing, which is no longer confined to blue-collar manufacturing, but which is affecting white-collar departments like IT and accounting, as well as productivity increases, which to a large degree depend on employees working longer hours for the same pay. How many of you know people who work 10-12 hour days, who take their work home with them, and who aren’t paid for their overtime hours? How many of you know people who are doing the work that 2-3 people used to do? How many of you know people who work at companies that really should hire more people, but won’t because they know their overworked employees are just happy to have a job right now?

    – More and more college graduates are taking unpaid internships that violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and don’t lead to full-time positions at their conclusion.

    – Healthcare remains out of reach for 16% of the population. Premiums are soaring, deductibles are increasing, and the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that might mitigate some of the damage are years away from being implemented, if the whole act isn’t repealed first.

    – Education has become so expensive that a college degree might not even be a net gain for many young people. The entry-level jobs that used to be available for college graduates of any major are disappearing or being converted into unpaid internships. Only science and engineering graduates have any real certainty that they’ll be able to find decent jobs after college.

    – Millions of homes are being foreclosed on. Some of these homeowners were irresponsible, to be sure. But many more were making their payments before their interest rates increased. Many were doing fine until a member of the household lost a job. Our government was willing to spend billions bailing out failed financial institutions, but investors are throwing a fit at the idea of allowing judges to lower a family’s mortgage payments to a sustainable level, and our politicians are listening to them.

    Americans have been told that this is the new normal. That globalization means that we all have to sacrifice. And yet through all this, there is one group of people who haven’t sacrificed anything. In fact, their standard of living has risen over the past few years. These are the top 1%. But people are increasingly finding this arrangement unacceptable. If we all have to sacrifice, shouldn’t the people who already have the most make the biggest sacrifices? Shouldn’t a profitable company be willing to take a lower profit margin before it slashes payrolls? Shouldn’t a CEO decrease his own salary or bonus before he or she implements layoffs?

    The social contract in America is broken. It used to be “work hard and you’ll be able to support a family.” Now it’s “take what we give you, and be happy about it.” Many politicians have convinced their constituents to support policies and economic ways of thinking that run directly against their own interests. They’ve indoctrinated them with a Randian philosophy that states that everything we have comes from our wealthy benefactors who create jobs, invent new products, and make our way of life possible. They dub the wealthiest Americans “producers” and the rest of us “moochers”, failing to acknowledge that every working American is a producer, and that there are millions more who would love nothing more than to be working and producing, but cannot because of the economic crisis caused largely by our financial industry. They fail to acknowledge that a social contract that excessively rewards the wealthy for investment and job creation only works if jobs are created and investments are made. If this isn’t happening, then clearly it’s time to re-evaulate the way we run our society.

    Many of our politicians have turned the bottom 99% against each other. Look no further than the way they refer to our social programs as “entitlements”, conjuring up the image of a spoiled child demanding something he doesn’t deserve. Look at how they’ve attacked the very concepts of organized labor and collective bargaining, which were central to improving working conditions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They’ve dubbed our struggle for a greater share of the rewards of our societal production as “class warfare”.

    They insist that a deficit of over $1 trillion can only be balanced by cuts to our social programs and to our infrastructure and education spending. They’ve proven themselves willing to risk our country’s default to prevent any tax increase on the only Americans who haven’t had to make sacrifices in this time of struggle. They seem oblivious to our declining social mobility, to our lowered standard of living for all but the wealthiest, to our banana republic levels of inequality, and to the diminishing opportunities that young Americans can look forward to. They effectively tell us that the only way we can get back to the American economic reality that our parents grew up with is to make the rich richer, to abandon our ideas about protecting the environment and our workers, and to allow mega-corporations free rein to engage in any anti-consumer, anti-employee practices they so choose.

