Occupy Wall Street: Protesters Create Print Publication
The Occupy Wall Street protestors are not only spreading their ideals vocally, but also now in a printed medium.
The Occupied Wall Street Journal – not to be confused with The Wall Street Journal – made its debut on Saturday. The four-page broadsheet contains only stories about the demonstrations and the goals of the movement.
The first issue had a print run of 50,000 and was handed out at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan's Financial District on Saturday.
The first issue contained articles titles, “Occupation for Dummies,” “The Revolution Begins at Home,” and “Learning from the World.” The authors of the articles include former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges.
The main organizers for the paper, Arun Gupta and Jed Brandt, raised the funds for the publication through the platform Kickstarter. Gupta is the general manager of The Indypendent, a New-York based paper that features stories on the economy and politics. Gupta also wrote articles in the first issue.
The Occupy Wall Street protests have been garnering increasing media attention, due in part to the appearances of actors and filmmakers, including Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore. During a demonstration walk near the the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, hundreds of people were arrested when some of the demonstrators ended up blocking traffic for the bridge.
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The protests, which began on September 17, are to oppose corporate greed and to bring attention to the misdeeds of Wall Street. While the protests have been based in New York, they are now beginning to spread to other cities including Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Chicago.