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More Occupy Wall Streets Protests Expected In NY, Elsewhere

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Occupy Wall Street protesters are expected to hold rallies in New York City and other parts of the United States Thursday, two months after the movement’s beginning in a Manhattan park.

The protest began in Zuccotti Park on September 17 with a small group seeking to focus attention on what it considered to be corporate greed and the increasing gap between the rich and poor across the globe. Protests have since spread to other cities across the United States and the world. Zuccotti Park is considered the epicenter of the global movement.

This past Tuesday, a New York State Supreme Court judge rejected a bid by protesters to return to the park they had been evicted from with their tents, sleeping bags and other belongings. Judge Michael Stallman said the health and safety concerns cited by the city permitted a ban on those items in the park. He said the protesters’ constitutional right to free speech was not violated by the park’s sleeping ban.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he agreed with the judge’s decision that free speech does not include the right to “endanger the public or infringe on the rights of others by taking over a public space.”

Police also cleared encampments in areas such as Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon.

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  • November 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm
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    You do not need to be religious to understand -and embrace- the idea that “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” But in their blind greed and schemes, the 1% has forgotten and closed their eyes to what the word “society” should really mean. Because of Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots, we are finally talking less about CUTS and more about BLEEDING. Instead of demanding more budget cuts -to be borne by the middle class and poor- we are FINALLY focusing on the shameful bleeding that the poor and middle class has endured for all too long. Instead of talking about even more millionaire tax we’re now talking about fairness and justice – about an economy and a political system that is run for the rich, and by the rich. Instead of talking about LESS government, we are talking about a government that WORKS FOR ALL OF US, not just a favored few. Thank you OWS, for reminding us that people -ordinary working people- really DO matter, and for helping open our eyes to what’s really going on in this country. Thank you OWS, for standing up for the workers, and for those looking for work, and for those that will graduate or come back from war …and find no work. Thank you OWS, for standing your ground, for enduring illegal beatings and arrests – non-violently. Thank you OWS, from all of us who can’t be there in person, from all of us who are working two and three jobs just to keep up, from all of us struggling to raise our children, or caring for our elderly, or just trying to live with some dignity…..while the rich become richer and more powerful, at our expense. The 1% are running this economy. Indeed, they’re running it right into the ground – with their get rich schemes, their shipping of jobs overseas, their tax evasions, and their cuts in social programs. You inspire and motivate us OWS. You strengthen us, and give us hope. And we’re PROUD OF YOU! This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than mere words…. it’s much more than just politics….. it’s your LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it. The time has come to choose….to risk…and to act. If not now…then when? If not you, then….who? You DO have the power my friend. Don’t let your dreams die

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