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November 2, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
While members of the so-called 99% take part in Occupy Wall Street protests, a new website lets some of the wealthy 1% declare their support for the movement. The site, called "We are the 1 percent. We stand with the 99 percent," lets people post photos pronouncing their solidarity with the Occupy protesters in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere. "When I was 18 my father won $9 million in the California lottery," one man posted on the site, along with a photo of him holding his message written on two pieces of paper.
October 22, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Folk music legend Pete Seeger led Occupy Wall Street protesters in song late Friday in Manhattan. Seeger, 92, had joined marchers on the Upper West Side earlier in the evening. When they reached Columbus Circle, he led them in a rendition of "This Little Light of Mine. " He was accompanied by his grandson, Tao Rodgriguez-Seeger, along with fellow artists Arlo Guthrie, Tom Chapin and David Amram. The musicians had all performed Friday night at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side and then fell in line with a crowd of about 1,000 demonstrators who marched down Broadway, according to the Associated Press.
October 16, 2011 | Janet Stobart and John M. Glionna
The protests against corporate greed born last month on New York's Wall Street spread across the world Saturday, with fed-up demonstrators staging marches in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. In London, a crowd of placard-waving protesters, watched by scores of vigilant police, gathered on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral, and then moved toward the London Stock Exchange building nearby. "We are here in solidarity with those protesting in the United States," said Sean Murray, an engineering student at the University of London.
October 16, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
It began, as so many ideas do in this country, over pints one evening at a pub. Drinkers fresh from a protest rally in central London a year ago started asking what they could do to get more bang for the buck in their fight against the biggest government cuts in a generation. Marches on Parliament were all well and good, but was there a more creative way to get their message across? Days later, they found it. On a crisp autumn morning, a band of mostly young people converged on Oxford Street, London's main shopping drag, and barged into the flagship store of communications giant Vodafone, accused (wrongly, the company says)
October 14, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Several Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Friday after they embarked on an impromptu victory march through Lower Manhattan following the cancellation of a plan to clean the privately owned park where they have been camped for 28 days. Protesters had seen the planned cleanup as a ploy to evict them from Zuccotti Park, even though park owner Brookfield Office Properties said it wanted to move people only temporarily so it could scrub the plaza. But it also said that when protesters returned, they no longer could have tents, sleeping bags or tarps.
October 13, 2011 | By Steve Fraser
The only thing really surprising about the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it didn't happen sooner. The United States has a long history of friction over policies that enable an elite to thrive at the expense of ordinary people. The earliest tensions emerged soon after the Revolutionary War, when Jeffersonian democrats raised alarms about the "moneycrats" and their counter-revolutionary intrigues. They were referring to Alexander Hamilton and his confederates, who favored a British-style system of merchant capitalism that the Jeffersonians feared would undo the democratic and egalitarian promise of the Revolution.
October 11, 2011 | By Kim Geiger and Maeve Reston
Mitt Romney appeared to be softening to the Occupy Wall Street protests on Monday, taking a more sympathetic tone as he remarked on the movement, which he had called “dangerous” just a week before.  “I look at what's happening on Wall Street and my view is, boy, I understand how those people feel,” he said at a town hall event in Hopkinton, N.H. “Because with median income down 10% ... with chronic unemployment, long-term unemployment worse...
October 9, 2011
Time for a change Re "Neither high nor dry," Opinion, Oct. 5 Kevin A. Sabet argues that the country's disastrous experience with alcohol prohibition does not stand as an example of why the war on drugs must change. He misses a very basic point. The reason Prohibition didn't work and why the laws against drugs don't work is the same: People's desire to alter their consciousness, whether through alcohol or what are classified as "drugs," will not go away simply because of a law. In a country where individual freedom is cherished above virtually everything else, it is time to do away with the draconian drug laws that violate our freedom to make choices in our lives, even when the choices are bad ones.
October 9, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain amplified his criticism Sunday of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, calling the protesters “jealous' Americans who "play the victim card” and want to “take somebody else's” Cadillac. Cain's remarks, on CBS' "Face the Nation," came amidst an escalating war of words between Republicans and Democrats over the merits of the movement, which has spread from New York to other cities across the nation, including Washington and Los Angeles.
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