Occupy Wall Street Movement Comes To Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Occupy Wall Street movement arrived in Pittsburgh Saturday as a crowd estimated around 2,000 people marched, rallied and protested against corporate greed and social inequality.

It was a peaceful crowd of union members, college students and parents with kids. It was just one of hundreds of similar protests that were held this weekend in cities around the world.

The protesters rallied at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, chanting and holding signs with messages for the wealthy and Wall Street. Occupy Pittsburgh and its supporters spoke out on what they perceive as the nation’s most troubling issues.

“A sixth of our nation is in poverty, while the rich get richer the poor are getting poorer,” said Sarah Crotty, one of the demonstrators.

Others worried about college graduates who can’t repay loans because they can’t find jobs.

“We give them worthless business degrees and then saddle them with thousands of dollars of debt,” said Will Flynn, a former student.

The Occupy Pittsburgh march worked its way toward downtown with more chants taking aim at big business: “We don’t need corporate greed, we don’t need corporate greed.”

“The one percent of the rich of this country and corporate America need to pay their fair share as well so that we can have livable communities and good schools again, so we can put people back to work,” said Sam Williamson, another demonstrator.

As the marchers arrived in the downtown business district they stopped at the BNY Mellon Center, they paused briefly at the U.S. Steel building and later marched past the PNC Bank center. It all happened under the watchful eyes of police.

Eventually, the march made its way to Market Square.

“We’re all in this together,” said Neal Bisno, of SEIU Healthcare Pa. “We’re standing up to corporate greed; we’re standing up for economic justice.”

The two-mile march ended at Market Square. March organizers are proud of the fact that the event was nonviolent. They say this is only the beginning as they don’t plan to go away anytime soon and they add that they will continue to press the issues.

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  • Eric

    it’s funny how they talk about greed, and yet there are union members within the protest who are part of that greed. When a union worker gets a raise, the union dues go up. So who is the corrupt ones here? Then there are those protesting the bail outs of banks. How can they protest the banks that took the bail outs, yet they refuse to protest those who gave it to them? Notice how none of them are protesting in front of the White House nor Capital Hill.

    • Alicia Nicole

      Eric you’re misinformed there are protests in DC!

      • Eric

        Thanks for the follow up Alicia, but you don’t hear about the protest around the White house or Capital Hill in the media, do you?

  • Bonnie McGuire

    That is what the Dodd/FRANK BILL is all about. FORCING the banks to PROVIDE LOANS tto those who can NOT afford to pay for the loan. If my wage does not allow me to make payments on a home that is $500,00 or more, then I should NOT recieve the LOAN. IT appears that the DEMOCRATIC DODD/BARNEY FRANK BILL FORCED the BANKS to give out these loans. That is why the Country is in the situation that it is today. This Occupy Pgh is really an ORCHESTRATED AFFAIR SPONSORED BY GEORGE SOROS and a lot of other LEFT WING VIOLENT SOCIALISTS who are CALLING for the VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE UNITED STATES. Of course, OBAMA is RIGHT IN THERE WITH THEM. WE ALL KNOW THAT!!!

    • rick

      Im going threw the dodd-frank bill. Im trying to fing out where banks are forced to give loans to people who cant afford it… just point out the chapter if you can.

      1 Origins and proposal
      2 Legislative response and passage
      3 Overview
      4 Provisions
      4.1 Title I – Financial Stability
      4.2 Title II – Orderly Liquidation Authority
      4.3 Title III – Transfer of Powers to the Comptroller, the FDIC, and the Fed
      4.4 Title IV – Regulation of Advisers to Hedge Funds and Others
      4.5 Title V – Insurance
      4.6 Title VI – Improvements to Regulation
      4.7 Title VII – Wall Street Transparency and Accountability
      4.8 Title VIII – Payment, Clearing and Settlement Supervision
      4.9 Title IX – Investor Protections and Improvements to the Regulation of Securities
      4.10 Title X – Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
      4.11 Title XI – Federal Reserve System Provisions
      4.12 Title XII – Improving Access to Mainstream Financial Institutions
      4.13 Title XIII – Pay It Back Act
      4.14 Title XIV – Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act
      4.15 Title XV – Miscellaneous Provisions
      4.16 Title XVI – Section 1256 Contracts
      5 Impact and Reaction
      5.1 Legislative reaction
      5.2 Industry and other groups
      5.3 Congressional Budget Office
      5.4 Effects on bank customers and job creation

      • Zoeyzotron

        Rick – it is the entire underlying point of the bill.

        this is the worst piece of legislation ever.

