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Occupy Wall Street Draws Star Supporters

Other celebrities such as actress Susan Sarandon, actor Tim Robbins and the musician Talib Kweli have made appearances at the protest as well. Likewise Alec Baldwin, who is rumored to be considering a run for mayor of New York City down the road, offered the following response on Twitter to a question about his thoughts on the protests:

@stacyherbert: @AlecBaldwin As future Mayor of NYC, any comments on #occupywallstreet? Stiffer penalties for white collar crime!!

It should come as little surprise that politicians would take advantage of the movement to promote their own causes and energize their bases, whether in favor of or against Occupy Wall Street. Several influential Democrats have voiced their support, including John Larson, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. Even one Republican candidate for president declared support for the protesters. No, it wasn't Mitt Romney or Rick Perry, but rather Buddy Roemer.

The intellectuals
Many prominent intellectuals have come out in support as well. Cornel West, a philosophy professor at Princeton University with a strong following, spoke in front of thousands at an Occupy Wall Street gathering and went so far as to tell one publication that this movement symbolizes "democracy awakening."

Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher and author, gave his support to the protesters in a speech over the weekend, and the longtime activist and thinker Noam Chomsky issued a passionate endorsement of the protests online, calling them "courageous and honorable." Meanwhile, nearly 300 teachers at Columbia University signed a petition in support of Occupy Wall Street.

The unions
Perhaps the most important, though, are the unions, as they not only bring attention to the cause but also greater numbers of protesters and a wealth of experience in knowing how to organize them. The powerful New York City Transit Union joined forces with Occupy Wall Street at the end of September and has marched with them since. Others such as the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO labor union announced their support of the group, laying the groundwork for a broad coalition of disaffected Americans to share resources, ideas and people.

With all of these endorsements, this may be only the beginning for Occupy Wall Street. As the movement continues, we hope the protesters choose to draw attention to some of the key economic issues affecting average Americans around the country.

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