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OAKLAND: Occupy Protesters Rally Around Wounded Iraq Vet

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Occupy Wall Street, activism, usa, politics, news, ethics, freedoms, media, economy )

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Veering around police barricades, anti-Wall Street protesters held a late-night march through Oakland streets, a day after one of their number - an Iraq War veteran - was left in critical condition with a fractured skull following a clash with police.

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William K (308)
Thursday October 27, 2011, 7:12 pm
I really think that Mayor Quan totally misjudged the political pulse of this movement. She actually praised the police for their efforts at first, but then back tracked after the wrath and scorn of the nation rained down on her. Tents have started to reappear at the site. Looks like this one gets scored for the Occupiers.

pam w (139)
Thursday October 27, 2011, 8:13 pm
Sometimes, people make me proud.

Elle J (276)
Thursday October 27, 2011, 10:12 pm
Noted! I've heard many comments regarding the protesters, some good,some bad. I want it to be clearly understood that I support these people 100%.What I do not understand are the actions of the Mayor of Oakland who had problems with the police before becoming mayor. How on earth could she encourage the police to do such things far less condone it. An Iraq veterans is in critical condition due to this police action. He survived 2 tours in Iraq only to come home and be critically wounded. That disgusts me beyond reason. These people are exercising the constitutional rights of free speech and lawfull assembly. WAKE UP! THESE ARE AMERICANS SPEAKING OUT AGAIN THE OUTRAGEOUS CORPORATE/WALL STREET GREED! I not only support them and their message but I will be joining them on November 5th. THIS IS AMERICA IN ACTION AND WE ARE DAMNED SICK AND TIRED OF BEING TOLD TO SHUT UP AND LIVE WITH THIS MODERN DAY BULL SH**!

Elize L (181)
Friday October 28, 2011, 4:09 am
Greed and corruption should be stopped all over the world. Problem the gap between the haves and have nots are widening. Worrying thought.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday October 28, 2011, 7:08 am
Hope that the Iraq Vet recovers.
One wonders about people in positions of power. They should think before they act.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 28, 2011, 10:21 am
Who are "We" America? What is it "We" really stand for?
I AM NOT MOVING - Short Film - Occupy Wall Street
Political 'SAY one thing / DO another'
Why do we continue to elect these professional liars???
OWS needs political candidatsfr the next election.
Our President is completely out of touch with the people.
He pretends, yet never addresses the issues directly.
Committees and panels 'study' the problems but real advances are not forthcoming.
Just more "SAY one thing and DO another".
OWS should be Obama's favorite cause, why is he silent???
A friend would not be silent at this crucial time.
The last year's rhetoric is cancelled by the volence of America's police.
Obama endorses police violence through his silence.

Rita White (55)
Friday October 28, 2011, 10:32 am
noted, thanks

Elle B (84)
Friday October 28, 2011, 11:08 am

Yvonne White (229)
Friday October 28, 2011, 1:25 pm
I know the mayor has backtracked, but I would not take any blankets as "peace offerings"..;) These mayors & police departments need to Know they are being watched & judged as much as the Occupiers are!

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Friday October 28, 2011, 4:02 pm
Corporations control everything behind the scenes. They hire their candidates, give them money and then their paid off employees write the laws that corporations need through ALEC, in order to raid the public kitty, lower their taxes, and move jobs offshore. They own and control almost all politicians in BOTH parties. It does not matter who is in there, so problems never get solved, unless it is in the corporate interest.

This is why the Occupy movement is different. They have no allegiance to any political party, because they understand this lose lose dynamic. They may not have the answer, but they KNOW the problem, and it is called corporations.


Samantha Trosky (152)
Friday October 28, 2011, 4:14 pm
The fact that the 1% has gotten away with so much for so long scares me! I hope the poor soldier's injury is not in vain and it makes more people get off their butts and DO something! Even if it is to just email a letter or sign a petition!

KS Goh (0)
Friday October 28, 2011, 5:37 pm
Thanks for the article.

Kamila A (141)
Friday October 28, 2011, 7:37 pm
The fact that this heinous act by the police upon a war hero didn't incite a wild riot is testament to the fortitude and commitment to peace by the OWS protestors. This is tremendous!!!
We are the People, and We are a Democracy under the Constitutional laws of the USA!!!

Kamila A (141)
Friday October 28, 2011, 9:20 pm
wanted to share this message from Gary Zukav:


A thousand thanks to the people in Liberty Plaza and places like it who are giving voice to much that is destructive and painful about our social structures and what lies beyond them. Your presence and courage and commitment are water to the great tree of awareness and freedom that will grow if it is tended carefully. Fortunately, each of us is responsible for tending it. Freedom from fear is the only freedom that now unlocks the prisons of hatred, violence, prejudice, and greed. The kindness of some police officers in NYC is on display to the world and so is the brutality of others. The greed of banks that engorge themselves on the losses of millions of people are on display around the world, and so also are the alternative social structures that will replace them. A thousand thanks are not enough for the glimpses of these emerging structures you are giving us.

