Selfless Wall Street Occupiers Fight Over Donated $1/2M

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Pot meet kettle.
Those noble Occupiers in New York’s increasingly filthy Zucotti Park, who are protesting against America’s greedy Top 1%, are now squabbling among themselves over the sweet pot of half a million dollars’ donated funds.
Ginger Adam Otis reports for the New York Post, Oct 23, 2011, that Occupy Wall Street’s Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and donations continue to pour in — but its reluctance to share the wealth with other protesters is fraying tempers.

Some drummers — incensed they got no money to replace or safeguard their drums after a midnight vandal destroyed their instruments Wednesday — are threatening to splinter off.
“F–k Finance. I hope Mayor Bloomberg gets an injunction and demands to see the movement’s books. We need to know how much money we really have and where it’s going,” said a frustrated Bryan Smith, 45, who joined OWS in Lower Manhattan nearly three weeks ago from Los Angeles, where he works in TV production.
Smith is a member of the Comfort Working Group — one of about 30 small collectives that have sprung up within OWS. The Comfort group is charged with finding out what basic necessities campers need, like thermal underwear, and then raising money by soliciting donations on the street.
“The other day, I took in $2,000. I kept $650 for my group, and gave the rest to Finance. Then I went to them with a request — so many people need things, and they should not be going without basic comfort items — and I was told to fill out paperwork. Paperwork! Are they the government now?” Smith fumed, even as he cajoled the passing crowd for more cash.
The Finance Committee dives on whatever dollars are raised by all the OWS working groups, said Smith, and doesn’t give it back.
The Comfort group has an allowance of $150 a day, while larger working groups, like the Kitchen group, get up to $2,000.
“What can I do with $150?” said Smith. “We have three tons of wet laundry here from the rainstorm — how do I get that done? We need winter gear, shoes, socks. I could spend $10,000 alone for backpacks people need. We raise all this money. Where is it?”
Pete Dutro, 36, a Brooklyn tattoo artist who is getting a master’s in finance and sits on the Finance Committee, said big purchases like Smith’s can’t get immediate approval. He said, “We don’t have the power for that. They have to go to the General Assembly. If it’s approved, we pay out that amount and make sure everything is accounted for,” and promised that within the next few days, the Financial Committee will release a detailed report.
Yesterday, a huge flat-screen TV went up in Zuccotti Park for a movie night and pajama party with popcorn. Organizers hoped it would attract new recruits — even as some long-timers complained that the movement was getting too diffuse after yesterday’s lackluster showing at a police-brutality event in Union Square that barely attracted 50 participants.
Meanwhile, someone on a rainy night last week, stabbed holes in many of the protesters’ drums with a knife, said Elijah Moses, 19, of Queens, a founder of the Pulse Working Group. Moses asked the General Assembly — the nightly meeting where protesters collectively vote on OWS decisions — for $8,000 to replace the drums, and build a small shed to lock them up. But the Assembly said no and turned Moses down, so he’s now feeling “really frustrated.”
~Eowyn & Steve
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0 responses to “Selfless Wall Street Occupiers Fight Over Donated $1/2M

  1. hahahahahah…buttered popcorn time!

     
  2. Capitalism with its iPods and Lattes doesn’t seem so bad now, eh?

     
  3. This would be hilarious were it not ridiculous. A Big screen and popcornb??? LOL Now the other groups know where the money is going. Can’t eat a TV, can’t wrap it around you to get warm, can’t sleep on it. (well I guess technically you could) This is like oru prez…………take the money and spend on BS. Reports? assembllies? $8,000 for drums? my gosh.
    A finance committee with that kind of money in the bank, doesn’t need a report, they need to share that money out equally, that is if they are truly into collective living.

     
  4. HA!!!! now you all share that!!

     
  5. To quote Dr Henry Feingold, “It’s the faceless bureaucracy…..” So, much for leaderless rebellion when they set up beancounters to control the means of distribution. ROFL!

     
  6. Curse you Koch brother’s…oh wait. 😉

     
  7. Sounds to me like they’re setting up an illegal government of their own. What do they think – they’re a commune now? These people need to get off their duffs and go home! Another post had a quote from the Bible that didn’t specifically say this, but the gist of the message was DON’T COVET! This is what happens.

     
  8. Teach a man to fish… and you’ve unemployed a community organizer.

     
  9. Do you think they put all that money in an evil bank, or is it in a lock box under someones sleeping bag? Who gets that TV when it is all over?

     

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