    The voices of the people are being drowned out. One of the most popular aspects of Obama’s healthcare reform was the public option. It was bargained away to prevent healthcare corporations from running an ad campagin against the whole thing. One of Bush’s accomplishments, Medicare Part D, contained a clause prohibiting the federal government from negotiating bulk discounts with pharmaceutical companies. The Senator who pushed that clause through was given a 7-figure job with the pharmaceutical industry a year later. A majority of Americans would rather increase the top tax rate than cut Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security benefits, but their voices aren’t being heard.

    This protest is about putting a stop to that. It’s about recognizing that our country is driven by the everyday people who work hard expecting nothing more than a decent standard of living for themselves and their children. It’s about recognizing that the top 1% would have nothing without the rest of society, and that if sacrifices are to be made, then they should be made by all, and not only by those with the least to give. Most of all, it’s about demanding that our politicians be accountable to all of the people, not just to their campaign donors, and that they put the interests of the working class above the interests of their political parties.

    Everyone of you should care about this movement because it directly affects you! Everyone of you that has paid the hundreds of dollars in increases year after year in your tuition while facing constant threat from yearly budget cuts that want to slash away at your financial aid rewards. Everyone of you that pays the constant rise in transportation costs, housing, and food which all stems from inflation due to the direct manipulation of monetary funds and policies of Wall Street. But let me ask you something, when was the last time your wages have gone up to compensate for this inflation?

    • Magnatron

      Are you really that uninformed? These are not real protests. They are a prelude to chaos that is orchestrated by the White House. If it were a real protest, they would be lashing out at Obama instead of demanding bigger government and higher taxes.

      • andrea

        boo hoo wealthy aristocrat doesnt want to pay higher taxes- whatsamatter rich boy dont wanna have to give up your vacation home on saint barts since paying your fair share of 30% or more on your income taxes will cause you to not be able to make that mortgage on that vacation home? well welcome to our world where we are grateful just to own one home! your corporation gonna go down the tubes if your corporate welfare gets cut off go cry to your mamma in her $3000 chanel gown cuz we dont wanna hear it!

        • Charlie

          Not if it’s going into your welfare check. I’m happy your life sucks.

    • JimD

      Well said! It’s about time people banded together to voice their opinions. Sure they may be different agendas at hand, but this is a start. This is what people should have done when the PA raised the tolls recently instead of sheepishly accepting an increase that was already predetermined by the the PA and the governors of NJ and NY. We should have driven our cars to the entrances of the the bridges and tunnels and walked away blocking access to the city for traffic for days.

      Lastly, is it me or do these protests remind anyone else of what occurred earlier this year in several middle eastern countries?

      • andrea

        happened in spain and england too- google adbusters and see what we based it on- the campaign was started by adbusters. its all plainly spelled out and explained at adbusters official site.

      • mo

        Yeah, where did it get them exactly? Are you telling me that they are better off now than they were? They went from one form of totalitarism to another.

        Naivity is ugly … and sad.

    • hotness

      Really, really well said. Thanks.

    • Zorro the Gay Blade

      Dude you are a strong writer, keep posting. Especially where those who dont understand or were cheated out of an education can hear. By leaving out the vitroil you can reach people. There is too muich hate on all sides.

