United States workers join Occupy Wall Street movement

This video is about the big Occupy Wall Street demonstration on Liberty Plaza, New York City, USA, on 5 October.

USA: AFL-CIO’s Trumka endorses Occupy Wall Street: here.

From daily News Line in Britain today:

The Communications Workers of America Executive Board has endorsed the youth-led Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Occupy Wall Street youth campaigners have joined CWA members demonstrating for jobs at Verizon and Verizon Wireless, and CWA members are to join the demonstrations to focus public attention on the impact of Wall Street’s greed on ordinary Americans. The organised working class and the masses of youth are beginning to come together.

The CWA said of the ‘Occupy’ movement: ‘The 700,000 members of the Communications Workers of America strongly support the Occupy Wall Street Movement. It is an appropriate expression of anger for all Americans, but especially for those who have been left behind by Wall Street.’

It added: ‘The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are spreading throughout the country. We will support them and encourage all CWA Locals to participate in the growth of this protest movement.’

The movement says that it is defending ‘99% of the US population against the wealthiest 1%.’ That this is a revolutionary task is obvious.

The attractive power of the movement of youth is also becoming obvious. Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), says of Occupy Wall Street: ‘It has brought into sharp focus a reality that cannot be denied.’

He added: ‘Corporate greed is responsible for harming the lives of millions of working people and unemployed people.… A small group of firms, banks, and corporations now hold trillions worth of our collective wealth and assets. That money should be invested in job creation on a massive scale and used to rebuild countless lives damaged by the recklessness that caused the recession.’

Jim Gannon, a spokesman for the Transport Workers (TWU) said: ‘We view the protests as young people who are articulating the same kind of things that we’ve been trying to articulate… they’ve really thrown a spotlight on issues that are bothering people, especially bothering workers like our members.’

Meanwhile, Verizon Communications workers who abandoned their two-week strike in August have resumed picketing and are expected to resume their strike action.

At the same time ILWU longshoremen are picketing and blockading the port of Longview near Seattle in a very determined defence of their jobs.

Meanwhile, the crisis of US capitalism is sharpening and with it the numbers of the jobless, and the homeless, workers and youth are growing rapidly. The demands of the bosses and their political frontmen for tax cuts for the rich and for the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid are adding gallons of fuel to the flames.

The masses of youth, the most revolutionary section of the working class, are being driven forward by the crisis, and are inspiring the trade unions into joining the struggle to break the stranglehold that the bankers and the bosses have on the USA.

By Bill Van Auken in New York City:

Tens of thousands of people joined Wednesday in a mass march that wound its way through lower Manhattan before pouring into a tightly packed crowd in Foley Square, which was ringed on three sides by metal police barricades and ranks of New York City cops.

It was the largest demonstration seen since the Occupy Wall Street protests began nearly three weeks ago, and one of the biggest protests to take the streets of the city in several years.

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to many of those who joined Wednesday’s mass demonstration against Wall Street: here.

The mood was jubilant as organized labor and thousands of workers crowded the streets of lower Manhattan to march in the largest and most diverse demonstration to date of the Occupy Wall Street movement, reports Danny Lucia: here.

Occupy Wall Street: Video Allegedly Shows NYPD Officer Striking Protesters With Baton: here.

Footage Surfaces of Police Brutality at Occupy Wall Street Rally: here.

Noam Chomsky on #OccupyWallStreet, Israel, Bush, Obama and more: here.

LA joins the We are the 99 percent movement: here.

Occupy Wall Street, the US protest against the financial elite and the banking sector, is spreading round the world. There are demonstrations planned for London’s financial district – and also for The Hague and Amsterdam. Occupy The Hague is demanding attention for a gamut of economic and political problems: here.

3 thoughts on “United States workers join Occupy Wall Street movement

  1. NYC Labor Against the War
    10.5 Occupy Wall Street Report:
    Mass Worker Support

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    ‘‎Thousands of protesters packed Foley Square, standing behind police barricades in front of the courthouse buildings. Some wore union T-shirts, others were in business attire, and many left work early to be there.’
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    Cops beating people up at occupy wall street
    October 5th, around 8:45 PM. Cops beating up and pepper spraying people at the occupy wall street protest. THIS IS WHAT A POLICE STATE LOOKS LIKE.

    OWS Live


    Occupy Wall Street Ranks Expand With Students, Union Members
    Thousands of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, community groups, unions and students have joined together to march through Lower Manhattan this evening to demand Governor Andrew Cuomo and federal lawmakers stop giving tax breaks to the wealthy, eliminate budget cuts and restore jobs.

    Unions, Thousands Join Occupy Wall Street’s Fight | The Nation
    Thousands of protesters gathered in Foley Square today as part of Occupy Wall Street’s largest event to date. Unions from the Transport Workers Union, SEIU 1199, and the United Federation of Teachers all joined the protest to voice their discontent at what they call a bailout of Wall Street, while working class people are left to suffer under a system of austerity.

