OWS Synthesis 2

I decided to return to the New York Times archive in order to strengthen my understanding of the Occupy Wall Street movement. If I want to begin forming my hypthesis, I think it is imperative I know as much about the protest as possible, forming claims require a thorough understanding of a topic. My previous post quickly jumped into two outspoken articles so I thought it necessary to go back a few months as frequent arrests began throughout different locations. In my synthesis for class I included the first article to be published in the New York Times as well as others from MSNBC and Twitter to support my analysis.

In an article published September 17, 2011 writer for the New York Times, Colin Moynihan attempts to explain the meaning of “what some called the United States Day of Rage”.

 “For months the protesters had planned to descend on Wall Street on a Saturday and occupy parts of it as an expression of anger over a financial system that they say favors the rich and powerful at the expense of ordinary citizens.”

When thousands of angry individuals set up shop in New York’s Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011, it was difficult to predict the length to which protesters would remain adamant about finding change. Would they remain in one area? Decrease in number as time went on? Give up hope as politicans and lawmakers continued to ignore their requests? It would be an unpredictable road one in which only time would provide us with answers. As the debates raged on all over America and across the globe, the 99 percent remained fierce about reaching a benchmark in history. In a relatively recent article published in the New York Times, Lawyer Says Zuccotti Park Demonstrators Broke No Law, OWS writer Colin Moynihan focuses on the public arrests which ensued from the protests. Defense lawyer Jethro M. Eisenstein quickly stepped up to say the criminal charges against the protesters should be dismissed.

“Brookfield lacked the authority to exclude people… Eisenstein, argued in support of a motion to dismiss the charges, contending that it was “unseemly and unjust to allow Brookfield to harness the power of the state” to clear the park of protesters.”

Einstein made his argument by explaining that the park’s owner Brookfield Properties could establish rules pertaining to the behavior of the park, but they simply could not force individuals out. The protesters of OWS are simply trying to gain the attention of serious politicans and lawmakers. However, the police see the movement in an entirely different view. An article on MSNBC captures the viewpoint of Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson he claims,

“The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said. “We will be prepared for that.”

It is evident how disturbed Wolfson is at the actions of the protesters. In a way he sees these individuals as selfish people driven to raise havoc rather than the majority of the country seriously disturbed by the lack of effort from the government to support them. It is almost as though Wolfson does not see their actions as a genuine but a way to disturb a nation already overwhelmed with other problems.

How is it then, that the movement has continued on for so long? I question Wolfson himself…do you truly find the sacrifice of days and nights from these individuals just to be a cry for attention? Do lawmakers, police officers, and politicians recognize the values of the protesters or are they concerned about them getting off of private property?

In one blog post on occupywallst.org the protesters formed their own rebuttal to the consistent police arrests. On March 24, 2012 they wrote:

“Today, we take direct action against the NYPD. They have spied on us, they have assaulted us, they have kidnapped us from the streets without cause or charge. We, the 99% of people who will no longer be silent have chosen to make our voices heard. Former commissioner Raymond Kelly, we, the people have decided you no longer have a job. Any acts of brutality you order today will only serve as further evidence of your misconduct.”

Now, we are aware that Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s job remains in tact, a group of protesters do not have the authority to fire him. Perhaps this was a way for protesters to raise a voice without the rallying, as a way to prove they are capable of nonviolence methods of reasoning.  I wonder…would the protesters be receiving the same attention if they only did things like post blog entries? Or are they right for holding massive campaigns in major cities?


OWS Synthesis Homework

As I continued my quest for research regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement, I came across two articles that complimented each other extremely well. I decided to include them as part of my homework, because I too had their questions in mind.

In a Los Angeles Times article Can Occupy Wall Street be more talk, teach-ins and tents, I author David Horsey presents a valid point. Where does the future of Occupy Wall Street lay? Horsey begins the article by questioning his audience,

“Is the Occupy Wall Street movement going to transform America or dither and disappear?”

He suggests that perhaps if the “army of activists” remained more focused rather than blatantly pleading for political attention, than their creative gestures would speak louder. Horsey admits the presence of the protesters has not gone unheard, but what he would like to know is…exactly how long is this going to last. He writes,

“Last fall, at the height of the protests that began in New York’s Zuccotti Park and sprang up in city after city, all the way to Oakland, Occupy Wall Street seized the attention of the nation and, for the first time in a couple of years, shifted the terms of debate from the tea party’s obsession with big, bad government to the 99-to-1 split of wealth in the country.”

It is evident that the protesters have the ability to shift this country’s one- track mind. Horsey finds these outspoken defenders capable of raising significant questions, but he concludes that they are far from substantiating their ability to change America. A recent article published by The Economist, Occupy Wall Street and the media,Talking about a revolution, A fascinating and unwieldy movement in search of a narrative proposes a similar thought.

“But maxims aside, the movement has always struggled to explain its agenda to the world. That has much to do with its anti-hierarchical structure: no central authority, no single ideology, no unified set of demands.”

