Truths about the Occupy Movement
The occupy movement throughout the U.S. isn't just young hippies, although they are involved. It isn't just homeless people, although they are involved. It isn't just political radicals, although they are involved. It isn't just anarchists, although they are involved. It isn't just White people either and the people are definitely being non-violent and peaceful. This movement is all of the above, plus women, students, working people, elderly people, people of color, people born outside the U.S. How do I know? Because I am participating here in Portland, Oregon, where I live. I was there Saturday night and Sunday morning. I saw the police attack people who were behaving in a peaceful, non-aggressive, and passive fashion. I wasn't on the protestors line because I'm not willing to subscribe to the honored tactic of non-violence. If one of those gestapos were to touch me it's on and crackin! So, I served as an observer and I observed their barbaric behavior. Now, I'm really not interested in the stupid comments that you rightwing writing hoes will post, but for those of you who are reasonably minded individuals, I just have questions for you? Why is it even necessary for police to use force against a peaceful demonstration? Why is it necessary for hundreds of police to even be present at a peaceful demonstration? There were so many cops present, if I was a criminal here I would have looked at Saturday night and Sunday as a free pass to commit crime against people because the police had attacking peaceful demonstrators who were protesting the evils of capitalism as their priority. Then, I watched the media and the police, working hand in hand to protect the interests of their capitalist bosses, conspiring to portray the occupy movement here as being a bastion of homelesses and crime. This was the reason they used to evict the protestors from the parks in the first place. I'm sure all of you understand pretty well that homelessness, drug abuse, and all the related petty crimes were here in plentiful supply long before the Occupy movement. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that since the occupy movement feeds people and provides medical services for free, it's going to attract those folks who can't get those basic services anywhere else. So it's intellectually and morally bankrupt to blame those problems on the occupy movement. All the movement did was expose those problems that were already well in existence. For that the movement should be praised since that's a major part of why this movement came about in the first place. And, to those who complained about your park being unavailable, no progress ever occurs without a sacrifice. I'm sorry you had to sacrifice your lunchtime meditation session in the parks for five weeks, but there are much more important issues than your personal comfort. In fact, maybe it's a good idea that you were uncomfortable. Whatever it takes to wake you up that there's a problem. Finally, don't be a hypocrite. Whatever gains come from the occupy movement or any movement that struggles against oppression, at least be honest and acknowledge the gains you benefit from as a result of other people's sacrifices. It was the Communist Party USA that initially raised the idea of the eight hour work day in America. They were the ones who called for worker's compensation, sick leave, paid vacation, and social security and aide to families with dependent children. The FDR regime highjacked their ideas and created the New Deal shich was passed in 1945. So all you anti-communists out there......Since you deplore anything to do with social advancement, I fully expect you to work 20 hour days and give back all those benefits you didn't struggle for since you have such hatred towards the people who did. But, I guess that's the problem with a society that calls crooks who stole land and people heroes. It sets a precedent. It creates an environment where anything you can convince people of becomes truth regardless of how reprehensible and criminal it is. Big respect to those who are participating in the occupy movement. Continue to participate and take the next step and either join or create permanant organizations struggling for justice! For those not interested and willing to do that.......At least help the pollution problem by keeping your ignorant mouths shut.
11/15/2011 06:41:52 am
I too was at the Flea Party Protests
11/15/2011 07:26:24 am
As a Journalist covering the Occupy
11/15/2011 09:07:16 am
The Anti-American Occupy Wallstreet
11/15/2011 09:30:02 am
it is this liberal mob mentality that put a racist muslim prick in the white
11/19/2011 06:58:46 am
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