Tahrir Vets Encourage OWS: Care2 Members Respond

NOTE: Comments on this post were so interesting we thought we’d turn them into a post, in precisely the same order.

I have been disabled for some time and manage to take a train with my walker to Chicago once a week to support occupy Chicago. Perhaps if he considered making the world better for his children we would all be better off.

I am grateful for any support from anywhere, especially from those who are similarly afflicted.. If you can’t get out there to march, send a few bucks to feed those who are marching for you. If you can’t afford a few bucks, then send letters to the aggressors. If you are not comfortable confronting the aggressors in any way, then keep us in your prayers.

We don’t do this just for ourselves; we do it for our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren as well as for you and yours. 

Donít be misled into thinking that you are the rugged individual who can make it on your own.

Unless you can make roads and have an oil rig to pull up oil and refine it into fuel to drive a car that you manufactured from scratch, then you are part of the 99%, like it or not. When we were in DC last weekend a waitress assured us that she worked two jobs to make ends meet so she was not part of the 99%. I only mention this to show how delusional we can be. When (name) finally gets it, I will be here with open arms to welcome him home. † † †Cheri L.

I will reserve judgement until I see whether Egypt becomes a case of one tyrant replacing another before I give any significance to an Egyptian protester encouraging OWS. ††Steve R.

Actually, Jeffrey, I think you are wrong. We are more connected by media than ever before, especially the young people who were the initiators of OWS, and it was looking at the changes made by the “Arab spring” that sparked the idea that in this country as well, we too have oppression, not by a dictator, but by the new dominance of Wall St and the financial industry & corporations; and people banding together peacefully to protest in large numbers should be able to change things here as well. There are waaaaay more of “US” in the 99%, than there are of “them” in the 1%, and the dominance of “them” is just as oppressive as the Middle East dictators. I too say, “Thank you for your support, Egypt!” ††Ingrid S.

Oh, by the way, I was there in Egypt when the revolution broke out. I told my family last summer it would happen. “They” were very kind to this American school teacher. The men of my building defended us night and day with only simple sticks. The people took care of each other during this time and they didn’t ask if I was Egyptian, Muslim, or rich. It was neighbor to neighbor securing the neighborhood and making sure that everyone was safe and had what they needed from the stores. It was an amazing experience! Please don’t judge Egypt until you experience it for yourself. That country holds a part of our human family, and there are many things they get right. † ††Donna S.

The Arab Spring is a classic how-to guide to mainstream media’s wishful thinking. Got a minority seeking to topple a regime on your hands? Just label it a unanimous revolution against authoritarianism, and give it an air of a fledgling democracy. Problem solved! 

Wait! Then the Moslem Brotherhood steps in. OOPS – what happened?

Libya’s “opposition” — once unified by a common enemy — is now back to being a bunch of rival factions. With conflicting religions, tribal factionalism, geographic diffusion, a power vacuum, and a splash of oil, Libya’s got all the ingredients for continued conflict. ††David E.

Isn’t it amazing what can be done when we act as one human family, supporting and encouraging one another. “THEY”, regardless of age, nationality, race, religion, or social status, are NOT the enemy. We are facing our largest challenge on planet earth…. how do we survive? The ONLY way to survive is to face the truth, make some changes, support and encourage each other. This huge global shift is what some people will refer to as “the end of the world”. Thankfully, it will be the end of the bitterness, confusion, greed, hate, and territorialism we are currently experiencing. I welcome a chance to live in truth and reality with all of us on the same page. ††Donna S.

The worldwide support of #OWS is wonderful and encouraging. I thank each and every person on this planet that shows solidarity with this protest. I disagree with Jeffrey W. as this support does help those who may have been reluctant. The more support around the world the more the protesters will be determined to continue. Egypt, thank you! If I were able to I would be there in the midst of the protests. Unfortunately due to many health issues I can’t. ††Ellen G.

