Think Occupy protesters are unemployed slackers? Maybe these folks from Occupy Sarasota will change your mind listen11/01/11 Doug Driscoll
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The Occupy movement is often stereotyped as being made up of lazy students or unemployed slackers. To see if that myth fits reality, last Saturday WMNF’s Doug Driscoll asked people participating in an Occupy Sarasota protest what they do for a living.
Out of 19 responses, there was 1 student, 2 teachers, 3 professionals and 7 people with “blue collar” jobs, including 2 artists. Two of the people are unemployed, 4 are retired and one is semi-retired.
Here's a link to all of our Occupy Wall Street coverage.
In other Occupy news ...
This Saturday Occupy Women of Tampa will hold its first meeting of the Women’s Caucus. That’s according to a post on the Occupy Tampa Facebook page. They’re meeting at 4 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park.
Also on Saturday, the 5th of November, the Occupy movement will be part of a coordinated Bank Transfer Day, where people close their accounts in big banks and move them to local banks and credit unions.
In other Occupy news, the roommate of Scott Olsen says he’s doing well and doctors say he’ll make a full recovery. Keith Shannon served with the Iraq War veteran who was seriously injured by police last week at Occupy Oakland. Shannon says Olsen still can't talk and suffered a fractured skull and other head injuries. A general strike and a student walk-out is scheduled for tomorrow.
In New York City, an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator videotaped in a police altercation met with prosecutors Monday to discuss the incident. Felix Rivera-Pitre wants prosecutors to bring assault charges against Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona.
Meanwhile in Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam continues to defend the arrests of dozens of Occupy Nashville protesters, even though the state has backed down on enforcing a curfew in the face of a federal judge's restraining order.
And in London, local officials say they are suspending legal action to evict anti-capitalist protesters camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral, after church officials gave the occupation a reprieve.
The City of London Corporation says legal action due to start today is being "paused overnight" so that officials can meet for more talks.
information from wire services, including AP, was used in this report.