As Americans following the increasing number of “occupy” protests wake up this morning, the big news is not happening in the United States right now but in London. An action that you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #blockthebridge is unfolding as hundreds if not thousands of activists “occupy” the Westminster Bridge to protest a National Health Service reform bill. The protesters have chanted, “We Are the 99%,” in solidarity with occupiers participating in Occupy Wall Street and other “occupy” actions.

UK Uncut is explicitly involved in the action on the Westminster Bridge. Follow @PennyRed for the latest on what is happening on the bridge.

I am headed to Philadelphia to cover Occupy Philly. I will be live streaming at 12 pm ET. Then, I head to New York to visit and report on the current state of Occupy Wall Street and then other occupations in the New England region.

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11:21 PM Fox News poll on Occupy Wall Street – Vote

11:09 PM Parsing the Data and Ideology of the “We Are 99%” Tumblr

11:06 PM Don’t honk in support of occupiers in Seattle! You’ll get a ticket.

11:04 PM Dustin M. Slaughter has snapped this picture of a K-9 unit at Occupy DC in McPherson Square

10:50 PM That stage should be out of Freedom Plaza.

10:39 PM Dance party at October 2011. Permits expired for Freedom Plaza. Some Occupy DC people are there showing solidarity and dancing. Police are likely to make arrests. Embedded live stream so you can watch.

8:38 PM Jesse LaGreca, an occupier from Liberty Park who became an overnight sensation after a video was posted of him confronting Fox News’ Griff Jenkins, takes on the talking heads of ABC News’ “This Week.”

PEGGY NOONAN: …Seems to me the question about Occupy Wall Street is this, what is your plan? Ya gonna spend the next six months blockin’ the Brooklyn Bridge or ya gonna harness a movement into political action, which means getting together with people in living rooms?

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: I’m going to have to ask Jesse that. Very quickly, Jesse, are you still there?…Are you going to harness this into a political movement or are you going to hang out for months?

JESSE LAGRECA: What I find amusing is that now people are looking to us to solve the political problems—and they should—but I’m not going to support one party or the other. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for but I will encourage you to be a voter. I think we have succeeded tremendously in pushing the narrative that working class people can no longer be ignored. And I think that it’s very important that we have this conversation because it’s about the future of our country.

You know, right now working class people are being told to sacrifice. We’re being told that our future is going to have to be put on hold in the name of austerity. And I can’t name a single country that succeeded in solving their economic problems with austerity. So I think the more important thing to do is to come out and speak to us. The town halls that you see are very top-heavy. The political leaders that you see try to come and sell a message to us. They should be listening to us.

This is quite a clip and deserves a full media analysis. I’ll just say after listening to Peggy Noonan talk I think the occupiers should invite her to come on down for some southern fried cookin’ n’ some hospitality. They can teach her a thing or two about how real change is made in America. Political discussions in living rooms? You mean like tap into MoveOn and have house meetings? She’s just too elite to come join the lower class Americans in Liberty Park.

9:04 PM Tomorrow on Columbus Day, there are occupiers who will call for the abolition of Columbus Day and they will be holding a speak out at 5 pm in solidarity with indigenous people. Here is the Facebook event posting describing why they plan to do this.

8:37 PM I am in New York City. Just after my visit to Occupy Philly, Democracy Now! contacted me. A producer told me they were looking for someone who could discuss some of the other occupations going on besides Occupy Wall Street. I told them I can give firsthand accounts of Occupy Chicago, Occupy DC and now Occupy Philly. I also told them I have been blogging Occupy Wall Street and the growth of the Occupy Together movement since Day 1. They confirmed with me hours ago. Tomorrow morning I will be on the opening segment of Democracy Now! and I will be on the air with Columbia University professor Dorian Warren.

I am staying on Staten Island. I have to be up very early tomorrow morning so I can make it to the show. But, it is definitely worth it.

8:27 PM Photos of various occupations (h/t Cahokia):

Occupy Portland (via @bogecomm)

Occupy Venice (via @codepinkalert

Occupy Austin

Occupy Minnesota (via @Badgers_Rebel)

7:24 PM Want to follow what the librarians of the Occupy Wall Street Library are doing? They’ve started their own blog so you can track their work and organizing.

3:55 PM Video of my visit to Occupy Philly

12:07 PM I am just getting into Philadelphia. I will be live streaming from Occupy Philly within the next hour.

12:05 PM Report that protesters were allowed to leave one by one but had to be filmed by police and tell them where they planned to go after the protest. Clear example of the UK police state in action.

12:04 PM From earlier, photos of protesters kettled on the Westminster Bridge:

via @101GK and @simontyszko

12:03 PM Charlotte, NC, has an occupation – Occupy Charlotte – receiving wide attention because Charlotte is the No. 2 banking city in the US.

12:02 PM American Spectator editor admits to being agent provocateur at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

12:00 PM The Uptake makes it possible for you to watch any of the live streams that are up and running from occupations across America.

9:36 AM A surprise? New York Times editorial board endorses
Occupy Wall Street. Editorial concludes:

It is not the job of the protesters to draft legislation. That’s the job of the nation’s leaders, and if they had been doing it all along there might not be a need for these marches and rallies. Because they have not, the public airing of grievances is a legitimate and important end in itself. It is also the first line of defense against a return to the Wall Street ways that plunged the nation into an economic crisis from which it has yet to emerge.

9:32 AM

9:28 AM Tom Morello interviewed at Occupy LA

9:26 AM Occupy Cincy successfully occupies Fountain Square overnight, no arrests

9:23 AM So, it appears there is not a second encampment in Washington Square, although Occupy Wall Street tried to expand. I will officially verify this by going down to Washington Square tonight if I do not get a report on what has happened. There was no confrontation last night at midnight, which leads me to believe everyone headed back to Liberty Park instead of setting up a new camp.