United States anti-foreclosure action, 2011

This 2011 video from the USA is called Occupy Movement Occupies a Foreclosure Auction with Anti-Foreclosure Team.

Occupy Our Homes. J.A. Myerson, Truthout, 7 December 2011: “Yesterday, no one had lived in 702 Vermont Street for three years…. the Brooklyn neighborhood where foreclosures are five times more frequent than in the rest of the state. Today, Alfredo and Tasha and their son and daughter moved in, with the help of a number of friends whom they’d never met… brought together by Occupy Wall Street for a national day of action to promote foreclosure resistance, an event kicking off a project they call Occupy Our Homes”: here.

Michael Moore | The Winter of Our Occupation. Michael Moore, MichaelMoore.com: “We are not even twelve weeks old, yet Occupy Wall Street has grown so fast, so big, none of us can keep up with the hundreds of towns who have joined the movement, or the thousands of actions … that have happened. The national conversation has been irreversibly changed…. People are no longer paralyzed by despair or apathy…. The winter gives us an amazing opportunity to expand our actions against the captains of capitalism”: here.

Unemployed Confront Congress at Take Back the Capitol. Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: “Today thousands of unemployed people and others came to D.C. to tell Congress and ‘K Street‘ that they need jobs not cuts; that we should tax the rich, and that unemployment benefits must be extended before they run out at the end of the year….This is not the OccupyDC group, but it is supportive and very much like the Occupy group, with ‘Mic Check‘ and ‘We are the 99%‘ and ‘Banks got bailed out, we got sold out’ chants going on everywhere”: here.

Occupy London fights on, 2011

Occupy London demonstrators

From daily News Line in England:

Monday, 5 December 2011

‘WE WILL NOT BE EVICTED!’ – insist St Paul’s occupiers

‘We will not be evicted!’ was the clear message from the occupiers outside St Paul’s as they defy new attempts by the Corporation of the City of London to evict them.

Sandra Greenford told News Line: ‘We here at Occupy LSX are determined to stay for good. We will not be pushed, we will not be bribed, we will not be tricked and we will not be evicted!

‘Nothing can stop this movement from growing, in almost every country in the world there is an Occupy Movement of young and old people who refuse to pay the price for capitalism with their jobs and health care and lives.

‘In the US the Occupy Movement has defied attempts to brutalise, gas, attack and destroy the occupied areas.

‘Every time the US police try to destroy the will of the people, the will of the people grows stronger.

‘The same is true for our occupation, with every threat, with every attack, with every day our resolve to stay grows and we become stronger in the belief in our own strength.’

Another occupier, who travelled all the way from Ireland to participate in the occupation, Conor said: ‘The church has made us an offer where they will put up a tent in St Paul’s Cathedral and some can stay there but the rest of us would have to leave.

‘This insulting and pathetic offer is a liberal front to try and give the church a democratic and popular face.

‘Meanwhile, the Corporation of London have made further threats and they have re-opened the eviction proceedings.

‘There was a problem because land was split between St Pauls, the Corporation of London and the public highway.

‘The law states that you can evict a permanent structure on the public highway.

‘As long as we move the tents every few days they are stuck.

‘But now they are moving to proceed with the eviction, we are more determined than ever to stay.

‘I am coming on the march to defend Chase Farm hospital and I will whip up a few of my friends to come with me.

‘I think occupying Chase Farm hospital is a huge step forwards, I came from Galway for exactly this sort of thing.

‘This is what I travelled 400 miles for!

‘Governments can survive gestures like marches, but to occupy something like Chase Farm hospital is tangible it is full of power, it is powerful.

‘We are for keeping the hospital open. My friends are involved in the struggle to keep Brent library open.

‘We should occupy any service threatened with closure and keep it running.

‘We need to get away from the idea that the House of Commons is the way to change things.

‘We need a multi-pronged attack, a general strike, to take to the streets, to occupy services and to force the government to collapse.

‘They are going to move to a similar sort of government to that of Greece or Italy here in this country.

‘Greece is the economic template for every European nation.

‘This means that we have to move fast to defeat them.’

A group from the Occupy London occupation decided to do a walk to parliament. Before they left, Simon More said: ‘We are doing a peace walk to Westminster to call for a radical change to the UK foreign policy away from war and towards peace.

‘We intend to remain here outside St Paul’s to develop our visions for a better world.

‘We will not be coerced in to departing.’

His friend Matthew Thomas added: ‘I believe that the foreign policy of the state is based on aggression and intimidation.

