Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Michael Moore on CNBC (Video) *Bankers flushed the American Dream down the toilet*

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Michael Moore at Occupy Wall Street (Times Square) protests and under the watchful eye of New York Police Department
Photo Credit: ajagendorf25

Michael Moore on CNBC Michael Moore was recently on CNBC but the New York Stock Exchange would not allow him in the building where CNBC's studio was. Moore was interviewed from the street by Carl Quintanilla of CNBC who was in the NYSE building. CNBC.com periodically has gave participants of the Occupy Wall Street protests a podium to express their views, from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. Moore stated, "I think they probably don't want me to come inside the New York Stock Exchange and be critical of the unjust and unfair economic system that we have that benefits the wealthiest few at the expense of the many. And it's too bad they're that afraid of a guy in a ball cap with a high school education coming in there to say that. Don't worry guys, capitalism isn't going to crumble today if I walk inside the stock exchange right now, sit down with you, and have a civil conversation not breaking any laws. What are you afraid of? Don't be afraid of me!" There is apparently a NYSE dress code that forbids caps and jeans, which Moore was wearing.

New York Stock Exchange: "Rigged Casino" Moore describe the New York Stock Exchange as a "rigged casino". Further, "These guys on this Street played with people's futures, played with people's pension funds. These derivatives and credit default swaps. No regulation from Washington D.C. and it's still going on."

"We Are There Until We Get Justice" Moore continued about the New York Stock Exchange and the powers that be, "I'm not who you need to worry about. You need to worry about the millions who have lost their jobs. You need to worry about the people who have lost their health care. You need to worry about the 99% who are quite angry." Further, he noted "bankers who tank the economy have flushed the American Dream down the toilet".

1,000+ Protesters Arrested, No Bankers Arrested "Don't the American people deserve some answers and some justice? Where is the special prosecutor? Who stole this money? Who misappropriated the funds and played with it in the wrong? The Occupy Wall Street protesters want the wealthy taxed more, they want Glass-Steagall Act reinstated, we want to get money out of politics." The protests are centered on Wall Street, not Washington D.C., because, "Those are just the employees of this Street. So people are here because this is the center. This is the core of the problem. The politicians, that's going to take care of itself once we get money out of politics. But we're wasting our time down there because they don't listen to the people. They only listen to who is lining their pockets and those people happen to be right down this Street."

46 Million Americans Living in Poverty "That's a disgrace", says Moore. In addition, students have no prospects of jobs but have high student loan debt and millions of Americans are underwater on their mortgage loans. "We need to build a much better country, a much more equitable and fair country and right now when you've got the 400 wealthiest Americans have more combined wealth than 150 million Americans combined. That is not a free and open and democratic society. and that's not an economy that is run by the people. So that has to change." For Wall Street, "Nirvana is a Soviet form of capitalism where they're the only ones in charge. The American people believe in competition and believe in everybody having a fair shot at it. There is no fair shot anymore."

Michael Moore Occupies Wall Street Michael Moore joins the protesters and shares his views on why it’s important.

About the New York General Assembly The New York General Assembly (The NYC General Assemby) is composed of dozens of groups working together to organize and set the vision for the #occupywallstreet movement. New York City General Assemblies are an open, participatory and horizontally organized process through which we are building the capacity to constitute ourselves in public as autonomous collective forces within and against the constant crises of our times. Please read the Principles of Solidarity working draft. To find out more about recent items presented at the General Assembly, please read the General Assembly minutes. Interested in starting your own General Assembly in your area? Here is a Quick Guide to starting a General Assembly from Takethesquare.net.

About Occupy Wall Street Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants. This #ows movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don't need Wall Street and we don't need politicians to build a better society.

About OccupyWallStreet.org OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street. We are an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements. We are not affiliated with Adbusters, anonymous or any other organization.  Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future. Occupy Wall Street is a horizontally organized resistance movement employing the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to restore democracy in America. We use a tool known as a "people's assembly" to facilitate collective decision making in an open, participatory and non-binding manner. We call ours the NYC General Assembly and we welcome people from all colors, genders and beliefs to attend our daily assemblies. To learn more about how you can start a people's assembly to organize your local community to fight back against social injustice, please read this quick guide on group dynamics in people's assemblies.

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