Occupy Wall Street protests spread

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    Protesters for Occupy Wall Street have spread beyond New York City and into cities like Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. The protest is largely focused on the corporate influence in government and also frustration about financial inequality. Here, protesters gather for the third day in downtown Los Angeles.

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    In Los Angeles, activists have pitched tents and occupied the area outside City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

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    Political signs, mostly about the economy and government, are spread across the City Hall lawn in downtown Los Angeles.

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    Protesters in downtown Los Angeles have moved their camp twice. Tonight they expect to stay put on the City Hall lawn.

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    At the protest on Tuesday afternoon, almost 100 activists were mostly talking to press, making signs, and holding up signs on the sidewalks to gain support and awareness for their cause.

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    Right now there is no end date for the protests in Los Angeles or other cities. A Global Day of Protest is scheduled for October 15.

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    A pedestrian walking by stops to ask why activists are protesting.

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    Activists have been organizing and getting word about events through social media.

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    On day three of the protests in Los Angeles, no major incidents or arrests have been reported.

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Kai Ryssdal: It's the 3rd of October, which makes this week number three of the protests that've come to be called Occupy Wall Street. A small-ish group of activists camped out in a New York City park has become a string of bigger street protests; there were hundreds of arrests this weekend on the Brooklyn Bridge, there are new encampments all over the country today.

Marketplace's Eve Troeh explains how it got started.

Eve Troeh: The genesis of Occupy Wall Street might be an email from the anti-consumer magazine Adbusters; it called for actions starting September 17th. That is when activists like Isham Christie gathered. Their goal?

Isham Christie: A blossoming social movement in the United States to fight economic, political and cultural injustices.

General assembly meetings happen daily, ideally to crystallize one set of demands. But as more political and labor groups jump in, their specific goals have to get added to the mix. The group's now so big, meetings lean toward logistics: food, dry socks, legal aid for those arrested.

No amplifiers allowed in the park, so messages go through a system called the human microphone.

Crowd: Please come to the outreach table, to the outreach table, to the...

Dozens more cities have sprouted protests. In Los Angeles, about 100 people camped near City Hall. They had to move once -- due to a Hollywood film shoot. Film student Joe Briones is coordinating camera crews for the protest.

Joe Brionas: A lot of people here are the disenfranchised. They don't have the means to get to New York -- how are they gonna get there?

Which is why the name "Wall Street" might be dropped, and the movement shortened to, simply: Occupy.

In Los Angeles, I'm Eve Troeh for Marketplace.

About the author

Eve Troeh is News Director at WWNO-FM in New Orleans, La., helping build the first public radio news department in the station’s 40-year history. She reported for the Marketplace Sustainability Desk from 2010 to 2013.


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