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Pro-democracy marchers flex new muscle

The greed-is-good community spent Thursday walking the streets they supposedly own as "masters of the universe" with their heads down and their proverbial tails tucked deeply between their legs.

Investment bankers and stock traders clicked the locks shut on their Range Rovers and BMWs as they drove between protesters and police in cities across the United States, and clambered on foot over the barricades separating them from the once voiceless poor and middle-class.

"I don't know when I'll get home," one well-dressed professional shouted into his iPhone Thursday evening from a press of Manhattan protesters who had been blocked from marching south to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Sympathetic protesters asked the man in the expensive overcoat and suit if he had wandered into the standoff with police by accident on his way home.

range"I'm a marcher," he responded, drawing laughs. "I'm a marcher and I'm heading home. I'm multitasking."

More than 50,000 Americans filled the streets Thursday in response to a coordinated crackdown on Occupy Wall Street protest camps earlier this week by big-city mayors seeking to defend the political machines that brought them to power... (Continued)


Bloomberg Cracks Down on Occupy Movement

The New York Police Department cleared pro-democracy protesters from Zuccotti Park in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning in an attempt to stifle a fast-growing...

Occupy Protests Gain Momentum

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Occupy Wall Street overcomes bad press

By Susan J. Douglas

Despite the media’s atrocious coverage, the Occupy protests have clearly changed the nation’s conversation.

So here’s the question: Despite the media’s appalling coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement, is a more sustained and sustainable assault on the injustices of corporate capitalism gaining a foothold?

With the emergence, and spread, of the Occupy movement, the first scandal was the mainstream media’s ignoring the story (until the NYPD got violent). Many noted, rightly, that if the demonstration had been organized by the Tea Party, the press would have been all over it from the start.

The second scandal, once the media did start to pay attention, was the dismissive, marginalizing coverage — The New York Times possibly being the worst — casting the demonstrators as clueless, leaderless neo-hippies simply looking for a way to pass sunny autumn afternoons.

Empowered Consumers Let Their Hands Go

Beleagured consumers have taken a page from the boxing world in recent weeks by "letting their hands go" in their battle with predatory corporations like Netflix and Bank of America.

Boxing trainers use the phrase when they want a pugilist to stop being cautious and pound away at an antagonist with unbridled fury. The effect in the business world has been to turn the clock back on customer relations to a time when more businesses had a moral compass and worried about how they were viewed by those who purchase their products and services.

Consumers have used their wallets to rout both Netflix and Bank of America (BofA) in the past month in a collectivedislike 2 show of force that suggests a new activism has replaced their former apathy, which long allowed business leaders to treat them with disdain. The result may be a sea change in the way business has been conducted in America the past 30 years.

Instead of purchasing political and media influence to facilitate the exploitation of their own customers, particularly in industries like banking and cable TV, corporations now must rediscover how to treat them fairly again.


Wall Street Protests Yield “American Autumn”

Organized labor joined with anti-Wall Street protesters Oct. 5 to produce one of the biggest demonstrations in more than 30 years in lower Manhattan and a volatile force for political change. Drawn together by shared frustration with corporate greed and a political system plagued by legalized bribes, older middle class Americans joined the younger generation to produce a boisterous crowd of more than 30,000 protesters.

Smaller protests were staged in cities and on college campuses across the country, from Seattle and Los Angeles, to Tampa and Portland, Maine. Ongoing protests also are underway in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Raleigh and Boston.

“Occupy Wall Street” Antes Up

The Occupy Wall Street movement is for real. No one is really sure exactly what OWS is yet. However, the nonviolent grassroots...

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