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Occupy Boston: "We might have been evicted, but we shall not be moved."

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 10, 2011, 2:43 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

occupy boston post-raid

Occupy Boston will hold a post-eviction General Assembly tonight at 7 pm at the Band Stand on Boston Common. Supporters are currently holding a silent protest in front of the Boston Police Department while waiting for arrestees to be released. Follow on Twitter: @Occupy_Boston or please join them if you are in Boston!

Two days ago, in a reversal of prior claims to support OWS, the Mayor of Boston threatened to evict Occupy Boston. In response, supporters from across Massachusetts and the country gathered at Occupied Dewey Square:

They came by bus from New York and DC. They carpooled from Providence and flew in from Chicago. They drove from Worcester, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Last night, demonstrating how clearly Occupy Boston’s message has been heard and understood, two thousand people traveled from near and far to defend Dewey Square. They painted signs and spoke in General Assembly. They chanted and sang, “Which Side Are You On?” six times, at least, as a brass brand blew steam into the frozen December night. They rallied at midnight, making circles two deep around tents, as the Veterans for Peace stood guard, white flags snapping in the wind. They dressed as bankers so that bankers might be arrested for once. And when the news came that no raid was coming, no eviction imminent, they danced in the streets to celebrate.

The police did eventually come. They waited days, hoping people would stop paying attention. Like previous raids in other cities, they made their move like cowards in the pre-dawn shadows at 5AM this morning. The city used bulldozers to destroy what had been home to hundreds. At least 45 peaceful protesters were arrested while linking arms to nonviolently protect their homes and their right to free speech. When one female police officer began to cry, her male superiors yelled and berated her.

Adding to suspicions that the Boston police and city officials sought to hide their actions from the public, police reportedly enforced a media blackout. Many officers were seen covering their badge numbers. According to Occupy Boston, "Credentialed press, citizen journalists, academic researchers, and Occupy Boston media members were repeatedly corralled and moved to surrounding areas 50 feet away or more, prohibiting many from thoroughly covering the raid." Livestreamers, medics, and legal observers were also among those targeted and arrested.

Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and many other cities have now experienced nearly identical raids. Almost always, city officials claim to act in the public interest, citing "health and safety" or "sanitation" as their reason to suppress Occupy. But we know this is a lie. Occupy Boston alone distributed many thousands of meals, lent books, provided shelter for those who had nowhere else to go, and delivered services that the government has refused to provide because they are too busy providing tax breaks to the rich and bailouts to the banks and corporations.

An Occupation is not a hazard; it is a haven. If city governments cared about sanitation, they would not spend thousands of dollars to evict homeless Occupiers. Instead, they could use that money to open more shelters for the homeless, many of whom must live in squalor every day. If the politicians and police are so concerned about health, instead of prioritizing the arrest of peaceful protesters who have harmed no one, why don't they make providing real universal health care their priority?

We know what this is. It is a crackdown; a coordinated attack on the 99% movement for social and economic equality. And we will not back down. As Occupy Boston and many others have said:

You cannot evict an idea whose time has come. Boston’s Occupiers will persist in rejecting a world created by and for the 1%. We might have been evicted, but we shall not be moved. We remain invested in the future of our movement. [...] We are the 99%, and we are no longer silent.

Night of the eviction

Two weeks ago, a federal judge blocked a settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup, saying that he could not be sure that it was “fair, adequate, or in the public interest.” Last week, on the same day that Occupy Boston appeared in court, the District Attorney announced she was suing the banks for fraudulent foreclosure practices. Commentators across the political spectrum are thinking anew about unemployment and pensions. A blocked settlement, a lawsuit, a renewed conversation – these are not our goals, but it is not too much to call them symptoms of our success, surface indications of a fundamental change we are building. We are not surprised. We have learned over the past ten weeks just how powerful the people can be. We have come together across vast differences of experience, brought face to face by the belief that our collective capacity is greater than has been shown, that democracy is not exhausted by stale puppetry sponsored by finance, and that we can do better. And now, last night only most recently, we are united by the concrete knowledge that not only can we do better, we are. We are winning.

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[-] 13 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 2 years ago

Imagine if the actual 40% who are unemployed, underemployed and who lost their businesses in this "Greater Depression" stood together on every Main Street of the USA and the world with the sign "We're Not Going Anywhere"

[-] 4 points by nucleus (3291) 2 years ago

This is why the government is trying to legislate indefinite detention for US citizens with the Defense Appropriations bill and internet censorship with SOPA.

They know it is going to get worse, that protests are going to grow in strength and numbers, and that this coming spring there will be open revolution in this country.

Things are heating up in Europe with a bomb sent to the CEO of Deutsche Bank and another to the Italian tax collection agency. Interesting to note that US Post Offices have already been "militarized" with bomb and chemical detection equipment and procedures.

[-] 0 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 2 years ago

I've been reading about these alarming developments. These things are a very good reason for the goal of having a self sufficient "off the grid" ranch and hobby farm.

Thanks for posting as you did for those who are not reading the news as closely.

PS UF6 (uro-fluoro-hexane) among other things radioactive coming from Iran. Secret testing by them is most likely why Europe was reporting in recent months significant elevations of radioactive material in their air.

[-] 3 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

And imagine people all over the place not just holding signs, but taking direct action and simply starting to run their workplaces and communities democratically by themselves.

http://struggleforfreedom.blogg.no/1321101669_the_transition_phase_.html

http://struggleforfreedom.blogg.no/1320873951_the_society_we_should.html)

http://struggleforfreedom.blogg.no/1317735903_chomsky_explains_libe.html

A must see: Chomsky at Occupy Boston:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZbNT62aprM (q&a at 28:30)

[-] 2 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

After reading your links it appears that you are advocating an eventual "take down" of our current government. Not something that I believe the majority of Americans would go for.