‘All the state’s interventions have been based on violence, which I am against.

‘The motivation behind all these interventions is economic, to serve the state’s financial interests.

‘The current theme seems to be profit before people. imperialism is hugely unfair, it seems that they just want to oppress smaller countries.

‘We are for collectivism and mutual co-operation not imperialism.’

Alfie Evers, a young writer, said: ‘This is my first time at Occupy St Pauls and I have come down because it has been on my agenda to stop and see and I am glad that it is still going.

‘I am massively against the big banks and corporations making the people pay for the crisis.’

At the daily General Assembly meeting the Free Assange/Manning campaign appealed to the occupiers: ‘I urge everyone from Occupy LSX to come down to the High Court on The Strand on Monday December 5th at 8.30am to support Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.’

The Assange/Manning campaign told News Line: ‘This is possibly Julian Assange’s final hearing.

‘We urge everyone to come down to the High Court.

‘Wikileaks is important because it has revealed the Iraq/Afghanistan war diaries which are legally admissible, historical documentation of the day-to-day activity of troops on the ground.

‘There could be potential war crimes tribunals for those who pursued these wars over the last decade.

‘Bradley Manning is the “whistle blower” who is accused of releasing these valuable documents.

‘He is facing a military tribunal on December 17 rather than a fully accountable, proper public trial.

‘He has 36 charges, one of which carries the death penalty.

‘We urge everyone to come down to the US embassy on December 16 and 17.

Assange must not be deported and Bradly Manning must be given a free and fair public trial.

‘Occupy is the voice of the 99%.’

United States unemployed workers’ protest, 2011

US unemployment

Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: “Roughly 3,000 unemployed workers from around the country are expected in the nation’s capital next week for four days of protests with labor, religious and social justice groups that say Congress cares more about America’s wealthiest 1 percent than it does the masses of struggling middle-class families. Piggybacking on the Occupy Wall Street movement, the three-day ‘Take Back the Capitol’ protest will open Monday with construction of a ‘Peoples Camp’ on the National Mall as a base of operations”: here.

More Occupy Sites Big Media Won’t Tell You About, and Other Observations: here.

Hundreds of Occupy LA Demonstrators Still Held Without Charges on $5,000 Bail in Often Deplorable, Illegal and Unconstitutional Conditions: here.

Occupy Wall Street signs photos, November 2011

Millionaires demonstrate against Occupy Wall Street, cartoon

Here are photos of signs at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, USA.

Miley Cyrus song, video supporting Occupy Wall Street: here.

Occupy Wall Street in Tunisia: here.

Occupy and May Day in London, England

This video from London, England says about itself:

Russell Brand Speaking at Occupy Democracy

19 October 2014

Russell Brand speaking at Occupy Democracy in Parliament Square after the “Britain Needs A Pay Rise” Protest, 18th October 2014.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Activists gear up for May Day protests

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Occupy Democracy targets Parliament Square

DEMOCRACY campaigners will seize Parliament Square on May Day for a week of direct action before the general election, protesters announced yesterday.

Occupy Democracy activists have vowed to “step up” their campaign in the run-up to May 7 by setting up a 10-day long “festival of democracy” in Westminster.

It will follow Leicester’s Jubilee Square occupation, Democracy A&E, which is also running until polling day. Occupy Democracy called for action beyond the ballot box.

“History shows us that the extension of our democratic rights has not been led by politicians, but has been forced onto the agenda by the actions of mass movements such as the Chartists and the Suffragettes,” the group said.

“We are asking people to join us and help build such a movement.” In Leicester, occupier Daniel Ashman said: “We have chosen Jubilee Square for this demonstration because it epitomises the priorities of the elite versus the needs of communities.

“We have launched Democracy A&E, a space for concerned local residents to discuss how to repair our broken democracy.”

According to campaigners, Leicester Council has spent £4 million on Jubilee Square while funding for day-care centres, homeless shelters and homes has been cut.

Fellow Occupy Democracy supporter Michaela Smith said: “Democracy is not a spectator sport — politicians do not build communities, people do.

“As we are in the run-up to the election, now is our time to reclaim this sterile public space as a forum to deliver our priorities to those who seek to represent us.”

The London action is set to commence during the capital’s May Day celebrations and will include a series of debates and workshops on some of the campaign’s key principles.

They will be joined on Parliament Square by Disabled People Against Cuts activists. Co-founder Linda Burnip explained her members will be “supporting the occupation of Parliament Square to highlight the current injustices we as well as others face.

