‘There’s none so deaf as those who will not hear’ .. (anon)
Is it sad to think that if this really happened they probably would get at least 3 million likes?
84-year-old Occupy Seattle participant Dorli Rainey, pictured above after being pepper sprayed by Seattle Police on November 15th.
She later wrote about the incident:
“Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out. Especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech. Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: “Screw us and we multiply.’”
FUCK. FUCK FUCK FUCK. BLINDING RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE.
These are your ~civil servants~. There is nothing CIVIL about this.
I smile because I know, the power of the people is much stronger than the people in power. Towards progress.
“After transfer [to the Santa Rita jail], we were subjected to another round of searches, this time more invasive than the last. While standing single file in a hallway with male inmates leering and licking the windows in their cell doors, we were told to hold out our bras and shake our breasts. “Come on, ladies, shimmy,” said one sheriff. “Get into it. Shimmy.”
Full article here.
I’m disgusted at the Oakland Police Department, the NYPD, and the Boston Police Department, from what I’ve read so far. I used to have respect for the NYPD, now I cannot look at them the same way when I see them on the street.
(Oh hey, President Obama, about that exporting democracy abroad business we’ve been involved in these past ten years? It might be time to import some democracy back to the United States. These people are being wrongfully imprisoned because they are fighting for civil rights.)
This is so fucking disgusting.
Demonstration Aid of the Day: Just in time for the 5th of November, Matthew Borgatti’s foldable OWS/Guy Fawkes bandana mask is now available for pre-order on Etsy, and comes complete with printed “protesting advice about dealing with police, sharing your location, who to call in the event of legal troubles, and more.”
Sure, it’ll set you back $16.50, but at least you won’t be lining Time Warner’s pockets with licensing fees.
This reminds me of a poster sign I’ve seen before: “Make all politicians work for minimum wage and watch how fast things change.”
[image: protest sign that says ‘how about a maximum wage?’].
Occupy Wall Street News Update of the Day: The NYPD may be attempting to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement by employing an extremely shady tactic: Encouraging “lawbreakers and lowlifes” to link up with protesters at Zuccotti Park.
According the the New York Daily News, a physical line has been drawn between the pretenders and the honest-to-goodness demonstrators, with the “real” 99 Percenters occupying the east side of the park, and the “stragglers” setting up camp on the park’s west side.
“The west-side anarchists are in 70s-punk costumes,” reports the Daily News’ Harry Siegel, “and to the extent that they have discernible politics, many of them would be more fairly described as nihilists.”
Siegel says that the freeloaders — who are mostly there to take advantage of the free food and supplies provided by legitimate activists — have been known to start fights and engage in open-air drug sales, to the detriment of the movement.
Two “drunks” Siegel spoke with claim they were “encouraged” by NYPD officers to “take [their illegal activities] to Zuccotti.” Members of the Community Affairs Working Group say they’ve heard similar accounts.
The New York Department of Correction has denied outright the rumor that it was sending newly released prisoners to Zuccotti Park, and an NYPD spokesman responded to the Daily News story by saying, simply, “it’s false.”
Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street protesters were forced to weather their first significant storm over the weekend without any generators, as the dreaded “snowtober” pummelled the city with record-breaking flakes.
Any grumbling, though, was drowned out by the sounds of merriment and musical instruments giving the howling winds a run for their money:
Further Reading/Viewing: OWS organizers have officially filed the necessary paperwork to trademark “Occupy Wall Street”; protesters marched down Wall Street dressed as heroes and villains as part of an event dubbed the Occupy Halloween parade. Check out some snapshots from the festivities below:
I cannot fucking EVEN.
This is doing nothing to decrease my inborn dislike for the police.
Then again, I can’t expect the people shouting “get a job” at all of the unemployed and struggling people in the country to be bothered by such things as logic, compassion, and basic human decency…