Updated: Nov. 10, 2011: added video of the mock trial of Goldman Sachs. Nov. 3, 2011: added videos of the march and arrests.
Occupy Wall Street: Goldman Sachs Protest Ends in 16 Arrests
By Jessica Firger
Metropolis – blogs.wsj.com
November 3, 2011
The rally was held after a mock trial [see video below] at the nearby Occupy Wall Street encampment, in which Goldman’s alleged misdeeds were weighed in a “people’s hearing.” The event, led by author and activist Cornell West, was broadcast live on a radio station and drew hundreds of protesters and spectators, many of whom then marched down Trinity Place towards Goldman’s skyscraper.
Chris Hedges Arrested in Front of Goldman Sachs
Chris Hedges made this statement in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning during the People’s Hearing on Goldman Sachs, which he chaired with Dr. Cornel West. The activist and Truthdig columnist then joined a march of several hundred protesters to the nearby corporate headquarters of Goldman Sachs, where he was arrested with 16 others.
Goldman Sachs, which received more subsidies and bailout-related funds than any other investment bank because the Federal Reserve permitted it to become a bank holding company under its “emergency situation,” has used billions in taxpayer money to enrich itself and reward its top executives. It handed its senior employees a staggering $18 billion in 2009, $16 billion in 2010 and $10 billion in 2011 in mega-bonuses. This massive transfer of wealth upwards by the Bush and Obama administrations, now estimated at $13 trillion to $14 trillion, went into the pockets of those who carried out fraud and criminal activity rather than the victims who lost their jobs, their savings and often their homes.
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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
VoterMarch on Nov 3, 2011
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Plaza on Nov. 3, 2011.
Unedited, live film of march from Liberty Square to Goldman Sachs headquarters in Manhattan.
Police arrests of 16 protesters including Reverend Billy Talen and author Chris Hedges.
TheUrbanSoundStation on Nov 8, 2011
Filmed on November 3, 2011. The People vs. Goldman Sachs mock trial . #ZucottiPark, NY.N.Y.
Moderated by Tony Bates.
Dr.Cornel West and Chris Hedges and others speak.
Reporter Selena Hill
00:43 – Opening statements – Chris Hedges
9:16 – Cornel West Speaks
14:16 Sade Adonis
14:35 – Agnes Rivera
17:53 – Cornel West – Public Housing
18:55 – Chris Hedges
20:42 – Cliftonia Johnson Speaks About School Aides
23:30 – Chris Hedges – Destruction of Public Education
25:50 – Cliftonia Johnson – attack on public education
27:10 – Cornel West connects the public ed. break down to the prison system build up.
29:10 – CHRIS HEDGES PUBLIC ED AND TESTING OF STUDENTS
31:37 – About Joining the military
33:29 – Chris Hedges Revolutions
36:10 – Shelly Seabrook a victim of mortgage fraud
43:15 Wanda E
46:01 Wanda E Tells you what you need to do!
47:48 Wanda E Gives a Message to WALL ST.
48:29 Cornel West speaks about hope
49:08 Chris Hedges you must fight !
54:16 Cornel West on changing public discourse
57:30 Cliftonia Johnson — DELIVERS THE GUILTY VERDICT ! Demands that Lloyd Blankfein and other senoir executives be imprisoned, Demands the money to be returned to the people.
01:01:50 – Chris Hedges closing statements
01:02:40 – Cornel West
01:06:13 – Chris Hedges
01:07:53 – News Reporter Selena Hill Signs Off
Great photos: GOLDMAN-SACHS FOUND GUILTY! ~~ PHOTOS « Desertpeace
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