"In a society like this [Anarcho-Syndicalist society] human characteristics like solidarity, creativity, engagement and altruism would come to the fore" Unless human beings are "reprogrammed" I don't think that those are the qualities that will "come to the fore". Humans can be a pretty nasty bunch without rules and boundaries. And I have seen very few people that do anything for purely altruistic reasons

[-] 4 points by dealdoctor (148) 2 years ago

Sad to say you are most correct. In the history of the world have been dominated by the strong, rich and powerful. Their motives have not been altruistic. Anarcho-Syndicalist or Libertarian Socialism does require a shift in vision and perhaps even a resourced based rather than monetary based society. We are talking an upgrade as large as from monarchy to democratic republics. The old question was will the king be good or bad? When the paradigm shift happened we do not ask that old question we now ask other questions which have nothing to do with monarchies. As an old theologian you do not have to convince me that people are wired to OMG "sin" but hey we have ditched monarchy for democratic republics and who knows perhaps we can evolve and upgrade to something even better. OWS is a prototype of what they are asking the civilization to do. Ghandi lived what he wanted. MLK,Jr lived his dream and now the nation is much better for it. Perfection-never. Better? I think better is possible. History will show we can improve at least a little in some ways(grin).

[-] 2 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

Hierarchies and tyrannical structures have existed for a very short period in human evolution and history. Human nature is more fitted egalitarian structures. Read my answer to Sinead in this thread and watch the videos

[-] 2 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

" Perfection-never. Better? I think better is possible. History will show we can improve at least a little in some ways"

I can only pray that you are right...... best wishes.

[-] 2 points by Hamlet2086 (33) 2 years ago

Yeah, whistling past the graveyard may seem like a possible option for you and yours, until one considers this: capitalism bases the worth of things on what the market will pay for them. We need to invent a whole new ballgame socially, for as technology advances, machines with super-human skills for mental and physical work will one day make plain old natural born-humans economically worthless without a lot of expensive value-added work. John Henry got his; you'll meet yours. If public education can't raise funding to teach you whatever high-tech skills of the future might inspire your employment, your career choices narrow down to zippo. Think the 1% will worry about public education for your kids as they send their offspring to private schools (where nice machines teach theirs)? What if the recreational drug industry goes to new-fangled vending machines, sex-bots give the very best orgasms, and robocop just flat out shoots you dead before you can ever break in? Yes, THAT kind of paradigm change will really get your attention, won't it? Quo vadis? Occupy your high-beam headlights with that. Change will come ever faster and faster, because the more new machines that are made, the more those machines enable the making of even better machines in the next upgrade. Remember, most of the scientists who ever lived are alive today. Not improving more than a tad in how we value humanity is no grinning matter. Think you won't become part of the 99% and can get away with ignoring the latest trends in joblessness? Think that just a few noble veterans who can't find employment which pays a living wage is the worst it can get? Think again. When the 99% are all on welfare and welfare gets voted out as a deficit problem solution, won't that be just dandy? Better occupy something, before it's too late. They say in space, no one can hear you scream. It won't be science fiction if you slack off.

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

We (peoplekind as a whole) need to relearn to rely on ourselves again.... more like people did before the industrial revolution.

[-] 1 points by hattiecat2 (17) 2 years ago

In space no one can hear you scream... because your dead. This rant sounds like an Arnold Schwarnagger movie. I think you need to lay off the bong hits for a while your starting to take your self seriously!!

[-] 3 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

We don´t know everything about human nature, but we do know that solidarity is one of the core features. Human nature allows for different kinds of behaviour; it can be shaped to a certain extent, but we do know that there are some fundamental human characteristics. Take a look at the history of our evolution. For millions of years things like cooperation, sharing, caring, sticking together and so on, basing social organization on a realtively egalitarian principle, have been huge parts of our evolution.(In fact many of these things can also be seen among most species, simply because sticking together and helping each other increase the chances of more individuals surviving and spreading their genes (cf Dawkins 1976).With that in mind it would logically follow that these things are fundamental features of our nature.

The problem is that today these things are being suppressed. In today´s society things like greed and consumption are being encouraged. In fact, capitalism REQUIRES corporations f.ex, to ONLY think about the "bottom line". If they don´t, they´re out of business, and corporations that do think profits and greed replace them. A society like this will of course produce a lot of greedy individuals. Capitalism encourages greed, and since human nature allows for some molding of the mind, the system we have manages to supress many individuals´core characteristics. Take advertisement f.ex: Private tyrannies spend huge amounts of money on this. We´re being pumped full of this garbage almost everywhere we look, whther it`s TV, radio, internet, newspapers etc, etc day in and day out. It is a highly unnatural phenomenon, it´s been a part of human history for an extremely small amount of time, yet it affects us, many of us in a huge way.

In a libertaran Socialist organization society would incourage the good things in us. When society no longer encourages us to be greedy the true nature of humans would come to the fore. If a big part of our nature is based on cooperation and solidarity, and the society encourages cooperation and solidarty, guess what, it would produce cooperative and soldaric humans! There will of course be some "bad apples" in a libertarian socialist society as well, but that shouldn´t prevent us from organizing society to expanding democracy to communities and workplaces. In fact, even if it were true that humans have a less "good" nature than what is believed, we should still advocate more democracy. Being able to have a say in the things you´re a part of and that affect you is just logical no matter what further scientific work on human nature will conclude.

Btw, watch this debate between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault discussing anarcho-syndcalism, power and human nature, very interesting. Chomsky really nails it, again :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27NBpkzSSGU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OgyEC4y9AA&feature=related

struggleforfreedom

[-] 2 points by Thisisthetime (200) from Kahlotus, WA 2 years ago

You have brought up a good point. I am 100% with Occupy Wall Street. The World IS Out of Order. I am very confident that as Occupy Wall Street changes, adapts and learns, the potential Nastiness of humans will be addressed. Fair-ness.

[-] 1 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

I, for one, would like to know how they intend to address the nastiness of humans. I'm not just talking about greed and selfishness. I'm talking about thieves and killers etc.... This kind of society has been tried before... and we all know the results.

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

Hopefully, the compassionate ones highly outnumber the greedy, selfish, and the killers and thieves.

[-] 1 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

I believe the compassionate ones already outnumber the others... and yet we still live in fear...

