Occupy Wall Street movement keeps growing

This video from the USA is called Police turn nasty & arrest peaceful protesters during march – Occupy Wall Street – Day 19.

USA: Got Class Warfare? Occupy Wall Street Now! Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: “Class warfare has once again entered the vocabulary of mainstream national politics, but this time with a strange twist. Right-wing politicians such as Paul Ryan and various high-profile conservative media pundits and corporate-funded think-tank spokespersons have made visible what ruling classes have long tried to bury beneath the discourse of meritocracy and the myth of the classless society – that is, the harsh consequences of class power, hierarchical rule and savage inequality”: here.

On the Ground Report From Day 19: “The Whole World Is Watching!” Shouts Occupy Wall Street. Paul Mutter, Truthout: “Wednesday, October 5 constituted the largest mass action so far in support of the Occupy Wall Street activists who have established a base camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. The evening march, which counted as many as 10,000-20,000 participants, included many new supporters and a large number of union workers from National Nurses United, the Transport Workers Union, Services Workers International Union, the Teamsters as well as the city’s teachers’ and public service employees’ unions, among others”: here.

What Role for Labor in the Progressive Uprising? A Conversation With Stephen Lerner. Amy Dean, Truthout: “No force did more to build the American middle class than organized labor. In recent decades, however, unions have been decimated. Despite concerted efforts to turn the tide, the movement now represents only 7 percent of workers in the private sector. Never have working people in this country been more in need of a collective voice. Yet, we must ask, can labor alone create the change we need? If it can’t do it by itself, what role can unions play in supporting a wider progressive uprising?” Here.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges explain why the 99 percenters are “the best among us”: here.

Occupy Boston: Day One. Mark Provost, Truthout: “The $64 trillion dollar question, ‘When will Americans hit the streets like people in other countries?’ has been answered. Over the last several days, occupations have spread from Wall Street, and erupted in more than 50 cities across America. The ’99 percent’ are rising to voice their grievances against an economic and political system which has disenfranchised them for too long. We share painful stories and common concerns, and want profound changes to how this country is governed – and for whom it is governed”: here.

Poor New Yorkers Can’t Afford Milk Anymore, But Mayor Bloomberg Says Priority is to “Help” the Banks: here.

Russ Feingold endorses Occupy Wall Street: “This will make the Tea Party look like … a tea party”: here.

Wall Street occupation: And the walls will come tumbling down: here.

Congress Looks Abroad to Distract from Wall Street Protests: here.

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    It was an extraordinary moment: a United States senator called for a boycott of the Bank of America.

    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) took to the Senate floor this week to denounce how Bank of America is gouging Americans through excessive charges on debit card “swipe fees.”

    Debit card swipes, according to the Federal Reserve Bank, cost at most 12 cents to process, but the banks have historically charged, according to Durbin, on average 44 cents to the retailer. On October 1, a new law went into effect that put a ceiling on the swipe fees at about 24 cents. So, the Bank of America and other banks “too big to fail” are still getting at least a 100 percent profit for every debit card transaction, which is crippling some small businesses.

    Moreover, the Bank of America represents the greed that is at the heart of Wall Street by not being content with a 100 percent profit. To circumvent the cap on grossly excessive swipe fees, the Bank of America is now going to charge customers $5 a month as a debit card “use fee.”

    “Bank of America customers, vote with your feet,” Durbin urged in outraged reaction to the new “service charge.”

    “Get the heck out of that bank,” Durbin exhorted. “They are overcharging their customers even for this new debit card reform. It is hard to believe that a bank would impose [such a fee] on customers who simply are trying to access their own money on deposit at the Bank of America.”

    “After helping to drive our economy off the cliff’s edge in 2008, Bank of America was happy to accept a $45 billion dollar federal bailout for their stupidity, their greed and their mistakes,” the senior senator from Illinois said with disdain. “And it was just as happy to take that money and hand out $3.3 billion dollars in employee bonuses in the same year 2008.”

    Remember that if you have a savings account – unless you have a ton of money – in many cases you are earning no interest or just pennies, even though the bank is lending out your cash and getting double-digit returns in loan interest.

    This is legalized criminal behavior. The New York Police Department is arresting the wrong people down in southern Manhattan. What’s going on in the Bank of America and many other New York City financial institutions is the looting of the United States.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


  2. NYPD infiltrators ‘beyond the law’

    UNITED STATES: A secretive wing of the New York Police Department (NYPD) which has infiltrated mosques and colleges and subjected entire Muslim neighbourhoods to surveillance may not be accountable to anyone, a councillor has warned.

    The NYPD’s spying activities, which it set up with the help of the CIA, were recently condemned by universities and rights groups.

    But the city’s public safety committee chairman Peter Vallone said the council does not have the authority to demand surveillance records or oversee operations.



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