Inspiring and depressing at the same time. To see all the people trying to effect change is fucking awesome, particularly those who organize and are not just out to cause a ruckus. The controlling, brutal, weaponized, fascist spirit in the US is beyond all other western countries, it's sickens me. Typical and unfortunate, that it even happens here in New York City like it does. That now famous video of the girl being sprayed by mace was just steps away from my home!
The fact that the government here uses violence against it's own people, speaking up, shows they don't give a fuck what we have to say no matter what. Protests haven't done shit for years... since the governments local and federal took the attitude FUCK'EM . On a good day the protests are good to rally us up a bit, but mostly it's just preaching to the converted.
My friend "the Spiv" once pointed out to me: "Protests are more like funerals" these last 15 years or so, "just a way to show your respects to the cause/person - but they don't really hear you, and nothing really happens". (I mean for the most part there are rare exceptions- but usually only by legal means does anything happen or when a corporation feels it on their balance sheet do they ever make an effort to change). The fascist police force and the people (oligarchy) who give them the marching orders need to be held accountable on EVERY level.
Only videos (as long as your equipment isn't destroyed on confiscated) will help spread the word virally over the internet into individuals homes and onto campuses. The corporate news ain't gonna tell the story that would help bring them down too, for being complicit.
This is as good a time as any, and it's always more important than ever, so I wish these folks the best and hope they accomplish something, some kind of awakening or change... So far it seems people in the media are mostly concerned about this one horrible circumstance of violence on this woman, being maced point blank in the face, but the reality is if they spent as much time on the evening news discussing WHY this woman was protesting and WHAT she was protesting, then we really might see something change... no such luck yet. But i look forward to the day.
Richard Metzger over at DangerousMinds says: "There have been a lot of people wondering why they major media seems to be ignoring the Wall Street demonstrations. Some are calling for the protests to be brought to the media and it seems like a decent tactic would be to take the demonstrations directly to the headquarters of the various networks and news organizations so they simply can’t ignore it. In the meantime, until the networks deign to cover them, you can watch a live feed of the Wall Street protests on the Global Revolution Livestream channel.
Noam Chomsky sends a “strong message of support” to the organizers of the Occupy Wall Street protests:
“Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”
The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.”
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