What's Next for the Occupy Wall Street Movement?

Monday, October 03, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests have been gaining momentum since they began in downtown Manhattan two weeks ago. More than a few pundits have noted the leaderless movement is using Arab Spring-style tactics as their inspiration. Like the protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Occupy Wall Street supporters are extremely adept at using social media to spread their message. Their camp in the Financial District's Zuccotti Park is impressively organized, with a reception area, media zone, medical clinic, library and cafeteria. But despite structure on the ground, one criticism that’s been repeatedly levied at them is their lack of unified demands. The protesters want to end greed and corruption but don’t necessarily agree as to what that means in practice. 

Charles M. Blow, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and J.A. Myerson, who is on the media team for the Occupy Wall Street movement, talk about where the movement is going next.

Comments [3]

Angel from Miami, FL

I wholeheartedly agree with "listener". This is an abuse of the First Amendment of our Constitution in order to rant about a institutional system that the government, "of the People" I may add, has already found to be completely free of any wrongdoing... in the legal sense of the word. The fact that Congress removed the rules that prevented fiscal meltdown is proof enough that whatever harm brought on by the banks was acceptable and something that our nation, and the world, could handle. The bankers did us a favor by testing the system and were well compensated for it. I await the trickling down. Thanks "listener" for looking out for the well-being of our most valued institution. You're awesome.

Oct. 13 2011 10:51 AM

The vapid cheerleading coverage of this unsavory display with disturbing and ridiculous comparisons to the so-called Arab Spring is really embarrassing. Journalists should do a little work, put aside for once their political arrogances and know what they are flirting with here.

It is interesting to compare the coverage of the limited government Tea Party movement where there were no mass arrests and all the dark motives they are accused of and the saccharine treatment these law breaking protesters are getting where they are given every benefit of the doubt by a credulous media.
A little light reporting work may reveal an extremist left-wing motivation for these protests which explains why the stated goals of these actions are so obscure.
It seems the sinister things the Tea Party was accused of in the last three years is actually being done by leftist protesters and is fully dignified by the media.

Oct. 03 2011 09:12 AM
Woody from Brooklyn

Seriously, Charles M. Blow is the best commentator you could get on short notice? The New York Times barely covers the movement until police violence occurs, and then that coverage demeans the diverse group at Liberty Plaza as "hippies and hipsters".

This Wednesday's action has support from TLUW 100, United Federation of Teachers, SEIU, Workers United, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the Working Families Party. Hippies or hipsters?

Yes, Citizens United, growing wealth and income inequality, lack of prosecution of those who brought on the financial collapse, disappearing collective bargaining rights, etc. are a myriad of problems, but they revolve around similar root causes that a range of people from different ideologies can agree upon.

It takes police violence against young women of the movement to even raise issues like income inequality in the so-called liberal media, and Mr. Blow's complaint is that this amazing umbrella organization that organically formed nearly overnight doesn't have solutions for the dissolving of the middle class? Does he really not see the common issues here?

Consider this: Without corporate money funding specific agendas, our democracy just may be a messy, slow one but hopefully one that is more just.

Oct. 03 2011 01:46 AM

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