Pham Binh

Update: Occupy Wall Street reported at 8.40pm New York time on November 15, a huge general assembly was taking place at Liberty Square . OWS said: "The feeling here at Liberty Square tonight is the feeling of a movement that is rising, building, and making headway. "Following the 1am eviction of Liberty Square early this morning and a long day of legal wrangling, the park was reoccupied late this afternoon. This evening, just after 7pm, the first General Assembly at the reoccupied park began."
Occupy has gone viral. First we had flash trading, then flash mobs, and now a flash movement. But this is no flash in the pan. The Occupy movement is here to stay, come hell or high water, because the status quo is unacceptable. Not since the 1930s and 1960s have tens of thousands of people in the US been this defiant and determined to win economic and social justice. What is unfolding is in many ways a synthesis of the movements of those eras. Our emphasis on mass, non-violent resistance in the face of repression is a product of the civil rights movement.
Support for the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement that has swept more than 100 cities in the United States is rising among current and former members of the US military. The support from former and current soldiers for the Occupy movement against corporate greed was brought into the spotlight when Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen suffered a fractured skull after being shot in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Oakland police on October 25.
This article from a participant of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Pham Binh, was written on October 13. The movement has spread around the United States and internationally. There are about 1500 sites globally planning to take part in some form in the October 15 international day of action. (See Occupy Together for a full list.) See also: Occupy Australia takes off -- thousands take part across the country
Inspired by the Arab Spring and Spain's movement of The Indignants (which began occupying city squares to build a citizens' movement for real democracy and against austerity), the Occupy Wall Street movement began taking to the streets in September in the famous financial district in New York. Brutal repression by police helped fuel support for those camping at Liberty Plaza (as Zuccotti Park has been renamed by the occupiers). Increasing support has come from trade unions — including a union-organised march in New York of tens of thousands of people in solidarity with OWS.
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