Hundreds of demonstrators took to The Streets of Manhattan’s Financial District on Saturday in a largely peaceful protest aimed at drawing attention to the role powerful financial interests played in wreaking havoc on America’s economy.
A totally valid point we keep seeing on Twitter — why Saturday? If you’re going to start this, why not Monday? To give a good comparison: Back in 2000, Rage Against the Machine and Michael Moore drew a TON of press for shooting the music video for “Sleep Now in the Fire” in front of Wall Street … on a Wednesday. On Saturday, the people you’re protesting against are largely at home. And while this is the symbolic home of the stock market, the real home of the stock market has largely moved to New Jersey. This is not to undercut the points being made by the protests … but to point out the logistics at hand. If this is only the start If the movement loses steam in a few days, the initial impact of the moment will be lost. Will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
vruz: I’m honestly not sure, but I think that you may be missing the point a bit.
the point is probably not to disrupt the US economy (that’s what the Tea Party caucus does) but to make a symbolic stand and be heard by those in positions of power who can take decisions when they feel the heat (not the bank clerks). I don’t think anyone at this point is thinking of causing shock, but making peaceful protest. It will depend on the clarity of message they deliver whether it scales up or not, not on the decibels of some Tea Party-like angry shouting, and most certainly not their guns.