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“We protest not only at our exclusion from the American Dream; we protest at its bleakness. If it cannot include everyone on earth, every ecosystem and bioregion, every people and culture in its richness; if the wealth of one must be the debt of another; if it entails sweatshops and underclasses and fracking and all the rest of the ugliness our system has created, then we want none of it.
No one deserves to live in a world built upon the degradation of human beings, forests, waters, and the rest of our living planet. Speaking to our brethren on Wall Street, no one deserves to spend their lives playing with numbers while the world burns. Ultimately, we are protesting not only on behalf of the 99% left behind, but on behalf of the 1% as well. We have no enemies. We want everyone to wake up to the beauty of what we can create.”
“To those holding the reins of power, let us say, We will be your witnesses and your truthtellers. We will not allow you to live in a bubble. We will not go away. We will show you who you are hurting and how. We will make it awkward to do business, until your conscience cannot stand it any longer. We know, in the beginning, many of you will try to escape us; perhaps you will leave Wall Street for suburban corporate offices on private land where there is no “street” for us to hit. You might also retreat further into your ideologies of globalism and growth that deny the obvious. But nothing will stop us, because our tactics will constantly shift. In one way or another, we will speak the truth and we will speak it loudly. Where speaking the truth becomes illegal, we will break the law. We will not wait to be invited. We will enter, in some way, every physical and ideological fortress.”
Hmm…. this actually is something of an interesting article…
I would like a more equal world for everyone to come out of these protests as well. As many people seem to want to ignore: a lot of the irresponsible(or just downright manipulated) economic policies, and corruption that come from them, create much of the devastation of our planet’s flora and fauna. (and that includes devastation to humanity)
Occupy has also served as a reminder of the ever-present police state, which rather than acting to “serve and protect,” oftentimes crushes and suppresses freedom of expression. We’ve witnessed this in obvious, overt, batshit crazy behavior like police using horses to stampede into a Times Square crowd, and when Oakland police turned their city into a war zone. But there are subtler, far sneakier ways so-called public servants such as firefighters and the police, and by extension city officials, use the law as a weapon, or a convenient scapegoat, to control a rebellious faction of the population.
“They gave us no verbal warning whatsoever, they grabbed anybody who stood in their way even if their hands were up, threw them to the ground and arrested them. we asked repeatedly if we could have a few minutes to collect our personal belongings and they had nothing to say, absolute silence,” said Roloff.
Police said the tents are illegal encampments.
There is of course now discussion over how many people were arrested and if those arrests were necessary.
Occupy San Diego people are saying this is unfair and claiming police brutality for arresting observers and protesters.
“There was one young woman who was simply filming them with her iPhone and they reached out, grabbed her arm, put it behind her back and arrested her without any kind of warning,” said one witness.
Reporter Greg Mitchell of The Nation noted the speculation regarding the the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was behind the crackdowns on the #occupy encampments across the country this past week. He notes that this theory could explain why mayors - such as in Oakland - appear weak and…
It could be. Even if the DHS was involved, so were all the officials who sat back and agreed to it all without saying anything to protect the people. Or they could have been in on it. Either way, as with the case of Oakland, officials need to stand up and take responsibility for their actions instead of trying to pass the buck.
This is rather incredible. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan released a statement late last night saying she now supports the Occupy Oakland protesters and will minimize police presence for the time being. The statement comes less than 48 hours after local police used excessive force against protesters, including rubber bullets, stun grenades, sound cannons, and tear gas. One protester, an Iraq war veteran named Scott Olsen, was shot with a projectile at close range, fracturing his skull and landing him in critical condition. [Update: Olsen’s condition has since been upgraded to fair.]
Quan’s statement, via the San Francisco Chronicle:
We support the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement: we have high levels of unemployment and we have high levels of foreclosure that makes Oakland part of the 99% too. We are a progressive city and tolerant of many opinions. We may not always agree, but we all have a right to be heard.
I want to thank everyone for the peaceful demonstration at Frank Ogawa Park tonight, and thank the city employees who worked hard to clean up the plaza so that all activities can continue including Occupy Wall Street. We have decided to have a minimal police presence at the plaza for the short term and build a community effort to improve communications and dialogue with the demonstrators.
99% of our officers stayed professional during difficult and dangerous circumstances as did some of the demonstrators who dissuaded other protestors from vandalizing downtown and for helping to keep the demonstrations peaceful. For the most part, demonstrations over the past two weeks have been peaceful. We hope they continue to be so.
I want to express our deepest concern for all of those who were injured last night, and we are committed to ensuring this does not happen again. Investigations of certain incidents are underway and I will personally monitor them.
We understand and recognize the impact this event has had on the community and acknowledge what has happened. We cannot change the past, but we are committed to doing better.
Most of us are part of the 99%, and understand the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. We are committed to honoring their free speech right.
