Occupy Wall Street Stages Big NYC Rally

This time, union members add to the crowds

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 5, 2011 4:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – The protesters of Occupy Wall Street have begun what could be their biggest rally yet in New York City, their ranks swelled by union members and others who weren't part of the original group camping out at Zuccotti Park, reports AP. Click for more updates. Ezra Klein at the Washington Post, meanwhile, sees the OWS movement at a "tipping point"—it might soon split into smaller groups with more focused goals, for example, or peter out altogether.

"Ultimately, what’s fascinating about Occupy Wall Street is how big something that small has become," writes Klein. It's growing quickly, "and just as with the tea party, the media are interested in covering it, and the political establishment is interested in joining it. Occupy Wall Street has created a space for some type of populist movement to emerge. What exactly that will look like remains anyone’s guess." His full post is here.

Princeton University professor Cornel West, center, joins Occupy Boston protesters rallying in Boston Wednesday.
Princeton University professor Cornel West, center, joins Occupy Boston protesters rallying in Boston Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Protester Tobias Calzarette of Marlboro, Vt., with face guard, joins others with Occupy Wall Street as they leave Zuccotti Park in New York to join a rally at City Hall.
Protester Tobias Calzarette of Marlboro, Vt., with face guard, joins others with Occupy Wall Street as they leave Zuccotti Park in New York to join a rally at City Hall.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Protesters with Occupy Wall Street leave Zuccotti Park Wednesday in New York for a rally at City Hall.
Protesters with Occupy Wall Street leave Zuccotti Park Wednesday in New York for a rally at City Hall.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Occupy Wall Street protesters march to join a union rally in New York Wednesday.
Occupy Wall Street protesters march to join a union rally in New York Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Police escort Occupy Wall Street protesters marching to join a union rally in New York Wednesday.
Police escort Occupy Wall Street protesters marching to join a union rally in New York Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Occupy Wall Street protesters march to join a union rally in New York Wednesday.
Occupy Wall Street protesters march to join a union rally in New York Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Tevor Roulstin, center, 25, from Durango, Colo., stands with a sign as police confer on Wednesday at Zuccotti Park in New York.
Tevor Roulstin, center, 25, from Durango, Colo., stands with a sign as police confer on Wednesday at Zuccotti Park in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A group of protesters demonstrate in Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday.
A group of protesters demonstrate in Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Daniel Dorn, of Portland, Ore., tries to get cars to honk horns as he protests near an Occupy Seattle encampment in downtown Seattle's Westlake Park.
Daniel Dorn, of Portland, Ore., tries to get cars to honk horns as he protests near an "Occupy Seattle" encampment in downtown Seattle's Westlake Park.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A sign reads Greed Killed the American Dream, near a US flag draped on a tent at an Occupy Seattle encampment in downtown Seattle's Westlake Park.
A sign reads "Greed Killed the American Dream," near a US flag draped on a tent at an "Occupy Seattle" encampment in downtown Seattle's Westlake Park.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Miles Partman carries an umbrella with Occupy Seattle written on it as he walks though an encampment in Seattle's Westlake Park.
Miles Partman carries an umbrella with "Occupy Seattle" written on it as he walks though an encampment in Seattle's Westlake Park.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Occupy Chicago demonstrators sit outside the Bank of America building Wednesday in Chicago.
Occupy Chicago demonstrators sit outside the Bank of America building Wednesday in Chicago.   (Getty Images)
Members of trade unions join Occupy Wall Street protesters as they rally in Foley Square in New York City.
Members of trade unions join Occupy Wall Street protesters as they rally in Foley Square in New York City.   (Getty Images)
Members of trade unions join Occupy Wall Street protesters as they march to Foley Square in New York City.
Members of trade unions join Occupy Wall Street protesters as they march to Foley Square in New York City.   (Getty Images)
A man with a dollar bill taped over his mouth joins members of trade unions join during a march to Foley Square.
A man with a dollar bill taped over his mouth joins members of trade unions join during a march to Foley Square.   (Getty Images)
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