Final Note

What the protestors at Occupy Wall Street are angry about

Kai Ryssdal Sep 30, 2011

This final note on the way out today, a word or two about the protests in Lower Manhattan that’ve become known as Occupy Wall Street. Maybe a couple of hundred people have been camping out for two weeks or so not far from the New York Stock Exchange.

Until today, all we really knew was that they didn’t like the way things are going in this country. There’s now an official Declaration of the Occupation of New York City on their website.

It’s pretty long, but here’s the key part: “We come to you at a time,” it says, “when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments.”

There’s a list of 20 specific complaints, and an asterisk at the bottom that says — and I’m quoting — “These grievances are not all-inclusive.”

Check out the list here.

Also check out our Marketplace Morning Report piece on the protests, with a slideshow, here.

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