The 2011 Occupy Wall Street Protests

Minneapolis protesters continue occupation of county government center

By WSWS reporting team, 10 October 2011

Demonstrators marked day two of the occupation of the Hennepin County Government Center, renamed “The People’s Plaza,” in downtown Minneapolis.

Protests building momentum as they enter fourth week

By Kate Randall, 10 October 2011

The anti-Wall Street protests continued to spread over the weekend, with plans for actions in more than a thousand cities both in the US and internationally.

New York: Kentucky college students send delegation to Wall Street protest

By C.W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 10 October 2011

A contingent of over 40 students from Berea College in Kentucky arrived by bus in New York City Saturday to participate in the ongoing Wall Street protests after raising thousands of dollars from the student body and supporters.

“Occupy Chicago” protests continue into second week

By James Nykvist and Kristina Betinis, 8 October 2011

Under the banner of the “Occupy Together” movement, the city of Chicago has seen small protests continue into the second week.

Plans for anti-Wall Street protests spread across US and globally

By Kate Randall, 8 October 2011

Anti-Wall Street protests continued to spread yesterday to cities across the US, with protests also being planned globally in more than 15 countries.

Mayor Bloomberg slanders Wall Street protest

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2011

New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg renewed his attack on the three-week-old Wall Street protest, claiming it was aimed at destroying New Yorkers’ jobs.

San Diego: “Why has no one gone to jail for the financial crisis?”

By our reporters, 8 October 2011

On October 7, San Diego became another of the many cities across the United States to see a swelling on the streets of popular opposition to Wall Street and the policies of the financial elite.

Occupy Wall Street and the Democratic Party

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protest enters its fourth week, the movement confronts increasingly sharp political pressures and choices that center on what its relationship will be to the Democratic Party.

Minneapolis: “We need to establish a redirection of the flow of wealth”

By Ron Jorgenson, 8 October 2011

Hundreds of workers and students, angered by war and the corporate onslaught against living standards, began to congregate October 7 at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ann Arbor: “End the influence of corporate money in politics”

8 October 2011

A crowd of at least 200 gathered on the central square of the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus Thursday evening to support the growing protests against Wall Street. The event was held as a planning meeting, or general assembly, in preparation for upcoming demonstrations in Detroit and Lansing.

From Tunisia to “Occupy Wall Street”: Who is the AFL-CIO’s Stuart Appelbaum?

By David Walsh, 8 October 2011

The New York Times October 5 noted the role of Stuart Appelbaum, of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, in relation to the Wall Street protests. Appelbaum has extensive ties to the US government and political establishment.

Anti-Wall Street protests spread across the US

By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2011

With anti-Wall Street protests spreading to over 100 US cities and towns, President Obama cynically sought to exploit the expressions of social anger as a vehicle for his reelection bid.

Boston: “If you don’t have money it shouldn’t be a death sentence.”

7 October 2011

The WSWS interviewed people at Occupy Boston in the city’s financial district, where several hundred people have been camped out since last week.

New York City: “The banks are selling our future”

7 October 2011

The day after Wednesday’s mass march and the police attacks and arrest of 28 demonstrators, several hundred people remained in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where the police presence has been beefed up and metal barriers have been deployed to limit access to the area.

Portland: “The government does not represent the people”

7 October 2011

In one of the largest protests in Portland in years, thousands of demonstrators converged on Water Front Park in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Nation, ISO seek to channel Wall Street protests back to the Democratic Party

By David Walsh, 7 October 2011

The Nation magazine and the International Socialist Organization are intervening in the Wall Street protests to prevent the emergence of a movement in opposition to the Democratic Party and capitalism.

Mass march backs anti-Wall Street protest

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2011

Thousands join a mass march through lower Manhattan to Foley Square on Wednesday.

Wall Street protesters speak out: “America is long overdue for a revolution”

By a reporting team, 6 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to many of those who joined Wednesday’s mass demonstration against Wall Street.

Anti-Wall Street protesters camp out at Los Angeles City Hall

By Kevin Martinez, 5 October 2011

An anti-Wall Street encampment outside Los Angeles City Hall has been underway for several days, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.

“Occupy Boston” protesters set up tent city

By Kate Randall, 5 October 2011

“Occupy Boston” has been set up in response to the Wall Street protests in New York, with about 200 people camping out overnight in the city’s financial district.

The political issues in the fight against Wall Street

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protest, now in its third week, has struck a powerful chord throughout the US, with similar occupations developing in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities and towns across the country.

How to fight Wall Street

By Joseph Kishore, 4 October 2011

The demonstrations on Wall Street are beginning to attract broader popular support. They are part of the growing opposition in the United States and internationally to the policies of the banks and their political representatives.

Mayor Bloomberg backs mass arrests of Wall Street protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2011

New York City’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has endorsed the police operation in which some 700 peaceful protesters were arrested Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York City police arrest over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 3 October 2011

Over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge by the New York Police Department on Saturday afternoon.

Wall Street protesters: “The whole system is broken”

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2011

Participants in Friday’s march of over 3,000 to protest the over 80 arrests and pepper-spraying of unresisting demonstrators the week before spoke to the WSWS about why they were demonstrating.

Growing anger over police attack on Wall Street protesters

By a reporting team, 29 September 2011

The arrests and police brutality unleashed against scores of peaceful “Occupy Wall Street” protesters last Saturday, has provoked widespread anger.

New York City police arrest scores at anti-Wall Street protest

By Sandy English, 26 September 2011

The mass arrests and a new ban on sleeping bags and camping equipment in Liberty Plaza indicate that the New York’s billionaire Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s financial elite have decided to clamp down on the protesters.