The Rev. Al Sharpton will reportedly broadcast his radio show from the Occupy Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan on Monday.
According to CNN, Sharpton will air his nationally syndicated show "Keepin it Real" live from Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of protests by the movement
Occupy Wall Street, which calls itself a "leaderless resistance movement," began in lower Manhattan several weeks ago, and have since spread to a number of other cities. The protesters say they represent "the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%," according to the OccupyWallSt.org website.
The Huffington Post, meantime, quotes Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in an effort to articulate the movement's core complaint:
"We don't have the same access to the American Dream that our parents had."
The protest is in its 24th day in New York, according to Politico, and has spread to dozens of cities, while: "Unions have also entered the fray, and several politicians have expressed their support of the protests."
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that more than 20 protesters were cited overnight for being in a city park after hours as the Occupy Cincinnati movement.
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain, among others, has been sharply critical of the anti-Wall Street rallies, claiming on CBS that protesters were jealous Americans who "play the victim card" and want to "take somebody else’s" Cadillac.
(GlobalPost reports: Cain: Protestors are playing "the victim card")
Cain also suggested that the protests had been organized by labor unions as a "distraction so many people won’t focus on the failed policies of the Obama administration," and labeled those who joined them as anti-capitalist.
A press release from Sharpton’s National Action Network, meantime, says Sharpton will air his show from the New York protest site "to show that those that are raising issues on Wall Street are as concerned about the economy and that Blacks and Latinos have grave concerns about economic issues and jobs."
Occupy Wall Street has declared Monday, Columbus Day, as "Kids Speak Out day. The website, according to CNN, reads:
"Even as banks got bailed out, American children have witnessed their parents get tossed out of their homes and lose their jobs. Public school kids have lost arts, music and physical education. Now our kids can see activists take these issues to the streets in a democratic forum at Occupy Wall Street.”
(GlobalPost reports: Michael Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street "trying to destroy the jobs of working people")