Mainstream Media Decides OWS' May Day Was A "Joke." AP: "Hundreds" Of Activists Involved

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James King
"Money Bunny" certainly isn't helping OWS on the credibility front.
Occupy Wall Street's May Day festivities came and went yesterday without too much mayhem, which has caused the mainstream media to decide that the demonstration was a "dud." The New York Post went so far as to call the day of protest a "big joke," and the Associated Press made the claim that only "hundreds" of activists "across the country" participated in the demonstrations.

Umm...we were there -- there were slightly more (several thousand more) protesters than the "hundreds" the AP claims, and they weren't all "bums," as the Post has described the activists.

We won't deny that many of the activists looked like they just crawled out of a dumpster, and their message (or lack thereof), methods, and personal hygiene could use some work. But in addition to the unwashed masses, there were a lot of serious (bathed) people with legitimate complaints who took to the streets yesterday.

Yesterday wasn't just OWS' day, it was a day for labor unions, immigration activists, and several other interest groups to voice their complaints -- and they did so en-masse.

We spoke with dozens of protesters yesterday who weren't just complaining that somebody else has money, they want it, and sleeping on a sidewalk is how they plan to get it. Many of the groups that protested yesterday have a focused complaint and a plan to fix it.

For example, immigration activists' problem is that it's not fair to boot people out of the country who are productive members of society but are here illegally. Their solution: a pathway to citizenship like the DREAM Act.

Regardless of how you feel about immigration -- or what the Post has to say about -- the activists have a legitimate complaint. Additionally, they have a solution.

Unfortunately, the activists with serious complaints and legitimate arguments get lumped in with the dipshits who are biting cops, dumping buckets of feces in public places, and strolling around New York in Halloween costumes.

Susan Ostrowski, a 55-year-old woman who works at a Wall Street insurance company has some sound advice, telling the Post "[The occupiers] should find jobs and protest on their time off. They should get involved politically, register to vote rather than sitting and sleeping on the steps in sleeping bags."

See some photos we snapped of the non-"bums" below.

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Not bums.

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James King
Cab drivers...also not bums.
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Not bums.

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You be the judge.


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17 comments
Evan
Evan

First of all, it's 'thereof' and 'en-masse'. Now that I have 'help'ed you do your job, riddle me this- Who are the real bums? What is the 'real-world' anymore? One where we'll all be able to pay the banks back their fake money happily? When you write an article like this, you only reveal your own lack of in-depth reporting- its a simple-minded stance you present.

Dan
Dan

I own a company, employee 9 people and marched on May Day with the thousands ( not hundreds ) of other deeply concerned people just like myself. I feel bad that so many of them are having employment problem--it shouldn't be surprising--and really don't give a shit about their hygiene. I'm grateful to them. Thank you OWS!

Biggaijin
Biggaijin

The path to being amongst the 99% - Drop out of school. "Experiment" with drugs. Have children out of wedlock. Stay uneducated and unskilled. Blame everybody else because you're an idiot.Deal with it....

LisaMLisa
LisaMLisa

Alternate title: "Happy General Strike Day; OWSers Still Pretending They Matter, Which Is Adorable!"

Or maybe; "Happy May Day! OWSers Still Hoping Populist Slogans Effectively Obscure Marxist Goals, Which is Adorable!"

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Nothing better than a woman with intelligence and wit, which is adorable.

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

Nothing worse than a woman who actively sides with her oppressors. 

mookindahouse
mookindahouse

amazingly this isn't the right wingers who are spilling out the inaccuracies about OWS, it's the left wingers... the 1%

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

I think you make the mistake of trying to legitimize the protestors according to the values of the critics. Being unfocused (or focused on many issues), wearing ratty clothes, and having fun while protesting are not weaknesses. You, and all Occupiers, don't need to defend the tactics used or the people involved, because corporate interests are certain to mock protestors regardless of what they look, smell, or sound like. Pay no mind to the critics Occupiers, because their intent is to destroy your passion, not understand it.

