American Autumn

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Nov. 17 2011 9:53 AM

American Autumn

Today, November 17, has been designated a "national day of action" by groups that support the Occupy movement. The plan was announced by Van Jones, head of Rebuild the Dream (an unaffiliated group that wasn't getting much traction before latching on to Occupy), way back in early October. The question, at the time, was whether Occupy would stick around long enough to be relevant. The question's been answered.

The New York Post reports on the plan in Manhattan: A disruptive rally outside the New York Stock Exchange. So far, the cable networks have noticed that one, with an angle on whether or it not it will push back the opening. The other protests I see on the radar are much less disruptive to finance.

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- A 6 p.m. march on the Brooklyn Bridge
- A 3:30 p.m. march on LaSalle in Chicago
- A 4:30 p.m. protest at the Key Bridge, which separates D.C. from northern Virginia
- A 7:00 a.m. march near the 4th street bridge in L.A.
- A 4:00 p.m. march near the Market Street Bridge in Philadelphia
- A 3:30 p.m. march on the Travis Street Bridge in Houston

You see the pattern. Occupy is focusing on finance; the more politically attuned Rebuild the Dream is focused on infrastructure spending. Which one gets the coverage? My chips are on the Occupiers.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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