FULLY BOOKED First Wednesday: #Occupy – What do they want?

Talk November 2, 2011 7:00 PM

What began in the financial district of New York City in mid September under the name Occupy Wall Street has become a movement that is spreading across the globe. But what do they want and how do they intend to achieve their goals? Are their aims realistic? Can they have any impact?

Join us at the Frontline Club to debate the aims and objectives of the Occupy movement and to discuss whether it can bring about any change.

The tent cities springing up across the US, the UK, Australia and elsewhere have been compared to the scenes we saw earlier this year in Tahrir Square but is there a common bond?

Chaired by Kevin Marsh, Director of OffspinMedia and former Editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.


Harry Cole, a political journalist and media commentator. He set up Tory Bear in 2008 whilst studying at Edinburgh University. He is now News Editor of Order-Order.com and writes for The Daily Beast and Total Politics and The Commentator. Twitter: @MrHarryCole

Naomi Colvin, supporter of OccupyLSX.  She set up UK Friends of Bradley Manning, the UK support group for the accused Wikileaks whistleblower. Twitter: @auerfeld

Richard Murphy, a chartered accountant and economist. He is the author of The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government. Twitter: @RichardJMurphy

Aaron Peters, a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is co-editor of Fight Back!, host of Resonance FM’s‘Novara’ and student activist. He is also on the National Committee of NCAFC, one of the organisations behind last years students walkouts and street actions. Twitter: @aaronjohnpeters

Julian AssangeWikiLeaks editor-in-chief.

Daniel Ben-Ami, journalist and author, he has contributed to numerous national, specialist and international publications. He is author of Ferraris For All and Cowardly Capitalism.

Picture credit: neil cummings