Like you, we are thrilled to see what we all hope will be the beginning of a real movement of popular resistance to the mounting inequality, joblessness, student debt, poverty and militarism in the United States. In testimony to how democratic movements around the world inspire and strengthen one another, the Wall Street activists frankly credit the Arab Spring and the European street protests with stimulating their actions.
We at CPD welcome this broad anti-corporate upsurge — not only the audacious Wall Street Occupation in New York City, but the eruption of like-minded protests across the country. We urge all of our friends and supporters to participate in whatever way they can in the protests, and to take part in the unfolding discussion and debate about what the movement is for as well as what it is against.
In New York City, Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park, located at Liberty and Broadway in lower Manhattan, is occupied every day, 24 hours a day. If you are in New York, stop by. On Wednesday, October 5th there will be Community/Labor March to Wall St against Corporate Greed and the Big Banks from City Hall (250 Broadway) to Wall Street/Zuccotti Park (map), starting at 4:30pm and ending at 7:00pm.
You can check for daily activities — marches and other special protests — on the Occupy Wall Street website. To see how you can join events in other parts of the country, go to the Occupy Together website.
In addition, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy has endorsed the October 2011 Freedom Plaza protest at 13th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, starting on the morning of Thursday, October 6. As the October 2011 website says, “this is a gathering of people who support peace and social, economic and environmental justice. Our intention is to stay in Washington, D.C. as a unified presence. We will use ongoing actions of nonviolent resistance to disrupt the forces that corrupt our political process and undermine our rights and human needs. We will demand changes that shift power away from concentrated corporate capital and free us to create solutions that lead to a just and sustainable future.” A list of supporting organizations, including CPD, is here.
For updates on these activities and on the Campaign for Peace and Democracy’s work for a new, democratic and non-militaristic U.S. foreign policy, join our Facebook group if you haven’t already done so.