Disabled people see on a daily basis how corporate greed and corruption impacts negatively on our lives,” she said.

This video from England says about itself:

May Day March and Rally London 2014 Part 1 of 3

1 May 2014

May Day March and Rally London 2014. March from Clerkenwell to Trafalgar Square. Rally at Trafalgar Square – Thursday 1 May 2014.

The marchers arrive at Trafalgar Square. Huge crowd.

From the London May Day Organising Committee:

MAY DAY 2015


Assemble Clerkenwell Green 12.00

Rally at Trafalgar Square from 14.20

Speakers including:

JOHN HILARY War on Want;

Joint Chairs – Eve Turner GLATUC/Tony Lennon SERTUC

Celebrate May Day

fight austerity – fight TTIPfight racism


AN ANTI-CUTS comedy show is set to tour north-east England in the run-up to the general election. The Accidental Activist, by playwright Ed Waugh, is “a reflection of the deep anger that runs in society as ordinary working people are having their living standards butchered while the rich are getting even richer,” said Newcastle-based stand-up comedian John Scott: here.

A PACKED Scottish TUC fringe hosted yesterday by the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group discussed how to fight austerity beyond the general election: here.

Big Blockupy protest against European Central Bank

This video from Germany is about the Blockupy movement against the European Central Bank.

By Ben Chacko:

GERMANY: Protesters give ECB office fiery welcome

Thursday 19th March 2015

HUNDREDS were arrested in violent clashes with police in Frankfurt, Germany, yesterday as they protested at the unveiling of the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters.

Activists of the “Blockupy” movement staged the huge demonstrations against the bank because of its role in imposing devastating austerity policies on EU member states.

Police said most of the “thousands” demonstrating, who included large trade union delegations and members of Germany’s Left Party, were peaceful but a “violent minority” lobbed “stones and unidentified liquids” at officers, almost 90 of whom were injured.

Surrounded by barricades, police had to use water cannon to clear a path to the entrance.

Black smoke from heaps of burning tyres and rubbish bins billowed out over the city as ECB president Mario Draghi gave a speech saying that the new HQ was “a symbol of what Europe can achieve.”

Green Party economy minister for Hesse state Tarek al-Wazir admitted that the demonstrators were asking “some of the right questions” and that “austerity can be self-defeating” — but claimed the ECB was the wrong target as it wasn’t responsible for government cuts.

But Mr Draghi’s speech gave the lie to Mr Wazir’s words as he insisted that “the fact that some had to go through a difficult period of adjustment was not a choice that was imposed on them. It was a consequence of their past decisions.”

The ECB, along with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, ordered countries including Greece, Portugal and Ireland to slash public spending, jobs, wages and pensions and sell off state assets to the private sector in return for “bailouts” to repay bank loans.

But Mr Draghi made a shameless bid to use anti-EU protests to justify handing even more powers to the undemocratic bloc.

“There are some who believe today, as do the demonstrators outside, that Europe is doing too little,” he said.

Left Party member Andrej Hunko told reporters that Hesse authorities were keen to focus on acts of violence by a few “to delegitimise the protest.”

Party chair Katja Kipping said: “Austerity kills — that’s the message of today’s protest.

“We want a different policy and we are many.”

The German media and politicians have responded to the Blockupy protests against the ECB on Wednesday by denouncing the protesters and demanding restrictions on the freedom of assembly. They seized on clashes prior to the demonstration, involving a few small autonomous and anarchist groups, as a pretext. The protest organisers explicitly distanced themselves from these fringe elements: here.

A LONDON student was finally freed from a German jail yesterday, 11 weeks after being arrested for taking part in protests at the European Central Bank headquarters’ opening day: here.

1% of people, half the world’s wealth

This video is called Richest 1% to own half of world’s wealth by 2016, says Oxfam.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

1% of people will soon own half of the world’s wealth

Monday 19th January 2014

Oxfam study shows gap is widening between rich and poor

WEALTH accumulated by the world’s richest 1 per cent will exceed that of the other 99 per cent by next year, Oxfam warned today.

A report by the anti-poverty charity in preparation for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this week suggested the wealthiest 1 per cent had seen their slice of global assets rise from 44 per cent in 2009 to 48 per cent last year.

World Economic Forum, cartoon

The figure is on track to exceed 50 per cent this year, with Oxfam saying that the richest 1 per cent held an average of £1.8m each.