    • Steve

      I’d like to reply to each of your topics mentioned in the order you originally mentioned them:
      • I agree the corporations have returned to pre-2008 profit levels; however, our government’s over-regulation mentality has driven corporations to outsource jobs to areas where it is easier to conduct business. This country used to attract business due to its LACK of regulation, NOT in spite of it. Period.
      • In response to unpaid internships, especially when it comes to a young professional who is just starting with 0 experience, it used to be acceptable to start with low or no salary. Those young professionals must put in time to learn, develop, and grow in each of their respective careers. It’s through the natural course of hard work, focus and dedication that define us as Americans, or at least who we used to be. At that point, after experience is gathered, and those rookies have developed into productive, highly sought after masters of their trade, is when they yield the ability to command more income. In other words, for those of us who are willing to put in our time, the potential benefits are often realized. For those who expect to be paid well right out of the gate, end up feeling bitter and don’t realize their full potential…and end up protesting on Wall Street feeling jealous towards those of us who decided to stay the course and worked hard for everything we have and didn’t even blink an eye. A lot of this comes down to patience, consistency, maturity, staying the course, resiliency, and work ethic….traits that for some reason are exiting this country along with the jobs.
      • In terms of health care being out of reach for 16% of the country, I’m not sure where it is written in our doctrine “first class health care will be made available to all who can afford it….and all who can’t.” Health care is like anything else. If it’s important to an individual, that person should WORK towards it!!!….and not receive a handout from the rest of society through a massive government collection scheme….OBAMA CARE.
      • Education is offered at varying price levels, from more cost effective 2-year community colleges to expensive ivy leagues, and many in between. Like anything else that a person buys or invests in, many may need to treat education like buying a shiny new piece of jewelry, a car, clothing, or another tangible item….STAY WITHIN YOUR MEANS. What this means is if you’re someone who cannot afford an Ivy League school…and it means a lot to you…then you may need to work a few part time jobs and go to school part time in order to fund it. Or perhaps you may decide to invest in something a little less expensive and enroll in a community college…or many decide to do both. It may take you longer if you choose to work and go to school part time, however, the experience you gain while funding your own education as opposed to the government, an agency, or a relative footing the bill, will instill a sense of pride, a strong work ethic and confidence over time that will stay with you forever and give you an edge as you face the job market. Take it from me. I speak from experience here. Quite frankly, it’s a big part of who I am today and I attribute a lot of my success to this time in my life.
      • Millions are being foreclosed on for many different reasons. Some have lost their job due to corporations outsourcing in an effort to escape an overbearing centralized government and are forced to give up their homes. Some may not be focusing enough or care to align or acquire new talents to increase/modify their skill set and make themselves more sort after/relevant in the current job market. As a result, they are often forced to give up their homes. Others actually still have a job, however, for some reason decided to invest in a home that is well beyond their budget, as they purchased in the heat of the moment and were granted a loan by a financial institution that was mandated by liberal politicians to grant loans to people who can’t possibly afford them. In all scenarios, there is a common solution according to you: “Why can’t the government lower struggling individual’s mortgage payments?” The answer is they cannot because following that mentality would breed a generation of individuals who will not assume responsibility for personal purchases, regardless of their employment or income situation. This is dangerous, and to varied degree has all ready happened for many individuals across America. Many of them are marching in front of Wall Street as I write this. You can bet on it. In terms of “turning the bottom 99% against each other”…..it’s called competition. It’s called a free/open market society. It’s that “against each other” attitude that drives an American to make themselves better then what we actually are. It’s what drives a true American to outperform somebody else because they WANT IT MORE and CHOOSE to draw their own path. It’s what makes, or made America great and differentiated it from a limited social mobility model like our friends across the pond. With the right focus, effort , and can do attitude, a good many of those people who are hanging outside of wall street could have been hanging out inside that grand building earning a paycheck, if they choose to do that line of work.

      • According to you, the protest, summarizing as you put it, “is about the top 1% sacrificing like the other 99%.” You talk about how this protest is about “the everyday people who work hard expecting nothing more than a decent standard of living for themselves and their children.” In America, you don’t “expect to earn a decent standard of living”…you go out and compete for it. It’s not a right to earn money just because you live in America. This is not the place of granting wishes…this is the place of opportunity. You have to work for it. Success is not deserving to anyone. You have to go out and grab it and face the reality that somebody else may want it more then you do, which can cause an individual to raise their game, give up, or stand outside a building yelling at people who work harder than you do. I view the protest as a group of people who are tired of trying. Tired of working hard. Tired of having to contemplate personal change. Jealous of others who actually stayed the course like me. Wanting to take shortcuts to achieve personal gain. How do you think the 1% got there? I can tell you that 1% did not protest outside a building where the workers inside had determination, drive and a personal passion to improve their own lives. Instead, they occupied there time with taking control of their own lives, stayed the course, didn’t look to the government or the more financially stable to “sacrifice.” . They re-evaluated the economic environment and took chances. Some started companies. Some went back to school to learn relevant skills. Some did a little of both. Bottom line: They took responsibility for themselves and didn’t expect a group of hard working, financially successful people to “cave in” by standing outside their place of employment and yell at them for their, earned fortunes. Get a life people. Be a true American. How many of you could of enhanced your resume, evaluated the job market, created a plan to increase your skill set, enhanced your interviewing skills? Came up with a new product or business idea? Instead, you’ve chose to spend precious time yelling at people who are going to work who are doing what you’re afraid to do….work hard, keep getting back up infinitely after failure, and accept equal responsibility for personal success and failure. BE AMERICAN.

