To occupy Wall Street is one thing, but to stay is another. Occupy Wall Street protesters on Monday are expressing their funding and sheltering needs, as well as requests for ponchos and tents for the coming rainy days.
Corner of Liberty st. and Broadway. Food and Democracy are free, Occupy Wall Street website posted Monday as the number of protesters dwindled to 200 from the Saturday peak of 1,000.
For the tenacious protesters determined for a long haul, the movement's General Assembly has called for help -- We need ideas and input about how to solve the bedding situation. We continue to have people who are cold overnight. It is necessary to come up with strategies of how to make sure our sleepers are warm and comfortable, read a statement from NYC General Assembly.
Occupy Wall Street, a leaderless resistance movement, was published by activist magazine Adbusters on July 13, and since then, people from groups such as the NYC General Assembly and U.S. Day of Rage have participated to organize the event. 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%, states its website.
The movement was inspired by the protests and revolutions seen around the world this year. In the Middle East, the revolutions were against oppressive regimes. In Europe, the protests were against austerity measures.
In the U.S., the main theme of Occupy Wall Street is taking out the corrupting influence of money from politics.
The AdBusters post that spawned the movement called Wall Street the greatest corrupter of our democracy and the financial Gomorrah of America.
According to the Torah, divine judgment was passed by Yahweh upon the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah, and they were completely consumed by fire and brimstone. In Christian and Islamic traditions, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with the manifestation of God's wrath.
Occupy Wall Street organizers initially hoped to see as many as 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. While the protesters have no permission for their demonstration, the New York Police Department hasn't planned to remove those determined to stay on the streets.
Here are some photos from the protests in Lower Manhattan, which the protesters hope to turn into an American Tahrir Square.
Click [START] to begin the slideshow.