    Reinforcements to bolster Wall St. protests – CBS News
    ‎Thousands of protesters packed Foley Square, standing behind police barricades in front of the courthouse buildings. Some wore union T-shirts, others were in business attire, and many left work early to be there.

    Making common cause against Wall Street
    ‎LABOR’S SUPPORT for the Occupy movement means more than additional resources or big numbers at marches and rallies, however. The involvement of unions in the struggle creates the potential to use workers’ social power in the struggle to win important immediate fights, as well as a longer-term battle for a different kind of society.


    PDF version of the Occupied Wall Street Journal

    Click to access occupy_wsj.pdf

    Call Out to People of Color From the #OccupyWallStreet People of Color Working Group
    The People of Color Working Group was formed to build a racially conscious and inclusive movement. We are reaching out to communities of color, including immigrant, undocumented, and low-wage workers, prisoners, LGTBQ people of color, marginalized religious communities such as Muslims, and indigenous peoples, for whom this occupation ironically comes on top of another one and th…See More’

    Freedom Rider: Occupying Wall Street | Black Agenda Report
    Some commentators have likened Occupy Wall Street to the actions at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt which brought down president Mubarak. The Egyptian protesters had a clear demand, that Mubarak had to go. What is the clear demand in Zuccotti Park, that Obama and the Democrats go? That is to say, are they committed to end their support for them?

    Citing Police Trap, Protesters File Suit
    “The police did exactly what they were supposed to do,” Mr. Bloomberg said on Sunday.

    The revolution begins at home
    ‎While the Wall Street occupation is growing, it needs an all-out commitment from everyone who cheered the Egyptians in Tahrir Square, said “We are all Wisconsin”, and stood in solidarity with the Greeks and Spaniards. This is a movement for anyone who lacks a job, housing or healthcare, or thinks they have no future.

    Occupy Wall Street: echoes of the past as protesters grasp the future
    ‎With franchises rolling out in LA, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago, and a growing list of celebrity endorsements, OWS has an advantage that even the most successful political campaigns lack: it isn’t even trying to get someone elected.

    Occupy Wall Street protest drawing thousands of dollars in donations as sit-in enters third week


    The Occupation Is On The Move, Find a Big Bank Protest Near You | Center for Media and Democracy
    In 2009, President Obama told a group of 13 bankers “my administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” Now the pitchforks are being tuned.

    Thousands of California prisoners on hunger strike – CNN.com
    Thousands of California state prisoners, angry about what they call harsh treatment, have been on a hunger strike that enters its ninth day Tuesday.

    Inspired by Wall Street protests, Occupy Colleges sparks campus walkouts nationwide
    In a matter of 48 hours, college campuses across the country organized a nation-wide walkout to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests.

    Occupy Chicago
    ‎Every penny counts to run an operation like this. We thank you in advance for your generous contribution to the movement, the 99%.

    Cops for Labor? | Dollars & Sense
    The police unions and police management negotiate a unifying agenda; the unions then function both internally, as a mechanism for preserving the loyalty of the low-level officers and externally, as the political arm of the police institution overall. The police union becomes, at once, the lobbying body, the media representatives, the fundraising mechanism, the electoral machine, and—when they participate in demonstrations—the shock troops of the law-and-order agenda.


    Egyptian workers challenge military rule|8Oct11|Socialist Worker
    Protests against the hated emergency laws and military repression brought hundreds of thousands into the streets across Egypt on Friday of last week.

    Saudi police open fire on civilians as protests gain momentum
    Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say.

    SPAIN: ‘Indignant’ Protests Heat Up Election Campaign – IPS ipsnews.net
    With less than two months to go to Spain’s general elections, the May 15 (15-M) Movement is highlighting the serious problems caused by the financial crisis in the rich world, on the premise that democracy is not just about voting every four years, but an open system in which citizens can and should participate directly in public affairs.

    Electricians’ protest: ‘They have occupied Wall Street, we have occupied Oxford Street.’|8Oct11|Soci
    In New York they have occupied Wall Street. We have occupied Oxford Street. The workers united will never be defeated.

    General strike brings Greece to a standstill as public sector closes down
    Nearly two years after Europe’s great debt crisis erupted beneath the Acropolis, the people on its frontline have clearly had enough.

    Support Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike since 27 Sept. 2011
    We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, currently on hunger strike, in protest against the humiliating and cruel treatment they are subjected to at the hands of the Israeli Prison Services.

    message from Chinese activists and academics in support of Occupy Wall Street
    No matter how brutally the American riot police will attempt to suppress the participants in the Wall Street revolution, no matter how much the global elites – especially those in the U.S. and China –try to suppress news of the Wall Street revolution, they cannot stop the vigorous growth and ultimate victory of the democratic revolution of the people of the world.


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