      • Ranbo

        Amen Brother

    • Frank Florentino

      It’s too bad you don’t point out the failure of the public schools in this country due to the teachers unions, the worst plague in public education history, which churns out ignoramuses based on forged test results and lowered standards. And Obama and Arne Duncan and the Democrats are clearly in the public sector unions’ pockets, hence the endless stream of slush funds. God bless Chis Christie and Scott Walker, who have shown courage in tackling this evil hydra.

  • Angry citizen

    America was sold out when the world bank was established in 1912. Thanks to the greedy Zionist. They won’t stop until America is destroyed. AIPAC and it’s money is killing this country.

    • Angry citizen

      I mean Federal Reserve Bank*

  • JasonS

    These protests represent the last dying throes of the progressive movement, which has essentially come apart at the seams over the last 3 years or so. At its heart is a bunch of whimsical losers who don’t understand economics or human nature, and who think that the basic premises of business can be overridden as long as “the people” wish hard enough.

    And the left has clearly deluded itself into thinking that a garden variety lefty protest consisting of the usual grab bag of disjointed lefty slogans is the “start of a revolution.” Mark my words – they’ll spin it up as much as they can with the help of the liberal media (which is still reeling from the scale and popularity of the Tea Party movement)…then it’ll slowly die out and be forgotten about. Revolution? LOL!

    • Mark

      You seem to have a pretty strong opinion, even sound a little worried. Don’t worry, when we come for you we will be merciful.

      • Buck

        Don’t worry. Before you get the chance to come for anyone, you’ll die a horrible death.

    • andrea

      yeah, youre right, it didnt work in egypt and tunisia and libya either… we should just give up like they did. its not like mubarak stepped down or gadahfi was overthrown….

      • Charlie

        It’s not like they were overthrown only for someone even worse to fill the vacuum either. Duhhhh

  • Betty Beatnik

    Today Nutley, tomorrow the world!

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    • MustTypeInCaps

      I vote for you to stop using the cap button…..

  • SAM

    Whoever thinks this protest is “revolutionary” is a fool.

    • andrea

      yeah the same tactics used in egypt and tunisia and libya werent revolutionary either- arab spring? nahhh nothing revolutionay ever came outta that….

      • mo

        Tell me, Andrea, what came out of it? What exactly did they get?

  • Gregory Miller

    This protest may get as big as Woodstock. This protest could be the defining event of the Gen Y and Gen X Just as Woodstock was for my generation. It would take over 1/2 million protesters to show up on Wall Street to pull that off. Hey–Y’s and X’s–how about it?????

    • Joe

      Today’s music could never support it.

    • Charlie

      Hey aging hippie, how about you hurry up and croak already?

  • Pplrfunny

    I don’t understand why there are so many negative comments on here. The revolution has begun and you can either ride with it or get rode over…

    • jerseyjoey

      What revolution, thats funny. A protest is just a public venting over may be it real issues or not but its only givin so much of a leash by the powers to be. Revolution if done properly unlike 1917 russia will have a better system to replace the one they revolt against, Well wheres the beef, wheres the better system you revolt for at. Children should not play with matches in the hay barn.

