Occupy Pittsburgh Seems Here To Stay

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In the shadows of the banking giant BNY Mellon, the Occupy Pittsburgh encampment on Mellon’s property has a summer camp feeling, albeit a tent city after a deluge of rain.

The occupation could last awhile.

“Personally, I plan to stay here indefinitely. The march and rally was just a kick-off to the occupation. It was a way to show that this event was starting,” says David Meieran of Point Breeze.

Many tents were empty during the day, as some occupiers work or attend classes. The site already has a medic tent, a solar panel, and a food tent which, is attracting donations from supporters.

“They’re making sacrifices for all of us,” says Dan Kovalik, an attorney with the United Steelworkers Union, as he deposited cash in at the food tent. “We live in a very difficult time economically. Unemployment is rising, poverty is rising, and we appreciate it.”

The park is a public thoroughfare, and BNY Mellon says it will not block access to the public or occupiers.

The area is attracting other protestors, too.

One group walked Grant Street, chanting, “Hey, hey, ho ho, Senator Toomey’s got to go.”

Occupy Pittsburgh has no single message although one large theme is the corporate control of America, claiming one percent of Americans get big salaries and bonuses while others have low pay, no pay raises, or no work at all.

“It’s not fair, it’s not democratic, it’s not American in my viewpoint,” notes Alexis Cromer of Lawrenceville. “And I definitely think we need to take more control of our country.”

Not all are sympathetic.

“No one gave me what I have,” says Brian Hazlett of Plum Borough. “I’ve worked hard for it, and I think that’s what this country is all about — if you work hard and get a good education, that you’re able to make whatever you can of yourself.”

As the Occupy Pittsburgh movement moves into its first full week, it’s unclear what dimensions it will take.

But certainly the folks camped here today say this is not going to end anytime soon.

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  • Bye Barry 2012

    To the group that marched up Grant street HEY HEY HO HO BARRY OBAMA’S GOT TO GO.
    Get ready for 2012 I know I will not buy into your B.S. , once again where’s this change Barry O promised, tell you what I’ll take the USA and Obama can keep the change.

    • Trevor

      You want to stand back and catcall while expecting change. it starts with YOU. its not for Obama, the foolish GOP “candidates” or anyone else. Sit back with your arms folded and you will continue to be taken advantage of. Whether you believ it or not…you are.. BNY Mellon is criminal.

      • Warlock Jones

        I am. And my change is coming in January of 2013. Good bye obama.

      • PGH Michelle

        I can’t wait! CAIN CAIN!!!

      • Bye Barry 2012

        Trevor junior don’t think I’m going to sit back and take anything, the only thing in my life taking advantage of me is Obama and thugs with their large government policies, that have effected me personally in too many ways to count.
        I really don’t think you understand that Obama is a Communist, and he has fooled and diverted you ..
        BNY Mellon may be a criminal but Obama is definitely a Communist and I’m going to vote him out in 2012.

  • Critter

    They all need a good bath

    • grant

      Maybe that can be your job, as you say the same thing in every kdka report about occupy Pittsburgh. You either have no life, you’re a lil Nebby Debby or you are insecure with your own hygiene.

  • Jerry Frey

    An unscripted reality show, Occupy America is a populist movement in the tradtion of the nineteenth century Cross of Gold. Speculation (George Soros; hedge funds), long or short, oil futures, de-regulation, neo-liberalism, benefits the 1 percent connected class with no social benefit. Banks once organized and allocated capital in order to produce wealth, economic expansion, that benefited the many rather than the few. Globalists know no national loyalty and are detached from their nations.

    Get the $oney out of politics. Campaign contributions are the nexus of corruption in the capitol. Reduce the amount of money involved in re-election, which really is the name of the game, by promulgating free air time during elections. Keep the current system for primaries.


    History repeats itself: no leadership, no vision, no perspective, chickens have come home to roost…Selfishness.

    For example, there was an imbalance in trade between the Western and Eastern halves of the Roman Empire, along with high taxation. Consider: the government lost control of its borders — Goths, Franks, Suevi, Alans — and society experienced moral decay.

    NeilSalemMA Why does all this remind me of France in the 1780s and 1790s?

    1) 1780s – The economy of France is in crisis. The civil population is poor and becoming poorer and they are starving.
    2) 1789 – The storming of the Bastille – the revolution begins
    3) 1791 – The King and Queen flee for their safety.
    4) 1792 – The King and Queen are arrested.
    5) 1793 – The guillotine – King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette are beheaded.
    6) 1793 – 1794 – the Reign of Terror. Over 16,000 people are beheaded.

    Our system of free enterprise is a corrupt oligarchy of the wealthy that drives more and more middle class Americans into poverty, even while the very rich get much richer. As happened over 200 years ago in France, the people will eventually rise up.


  • Donna

    This gives the news channels something to report everyday they are here, sure beats a car crash, house fire or traffic jam

  • Mad Hatter

    Does anyone really even care about these lazy bums anymore…

    • freedom

      It hardly seems lazy… Lets see you do it if its so easy!

      • Trevor

        Fool. You’re likely one paycheck or opne merger away from being in the same straits. Join it or get bulldozxed. if these people were lazy, they’d be home in front of the tv like you.

      • Mad Hatter

        Why would I do it? They are unorganized, have no direction and they are protesting the wrong group.

        It makes no sense.

      • grant

        Have you walked by the encampment yet?… they are already organized.

        direction – end corporate lobbyists donations.

        wrong group? they arnt protesting a group… in fact most are ron paul supporters, but the media tries to keep that quiet.

      • Zoeyzotron

        GRANT, really? thats funny because the below is directly from their website. Looks to me like they are looking for handouts. The fact that people think they should not have to EARN the American Dream is what should scare you..

        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.

      • grant

        Come on zoey,

        You know that the website is forum based and they have not made any list of demands. The author could be Glen Beck trying to sabotage the movement for all we know.

      • Zoeyzotron

        Ahhh, no we don’t know that. it has their name on it. Names of specific protestors signing off. also, anyone who watches the news has seen several signs from the protestors in NYC showing several of these demands.

        I would suggest that if this is not your intent then you be more careful as to who you buddy up with.

        Again, another example of disorganization and lack of a valid direction.

      • Zoeyzotron

        TREVOR – Read the list of demands and tell me who the fool is….. It is moronic.

        Try manning up a bit. Getting laid off or looking for a better job may not be plesant, but it is a part of life.

  • Barry's not my hero

    Good researching Zoey, you saved me the time of doing it myself, and I think it’s for real.
    Glenn Beck is not responsible for all that some don’t agree with you can see the different signs protesting for different things that you have mentioned.
    As far as Ron Paul supporters , I find that possible to, and I also think it’s disorganized, and has no specific purpose, except what you mentioned.

    • grant

      Well congress is disorganized and many times vary on issues. That is the fabric of our country… democracy! How can you hold that against these people? I champion liberty and do agree with a lot of points they are making…. of couse they all cant be good, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to end the fed and stop corporate lobbying. Maybe they need your voice too! one thing i have realized is the media in this country tries its hardest to do your thinking for you.

  • Barry's not my hero

    Grant, I think your over-reacting first off I hold nothing against these people and I use my voice every time I vote, and also when I contact my congressman and senator that represents me.
    2. The media DOES NOT do my thinking for me now and never and neither will you or the protesters who once again I have nothing against as well as you sir.
    3,. I love people like Zoey that state facts when they comment , even if I were to disagree for which I’m usually in agreement with what she comments on.
    4. Have a nice day and good luck to you sir.

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