[-] -1 points by Thisisthetime (200) from Kahlotus, WA 2 years ago

I agree. Their are a lot of truly evil bahstads on the planet. Now, their is two kinds of justice. First, their is one for the rich and powerful who can hire a team of "lawyers" to manipulate,confuse and create enough doubt to get their criminal off. Secondly, there is justice for the rest of us, the 99%. We usually get punished for our crimes. And to be honest their is a 3rd type of "justice". It is called "plea bargaining". The local "prosecuting" attorney will bargain and lower the sentences and fines for a criminal to get the bragging rights to case that has been "prosecuted" and hopefully get the "prosecutor" re-elected and/or promoted. I have heard that many police officers are frustrated because they risk their well-being and lives to catch criminals and then the "prosecuting" attorney does a plea bargain and lets the dangerous criminal off with a light sentence. Whether the police like it or not and whether we like it or not, the police are part of the 99%. The police have do what the 1% and their Sheriffs tell them to do or they will get fired and will not be able to feed their families. Just like the rest of US.

[-] 2 points by Marquee (192) 2 years ago

I beg to differ, humans have more and more widely varied characteristics than those focussed on by critics of the pertinent goal of the time. Freedom and justice have been historically championed by those with a different type of spirit than was said of them by their adversaries.

[-] 2 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

Well, I guess we'll see won't we? But their are enough of the human beings that will be looking for a way to benefit only themselves and those that are intent on just destroying life that it's not going to be as easy to bring about this egalitarian society you are so eager to build.,

[-] 2 points by ddert (5) 2 years ago

many motivations for negative and anti-social behavior among people result from the conditions of life under the capitalist system. if we can replace the system with something better, then the motives for such behavior will be drastically reduced

[-] 1 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

That sounds very naive to me. In this new society, who protects the vulnerable from thieves and murderers? Who enforces laws?

[-] 1 points by ddert (5) 2 years ago

i wouldn't necessarily expect thieves and murderers to disappear in a more egalitarian society. but there would likely be much less of them and it would be a smaller problem. which at least is easier to deal with. the dynamic of theft would become something more fluid and negligible anyway. the resources of our planet are used in such an inconsistent and irresponsible way under capitalism that you'd be surprised how many doors would open if people were able to make the earth's resources work for us in a proper and reasonable way. if you think maybe human nature couldn't handle this, you might be right. but if we were just able to try it out, then it would be harder to turn back, regardless of human nature.

[-] 1 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

Do you honestly believe that their would be less crime? I also don't believe that it is possible to create an egalitarian society, nothing is ever equal and there will always be people that will take advantage of others.

Karl Marx was a proponent of egalitarianism and we have seen the failure in his philosophy.

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

It doesn't sound at all naive to me. Why wouldn't society (that which is closest to you) protect you from killers and thieves? Why do we need certain individuals with power to be the only ones to do this?

[-] 1 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

Like the society closest to us protects us now? What I was getting at without laws and a society that takes steps to protect it's citizens and to punish and confine those who break those laws.

What are we to do? Follow them around yelling "shame" in their faces?

[-] 1 points by Marquee (192) 2 years ago

You're right, we will see, and it will be long and hard, but we must have justice. We will have it.

[-] 1 points by OccupyCentre (263) 2 years ago

Probably true at the moment. A lot of it is due to fear. We must show that people have nothing to fear. If they lose everything, there are folk out there who will help. That is the emerging value of the Occupy Movement. We essentially operate at two levels - survival and action. We want all people to survive, and the action part means we intend to get the banks - whatever it takes!! It took Simon Wiesenthal his life to get those involved in the crimes against humanity in WW2. We after after those banksters who have commited crimes against the 99%. Both are monsters. This movement is just starting.

[-] 1 points by raychel (37) 2 years ago

Are you posting this in all the OWS articles? I have seen this or almost identical comments throughout the site.

[-] 1 points by sinead (474) 2 years ago

No I haven't. And no I do not have more than one user name.

[-] 1 points by judy (61) 2 years ago

Thanks for the interesting links. Noam Chomsky's words were inspirational showing concretely how OWS can help bring positive change in those areas you mentioned. Here's the transcript for the youtube video. http://www.solidarityeconomy.net/2011/11/02/noam-chomsky-speaks-to-occupy-boston/

[-] 1 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

No problem. Hope you read all my articles and watch videos/links:

http://struggleforfreedom.blogg.no/

yours s struggleforfreedom

[-] 1 points by judy (61) 2 years ago

Yes, I did. Very informative :)

[-] 1 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

Glad to hear. New post with some good documentaries coming soon:)

[-] 0 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 2 years ago

I like the idea of workers Occupying the workplaces, especially the financial world . I have seriously thought of retraining to be a Financial Advisor so that I could effect the necessary changes by personal example and encourage a greater contribution to my immediate community from financial firms.

[-] 3 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

ok. The important thing, though, is that we build a huge movement. When big enough, lots of options open up on a large scale.

yours s struggleforfreedom

[-] 0 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 2 years ago

Yes. Anyone who identifies could also make their own lapel pins with "OWS Here and Now" on it. As more working people support and identify at all levels more positive change will ensue. Can you imagine if almost every cashier at any major retail chain began wearing such self made pins and supporting those workers by forming OWS support networks at those that really need unionization and compensation adjustments relative to company profitability?

I'll check out your blog site and save it. Thanks!

[-] 1 points by Thisisthetime (200) from Kahlotus, WA 2 years ago

For a different and enlightening take on the financial world check out Chris Martenson on Youtube.

[-] 2 points by ForwardWeGo (99) 2 years ago

Stay strong, continue to connect with all of occupy, move indoors for winter, organize, grow, learn and get ready for the American Spring. We are just beginning, We will not be stopped.

[-] 1 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 2 years ago

Staying indoors for the winter- yes, maybe OWS protesters who have been camping out in areas known for sub-zero temperatures need to consider barter for housing and people who live in the city centers where the biggest demonstrations will continue might consider posting ads for either Barter or Free Shelter for Occupy Wall Street. Note: Shelter can include barns, garages and even a carport type structure as long as the OWS people have their winter sleeping bags and winter gear-see http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=&q=barter+for+housing&oq=barter+for+&aq=2&aqi=g5&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=7295l12962l0l17868l12l11l0l1l1l0l784l2982l4-1.3.1l5l0

search results for some resources and ideas. I'd hate to hear of anyone dying or losing fingers,toes or even part of their nose due to frostbite. I'm in Reno,NV and well aware of the tragedies of people who don't know how dangerous cold weather can be.