    • jd

      Revolution? Democrats, unions and MoveOn carrying signs is not a revolution. That’s business as usual.

    • Charlie

      I dare you to. Careful in the streets or you might get run over by my car.

  • Jersey Joe

    I wish those idiots would stay in NY and not cross the Hudson.

    • Joe Schmo

      Wish I didn’t see more NJ than NY license plates in Manhattan.

      • grrrllllpower

        Ha!!!! Right on! Bike Jerseyites or public trans. or just keep supporting the oil comp.and destroying the environment (and your health)!!

        • Charlie

          Happy to support the oil comp. and “destroy the environment and your health” thank you very much.

        • Charlie

          By the way, those dirty hippies leaving trash and filth everywhere do more to hurt the environment than cars do.

  • Goldman Sachs VP

    The ‘Bailout’ was only a loan and was REPAID IN FULL WITH INTEREST. Please stop the whining and start looking for work. Be productive not destructive. Be part of the solution not part of the pollution.

    • Gregory Miller

      VP of what at Goldman Sachs???? VP of PAPER CLIP’s??? The money was given to you guys—-even though you paid it back with interest–it showed all Americans how priviledged Goldman Sachs is. Many Like me wonder if the money was given to the average American–he could have paid off all his minor debts like credit cards and a few consumer loans and the banks would have got that money anyway. Instead we all got laid off and bad credit scores and you didn’t even want the money. Secretary Paulsen of the Bush Administration said no one was leaving the room until you took the money. Gee –I would have loved to have been in that room. But then again I worked for a living. Please advise why so many in high government positions always come from Goldman Sachs. Are you just the smartest or greedyist –or is it because you have duel citizenship with a non Arab Middle Eastern Country????

    • Consulting Partner

      I am well above middle class and have a job, so I can say this without bias. You don’t understand why people are angry at you? You broke down the Chinese walls and produced positive research, that you knew was wrong, and then bet against. You lent without regard to risk, and when you brought our economy to the edge of ruin, you begged for a bail-out while fighting against reform. Start reporting the true values of the derivatives, seperate the research arms, build better traunches on your ABS, and stop being such condescending asses

      • Consulting Partner

        And Greg, you are an ass as well, just stupider

      • Nut Sack VP

        What, pray tell, is a “traunch”?

    • Idiots

      But when all these lazy, jobless hippies throw their trash on the ground, and their cigarette butts, and marijuana joints, they are creating jobs! Clean up crew right? You protestors are no better than the homeless. You’re using this ‘protest’ as an excuse to continue to avoid looking for a job. You’re living on the streets of NYC, not showering, a pestering residents/employees, crying for change but not willing to put in the effort to change things yourself. Yup, no better than the homeless.

  • Stan

    I have an issue with these protesters using a PUBLIC park for their private event. Who is paying for this?

    • Park is private

      It is not a public park it is private and they are tresspassing.Owners of park are working with city to keep it peaceful.

    • andrea

      its not a public park- wikipedia zuccotti park- its a privately owned park and the owners are letting us have our protest there. educate yourself!!! dont let the wealthy aristocrats who run just about everything brainwash you! find things out for yourself! dont believe what those who have hordes of wealth tell you!

    • andrea

      oh and who is paying for it is donations- if you would like to donate go to occupywallst.org and make a donation. lots and lots of other people have done that already hence all the food and supplies and plenty of money comming in every day!

  • Mr. P

    I can’t wait for the protests to hit Jersey. I heard there are a lot of hot latina women at the protest and let’s face it, that’s the real reason they are occupying wall street. meeehowww

    • John

      You joke about this now, but sooner or later the issue at hand could end up biting you in the a$$.

  • RichRuleUSA

    Congress (Dems & GOP) is a “millionaires club” who sold out the middle class. They “only” care about themselves, their families & cronies—and nobody else.

