via Peter Harris, who has a full set of pictures of Occupy Wall Street from the beginning
I have been following the campaign known as Occupy Wall Street, because I have been desperately hoping that people a bit more fit than I am would start protesting something, somewhere, or somehow, about the raping of the American people by Wall Street and the massive corporations (or, as the Supreme Court says, persons) owned by the 400 wealthiest human beings in America.
They’re the ones who bought Congress, both the left and and the right. The ones who have too big a stake in our White House. The ones insinuated into the government of every state and every city(?) of our nation.
I’ve said again and again to friends that I expect rioting here in the United States eventually, because things are becoming unlivable for far too many people. Some previously well-off families are now homeless after years of joblessness, also know as the feared unemployed.
And that’s not even mentioning the people who’ve been homeless for many years prior, or the chronically unemployed due to poverty and a system that actively filters them out of the success funnel.
I myself am in financial trouble because of the Wall Street collapse, but not destitute, thank God, because of the support of the Pseudo-Husband. He won’t leave me homeless, since it was my house before it was ours. (Also because he’s just a wonderful man, and I do know how lucky I am to have him.)
But I didn’t realize, I didn’t suspect, I didn’t get it that the riots would be started by the Police Department of New York City.
I’d hoped for citizens rising up. I thought students might figure out what they are up against right now and in their future.
But definitely, on this occasion, THE RIOT WAS STARTED BY THE COPS. And some of them went way overboard, and since the white shirts indicated higher ups in the department, they weren’t untrained rookies.
Take a look at evidence that American police are acting against American people who were in no way breaking any laws:
What is up with fencing the women in with the orange containment material? And once in there, safely stopped from using their weapons (cameras? water bottles?) against the poor, out-numbered, unarmed police gentlemen, WHY THE PEPPER SPRAY???
Not so pretty, are they? Would you be willing to sign a petition saying that we want this treatment of people who aren’t doing anything wrong to end? It asks the New York Police Chief and the Mayor to put a stop to this treatment of the Wall Street protesters.
Oh, rats. Darn it, anyhow.
Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) just announced on MSNBC that a statement has been issued by the City that the officers involved did nothing wrong. (He also said that videos would be posted on his page, available to anyone who wants to see them.)
Shoot. And here I thought I’d really seen an actual news story. How embarrassing. Must have been my imagination.
Hey, if you agree with me even a bit, please sign the petition. At least let’s get this day’s work looked at by an objective group of people with some power of some sort.
Oh, I hear what you’re saying. Am I counting on this turning out well? No, not really. I imagine the cops will get away with it. They totally went after the person with the professional video camera and got it away from him.
Remember Kent State? Don’t be surprised if we see another and similar tragedy, maybe sometime soon.
We aren’t that different from the brave citizens of the Middle East who fought and died for their freedom this spring and summer. In fact, I seem to recall that our nation started that way. Wonder if the folks in charge of New York will recall it some time soon?
And if so: Hello, Washington? Washington, D.C.? Are you there, supposed leaders?
I’ll finish up as I do so very often, and still keep hoping there’s some truth behind it:
You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one…
Thank you, Occupy Wall Street folks. You’re showing the courage I knew was still out there. Keep on keepin’ on.
And I guarantee that MSNBC will be watching now.