Here’s day three of a new running blog on #Occupy Wall Street as it spreads to many other cities. Items added at top, as I take a break from my anti–death penalty writing and new book on that subject. All times ET.
10:20 Joe Stiglitz addresses crowd at Liberty Park, while poking fun at lack of bullhorn and people having to repeat words in "echo chamber."
7:45 From my pal Philly newspaperman Will Bunch, who has written key books on Reagan and the Tea Party movement: : "Had a great day hanging at
#OccupyWallStreet! Now filing my stories for tomorrow’s Daily News from Starbucks across from NY City Hall."
7:05 Coverage of L.A. actions via Neon Tommy.
7:00 Dylan Ratigan visited NYC site and reported this.… General Assembly going on there now.
6:20 First White House comment, from today’s press briefing with Jay Carney (courtesy Greg Sargent) asked about Obama’s reaction to protests: "I haven’t discussed it with him. I’m sure he’s aware of it because he follows the news. I would simply say that, to the extent that people are frustrated with the economic situation, we understand. And that’s why we’re so urgently trying to focus Congress’s attention on the need to take action on the economy and job creation. And as regards Wall Street, I mean, one of the things that this President is very proud of is the consumer protections that were put into place through legislation that Republicans are now eager to try to dismantle."
4:50 Reports of arrests at Liberty Park, NYC, for…wearing masks.
4:40 Another tune for the Occupyers. Ace activist Steve Earle, "The Revolution Starts Now." In your own backyard, in your old hometown. So what’s the use of sitting around?
3:30 NYT with big new piece on protests spreading across USA. "Three weeks into a protest against corporate abuses and Wall Street power that has led to hundreds of arrests in New York, similar demonstrations are popping up in other cities across the country with the aid of social media and with the same loosely organized structure as the original demonstration."