‘Occupy’ Protests Gaining Traction, Media Attention and ‘Followers’

By | October 13, 2011

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests grabbing more attention from the media, and show up on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

As the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement spreads around the country, New York Times reporter Brian Stetler took note of the news media’s burgeoning attraction to the ‘Occupy’ protesters:

“… the movement, which slowly gained speed last month, entered the nation”s collective consciousness for the first time last week, when President Obama was asked about it at a news conference and when national television news programs were first anchored from the Wall Street protest site.”

Nice NYT home page link for my #Occupy media story. 18-29 year olds are paying far more attention to protests than 65+: http://t.co/bqtyhiBx
October 13, 2011

Patch.com’s David Moran produced this video when the protests arrived in Connecticut capital city on Oct. 5.

UPDATED: Occupy Wall Street Hits Connecticut [VIDEO]

The populist-themed, and increasingly popular, Occupy Wall Street movement hit Connecticut’s capital city on Wednesday, as dozens of protestors of all ages and races gathered before the entrance to Bushnell Park in Hartford to express their dissatisfaction with what they termed income inequality and corporate greed.

Occupy Hartford protesters set up camp on a city-owned lot (it’s hardly a park) at the corner of Farmington and Broad streets, not far from the state Legislative Office Building, The Hartford insurance company and The Hartford Courant. The city isn’t giving them a hard time, yet.

Occupy Hartford Can Stay

As the "Occupy Wall Street" protest continues in Manhattan, so does "Occupy Hartford," and Connecticut demonstrators have scored a big win. The group met with Hartford officials on Tuesday after the city expressed concerns about the health and safety of protesters who have been camping in tents in Turning Point Park since last Friday.

Meanwhile in New Haven, a group of comedic counter-protesters from Yale announced plans to “protest the ‘loafing and incoherence’ of Occupy New Haven protesters while armed with ‘posters and Febreeze.’

Elis plan to occupy Occupy New Haven

Some Yalies want to Occupy Wall Street. Others just wish that protestors would take a shower. A group of Yale students created a Facebook event titled "Occupy Occupy New Haven" Monday night in response to Occupy New Haven, the Elm City’s manifestation of the protest movement sweeping the country.

Ten University of Connecticut students took up the ‘Occupy’ torch on Oct. 5, as reported by the Daily Campus. 

UConn students join Occupy Wall Street http://t.co/nFnhZpo8
October 9, 2011

The UConn students followed up by creating a ‘Occupy UConn’ Facebook group. As of this writing, the group has 69 Facebook followers. The Facebook group does not make it clear who is behind it.

Occupy UConn

Occupy UConn – I saw the best minds of my generation occupying our cities… – Description: Join the occupation movement that is currently taking place throughout our country in major cities and college campuses. Join the 99% of people in this country that believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way things are going.

Hartford Courant columnist and blogger Rick Green highlighted another Connecticut/UConn connection to the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement.

Occupy Wall Street Spokesman Is A Nutmegger: Tyler Combelic is a UConn grad from Meriden.He tells CNN:"We d… http://t.co/vbnM0Kaz
October 5, 2011

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