What started as a couple hundred DFH’s with their puppets and drum circles looks poised to explode into a major movement that the mainstream media can no longer ignore. Yes, the Wall Street protests are growing, with New York unions and progressive organizations joining forces with the students. Reports are that the demonstration is expected to swell into the thousands:
On Tuesday, over 700 uniformed pilots, members of the Air Line Pilots Association, took to the streets outside of Wall Street demanding better pay.
On Wednesday night, the executive board of the New York Transit Workers Union (TWU Local 100), which represents the city’s all-important train and bus workers, voted unanimously to support Occupy Wall Street. TWU Local 100 counts 38,000 active members and covers 26,000 retirees, according to its website.
The Union on Thursday used Twitter to urge members to take part in a massive march and rally on Wednesday, Oct. 5. That effort is being co-sponsored by another eight labor and community outreach organizations.
The other eight organizations expected to join in the October 5 rally, based on its Facebook page, are United NY, Strong Economy for All Coalition, Working Families Party, VOCAL-NY, Community Voices Heard, Alliance for Quality Education, New York Communities for Change, Coalition for the Homeless, which have a collective membership of over 1 million.
The media attention on this protest, now in its 11th day, has been piss-poor, especially considering the non-stop, wall-to-wall coverage they gave Tea Party gatherings. I don’t know if it’s cluelessness on the media’s part (liberal protests are a dog-bites-man story, conservative protests are man-bites-dog) or intentional (liberal protests challenge the power elite, conservative protests support the establishment); evil or stupid, it always comes back to that, doesn’t it?
Anyway, good for the hippie kids for lighting this spark. There were a lot of folks on the internet mocking the Occupy Wall Street idea — I’m talking liberal, progressive types, who said the protestors lacked a coherent message, drum circles are stupid, etc. And yet, the protest is growing. Unlike the Tea Party “protests,” this did happen without benefit of a major news outlet endlessly flogging it, a major personality like Glenn Beck spearheading it, or a corporate-funded group organizing and paying for it. Maybe that’s why the news media is so scared.