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The 50 Best Signs From #OccupyWallStreet

Posted by angelbabe43 on October 8, 2011

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The 50 Best Signs From #OccupyWallStreet

Politics Buzz Now in its third week, and the biggest one thus far, Occupy Wall Street continues to gain steam. While the protestors’ individual messages are often unclear, their signs show the awesome solidarity that exists within the movement.

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Occupy Wall Street – Police Brutality, Arrests, MSM blackout

Posted by angelbabe43 on September 27, 2011


As Occupy Wall Street demonstrations enter their second week, over 80 people were arrested over the weekend and police brutality surges on the streets.

­Many protesters say the mainstream media is undergoing a black-out since many corporate networks sleep in the same bed with Wall Street. RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports.

Police brutality is running wild in New York – Americans dragged, punched and pepper sprayed.

“Women on the ground, screaming, crying, after getting assaulted brutally by police? Disgusting,” said blogger Alexander Higgins.

Over 80 people were arrested over the weekend at peaceful anti-Wall Street protests.

Among them is Eric – beaten up and held for 36 hours. The deep scars on his hands speak for themselves. The activist is shocked by the price Americans are paying for speaking out about injustice.

“The police response has been overly violent and brutal. They maced five women. They collected them in a net and then maced them. They weren’t even warned. The captain who maced them then ran away to avoid being filmed on camera,” said Eric to RT.

The Occupy Wall Street movement was launched to kick start America’s own Arab Spring.

“This is a historical moment. This is the beginning of the people’s revolution. This government is not working for the best interest of its people or this nation,” said protester Faith Laugier.

For now Occupy Wall Street remains a fringe movement with the anticipated 20,000 people yet to gather.

“It would be nice if it grew into something like what happened in Egypt. But that might be wishful thinking, because the people here are completely brainwashed,” said protester Juan Hernandez.

It took America’s mainstream media a week to catch up with the demonstrations. Protesters say some networks deny them coverage.

“CNN and FOX I am really disappointed in. Yesterday, the police responded with huge police brutality, and we were calling them constantly and they shut down their headquarters. And when we would mention Occupy Wall Street, they’d hung up on us,” said organizer Lucas Vazquez.

Others say the outlets that are covering the Occupy Wall Street rallies, are not doing nearly enough.

“Whispers. A couple of things. People don’t want people to know what’s going on. Are you kidding? There’s been coverage, but it’s like “oh, bunch of people. Done. One article,” said one demonstrator.

Alternative news sources are the ones spreading the word far and wide.

“It’s actually expected that the mainstream media would not cover this type of movement. Why would they? They actually benefit from the system staying the way it is. I am not surprised there has been a complete blackout from the media,” said another protester.

Twitter and other social networking websites are bringing people out, as three years into a recession, Wall Street has still not been held accountable for  triggering  the common American’s worst nightmare.

“Wall Street has ripped off the American people to no end. Mortgage fraud, foreclosure, income disparity throughout this country is just off the hook. The main reason I am here is the corporate media blackout. The mainstream media blackout. You’re only getting news from alternative news sites,” said blogger Alexander Higgins.

One in six Americans are living below the poverty line.

“Unemployment is the highest it has been in a generation. People just can’t get a job. We have to send a message. A message that we are paying attention and we want things to change, we want the system to change,” was a common feeling voiced by one New Yorker.

But the system is far from ready to change – it is yet to start taking people’s outrage seriously.

While demonstrators marched the streets of the Financial District, bankers shamelessly toasted life with champagne right in their faces.

The US political and corporate elite embraces uprisings when they are far from American soil. But when similar events take place at home, the attitude of bankers, politicians, largely the media – and many Americans – is to turn a blind eye. While the Financial District erupts with brutality and outrage, the rest of New York goes about its business as usual.



“I think what we see right now is the embryo of a very broad fightback movement that may have the potential to grow into something larger,” said activist and rapper Marcel Cartier to RT. “I hope it’s the beginning of a revolution movement.” Cartier added that he believes his fellow New Yorkers are definitely frustrated with the banks’ mismanagement and said that those waging against war on Wall Street are much more powerful than the mainstream media makes them out to be.

“The greatest ammo to the ruling class,” said Cartier, “is the fact that the masses of people don’t yet realize that we are the driving force of this society.”

“We can shut it down in a second,”

said Cartier.

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An Open Letter from Occupy Wall Street to All Americans and Progressive Media

Posted by angelbabe43 on September 25, 2011

Please join us:

This is an open letter to all Americans, and particularly to progressive magazines, Web Sites, TV programs, etc.  Please spend most of your time focusing on the Occupy Wall Street protests.  This is real, this is serious, and this will become a mass movement.  I have been here every day for the past week.  Everyone is dedicated and determined.  People have come from all over the country, and they plan to stay for months.  Many have been sleeping outside, on the floors of Zuccotti Park, and others have been arrested, sacrificing their comfort for the most important of all causes.  It’s safe to assume the mainstream media either will not cover the demonstrations at all or will do so only to ridicule us.  But liberal media outlets must get on board.  If you do not, you are essentially useless.

As a journalist myself, I know the only reason any serious progressive does reporting is because he or she wants to motivate people to get off the couch and hit the streets.  We journalists write articles, participate in TV segments, appear in documentaries…  For what?  To inform people of how they’ve been enslaved by the corporate state.  And to make them understand that they have the power to restore their democracy if they choose to.

If we in the media don’t do our part we might as well not exist.  If we don’t cover these protests day and night to try to mobilize a revolution, then we are just complainers.

Some have done good work.  As always, Democracynow! has done excellent reporting.  I also commend Keith Olbermann, who in his special comment after the debt deal admonished that all we have left is civil disobedience.  He has reported on our movement and called attention to the shameful lack of coverage elsewhere.

But overall, I have found the left’s coverage extremely disappointing.  Important publications, such as the Nation, Salon, Huffington Post, Truthdig, etc., have done far too few stories on Occupy Wall Street.  The protests must be front page material, every day.

We need prominent attention.  Right now there are a few hundred of us, which in itself is impressive and meaningful.  But we must channel this energy into a mass movement.  There’s no reason why thousands of people shouldn’t be here with us right now, as this country is reeling from staggering unemployment, mass poverty, a broken health care system that leaves tens of thousands to die for lack of coverage, and unprecedented concentration of wealth and power.  It’s a matter of getting the word out and making people understand why Occupy Wall Street is the most important thing to happen in America in a long time, perhaps even more so than the Wisconsin strikes.  Wisconsin, as inspiring and important as it was, centered upon a specific issue—collective bargaining rights and the corporate assault on unions; Occupy Wall Street revolves around much broader issues, primarily the very notion of democracy itself.

If everyone works together we can mobilize huge chunks of the population, force change and make demands.  It is possible.  It’s up to us.  Every pundit, every writer, every filmmaker, every talk show host, every TV personality must do what they can to help.  Famous figures who can mobilize their fans must bring as many people here as possible.  If you can’t make it to New York City, you can still contribute.  Check out our Web Site and follow us from there.  Talk about what’s going on.  Call people you know in New York for first-hand accounts if possible.

And most important, every American out there can participate.  Everyone reading this article can contribute.  If you’re not from New York and can’t make it, show solidarity by checking out our Web Site and donating some money to help us pay for food and other necessities.  Tell friends you have in New York to come out and join us.  Try to picket a branch of a big bank in your area.

Every day I go out to Zuccotti Park I am in awe of what I see.  Occupy Wall Street consists mainly of young citizens who are serious about their democracy and their future, and we are leading the way.  Hope does not come from the White House.  It will not come from Congress.  It will not come from the United Nations.  And as the execution of Troy Davis proves yet again, it certainly will not come from the Supreme Court.  Our only option is civil disobedience.  If we the people don’t stand up for ourselves with non-violent, peaceful protest, nobody will.  The corporate elite are counting on you to stay passive and let Occupy Wall Street fizzle out.  This is our chance.  It’s up to us.  Occupy Wall Street has lit a spark.  Will we set the country aflame?

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