My husband and I have been married just over a year. We live in a small, one-bedroom apartment that costs us $450 a month. I got demoted and received a cut in hours in July the day before I gave birth to our first child, a daughter, whom we had to place for adoption because we make too much by government standards to receive any help, yet we barely have enough each month to get by. My husband works full-time for just over minimum wage, and I work part-time for just over minimum wage. Neither of us are happy with our jobs, yet there is nothing available that won’t pay less than what we currently “earn”. I received a letter stating that I am no longer eligible for benefits at work because I am no longer full-time.
We are the 99%
ALL THE TEARS.
This is unacceptable! Class Warfare: Bring it on!!
Hip hop magnate Russell Simmons said Thursday on MSNBC that he planned on joining the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” in lower Manhattan.
Simmons, who has an estimated net-worth of $340 million, noted that all his employees paid more taxes than he did.
“Last time I got involved in a protest I brought a hundred thousand people there, for the Rockefeller Drug Laws,” he said. “And if I get involved really heavily in this one, we find the agenda and have a common ground… we can bring hundreds of thousands of people… small seeds are planted, but it could grow into something very big.”
Maybe now PBS will cover the protests on Wall Street. They have a real live celeb to cover.
The very idea that one can effectively battle Wall Street’s corruption and control by working for the Democratic Party is absurd on its face: Wall Street’s favorite candidate in 2008 was Barack Obama, whose administration — led by a Wall Street White House Chief of Staff and Wall-Street-subservient Treasury Secretary and filled to the brim with Goldman Sachs officials — is now working hard to protect bankers from meaningful accountability (and though he’s behind Wall Street’s own Mitt Romney in the Wall Street cash sweepstakes this year, Obama is still doing well); one of Wall Street’s most faithful servants is Chuck Schumer, the money man of the Democratic Party; and the second-ranking Senate Democrat acknowledged — when Democrats controlled the Congress — that the owners of Congress are bankers. There are individuals who impressively rail against the crony capitalism and corporatism that sustains Wall Street’s power, but they’re no match for the party apparatus that remains fully owned and controlled by it.
The protesters appeared to be a motley assortment of slackers, students, environmentalists, socialists, feminists, and hippies. It is easy to lampoon such folks, just as it easy to poke fun at the retirees, gun lovers, and pro-lifers that man the Tea Party information booths. But like the conservative enragés that have taken over parts of the Republican Party, these protesters have a serious issue that motivates them: the purported takeover of the political system by the richest one per cent of the population, as symbolized by Wall Street. “The one thing we all have in common,” says the protesters’ site, “is that We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.
There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave. […]
Choose. But choose fast. The state and corporate forces are determined to crush this. They are not going to wait for you. They are terrified this will spread. They have their long phalanxes of police on motorcycles, their rows of white paddy wagons, their foot soldiers hunting for you on the streets with pepper spray and orange plastic nets. They have their metal barricades set up on every single street leading into the New York financial district, where the mandarins in Brooks Brothers suits use your money, money they stole from you, to gamble and speculate and gorge themselves while one in four children outside those barricades depend on food stamps to eat.
Speculation in the 17th century was a crime. Speculators were hanged. Today they run the state and the financial markets. They disseminate the lies that pollute our airwaves. They know, even better than you, how pervasive the corruption and theft have become, how gamed the system is against you, how corporations have cemented into place a thin oligarchic class and an obsequious cadre of politicians, judges and journalists who live in their little gated Versailles while 6 million Americans are thrown out of their homes, a number soon to rise to 10 million, where a million people a year go bankrupt because they cannot pay their medical bills and 45,000 die from lack of proper care, where real joblessness is spiraling to over 20 percent, where the citizens, including students, spend lives toiling in debt peonage, working dead-end jobs, when they have jobs, a world devoid of hope, a world of masters and serfs.
I don’t know if ya’ll are paying attention to the Occupy Wall Street that is going on but I’m here to tell you, Twitter is limiting and restricting those who tweet about it, mass media outlets are purposefully NOT covering it, and big business is COUNTING on your IGNORANCE. Get informed. See how you can help, even if it’s just in BEING AWARE. This is Babylon. They call Obama a Communist, but NYPD is arresting reporters who try to cover the movement. STAY. WOKE. They want us blind. OPEN YOUR EYES.
Spread the word folks!! Class Warfare: Bring it on!
It amazes me… I live on a college campus and I don’t think ANYONE is even AWARE that this is going on.
OK. One more. This had to be reblogged. The Swells don’t get it and it’s no more obvious than in this video. They are in for a rude awakening.
Class warfare: Bring it on
Wall Street denizens mock Occupy Wall Street protesters by sipping champagne. Really. Gawker first discussed this with a posting about the Facebook event trying to organize the upper crust:
As the first week of the #occupywallstreet protest against corporate stuff draws to a close, some classy capitalists have decided to dust off their favorite Nixon-era jargon and hold a champagne-soaked counter-protest of their own. Free laxative-enriched muffins for all “hippies,” LOL.
A “pro-business Democrat” tipster sent us some screenshots of the Facebook event page for today’s corporate counter-protest, titled “Anti Hippy Protester Champagne Toast on Wall Street.”