Plenty of Americans are already protesting and the number is growing. Expressions of solidarity are always appreciated.†William K.

I don’t think many Americans will be taking their lead from some Middle-East protester. ††Jeffrey W.

Thank you for your support, Egypt! ††Gayle R.

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Kitty M.

Banks love to punish those who can least afford it. The highest fees are reserved for those with the least money. When we were first married and dirt poor, my husband went into our bank to find out why we were overdrawn, it turned out there was a fee on a fee for not having a minimum balance. When the banker told us that her 'good customers' didn't have these problems we withdrew what little we had and switched to a credit union. That was almost 30 years ago. Thank God we did! Our credit union has been wonderful and has had the best rates and best service for every banking service there is. I am SO GLAD our mortgage is with our local credit union and not some sold and sold again company somewhere else in the world. When we wanted to refinance to a lower rate, no problem. People we know have lost their houses because the huge mortgage companies they have used won't let them refinance at a lower rate.

Silvia W.
Silvia W5 years ago

I support community action to take back our rights. Greed is the enemy. There's a reason why it's one of the 7 deadly sins. The only way we can prosper is when all are working together to build a strong society.

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith5 years ago

Thank you for sharing this inspiring and heart-warming list of comments, as well as the photo.

Nancy R.
Nancy R5 years ago

Americans have it so much easier. We have a (still semi-) functioning democracy, but it needs radical fixing. The question is, are we up to the task? I think so, I hope so.

Nancy R.
Nancy R5 years ago

So many people all over the world support a life and a social/political environment based on community, cooperation, compassion, and all the other virtues that flow from those. These days we like to talk about virtual links, but I think our virtual links just confirm a pre-existing bond between us.
I was among those who questioned the #OWS movement at the beginning because of its lack of a clear set of demands and lack of organization. But the movement has grown, in spite of the initial media black-out that turned into a media circus. Now I think its strength lies in its nature as organic and non-hierarchical, and the way anyone who is there or on the periphery or just at home and supportive, can have an idea or do something that reverberates through the group and changes its nature slightly - or a lot. This means that occupiers in New York or Oakland can be influenced by Egyptian protesters, and can influence them right back, while each group retains its identity.
I've lived in Cairo for many years and was here during the uprising. The way things are going now is very disheartening, but that doesn't detract from what the demonstrators in Tahrir Square did, which was an amazing achievement. They toppled a dictator without firing a shot, and now it's up to the Egyptian people to determine if they will allow themselves to be manipulated and controlled again - whether by the military or the Islamists.
Americans have it so much easier. We have a (still semi-) functioning democ

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

sorry about all the double comments. care seems to be having some stuff happening.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

I love this country.
I will put my energies to help it be the country it was intended to be by the citizens of it.
As corporations are not citizens...and religion is not in our government.....I will put energy to stop them from taking over our country.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

I love this country.
I will put my energies to help it be the country it was intended to be by the citizens of it.
As corporations are not citizens...and religion is not in our government.....I will put energy to stop them from taking over our country.

Lilithe Magdalene

LOL! Both Steve's and Jeffrey's comments are showcased as "interesting" =-probably because they tend to be the only two (well, there's Diane O and Don) who tend to have something negative to say for a positive subject. Need to present a balance after all.

Dave D.
Dave D5 years ago

Media likes to think that we are anti-capitalists, when in reality, we are anti-greed. I'm all for the capitalist system when it is running for the benefit of all, but when some suit thinks he is worth up to 600 times more than his rank-and-file, with the average being around 200 or 250 times, something needs to be done. The average Japanese CEO earns 10 times what the rank-and-file earn and that seems fair to me. But when people who are so full of themselves that they think they deserve a huge bonus while they are running a business into the ground and laying off thousands of people, it's time to force upon people like these the reality check that we are not going to take it anymore. It's time that remuneration of executives is bought back to reality. After all, how much money and things does any one person need.