Kids and clergy join ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Diane Alter – AHN News Reporter

New York, NY, United States (AHN) – Occupy Wall Street entered its 24th day on Monday and has garnered support from kids and spiritual leaders.

On Sunday, Occupy Wall Streeters paraded around a golden calf, an effigy of the famous Wall Street bull, in mockery of the “false idol for so many for so long.”

Outspoken civil rights activist and radio talk show host the Rev. Al Sharpton was scheduled to bring his nationally syndicated radio show to lower Manhattan on Monday.

In addition, organizers of the “leaderless resistance movement” have billed Monday as “Kids Speak Out” day, as children off from school for Columbus Day are invited to voice their fears and their concerns over their parents losing their jobs and the prospects of losing their homes.

The movement, which has spread to 17 major cities, numerous smaller cities and countries all over the globe, denounces corporate greed and social inequality. It also voices disdain against such topics as the war in Afghanistan and the environment.

Last week, unions joined and backed the protestors. President Obama and other political leaders have said they understand the protestors need to voice their concerns.

In New York, where the movement originated, there appears to be no sign that the protestors are growing tired or plan to go away quickly or quietly. The mostly young but diverse group has set up tents near Wall Street and appear to be in for the very long haul.

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