Youth should be the only issue of the 2012 election, because all the subsidiary issues — inequality, the rising class system in America, the specter of decline, mass unemployment, the growing debt — are all fundamentally about the war against young Americans. But the choice young Americans face is between a party that claims to represent their interests but fails to and a party that explicitly opposes their interests and actively works to disenfranchise them.
The protesters, the occupiers, the kids who screamed themselves hoarse in the parks of New York and Oakland last year have spent the winter nestled underground nurturing their strategies. Has there ever been a movement so full of people who don’t want to be there, who would rather be working?
Which brings to point: Republican, Democrat, Independent. Whatever they call themselves, they are only able to run for office because they’ve been given the okay before you’ve even been given a chance to vote. They were chosen before hand by the despicable people that annihilate our people and planet, all to “rule” the “sheep”. It’s a charade.
So going through my dashboard I saw a reblog in which the source(not necessarily the people reblogging) decided to point out another dead youth and shame everyone who is seeing red about the murder of Trayvon Martin. I think that person is missing a point, and showing as something of a hypocrite along the way.
Why would you point out another youth who is victim to a terrible circumstance and tell everyone “shame on you”? It’s not a game. Don’t they both deserve respect? What about the hundreds of thousands of other youths who have recently died from injustices? Does this person who’s playing the, ‘why don’t you know about this young man as well, shame on you' game even know the names of all those other people? Yet they can try to make people feel guilty for giving a damn?
How about instead of playing dumb games like that on peoples minds, you let them be angry? Let them realize, let them wake up to the scope of wrongs around them and do something about it. Instead of trying to make people guilty. That way something can get done.
I don’t see what’s wrong with people being enraged at the deaths of both of these people. Hell, I think people should be enraged at the deaths of all of these people around the world dying due to terrible circumstances. Why would you try to play like people should be ashamed because they may not have known? Why not just tell them?
Then while you’re at it, maybe you can learn more about the other people who have died of injustices. That is, once you’re done trying to play one sorrow against another. That is a terrible disservice to everyone who had died for or because of such wrongs. None of those deaths are justifiable. No matter how many people can give names.
“Globalization should not be about the liquidity of capital, it should be about dismantling all political and geographical borders.”—unfortunetly, the only incentive the west has in dismantaling borders is to further drive their investment in capitol within borders in which they are not actually invited (via newwavefeminism)
“The isolation of immigrants led to a general acceptance of the idea of “immigrant work,” those categories of jobs that “Americans won’t do.” In reality, the super-exploitation of immigrants is merely a monument to the degradation of the conditions of labor in a particular sector, leading an observer to comment, “Working conditions and pay scales then reflect this ability to treat labor individually rather than collectively: ‘immigrant workers do not exist because there are “arduous and badly paid” jobs to be done, but, rather, arduous and badly paid jobs exist because immigrant workers are present and can be sent for.’””—
Justin Akers Chacon, No One is Illegal
Our exploitation is profitable. Understand that immigrants are not your enemy, the corporations that enjoy the fruits of cheap labor are.
A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn’t one look that comes with the territory. I don’t expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell…
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)— Palestinian child Ahmad al-Salibi provoked the judge of Ofer military court which was convened to look into his case and those of seven other children, all under 16 and all hail from Beit Ummar to the north of al-Khalil, when he said that he does not recognise the court or the Zionist entity and described them as a gang.
According to the lawyers of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Salibi was asked to stand up by the judge and the prosecution lawyer began to read the indictment list, but the child interrupted the prosecutor saying: “I do not recognise you. I am a 16-year-old child and you are unjustly trying me. You are a Mafia gang and I do not recognise your state.”
When the judge heard these words, he got very angry and left the court room warning the boy that his punishment was going to be severe, according to those who attended the hearing.
Salibi was arrested on 12 March in the town of Beit Ummar and was subjected to beating and “various forms of barbaric torture,” according to defence lawyers who said that signs of torture are still visible on his face and body.
as a side note, this man should not be a judge. to lose cool like that, when knowing the details of the case, shows someone who cannot handle his position
So looking at the clenched fist image I was wondering:
Probably nothing but…
So who decided to use the clenched fist for the occupy movement, and why?
Edit: I already know what the clenched fist stands for and about its origins and introductions into various other movements. I understand that it’s an important symbol throughout history, and while it’s origins and use through history are fascinating, I am wondering who brought it into OWS and why they decided it was the best thing to use.
I have no problem that it is being used. It works. Hell the symbolism behind it may very well be the meaning it is being used. (Or to connect it to other movements. Lack of another idea. Not wanting to create something that could be taken out of context. etc) I don’t want to speculate though, I like the symbolism.
I’m just curious about its introduction into this particular movement. By what person or persons(maybe a mass group), and various reasons or accounts. (If at all possible.) Thank you.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement, providing agency officials with regular updates about protests taking place throughout the country, responding to requests from fusion centers for intelligence on the group and mining Twitter and other social media for information about Occupy’s activities, according to hundreds of pages of internal documents DHS released to Truthout Wednesday morning in response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
While the nearly 400 pages of documents do not contain any clear-cut evidence showing that DHS worked with local law enforcement and local government officials on the coordinated crackdown of Occupy encampments throughout the country last October, the materials provide deep insight into the agency’s interest in OWS and its response to internal requests for intelligence on the group and fears from some agency officials that the agency’s actions may have risen to the level of unconstitutional surveillance.
“Do you see a theme here? We are being de-humanized by both parties in our Government. They already took away your right to Liberty under the Patriot Act, and Paul Ryan and his cronies are making the Pursuit of Happiness a game for the top 1% only, and now we have Eric Holder saying that the right to Life is not so much a guarantee under the constitution as it is a sort of conditional privilege - as long as you don’t piss off anyone in power.”
