Occupy Wall Street is into its 33rd day Wednesday
Actor Alec Baldwin says he is headed to the protest site
Feminist author and activist Naomi Wolf is arrested
Despite political criticism and ongoing arrests, Occupy Wall Street rode a wave of global momentum into its second month Tuesday, showing no sign of losing steam.
“I wanna go to Zuccotti Park,” Baldwin tweeted from his verified Twitter account Tuesday night, referring to the de facto headquarters and meeting ground for the protests in New York..
Close to midnight, Baldwin tweeted “On my way to OWS (Occupy Wall Street).”
Baldwin’s support comes the same night that feminist author and activist Naomi Wolf was taken into police custody during protests outside Skylight Studio in Manhattan.
Wolf, the author of the book “The Beauty Myth,” was cited because she was blocking pedestrian traffic, police said. The protest was outside an event where New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo was being presented with an award.
These developments seem to point to the continued growth of the movement as the Occupy Wall Street protest hits its 33-day Wednesday.
Actress Susan Sarandon has visited the Manhattan site, music mogul Russell Simmons has expressed solidarity with several tweets, and filmmaker Michael Moore has met with the protesters.
On Monday, three Americans freed in Iran showed support for the movement, applauding its participants’ idealism and activism while making a point to protest what they call the harsh treatment of state prisoners in California.
While the protesters highlighted a number of causes, the overarching theme remained the same: populist anger over an out-of-touch corporate, financial and political elite.
Especially in New York, demonstrators have typically railed against what they describe as corporate greed, arrogance and power as well as repeatedly asserting that the nation’s wealthiest 1% holds inordinate sway over the remaining 99% of the population. But as in Northern California, other issues have also periodically taken center stage – including against the U.S.-led military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and disappointment with the political dynamic in Washington.
But as in northern California, other issues have also periodically taken center stage – including against the U.S.-led military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disappointment with the political dynamic in Washington.
The movement has drawn criticism from some politicians who have characterized it as counterproductive, jumbled and misguided. Others, though, have given their support and said the protesters are voicing legitimate, widespread frustrations regarding the current economic and political situation.
Several Republican presidential candidates mentioned the protests during CNN’s debate Tuesday night.
Former Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain did not back away from his earlier criticisms of the movement.
“I still stand by my statement and here’s why,” Cain said. “They might be frustrated with Wall Street and the bankers, but they’re directing their anger at the wrong place. Wall Street didn’t put in failed economic policies… They ought to be over in front of the White House taking out their frustration.”
Texas Rep. Ron Paul had a different view of the protests.
” I think Mr. Cain has blamed the victims,” Paul said. “There’s a lot of people that are victims of this business cycle. We can’t blame the victims. I’d go to Washington as well as Wall Street.”
Liberal and conservative politicians are likely to start paying “a lot more attention to these issues than they otherwise would have,” Heaney said.
CNN’s Deanna Proeller contributed to this report.