It’s Spring and Occupy Wall Street has come out of hibernation. With a series of actions, the movement is pushing radical confrontations with companies, cities and citizens.
“Activists with The 99% Spring coalition already have disrupted shareholder meetings this year at EQT Corp. (EQT), Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) and BNY Mellon (BK). Now they’ve announced a full schedule of ‘non-violent direct action’ at shareholder meetings,” according to Kent Hoover, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Phoenix Business Journal.
The Nation’s Greg Mitchell reported 10 people were arrested on April 23, “during a protest at a Wells Fargo office in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, just one day before the big bank’s shareholder meeting in San Francisco, which is expected to draw thousands of demonstrators.” Protesters “entered Wells Fargo’s downtown Des Moines offices and refused to leave until CEO John Stumpf agreed to give the 99% Power coalition 1 hour of time during the shareholders meeting in San Francisco Tuesday to present their grievances to top bank officials.”
But that’s only a hint at how radical the movement is trying to become. The Occupiers have announced a partnership with hardcore radical AIDS activists ACT UP. According to the liberal Nation, “a quarter century afters [sic] its founding, one of the original direct action pioneers is joining forces with the new kid on the block: Occupy Wall Street.”
ACT UP is planning a “march on Wall Street this Wednesday, April 25, starting in the morning at City Hall and ending in the financial district. ACT UP is hoping the event will attract hundreds of protesters for what they describe as a ‘daylong siege in Lower Manhattan.’”
ACT UP was radically anti-Catholic, invading a Mass held by John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York in 1987. According to a positive profile in the left-wing publication Alternet:
“Four thousand angry queers were cordoned off on one side of Fifth Avenue, safely contained behind barricades, their chanting not quite loud enough to penetrate the heavy bronze doors and thick walls of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Over the next few minutes, those queers fought their way across Fifth Avenue and stormed the cathedral, disrupting the Mass and igniting a firestorm…”
The article went on to talk about the “high point of ACT UP’s in-your-face style may have been the Day of Desperation on January 23, 1991”:
“Day of Desperation begins when activists invaded PBS and CBS Evening News broadcasts on the night of the 22nd. On the 23rd a morning demo begins on Wall St. and more than 2000 protesters marched with coffins that were delivered to City, State & Federal officials responsible for perpetuating the AIDS epidemic.”
Now those same kind of confrontational tactics are merging with Occupy Wall Street which has already seen nearly 7,000 arrests in the short time it has been on the scene. The Occupiers are already organizing a May 1 “general strike” that promises to shut down cities and have millions protesting across the globe A press release claimed: “But this May 1, we will create the biggest shut down the city of New York has ever seen.”
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