Protesters at “Occupy Wall Street” event
Social media networks fomenting a nationwide “Day of Rage” protest are reporting that hundreds have gathered in New York City’s financial district to protest “Wall Street’s corporate plunder.”
According to a Bloomberg report, organizers had originally hoped as many as 20,000 would gather in the financial district and “occupy” it through tent cities and civil disobedience, if necessary, for months.
As a loosely formed conglomerate of Twitter, Facebook and online activists – similar to the Arab spring protesters that have been toppling governments in Africa – clearly identifying the goals and tactics of the protests is nearly impossible.
According to the website Adbusters, a group promoting the demonstration, the goal of “#OccupyWallStreet” is to get President Barack Obama to establish a commission to end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.” The group advocates camping out in Manhattan for months if needed to get the message across.
But the USDayofRage.org website warns against setting up tents and describes the purpose of the protest this way: “Wall Street is a huge contributor to the political machine, which in turns enables Wall Street’s corporate plunder of our nation. Both the Democratic and Republican parties set the bankster agenda because of the money.
“Bought by hard and soft dollars, disloyal, incompetent and wasteful interests have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to liberty and national security,” the website continues. “We demand satisfaction for the wrongs done to our nation and its people.”
New York City’s cable news network NY1 spoke with a trio of protesters about the purpose of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations:
“CEOs, the biggest corporations and the wealthy are taking too much from our country, and I think it’s time for us to take back,” said one protester.
“What I hope to accomplish is that people who have gotten in trouble on Wall Street actually pay an equal share for what they’ve done,” said another.
“The difference between this and other protests of the past is that we’re not leaving, and we’re going to stay as long as it takes to accomplish something,” said a third.
The protest aims to take root around the world.
Activists are advertising on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter for the “Day of Rage” to begin with the “occupation” of Wall Street and continue with protests across the nation in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, Texas.
The Department of Homeland Security further issued a bulletin expecting related protests in the financial districts of Madrid, Milan, London and Paris, as well.
As WND reported, advertisements claim the protests at Wall Street and nationwide will be “non-violent.” However, the official website provides resources, including videos and detailed written instructions, for protesters to engage in “civil disobedience.”
The resources provided include instructions on how to resist police arrest and disrupt court hearings.
This week, the ‘Day of Rage’ Twitter feed posted links to what it called “nonviolent civil disobedience training talks.”
Similar instructions are provided on the website of an affiliated organization, which calls itself “Occupy Wall Street” and is also involved in planning the Sept. 17 protests.
Live Twitter feeds from protesters indicate police presence in Manhattan has been heavy, but no violence has yet been reported.
“Lots of police and barricades,” reports Twitter user Ethar El-Katatney, “but strangely quiet.”
The use of the term “Day of Rage” recalls the “Days of Rage” organized in the 1960s by the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization co-founded by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, close associates for years of President Obama.
Numerous radicals, many with direct ties to Obama, are linked to planned protests and other activism scheduled for the coming months.
In March, ACORN founder Wade Rathke announced what he called “days of rage in 10 cities around JP Morgan Chase.” Rathke was president of an SEIU local in New Orleans.
The planned Sept. 17 protest appears to be the culmination of Rathke’s efforts.
Those efforts are being organized by Stephen Lerner, an SEIU board member who reportedly visited the Obama White House at least four times.
Lerner is considered one of the most capable organizers of the radical left. He recently organized the SEIU’s so-called Justice for Janitors campaign.
As part of his planned protests, Lerner called for “a week of civil disobedience, direct action all over the city.”
His stated aim is to “destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement.”
In an interview about the planned protests, Lerner outlined his goals: “How do we bring down the stock market? How do we bring down their bonuses? How do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich?”