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December 14th, 2011
09:21 AM ET

'The Protester' named the 2011 TIME Person of the Year – Bobby Ghosh explains why

This morning, TIME magazine announced it's Person of the Year for 2011 and the winner is "The Protester."

The magazine says that even in the face of a cloud of tear gas or a hail of bullets, the protester prevailed by embodying the idea that individual action can bring collective, colossal change.

Bobby Ghosh, deputy international editor for TIME, joins American Morning today to explain why "the protester" was selected and how the magazine made the decision.


Filed under: Arab Spring • Occupy Wall Street
December 12th, 2011
11:35 AM ET

Ice cream legends Ben & Jerry explain support of the Occupy Wall Street movement

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream, will be at the National Press Club today to discuss why and how they feel business leaders should work to reduce economic inequality and to explain why they support the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators.

In a statement of support on the Ben and Jerry website, the Board of Directors writes, "As a board and as a company we have actively been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them out front in a way we have not been able to do."

Cohen and Greenfield join American Morning today to explain why they support the Occupy movement and to offer  their suggestions about how to create the changes proposed by the OWS demonstrators.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
November 18th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Is the GOP missing an opportunity by not embracing Occupy Wall Street's message?

The Occupy Wall Street movement has helped changed the national conversation, bringing new attention to income inequality.  Many Democrats have been eager to embrace the movement and it's message. Most Republicans, on the other hand, have been less than enthusiastic about the group.

Carol Costello talks with the Weekly Standard's Matt Continetti and CNN contributor Will Cain about the relationship the GOP should have with the people and ideology behind Occupy Wall Street.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
November 18th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Police and protestors clash in OWS 'Day of Action' – is police reaction too aggressive?

Occupy Wall Street marked their two month anniversary with a bang in New York City yesterday. Protestors clashed with police as they attempted to lift barricades, block traffic, and clog subways. Some of the struggles even turned bloody; the NYPD says one officer was cut by a flying object in Zuccotti Park.

Christine Romans talks with former NYPD commissioner John Timoney about the challenges police officers face in controlling these kinds of protests.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
November 17th, 2011
08:18 AM ET

NYC Deputy Mayor: If Occupy Wall Street protesters want to peacefully protest, they have the right

It's being called 'a block party the 1% will never forget."

This morning the Occupy Wall Street protest is gathering in Downtown Manhattan to shut down not only the financial district, but also the subways and possibly the Brooklyn Bridge.

Today's so-called "Day of Action" is to mark the movement's two-month anniversary.

This morning on American Morning, Carol Costello talks with Howard Wolfson, New York City's deputy mayor for government affairs and communications. He explains what the city is doing in response to today's protest.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
November 16th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

The future of Occupy Wall Street: Will protesters find a voice and a leader?

From Oakland to New York, city authorities have begun to push back against Occupy Wall Street protests. In just this week alone, there have been crackdowns in more than half a dozen cities. Now, some people are wondering if the movement could be in jeopardy.

Strategist and Political commentator Sally Kohn tells Carol Costello that it's time for Occupy Wall Street to move beyond the occupation tactic in order to fuel a broader movement.

Read Sally's piece for CNN.com on the future of the Occupy protests here.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
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