‘Government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
In the end, it is not what the law tells us we can or cannot do. It’s what our common humanity and sense of justice tells us we ought to do.
Occupy Salem needs your help!
The state police have given out warnings last night. Tonight they are issuing citations. Tomorrow they will start arresting. But the police are on our side, they are just following orders. The Occupy Salem encampment had a meeting with state parks and the state police and they suggested trying to get the support of the governor to allow us to keep camping. Below is a callscript for Oregon residents to ask the governor for help. If you are not an Oregon resident please feel free to call anyways and ask the governor to extend his hand in compassion.
PLEASE REBLOG! Thanks and love from Occupy Salem.
Call Gov. Kitzhaber’s Office and urge him to allow the Occupation in Salem to remain overnight!
Governor Kitzhaber’s Office,
My name is _______. I am a constituent and a resident of ________, Oregon, and I do not feel threatened by the Occupation at Wilson Park, a publicly funded State Park of which the citizens rightly have ownership. I strongly urge Governor Kitzhaber to allow demonstrators to remain in the park overnight without citation or arrest.
This is a snapshot of Liberation Commons, the encampment in Salem, Oregon. Malik Rahim, a former black panther and creator of the collective commonground in New Orleans, came to help set up the encampment and educate us about community building and tactics such as resisting co opting and provocateurs. Members from Occupy Portland came to visit and give us moral support and gave us a gift in the form of a flag of Cascadia. Much thanks for this gift, it will be flown with pride.
At 1:30 this morning hundreds of police in full riot gear brutally attacked Occupy Boston, which had peacefully gathered on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Boston Police Department made no distinction between protesters, medics, or legal observers, arresting legal observer Urszula Masny-Latos, who serves as the Executive Director for the Massachusetts branch of the National Lawyers Guild, as well as four medics attempting to care for the injured.
Earlier in the day, an estimated ten thousand union members, students, veterans, families, men, and women of all ages marched from the Boston Common to Dewey Square, and then to the North Washington Bridge to demand economic reform on Wall Street and the end of special interest influence in Washington.
Following this massive outpouring of public support, dozens of police vans descended on the Greenway, with batons drawn, assaulting protesters and arresting more than one-hundred people. Members of Veterans for Peace carrying American flags were pushed to the ground and their flags trampled as the police hauled them away.
Following the raid, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis made no mention of veterans, organized labor, students, or families, nor did he issue an apology for his department’s aggressive tactics. Since the beginning of its occupation, Occupy Boston has worked tirelessly and successfully to maintain a positive working relationship with city officials. Today’s reprehensible attack by the Boston Police Department against a movement that enjoys the broad support of the American people represents a sad and disturbing shift away from dialogue and towards violent repression.
Despite the city’s attempt to silence us, Occupy Boston remains, and bears no ill-will towards the men and women of the Boston Police Department who were simply following orders. We hope that someday the peaceful pursuit of economic justice will not provoke the beating of elderly veterans and the arrest of medics and legal observers. We encourage everyone who continues to feel as strongly as we do about limiting the influence of Wall Street on our democracy to join us tomorrow, and in the future, down in Dewey Square.
“We will occupy. We are the 99 percent and we are no longer silent.”###Occupy Boston is the beginning of an ongoing discussion about reforming Wall Street and removing special interests from government. The continuing occupation of Dewey Square (outside South Station) is just one of more than 120 separate Occupy encampments in cities across the nation and a symbol for “Occupiers” everywhere who support real and lasting change. Video: http://youtu.be/ZpttXetMX78. Pictures of the night’s events.
Occupy with solidarity and love.
AS the occupy movement solidifies I see two main goals or purposes that have been manifesting themselves. The first is to dismantle the corrupt system that we live in. A system that is based on infinite growth and consumption. A system that has turned people into commodities. A system that breeds youth wracked with depression and fed with anti-depressants without addressing the root causes. A profoundly sick system that breeds a sick culture. The system of top down control must end.
The second purpose to create community. It is about unity and building relationships that will last a life time. I personally am invested in this movement and look forward to working with the people I meet for years to come. Its about reaching out to your neighbor and helping them so that no one goes with out. This is a true democracy where the people decide their own fate. They know what is best for themselves, they don’t need to be told what to do or how to live. This is true bottom up vertical integration, the most solidified kind of power. This is resistant to the influences of top down control and will prevail every time. This is people helping people and loving your fellow man.