Finally, we understand the demonstrators want to meet with me and Chief Jordan. We welcome open dialogue with representatives of Occupy Wall Street members, and we are willing to meet with them as soon as possible.
OH MY GOD! She is so full of shit!
Okay so… Several opinions on this (with clarification):
1. She’s trying to look good for the people and keep her corruption in power. (Not to mention the jerks messing things up in the first place…)
2. She is full of lies, do not trust this woman. (I don’t care if she was coerced, she needs to show responsibility for her actions. As is it seems she’s already showed as bad as other corrupt politicians.)
3. Most importantly! She says, “We welcome open dialogue with representatives of Occupy Wall Street members, and we are willing to meet with them as soon as possible.”
I say don’t fall for this. If she wants to talk to people about her crimes, she can go to the occupy camp and talk to EVERYONE. This sounds to me like she’s trying to get some people in charge of the movement so she can have someone to corrupt. No leaders = no corruption. So she’s trying to force a leader on people. DO NOT LET HER DO THAT. She’s so obviously insincere. People like that need to be removed from power, not given permission or aknowledgement to control people.
Oakland Police Use Rubber Bullets, Flash Grenades, And Smoke Bombs To Evict Occupy Oakland
((This happened earlier today, attached is a livestream video. Don’t just take my word for it, look all around for more information. here’s an article::
Late last night, Oakland police, under orders from the city, began surrounding the Occupy Oakland encampment in preparation to oust the protesters from Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Approximately an hour ago, hundreds of Oakland police officers raided the camp. Dressed in riot gear, the police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, and gas canisters to forcibly evict and/or arrest the demonstrators who remained in the plaza. The Occupy Oakland Twitter account live-tweeted the raid:
((My thoughts: The actions taken by the police are bull. Way over forced, it goes against the 1st amendment. Maybe if they were attacking people at a business or someone, but they weren’t. And you have to remember, many of those people are peacefully assembled.
Heh, and they tell people they are free. Which goes to show, if someone tells you you’re free, you know you’re not. What I want to know, is why so much force? They are peaceful, they are not terrorists, they are not a military organization, they are people. People who don’t want to live in a broken and openly corrupt system. I wonder how many of those officers don’t want to be there…))
The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises.
“The economic and financial crisis which the world is going through calls…
I CALL BULLSHIT!!!! NEVER EVER EVER fall for anything that centralizes weath and power into one place. Especially for a select few. Never fall for a world bank, it won’t help anyone except for the tiny number of people running the show! That’s them saying we have a right to control your assets. (and your life)
All I hear from the media is noise about how the #Occupy movement lacks coherency and has failed to articulate its demands. But these kinds of complaints completely miss the point of what this movement is really about.
First of all, “coherency” is irrelevant, because this is not about replacing…
Don’t fall for the MSM and so-called “pundits” saying that we need more organization, more leaders, a spokesperson, etc at this point in time. This movement started horizontally and organically and it should stay that way. It is always changing shape, let it grow, spread, and take its natural…
There’s only one way a corrupted system like ours can prevail and that is ignorance. We are enthralled by the ubiquitous distractions of this world thus inevitably acquiescing unconstitutional and inhumane actions to come forth. We are the architects of our own demise it’s time to change that.
Agreed, but when we educate ourselves and seek to understand our world and what is going on around us, we can fix it.
Well, this is sort of a scary story: Marshall Garrett, one of the protesters who was arrested during Saturday’s Occupy Wall Street march for trying to hold a General Assembly in Citibank, told the Village Voice what went down that day. Apparently a plainclothed cop had been very well informed of the situation ahead of time and hidden himself in the crowd.
Here’s what Mr. Garrett told the paper: But what was unknown to us and to a lot of people that day, including those in Times Square, was that there were undercover cops already there, paid to be disruptive and to be loud. One undercover cop present [at Citi] was louder than the entire group.
How did you know he was an undercover cop?
He arrested one of the protestors outside, and slammed her into the wall, and pushed her back into the bank. We all saw him at the precinct with us. He was laughing with the fellow white shirt cops, telling them about what we’d been saying, basically. It was a bit startling how inside their information was – how they were being paid to go to these protests and put us in situations where we’d be arrested and not be able to leave.
Now, it didn’t require a lot of researching to figure out Occupy Wall Street’s plans for Saturday. They had broadcasted a lot of the information out on their website, OccupyWallSt.org. But when it came down to which banks would actually be targeted for protests, you would have needed to be in Washington Square Park that day in order to be given instructions. (Protesters were split into groups and told to go and close their accounts in either Chase or Citibank.)
Occupy Wallstreet Can Start A Major Change In the World
So I’ve been really focused on the Occupy Wallstreet movement lately. I think It’s the most important political movement of our times and the beginning of something important. So I just thought I’d share my views on the subject.
I want equality and a good world for all of humanity. I want everyone to wake up and really see the world around them, not just the smoke and mirrors. I’m tired of big companies owning government and pushing shady agendas that just cover up even more shady agendas and conspiracies.
