Posts tagged occupy wall street
Posts tagged occupy wall street
Occupy Chicago. These photos were taken from a November 5th rally in Chicago by Jami Johnson. She was part of a group of about 75 protesters from Rogers Park who took the train down to join the downtown Occupy Chicago group, holding a General Assembly on the train on the way there.
Jami can be followed here on Tumblr.
Not everyone agrees with the Occupy Wall Street movement, nor do they have to. Many might not even sympathize with the protesters when they are shot with tear gas cannisters, beaten with nightsticks, or sprayed with pepper spray. But it takes a special breed of *sshole to publicly wish for a repeat of the Kent State shootings. As it turns out, Ann Coulter is that kind of *sshole.In case you don’t want to listen to the whole spiel, here’s the relevant quote from Coulter: “So at the moment anyway, I mean I don’t know what’s going to happen in New York today, but at the moment I’m not really worried of a movement like SDS which really swept a lot of the college campuses… taking over. Of course if it does, just remember the lesson from my book: it just took a few shootings at Kent State to shut that down for good.” And here’s another, just in case you weren’t convinced: “This is the first time they got bullets back… and that put an end to the protests pretty quickly.” If you’d like to read the full transcript, MediaMatters has it here.Let’s ignore her “creative” interpretation of the Vietnam era and the aftershocks of the Kent State shootings. This is a media figure publicly endorsing that we repeat a national tragedy by firing upon the Occupy protesters. Not with riot control methods, but with actual, lethal bullets. It’s mind boggling that this woman continues to get public appearances and book deals, because she is the absolute worst face of partisan politics.
The Presence of Absence: All’s quiet on Dilworth Plaza, the former home of Occupy Philly.
This kind of ignorance is physically depressing…
Scene from police clashes with #occupy oakland earlier this week.
Protester videotapes advancing line of militarized police, with burning barricades in the background. From this past Tuesday.
Week by week, the images of the police clashing with the protesters are resembling those from Egypt and Libya. Week by week, there is a growing sense among both liberal and conservative voters that our civil rights have been eroded and that Congress is doing nothing to defend the voters. Instead, they are supporting the corporations that fund them, and protecting their own benefits such as preferential health insurance and insider trading exemptions.
This is what a police state looks like.
(Also, not surprisingly, there was ALMOST NO COVERAGE of these events whatsoever).
The Backbone Campaign floated a huge banner on the lawn of the capitol yesterday with helium balloons! Thousands are gathering in Olympia Washington to protest the special session budget cuts.
Via Occupy Olympia Flickr stream
www.occupyolympia.org Come occupy the capitol with us!
Isn’t it … interesting … how images of protest signs like these rarely seem to make it into the mainstream media coverage? I have seen dozens if not hundreds of images of articulate, witty, powerful handmade signs. Instead, the mainstream media seems hell-bent on selecting poorly-written signage in order, apparently, to continue portraying the #occupy protests in a negative light.
Wonderful story. This is why we protest.
by reddit user danmaddox
Just experienced something that shook me to the core and I can’t explain why but it did as I’m known to the people that know me for being a semi life hardened kind of guy . I’ve seen homeless people before many times in my life, but never a couple with a child. Most of the time in San Francisco it’s easy to walk by as you can tell they’re drug addicts or just plain scammers with signs at intersections. This time was different. Much different. Life Changing Different.
On my way to the San Bruno Post Office Just outside of San Francisco to mail off some eBay boxes I saw this couple just sitting in the corner of the lot, not begging or panhandling but just looking over their belongings as a 3-4 year old boy came running around the corner right into me falling on the floor.
The mother came over and apologized and I noticed how dirty she was and could tell she had been on the streets for at least a couple of weeks. She looked to be mid twenties. In a typical mother fashion she pulled him along telling him to watch out and be careful.
The whole time I was in line at the Post Office I really wasn’t there mentally as I was trying to find any other logical explanation other than a 4 year old being a homeless kid. I just couldn’t comprehend it.
On the way out I made a beeline straight to my car in a hurry looking down at the parking lot the whole way out. As I backed out I couldn’t help it, I threw it back into park and walked over to them.
Found out the guy was a 27 year old former combat Marine that had served four tours and had been out 2 years. He had lost his job a few months ago working at a warehouse. He jokingly said, but was absolutely factual when he stated that “Unemployment insurance makes you a well funded homeless person in Cali”. Neither one had any family that could or would help.
He’s right, $700 a month really won’t do a whole lot for you in California. He said he tried to re-enlist but the Marines aren’t exactly hiring right now and are actually pushing people out. He wasn’t a poser as any of you Vets know it’s easy to spot. You can just tell.
When I tried to give them the last $10.00 in my pocket he wouldn’t take it but said if I wanted to help him out I could walk with him inside the Safeway so he could get his kid some juice. Every time he goes in there the managers run him out as his family had camped out behind the store a few times. He said he guessed a homeless family was bad for business as he said he never once did anything wrong in there except use the restroom too many times he guessed.
I took them down to Safeway and went inside with him. He paid for the juice and few groceries with a Wells Fargo debit card so I know he wasn’t lying about the source of a small income. Apparently he was indeed known to the crew at Safeway as the cashier told him he better hurry before he was spotted in there. I told her I was with him and she just smiled.
Getting back to the car the little boy was asleep. He woke them up and got their stroller out of the car with their back packs. He extended his hand and said thanks Sir, I appreciate the kindness and if you know of anyone looking for a hard worker let me know.
I told him I lived not far away and my wife and I wouldn’t mind if they cleaned up and took a hot shower. He declined and explained if your clean on the streets you’re a target as other homeless can sense when you have two cents more than them. Apparently you’re target also if you appear homeless at Safeway too.
Feeling totally helpless to help them I said “What are you going to do son”
I’m not ashamed to admit my eyes teared up when he said “Improvise, Overcome and Adapt Sir, Semper Fi”
I just stood there frozen in disbelief, anger and sadness as I watched them cross the street and fade into San Bruno National Cemetery. I’ll never forget this as long as I live. This definitely isn’t the same United States of America I grew up in. What in the hell has happened to this country?
Yep, all poor people are lazy and refuse to work. /sarcasm