The entirety of this movement is something completely new and unprecedented. It cannot be compared to historical examples although there may be some corollaries. This movement has drawn on these past movements such as the civil rights movement in the 60’s but the 21st century holds something new and far greater than we have ever seen. The future is ours for the taking. We are the bright future.
The Occupy Salem rally and march was a great success. The turnout was around 400. The overall vibe was energetic and peaceful. The crowd cooperated with the police and they even helped the crowd move across intersections. They blocked traffic and made sure that the crowd remained cohesive and unified. After the march Soulseed played a groovin’ set that got the people to dancing. Thanks for Occupy Portland for sending down some reinforcements along with organizers who were familiar with the process of general assembly.
The New York mayor says the protests are ‘not productive’ given the importance of financial services to the city’s economy
Side note: Do you really need more proof that #ows is legit? When we have our own mayor joining the corporate prostitution, saying that people who are protesting are doing so because we are ‘trying to destroy jobs’ and not the complete opposite which is to restore a system that serves the people, you know something isn’t right whether you agree with this movement or not. Meanwhile, in Portland; Mayor and Police force join the protests. Oh and innocent watergun fights were had in Canada between police and protesters. But of course, we’re in NY the heart of the consumerist society that has evolved to become dependent on broken and greedy policies. But no, the large percentage of citizens who grew tired of this are the bad ones.. right.
The New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has accused the Occupy Wall Street protesters of trying to destroy jobs in the city. In his weekly radio show, Bloomberg said the protests against the city’s financial services were “not productive” given the importance of the sector to the local economy.
“What they’re trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city,” he said.
“If the jobs they are trying to get rid of in this city – the people that work in finance, which is a big part of our economy – go away, we’re not going to have any money to pay our municipal employees or clean our parks or anything else.”
But Bloomberg acknowledged he was sympathetic to some of the protesters’ complaints. “There are some people with legitimate complaints,” he said. The protesters are angry about the 2008 Wall Street bailout that they say allowed banks to reap huge profits while average Americans suffered high unemployment and job insecurity.
Wall Street is the backbone of the New York state economy, accounting for 13% of tax contributions.
Typical capitalist response, not trying to impede the industrial machine if the destruction “creates job”
Seriously: if you’re willing to endorse having White House functionaries meet in secret — with no known guidelines, no oversight, no transparency — and compile lists of American citizens to be killed by the CIA without due process, what aren’t you willing to support?
“New York City Police Foundation — New York JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing “profound gratitude” for the company’s donation.
“These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Dimon said. “We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.”
Oh how the pieces fall together :) like a symphony.
i can only laugh i guess.
Michele Bachmann says the wave of democratic uprisings in the Middle East is because of Barack Obama. Well, all right, if you say so - but Bachmann didn’t mean it as a compliment. No, in Michele Bachmann’s mind, this is a very bad thing:
At a campaign stop Thursday in North Carolina, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann blamed Pres. Barack Obama for the outbreak of the Arab Spring, the wave of democracy uprisings across the Middle East.
Bachman linked the Arab Spring, which has resulted in pro-democracy uprisings in countries like Egypt, Syria and Libya, to the President’s earlier stance that negotiations between Israel and Palestine should begin at the 1967 boundaries.
“And when he called upon Israel to retreat to it’s indefensible 1967 boarders, don’t you think that message wasn’t lost to Israel’s 26 hostile neighbors,” Bachmann said. “You want to know why we have a Arab Spring. Barack Obama has laid the table for Arab Spring by demonstrating weakness from the United States of America.”
So, for Bachmann, citizens in the Middle East rising up against dictatorships to demand democracy is a bad thing. Why exactly? I’m not sure. It appears that democracy and jihad are indistinguishable to Bachmann; given her constant supposition that forcing her own religious beliefs on the rest of America constitutes freedom and democracy, however, I suppose it is understandable that she can’t quite grasp the difference.
Bahrain crackdown continues.
I pray for the men and women who are being subjugated to such an intense persecution for providing humanitarian services. Yet the US does and says nothing about it due to the fact that they are a key ally in protecting oil interests in the gulf. Our Navy’s 5th fleet is stationed there yet did nothing when the Bahrain government commenced its crackdowns of protests that erupted during the advent of the Arab Spring.