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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:09 AM
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Occupy Marchers Arrive in Washington D.C.(Twice as Many as Originally Set Out)
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 05:44 AM by Hissyspit
Source: Washington Post

Occupy marchers arrive in Washington

Elizabeth Flock, Washington Post

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Almost two weeks ago, 21 Occupy Wall Street protesters decided to take the movement on the road, in a march from New York's Zuccotti Park to the White House. Their goal: to spread the movement to the 12 cities and small towns they would pass through, and to protest the congressional supercommittee's likely decision to retain Bush tax cuts "for the rich," or the "1 percent."

The protesters - accompanied by a Washington Post reporter - embarked on the 231-mile trek with a $3,000 check from Occupy Wall Street. But the marchers soon found they didn't need the money, as they received donations of food and cash, cigarettes and deodorant from residents and passers-by. Occupy movements also sprang up or grew larger in their wake in places such as New Brunswick and Trenton, N.J.

Although some of the 21 marchers dropped out because of missing toenails, shin splints or fevers, new marchers have joined. More than twice the original number of protesters arrived in Washington on Tuesday.

Today, the Occupiers intend to hold a "day of action" to shut down part of the city in protest of the failure by 12 lawmakers to reach a deal that would ease the tax burden on the "99 percent."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/1...
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:26 AM
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1. Thank you for posting this!
What an inspiring story in so many ways. From getting unexpected donations as they walked to having people take the place of those who were forced to drop out to school age children putting up peace signs to the encouragement from people greeting them. Of course what would a march like this be without the inevitable 'get a job' insult.

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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:17 PM
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:34 PM
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37. I don't think the banks sold that debt as good debt. The purchasers did not care if it was good
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 09:37 PM by No Elephants
debt or not since they planned to making a fortune by rebundling it as mortgage backed securities and selling it to the public, both in the U.S. and abroad.

And they did. And when their shenanigans finally hit the fan, we bailed them out, too.

And everyone along the line knew something was very wrong, from the appraissers who were appraising the homes to the lawyers who were reading the paperwork for the securities. Maybe even some in the SEC.

Banks actually paid mortgage loan originators more money for risky mortgages than they did for sound loans.


However, mortgage backed securities was far from the only problem the US has had since 1980.

ETA. Didn't notice originally that a post setting forth your mixed feelings about OWS was your very first DU post.
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Magoo48 Donating Member (315 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:54 AM
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2. This is inspiring.....Very proud of 99 percent along the way.
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bloomington-lib Donating Member (513 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:21 AM
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3. They have a job
They're marching for us, including the ones yelling "get a job".
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:33 AM
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16. Yep.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:13 AM
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19. +1,000
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:29 AM
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4. Kicked and recommended!
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Yon_Yonson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:35 AM
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5. What a terrific wonderful story
:hippie: :toast: :thumbsup: :fistbump:
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:57 AM
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6. Shut down Congressional parking.
Make the bastards have to take public transportation as they slither out of town to their home districts to eat a fatty meal of Thanksgiving....
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bulloney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:16 AM
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8. While they're in DC, they ought to find Boehner's favorite bar and occupy that place, too.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:46 AM
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21. Or his TANNING SALON! He'd be along in no time!
I'll bet if they stake out that hairdresser that Gary Condit used to go to, they'd get half of Congress. For some reason, a lot of those guys think that those blonde highlights look good on them!
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:22 PM
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36. I second that! Free parking, free shuttles, low-cost gov. health care...
the list goes on
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:15 AM
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7. Love you OWS'/ 99%ers
:yourock:
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liberal from boston Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:55 AM
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17. Love you OWS
Thank you OWS marchers!!! These wonderful OWS people are a beacon of hope to all!!! Bravo!!!
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:18 AM
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9. Yeah but they're not focused and what is the message and and ...
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:07 AM
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13. They had cigarettes ? GODDAMN COMMIES !
Go OWS...
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:28 AM
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10. K&R
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:58 AM
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11. k&r
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:02 AM
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12. r'd
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:29 AM
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14. Awesome! I'm thankful for the occupiers
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 09:30 AM by Politicub
and that there are people willing to endure the elements to be heard. It's working, and they are all better women and men than me.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:40 PM
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39. OWS accepts donations, even small ones.
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swilton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:33 AM
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15. Shout Out to Our Brave Marchers!
:applause:
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:02 AM
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There are no thanx big enough for the sacrifices to our country
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 10:45 AM by ooglymoogly
that these folks are making to keep this country a democracy, or in this case, to bring it back.

