I LOVE THE NASTINESS OF THIS PIECE FROM ‘USA TODAY’ TELLING A DIFFERENT STORY FROM WHAT THE PROTESTERS DO……….
The collection of people in tie-dyed T-shirts and star-spangled underwear have been camped out in a granite plaza in lower Manhattan nearly two weeks — and show no signs of going away.
Police prepare to arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway on
They sleep on air mattresses, use Mac laptops and play drums. They go to the bathroom at the local McDonald’s. A few times a day, they march down to Wall Street, yelling, “This is what democracy looks like!”
It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It’s unclear exactly what the demonstrators want.
“When all the bailout money was spent on bonuses and stuff everyone was outraged, but no one did anything because no one feels like they can,” protester Jesse Wilson, 22, said this week when asked to take articulate the cause. “It’s time for us to come together to realize we are the masses, and we can make things happen.”
But he couldn’t say what, exactly, he wanted to happen. Handmade signs carried by some of the demonstrators — “Less is More” and “Capitalism is evil” — hardly make it clearer.
On Saturday, the group shut down part of the Brooklyn Bridge when they spilled onto the roadway from Manhattan in one of their many marches. Police arrested dozens while trying to clear the road and reopen for traffic.
But does it matter that the protest is vague?
Academics and longtime activists give varying opinions.
“A lot of this revolves around economic justice, who gets what in this society, who has a safety net, who doesn’t and how much corporate influence exists in Washington,” said Bill Dobbs, an activist involved in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican National Convention, and many others.
Dobbs and others say the group’s lack of specificity serves a purpose because it invites outrage over a full spectrum of societal grievances. Indeed, some demonstrators say they are against Wall Street greed, others say they are protesting global warming and still others say they are protesting “the man.”
THIS IS FROM FRIDAY. IS NOT A ‘SMALL’ PROTEST AND THE MEDIA NEED TO COVER THIS.
NO THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TALK LIKE A FUCKING PIRATE DAY. THIS IS A FOLLOW UP TO THIS STORY ABOUT HUGE SUCCESS FOR THE PIRATE PARTY IN GERMANY….http://www.therealstevegray.com/2011/09/anti-censorship-pro-citizen-rights-party-scores-8-5-of-the-vote-in-germany/…….WELL WOO HOO WE HAVE OUR OWN PIRATE PARTY IN NZ WHICH YOU CAN JOIN HERE….http://pirateparty.org.nz/
GO AND JOIN. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED.