September 28, 2011. New York. There’s a revolution going on in America and the mainstream news media is making a globally embarrassing attempt to completely black out the story. You haven’t heard about it? You will, today. Fortunately for this column, your author’s publisher – knotmove.com – is a pretty big supporter of freedom of the press.
With hundreds of videos circulating the globe of undisciplined New York police officers beating countless peaceful protestors, almost all of them women and young girls, the American media can’t keep it bottled up any longer. The UK’s Guardian, the UK’s Daily News and thousands of other news outlets across the globe are reporting on the widespread protests and demonstrations going on across America. The only country refusing to broadcast the actual events – the United States.
The linchpin of this American crisis was when a high-ranking NYPD officer snuck up to a group of peaceful young ladies and maced them in the face at point blank range. The girls were standing on the protesters’ side of the police tape, exactly where the police told them to stand. They weren’t bothering anyone. And down they went with unending screams of pain as the military-grade chemical weapons took their toll. The NYPD police officer however, immediately turned and ran away as he was still macing the girls. Fortunately, the unprovoked attack and dozens like them over the past 12 days, have been caught on dozens of videos from dozens of angles. Visit here to see the video.
“Cowardly” and “unprofessional” – those are the two most common words being used to describe the actions of the New York police over the last 11 days. Undisciplined and unjust – that’s how this column would describe the department after viewing many of the videos. From what your author has seen so far, it’s no surprise multi-national corporations like General Electric and NewsCorp are blacking out the ongoing and growing story.
Led by Wall Street’s own billionaire son, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city of New York has made no secret in the fact that they are there on behalf of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, General Electric and all the other multi-national financial giants currently being besieged on their own turf – Wall Street. Yes, literally. That’s why it’s called ‘Occupy Wall Street’. Americans have been showing up first by the hundreds, then by the thousands, to surround America’s financial district. It’s been more than a week and a half straight and snowballing.
Who are they?
According to the their website OccupyWallSt.org, they say:
“Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”
Claiming to represent the 99 percent of the population they insist have been getting the shaft from the richest 1 percent, the protesters have insisted they are not leaving until real change is achieved.
What exactly do they want?
First, YOU are THEM. Are you the reader of this article part of the richest 1 percent in America? Or are you part of the poorer 99 percent? Well, what would you want? Based on the various fliers, web announcements and speeches, here’s a pretty good summary.
- Legitimate dialog created to address the corruption and betrayal of the American people that led to the nation’s housing and economic collapse beginning in 2008, and continuing to destroy what’s left of America more and more every day.
- Real solutions and accountability. No more loopholes, no more legal-ease, no more double-talk, broken promises and all the other underhanded tricks the world’s corporations have used to bring this country to the brink of its very existence. And the treasonous elected officials who knowingly helped, empowered and legislated the devastation will never again be above and exempt from the law.
- Guarantees. A system to guarantee that the solutions and accountability achieved will actually happen.
- Most important of all – remove money from America’s fragile democracy. Trillion dollar corporate alliances, paid legislators and partisan courts have sold their soul and America’s along with it. Remove the money from the electoral system. It’s a cancer and a poison and every democracy and republic since the ancient days Greece and Rome has known it.
Please note – the above is in no way an official declaration by Occupy Wall Street. The movement has grown so much and spread to so many US cities, it doesn’t appear anyone is in charge. Just as the original organizers hoped, the protest took on a life of its own. Over the 12 nonstop days and nights of sit-ins along Wall Street, the cause has become a national movement for peaceful change. The above is simply your author’s summary of the goals stated by many of the spokespeople and websites.
Protest leaders are communicating with the world via a couple websites, most notably OccupyWallSt.org. Today, Day 12, they posted a simple yet powerful message:
“This is the eleventh communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street. We will not be moved.”
They added, “On September 27th, 2011, many friends participated in our democratic process.” Referring to the growing number of people and celebrities that have joined their protest, yesterday saw actress Susan Sarandon. Yesterday’s issue of Whiteout Press, ‘Occupy Wall Street – Day 11’, detailed the public shows of solidarity from such well-known people as Noam Chompsky, Alec Baldwin and a personal visit by filmmaker Michael Moore.
Today’s post by Occupy Wall Street ended with, “We are seeing change in our world, block by block – city by city. Join our conversation.”
Those words have begun ringing true over the past few days. While the demonstrators on Wall Street have been braving the elements non-stop for 12 days, other cities have begun to join the movement. Beginning with Chicago, the nation’s Second City, a second sit-in was born outside of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Located at 230 S. LaSalle (Jackson & LaSalle), the protesters call themselves ‘OccupyChi’ and their website is OccupyChi.org. From the direct mouths of the vigilant and peaceful ’99-percenters’ in Chicago, the Chicago Police Dept has been the exact opposite as their counterparts in the NYPD.
First, the CPD notified the demonstrators that it was illegal to sleep on the sidewalk. Courteously giving the group time to figure out what to do with their camp, OccupyChi held a quick group meeting. Their choice seemed to be either break the law in a show of civil disobedience or admit defeat and leave. Showing their resolve, as well as their quick-thinking, the group decided on a compromise of sorts. Continue their unblemished record of not breaking any laws, they simply chose not to go to sleep. They would stand there and enjoy each other’s company, conversation and the spirit of the event to keep them energized. When they can’t stay awake any longer, they sleep in cars for a few hours, always making sure the demonstration is constantly staffed.
Twice bringing the Chicago demonstrators coffee and hot chocolate, many of the Chicago police officers dispatched to keep the protest in check have voiced their solidarity with the movement, and the kids braving Chicago’s horrible, rainy, windy weather this past week. The Chicago Police officers’ number one reason for supporting the protesters – those 1 percent corporate billionaires are responsible for taking their pensions and forcing them to live every day wondering if any of it will be there when they retire. “We’re Americans too” the officers say with a smile as they drop off another round of hot coffee.
Ironically, Chicago’s newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a product of the Wall Street financial sector. According to CBS2 Chicago, Emanuel made $400,000 while only attending a hanful of meetings when he was on the Board of mortgage underwriter Freddie Mac. It was under Emanuel’s watch that Freddie Mac misstated its earnings by a staggering $5 billion dollars after entering into fraudulent mortgage deals with Wall Street’s biggest investment banks. Now, Mayor Emanuel has declared war on Chicago’s unions, slashing jobs, outsourcing services and cutting benefits. His two favorite targets are the Chicago Teachers and the Chicago Police.
In addition to Chicago, other ongoing sit-ins have sprouted up in Boston, San Francisco and 52 other cities across America. For information on the protesters or to find out how and where to join them, visit the following websites:
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