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An Ex-Banker and Occupier Walk Into A Jail. Guess Which One's Serving Time? By Chris Arnade

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Rikers, Cecily McMillan, OWS, Occupy Wall St, police brutality )

- 1411 days ago -
That the opposite would never have happened was not lost on Cecily or me: bankers don't get sent to jail, and, when they rarely do, they certainly don't get sent to Rikers.

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P A (117)
Friday June 13, 2014, 9:48 am
"Being jailed has forced Cecily to rethink her prior approach toward activism. Activism, and activists, she explained, need to move into the communities they are working for. We have to get out from behind our books, our hand-painted signs, and really put ourselves at risk, she insisted.

"She doesn't regret being the one who did end up in jail, she told me. It was going to happen to someone in the movement. The police were going to find someone to make an example of. And it just happened to be her.

"But if a jail sentence is supposed to reform those unlucky or ill-fated enough to receive one, then the people who prosecuted Cecily aren't going to get their money's worth. I am far more committed to the movement, to social work, to exposing the power structures, than I was before, she explained.

"In our hour, we didn't talk much about why more Occupy Wall Streeters faced criminal charges than the Wall Streeters they were protesting, or why, among her fellow inmates, she's more likely to meet someone victimized by a banker's malfeasance than an actual banker.

"Why are no bankers in jail?

"It is a question that I, as an ex-trader for Citigroup, still can't really answer (without sounding conspiratorial)."

Unequal justice, unequal laws, unequal taxes, unequal benefits, unequal treatment - it sounds very like the Ancien Regime to me - I wish to God they would realise the need for reform, I really do as I fear the consequences!

Patrick Donovan (344)
Friday June 13, 2014, 11:21 am
Another example of the disregard politicians in the pockets of the rich will do anything, say anything, to get their way at the expense of the majority of Americans.

Lona G (80)
Friday June 13, 2014, 12:04 pm
An ex-banker and an Occupier meet in jail. He on the outside, she on the inside, of course. Ironic, sure. But how much longer will it be before the tables are turned and these injustices are set right? If this all-overpowering inequality isn't brought to a stop and the level of inequality is brought back within acceptable limits, the next Occupy will not be as peaceful, I'm afraid.

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday June 13, 2014, 12:34 pm
This is just another SHOCK to my nervous system !!!

How long will the 'powers that be' continue to crap on us?
More importantly, why aren't we fed up with it, before we start a revolution?

Yes, Cicely is learning a lesson the hard way, but sometimes, actually sometimes, we the abused are successfu,l and I guess, that's what keeps us going.

I will repeat what Margaret Mead said:
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has'.

Kathleen M (230)
Friday June 13, 2014, 3:27 pm
Noted, fists and teeth clenched! Thanks, Nancy. Too many cops in way too many places are acting like jackbooted Thugs! May the fleas of ten thousand camels infest their hairy parts.

Freya H (357)
Friday June 13, 2014, 7:36 pm
We need to spread stories like this far and wide in order to foment dissent and anger. The reason why the fat hogs are getting away with nonsense like this is because they think that we cannot organize against them, that they can distract us with Bread and Circuses (and half-naked cheerleaders). Let's stop just grumbling and rise up! Occupy Wall Street was just the barest glimmer of dawn!

Helen Porter (39)
Friday June 13, 2014, 10:12 pm
You don't find the rich on death row.

They're too busy buying their next murder.

Sheila D (194)
Friday June 13, 2014, 10:23 pm
Stories like this don't get on the news. If they miraculously do, Faux news and its cohorts will make it look and sound like she deserved everything she got. I'm surprised these people haven't got 4-foot noses wih all the lies they've told.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday June 13, 2014, 11:33 pm
Unequal justice. Thanks for sharing Nancy.

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 12:16 am
Thank you dear, as injustice and inequality is so so out of WACK I can barely follow the news anymore. MY PROMISE TO NEVER BECOME APATHETIC AGAIN IS WANING.
Good night all...too negative and need a good sleep.

federico bortoletto (46)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 6:29 am

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 6:46 am
Thank you for promoting this news Nancy, I have been aware of this since the get go and very sad but with what we have going on today, not unexpected. I've not been on C2 as often and so much I'd like to place onto the news this was one of them, however I've been comforted in the fact that Brian has reported this on C2 several different times. So thank you also for adding your voice to this.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 10:12 am
Typical--anyone who was surprised is rather "out of touch' with reality, imo. But, it sounds like some potential good has come of it--new ways of seeing the problems, conflict, and possible solutions A small straw to grasp, I know, but better than no straw at all! Occupy isn't over--it's (possibly) revamping.
Thanks Nancy.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 7:15 pm
Noted. Thanks, Nancy. I've been following this for awhile.....actually saw "live" when this happened, as she was convulsing on the ground---it was horrible. I could just not believe the verdict, but understood that much evidence was not admissible, which was so very wrong. I've signed many petitions and sent many letters in her behalf, and am so dismayed she ended up in jail. It is well past time for that pendulum to start swinging towards true justice!

Ellen J (61)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 3:10 am
Noted. Shared on Pinterest. Thanks, Nancy. Again, I am so not surprised by this. Our "gummit" has done it again.

Barry AWAY T (932)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:52 pm
noted. All one can do sometimes in shake ones head in disgust at the disparity) and nod ones head in agreement (with the outrage).

There are some interesting famous people who are occupy supporters but methinks most of them are phoneys
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