….the 99 Spring is a front group for MoveOn.org, and therefore, as investigative journalist John Stauber have shown in articles past, yet another case study of an attempt at co-option of multiple movements of radical protestation by MoveOn.
Well, maybe not. Ever heard of a company known as Senomyx? Yeah, me either. That is, until yesterday. They’re a company that specialises in enhancing the flavous of foods. Their current project: utilising aborted fetal cells in their products. Now, Senomyx does not directly have any products, they partner up with other companies and use those products. The companies that are known to be collaborating with Senomyx: Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Kraft Foods, Cadbury Adams, PepsiCo, Firmenich SA, Nestle SA, and Solae. It should also be noted that Campbell’s Soup was partnered with them for a short time but then left the company after dealing with boycotting and protesting.
Now, I would suggest to just boycott these companies in their entireties. The reason being? Well, each of the companies refuse to say which of their products contain the “Senomyx enhancements.” So, we have no way of knowing which of their products are safe, and which aren’t. Besides, I’d rather not give any of my money to a company that supports the use of dead babies in foods (of all things.)
Anyway, just thought that some of you might like to know that what you’re eating might not be as innocent as you think.
So I wonder how many people don’t know…….. Since 2010 people.
Senomyx! And the Govt is okay with that mess, has been! Soylent Green day anyone?
When a girl tells you if you were the last man on earth she wouldn’t have sex with you, whisper: “Who would stop me?”. It shuts her up fast.
If a man ever says that to you, ladies, look him dead in the eyes and say, “I would.” If you have a blade, a personal tazer, or any other purchased or self fashioned weapon, now would be the time to lay it on the table. It shuts misogynists up fast.
We´ve seen it everywhere people are rising up: governments are militarizing police, attacking their own people, criminalizing protest, and engaging in coordinated surveillance and disruption of social movements. The 1% and their puppets in government are waging a war on dissent.
Local governments across the world are arming their civilian police forces with body armor, automatic weapons, and military-grade ¨less lethal¨ technologies, ranging from sound cannons to ¨bean bag rounds¨ like the ones that nearly killed Iraq War-veteran Scott Olsen, who suffered a fractured skull after being shot in the head with lead-filled bags by the Oakland police during an Oct. 25 Occupy protest. More recently, a protester in Montreal lost an eye after police fired explosives into a crowd of students on strike against tuition hikes. In the United Kingdom, police are pushing for expanded use of tactics like water canons and chemical gas. Many of the same defense contractors getting rich selling tear gas and rubber bullets to autocratic regimes in the Arab world are happy to cut a profit by providing police with expanded weaponry.
It’s called a “wrongful birth” bill and it’s all about preventing women from having an abortion, even if it kills them. The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors a free pass to not inform pregnant women of prenatal problems because such information could lead to an abortion.
In other words, doctors can intentionally keep critical health information from pregnant women and can’t be sued for it. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, “the bill’s sponsor is Republican Nancy Barto of Phoenix. She says allowing the medical malpractice lawsuits endorses the idea that if a child is born with a disability, someone is to blame.” So Republicans are banning lawsuits against doctors who keep information from pregnant women so as to prevent them from choosing to have an abortion.
I may actually throw up. This is how little a woman’s life is worth to the GOP.
“For Real, Dude?” A woman stares down a Virginia state policeman during a peaceful International Women’s Day demonstration. Photo: Style Weekly/Buzzfeed
This week in Occupy, International Women’s Day was #occupied, the bill for NYPD misbehavior came due, the CEO of B of A was mic-checked and New York City lined up for unemployment on Super Tuesday.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, more than a thousand demonstrators gathered at the Virginia State Capitol to protest a new amendment that passed the Virginia House requiring women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. 31 people were arrested by the State Police Tactical Team, which arrived fully armed and brandishing plastic shields at the behest of Governor Bob McDonnell.
Also on that day, CODEPINK protesters wearing superhero costumes rallied outside a Beverly Hills Bank of America branch in support of women and families who have lost their homes due to bank foreclosures. CODEPINK activists in New York, joined by members of the Church of Stop Shopping, protested inside a Bank of America branch near Zuccotti Park.
On Nov. 17, Kira Moyer-Sims was near the Manhattan Bridge, buying coffee while three friends waited nearby in a car. More than a dozen blocks away, protesters gathered for an Occupy Wall Street “day of action,” which organizers had described as an attempt to block the streets around the New York Stock Exchange.
Then, Ms. Moyer-Sims said, about 30 police officers surrounded her and the people in the car.
All four were arrested, said Vik Pawar, a lawyer for Ms. Moyer-Sims and two of the others, and taken to a police facility in the East Village. He said officers strip-searched them and ignored their requests for a lawyer. The fourth person could not be reached for comment.
Ms. Moyer-Sims, 20, said members of the Police Department’s intelligence division asked about her personal history, her relationship with other protesters, the nature of Occupy Wall Street and plans for upcoming protests.
“I felt like I had been arrested for a thought crime,” she said.
Mr. Pawar said that the police had charged his three clients, Ms. Moyer-Sims, Angela Richino and Matthew Vrvilo, with obstructing governmental administration, but that the Manhattan district attorney’s office had declined to prosecute them.
Now they are preparing to sue the city, Mr. Pawar said, adding that the arrests had violated their constitutional rights.
“Not only are the police disrupting people’s rights to free expression,” Mr. Pawar said. “They are taking pre-emptive steps by arresting people who might be just thinking about exercising their rights.”
A new bill, HR 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, also known as the “Trespassing Bill,” is soon to be signed into law by President Obama. This bill effectively criminalizes protest and will hurt protest groups and movements such as Occupy quite hard.