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Occupy Wall Street protesters back on streets

03-01-2012 15:30 BJT

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Occupy Wall Street protesters are back. This time directing their anger at big corporations that they claim have too much influence in politics. Our correspondent Karina Huber reports from New York.

Occupy Wall Street protestors are back on the streets. Hundreds of them marched in Manhattan on Wednesday. Their rallying cry - too much corporate influence in politics. Their targets - Pfizer, Bank of America and Koch Industries. What do the three firms have in common Ties to conservative group the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. Protestors accuse ALEC of writing legislation that benefits their corporate clients and putting that legislation into the hands of lawmakers.

Mark Bray, press rep., said, "People tend to think that politicians think of legislation that they think would be in people's interest, write it up and then send it out to be approved but really what happens is that corporations are the ones that are deciding what they think is in their best interest and then having politicians do it that way. So that connection is really important to understand and that's why we're here out here."

"Occupy Wall Street" protesters dressed as clowns stage short play to mock the bankers at
Bryant Park, New York, Feb. 29, 2012. The protesters unfurled a big banner reading
"Burning The Bank", which was also the theme of today's protest, at Bryant Park besides
the Bank of America Tower. Hundreds of people joined the protest Wednesday. (Xinhua/Dai
Xiaozheng)

ALEC didn't respond to numerous interview requests. But its website says they are the only legislative organization that creates model legislation for its members. It says to date it has nearly 1,000 pieces of model legislation. The focus on ALEC's influence began in Portland Oregon. Occupy organizers say more than 90 cities across the United States participated in the protest.

CCTV's Karina Huber said, "While protestors at Occupy Wall Street may be chanting to shut down the corporations, but the movement just got a big endorsement from a major brand, Ben & Jerry's. It is planning to give the movement a big scoop of money."

The company's founders have created and contributed to a new fundraising organization for the movement. So far it has raised $300,000. The goal is to raise 1.8 million dollars and give out $25,000 in grants to organizers. The money comes at a crucial time. Donations to Occupy Wall Street have dwindled ever since protestors were kicked out of Zucotti Park. A spending freeze was enacted in January. With no place to go the movement has come to rely increasingly on unions. Unions, like the Civil Service Employees Association have provided them with space to organize and printers for flyers. More than 25 national unions have endorsed the occupy wall street movement since it began in September.

"Occupy Wall Street" protesters hold a banner during their protest at Bryant Park, New
York, Feb. 29, 2012. The protesters unfurled a big banner reading "Burning The Bank",
which was also the theme of today's protest, at Bryant Park besides the Bank of America
Tower. Hundreds of people joined the protest Wednesday. (Xinhua/Dai Xiaozheng)

David Galarza, Civil Service Employees Assoc., said, "For once finally not just people in labor but people outside of labor were getting it that we were under assault by a very small particular class of people and bankers and institutions and corporations who were getting bailed out while we were getting sold out."

The Spring months are around the corner. A ripe time for the movement to come back onto the streets. Organizers say the focus will still be on the 99% but the message will be more localized on issues like schools, hospitals and police brutality to ensure their work impacts the individual.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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