James King
James King

Wrong. I'm not trying to destroy anyone's passion -- and I don't give a shit what these people wear. I want to help them. You see, like it or not, this is the real world -- not some fantasy-land with unicorns farting rainbows where people can walk around in rags and everyone will hug them regardless of how bad they smell. The Post -- and the rest of the critics -- might take them more seriously if "Money Bunny" wasn't running around the city dressed like a stripper. And dumping feces all over the place is "having fun while protesting?" There are legitimate arguments that get lost because idiots decide to pull shit like biting cops. OWS isn't taken seriously because of stuff like that. If they knocked off all the juvenile crap maybe more people would listen to what they have to say,

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

They need to destroy them because they are shining a light on how corrupt our corporate class has become, are looking to neutralize income inequality, and changing the national argument. There is no question about this since politicians both left and right have seized their rhetoric and are painting each other as rich elitists as a pejorative. Even if there were no incidents at these rallies either the cops or plants would create them in order to destroy the movement. Nixon used the same tactics against Vietnam protesters and lo and behold the war really was a morally wrong, and unecessary slaughterhouse that damaged us permanently and got 50k men killed.

I dont think there is a single social movement that scares the crap out of the status quo like OWS.

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

James,

Your support - and efforts to put that into action - are much appreciated. Particularly on a day like May Day, when so man other media outlets either underreported or outright ignored all the actions, and the turnout. Kinda makes one wonder to what extent that was coordinated with raised DHS "terror alert" throughout the country.

That said, I find it strange that you end the piece with a quote from a Wall Street work who essentially says that members of OWS should "get a job" and channel their frustrations into voting, without critically examining the logic from where that assertion comes. First off, there aren't enough jobs out there - we're in the middle of a recession, and far more than that, we're caught in a rising debt bubble within which the middle class has pretty much disappeared. Many of the core members of OWS who are on the street, day after day, are young - and youth unemployment rates, particularly that for recent college graduates, are astoundingly high. Why aren't you investigating statistics about poverty rates to counter the asserted reality of this Wall Street worker?

Second, people have taken to the streets because our so-called leaders and representatives have failed to fulfill their supposed responsibilities towards whom they lead and represent. Encouraging voting as the "legitimate" option presumes that the serious, structural changes necessary to placate the ever growing number of people whose basic needs aren't being met, as well as being stripped away, will be met by yet another round of politicians whoring themselves out to the highest bidder, while lying through their teeth about all the supposed changes they're going to make. Personally I'm not opposed to voting as a tactic for pressuring towards certain goals, but I don't think it's the only, nor the most effective, way to actually get anything done. An unimaginable amount of time and resources go into a lot of unfulfilled promises. Couldn't those resources be better spent when directly applied to the problems they're ostensibly being invested in to solve in some unknown, undetermined future?

Third, you seem to have an underlying focus on looking for solutions to society's various problems. This is important, but the process by which such solutions are arrived at matters - and I don't see that even being touched upon. Why nothing about the Occupy University in sessions Madison Square Park?

Again, thanks for the support. But I think you need to dig deeper. This article barely skims the surface of a far richer body of experience, which I think you'd enjoy participating in if you took the time.

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LisaMLisa
LisaMLisa

"CAPITALISM DEAD END.FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM!", the sign reads.

Thought we were promised photos of "non-bums" who weren't just complaining that somebody else has money and they want it--- ?

James King
James King

You're right. My mistake. I guess they tricked me because they appear to have showered in the last week.

diceytroop
diceytroop

There were a lot of different groups present but the vast majority of the turnout was Occupy Wall Street. This article is dismissive and rude towards the majority of the event, and just as insulting as the coverage you're making fun of. We all have solutions. All you have to do is listen. Learn to listen. Maybe speak to some of your coworkers.

Davefromoywp
Davefromoywp

Dicey is100% right this is just sad

30,000 to50,000 of us where in the streets yesterday

Ouralternative to worse coverage is supposed to be this awful article ?

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