Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact
Next story:
Previous story:

Occupy Wall Street Protest Continues

Filed under: Activism
Tags:

Crowds of Occupy Wall Street protesters have been filling the area around the NYC financial district since September 17. While the movement appeared to be losing steam due to a lack of focus and an apparent media blackout, it’s again picking up momentum thanks to speeches by Michael Moore, pepper-spraying cops, cocktail quaffing bankers, and arrogant newspaper articles.

We’ve seen riots happen around the globe lately—can they happen in the USA?

Two weeks after Occupy Wall Street was to have fizzled out, it’s rallying. And, there’s now an Occupy Boston protest, and an Occupy L.A. protest scheduled to start this Saturday, October 1.


  • The movement is gaining momentum after a week and a half and Occupy movements are popping up all over the country! Stand up together and use your voice to give to those without. Tax the rich and feed the poor- you are the 99%! See my Occupy Wall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/occupywallstreet.html where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for real coverage of the movement.

  • Certainly the OccupyWallStreet demonstrations have created a lot of buzz and enlisted a lot of leftish celebrities like Chomsky, Michael Moore, Cornell West, and others to support their cause, but I believe that the rather inchoate, generalized discontent expressed by the protestors needs to be given adequate theoretical clarification in order that the participants in this phenomenon might dedicate themselves to a longer-term program of reconstituting the Left. Michael Moore quite transparently wants a return to neo-Fordist Rooseveltian capitalism, Chomsky is a self-proclaimed “anarchist” who voted for John Kerry in 2004, and so on down the line. I therefore offer the following (Marxist) critique of the protests to this point.

    Of course, I realize that it is not enough to relentlessly criticize from the sidelines, but it is essential that these protestors be engaged so that their understanding of global capitalism is deepened and their politics radicalized. This means more than waving a few placards with populist slogans and other such theatrics.

    Regressive “Resistance” on Wall Street: Notes on the Occupation

  • Erik

    Go to occupytogether.org and you’ll see there are over a score of cities were occupation protests are being organized. And I know that several are underway–LA, Chicago and Portland for example. LA’s began a week ago–the occupation part of the protest is what kicks off on the 1st.