Foe many of us seniors, it is incumbent that we do what ever we can to support these heroes of our new republic.

These folks...OWS, are becoming our new re-founding fathers.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:15 AM
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20. + a million...
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:02 AM
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18. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, Hissyspit.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:12 AM
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22. K/R --
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:20 AM
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23. Totally awesome! Good for them and for us...
Thank you, OWS-ers!!!
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:26 AM
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24. Woo Hoo!
:woohoo:
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A wise Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:32 AM
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25. Go straight to the steps
of the CONGRESS first then the SENATE second then the WHITEHOUSE.
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Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:56 AM
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26. k&r
well done guys, you have made us proud.

:thumbsup:
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Synicus Maximus Donating Member (828 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:50 PM
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42. All 42 of them?
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:22 PM
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27. In the next march, I'm going to take vacation time off to go along. I long to participate nt
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:11 PM
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28. But just a question: "in protest of the failure by 12 lawmakers to reach a deal"
I thought this failure was sposed to be an amazing brilliant coup by our POTUS. ????

I'm with all of you in solidarity with the marchers. Totally. And I support this "day of action" re the Superocommittee too.
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PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:45 PM
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33. The failure seems to be both a good thing and a bad thing cause by republicans.
Based on posts and articles here on DU.
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bros Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:54 PM
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29. Love it
What a story. Very proud indeed.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:16 PM
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31. By the time we got to DC, we were half a hundred strong...
...And everywhere was a song and a celebration.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:43 PM
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40. -1
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Paka Donating Member (228 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:21 PM
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32. Kudos to the marchers.
Thank you so much for what you are doing bringing the message to so many people. I am with you in spirit. If at 70+ I wasn't living outside the country (since I can't afford to live in the US on my anemic social security), I would be with you physically.

I marvel at the density of so many who refuse to comprehend what occupy is all about. Reading the first "most popular comment" following the article by poster BigSquash simply shines light on that. No, we don't want your money or your property. We have no greedy desire for what you have earned fair and square. It's an insult when you start quoting Lenin to us. We simply want you to quit buying our government and twisting it to your own petty desires and in the process destroying the very country that has provided you with the conditions to create your wealth.

:yourock:
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:59 PM
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34. a grand total of 42 people? That's pathetic.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:43 PM
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41. -1
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 08:20 AM
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45. Even one person can change the world
But you probably think Ghandi was pathetic too, right?

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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:18 PM
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35. unfortunately, a day of action on Wed. before THXG is a day of snooze because city is dead
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 09:20 PM by wordpix
There was only light traffic today in the city and even at rush hr., it was easy to get around. An estimated million people left the city for the holiday.

I am going to make an after Thxg turkey to take down to McPherson Sq. just to say thanks.
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ldf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:39 PM
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38. although i'm an atheist, i must echo this poster from zuccotti
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:55 PM
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43. THANK YOU, OWS. To donate:
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 09:57 PM by No Elephants
http://occupywallst.org/donate /

http://october2011.org / (petition here, too, though I have little hope for online petitions)

You can also take up a collection where you live or raise money from your email list.

Also, you don't have to stay overnight to support them. You can go to an "occupy" nearest you for as much time as you are able to stand with them.

Or send them some pizzas--the good kind, not the granite ones.



SOLIDARITY.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 04:11 AM
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44. Video here...


http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/occupy-w...



Their presence will hopefully bring in a lot of other participants.
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