Mobilizing via the hashtag #FloodWallStreet, thousands of anti-capitalist protesters confronted the profiteers responsible for climate change by sitting down outside the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 22. Some had traveled far — from countries like Nepal and Nigeria — to expose imperialist corporations that have impoverished their countries while destroying the global environment. Others represented Native nations in the Western Hemisphere whose land has been despoiled in order to fatten the bank accounts of the rich. Godwin Uyi Ojo of Nigeria told the crowd: “These criminal acts started a long time ago, from slavery to colonialism to structural adjustment programs to neoliberal policies. Corporations took power. Now it is time to take back our power.” (commondreams.org)  Police arrested 200 of the protesters while allowing the profiteers to continue their criminal activity at the Stock Exchange.

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