Occupy!

                  

The wealthy and powerful have  laid waste to our environment and economy,
destroying people's lives via high-stakes gambling that carries no risk for the 1%.

So the 99% decide, finally, they've had enough.

How does the 1% respond to the peaceful, patriotic protests calling for social and 
economic justice?

With militarized police forces wielding guns and nightsticks.

While Wall Street criminals are free to continue their pillaging,
the police are removing citizens from streets and parks in cities across the country.

Welcome to the United States of America in 2011.


                                                                                    image from morguefile.com
        

I am the 99%.
I stand with #OccupyWallStreet and every other occupation around the world.

                    

11 thoughts on “Occupy!

  1. C.K.
    I totally agree, Tracy. I don’t believe the protesters should be forcibly removed from the parks. Just where are they supposed to go to protest broken capitalism (and I absolutely believe they are protesting for all of us and am grateful for that)? While I understand the first commenter’s concerns about safety (though I have no idea how prevalent sexual violence truly is in any of the Occupy parks), we don’t close down college campuses because of their extremely high incidence of sexual violence, for instance. Neither does that seem like the solution here.
    I do sympathize with people who live near the park and have been disturbed by the protesters’ continued presence but how else will anything change except by continual protest? Maybe the time has come to clarify a bit what the movement (and the 99%) wants to achieve in more tangible terms but the removal from the parks should not be happening.

  2. Thanks for weighing in, Laura. The difficult part of this entire movement is that because it’s so unstructured and open, it attracts people who are already on the streets and need a place to go. There are people at Occupy encampments around the country who are not there for the same reason the occupiers took a stand. The homeless have immediate needs that include food, shelter, and the safety that comes with numbers. I know that’s the case here in Denver. Many, many homeless people struggle with mental health issues and drug/alcohol issues, and so those issues become the sensationalized face of the occupation. It doesn’t help that the NYPD is directing homeless and alcohol/drug users to Zuccotti Park in hopes those people will undermine the occupation.
    The media are having a field day with the whole “dirty f-ing hippies” storyline (and I know the NEW YORK POST is especially fond of this editorial approach) but that’s a distraction from the real story which is justified outrage at what’s happening in this country. If people are so worried about sanitation, then allow port-a-potties like they’re doing in LA and the very conservative Colorado Springs. As for a safety tent for single women to sleep in, that makes perfect sense. Those women are making a conscious choice to protest in that manner and they’re aware of the risks, and it sounds as if the occupiers are doing their best to support them.
    I do sympathize with the people in the neighborhood but also believe we’ve reached a critical point in this country in that nothing else has made a difference in terms of bringing about meaningful reform. Nothing would change if we drove the occupiers out into a corn field somewhere where they wouldn’t disturb anyone. They need to be where they are, keeping up a constant presence and reminder of just how out of whack things are in this country. It’s unfortunate people don’t understand the occupiers are working on behalf of all of us.
    Of course the occupations aren’t doing this for a handout from the CEOs. The occupiers are taking on a massive clusterf*** and cannot be expected to have one finely-worded demand that sums up their intentions. There are SO many things wrong in the US right now, and I applaud the occupiers for making noise and refusing to go away. The occupiers have in just two months turned the discussion to social and economic injustices in this country. The powerful elite want us to point and laugh at the smelly, drum-banging slacker hippies around the country but I see them for who they are: people of conviction who have had enough and want something different for their lives and their futures. It doesn’t matter to me they don’t all agree on exactly what that “different” should be, it only matters that they are awake and passionate in their desire to bring about a change for all of us.

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