Hollywood Celebrities Voice Support for Wall Street Protest

Monday, 03 Oct 2011 09:15 AM

By James Hirsen

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A group calling itself "Occupy Wall Street" was involved in a protest march this past weekend in which some of its participants blocked passage to the famed Brooklyn Bridge.

Predictably, the activist action resulted in the arrest of more than 700 protesters.

Demonstrations, which have chiefly focused on New York financial firms, began last month with participants seemingly engaged in an imitation of the prior protests that occurred in Europe.

The group's website, Occupytogether.com, is a prime vehicle for the promotion of the U.S. protests. The site identifies Occupy Wall Street's main goal as "ending the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1 percent of America." Similar nationwide affiliated protests are evidently part of the group's long-range plans.

The country may be in for a lot more than mere annoyance as a result of the anti-capitalism provocation and class warfare instigation, which are, of course, trademark far-left strategies.

Certain members of the Hollywood community have jumped in and expressed solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Actress Susan Sarandon, documentary maker Michael Moore, and actor Mark Ruffalo are a few of the celebrities who have mingled with the protesting crowds.

"It never changes from the top, it only changes from the bottom, and this is great," Sarandon shared at her appearance.

"Change has to start somewhere. Why not here?" Moore told assembled demonstrators, adding that "a lot of people, they end up . . . doing well and they completely forget about who they are and where they come from."

In addition to his presence at the protest site, Ruffalo, who portrays Bruce Banner in the upcoming film "The Avengers," was among those who lent their support digitally.

Following his protest visit, Ruffalo tweeted, "Fighting for liberty, justice, and equality are about as American as you can get. Are you really against that?" He also referred to Occupy Wall Street as "a democratic thing of beauty."

Rapper and music mogul Russell Simmons urged protestors via his Twitter page to "give power to the people and not to corporations. Take the money out of Washington."

Other familiar names of groups that are providing encouragement to the like-minded include the United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100. The sizeable unions may potentially provide future manpower and financial assistance to the growing anti-Wall Street movement.

Characterizing Wall Street as "the biggest threat to American Democracy,"
former Obama czar Van Jones blogged in the Huffington Post that the protest represents "a new generation" that "has gone to the scene of the crimes committed against our future."

Jones had perhaps seen a recent tweet by Arianna Huffington in which she postulated that "for angry Americans, the tea party is not the only option." Jones warned that the liberal faction might start its own countermovement to the tea party this year as an October surprise.

"Everybody should hold onto their seats," he said in a recent MSNBC appearance. "October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the progressive fight back. You can see it coming."

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and has made several appearances there on landmark decisions. Hirsen is the co-founder and chief legal counsel for InternationalEsq.com. Visit Newsmax.TV Hollywood.





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