[-] 1 points by aries (463) from Nutley, NJ 2 years ago

go ahead. what do you expect to happen?

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[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 2 years ago

In a sense, isn't that something that Occupy is aiming at?

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[-] 0 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 2 years ago

I disagree that the open protests are with little effect. In fact, it is encouraging the currently employed who are under-employed and private or public subsidy dependent to examine labor laws and mobilize if need be with Unions such as the Teamsters, Retail and Clerical Unions (all it takes is 50% of workers plus 1 individual to start a union) and Labor Law Firms must surely be experiencing an up-tick in demand as workers become more and more aware due to OWS.

[-] 5 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 2 years ago
  • Bravo!

  • We aren't backing off until there is justice and equality for everyone.

  • We aren't going anywhere until Wall Street no longer is a rigged game.

  • We aren't stopping until the 1% realizes and begins acting like they are part of the 100% that comprise a society.

[-] 4 points by econdemocracy (41) 2 years ago

NPR quoted a police officer today that the eviction was because after staying this long, "they [the occupiers] wore out their welcome"

Can you imagine the media reporting that with a straight face without any counter response, if someone said about the Egyptian Police trying to clear protesters camped out in Tahrir square, or any other Arab Spring occupation that:

"Well, these protesters and their occupation, we put up with them for a while, but by now, the're Worn Our Their Welcome, so that's why we're clearning Tahrir Quare with police Force"

We'd never buy that argument from police actions against protesters, especially in countries that are not Washington-backed (in Washington-backed dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, etc, I guess Washington thinks that it's fine to brutalize people quietly..but even there they'd never make the brazen statement 'it's ok to do this because they wore out their welcome' ..instead they'd just not report it)

Double standard much, U.S. Corporate Media?

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

Yeah, I don't see any limits mentioned in the Constitution on how long people can protest. Where in the hell do they get this shit from. Oh, yeah.... from the elite who have all the power.

[-] 1 points by hattiecat2 (17) 2 years ago

They are over throwing their goverment.. it that your intentions?

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

So, your definition of the right that the Constitution grants us to protest is that we need to be overthrowing our government to be able to protest for a certain amount of time? We want to CHANGE government and several other things. We have the right to protest for as long as it takes to do that.

[-] 1 points by hattiecat2 (17) 2 years ago

I didn't say anything about my definition about anything. I was commenting on the point made about the media reporting. The situation in Egypt is a little more serious than the problems the American occupiers are whinning about. They are actually trying to overthrow their government. you guys dont want to pay you student loans back. There is a big difference .

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

If you think Occupy is only about not paying back student loans, then you are either naive, you haven't been paying attention, or you're just a troll. Why is it that countries that are considered third world to Americans can offer free university-level education to their citizens and we can't?

And if you think we don't have a right to protest and try to change that which isn't fair, because our situation is nothing compared to that of Eqypt's, then you are completely delusional. I guess your view is to sit around on our asses and do nothing about injustice.

[-] 1 points by hattiecat2 (17) 2 years ago

I guess it is better than sitting on your asses doing nothing. So do you want free university education or not, are you protesting your student loans or not? your post speaks both ways. You can protest anything you want, and you can try and change anything you want. I hope you understand things only change when the majority agrees with you.Sorry that is the system. and I dont think defaulting on student loans is a cause most people are going to support or agree with.

[-] 3 points by therestofus (40) from Estancia, NM 2 years ago

Dear economicallydescardedcitizen, love your handle. For those of us on the original front-lines meaning the first collateral damages of the US secret corporate coup THANK YOU OWS!. I was thrown away by Apple Inc. in the nineties when they joined the subsidized outsourcing of America and sent manufacturing abroad. Nickle and Dimed,On (Not) Getting By in America by B. Ehrenreich. I could have written that book but never had time while I was working myself to death. After the deterioration of my health from an auto accident, I could see the writing on the wall and in 1995 added up the rent I had pay in my working lifetime enough to have purchased a modest home and realized I could not continue. Took a small amount of money and did what all of our ancestors did once upon a time. Purchased affordable land and built my own solar off grid house as I could afford it. NO loansharks and by the way I have an excellent fico, NO Utility bills except what I chose ie the satellite internet. First the goal was affordability and real freedom from slavery of the loan shark mortgage and mafia style system. Clean air and healthier lifestyle. Now the goal is sustainable self sufficiency and really if I were to model the original people of the area and even the original immigrants, that would be to have a village of some kind. We the 99% have been divided and conquered successfully with trickle down and scare tactics as well as media propaganda supporting the 1% for the past 5-10 decades. Rise serfs rise! The 99% Progressive OWS movement is the best thing that has happened to this country since the Civil War, Lincolns issue of "the people's money" the founding of the US Constitution,Andrew Jackson's defeating the Banksters and the only President that did not leave us in deb ted with a 'deficit'. Iraq/Afiganistan is Vietnam repeated The Great Recession is the Depression repeated with a few perks. The world war # 3, I am sure the 1% is crafting to repeat the fix for the recession as done before sending our people off for a "job" to make them more money and fix the economy just as WW2 supposedly did. We are the 99% and WE ARE TOO BIG TOO FAIL!. Get out from under and by all means DO NOT SPEND! Esp. now hunker down and do not give the 1% 1 MORE $.

[-] 3 points by Crimzon (91) from Arizona City, AZ 2 years ago

It be nice if the public as a whole didn't turn a blind eye, didn't choose ignorence over truth.

Each time these raids happen, each time police are pitted against Occupy. It is "your" freedoms they are diminishing, they arent "cleaning the streets" or "fixing a problem".

They are creating a bigger more substantial one!

When the day comes and we all have our rights irrevocably stripped from us.

