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Occupy Wall Street explainer

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http://www.politickerny.com/2011/10/13/bill-clinton-on-occupy-wall-street-they-need-to-be-for-something-specific/

Kevin O’Leary

CBC Commentator/Investor

“Nobody knows what they want. Can't even name the names of the firms that they're protesting against. Very weak. Low budget.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/10/08/f-vp-bambury-wall-street.html

Susan Sarandon

Actress

“I'm just here to be educated and offer 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.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042317/Occupy-Wall-Street-Susan-Sarandon-Michael-Moore-join-protesters-New-York.html#ixzz1alvjrexN

Michael Moore

Filmmaker/Author

“The first victory has already been won. It's been an apathy killer. If nothing else happened beyond this -- and there will be much more that will happen beyond this -- but if nothing did, it's already accomplished something very, very important. It's ended people's apathy and their inability to feel like they can stand up against Wall Street.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/12/idUS287810253820111012

 Deepak Chopra

Bestselling Author/Pundit, during a meditation he led at the site of the protests

“Simple anger will only perpetuate what already is out there. It was created by greed and fear. We have to go beyond that and come from a place of compassion, and turn equanimity into creativity”

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/omkara/2011/oct/10/deepak-chopras-message-occupy-wall-street-and-beyo/

Timeline of the Occupation

 February 15, 2010

AmpedStatus.com issues the first in a series of reports detailing the collapse of the United States economy, which some claim marks the birth of the 99% Movement. The report begins, “It’s time for 99% of Americans to mobilize and aggressively move on common sense political reforms.”

February 2, 2011

Vancouver-based Adbusters magazine runs an editorial by Kono Matsu, suggesting “a million man march on Wall Street”. Taking cues from revolutionary action in the Middle East, he calls on supporters: “Let's get organized, let's strategize, let's think things through.”

March 2011

Hacktivist group Anonymous joins AmpedStatus in a collaborative effort called A99, releasing a video introducing themselves as a “decentralized non-violent resistance movement, which seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class.”

June 14, 2011

A small group of protesters attempt to occupy Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, but many considered it a failure due to the lack of support.

July 13, 2011

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