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I love when an article begins with, “Revealed.” You know some shit was going on when a journalist begins with “Revealed!”
I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more of this article.
This confirms what a lot of us tried to express, and were immediately dismissed as paranoid or conspiracy theorists.
Although I understand the reason why it’s done, I personally think it’s foolish to dismiss conspiracy theorists. Most shitty things in history were the work of a conspiracy. Colonialism, everything Nazi, the slave trade, the assassination of most major political figures, High Fructose Corn Syrup… I could go on.
But the point here is that this article shares a ton of information derived from a highly redacted FBI document. College campuses snitched on their occupy encampments, interpretations of online conversations were included… There was a part where the FBI shares a bullet point saying something like, they’d seen conversation on a Occupy Wall Street message board saying when it’s okay to shoot a cop.
Whenever suspicions are confirmed, it seems as though someone just started an article beginning with, “Revealed!”
I have a lot of emotions about homelessness, and just as many feelings about the occupy movement. I’ve been very involved in Occupy Louisville for my own reasons, but I stay involved for reasons important to the people I have befriended there.
My mom was homeless for a few days with me when I was a little kid. We slept in a car. If my mom wasn’t living in Kentucky, I would have been homeless in January of this year, after I lost my job.
We all want to talk about stereotypes drenched in ignorance, and our language around gender, people of color and sexuality. Nobody talks much about the stereotype we all seem to have about people that don’t have a place to live. American culture has done a bang up job of painting homelessness as this nasty thing that only happens to alcoholics and drug addicts.
Women, men, children and entire families don’t have homes to sleep in at night. They don’t have a secure place to keep their precious items safe, or the ability to look at their favorite painting on the wall every night. Using electricity to charge their phones is a daily adventure.
It’s hard not having a place to live, and many Americans deal with this, daily.
The number of Americans for whom this is a daily experience is rising exponentially as rent prices increase while average wages decrease, and jobs evaporate.
In many states, people who don’t have an address to call their own are unable to register to vote! If you don’t have an address, you can’t fill out a job application. If you don’t have an address, you can’t get a bank account.
In a conversation with a man the other day, he explained that he lost his SSI direct deposit when he had to spend one night in jail, for sleeping outside. The state will not pay for you to be in jail AND pay you your SSI benefits. The worst part about it, is this guy worked full time for years, and that SSI money is money he earned. Then when he went to go and get his check renewed, the government told him that in order to get his checks back, he’d have to show a lease in his name.
How’s homeboy supposed to get a lease in his name, if 1. he didn’t have a place before and 2. he has no income without the damn ssi check???
You feel me?
So, I get a little pissed off when occupations are like, “We have this homelessness problem.” Well fucking a, the entire country has a problem in that there are so many people without homes. The reason we fucking occupy is to give ourselves a massive voice that says in unison, “THiS SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND WE’RE NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE.” The problem is that these people. These American CITIZENS are the very bottom rung of exactly what the 1% wants.
They want us to look down on these people, who are just as fucking bad off as everyone else. It’s like children on a playground laughing at the kid who has knock-off brand sneakers. Who gives a fuck? She’s a kid just like you are.
That’s the biggest reason why the communities created by the occupy movement are imperative to the advancement of our society as a whole.
Municipal governments are breaking up these tiny occupy communities. Just like the banks, slave owners and ruling class have always conspired to separate people and keep us from talking together about what we all have in common, rather than the institutionalized concepts that keep us from making friends and fighting together against those who oppress us.
At an occupation, you will brush shoulders, make friends and fight alongside the TRUE 99%. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic. Male, Female, Transgender. With or without homes. Middle class, lower class, upper class. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer. You are forced to join together with everyone from every walk of life who is currently oppressed by this outrageously corrupt system that benefits only a few people.
If we divide ourselves for them, it’s only helping the 1% do their job easier.
It is a bill which is going to be attached to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012.
According to a Washington Post article by Mark Udall:
… The provisions would require the military to dedicate a significant number of personnel to capturing and holding terrorism suspects — in some cases indefinitely — even those apprehended on U.S. soil. And they authorize the military to do so regardless of an accused terrorist’s citizenship, even if he or she is an American captured in a U.S. city.
