Street’ protest headed to Phoenix
by Sandra Haros/KTAR and Associated Press (October 5th, 2011
Unions and other
organizations are swelling the ranks of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
The idea of
protesting “the greed that led to the collapse of the economy” is
spreading like wildfire. The Occupy Wall Street demonstration is moving to
cities like Boston, Los Angeles and Phoenix.
In a statement
sent to KTAR, Tyler Olsen with Occupy Phoenix said “Occupy Phoenix is
standing in solidarity with those who have been protesting in NYC since
September 17th. Since the 2008 financial crisis, everybody from Ron Paul to
Ralph Nadar [sic], to more mainstream politicians, have been calling for reform
to Wall Street, for the end of the era of “too big to fail,” for
removing the financial and corporate power from our government system.”Because
the politicians in power haven’t done anything to address this grievance,
people are starting to stand up and let their voices be heard. Everybody knows
that money has unduly influenced our political system, and now Americans of all
political orientations (from socialists to libertarians) are standing up, in a
democratic movement, and demanding a change in the status quo that has steadily
increased the stratification and inequality in our society over the past 30
Phoenix event is getting a lot attention on Facebook, Twitter and they have
their own local webpage. Organizers are asking people to flood Cesar Chavez
Plaza on October 15th.
financial expert said he is thinking of becoming a part of the protest.
join them,” said licensed stockbroker and financial analyst, Darren
Wright, with Wright Wealth Management.
seriousness, I’m a little upset at what happened at a high level as well.
There’s a lot of people making a lot of money and doing a lot of bad things.
The focus should be on that and cleaning up the system to make sure those
things don’t happen again,” Wright said.
began two-and-a-half weeks ago with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to
pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Since then, hundreds have
set up camp in a park nearby and have become increasingly organized, lining up
medical aid and legal help and printing their own newspaper.
However, it seems
they lack a clear objective, though they speak against corporate greed, social
inequality, global climate change and other concerns. The numbers are growing,
getting more organized and showing no sign of slowing.