Taking The Bull By The Horns, "Occupy Wall Street" Posters Motivate Campers
On September 17th, a protest organized by several activist group will take Wall Street by storm to protest opposition to the use of corporate money in politics. Groups such as Anonymous, Adbusters, US Day of Rage are collaborating their efforts to promote a peaceful protest to attract on upwards of 20,000 to turn downtown Manhattan into a campground.
Protesters entered Manhattan's Financial District on the 17th for a demonstration called "Occupy Wall Street," which is intended to last for months and which is trying to curb the influence of big business over Washington lawmakers.
Songwriter Remy who is a self-proclaimed "intergalactic Internet sensation' parodies Bob Dylan's classic, "These Times, They Are A Changin." His version titled, "Occupy Wall Street Protest Song" is the first tribute dedicated to the movement, and has already tallied 44,000+ views on YouTube as of this posting. His reference to the "need for posters" even weaves in the "evils" of capitalism, because the protestors perceive greed in "economies of scale."
...first we need posters
we need to make signs
but to do so it seems
that we need some supplies
We need poster board
I can't make it myself
but it's 10 cents a sheet
at the store it's on sale
an example of economies of scale
it's so evil!
Motivated by the Arab Awakening last spring in Egypt, American sympathizers of that movement are becoming even more creative in how they will attract followers in the States. In addition to the social media channels of Facebook and Twitter, organizers behind the websites OccupyWallSt.org and Adbusters.org have produced poster artwork that ironically could have been designed by top corporate NY ad agencies. Out of the hundreds that exist, here are my top 20 picks.
Some of these posters can be accessed online from PDF files to print or distribute digitally from the OnlineWallSt.org.The website's instruction indicates the following:
- Print posters (PDF) - Here are a number of 8.5" x 11" posters, some full page other quarter page. Pick the one you like, print it and give it out.
- Online posters (PDF) - Full color posters, distribute them however you'd like!
In an ITWorld report, it was noted, that the operation dubbed #OccupyWallStreet was first announced several weeks ago, and is quickly gaining traction. With its intent to persuade as many as 20,000 people to camp out on the streets of Manhattan's financial district, it will make a direct appeal to the Obama administration to meet its demands.
The extent of the demands is somewhat murky at the present time, but they seem to revolve around the connection between big business, campaign contributions and a perception that big business is influencing the U.S. government too much, at the expense of the middle and lower classes.
Interesting to note that in addition to attracting folks to join the protests with artwork, the hactivist group Anonymous will launch a new DDoS weapon online. Their new app, titled #Ref#Ref and its associated botnet will be able to launch 10,000 requests per second (vs. the previous 5,000) against a website to ratchet up the speed of bringing down a website. The release of #Ref#Ref is timed to coincide with the combined online/real-world protest against the economic power of Wall Street firms, which it scheduled for 7 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, Sept. 17.
Has this movement's artwork motivated you enough to actually join and become one of their "happy campers"?
UPDATE - The Street - 10/02/11 - More than 700 protesters demonstrating against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances, were arrested Saturday after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours in a tense confrontation with police. The majority of those arrested were given citations for disorderly conduct and were released, police said.
UPDATE - Chron.com - 10/03/11 - Patrick Bruner, a spokesman for the group, says Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are being urged to dress like zombies in business attire with white faces and blood, and will march while eating monopoly money. He says financial workers should see them "reflecting the metaphor of their actions."
UPDATE - NPR - October 5 - As the Occupy Wall Street protests enter their 19th day and continue to spread well beyond lower Manhattan, there's word from the related "Occupy Colleges" movement that a "nationwide college student walk out" has been called for noon today. Presently, their website lists 75 colleges where walkouts are expected to happen. Also other major metro areas like Boston and San Francisco are also planning their own "Occupy__________(fill in the ciy)" movements.
UPDATE - InventorSpot - October 15 - Awakened like a sleeping giant, the 99 Percenters were first motivated by the Arab Spring - but now have orchestrated a movement that has taken on a whole life of their own. Commencing with a make-shift tent city constructed overnight in downtown Manhattan four weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street has caught not only America's zeitgeist but one that is cyberventilating across the globe.