Writers declare Occupy Wall Street support via Online Petition

Apparently, Occupy Wall Street has a writers’ branch. As is pretty typical of writers, they are leveling their protest in words, by singing a petition.  We heard about it from a UK paper, the Guardian. If you want to read the article, you can click over.

The article starts with the sentence “As anti-capitalism protests spread” which is a bit weird. OWS isn’t anti-capitalist, it’s pro-honesty and fairness in business, financial and otherwise.  That aside . . . .

An online petition at occupywriters.com declaring the writers’ backing for Occupy Wall Street and its sister movements in other countries, which have seen thousands of protesters marching against the global financial system, has been signed by 1,190 authors and counting, including the Pulitzer prize winners Jennifer Egan and Michael Cunningham as well as Alice Walker, Naomi Klein, Naomi Wolf, Jonathan Lethem, Ann Patchett,Noam ChomskyAL KennedyUrsula K Le Guin and Donna Tartt.

“We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy movement around the world,” says the petition.

Author Jeff Sharlet and journalist Kiera Feldman created the website after Rushdie offered his support via Twitter. Sharlet said the site was already “stunningly busy”, with more than 100,000 visitors a day and a backlog of 1,000 writers to be vetted, “just to make sure they’re real people”.

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Published in: on October 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM  Comments (3)  
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  1. I think the Guardian *wishes* this was an anti-capitalist protest 😉 Anyway, I’m proud to be a writer, as usual, although I don’t know how “real” I am.

  2. We did actually laugh at the fact they wanted to make sure the writers were real people, rather than the people were real writers! One assumes a published work of some type is required. Does a placard count?

  3. I was wondering about that. I’m not sure if I would qualify for the petition since I only write on my blog. Might as well give it a shot, I guess!


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