For everyone who believes they are unaffected... the day will come when you are definitly affected.

[-] 1 points by nuck1es (59) from Port Hadlock-Irondale, WA 2 years ago

every time we here of innocent civilians killed in the middle east, we turn a blind eye to the fact tax dollars we paid to the government were used. everyone who pays their taxes owns a piece of every bomb dropped by the us military, and by other armies we support.

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

And that's why this and other movements need to continue and grow bigger and stronger.

[-] 1 points by Crimzon (91) from Arizona City, AZ 2 years ago

Sadly yes,

Our tax dollars will pay for our silence as well...

[-] 3 points by shainzona (23) 2 years ago

Occupy Congress on January 17th - the opening day of the next session. We can't wait through the winter to tell these elites that we mean business.

[-] 2 points by klmcelroy (15) 2 years ago

ALL PROTESTERS TO GO "OWS CAROLING" ON CHRISTMAS EVE !! SEE SONGS BELOW:

DEBT US ALL (sung to the tune of Deck The Halls)

  1. Debt us all with bailout follies! Tralalala lalalala! What’s the rea - son to be jolly? Tralalala lalalala! Hundred bucks per barrel of oil! Tralala lalala lalala! Drink the Kool-Aid, Join the Chorus ! tralalala lala lala  
  2. Bomb we now our latest peril Tralala lalala lalala! Billion bucks a week? no quarrel! Tralalala lala lala! Strike them hard if they’re not for us Tralala lalala lalala! Freedom's yours if you're conformist. Tralalala lala lala!  
  3. See the blazing world before us Tralalala lala lala ! Europe's crashing, print more dollars Tralala lalala lalala! Constitution's now in tatters Tralala lalala lalala! End the wars and fund what matters! Tralala lalala lalala!

UNITE YE EVERY CITIZEN (Sung to the tune of "GOD BLESS YE MERRY GENTLEMEN”)

  1. There is a house in Washington they call the Cap-i-tol It’s ruining the modern world, let protest flags unfurl. To curb the endless wars they cause, Let citizens unite ! O tidings of civil war tonight Civil War NOW ! O tidings of civil war tonight.

  2. My Father was a Senator, he sent in the Marines I asked him when the wars would end . "We’ll squeeze ‘em 'til they scream" My Uncle was a General, and now he builds their planes. O tidings of civil war tonight Civil War NOW ! O tidings of civil war tonight!

  3. My Mother worked in Washington, inside the Pentagon She'd add up all the men who died, then add them up again. The General said he saw the truth , but would he tell? O NAY! O tidings of civil war tonight Civil War NOW ! O tidings of civil war tonight.

  4. "There’s too much money in this game. Let companies stake their claim." "My neighbor’s in Afghanistan, A thousand bucks a day" The troops they send to guard his truck die for a lot less pay. O tidings of civil war tonight Civil War NOW ! O tidings of civil war tonight.

  5. My brother ran for Congressman, they said: "It costs a lot. You'll take our money for this race, or else we'll have you shot." My sister is a radical, she thinks things can be changed O tidings of civil war tonight Civil War NOW ! O tidings of civil war tonight.

  6. They say it’s called Democracy, they let us vote and wail But rich men write the laws you see, the poor just go to jail Now DOD can take you in and THROW AWAY THE KEY. O tidings of civil war tonight. Civil War NOW ! O tidings of civil war tonight.

  7. There is a House in Washington, a Senate down there too The People can withhold their tax ~ that's me and you and you! As long as profits rule all else, this country's goin' to hell. O tidings of civil war tonight Civil War NOW ! O tidings of civil war tonight.

WALL STREET (Sung to the tune of Silent Night) by John Judge, Carl Chatski, Kim Louth

  1. Wa-all Street Where the rich meet All's not calm All's not right In the parks, the people abound Human voices protest all around Greed's disturbing the peace Greed is disturbing the peace

  2. Joblessness grows true rate ? Who knows... Where did all -- our money go? One percenters say "BAIL OUTS WERE SWELL" While the people have all gone to hell! People, come out and prot-est, Protest the DOLLAR as King.

SATYAGRAHA HIP HOP

Now, I know you think you tough, But you better keep you distance If you dealinwith a brother Knows Non-Violent Resistance You be braggin bout you juice, Dissineverybody, laughing Ha Ha, But you won’t be smiling long When you run into Satygraha Dr. King he had more power In his one little finger Than whatever you’ll let loose By pullinon that trigger Now, I really don’t think That you’re getting the whole pitcha But you’ll know it soon enough, if I get non-violent witcha Violence gets back violence, Always has, every minute, every hour But that cycle’s gonna end When it come up against Truth Power

AN OBAMANATION (To the tune of The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron” )

  1. They put him in the White House, and it felt so strange It took so long long, it took so long. They called it hope, and then they called it change He looked so strong, strong, he looked so strong. Yeah, my heart stood still Yes, it was a thrill But when he came to power, it was straight downhill! He do wrong wrong wrong, he do wrong wrong

  2. He knew he's doing wrong when he told those lies It was so wrong wrong, it was so wrong He spoke so quietly, but my oh my It was so wrong wrong, it was so wrong! Yeah, he caught my eye Yes, he told some lies Then ~ when he went to war It was all wrong wrong, it was all wrong!

  3. Surveillance and the torture are still goin' on, That is so wrong wrong, that is so wrong My only vote was spent on an automaton I went along long, I went along. Yes, he tortures still Yeah, and he bombs at will Now, he's dronin' on and on He do so wrong wrong, he do so wrong.

  4. He bailed out Goldman Sachs and his other pals Was that so wrong wrong, was that so wrong? He gave them dough, he had become a shill ! He went along long, he went along. Yeah, he looked so fine Yeah, fooled me one more time Now he's just like Bush, but worse! He do wrong wrong wrong, he do wrong wrong.

VIOLENT NIGHTS (sung to the tune of Silent Night)

  1. Violent nights, no respite All is bombs, all is fright Sounds of danger to mother and child Birthplace of Jesus is so defiled Wish for heavenly peace Wi-i-ll there ever be peace?