You are showing us new forms of cocreation that are built on harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life and contrasting them with old forms that are built on manipulation and control. These new social structures are taking root in Liberty Plaza and places like it and in millions of us as we watch and hold the vision of a new world, a world without victims and without villains, a world where heinous policies are relentlessly uprooted and destroyed and where the people who create and execute them are not hated but constrained appropriately (think of handcuffs and bars). In short, a world of love, growing out of awareness and responsibility, consciously constructed with intentions of love, a world with the courage to experience fear fully such as anger, vengefulness, and righteousness challenge it by not acting on it, and cultivate love instead.

This new world will emerge strong and healthy from the decay of the old world not because the dying world is supported by a wealthy few while billions of us are eager for the new world. It will replace the old world because billions of us will tend the tree daily, even in difficult times challenging hatred, anger, greed, and revenge in ourselves by choosing awareness and love instead. In short, the new world will grow strong and healthy while the old world dies because the old world is based on fear and the new world is built on love clear, conscious, responsible, courageous, and capable.


Lynn S (235)
Friday October 28, 2011, 11:55 pm
After reading the article, I was going to respond. It distressed me to hear about drug addicts and drunks tarnishing a movement. But then my computer started acting up and I suddenly had time to think about these 'disruptive' people. Why did they resort to alcohol and/or drugs? What circumstances lead them down this road? Like everyone else, they were created in the image of the Creator, pure, innocent, marvels in the mystery of life. But somewhere between then and now, life threw them a curve or two or three. And more than likely, one of those curves were the very things that the Occupy movement is protesting. And very likely, it is others of those things the protesters fight that keep these people down, slaves to alcohol and/or drugs. These are American brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers --- they are part of the collective 99% conciousness and have a right to be heard and helped. Celebrate all of the 99%. Thank you to the protesters that are out there day after day; thank you to the protesters that come down when they can; and thank you to the protesters that maybe can't come down but support the protest through letter writing, signing petitions, and through prayer. God bless the 99%.

P A (117)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 2:03 am
You cannot currently send a green star to Camilla K as you have already done so this week - drat! Excellent site thanks - agree with it all. God bless the 99%

Marco C (31)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 5:00 am
Nice comment Lynn, full of compasion and understanding for "our" human limitations, that they are different from person to person. We all have both strengths and weaknesses. To be human means to seek out both the challange to find the means to encourage and foster our strengths and how to diminish and be less reliant on our weaker side. It's why we as a whole are stronger than any one individual, why 1% no matter who they are cannot ever win.

The occupy movement is nearly at the point where the transition needs to be made from protest to action. That action in the form of tangible legislative initiatives. aciton to promote and move along decision making which emphasis on our values, needs and reflects our short and long term aspirations, in other words our legislators need to get a steady pulse of pressure from us giving them direction. They will comply, they have to. but its up to us.

"Occupy" needs to occupy our unoccupied. The unemployed and under employeed need our support. We all need meaningful activity. We can't replace their lost incomes, but we can help with a meal, a tank of gas, a repair, some babysitting etc, etc. to hold us over until we heal and fix this mess. We need to set an example of what is the right thing. Big business and mainstream politics have lost their way and can no longer be regarded as leaders.They are morally and ethically bankrupt and will continue to feed on us until they have also consumed themselves in the process.

We know better, time to prove it.

Marco C (31)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 5:32 am
Copied from another post:

I claim Scott Olsen as my brother. Wounding him, has wounded me. I am not recovering in a hospital bed and so I have the strength and abilitiy to seek out justice on his behalf and so do we all.

I have sent an email to the Oakland mayors office, I have signed petitions calling attention to this atrocity. I will send others to let them know that this crisis they created will not go away until they fix it and make amends to Scott, his family, our marines, the protestors, our civil rights, our nation, our constitution, the people of Oakland and the businesses for their loss.

The rest of us have an obligation to make an example of this type of behavior and Oakland is where we can draw the line and put our collective foot down or the cancer will spread. Others will believe because we allowed this to go unpunished and not corrected that it can be done and gotten away without negative repercussions.

An email every week, until the investigation, prosecution, trial, sentencing and legistaltive changes have been made. We weren't shot, but it could have been us and it will be us if we don't pipe up. The forces of evil cannot have this victory. This malignancy is undermining our democracy we cannot survive unless we stop it. They will count on complacency and that no one will see this through to take their victory and have this established as a precedent for further malicous behavior. Our lack of follow through will count as tacit approval in their eyes and the cancer will grow.

He is my brother, and I will defend his right to do what he was doing. He stood for me, he stood in harms way for us to protect us from exactly what it is he fell victim too. Not with me you don't .They are with the wrong family.

An email every week, until the end, we are watching. Right here, right now, no more

Carrie H (135)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 1:09 pm
Remember Remember the fifth of November,
The Peoples Financial Plot,
I see no reason why Bankers treason,
Should ever be forgot...
Pull your money from the banks Nov 3-5
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