In order to understand the movement, you must understand the driving force(s) behind the movement. The driving forces being the organizations supplying the funding and the people organizing the events, the people that are attending and even the politicians that endorse it, whether openly or tacitly. Furthermore, you must understand the common myths behind these movements such as that they are actually “spontaneous” and “democratic”. Fact is, this is a false flag and movements like these are planned well in advance and well funded. Even the Tea Party movement was planned in advance. However, unlike the Tea Party movement, OWS is far from democratic when you consider the origins and the aim of the social engineers behind it all, giving this movement its momentum. You may disagree with the notion that it’s not democratic, but the facts speak for themselves and say otherwise. Having said this, take a look at a few portions of this source which links the connections between the origins, the funding sources and the people behind it:
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a movement whose activism is planned and coordinated via a free, open-source social-networking website that is maintained by an independent group of organizers who describe themselves as “committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements.” Strongly anti-capitalist, OWS characterizes America as a “ruthless,” materialistic society where the chief objective is to “always minimize costs and maximize profits”; where “lives are commodities to be bought and sold on the open market”; and where “the economic transaction has become the dominant way of relating to the culture and artifacts of human civilization.” The “deep spiritual sickness” that necessarily results from this repugnant philosophy of perpetual economic “growth for the sake of growth,” says OWS, has caused “vast deprivation, oppression and despoliation … to cover the world.” OWS’s prescribed remedy is to replace the foregoing arrangement “with a society of cooperation and community” – i.e., a socialist economy.Describing itself as a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions,” OWS says: “The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”
OWS was a key organizer of the September 17, 2011 “Day of Rage” protest targeting Wall Street, the hub of New York City’s financial district. According to the group, the purpose of that event was to express “opposition to the principle that has come to dominate not only our economic lives but our entire lives: profit over and above all else.” Other noteworthy organizers of the September 17 rally, which drew approximately 1,000 participants, included USDayOfRage, NYC General Assembly, Take The Square, Anonymous, and the AdBusters Media Foundation. Indeed, Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn was the major player in getting OWS established and launched.Another central figure in OWS from its inception was Lisa Fithian, an anarchist describing herself as a career “community organizer” who specializes in “direct action” protests, and who has close ties to labor unions.
According to journalist Aaron Klein, the September 17 protests apparently represented “the culmination” of a campaign by Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN and president of an SEIU local in New Orleans, who in March 2011 had issued a call for “days of rage in ten cities around JP Morgan Chase” — part of his so-called “anti-banking jihad.” Rathke’s efforts were supported by Stephen Lerner, an SEIU board member and radical-left organizer who candidly aims to “destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement”; “bring down the stock market” through a campaign of disruption; “bring down [the] bonuses” of executives in the financial sector; and “interfere with their ability to … be rich.”
Front groups of the community organization ACORN played a major role in organizing the OWS protests nationwide. For instance, the Working Families Party (WFP), a longtime ACORN front, helped mobilize the demonstrations in New York City. “[We are] actually trying to change the capitalist system that we have today because it’s not working for any of us,” WFP organizer Nelini Stamp told Laura Flanders of Free Speech TV in an interview.
Meanwhile, ACORN’s newer front groups were likewise deeply involved in launching and expanding the OWS movement throughout the fall of 2011. For instance, New York Communities for Change — led by longtime ACORN lobbyist Jon Kest — helped WFP organize the demonstrations in lower Manhattan. In Pennsylvania, Action United participated in the “Occupy Pittsburgh” rallies. In Florida, Organize Now took part in “Occupy Orlando.” The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment led the “Occupy L.A.” protests. And New England United for Justice, headed by former ACORN national president Maude Hurd, participated in the related “Take Back Boston” rallies in Massachusetts.
The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was also heavily involved in OWS’s formation and early growth. At the heart of “Occupy Los Angeles,” for instance, were two Southern California communists — veteran Party leader Arturo Cambron and his comrade Mario Brito. In early October 2011, Brito declared that OWS’s chief objective was to achieve “economic justice,” and added: “This is an international movement … The vast majority of Americans actually believe income inequality is a major problem. The only reason they haven’t acted upon it is because there hasn’t been a mass movement.” In an October 15, 2011 address to the nearly 3,000 attendees at an “Occupy Chicago” rally, John Bachtell, a spokesman from the CPUSA’s national board, claimed to “bring greetings and solidarity from the Communist Party”; he received a number of loud ovations from the crowd.
The early OWS demonstrations imposed considerable monetary costs on the cities in which they were staged. By mid-October 2011, for example, the protesters’ then-month-long siege of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan had already cost New York taxpayers some $3.2 million for overtime police pay. Meanwhile, Boston City Council president Stephen Murphy reported that the costs resulting from the protests in his city were approaching $2 million.
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