Well, here’s the video. Police brutality, counter-protesting with champagne toasts… Who says there’s a class war? Nothing to see here, folks. </sarcasm>
There are always two sides to a story. This is just one side of this particular story, but given the level of random police violence, I have to wonder what was really going on yesterday. The videos I have seen show that these were peaceful protesters. They caused no physical violence on any person and they did no damage to property.
As I’ve said before, I think the police were given orders to stop the protest by any means necessary by the moneyed class.
I don’t know if you guys can see that well but those are the red marks on my wrists for being handcuffed for three straight hours today, with my hands twisted unnaturally behind my back.
I decided to go to the wall street occupation in NYC and…
-was maced in the face while standing on a public sidewalk calmly asking an officer if I could continue walking.
-was forcefully arrested (arms pulled behind my back by two police officers then lifted off the ground and dragged to a nearby wall) while being treated for the mace on my skin
-had my requests for information (whether I was being arrested or simply detained, why I was being arrested, whether they could read me my rights) greeted with silence by a wall of policemen standing with their nets, watching us sit there handcuffed.
-was bused, as the cuffs got tighter and tighter, to police headquarters (along with about 80 other peaceful protesters) and made to wait in the van outside headquarters for another two and a half hours
-was detained inside a prison cell for about another 6 hours, again with barely any information about why I was arrested and for how long
-was told I could have a phone call but only if it was to a New York number, and then was subsequently ignored when I asked if I could use a phone book
-was finally released with a charge of disorderly conduct and a court date nov 3
Right now I’m overwhelmed and exhausted. I missed the last train back to sarah lawrence because of being in fucking jail, so I’m staying at my friend’s dorm at parsons. I had just about every right I “have” violated tonight and it makes me really angry. when the police feel the need to use the amount of force they did on me - i’m 93 lbs and 4 ft - you know something’s off. when they’re detaining the “granny peace brigade” along with me, you know there’s really something off. this isn’t right, this isn’t democracy. that’s all I can say right now because I’m so fucking tired and I need to just go to bed. perhaps I’ll have some more coherent thoughts tomorrow, but again, right now I’m just totally overwhelmed.
This kind of overt police brutality during a peaceful protest is uncalled for. The worst part was that this pepper spraying was carried out by a police supervisor (white shirts) who swooped in, sprayed the women pointblank in the face and swooped out, not even having the guts to take responsibility for his actions.
Be sure to view the photo at the end of this reblog to see one of the perpetrators.
CLASS WARFARE: BRING IT ON
eugeniedefranval submitted (seriously thank you for submitting all these)
NYPD supervisor Pepper Sprays young girl point blank
The peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest march turned violent as the NYPD corralled and pepper sprayed the participants. Mass arrests were made and loaded onto a NYC bus further locking traffic. The protest march took a route from Zuccotti Park to Union Square on East 14th Street. The protesters were marching back to Zuccotti Park when the NYPD turned violent. Hitting, arresting and forcing protesters into a small area. At that point a NYPD supervisor yelled shut up to one of the protesters and shot pepper spray into her eyes point blank range and hitting a half dozen protesters (including 3 police officers) when they had nowhere to go. The same supervising officer was seen (photographed) laughing after the arrests while looking at his text messages. The peaceful protest march started as 300 participants but rose to over 1,000 as the event stopped traffic in lower Manhattan. People spontaneously joined the march over a 2 hour period.
NYPD supervisor laughing after pepper spraying young girl
It’s starting folks. The Class War. This was the first salvo.
This is going to be our London riots. But we won’t destroy our own neighborhoods. The Wall Street demonstrations are getting bigger. The moneyed are getting scared as indicated by the increase in violence by the police. They have given the police their marching orders, “Stop this, by any means necessary, NOW.”
It often puzzles me as to why a cop who is making maybe $65,000/yr would let the violence that happen yesterday occur without some kind of retribution for his supervisors who executed the violence. Sure he was “just following orders”, but even then I would have expected his enlightened self interest to kick in and he’d realize the protesters were fighting for his middle class lifestyle against the uber-rich who are actively taking it away. If Occupywallstreet protests gain momentum - which I think they will after this weekend - I wonder if we will soon see many police refusing to stop the protests. They may step in if there is property destruction, but only because it is in there self interest.
CLASS WARFARE: BRING IT ON
Big Warning: The video linked above can be a bit disturbing
eugeniedefranval submitted: Peaceful female protesters pepper sprayed for asking police officers why.
Protest organizers estimated that about 85 people had been arrested and that about five were struck with pepper spray. Among those was Chelsea Elliott, 25, who said that she was sprayed after shouting “Why are you doing that?” as an officer arrested a protester at East 12th Street.
“I was on the ground sobbing and couldn’t breathe,” she said. The ongoing protests, against a financial system that participants say favors the rich and powerful over ordinary citizens, started last Saturday, and were coordinated by a New York group called the General Assembly.
Wow, that is some terrifying stuff. Someone is going to have to explain for what has gone down out there. Today we’re all left with the same question when faced with this disgusting perversion of justice “Why?”
Well, the tattoo may have gone mainstream years ago, but only recently has it become a signifier of privilege. “As ink spreads beyond the button-up,” observes Good’s Amanda Hess, “the visible tattoo has emerged as a new middle-class status symbol—a stamp for those rebellious (and privileged) enough to pull it off.”