      • rick

        underlying point? I just don’t know who to believe and why… This bill was written by 2 shady politicians. Banking lobbyists who are also very shady people have spent millions upon millions of dollars to fight this legislation. Everyone makes up reasons why they don’t like it but no one will site any real parts of the bill. from foxnews to the nytimes this bill has been deemed bad legislation. can someone point me in the right direction to understand this? and please don’t recite what your corrupt news source tells you.

      • Zoeyzotron

        I suggest reading sections III, IV, VII all of which should be ZERO business of the Fed. But mostly I would focus on section XIV.. my personal favorite of the entire bill… Anti Preditory Lending… Lets ask BOA how happy they are with obama right now because of the Country side forced deal.

        sorry I did not articulate earlier, I fully understand this bill to the core.

        PS – 5.4 is a good laugh too, if you are bored.

      • rick

        Thanks for taking the time to point out some concrete facts. its interesting how we always give power to the people who messes thing up to fix them. I would really just like to end the fed altogether. I think the fed is a bigger than wall street.

      • rick

        sorry.. let me fix the poor grammar…

        Thanks for taking the time to point out some concrete facts. It’s interesting how we always give power to the people who messes things up to fix them. I would really just like to end the fed altogether. I think the fed is a bigger problem than wall street.

    • Zoeyzotron


      Its about time everyone realizes this. Also, this was pushed by Clinto in late 1998 and 1999

    • 412

      Well Miss Bonnie you got that right FORCE, that’s all this current administration is good for is FORCING whether you like it or not.
      Those who leave comments saying that if your not rich you’re on the wrong side,
      are so blind to what Communism is = FORCE.
      I see job ads all the time for these protests, for they can’t get enough people to go,
      just like in PGH., 50 empty seats or more, and they claim they didn’t invite enough people LOL.

    • Judy

      Thank heavans I am not the only person in Western Pa to seee through the shananagans.

  • Daniel Smoyer

    Also unions are paid from corporations for administration fees of the union for the workers

  • Mike

    Instead of pressing the issues, and walking around cities causing hovac get on your computers and find a job! The job may not be what you want but at least it’s bringing home money to pay your bills. Quit being lazy and giving up on yourself. I agree unions are some at fault. I do not not agree on Obama job bill or his ideas on a lot of key issues. Obama is spending way to much money. We will never be able to pay the national debt level or are baby boomers : ).

  • Critter

    bring a bar of soap and give them a nice bath

  • Hotel

    All democrat losers

  • The Owl

    March to END THE FED and all this will go away. The Federal Reserve is what you all need to be looking at when its a scam and not even federal. Wow this 99,1% bs is just a distraction. LEARN ABOUT THE FEDERAL RESERVE! WAKE UP!

    • josh

      someone understands!

  • dab

    It all boils down to 2 words, “PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY” Spend less time complaining, more time preparing and you too will prosper. So sick and tired of the sense of entitlement that exists. If you have the time to protest, you certainly have the time to prospect, so use it wisely and find a job. Also, establishing priorities and a work ethic wouldn’t hurt either.

  • Dave

    I’m sick of this Democrat front protesting. These are all set up and paid for by big time Democrats like George Soros. If you go onto the website for Occupy Wall Street some of the brilliant ideas these people have is to raise the minimum wage, have a living wage, and free college education just to name a few. That would kill this country.

    These protesters need to read more into what they are protesting and they will find out it is all for nothing.

  • GreedStinks

    Let’s put Tom Corrupt the evil governor of Pa on trail to with these greedy hate monger republicans.

    • The winner not whiner

      i voted for Tom Corbet , you see he won didn’t you wait till 2012.

