“#OccupyOakland organizer Cat Brooks told Reuters on Friday the goal of the Nov. 2 action was a total general strike. “We mean nobody goes to work, nobody goes to school, we shut the city down,” she said. But representatives from the Peralta Federation of Teachers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union both said their organizations wouldn’t call a strike for their members.”—ADAM MARTIN
“Tear gas canisters and flash bang grenades were thrown directly at protesters. A man’s skull was fractured when he was hit by one of these objects. Demonstrators were shot with rubber bullets and shot-filled ‘bean bags’. All of this is prohibited under the Policy that we helped write and under which all OPD officers and commanders are required to be trained.”—Bobbie Stein, Attorney with The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF)
When was the last time the government stepped in to help you “avoid losses you might otherwise suffer?” But that’s the reality we live in. When Joe Homeowner buys too much house, essentially betting that home prices would go up and losing when they drop, he’s an irresponsible putz who shouldn’t whine about being put on the street.
But when banks bet billions on a firm like AIG that was heavily invested in mortgages, they were making the same bet that Joe Homeowner made, leaving themselves hugely exposed to a sudden drop in home prices. But instead of being asked to “suck it in and cope” when that bet failed, the banks instead went straight to Washington for a bailout — and got it.
“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was due to give a speech on income inequality in what was regarded as the first extensive Republican response to the Occupy Wall Street protests nationwide. But the speech was called off after Cantor’s aides reportedly worried the audience would be full of protesters. Cantor had previously likened the Occupy protests to ‘growing mobs.’”—
“The ‘fundraising circuit’ is deafening. It’s sick and it makes me nauseous to think of having to write check after check after check to a Senator or Representative just so I can get a meeting with him or her later. Anyone that tells you that’s not true is flat out lying to you.”—Jimmy Williams
“Occupy Wall Street is shining a useful spotlight on one of America’s central challenges, the inequality that leaves the richest 1 percent of Americans with a greater net worth than the entire bottom 90 percent.”—NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
More arrests are coming for the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Mayor Bloomberg announced this morning that the city is going to take a hard line with demonstrators making camp in Lower Manhattan after going easy on the throngs for weeks.
“We will start enforcing that more,” he said of rules requiring permits for marches and assemblies.
The mayor’s comments came during his weekly appearance on John Gambling’s show on WOR-AM.
While crediting the protesters for “generally obeying the law” and being largely “peaceful,” Bloomberg said he was concerned the continued demonstration in interfering with other New Yorkers’ rights to enjoy their property and the city.
“We’ll eventually have to work something out here,” Bloomberg said.
The mayor did not specify what type of crackdown is coming or when it would begin. He also did not mention recent instances where the NYPD have already taken a hard line, including a widely publicized incident in which a cop pepper-sprayed a protester and mass arrests two weeks ago on the Brooklyn Bridge.
“If we are in such a state as a people that we need to remember, let alone war over, instead of proactively practice the essence of economic and social fairness, then perhaps we first need to define our worth in the food chain of organisms upon this planet.”—Douglas Forbes
“Stephen Stills was right: There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear. And if banks and the government don’t wake up to that fact, and truly acknowledge and respond to the real anger that has been created among the general populace of this country, we are only seeing the dust cloud that precedes the oncoming storm.”—Adam Levin
“None of us—neither the one percenters nor the 99 percenters—can either ignore or deny the ripple of unrest disturbing the calm of America’s social waters in the form of the Occupy Wall Street movement.”—Adam Levin
“Things got tense again for a moment at Zuccotti Park last night when the NYPD tried to take away the Occupy Wall Street medical tent (which is against the rules) before no less than Jesse Jackson showed up. Yup. Fresh from DC, the civil rights activist swooped in just before midnight and appears to have helped persuade the NYPD not to remove the tent just yet (the human chain around it probably didn’t hurt either).”—
“Over the last month alone over 100 people have been arrested while protesting foreclosures, while no one from Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs or JPMorgan Chase has been fully held to account for their role in the foreclosure crisis.”—George Goehl
“Our individual silence is a form of acquiescence, and we speak volumes not only through our action but also through our lack of it. Silence signals that we are okay with what’s happening, or that we have simply given up. While Occupy Wall Street has inspired a new level of consciousness in America, we have only just scratched the surface of what will be needed to shift the political economy of our country.”—George Goehl
“#OccupyWallStreet is a tide of upheaval and alienation, much like the other crucial movements in our past that led to a more equal and fairer American society. The history of these movements in America began more than 200 years ago with a revolution against the tyranny of King George, who wanted to extract as much money from the colonies as possible. It includes the Civil War and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; Women’s Sufferage (remember that not too long ago, women were not allowed to vote); and the Civil Rights Movement, which recognized that the Emancipation Proclamation needed teeth.”—E. HENRY SCHOENBERGER
As many as a dozen #OccupyWallStreet protestors and their allies were arrested Thursday afternoon as they tried to stop a foreclosure auction inside a courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y.
As the auctioneer called the proceeding to order, the protestors, who had been sitting quietly in the courtroom, broke into song. “Mrs. Auctioneer, all the people here are asking you to hold all the sales right now,” they sang, in surprising harmony. “We’re hoping to survive, but we don’t know how.”
“They gathered together to call attention to the disproportionate influence that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans have over our political and economic system. Using the phrase “We are the 99 percent,” they drew a circle of inclusion around the myriad forms of structural violence and suffering that so many of us are experiencing these days.”—Roshi Joan Halifax