Sharpton To Broadcast From Occupy Wall Street Protests

Al Sharpton broadcasts live from Occupy Wall Street protest Monday. (COURTESY: @UncleRUSH)

The Rev. Al Sharpton will bring his nationally syndicated radio show to lower Manhattan Monday as the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations enter their 24th day.

Sharpton, an outspoken civil rights activist and talk show host, will broadcast from Zuccotti Park, where the protests are based, according to his National Action Network.

Organizers of the "leaderless resistance movement" also have billed Monday as "Kids Speak Out" day, with school children off for Columbus Day.

"Even as banks got bailed out, American children have witnessed their parents get tossed out of their homes and lose their jobs. Public school kids have lost arts, music and physical education," the movement's website said. "Now our kids can see activists take these issues to the streets in a democratic forum at Occupy Wall Street."

On Sunday, politicians fought to cast the ongoing protests in a very different light, with two GOP presidential hopefuls calling them "class warfare" and prominent Democrats expressing support for the protesters.

As lawmakers took to the political talk shows, a crowd of about 100 people protested outside the White House, part of a wave of protests spreading nationwide inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Secret Service said one person was arrested and will be charged with assault on a police officer after throwing a shoe at a uniformed officer.

Lisa Simeone, one of the protest organizers, said the man was trying to throw his shoe over the fence of the White House but missed.

Most of those taking part carried an anti-war message -- something that has happened in other cities as well. Several carried signs asking President Barack Obama to join them for a "beer summit."

Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, who visited a protest Saturday in Atlanta, said Sunday that the protesters "want to be heard."

"And at the same time they want to speak to America, speak to people in power, to officials of the American government but also to the business community, especially Wall Street, to corporate America, to bankers. They're saying, in effect, that we bailed out Wall Street and now it's time for Wall Street and corporate America to help bail out the American people.

"People are hurting. They're in pain and they're looking for jobs. They want us to humanize the American government but also humanize corporate America."

Lewis said he visited the rally near his Atlanta office "to lend my support and to encourage the people because I support their efforts all across America." He was unable to speak to the crowd, he said, but not because he was refused. Lewis said the group told him he could speak after they finished their business, but that he had to leave.

The movement decries corporate greed and social inequality. But demonstrations have evolved to also include topics such as the war in Afghanistan and the environment.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a petition on its website, asking people to support the protests and send a message to the "reckless Republican leadership in Congress."

Lewis drew comparisons to his experience in the civil rights movement. "When we marched on Washington 48 years ago we marched for jobs and freedom. But we spelled it out. We said we wanted a civil rights bill. We said we wanted that bill to contain a ban on discrimination and public accommodation and employment, and we got it a year later. But these individuals all across America are saying, in effect, that the banks and other businesses are holding millions and billions of dollars and they need to invest in the American people. They need to put people back to work."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she supports "the message to the establishment, whether it's Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen."

"We cannot continue in a way that ... is not relevant to their lives," Pelosi told ABC's "This Week." "People are angry."

The California Democrat was asked about a remark by her colleague across the aisle Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, that he was concerned about "growing mobs" who were "pitting ... Americans against Americans."