    Congress allowed Corporate America move million upon million of jobs (first manufacturing and now service) minted here to foreign lands, and thereby undermining our national security. That’s something that nobody mentions. The middle class supports our tax-base infrastructure. For over 30 years now we have been eroding that tax base—federal, state and local. So, why can’t we pay our teachers (and other civil servants) what they are worth? Duh???

    And this outsourcing (and off-shoring) of American jobs continues today, despite the fact that 55% our young people (age 19-29) are mostly unemployed. This is a nation disgrace!!! Congress is not getting the message. Congress is not getting the message!!!

    This “is not” a Government of the people, by the people and for the people. It’s a government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Why bother to vote?

    According to the Financial Times, the wealthiest 10% of Americans control nearly 75 percent of the nation’s wealth. That’s another national disgrace. There’s my two cents.

    • John

      Why bother to vote? I haven’t done so since 1997 because of the reasons you mentioned. And I refuse to be dragged into jury duty either. Sorry, but it is not my “civic duty” to uphold laws that aren’t always right. Lawmakers can find someone else to play their game. And they can threaten me with jail/ fines all they want. But there is NOTHING they can do to take away my dignity.

  • Alex Solzhenitsyn

    The scorn in many of these article commentaries is so full of envy that finally someone, whether its a hippie or not, is participating in democracy. Sure, many can laugh these people off while they go about working themselves into debt, just so they can engage in fashionable consumption and commodify their lives. What these protestors are doing is refusing to be classified as an object, refusing to be thrown under the bus and treated as just another statistic. They are standing up for basic human dignity and rights. For coverage of the protests and their wide range of supporters, check out Democracy Now! at http://www.democracynow.org/tags/occupy_wall_street

    • mak

      Don’t look now but you are being taken over by the Democrats, the unions, and MoveOn. Your original band of protesters are going to get booted by the pro’s. Just wait and see.

  • jerseyjoey

    After all this Protesting has run its course the protesters themselves will finish school go get jobs from the very institutions that fuel wallstreet and become part of the greed they so protest now and will eventually invest in wall street (on their own or by their employers) in 401 or pension plans.

    • martin weidberg

      I agree you are correct……

    • sk

      i agreed from the moment the protesters started! many Hippies during the 60s and 70s did the same thing. they protested againt big businesses and fought social equaity. mnay of them went on to get great jobs and a re living in great afluent communities that are totally segregated (not by law!)

    • Danny

      The difference between the protesters of the ’60’s and today: The college kids in the ’60’s had jobs to go to after school. Today, not so much. They will be stuck with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, with no work and living back at home with their parents, if they are lucky. I find it funny that a lot of posters here have the Cain mentality. If you’re not rich, it’s your fault for not starting a business. If everybody started a business, who would I hire?

  • John Dhu

    I agree Mark. The presense of police often incites violence. There was no need for them to be there.except tojoin us as demonstrators. For that they don’t need guns, clubs or pepper spray.

  • Steve

    I support the Police 100% . Crack these animals over the head a haul them off. Time for this nonsense to end.

    • Haul them AWAY

      YES Most New Yorkers will agree with you.

      • steve

        Disagree. Most New Yorkers support them. They are the 98%….

        • levi

          Where do u get 98% i see 4 to 5 thousand people there at most which makes it less then 1 percent of new york.What a joke.

          • asdf

            And so many of them aren’t even New Yorkers. They came from other states (quitting their jobs), to come protest.

    • andrea

      we support the police too- but in a dif way- the starting salary for a NYPD officer is only $34 thousand and change- look it up on NYC gov website its posted there for public knowlege. we believe that for them to put their lives on the line they deserve quite a bit more than that- tell me what kind of country and city would see some guy who doensnt even risk his health let alone his life at work, sits in a comfy office, securtity officer outside his office door protecting him and he makes $11 million a year while the police officer out in the street where its 19’f. watching over us all makes less than $35,000??! its soooo greedy!!! support the police by comming down and protesting so they can start at least at $50,000! its only fair!