This article’s view for instance, attempts to provide an explanation as to why confusion continues to surround OWS. What this author is really saying is that perhaps we are unclear of what the protesters want, because they too do not know what they want. With no clear direction it is nearly impossible to determine how the job will get done. My point is not that the protesters are not successful, clearly they are if they were able to swing the focus of politicians, but how is it then, that we know exactly who the protesters are, we know exactly where they are, we are familiar with what they want, but yet we cannot come to an agreement on how they are going to go about changing America? Unless they propose how they see the country changing instead of just saying there must be modifications to the government, media, and the rights of citizens than how can the country transform. The politicians are not outwardly going to implement law and alter policies because a group of people (even if they are the vast majority) says so. I question Horsey’s original thought with my own, do the protesters of Occupy Wall Street foresee change for America stemming from their own arguments, or are their uproars a plead for internal political negotiations?

OWS News Updates

Continued to work on research for my OWS assignment…

Recent articles published pertaining to OWS:







Occupy: World News

For the final assignment in WRT 205 I will be working on the topic of Occupy Wall Street. As a finance student I hope to present a viewpoint perhaps not as typical. As I mentioned in a previous “re-blog” I want to ensure my analysis of the protest movement covers the global range not simply New York City’s Wall Street. While the characteristics of OWS entail non-violent protests, civil disobedience, picketing and internet activism designed by a Canadian Activist group Adbusters the public petition has grown into a worldwide protest of corporate influence with a lingering desire for autonomy. The limited legal consequences has ensued in major uproars throughout hundreds of countries and nearly 1500 cities.


– Nationally: began September 17, 2011 In Liberty Square

– Spread to 1500 cities globally

– Inspired by popular uprising in Egypt and Tunisia

Public Issue: A massive cross-country occupation of major cities with professionals and protestors boycotting the financial industry.

–> “The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.” (occupywallst.org)

Goal: to fight back against the richest 1% of people in control of the rules

Key terms: Hedge fund, Tax breaks, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Financial Crisis, Economy, Glass-Steagall, Compensation

Glass-Steagall Act: An Act to provide for the safer and more effective use of the assets of banks, to regulate interbank control, to prevent the undue diversion of funds into speculative operations, and for other purposes.

Principles: Solidarity, Autonomy, Declaration of Occupation, Right to occupy space

In order to learn about the movement, I will be staying up-to-date with all major newspaper articles as well as youtube videos posted from around the world. I will also be conducting polls and survey through different organizations and schools throughout campus.

I found this blog to be quite beneficial to my research. After my meeting this morning, I decided I would look more closely into the “occupy movement” …but I want to make sure I am learning about the movement across the globe. While we may be aware of the protests occurring throughout New York City, social movements have spread in over 1500 cities. Clearly, the occupy movement extends far beyond America, and at a rapid speed. It is truly incredible how quickly news can spread. I found this blog to be a great overview of the occupy concept and the major geographic areas of the most prominent protests.

Social Network Unionism

Newsletter #12M15M Issue 1

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1) Calendar of the  #12M15M  WG’s meetings and GA’s(Mumblehttps://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=dinamization12m15m%40gmail.com&ctz=Europe/Madrid

Here you can check the meetings of the work groups and the general  assemblies for the 12 and 15 of MAY actions.

By the international Facilitation team (dinamization12m15m@gmail.com)

2) Twitter: Platform for the hashtags of the #globalrevolution http://www.yeswecamp.net/

here you can find a very handy platform for people who use twitter and are involved on the global revolution. Website based on open code, below the tweet-boxes you can find a link to download the code and make your own “yeswecamp” with, for example, all the #hashtags that the neighborhoods  of your city are using or the dates and events that you need to follow

3) Occupy London – Occupy May https://www.facebook.com/events/288620067873162/

Occupy May is a facebook event created by Occupy LSX. They are already working for the global May at their GAs and in the Work Groups meetings.

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Occupy Wall Street- Arrests continue at Zuccotti Park




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“Come to town..It’s Circus Day in Dixie”


Circus Day in Dixie (final rendition)

Version 3:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls

Welcome to the circus, Step right up:

Sometimes when life gets tough we need to take a step back and enjoy what’s around us.

Albert Gumble’s, Circus Day in Dixie was a peppy patriotic tune despite the communities throughout America struggling during the post reconstruction era. Gumble was persistent to find an ensemble worthy of his traditional American song.

In 1909, the established, American Quartet graced the Edison cylinder archive with their recording of Circus Day in Dixie.  It’s instant popularity lead to several future recordings of the tune including The Versatile Four, Blossom Seeley, James Reese Europe, The Citations.

A time to “hear the music sweet”, “the clowns who wear the funniest clothes”, and ”Turkish dancin’ show”. The lyrics allow us to recognize the excitement filling the homes of Dixie, – the circus is here – remember to “Enjoy yourself!” “Let me see you smile!”.

Now ladies and gentlment, boys and girls!

Don’t be the last to arrive, you better hurry!

Works Cited:

The American Quartet, Circus Day in Dixie. 1909. Syracuse University Digital Library. Web. 8 Mar. 2012. <http://digilib.syr.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cylinder&CISOPTR=1242&CISOBOX=1&REC=1&gt;

“American Quartet–With Billy Murray,” Tim’s Phonographs and Old Records. Tim Gracyk. Web. March 18 2012. <http://www.gracyk.com/americanquartet.shtml&gt;

“Circus Day in Dixie Lyrics.” Albert Gamble. Web. March 19 2012. <http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/c/circusdayindixie.shtml&gt;

Circus Day in Dixie Reflection