Thursday November 3, 2011, 1:08 am
It’s too soon to tell how effective, overall the general strike in Oakland, CA will be, but despite my words fearing the opposite, which I am now happy to eat, the early signs look good.. The 99% protesters are getting strong union support and participation in the first general strike in the US in the last 65 years. Some businesses supported the strike, and most respected it. With few exceptions, and those not at all related to the OWS movement, the demonstration was peaceful.
Thursday November 3, 2011, 2:37 am
Completely agree TomCat - those who try and subvert the OWS and commit acts of violence and mayhem pretending to be part of OWS, should indeed be apprehended as soon as possible - it is only with peaceful methods that we can keep the moral highground - essential to our cause!
Thursday November 3, 2011, 3:31 am
It really doesn’t matter if this one strike will have any impact other then its importance for kicking open the door. And "that" is the long term residual that will be the only matter of consequence.
The cops have been moderately cool, at last report.
Now it is imperative the rest of us get up off our collective fat asses to step through that door into the streets. To move it East, from sea to shining sea, border to border. Because Oakland has always been considered a Union town their efforts will be summarily dismissed in DC and Wall St as such if we don’t follow up. Take back the power with a unified National General Strike too restore democracy. Democracy is coming to America, providing we have the courage to stand for it, to demand it be so.
I can report here; my wife Savannah was in attendance, along with her go everywhere protest sign, at Occupy Oakland General Strike yesterday afternoon and evening. Being a flight attendant for Southwest, home based out of Oakland and scheduled to go to work today, she left our house at 7 AM MT yesterday in uniform with her sign, I painted for the “We are WI” rallies earlier this year, in a garbage bag, to report a day early for work. She and a friend were in downtown Oakland by midday staying until about 8 PM PT, when she was due to check in with her supervisor at the airport crew lounge.
She called a couple of times during the day and filed very excited reports of meeting lots of nice people, the good weather, the crowds energetic atmosphere, the good food, the great music and recording lots of photos. Being a Caribbean girl the reports were more akin to getting reports from Carnival Parade route back home then a protest march. That’s my wife, the gods love her. We were disappointed to learn, on her return to the lounge, she had failed to pack her cameras USB cable, so I have to wait to see the photos. Bummer.
The thing that struck her most was not the rally as much as the reactions of the TSA personal and the people in the both airports, ABQ and OAK. In ABQ everybody, people she has known and worked around for years, gave her “atta girls” pep cheers and lots of thumbs ups. When she went though security in Oakland, on her return, (there were few passengers checking in because of the late hour) she reported a dozen or more TSA agents, including supervisors, gathered around her, as she stood there without shoes she had not gotten to them before she was surrounded. They were all asking questions about what went on, why people were protesting, striking and shutting down the Port. So she ended up giving an impromptu Q and A and a brief talk, in bare feet on a cold floor and holding her sign which one of the agents handed to her, not her shoes just her sigh, regarding the issues of the 99% and what it means to be a Citizen in a democracy. (Civics 101)
I would have loved to have been there to see it, because she can get a teeny whinny bit impatient with people who generally don’t pay attention to what’s going on in there own communities let alone the world with a tendency toward apathetic. I just know it was a hoot and none of those agents will ever forget her and what she said. They may not agree, but they will never be able to forget.
Thursday November 3, 2011, 5:43 am
It was heartening to watch the protesters taking over Oakland last night. Bless them all. The businessmen of ChinaTown refused to close their businesses for even one day though.
IMHO, those black-garbed thugs were sent by the Kochs. All expenses paid of course!
Thursday November 3, 2011, 9:29 am
Sorry that happened to you Terry - as for Oakland - it is helping to advance the movement - every incremental little step of the way - if reason and peace prevails - and "Wholefoods" is left alone - seriously - RESPECT - for places of business and for the movement itself - all eyes are on what we individually do!
Thursday November 3, 2011, 10:16 am
Too bad the serial protesters arrived to cause the havoc they did last night. Breaking windows, throwing rocks, bottles, molitov cocktails, etc., at the cops. Then they'll scream how they were mistreated by them.
