Friday, October 7, 2011

‘Economic terrorist’ Behind Wall Street protests? Radical’s plan: ‘Bring down stock market’ ‘Literally cause a new financial crisis’.

By Aaron Klein

Stephen Lerner, a controversial anti-Capitalist SEIU organizer, is one of the forces behind the protests on Wall Street and nationwide, according to quotes obtained by a socialist activist who doubles as a Washington Post columnist.

KleinOnline was first to report, Lerner was the brainchild of some of the economic protest templates being used by the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

Lerner recently laid out a mass economic protest plan intended to bring down the stock market. Lerner boasted his plan could be used to cause a new financial crisis. Lerner’s ideology prompted some conservative critics to go so far as to label him an economic terrorist.

Writing in the Washington Post on Tuesday, columnist Harold Meyerson, Vice-Chair of Democratic Socialists of America, quoted Lerner describing how a coalition of various groups are fomenting the current economic protests.

Lerner described himself as part of those groups, referring to the organizations behind the demonstrations as “we.”

Lerner told Meyerson: “It’s a confluence of planned and unplanned demonstrations…. We build on each other. We go ping-ponging back and forth.”

The Occupy Wall Street unrest first started last Sept. 17 with a protest called the “Day of Rage.”
Planners used their own website – – which told protesters to “bring your own tent.” That website is now a sister site for the Occupy Wall Street initiative.

The website is not specific about the purpose of the protests other than calling for “integrity” to be “restored to our elections.”

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