Occupy: From 1970 to 2011
November 17, 2011
Day of Direct Action
Today was another truly incredible day for the ordinary people.
Announced as a day of "Direct Action", the event took on a far larger significance after the illegal and unconstitutional assaults carried out by tin soldiers & Mayor Bloomberg against peaceful, non-violent Occupy Wall Street citizens where Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Press were suspended.
As reported by Salon‘s Justin Elliott:
A military style raid on peaceful protesters camped out in the shadow of Wall Street, ordered by a cold ruthless billionaire who bought his way into the mayor’s office.
Is it any wonder how we got here? We have all been here before.
Our discussions earlier this week comparing the 1970 Kent State Massacre to the military-police assault in New York provoked a furious reaction in our comments. Here's a typical comment from our friend Anonymous:
The most stupid thing I'v read on this site and have seen many.Lets bring up ohio a few more times this month.Anything Neil stands for he does..anything Neil hates he hates..think for yourself
Twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen fired sixty-seven rounds in thirteen seconds, leaving four students dead
Kent State University, Ohio
May 4, 1970
And while tragically four students were left dead at Kent State, fortunately thus far, no one has been killed during Occupy.
But here are the parallels we would like to point out for those who might miss them between events in 1970 and 2011.
- Student unrest due to unpopular government actions
- disproportionate use of force on peaceful, non-violent citizens by a para-militarized domestic police force
- unequal application of the rule of the law between underclass and elite
- a huge trust gap between electorate and elected officials
- suspension of key articles in the Bill of Rights: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Press
- the use of propaganda and provocateurs to discredit people's movements
November 15, 2011
Let us just say that we did not come to title our earlier post "Tin Soldiers & Mayor Bloomberg Coming" lightly.
Neil Young -- and his friends Crosby, Stills & Nash -- called out Nixon for crimes & violating the Bill of Rights in "Ohio". Like wise, we're naming names too.
We have chronicled the struggle towards for freedom and justice closely over the past year as truly remarkable as the historic events have unfolded leading to the global occupy revolution.
And we'll say this.
Simply as a mere blogger, we are outraged and will not let this aggression stand.
For example, on Tuesday:
- An NYPD inspector took a press badge from an NBC4 reporter.
- police were not letting press through to Occupy Wall Street protesters and reporters were all blocked from viewing the raid.
- The air space over Zuccotti Park was closed to all news helicopters.
- Journalists were shoved around for being present.
- Reporters and photographers were thrown to the ground.
- AP reporter Karen Matthews and AP photographer Set Wenig were arrested.
- New York Daily News Matthew Lysiak was arrested.
- Jared Malsin, a reporter for the Local East Village, was arrested, even though he showed his press credentials.
- NPR freelancer Julie Walker was arrested.
Crushing what free press we have left is one of the final steps towards fascism.
Neil Young - Rumblin' (Official Music Video)
I feel a rumblin'
I feel a rumblin' in her ground
I feel a rumblin'
When will I learn how to listen?
When will I learn how to feel?"
Either you are a rebel or a slave.
Freedom ... For What It's Worth and FREEDOM In A New Year.
"First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."
~~Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945