Occupy Wall Street is Growing, Spreading
And it’s here to stay. Occupy Wall Street started on September 17th, and it took at least a week for the mainstream “media” to even notice. Even then, they mostly just poked fun at the demonstrators’ funny clothes and the fact that their message was “incoherent” and “inarticulate.”
When one tenth that many teabaggers gather in a park with their dorky costumes and misspelled signs, the media are all over them like stink on shit. “The American People are rising in anger!” But I digress…
Now several unions — including the New York Transit Workers Union (TWU Local 100) — are taking up the cause. They’re organizing a massive rally next Wednesday, October 5th. A spokesman for TWU Local 100 said:
“While Wall Street and the banks and the corporations are the ones that caused the mess that’s flowed down into the states and cities, it seems there’s no shared sacrifice. It’s the workers having to sacrifice while the wealthy get away scot-free. It’s kind of a natural alliance with the young people and the students…They just seem to be hanging out there getting the crap beaten out of them, and maybe union support will help them out a little bit.”
And the New York Metro 32BJ SEIU, with about 70,000 members, will be showing their solidarity with Occupy Wall Street at a rally on October 12th.
Occupy Wall Street has spread to other cities as well, including Chicago and Boston.
Matt Taibbi is hopeful that Occupy Wall Street will continue to grow into a much larger movement and create the necessary public awareness.
If you aren’t familiar with Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone articles and his book “Griftopia,” you don’t know what you’re missing. He might be the only person on the planet who can take an excruciatingly complicated and boring subject like derivatives and translate it into a Hunter Thompson-esque Gonzo writing style that’ll have you on the edge of your seat.