Friday, September 30, 2011

Not Just For Hippies Anymore

The Occupy Wall Street demonstration is drawing in some new faces.

A loose coalition of labor and community groups said Thursday that they would join the protest next week. They are organizing a solidarity march scheduled for Wednesday that is expected to start at City Hall and finish a few blocks south at Zuccotti Park.

“It’s a responsibility for the progressive organizations in town to show their support and connect Occupy Wall Street to some of the struggles that are real in the city today,” said Jon Kest, executive director of New York Communities for Change, which is helping to organize the march. “They’re speaking about issues we’re trying to speak about.”

As digby notes, that also included airline pilots, a group not normally noted for being left-wingers. But they’ve been losing out on their pensions, and the mergers of major airlines have decimated both the ranks and the pay scales.

Inevitable comparisons are being drawn between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Partiers who rallied in Washington. Aside from the fact that the grammar and punctuation quotient (not to mention the costuming) is probably higher on Wall Street, the Tea Party rallies were going to the wrong place; the cause of the recession and the collapse of the economy didn’t come from Washington; it was engineered on Wall Street. But of course many of the people behind the curtains at the Tea Party were complicit in the Ponzi schemes of Lehmann Brothers and the bubble machines, so of course they’re going to point the blame somewhere else, and Washington is such an easy target. And don’t forget that nothing was wrong with the deficit and the markets until 12:01 p.m. on January 20, 2009.

Bonus video: To make the point of Wall Street’s disdain for the middle class, bankers sip champagne as they mock the demonstrations below.

Shall we give them a tumbrel?