  2. Violent nights, no end in sight C'vilians quake at their plight Fires fall down from heaven afar Weapons- makers sing Alleluia ! Peace asunder is torn Will peace come Christmas morn?

OCCUPY! OCCUPY! (Sung to “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells”)

  1. Oh! Occupy! Occupy! That's the only way Oh what fun it is to tent When you cannot pay the re-e-nt!

  2. Occupy! Occupy! from Wall Street to the Fed Screw us, and we'll multiply We're in the streets tonight! HEY !

[-] 2 points by warbstar (210) 2 years ago

I should mention that here in Utah, there is a noticeable change in the behavior of the militarized police force(s).

I am observing in several cities, military exercises designed to train the public to think their behavior is legitimate and normal. For example, in a small city I observed at 6:30 AM CT about 200 units with lights and sirens blaring while they circled the boundaries of the city. When I told the other witnesses that this is what a militarized police force looks like they laughed, then they stared in shock as a seemingly endless parade of units and officers went buy. Then they realized that they had many times the number of police neccessary to enforce law in such a small city.

The police forces in Utah are clearly ramping up their ranks and numbers. To pay for the troopers they conduct citywide sweeps, giving out tickets, to raise tax revenue. They are forming paramilitary units equipped with military weapons like broad spectrum signal jammers, sonic blast weapons, armored personnel carriers, military assault weapons, and much more.

This is going on right under the noses of Utah’s citizens. If you try to explain to them what is happening their first reaction is denial and willful ignorance.

[-] 2 points by tulcak (698) from Prague, Prague 2 years ago

Love you all. Live Free or Die. I really wish I could be there with you. I'm sorry I can't be. I'm there with all my being and as soon as I can, I will be there. keep up the good fight!

[-] 2 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

Getting evicted is something the movement has to get used to. That goes for police violence in general and other forms of state/government oppression. Its a natural reaction of the finacial elite who will become more and more scared of the movement(s) as they grow.

The state and government are often very servile to the wealthy finacial elite, especially in the US where the wealthy more or less control policies. The police is a tool of the business-run, or business-influenced state to try to crush the ones who want to take back from the wealthy what has been stolen thru bailouts, exploitation and speculation at the stock exchange. The elites are starting to feel threatened, they want to keep all that they have stolen, so naturally they want to stop The Occupy Movement and anyone else involved in the struggle with police force. These tendencies are however an indication that we´re on the right track: The elites are getting scared, and react by increasing their effort in trying to crush movements. The finacial elite will however fail. Police brutality is counter-productive, it just leads to more support and sympathy for people engaged in the struggle among the general population.

We the people - the 99% - will win this eventually. Again, "you can´t evict an idea" as the movement so beautifully puts it. Please come visit my blog. http://struggleforfreedom.blogg.no/ I especially hope you´ll read The Transition Phase: The Road to Freedom and The Society We Should Strive For

"What you should do is exactly the kinds of things that are going to lead to hysteria among privileged and powerful people" - Noam Chomsky

Yours s. struggleforfreedom

[-] 0 points by Censored (138) 2 years ago

Norm isn't the 99%, he's the 1% on the other end that wants statism.

[-] 2 points by vitriolck (69) 2 years ago

Its Noam...And if you knew anything about him, you'd realize how ridiculous it is to say that he wants "statism"

[-] 0 points by Censored (138) 2 years ago

Wow, I typo. He wants a crushing level of government intervention and a wildly expansive entitlement state. Yeah, he's a statist. Everything he wants to happen requires a state mandate because it sure would never happen with freedom.

He's a fringe kook with an assorted following of aging hippies and successive generations of early 20-somethings that simply aren't old enough yet to know better.

[-] 2 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

You´re making no sense..

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[-] 2 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

How so..?

The idea of people - whose books or documentaries or whatever, being popular and purchased by lots of people – all of a sudden being disowned rational, valid arguments simply because of the sum of money in their bank account is ridiculous at best. So what´s the limit on the amount of money you can have in order to present libertarian left arguments, and who decides this?

NC does not want statism, by the way. He´s a libertarian socialist

yours s. struggleforfreedom

[-] 1 points by Censored (138) 2 years ago

Noam is a stale moonbat revered by a tiny minority of leftists, hardly material for the 99% as the self-important OWS crowd like to pretend it represents. Noam represents the 1% of us that really really really wants statism, but nothing else.

[-] 0 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

...I've been reading Chomsky lately, and that's not what he's saying at all...

[-] 1 points by roblowis (3) 2 years ago

"All you need to do is stand on your own being with God without fear or anger, and the money men will fall into such confusion they will be unable even to speak, and will be easily carried away." An unnamed master of wisdom

[-] 1 points by roblowis (3) 2 years ago

"The old order is deeply entrenched and hard to overcome. The old tyrants in every field of life are loath to forgo their power and wealth, and fight hard against the tide of change, but they fight against the energies and will of Divinity Itself, and must give way in due course. A greater power than that of all the powerful on this Earth demands expression and nothing can prevent its manifestation. It is the way of the future, planned from the beginning of the world. Nothing can halt its progress and the young are its harbingers. Listen keenly to the young, they have the future safely in their hearts." An unnamed master of widsom

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[-] 1 points by shaprdressedman (0) 2 years ago

Is Occupy Boston going to pay to replant the grass they destroyed, and replant the trees they destroyed, and fix the sprinkler system they destroyed?

[-] 1 points by keepbreathing (1) 2 years ago

I strongly suspect that the evictions and other police actions are being coordinated at a federal level by the Department of Homeland Security. I hope I am wrong about this, as it is a very worrying possibility.

[-] 1 points by hattiecat2 (17) 2 years ago

dont get paranoid, just ease off the bong hit a little.

[-] 1 points by bettydonnelly (115) 2 years ago

Keep it Gang. You Folks may be changing the World. You are exposing the corruption that is rampant in this society, Police, Mayors,Politicians.

[-] 1 points by Shrimpman (1) 2 years ago

You know, the change begins with us.

