Mayors of occupied cities across the US are now playing a game of good cop/bad cop with the demonstrators. Follow our rules and you can stay… step out of line and you WILL be arrested. That appears to be happening in Seattle, where occupiers aren’t following the Mayor’s instructions to move from Westlake Park to City Hall.
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Last night, police violently shut down one Occupy Boston encampment and harassed occupations in Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, and St Louis.
Today, the harassment continue
I dropped in on the Occupy Wall Street crowd down in Zuccotti Park last Thursday. It was like 1968 all over again, except there was no weed wafting on the breeze (another WTF?). The Boomer-owned-and-operated media was complaining about them all week. They were “coddled trust-funders” (an odd accusation made by people whose college enrollment status got them a draft deferment, back when college cost $500 a year). Then there was the persistent nagging over the “lack of an agenda,” as if the US Department of Energy, or the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was doing a whole lot better
This is the funniest part to me: that leaders of a nation incapable of constructing a coherent consensus about reality can accuse its youth of not having a clear program. If the OWS movement stands for anything, it’s a dire protest against the country’s leaders’ lack of a clear program.
Police forces in five major cities all just happened to decide to make a major alpha-male display on the same night? And all backed down, except for Boston – where the cops took out the smaller, overflow camp (with the justification that the occupiers were “endangering the plantings in the park!).
This is weird. And creepy. And stinks of some kind of national coordination.Up next: Seattle police have issued a similar warning to Occupy Seattle, and are threatening mass arrests if they don’t leave Westlake Plaza.
Now with video. Veterans For Peace were arrested and beaten, flags trampled under foot, and all the demonstrators possessions – tents, gear, everything – were loaded into garbage trucks and crushed.Meanwhile, Atlanta police came out in force, but as of now (12:30 Eastern) they appear to have stood down.
In a crossover protest with members of Occupy Wall Street/Occupy DC – one which also had a very practical goal – climate activists demonstrating against the tar-sands oil pipeline camped out overnight for 14 hours in front of the State Department building.
Because revolution should, first and foremost, be fun – and not take itself too seriously.
There are now more than 1000 spin-off actions of Occupy Wall Street – from Occupy Albuquerque to Occupy Yucca Valley. But… can you tell me how to get to Occupy Sesame Street?
It is, indeed, truly outrageous that 1% of the monsters get 99% of the cookies…
Let’s show the activists in New York (and in cities all over the country and the world) that the climate movement stands in solidarity with them. Share this image on Facebook, post it on Twitter, and consider joining a local “occupation” near you. Engage in dialogue and join the conversation that is shaping one of the most exciting grassroots movements in recent memory.
Here’s irony for you. The Occupy Wall Street movement spread across the country yesterday, with massive peaceful protests and plenty of mainstream media coverage.
But it sure looks like what has fueled the coverage, after two weeks of being ignored by the media, was the stupid, barbaric acts of police brutality and mass arrests. The cops couldn’t have been more helpful.
Today, however, the future of the Tea-Party – and in fact Tea-Party Republicanism – is in doubt. The reason is simple: the Occupy Wall Street message, which to all who are listening is loud and clear despite the deafness of those caught up in the old paradigm of Twentieth Century politics, resonates with the Libertarian faction of the so-called Tea-Party and the Republicans.
It’s late, but not too late for injustice. San Francisco police have shown up in force to shut down San Francisco’s Occupy Wall Street encampment.
So much for “San Francisco liberal values”.
After a day in which 15 to 20,000 people marched peacefully in New York City, we are now entering a night in which police are cracking down, brutally, on the protest. As of 10 pm, there were reports on Twitter that the New York Police Department had barricaded the Occupy Wall Street headquarters in Zucatti park, were threatening arrests, and helicopters were hovering overheard.
All last week across the media landscape, in pod, blog, flat-screen, and crunkly old newsprint columns, fatuous professional observers complained that the Occupy Wall Street marchers “have no clear agenda” or “can’t articulate their positions.” What impertinent horseshit.
It is cosmically ironic, of course, that the same generation of Boomer-hippies that ran in the streets and marched through the maze of service roads around the Pentagon has become a new “establishment” more obtuse, feckless, greedy and mendacious than the one they battled with over 40 years ago. I guess they just don’t see that their time has come to get right with reality – or get shoved aside and trampled.
This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night, around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days: 1) A declaration of demands. 2) Principles of Solidarity 3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group.