The people protesting Wall Street have gotten a boost in coverage lately after the pepper spray attack that hit four women and a police officer on Saturday. Arrests have also been mounting. Today, though, the roughly 100 people camped out in Zuccotti Park got a huge boost today when Susan Sarandon showed up. The 64-year old actress appeared to lend her support.
Sarandon’s career pretty much began with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and she has gone on to appear in movies like Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never sleeps” and she even won an Academy Award for “Dead Man Walking”.
Sarandon stated “I’m here to understand what’s going on and to lend my support. There’s a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that’s addressing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.” Michael Moore has also made an appearance there.
They have been helped immensely by the fact that Current TV host Keith Olbermann has been covering this on his show Countdown (see below).
The group intends to continue the marchs trough the financial district each business day at the opening and closing bells of the New York Stock Exchange. The protest has been dubbed #OccupyWallStreet. It aims to get President Barack Obama to establish a commission that would end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington,” according to one of the sites associated with this.
Dylan O’Keefe, 19, of Northampton, Massachusetts, stated “We’re raising awareness of the fact that the current economic system is changeable. I really don’t have faith in the political process anymore, mostly because of corporate interests. I don’t even plan on voting.”
About 80 of the 100 people arrested since the demonstrations began were taken into custody on Sept. 24, when a police officer used pepper spray “in a continuum of force that obviated the use of batons,” Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department, said in an e-mail.
“Protesters who engage in civil disobedience can expect to be arrested,” Browne said. “Those who resist arrest can expect some measure of force will be used in making them.”
The Sept. 24 march and the use of pepper spray “really inspired me to come here,” said Esther Martin, 24, of New Orleans, who said she had a temporary job selling Bob Marley and Marilyn Monroe posters before joining the protest. “It’s giving a body to the discontent people feel from not having jobs or money, and the disappointment about bailouts for Wall Street.”
Of course, no one wants to discuss the fact that Wall Street has been trading in imaginary money over the last decade and more because of accounting practices that make quantum physics seem like long division and this is creating more problems as the economic realities of trading in an economy that is more imaginary that you find in Azeroth (World of Warcraft) begins to hit.