Hundreds took to the streets of New York City's, Wall Street, last Saturday, for an action dubbed “Occupy Wall Street.” Organizers called for political and economic equality in America. Ignored by every major media outlet – most Americans are unaware of the protests.
“Over the course of several days, participants marched throughout the Financial District under the watchful eyes of police and set up an encampment in Zuccotti Park, a privately owned public space across from the World Trade Center site. By Tuesday night, hundreds of people had already spent several nights in the park. A Twitter post asking for online donations for food led to thousands of dollars in contributions. A local pizzeria was the main beneficiary, as deliverymen made several trips a day to the park, pushing carts piled high with hot pies.” Reported by The Villager
American political commentator, Keith Olbermann, pointed out on Countdown, Wednesday night, that the major newspapers had been ignoring the five-day-long "Occupy Wall Street" protests, but would have scrambled to cover a similar-sized Tea Party protest.
"Why isn't any major news outlet covering this?" he asked. "If that's a Tea Party protest in front of Wall Street about Ben Bernanke putting stimulus funds into it, it's the lead story on every network news cast. How is that disconnect possible in this country today with so many different outlets and so many different ways of transmitting news?"
His guest, author Will Bunch, suggested the disconnect was caused, in part, by the news networks being out of touch with the pain of the 25 million Americans who are unemployed.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, no Wall Street executives have been indicted for any crimes, despite the loss of trillions of dollars in value through questionable accounting practices. In the end the American government, using taxpayer funds, was forced to intervene with the now-infamous "bailout" program that saved the financial industry and the American economy from collapse.
Many Wall Street executives, including those at unsuccessful firms like AIG and Lehman Brothers, received significant bonuses even after their businesses lost billions.
Numbers of Americans living in poverty have swelled to a record 46.2 million -- nearly 1 in 6 Americans -- as the prolonged pain of the recession leaves millions still struggling and out of work, according to Census data this month.
Last weekend, emails sent by Yahoo users that contained a link towww.occupywallst.org were immediately blocked and the following error message appeared:
“Your message was not sent
Suspicious activity has been detected on your account. To protect your account and our users, your message has not been sent.
If this error continues, please contact Yahoo! Customer Care for further help. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
According to Lee Fang of ThinkProgress, emails containing links to other activist websites such as the right-leaning americansforprosperity.org and teapartypatriots.org were not blocked. Yahoo themselves admitted that emails containing links to Occupy Wall Street's site were blocked. In a Twitter update, they said it was “not intentional” and that the issue may be resolved. Users, however, might have “residual delays” in sending Occupy Wall Street-related emails.
Some protesters have been arrested for putting up tents in the rain:
“People should be calling up Mayor Bloomberg’s office in disgust for the intolerance and disrespect of free speech and dissent as well as the budget cuts killing our city, cuts made by the rich for the rich. Where is the democracy described in the U.S Constitution of the people for the people,” said one outraged activist, who asked to not be named.
“Why is an NYPD Counter Terrorism truck suddenly deployed here?” she asked. “Is it to intimidate us? Are we supposed to feel scared? I hope the Counter Terrorism truck finds those responsible for the economic and social terrorism being committed for profit and greed,” she added shivering slightly as curious passersby stopped to chat. – Pryia Reddy via PMC-NYC