Meanwhile 80 per cent of the world’s population own just 5.5 per cent of the wealth — about £2,500 each.

Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima, who is co-chairing the World Economic Forum meeting, asked: “Do we really want to live in a world where the 1 per cent own more than the rest of us combined?

“The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast.”

“In the past 12 months we have seen world leaders from President Obama to Christine Lagarde talk more about tackling extreme inequality, but we are still waiting for many of them to walk the walk.

“It is time our leaders took on the powerful vested interests that stand in the way of a fairer and more prosperous world.
“Business as usual for the elite isn’t a cost-free option — failure to tackle inequality will set the fight against poverty back decades.

“The poor are hurt twice by rising inequality — they get a smaller share of the economic pie and because extreme inequality hurts growth, there is less pie to be shared around,” said Ms Byanyima.

More than 300 heads of state and government are due to attend the 45th World Economic Forum, which starts on Wednesday.

Oxfam said it would call for action to tackle rising inequality at the meeting, including a crackdown on tax dodging by corporations and progress towards a global deal on climate change.

See also here.

THE Oxfam report on global wealth distribution should come as no surprise. By next year, just 1 per cent of the world’s population will own half of all the world’s wealth. Such huge inequality is the intended outcome of 30 years of capitalist neoliberalism and globalisation: here.

The international charity Oxfam has issued a new report on social inequality showing that the gap between the super-rich and the majority of society is not only not shrinking—it is growing at an ever-faster pace: here.


Wall Street and Ferguson, justice in the USA

This video from the USA is called Who Goes To Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap From Wall Street to Main Street (1/2).

And this video is the sequel.

From British daily The Guardian:

The US justice divide: why crime and punishment in Wall Street and Ferguson are so different

Matt Taibbi was the scourge of finance who called Goldman Sachs a ‘vampire squid’. Curious about the law’s leniency on fraudsters, he began to investigate how so many Americans do end up in jail – and what he learned blew him away

Matt Taibbi

Friday 17 October 2014 19.12 BST

Like nearly all white, American journalists, I’ve spent most of my career a million miles from places like Ferguson, Missouri. The mainstream media in the US hates the urban racism story and always has: too depressing; no patriotic angle; too hard to sell to advertisers.

So, reporters like me often find themselves tugged in the direction of less commercially upsetting beats. It might be presidential politics, gay marriage, global warming. In my case, it was high finance. As a correspondent for Rolling Stone, I spent years covering Wall Street corruption, briefly earning disrepute in lower Manhattan for calling Goldman Sachs a “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity”

By the way, real vampire squids are, at about 30 centimeter in size, much too small to be harmful, like vampires in legends, or Goldman Sachs in the real financial world. They are called ‘vampire’ for looking cloak-like and having red eyes, and they don’t feed on blood.

This video says about itself:

What the vampire squid really eats

26 September 2012

For years marine biologists have puzzled over what the mysterious vampire squid eats. Recent research by Henk-Jan Hoving and Bruce Robison at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute finally reveals the answer. These deep-sea creatures use long, retractile filaments to passively harvest particles and aggregates of detritus, or marine snow, sinking from the waters above. This feeding strategy, unknown in any other cephalopod (this group of animals includes squid and octopods), allows vampire squid to thrive in the oxygen minimum zone where there are few predators but marine detritus is abundant.

The Guardian article continues:

But about two years before an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was shot and killed on the streets of Ferguson by a white police officer, my Wall Street beat started leading me inexorably in the direction of the US’s growing urban disaster. The two stories are intertwined.

I’d spent years chronicling the ingenious crimes of scale that characterised the financial crisis era. These ranged from the mass frauds of the US sub-prime mortgage meltdown to the fraud-and bribery-induced bankruptcy of Jefferson County, Alabama to multitrillion-dollar market manipulation cases like the Libor scandal, so well known to British readers (but less well known to American ones).

The punchline to all these stories in the US was and is always the same. No matter how great the crime or how much money was stolen, none of the Wall Street principals is ever indicted or, for that matter, punished at all.

Even in the most abject and horrific cases – such as the scandal surrounding HSBC, which admitted to laundering more than $800m for central and South American drug cartels – no individual ever has to do a day in jail or pay so much as a cent in fines.

What punishments there are in the US for these firms – usually some version of a “We really, really promise never to do it again” deferred prosecution agreement, accompanied by superficially large fines – are always paid by the shareholder, not the actual wrongdoer.