They need to get them out of Oakland and away from OWS, they are making a bad name for OWS. I would not be surprised if there is a right-wing group behind them. Wreaking businesses is not the way to accomplish this. The banks and corporations are getting our message without this violence. I am leary of the movement if this continues.
Hawkeye - good for Savannah! Luckily she left before things fell apart.
Thursday November 3, 2011, 2:39 pm
I agree Lilith. It is for a good cause and I certainly support the movement. Most of the people in the occupy movement are good, honest, peaceful people who are simply trying to bring attention to the terrible injustices that are crippling our country. It is unfortunate that a small group of anarchists with the sole purpose of doing damage, disruption and mayhem can co-opt this demonstration for their own purposes. These people are more violent, mindless, and vicious than a gang of Republicans!
Thursday November 3, 2011, 3:16 pm
I was amused by the Cain quote at the beginning of the first Olbermann video -- ". . . stupid people are ruining america . . . ". He ought to know! He has repeatedly demonstrated his stupidity on just about everything --- US political process and foreign affairs to name two. And he thinks he is qualified to be POTUS? By the sounds of it, this crazy Canuck (me) knows more about the American political system (thanks to TomCat) than Cain, and I'm still learning.
I was pleased to see the general strike going quite well in Oakland and the news that it will likely spread to other cities across the country. It is too bad that the black bloc showed up but I tend to agree with TomCat that these were likely provocateurs hired by the Koch Devils or the banksters. Vancouver had their own run ins with the black bloc in June as they incited beer filled, testosterone fueled I young men to do a lot of damage.hope they catch them and can prove who sent them in. Don't know if that would be classified as criminal conspiracy but I hope that the provocateurs and their sponsors can be charged, convicted and do time and pay reparations for the damage done.
Thursday November 3, 2011, 3:55 pm
Yes Terry, much of what is being protested is justified. For the life of me I can't see where anything positive is being accomplished. To my knowledge no bankers have had a born again experience nor have any sleazy politicians. Ah yes, some in authority have paid lip service to the cause.. It just seems to me that eventually the movement will run out of steam and there will be nothing to show for it.
Thursday November 3, 2011, 4:47 pm
In my heart I believe the vandals were paid instigators from the powers that be to marginalize OWS. Don't think that doesn't happen. Any body can throw a rock. Anyone can hide behind a scarf, and anyone can claim to be OWS, your grandmother or your cat. Don't let the sensationalists on Faux have a field day with their gullible followers. Stay with OWS, stand strong, stand proud and together we will take back America. We are the everyday folks who have had enough, we show our faces to the world, and we will not be bought!
Thursday November 3, 2011, 6:01 pm
I realize people have lives and jobs to go to, but if yoi don't get your ass out thete or contribute to the cause, you may well have to kiss those former two goodbye..this IS our life now...and we are fighting to protect it and take it back..for good!
Thursday November 3, 2011, 10:17 pm
Thanks Tom and thanks Ellen for you comment you are right on get off your ass and join in one of these, We are 99 percent against the 1 percent, March on and keep the peace.
Thursday November 3, 2011, 11:27 pm
Oh, this is just too precious! I just can't resist taking a cue from the numbskull anti-tea partiers and painting this whole ows movement with the same brush. Nothing but a bunch of spoiled brat, violent little thugs. Now, even if I don't believe that, it was just too good to pass up! And the deniers, too funny! Oh,no, our precious protesters couldn't possibly be responsible, oh my, no, it must be infiltrators, just too funny.
Friday November 4, 2011, 12:23 am
I don't know if this is true, but it's my opionion, I wouldn't put it past the Koch brothers or Karl Rove groups to fund (or pay for) people to join the groups to start or inflame riots or cause problems. I just remember things in the 60's (when I was much younger). Are we soon to have another Kent State incident?
I'm so proud that people are doing this, standing up for everyone's rights. And not more of my fellow vets (and troops) are joining too. In my day, it was MAKE LOVE NOT WAR. Today its, MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES OR LOSE OUR COUNTRY.
Friday November 4, 2011, 6:39 am
Does the magic 99% include the 20 million or so illegal immigrants here in the US? And the 99% must include Republicans who have been called all sorts of names here on Care2. Come to think about it, the 99% must include Tea Party members. Wow!