From a far, Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party may appear to be similar. A base of grassroots organization, populist sentiments, occasionally costumed protesters. But while the Tea Party has caucuses of elected officials in both chambers of Congress, has sponsored presidential primary debates, and toppled the careers of several elder statesmen, Occupy Wall Street has little to show for themselves in electoral success or legitimate influence in either party. With only the destruction of property and hundreds of arrests to their name, the Occupy Wall Street mob has dwindled to a less-focused, rag-tag coalition of multiple progressive causes who underwhelmed in what was suppose to be their triumphant "May Day" return.
However, the far-left movement may be finding their stride once again by refocusing on their original message. Protesters came in large numbers and made their voices heard at the Bank of America's shareholders' meeting in Charlotte Wednesday, where the group could return this September for the Democratic National Convention. Reuters reports:
Hundreds of demonstrators marched outside Bank of America Corp's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday to voice anger over issues ranging from foreclosures to corporate taxes to financing for the coal industry.
The meeting, held in the bank's headquarters city of Charlotte, North Carolina, has drawn protesters in the past, but the crowd this year was bigger than any time in recent memory.
By 11 a.m., the crowd was estimated at 700 to 800, Jen Soriano, a spokeswoman for Unity, an alliance of groups participating in the protest.
On "Real News" Wednesday, Buck Sexton analyzed the progression and comparisons of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, and what the progressive group may be planning to move their message from solely rhetoric, to influencing actul reform.