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Flood Wall Street Actions Come After Massive Climate March

While Sunday saw a massive march against climate change with an estimated 300,000 people attending, today activists are participating in Flood Wall Street under the slogan “Stop Capitalism. End the Climate Crisis.” The direct action campaign will target the New York Stock Exchange with a flood of activists engaging in a sit in to shut down the area.

Flood Wall Street activists claim on the website the reason for the act of civil disobedience is to “confront the root cause of the climate crisis – an economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers and natural resources.” Thought NYPD tolerated the climate march it seems unlikely the Flood Wall Street activists will receive the same response. Activists gathered in Battery Park this morning and are preparing to launch the sit in at noon, New York time.

The activists plan to wear blue to symbolize the ocean which, if climate change continues unabated and sea levels rise, may literally flood Manhattan on day.

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Flood Wall Street Actions Come After Massive Climate March

While Sunday saw a massive march against climate change with an estimated 300,000 people attending, today activists are participating in Flood Wall Street under the slogan “Stop Capitalism. End the Climate Crisis.” The direct action campaign will target the New York Stock Exchange with a flood of activists engaging in a sit in to shut down the area.

Flood Wall Street activists claim on the website the reason for the act of civil disobedience is to “confront the root cause of the climate crisis – an economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers and natural resources.” Thought NYPD tolerated the climate march it seems unlikely the Flood Wall Street activists will receive the same response. Activists gathered in Battery Park this morning and are preparing to launch the sit in at noon, New York time.

The activists plan to wear blue to symbolize the ocean which, if climate change continues unabated and sea levels rise, may literally flood Manhattan on day.

Though it is unlikely the large march of civil disobedience will stop Wall Street and the fossil fuel companies from destroying the planet, it does at least provide some visible opposition to agenda of the dominant powers that own and operate the United States. Maybe even a glimpse of a possible future where the public interest is at least factored into decision-making.

Whether or not the actions have any impact will be seen soon enough as the UN Climate Summit starts tomorrow. Will America finally get serious about carbon reductions? If not, then historic marches and acts of civil disobedience won’t get it done. What will? Time is not on our side.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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