The Occupy Wall Street movement, also known as #OccupyWallStreet, is in full effect. Demonstrators have taken to the streets of NYC, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and more to protest against social and economic inequality, greed, unemployment and other financially related issues, and there’s no better way to see what’s going on first-hand than heading to YouTube. We’ve put together a list of online videos to sum up the story of Occupy Wall Street thus far.
How It Started
The Occupy Wall Street Movement began in July when Adbusters, a Canadian activist group, called for an occupation of Wall Street beginning on September 17, similar to the demonstrations of the Arab Spring in the Middle East. The movement has now been going strong for 21 days. Adbusters stated, “Beginning from one simple demand—a presidential commission to separate money from politics—we start setting the agenda for a new America.”
It didn’t take long for activists from the group Anonymous to jump on board as well. They released the following video encouraging peaceful protesters to come out on September 17.
The Media Coverage
Although thousands of people were coming out to protest, setting up camp in Zuccotti Park in the Financial District of New York City, mainstream media was slow to take notice. In the following video, Keith Olbermann asks why no major media outlets had covered the protests yet. Facebook and Twitter were also abuzz with people asking why there was no mainstream media coverage of Occupy Wall Street.
Today the movement is receiving more media coverage as it makes its way across the United States, but many people still feel it deserves even more. The movement itself has started its own news publication, according to Business Insider, called “The Occupied Wall Street Journal.”
According to Wikipedia, Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have been held in Washington, LA, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Portland, Maine, Jersey City, Trenton, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, and Austin, Texas.
Though the peaceful mood of many of the protestors has been reciprocated, there have unfortunately been some reports of unwarranted police brutality. The following video—the most-viewed Occupy Wall Street video on YouTube—shows peaceful female protesters being penned and sprayed with pepper spray. Check out the video below, followed by an analysis from MSNBC.
Those on Wall Street that the demonstrators are protesting against have opted for a less violent response. The video below, which has received a large response on YouTube, shows people on Wall Street watching the protests from balconies while sipping champagne.
At a Bank Of America branch in St. Louis, protesters wanting to close their bank accounts were refused entrance to the bank.
There have also been a number of arrests. On October 1, protesters marched to the Brooklyn Bridge and there were a huge number of arrests. Check out the video footage below, which was shot during that incident.
YouTube has proven to be a great way to spread the word about the response to Occupy Wall Street, but it’s also a great way to get to know the protesters. There have been several great videos uploaded to YouTube featuring some of the protesters speaking their minds. Check out a couple of the most popular below.
Finally, Global Revolution brings you live streaming video coverage of the protests in New York via Livestream. Check in below to see live coverage from independent journalists on the ground.
What’s your take on the Occupy Wall Street Movement? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Image via Reuters / Mike Segar.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.