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Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Eleven, Union Interest is Increasing

A teachers union and a postal workers union are now reportedly taking an interest in Occupy Wall Street. The PSC union at the City University of New York has already shown support for the occupation, as have members of the Industrial Workers of the World.

A few major segments on Occupy Wall Street ran on Monday night. “Countdown” hosted by Keith Olbermann interviewed a protester, who had been pepper-sprayed (someone who was not involved in the incident with Officer Bologna, which has become well-known). “Piers Morgan Tonight” had Michael Moore on the show and Moore discussed American capitalism and Occupy Wall Street. The most compelling segment, however, came from MSNBC’s The Last Word hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell. O’Donnell used the incidents of unprovoked police brutality by the NYPD on Saturday to make a larger point about police brutality in America and why police doing this is nothing new to communities of color. Citing Rodney King, he stated:

Black America would have loved to have been shocked by what they saw police do to Rodney King but Black America only could have been shocked if what the police did to Rodney King was something completely alien to their community experience, was something they couldn’t imagine the police doing in their community. There’s a Rodney King every day in this country and Black America has always known that.

The segment is required viewing. It’s bold commentary, the kind I thought only broadcast shows like Democracy Now! permitted. [cont’d.]

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Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Eleven, Union Interest is Increasing

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A teachers union and a postal workers union are now reportedly taking an interest in Occupy Wall Street. The PSC union at the City University of New York has already shown support for the occupation, as have members of the Industrial Workers of the World.

A few major segments on Occupy Wall Street ran on Monday night. “Countdown” hosted by Keith Olbermann interviewed a protester, who had been pepper-sprayed (someone who was not involved in the incident with Officer Bologna, which has become well-known). “Piers Morgan Tonight” had Michael Moore on the show and Moore discussed American capitalism and Occupy Wall Street. The most compelling segment, however, came from MSNBC’s The Last Word hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell. O’Donnell used the incidents of unprovoked police brutality by the NYPD on Saturday to make a larger point about police brutality in America and why police doing this is nothing new to communities of color. Citing Rodney King, he stated:

Black America would have loved to have been shocked by what they saw police do to Rodney King but Black America only could have been shocked if what the police did to Rodney King was something completely alien to their community experience, was something they couldn’t imagine the police doing in their community. There’s a Rodney King every day in this country and Black America has always known that.

The segment is required viewing. It’s bold commentary, the kind I thought only broadcast shows like Democracy Now! permitted.

Now, an announcement for those who have been following and are involved with this blog: A producer with “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” contacted me yesterday and wanted to know more about the live blogging. I had to tell her I was not in New York City when she expressed interest in having me appear on the program. It is unfortunate, however, it shows what a blogger/reporter can do with social media. It also shows how successful the blog has been and every FDL user here who has helped me stay on top of Occupy Wall Street coverage deserves to be thanked.

Firedoglake’s premier blog on Occupy Wall Street continues (later than normal because I had to write this commentary—Why the Establishment Media and the Power Elite Loathe Occupy Wall Street—before I could do continue live blogging).

Twitter list to follow for the latest updates.

LIVE STREAM OF OCCUPY WALL STREET VIA GLOBAL REVOLUTION

11:40 PM The WikiLeaks Truck arrives only to be told to leave by the cops.

11:19 PM Now this, from MSNBC, is reasonable and good reporting/coverage that attempts to understand the who, what, when and why of Occupy Wall Street.

11:10 PM The General Assembly is deliberating over what demands to stand behind. Colin Jones, a writer, has been tweeting the entire process. Here are some of his tweets:

11:04 PM Liberty Square (via @SabzBrach)

10:42 PM Tom Goodkind, a member of Community Board 1 – World Trade Center, visits Occupy Wall Street.

Some personal background on Goodkind, which he shared at the General Assembly:

10:40 PM Looks like organizers are trying to get permission to have a sound system so they will not have to solely rely on “people’s mic” to conduct assemblies in the park.

9:52 PM Our friend Paul Weiskel in Boston with the crew trying to get something going:

9:47 PM Dan Nguyen has many superb photos of the airline pilots protesting on Wall Street this afternoon. Not part of Occupy Wall Street but no doubt their frustrations are in some ways the same as the frustrations of people occupying the park:

9:13 PM “Get Money Out of Politics” campaign launched by Dylan Ratigan (Think “Occupy Wall Street” inspired Ratigan to get this off the ground now instead of later?)

8:30 PM Will Bunch on why Officer Bologna needs to get fired for pepper-spraying protesters: you can die from pepper-spray. In fact, one Philly man died after being pepper-sprayed Friday night.

7:32 PM Cornel West speaks to Occupy Wall Street:

7:23 PM Cornel West speaks — Says this is the US Fall to the Arab Spring and that this is going to hit other cities (if one is following Twitter it is already hitting other cities):

7:20 PM From a few hours ago:

6:45 PM 50 Portraits from Occupy Wall Street from New York Observer

5:31 PM Cornel West speaking to Occupy Wall Street tonight as part of the 7 pm General Assembly. Here is a picture taken just a bit ago:

5:06 PM Change.org petition to Mayor Bloomberg to remove Raymond Kelly from power and jail Officer Anthony Bologna for the pepper-spraying of protesters Saturday. Has 202 signatures right now, could benefit from being pushed out on social media.

5:03 PM Someone with Occupy Wall Street handed the megaphone at the postal workers rally. Representative with occupation says the occupiers wanted to come down and show support because we need our post offices. The postal workers are invited to come down to Liberty Park and share their grievances with the occupiers. That receives a loud cheer. Then they chant, “What’s disgusting? Union busting!” Remarkable scene.

4:53 PM Occupy Wall Street makes it to a postal workers rally to show their support. Rep. Jerrold Nadler is speaking at the postal workers rally. The protesters tried to get close and were blocking the street. Police moved them out of street to other side of road. They are not on the same side of the road as the postal workers. But, postal workers see their solidarity.

4:35 PM Matt Taibbi’s post for Rolling Stone:

I would imagine the end game of any movement against Wall Street corruption is going to involve some very elaborate organization. There are going to have to be consumer and investor boycotts, shareholder revolts, criminal prosecutions, new laws passed, and other moves. But a good first step is making people aware of the battle lines. It sounds like these demonstrations have that potential. Anyway, I’m going to check them out tomorrow. In the meantime, I encourage people to check out their site, and investigate for yourselves.

4:25 PM Short dance party happened in the street. Then, apparently, the white shirted officers said the police officers are to escort the protesters wherever they want to go on the sidewalk. This march is in support of postal workers:

4:05 PM Emptywheel has listed four food places that are willing to deliver to the occupation.

3:17 PM Union/Continental pilots in labor dispute demonstrate on Wall Street. Funny, police don’t flank these guys:

They aren’t occupying Wall Street but a main Occupy Wall Street Twitter account says “solidarity for our pilots.”

2:45 PM The Guardian wants help collecting more details on the pepper-spraying incident. If anybody has video or photos or has an eyewitness account to share, they are encouraged to leave a comment or contact Robert Mackey via email or Twitter.

2:40 PM Late to the party but NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams showed up to the scene. Had media following him around.

2:30 PM Video of Michael Moore’s visit to Occupy Wall Street last night

2:25 PM Susan Sarandon stopped by and gave a speech. She called on occupation to come up with a unifying message.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."