When covering these tales, I often asked law enforcement officials to explain their thinking. Why no criminal cases? The answers I received were so grotesque as to be almost funny. “Well, they’re not crime crimes,” was an answer one prosecutor fed me, with a straight face.

When I asked another why no one went to jail in the HSBC narco-laundering case, given that our prisons were teeming with people who’d sold small quantities of drugs, he answered, again totally deadpan: “Have you been to a jail? Those places are dangerous!”

There is no way to talk about how preposterous all of this is without first answering one basic question: who does go to jail in the US?

The simplified answer is that the poorer and less white you are, the easier it is to end up in jail. If you live in the wrong neighbourhood and you’re broke, on the dole, or, worse, undocumented, your chances of seeing the back of a squad car are better than fair every time you walk outside.

I know this is not exactly breaking news. In this country – and everywhere else – the rich have always had an easier time in the courts than the poor. But the sheer breadth of the current justice gap in the US blows the mind when viewed up close.

In years of researching both sides of our justice system for a book called The Divide, I saw things that now make me wonder why something like Ferguson didn’t happen sooner.

In the inner cities, for instance, policing has been degraded into a factory-style process, remarkably like commercial fishing. Old-time cops complained to me that the days of taking a crime and solving it with sweat, guile and a detective’s nose are over. The new crime-fighting strategies are a crooked numbers game, strictly a brute-force-and-weapons play.

Under the umbrella excuse of “looking for guns or outstanding warrants”, armies of cops now fan out into poor neighbourhoods and scoop up masses of residents on the thinnest of pretexts. In New York City, where I work, hundreds of thousands of non-white poor people are picked up every year for riding bicycles in the wrong direction, loitering, public urination, carrying open containers of booze; any dumb thing you can think of.

White New Yorkers such as me don’t have to worry about these “quality of life” (QOL) arrests. Studies have demonstrated that only minuscule percentages of white people are ever written up for nuisance charges.

A city judge named Noach Dear made waves when he complained in court about the “open-carry” alcohol laws. “As hard as I try, I cannot remember ever arraigning a white defendant for such a violation,” he said. His staff later found that only 4% of all public-drinking arrests in New York involved white people – in a city that is over 40% white.

On the other hand, I know one black resident of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood of Brooklyn who has been repeatedly arrested for “obstructing pedestrian traffic.” In other words, standing in the street.

When I met him, Andrew Brown – a 35-year-old family man with three kids – had caught his most recent obstructing charge at about one o’clock in the morning, on his way home from a long night driving a shuttle bus for casino-goers. The only other person out of doors anywhere near his project apartment was a friend, with whom he was listening to tunes on an MP3 player. Nonetheless, cops wrote him up for “blocking” the empty sidewalk.

He pleaded with the officer that he was just a regular guy on his way home from work – “Dude, I’m wearing a tie!” – but the cops didn’t like his tough-guy build or his mini-dreadlocks. They dragged him to the station for booking and a strip search.

Similarly, Michael Brown originally caught the attention of Ferguson police for “blocking traffic”.

The idea behind mass QOL arrests is to throw high-crime neighbourhoods under an ongoing dragnet. In theory, the police snatch up the fugitives and the guns and toss back the innocent people.

In practice, innocent people such as Brown are harassed on a regular basis. It’s not hard for residents to see the calculus behind the high-level political decisions– approved by white voters – that led to these policies: entire neighbourhoods have been essentially “pre-indicted”, presumed to be up to no good.

If you receive public assistance in the form of welfare, the presumption is even more profound. The starkest example I could find was in the city of San Diego, where they have a programme called P100 that allows law enforcement inspectors to pre-emptively search the homes of welfare applicants.

Usually, these searches involve desperate single mothers, where the state is looking for traces of a secret live-in boyfriend who might be helping with the bills. One lawyer I interviewed described a client, a Vietnamese woman who been raped in a refugee camp in Vietnam. She applied for welfare and soon after had a state official in her home, rifling through her underwear drawer with a pencil end, demanding to know who the sexy knickers were for if she didn’t have a boyfriend.

The whole thing is a numbers game. The US’s poorest neighbourhoods are armed camps teeming with cops and high-powered weaponry, a huge amount of force and political capital arrayed against its weakest citizens.

Meanwhile, America’s financial markets are so sparsely and indifferently policed that a sloppy Ponzi artist like Bernie Madoff was able to go on robbing victims for eight years after the feds were tipped off to his existence.

The Madoff case proved that in order to actually be convicted and jailed for a Wall Street crime, you practically have to show up, weeping and spontaneously confessing, on the doorstep of the regulatory authorities.

