As Matthew Vadum has pointed out, front groups of the community organization ACORN have played a major role in organizing the OWS demonstrations from coast to coast. For instance, the Working Families Party (WFP), a longtime ACORN front, has helped mobilize the protests in New York City. “[We are] actually trying to change the capitalist system we have today because it’s not working for any of us,” WFP organizer Nelini Stamp told Laura Flanders in an interview on Free Speech TV. Meanwhile, ACORN’s more recently established front groups have similarly been involved in launching the OWS movement in places like Pittsburgh, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Boston. Indeed ACORN’s fingerprints have been all over OWS for some time now. According to journalist Aaron Klein, the current protests apparently represent “the culmination” of a campaign by ACORN founder Wade Rathke, who seven months ago issued a call for “days of rage in ten cities around JP Morgan Chase” – all part of his so-called “anti-banking jihad.”
For a comprehensive overview of OWS, visit the “Occupy Wall Street” section of DiscoverTheNetworks.org, which spells out not only OWS’s agendas, but also its relationship to a number of other influential radical groups that have helped create and sustain the current protest movement. To view this section of DiscoverTheNetworks, click here.
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