    • Gary

      It’s not hate to expect you to stand on your own two feet and take care of yourself instead of protesting to have everything handed to you.

    • The One

      Where did you learn English… and spelling…

  • 1984

    Unbelievable – facepalm…It’s not people not wanting to work = lazy Democrats. It’s folks wanting a crack at a decent living. Companies NOT outsourcing American jobs BUT paying a decent wage, Not having a slave population with no medical insurance, no employment and no hope. Those three things are going against what Americans worked for in the past 100 years. “raise the minimum wage, have a living wage, and free college education just to name a few. That would kill this country” What’s KILLING this country is the fact that we give BILLIONS to other countries while denying our own. I can’t think of anything MORE ANTI-AMERICAN.

    • Zoeyzotron

      Are you willing to pay $80.00 for a tee shirt? I didnt think so?

      Do you honestly think companies would rather not make it in the US, not having to pay silly duty taxes? Not having to pay to move the product 12000 miles… Think about it. After all these added costs, it is still cheaper to make SOME products over seas. Maybe it is the US consumer that is forcing this…

      Its a global economy – DEAL with it, its not leaving.

      Just be happy that these companies are atleast headquartered in the US and the $ comes back to the US.

      • THE reaper

        Good points Zoey! and we can thank the UNIONS for the demise of our manfacturing base

      • PGH Michelle

        Well Said Zoey!!

      • db

        If it wasn’t for the the unions and (I will be the first to say there are good ones and bad ones) your sorry butt would be working in third world conditions. Thats the problem with book smart yuppies. You never had a real job growing up because mommy and daddy wiped your but all your life.

    • Dave

      If you want to look at the person who really shipped jobs overseas just look inside the Democratic party. Bill Clinton in 1993 signed NAFTA into law. That alone shipped 20 plus million jobs overseas during his two terms in office.

      Most obs nowadays offer a health care plan to buy into. You don’t have to work for a giant company anymore to get offered health insurance. People just choose to spend that money on other things which makes them look stupid and then later down the road those people get together to complain about it.

      Giving Billions to people overseas wouldn’t even be a drop in a bathtub in comparison if you raised the minimum wage to 20 dollars an hour, had a living wage, and had free college education. Within a year or two the unemployment rate would skyrocket to 30 percent or more just in one year and then the rate of people making minimum wage would go from 3 percent now up to about 60 percent or more.

  • James

    It wonderful that Pittsburghers are voicing their opinions and they have every right to.

  • Brian

    I didn’t know so many billionaires frequented KDKA.com. How else could it be that there is so much support for the rich? If you aren’t the top 1%, then you’re fighting on the wrong side of things. ATTN America: The American Dream is DEAD!

    • Warlock Jones

      Why can’t your strive to be wealthy? I think that is the American Dream! Not having it handed to you.


      I am far from rich, and I’m not on the wrong side of anything, you see I stand for freedom which is something Obama and his thugs better get through their head.
      The American Dream is about to come to reality, come 2012.
      Also you don’t get to decide what I fight for in life I’M FREE TO DECIDE FOR MYSELF.

    • Gary

      Some people understand how wealth is created, and where jobs come from. It isn’t from taxation and government spending. The only thing government ever created was more government.

    • Dave

      This is what is wrong with you people. Just because you don’t make a million dollars a year doesn’t mean you can’t have a great and rich life. I make about 65 grand a year. I OWN my own house and I OWN my own CAR! No loans to pay off and no credit cards at all either.

      That is the real problem you people are missing. A lot of people don’t have money nowadays because they have huge amounts of debt and loans. That must be the thing these protesters should be screaming about. Scream about the morons in this country, not those making a good living for themselves.

  • Gary

    SEIU What a surprise.

  • MrHOP

    Occupy Wall Street : what is their goal?

    • Zoeyzotron

      Directly for the occupy Wall Street Website….
      It is scary to me that this is what some people think… LAZY! then again all great empires fall usually from within…

      Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
      Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
      Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
      Demand four: Free college education.
      Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
      Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
      Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.
      Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
      Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
      Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
      Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
      Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
      Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
      These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.