"As the nights get colder, as the Mayor grows less tolerant, or as the police get more violent, Remember that you have already won. Whatever happens in this square, the day you leave is not the day you have lost it is not the day you have surrendered. It is the day you have spread out. It is the day you have declared a bigger battlefield. It is the day we Occupy the World. " (Douglas Rushlkoff)

Want to fix the world. Go to www.ifixmyworld.com

[-] 1 points by isupportoccupywallstreet (38) 2 years ago

Evicted or not, we need to keep showing up and showing up. Online work is great, donations, awesome, but the real power comes in huge numbers publicly assembled, just like the Arab Spring. Here's what an LA Councilman said in that city's over turn of Citizens United:

"I could not believe the coalition of energy that filled the council chambers today," said Council Member Bill Rosendahl. "It made a huge difference....."

http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/no-more-corporate-personhood-la-unanimous

[-] 1 points by marga (82) 2 years ago

OWS you are challenging the system, that takes courage and is exactly what America needs, We have become the laughing stock of the world. You did the right thing by staying leaderless and not being organized. Stay that way its one of your strengths. You will know what to do when the next surprise comes hurling your way.Yes you are winning because you know what you want and you're not settling for any less. And you will get it too because you are selfless and haven't been corrupted by the system yet like so many people are.

[-] 1 points by WorkerAntLyn (254) 2 years ago

Solidarity! Stay strong! You're an inspiration for all of us in the 99%!

[-] 1 points by Justice4all (133) 2 years ago

When they try to keep us as slaves in the world they have created, always remember these words of an America we must refind, regain, and restore!

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883

[-] 1 points by otonzer (33) 2 years ago

Bankers 0: Citizens 5436

[-] 1 points by Fallspring (30) from Silver Spring, MD 2 years ago

HELL yeah. so you just sleep at a different spot! BIG DEAL. still meet there and occupy that space. look up the 198 methods of nonviolence you have 197 to go. http://bit.ly/rJYJsn

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[-] 1 points by heyhey (1) 2 years ago

I love you all and applaud your courage. The occupy movement has fizzled out up here in Canada , but you guys are doing great!!

[-] 1 points by Mark01 (82) 2 years ago

dam i really wanted to visit the camp

[-] 1 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

You guys did well indeed. Dr. King would be proud of you.


Pledge For Nonviolence

  • As you prepare for Occupy Wall Street, please open yourself to life, love and the blessings of faith, hope, and charity.
  • Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
  • Walk and talk in the manner of love; for truth and love are the core of life, neither ambition nor the temptations of control.
  • Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
  • Observe with friends, with false friends and with your foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  • Perform regular service for others and the world.
  • Pray or simply ask within to be moved so that all men and women might be free.
  • Remember that nonviolence seeks Justice and Reconciliation – not victory.
  • Strive to be in good spirits and in good health. We are the 99% and we must go in peace.

        • Adapted from Dr. MLK, Jr.

We know who the heroes were from the 1950s and 1960s. Now we have to be our own heroes. Simple as that.

[-] 1 points by Skyeskye1 (49) 2 years ago

Thank you Boston NYC, L.A. and all Occupy cities throughout the country and throughout the world. You are very inspiring! Together we will win the fight for humanity. God bless you.

[-] 1 points by JamesS89118 (646) from Las Vegas, NV 2 years ago

Thank you people.

[-] 1 points by LloydJHart (190) from Vineyard Haven, MA 2 years ago

Occupy Wall Street has finally been dismissed as an isolated fringe element but you can change that by ending the phony fluff protests and do something real that gets real results. Block Traffic!

The Occupy Wall St. Movement has no leverage to force change and until OWS gets some leverage nothing will change.

If OWS blocks traffic and shuts down business as usual, OWS will have leverage to force change.

The forgotten must block traffic to remind the forgetful of the needs of the forgotten.

Don't follow the leaders. Block traffic with your friends.

Guidelines For Non-Violent Civil Disobedient Traffic Blocking. http://occupywallst.org/forum/guidelines-for-non-violent-civil-disobedient-traff/

[-] 1 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

I replied to the forum post you linked to with some questions on specifics when you get the chance, thanks.

[-] 1 points by MiMi1026 (937) from Springfield, VA 2 years ago

Yes!!

[-] 1 points by Ruckasse (28) from Norwood, NC 2 years ago

Boston you were the most heroic city in the new America against a money and power crazy king. Now you bring shame allowing the greedy and rich to tax and enslave the common man. Shame on Boston and it's citizens.

[-] 1 points by charnipar123 (122) 2 years ago

At this point of our revolution let us all remember the young man in Tunisia who doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire and died 2 days later. He wanted only to sell fruit to feed and shelter his family without government interference. His name is Mohamed Bouazzi and he started the Arab Spring which let to our American revolution. Bless him and keep his family in our prayers always. Mohamed....we honor you.

[-] 1 points by billbux (35) 2 years ago

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[-] 1 points by warbstar (210) 2 years ago

Ten weeks?!?!? This has only been taking place for less than three months?

Yes. We are winning!

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[-] 1 points by qazxsw123 (238) 2 years ago

You've shown mountains of courage. Good luck to you all!

[-] 1 points by shainzona (23) 2 years ago

We will prevail! For the first time in 30 years I believe in something that can and will make this country better. We will not be silenced. We will not go away. We will win - completely. I can feel it this time!

I look forward to a huge march on DC....just tell me when and where and I will be there.

[-] 1 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

Hear, hear!

struggleforfreedom

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[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Politicians like Cuomo and Brown and others are feeling the pressure coming from the new wind that started being felt September 17. Occupy is terrific.

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[-] 1 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

Tell me why I have a four-year college degree and a full-time job and am still so poor I qualify for food stamps? Nothing wrong with the system here, nope, not at all.