In the early 90s, the US convicted more than 900 people in criminal prosecutions connected to the savings and loan crisis, a mass-fraud scheme similar to the sub-prime mess, but far less serious. This time around, the number is zero. Not one significant Wall Street executive has seen the inside of a jail cell for even one night for the egregious crimes connected to the financial crisis.

Meanwhile, the US boasts the largest prison population in the history of humanity, edging out even the gulag under Stalin.

There are a lot of reasons for the disparity, but two stand out: there are virtually no cops on the Wall Street/rich white people beat, and what few regulators there are increasingly don’t believe that paper or computer thefts in the millions or billions are “crime crimes” that warrant jail time.

But when Michael Brown is shot in Ferguson, Missouri, seemingly for no obvious reason, or unarmed Levar Jones is shot by a state trooper in Columbia, South Carolina for driving without a seat belt (“Why did you shoot me?” Jones is seen pleading, on video), or Trayvon Martin is shot and killed, we can see the psychological presumption in these places is very different.

If poor, non-white people are up to anything, those activities nearly always qualify as “crime crimes.” And even if those people are innocent, the swarms of surrounding police send a powerful message to them and the neighbourhoods in which they live. They say that while others go free for monstrous crimes, you are pre-judged at both a street level and a policy level. Sooner or later, that had to lead to riots. And, as Gary Younge has pointed out, sometimes maybe a riot is what it takes.

The Divide by Matt Taibbi is published by Scribe. Buy it for £12.74 at bookshop.theguardian.com

It’s not the Pentagon that supplies most of the warrior-cop gear you saw in Ferguson etc. It’s this giant industry.

Economics, revolution and Occupy Wall Street

This video from the USA says about itself:

The Economics of Revolution

17 September 2014

“Corruption, greed and economic inequality have reached a peak tipping point,” writes David Degraw. “Due to the consolidation of wealth, the majority of the population cannot generate enough income to keep up with the cost of living. In the present economy, under current government policy, 70% of the population is now sentenced to an impoverished existence.”

In this special 3rd anniversary of Occupy Wall St. edition of Acronym TV, David DeGraw sits down with Dennis Trainor, Jr.

David’s new book, The Economics of Revolution, is now available from DavidDeGraw.org.

DeGraw, who is advocating for a guaranteed income for all US residents, states: “If people could just wrap their head around the fact that we have over $94 Trillion in wealth in the United States, I think we would have a revolution overnight. It has gotten to the point where it would only take 0.5% of the 1%’s wealth to eliminate poverty nationwide.”

About the guest
David DeGraw is an author and an organizer. An early organizer with Occupy Wall Street, David is credited by many as starting the We Are the 99% meme that launched a movement. He is an independent investigative journalist. In February 2010, DeGraw published a book called “The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America.” The last section of the book was a call to action, using the concept of 99 percent of American income earners.

See also here.

Anti-climate change demonstrators arrested in New York

This video from New York City in the USA is called Raw Coverage from Flood Wall Street.

By Isaac Finn in the USA:

Over 100 arrested in “Flood Wall Street” demonstration

24 September 2014

On Monday, over 100 protesters were arrested as they marched through New York City’s Financial District and staged a sit-in in opposition to corporations polluting the environment. The arrests came after demonstrators did not follow police orders to disperse.

The protest, entitled Flood Wall Street, was attended by roughly 1,000, many of whom wore blue to symbolize rising sea levels and carried signs denouncing banks and large corporations for pollution.

Protesters marched throughout downtown chanting, “The people are rising, no more compromising,” and “We can’t take this climate heat; we’ve got to shut down Wall Street.” Protesters also tossed around a massive beach ball with the word “Carbon” written on it, until it was deflated by the police.

Cops, under the supervision of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, set up barricades at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street to stop demonstrators from reaching the New York Stock Exchange. When protesters attempted to dismantle these barricades, police held the barricades in place before using pepper spray against the protesters.

Activists then linked arms and staged a sit-in in the middle of Broadway, blocking traffic. At around 7 p.m., police warned protesters to disperse or face arrest. Police then handcuffed 102 protesters, who had remained as an act of civil disobedience, and put them into police buses.

The day prior to the Flood Wall Street demonstration, approximately 300,000 people in New York City participated in the “People’s Climate March.”

Naomi Klein’s latest book — This Changes Everything — lays out the argument that our current economic system is the root cause of global warming: here.