The Bronx – Portrait of a Borough

The Bronx is one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the United States. In no other county of the 62 in the state of New York is the unemployment rate as high, and the average income as low, as in New York City’s fourth-largest borough.

Ismael Betancourt Jr. who received his B.S. from Columbia University, his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business and his MA in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, founded the Bronx Transformation Project last year. Its goal is to facilitate cooperation, trade, integration and development among and between the different cultural communities in and beyond the borders of Bronx.

For his documentary, “The Bronx“, IPS correspondent Christian Papesch visited Betancourt, his borough and its people. He met a teacher from Puerto Rico, an imam from West Africa and the Catholic editor of an Islamic newspaper. And he portrays a district that is multicultural, self-confident and far from being as pessimistic as its statistics may suggest.

Occupy Times Square

Oct. 15 marked a “Global Day of Action” called by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Organisers say protests took place in 15,000 cities worldwide. From Tel Aviv to Berlin, from Rome to Hong Kong, thousands of demonstrators demanded social justice and criticized banks and capitalism.

In New York City, where OWS has occupied Zucotti Park for a month now, tens of thousands participated in diverse marches that converged for a final rally at Times Square. IPS correspondent Christian Papesch caught the ambience as the occupation took over one of New York City’s most famous tourist attractions: Times Square.

Wall Street stays Occupied

NEW YORK CITY, October 14, 2011 (IPS) – The scheduled evacuation of Zucotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street Movement (OWS) has been camped for almost one month now, was cancelled Friday, due to massive resistance by the protesters.

According to OWS, about 3,000 people gathered this morning in and around the park to prevent the police from closing down the occupation. In a letter sent to the movement this morning, New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the evacuation that had been requested by the private company that owns the park because “(a)fter weeks of occupation, the conditions at the Park have deteriorated to unsanitary and unsafe levels.”

Occupy Wall Street had published the plans of the City Council and the police on their website and received major expressions of support from around the country, including a petition with more than 300,000 signatures. On Saturday, the protesters, who denounce corporate political influence and social injustice, announced an "international day of solidarity against the greed and corruption of the 1%."

Demonstrations are supposed to take place in over 951 cities in 82 countries.

Occupy Wall Street – A Citizen’s Movement spreads like Wildfire

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gathers momentum, activists, union members and community groups continue to gather every day in downtown Manhattan, as well as in a growing number of cities across the United States.

On Oct. 5, more than 10,000 people marched in New York to express their anger at growing economic inequality, focused on the "one percent" who take home 24 percent of national income and own half of the country's stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, but owe only five percent of the nation's personal debt.