We are not meant to live as cattle, slaves, or living experiments. We are not stupid as they would have us believe, and we are not so divided as they would have us believe either. No one with any compassion or understanding wants people dying in wars orchestrated by people who try to keep control of this world with fear. They profit off those wars while people die, then they ruin the lives of everyone else for good measure.
We don’t need our planet’s recourses drained and our planet brutalized by fascists. We can have a clean environment and better energy. Children don’t need to be in hospitals with ailments that shouldn’t even exist, we can fix all that. But the top doesn’t profit off it, so they wont let us fix anything. They want to keep us blind and make us stupid. Because that’s how they keep control.
(They own pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals, and so much more that they claim is just what we need how we need it.)
I keep seeing people ask things like, “Why occupy wallstreet, you think you’re doing something right?”
Well, that’s why I believe in it. I do believe we can do something. I believe we can stop the tyranny of the few and create something better for everyone.
I believe we do not have to live in a world where people can tell you who you are, what you want, or what you can and can’t have. Where they ridicule every independent idea or tear at the self respect of someone because they believe in something the media disagrees with. Where they take and hide technology that can do good while they poison our food and air and kill our planet.
Their behavior is sick, and it’s wrong, and it shouldn’t be allowed to persist.
I think that’s as good a reason as any to support the movement. At least, that’s how I see it. Everyone wants something. But in the end, we’re all people and we should all be connected in some way other than corporate greed and power.
This is what we’re headed for all over the country of the OWS movement fails. Forced to be slaves to banks, forced to participate in the genocide of small business, forced to be tracked constantly by the ruling plutocracy.
Get to your local Occupy ASAP—we have a country to save, and we need to do it together.
Two weeks ago we conducted an anonymous poll on this website to learn more about our visitors. We asked Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán Ph.D, sociologist of the City University of New York to look at the data, which he analyzed to create an original academic paper titled “Mainstream Support for a Mainstream Movement”.
His analysis shows that the Occupy Wall Street movement is heavily supported by a diverse group of individuals and that “the 99% movement comes from and looks like the 99%.” Among the most telling of his findings is that 70.3% of respondents identified as politically independent.
Dr. Cordero-Guzmán’s findings strongly reinforce what we’ve known all along: Occupy Wall Street is a post-political movement representing something far greater than failed party politics. We are a movement of people empowerment, a collective realization that we ourselves have the power to create change from the bottom-up, because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians.
Since our humble beginning a few short weeks ago, we’ve helped inspire people around the world to organize democratic assemblies in their own communities to take back public spaces, meet basic needs, make their own demands, and begin building a better world today.
Below is Dr. Cordero-Guzmán’s executive summary of his findings along with a link to his full academic paper.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has galvanized the attention of the world by organizing the largest demonstrations in this country as a response to the Great Recession caused by our financial and political leaders. Data from a survey of 1,619 respondents from a survey placed on occupywallst.org suggests that there is a huge undercurrent of mainstream dissatisfaction with traditional political party affiliations as well a huge amount of support for radical change in the United States of America.
92.5% of respondents either somewhat or strongly supported the protests with most respondents indicating strong support.
1/4th of the sample (or 24.2%) participated in the Occupy Wall Street protests as of October 5, 2011.
91.8% of the sample thinks that the Occupy Wall Street Protests will continue to grow.
In terms of demographic characteristics of the sample, we found that,
64.2% of respondents were younger than 34 years of age.
While the sample is relatively young, one in three respondents is older than 35 and one in five respondents is 45 and older.
7.9% of respondents have a high school degree or less.
92.1% of the sample has some college, a college degree, or a graduate degree.
27.4% have some college (but no degree), 35% have a college degree, 8.2% have some graduate school (but no degree), and close to 21.5% have a graduate school degree.
This is a highly educated sample.
26.7% of respondents were enrolled in school and 73.3% were not enrolled in school.
50.4% were employed full-time and an additional 20.4% were employed part-time.
13.1% of the sample are unemployed.
2.6% of respondents were retired, 1.3% disabled, 2.6% homemakers and 9.7% are full-time students.
47.5% of the sample earns less than $24,999 dollars a year and another quarter (24%) earn between $25,000 and $49,999 per year.
71.5% of the sample earns less than $50,000 per year.
15.4% of the sample earned between $50,000 and $74,999.
The remainder 13% of the sample earn over $75,000 with close to 2% earning over $150,000 per year.
27.3% of respondents considered themselves Democrats, another 2.4% said they were Republican.
Interestingly, a very large proportion of the sample, close to 70.3%, considered themselves Independents.
66.4% in the sample agree somewhat or strongly that they regularly use Facebook.
28.9% in the sample agree somewhat or strongly that they regularly use Twitter.
73.9% in the sample agree somewhat or strongly that they regularly use YouTube.
Our data suggest that the 99% movement comes from and looks like the 99%.