      • Sgt. Pepper

        None of this is true. It`s not on the official website for ows.

  • Pico

    What a bunch of hypocrits…all the interviews I saw had protestors using their cell phones, wearing North Face jackets, drinking Starbucks, or standing by their cars…guess what, all of those things are from “big business”. So if they really want to protest big business, go live a life and don’t use anything made by big business.

  • Critter

    Need a good can of bug spray and disinfectant

  • Allen

    During the last Great Depression, in response to the market crash of 1929, a number of banking & investment regulations were enacted to keep it from happening again. Beginning with the Reagan administration, & running right up through most of the Bush2 administration, these regulations were systematically repealed or ignored. No sooner had this process began than we had the savings & loan crisis of the 80s. But the deregulation process proceeded any way, through the tech stock bubble of the 90s, & finally culminating in the real estate bubble collapse of 2008. The Dodd-Frank bill was an overdue attempt to restore the regulations that had worked quite well for 50 years, before politicians who were true believers in supply side economics began messing with them. But immediately, Wall St. lobbyists began pressuring their various bought & paid for congress critters to begin watering down Dodd-Frank, & now it is little more than a bad joke. I suspect that Barney Frank would dearly love to have his name removed from this travesty.
    A little history would help a lot in understanding the root of the various Occupy protests. Over 100 years ago, Theodore Roosevelt, a conservative by anyone’s definition was forced to recognize the fact that the modern corporation is actually ANTI free market. In a free market economy there is competition among business for the trade of informed consumers. Modern corporations do not compete. They merge & acquire. Their natural tendency is actually toward increasing monopoly. They generate demand for their business by the use of mass persuasion advertising techniques that often mislead consumers. TR & his congress never considered the advertising, consumer protection part of the equation, but they did feel the necessity of addressing the monopolistic tendency part with anti trust legislation. This gave the government the power to trim corporations back to a size that didn’t actually threaten to strangle the economy.
    In those days, the federal government actually had that kind of power. But since approximately 1970, the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned of has triumphed, & effectively gained control of the federal government, & is currently taking over state governments in the same way. The history of the past 40+ years has been about corporations consolidating their power over government, rather like a python suffocating an agouti. This is the essence of what the Occupy movement, & sister movements all over the world are about. Right now its all about the angry recognition that democracy has been hijacked. Since it took decades for things to get this bad, it will certainly take a while for solutions to be worked out at a grass roots level. But the time for supporters of the status quo to try to deal with this movement by derision is already past. A combination of day to day reality, & ever growing public support has taken things way beyond any attempts at marginalization.

  • COMRADE #12347

    $20 an hour Min Wage. What a Joke!

    Yea, let’s let the 16 year old kid behind the counter at McDonald’s make $20 an hour! But, why stop at $20? Why not $30 or $40 or $50/hr Min Wage? No, I have a better idea. Why not have the Gov force businesses to give everyone that works for them $200k per year in salary. From the mail room to CEO. Or, how about the Gov buy all the businesses and then everyone can work for the Gov and everyone gets the same salary?! We know the Gov. sure knows how to run a business. Look how well the USPO is doing.

    What great ideas…. COMRADE!

  • steve

    I agree that if you have time to protest you have time to look for work… but when you give someone 92 weeks of unemployment, why would you be in such a hurry? This obama administration is such a joke. 92 weeks are you kiddingme? All that does is take away a persons incentive to get off their ass and look for work. And guess who takes advantage the most

  • Mayor of GBD

    stop and ID each and every one of them. Make sure they don’t have any outstanding warrants, green cards, etc. Photo ID is a rerquirement of everyone on the street, 24 hours a day….SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS! Sig Heil!

    Oh, and pull that bandana up over your face and it’s instant arrest for wearing a mask to prohibit identification. Book’em Danno.

    • Sounds like Barry and Crew

      Hey that sounds like Barry Obama, lets have a web site to turn them in and we will have Rossanne Barr re-educate them about what is right and if not execution.
      Yeah, lets take the authority from the congress so we can capture der Gibson guitar factory and take der wood.
      And most of all lets FORCE zem cuase dey don’t know whats good for dem.

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