Terrorism and anti-American behavior can be defined by a judge as whatever they see fit.
Basically what I’m getting at is that they want to INFINITELY DETAIN people, and this could boil down to putting people like me in prison forever, simply for using my first amendment rights to work. This is such an intense crock of shit.
This is clearly a way to eliminate the Occupy movement, and generally detain outspoken, compassionate people.
So the bill has been passed through the senate. Now it’s time to tell President Barack Obama to VETO THIS ASSHOLE BILL.
- Email President Obama
- Call the White house: 202-456-1111
- Mail the president a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
- Share this information with other human beings.
Occupy LA is about to be cleared.
We’ve been advised by multiple sources that police are mobilizing en masse at Dodger Stadium, that LA camp will be cleared at 10:30.
Leaked Disorder Control Unit document recovered by an individual arrested the night of the Occupy Wall Street eviction.
Do not act independently
Occupy Musicians Site Launched!
From the Guardian:
Lou Reed and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello are among the first signatories of Occupy Musicians, a campaign supporting Occupy Wall Street and the worldwide movement against income inequality. The website aims to co-ordinate performances at Occupy sites and showcase new works by signatory artists.
Occupy Musicians is a sister site to the bookish campaign at Occupy Writers, the lensing of Occupy Filmmakers and the speech-bubbles at Occupy Comics. “There is a sizable force of musicians from across every genre of music who support this movement,” organisers said. “[This is] a website for musicians to show solidarity with [Occupy’s] protesters, organisers, and supporters.”
No one is “Occupying Best Buy”. In a thousand cities across the world, people are Occupying public space in protest of vast income disparity and “shared sacrifices” being heaped upon the 99% while the 1% hide in the Manhattan penthouses sipping Dom and sniffing disdainfully at the protesting masses. These same people would hold their noses and smile condescendingly at “prospecting Occupiers.”
You have to be awake to Occupy. You have to be aware of the problems facing the People to Occupy. You have to be willing to sacrifice your personal property, your comfort, your clean arrest record, and even your health to Occupy.
Occupying Best Buy? I wonder if Sean is camping out at Best Buy to get a hard drive so he can get his computer working so he can apply for work. Does he even have unemployment benefits? Oh, I ask the wrong questions. Keep it cute, news media, and gloss over the deep despair that is being unemployed.
The violence you see on TV at occupations across the nation is highly selective.
How much good news are we noticing coming out of these occupations?
Philly Mic Checked their city council in regards to a racist bill passed which enforces a curfew. In Louisville, we had an entire week of activities for the past 7 days. New York’s activities on the 17th were OVERWHELMINGLY nonviolent, the police really didn’t whoop too many asses, and the message was consistent.
Leigh Ann Yost, a local musician, brought her children to Occupy Louisville yesterday. On the way there, one of her sons asked her, “Are we gonna get shot?”
That really made me sad, you guys.
Okay, straight up, nobody at occupy Louisville has so much as gotten SHOVED by a police officer over some occupy Louisville shit. We are the norm, not the exception. Most police get that we’re just chillin in a park, trying to get our fucking country back from some greedy assholes. I think most of them are actually with us. I was told by a LMPD officer (on a horse!) yesterday that, “We’re all Americans, and we’re all in this together.”
Aww. I hope you remember that when we start getting bigger, dude.
A lot of occupations are getting kicked out, but most people are not getting ther asses kicked in that process.
I’m not saying I want to make out with the police or anything. I don’t trust them, and I know they assume my delicious brown skin means I MUST be up to no good (Sarcasm, dude), but they have not started any serious shit with us. Yes, I do think they’ve given us a little push-back, but I’ll take a little bureaucratic bs over a billy club to the ribs any day.
Now listen: A ton of police ARE OVER REACTING. They’re letting their tempers get the best of them, and I’m sure some protesters are yelling, spitting and saying mean shit to the police. That’s not exactly cool, because that’s not who we’re fighting against in our nonviolent battle, here.
But seriously, the pepper spraying, old lady beating and other shit is the exception to the rule. LA, Chicago, Cincy, Philadelphia, most of Texas and many other cities have not experienced violence. But being safe and comfortable doesn’t get you on CNN.