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Criticism, Violence and Roosting Chickens --- Occupy!


Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, activists, americans, crime, culture, dishonesty, education, freedoms, government, media, news, police, politics, safety, society, violence, world, women )

Kit
- 1037 days ago - truth-out.org
The 99 percent offered criticism of the 1 percent. They exposed and made clear what most Americans know. They struggled peacefully to inform and mobilize public opinion.



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Arielle S. (317)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 9:00 am
I'm hearing a lot of criticism about the violence, disease, garbage, etc. - all from people who haven't really bothered to find out what this whole thing is all about. It seems more important than ever that we stand firm now - if not now, when? indeed
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 10:22 am
Much courage is needed for a peaceful protest with violent police.

My greatest admiration!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 1:16 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 3:03 pm
New York has acquired newly renamed mayor: Mubarak Bloomberg. Situated atop the 1 percent, he gave the order to "clear and clean" Zuccotti Park. This mayor, who presides over some of the world's filthiest tunnels and stations - that daily threaten the public health of millions of subway riders - suddenly acquired an obsession with cleanliness in the small Zuccotti Park. This mayor - whose city handles garbage by piling it in bags on the street that forever break and scatter their contents across the streets - wants us to believe he is concerned about public safety.

Yup, big hypocrate he is and he is also part of the 1%. Can see right through the lies. Hey, Bloomberg, more and more people all the time are removing the rose colored glasses and seeing the real reality of what is all around them. It stinks from the likes of Greed and Selfishness.....and what you are protecting.
 

Terry King (109)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 3:18 pm
In times like these, the criticism of weapons risks losing to the weapon of criticism. I love that quote!
 

Kamila A. (141)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 4:40 pm
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
― Howard Zinn
 

Kamila A. (141)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 4:41 pm
Bloomberg's girlfriend is part owner of that park and she is the one pushing him to do the cleaning
 

William K. (328)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 8:07 pm
Cities all across America have become obsessed with cleanliness and public sanitation. Tear gas and crowd control are messy.
 

Margaret M. F. (0)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 9:48 pm
Thank-you for the article & comments. They help me remember why I am not politically inclined. I read a quote awhile back that stuck itself in my mind & now I know why. 'When the power of love overtakes the love of power then there will be Peace.'...Jimi Hendricks. I realize that is an idealistic thought, just think what might happen were it to come true.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 18, 2011, 12:11 am
They need an excuse to "break up" the solidarity of the protesters, and this was the only excuse they could come up with. If they weren't threatened by the protesters, if they didn't think they had legitimate reasons to protest and that their numbers would continue to grow due to the publicity their protests were creating, they'd simply allow the protesters to take the "supposed" health risks they're taking until they gave up and went home. They KNOW they're in it for the long haul, and they know the numbers are growing. By forcing the protesters to leave based on the flimsiest of reasons, they're admitting guilt. They're admitting that the protest is not going to stop on its own --because it's valid, it's honest and it's gaining passion and momentum.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:56 am
They are so very afraid of the 99% that they resort to violence just like the dictators overseas. So much for freedom to peacefully protest. They will soon learn that we cannot be silenced.
 

Gary C. (5)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:57 am
Thankyou....
 

Vicky P. (464)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:52 am
thanks
 

Claudia O. (73)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:21 pm
People who did not get down to the camp in Portland keep talking about the filth, drugs and chaos in the area. I can understand their fears because many of them are not political, have never attended an action, and rely upon corporate media for their information. Had they actually gone down to talk to the occupiers, they would have found clean-up projects, feeding programs, art areas and generally welcoming people who want a new way of moving in this world. This is a peaceful movement.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:29 pm
Keep the movement moving forward.
 

monka blank (74)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:44 pm
Noted, Power to the movement !!
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:30 pm
One of the things that is happening in Occupy San Diego and I assume it is true in any of the cities, is that the homeless join with the Occupy campers (after all they were there first.) This is not surprising as it gives them some measure of protection, free food because, unlike many Republican types, Occupiers like to share, and it also affords some entertainment to the people who are already living on the street. This, of course, exacerbates the problems of sanitation and violence. Many homeless are on the street because they have mental health problems and cannot keep it together to be successful and comply with societal rules. Of course, even the people who CAN do that have been screwed by the system, haven't they? and that is the exactly the point! The police are basically treating the OWS folks the same way they treat the homeless...roust them out and move them if the sight of them offends the 1%, and, if at all possible, kill this movement.

Because of this I have been especially careful to dress nicely when I join events with OWS. The less the media and the mayors can say that the OWS protesters are a bunch of "dirty hippies" the better, I think. It may even be fun to have a "formal wear night," maybe I'll suggest this. Seeing as how they are pepper spraying and arresting elderly participants it may not help much, but I still hope that when people see things like that on the news (if they do! sigh.) it will become clear that these are your neighbors, not just a bunch of dirty hippies and recreants. So I urge you, if you join an action, dress nicely and help show that this is truly the 99%!
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:44 pm
the only "cleaning " going on is money laundering on Wall Street. I like the idea of formal wear night. How about arresting a few Santa Clauses too? I think that may be a mainstream media grabber. Since most people will be able to afford fewer Christmas presents now anyhow. Santa isn't coming to our house this year, he is locked up in jail.
 

Andrea Connelly (94)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 12:05 pm
Sorry, Dandelion, aka Kutyatej, I once again exceeded my Care2 limit of green stars.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 6:42 am
Noted. Great story, Kit. This "mayor", as he is supposed to be called, needs to put his efforts elsewhere, where they are really needed, not disturbing those who have the courage to stand up for what we deserve. My heart and prayers will remain with them all.
 
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