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[-] 0 points by CharlestonSubTerrain (7) from Charleston, SC 2 years ago

Yall will be fine. I got arrested along with 10 others a couple weeks back in Charleston, SC for our Occupation of Marion Square. As a group, we have continued to Occupy, but in different, and possibly more effective ways. We are planning foreclosure actions and community meals in impoverished areas, and we are occupying city council meetings. I can tell you from experience, to those who were arrested, speaking directly to the mayor at city council it is a cathartic and effective act. Not only do you have the opportunity to confront your oppressor face-to-face, but if you can, confront issues the city council is discussing. Not only can you affect the discussion, but you can also become such an annoyance to the men who seek to silence you, that allowing you to Occupy will seem like a welcome solution to the problem you pose by being everywhere else. This is a video of me speaking at our city council meeting, followed by another Occupier challenging the city's decision to move their treasury money to Wells Fargo. Keep your head up guys! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNgVdkrahTI

[-] 1 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

That's great! Thanks for your hard work. I hope to get some of this level of involvement with my local Occupy.

[-] 0 points by ModestCapitalist (2342) 2 years ago

The ugly truth. America's wealth is STILL being concentrated. When the rich get too rich, the poor get poorer. These latest figures prove it. AGAIN.

According to the Social Security Administration, 50 percent of U.S. workers made less than $26,364 in 2010. In addition, those making less than $200,000, or 99 percent of Americans (actually more like 98%), saw their earnings fall by $4.5 billion collectively.

The sobering numbers were a far cry from what was going on for the richest one percent of Americans.

The incomes of the top one percent of the wage scale in the U.S. rose in 2010; and their collective wage earnings jumped by $120 billion. In addition, those earning at least $1 million a year in wages, which is roughly 93,000 Americans, reported payroll income jumped 22 percent from 2009. Overall, the economy has shed 5.2 million jobs since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. It’s the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression in the 1930’s.

Another word about the first Great Depression. It really was a perfect storm. Caused almost entirely by greed. First, there was unprecedented economic growth. There was a massive building spree. There was a growing sense of optimism and materialism. There was a growing obsession for celebrities. The American people became spoiled, foolish, naive, brainwashed, and love-sick. They were bombarded with ads for one product or service after another. Encouraged to spend all of their money as if it were going out of style. Obscene profits were hoarded at the top. In 1928, the rich were already way ahead. Still, they were given huge tax breaks. All of this represented a MASSIVE transfer of wealth from poor to rich. Executives, entrepreneurs, developers, celebrities, and share holders. By 1929, America's wealthiest 1 percent had accumulated 44 percent of all United States wealth. The upper, middle, and lower classes were left to share the rest. When the lower majority finally ran low on money to spend, profits declined and the stock market crashed.

Of course, the rich threw a fit and started cutting jobs. They would stop at nothing to maintain their disgusting profit margins and ill-gotten obscene levels of wealth as long as possible. The small business owners did what they felt necessary to survive. They cut more jobs. The losses were felt primarily by the little guy. This created a domino effect. The middle class shrunk drastically and the lower class expanded. With less wealth in reserve and active circulation, banks failed by the hundreds. More jobs were cut. Unemployment reached 25% in 1933. The worst year of the Great Depression. Those who were employed had to settle for much lower wages. Millions went cold and hungry. The recovery involved a massive infusion of new currency, a World War, and higher taxes on the rich. With so many men in the service, so many women on the production line, and those higher taxes to help pay for it, some US wealth was gradually transferred back down to the majority. This redistribution of wealth continued until the mid seventies. By 1976, the richest 1 percent held  less than 20 percent. The lower majority held the rest. This was the recovery. A partial redistribution of wealth.

Then it began to concentrate all over again. Here we are 35 years later. The richest one percent now own 40 percent of all US wealth. The upper, middle, and lower classes are sharing the rest. This is true even after taxes, welfare, financial aid, and charity. It is the underlying cause. No redistribution. No recovery.

The government won't step in and do what's necessary. Not this time. It's up to us. Support small business more and big business less. Support the little guy more and the big guy less. It's tricky but not impossible.

For the good of society, stop giving so much of your money to rich people. Stop concentrating the wealth. This may be our last chance to prevent the worst economic depression in world history. No redistribution. No recovery.

Those of you who agree on these major issues are welcome to summarize this post, copy it, link to it, save it, show a friend, or spread the word in any fashion. Most major cities have daily call-in talk radio shows. You can reach thousands of people at once. They should know the ugly truth. Be sure to quote the figures which prove that America's wealth is still being concentrated. I don't care who takes the credit. We are up against a tiny but very powerful minority who have more influence on the masses than any other group in history. They have the means to reach millions at once with outrageous political and commercial propaganda. Those of us who speak the ugly truth must work incredibly hard just to be heard.

[-] 1 points by judy (61) 2 years ago

If the 99% income cut off is around $200,000, the slogan would better serve OWS by stating the 99.9% and the 0.1%. The mid and lower rungs of the top 1% also have been negatively impacted by this economy and government. They've lost their jobs, savings, pensions, equity, etc.

[-] 1 points by ModestCapitalist (2342) 2 years ago

Thats just not true. The income for the top percentile begins at around $370,000. Thats an all time high. Again, thats ENTRY LEVEL for the top percentile as of 2010. Of course, it skyrockets all the way up to 10 figures.

Mark my words: When the numbers for 2011 are reported this coming spring or early summer, they will show that the top one percent got even richer in 2011. No doubt. Its the ugly truth.

I will not focus my criticism on just the top tenth of the top one percent. No way.

[-] 1 points by judy (61) 2 years ago

Modest I was referring to the income levels you listed in your post. "In addition, those making less than $200,000, or 99 percent of Americans (actually more like 98%), saw their earnings fall by $4.5 billion collectively." "In addition, those earning at least $1 million a year in wages, which is roughly 93,000 Americans, reported payroll income jumped 22 percent from 2009." My issues are with those on the top of the top one percent, the ones who are corrupt, etc. not on those earning six figures. There are six figure people who empathize with OWS, have lost jobs, pensions, savings, etc. and don't know where they fit in. I don't think one can compare a multimillionaire or billionaire with someone earning say $400,000. Your post was informative and I think we basically agree, though.

[-] 1 points by ModestCapitalist (2342) 2 years ago

The article near the top of my essay was published by CBS. I only added one correction (more like 98%).

[-] 1 points by judy (61) 2 years ago

Thanks.

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