  • MJ

    News coverage continues to take its own slant, regardless of the facts on the ground. Why isn’t the headline, “10 or 20 thousand demonstrate peacefully for several hours, to improve living conditions for themselves and their neighbors”? It’s much more exciting to show people being beaten by the police. When did the 1st Amendment become a luxury? People are arrested for expressing opinions or crossing the street in the wrong direction.

    I was there yesterday; You should come downtown today and stand with us, unless you are satisfied with current political attitudes, which say the poor should starve and the sick should die without help.

    • Protesters go to DC leave NYC alone

      This wasted protest is costing NYC millions in overtime for NYPD.This protest is killing the NYC economy.

      • Ingrid

        O well, that’s the way things are. Please stop writing this nonsense.

    • Frustrated

      I was also there and that would have been our headline if we didn’t have the idiots who keep baiting the police so that they can get stronger headlines. I’m losing faith because we have no leadership here and cannot agree what we want.

    • chafia

      where downtown I googled it is says only city name no address

      • andrea

        google maps: wall street, new york city, ground zero, 9/11 memorial, zuccotti park, broadway and trinity , new york city, please- come on down, please visit the website: occupywallst.org.

  • michaelfury
  • Dianne

    A comment from a protester on Wall St. in NYC. I’m glad to see her college education isn’t getting in the way of her making stupid remarks. I wonder if she is studying on her own dime, or got scholarships provided by the sweat of someone else’s brow….., or better yet, government grants.
    “We are the 99 percent, you know, and it’s not fair that people don’t have to pay taxes, that corporations don’t have to pay taxes and like we do. It’s like my mom pays more taxes than like Walmart does,” Helen Curran, a student at Pace University, told Young.
    Also, I don’t believe there were too many Tea Party rallies where the police had to control the crowd with mace and clubs, like they did yesterday with this band of rowdies. and please spare me the your liberal sympathies. I’m not a Tea Party person, but I also think they have some good ideas. I may have been sympathetic towards this crowd in NYC, but now they are showing their true colors, they’ve lost me. I bet if you want to support this group, you also want us out of the Middle East. Can’t have peace two different ways.

    • kleven-stein

      Someone’s showing stupidity alright, but not the protester, it’s you, my teabagging friend. Try getting a degree and see how much help you get. It’s going to cost you plenty.

      Now, why didn’t the teabaggers “need” to be beaten? LOL, because there weren’t enough of them to spill out of the barricades.

      These people don’t deserve to be treated with paramilitary force just for standing a few feet out of the “free-speech” zone…

      • Bobble Head Protestors

        The police does noeed to be threatened and shove either. Face reality — the protest is a joke and the headline/comments around the internet is ALL NEGATIVE AGAINST the protest. These protestors are in some kind of bubble.

    • Ingrid

      Maybe it’s the police who is showing its true colors? New York is a police state, USA is a police country. So what that people are stepping outside the barrier? So what? Are we in North Korea or something? Police doesn’t have to arrest them. Police doesn’t have to arrest anyone, it’s at their discretion, if you didn’t know. Yes, it’s at their discretion. Yet police is arresting an awful lot of people at the protests. What is the motivation behind it? See their true colors now.

    • madame defarge

      oh yeah, and nobody ever beat anyone or shoved anyone during the american revolution or the french revolution. say “let them eat cake” one more time and you’ll see some shoving alright.

  • Ambicja

    DOWN with wall street GREED….!!!!!

    • Yawn boring

      Wall street is not the problem.Look at the big White House thats the problem vote NOBAMA again and we can continue this protest 4 more years

      • Fred

        So we can bring in the GOP Tea Party ilk, I think not.

  • Mark Montgomery

    Remove the cops from the Wall Street area, the protestors can police their own. Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com

    • Charlie

      You mean the citizens can police their own. If I want to run over some filthy hippies blocking traffic I should be able to.

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