This video from the USA says about itself:
On October 15th Occupy TVNY met with Pullitzer prize-winning author and journalist Chris Hedges in Times Square, New York City where tens of thousands of people assembled on a global day of action. Chris shares his feelings on where the Occupy movement has come from and where it is heading.
Seventy-Two Percent of New York City Voters Support the Continuation of Occupy Wall Street: here.
Bank of America Puts US Taxpayers on the Hook for $75 Trillion in Derivatives: here.
Thanks to the 99 Percent Movement, Media Finally Covering Jobs Crisis and Marginalizing Deficit Hysteria: here.
Jim Hightower, Truthout: “Astonishingly, some Wall Streeters continue to be clueless about what the Occupy Wall Street movement is protesting. Yoo-hoo, Streeters: Note that the movement’s name has the term ‘Wall Street’ in it. While there is a plethora of particular issues being raised by the protesters – from the corrupting power of corporate money in our elections to the demise of middle-class wages – the unifying theme is that each one adds to the rising tide of economic inequality that’s enriching the most privileged few by knocking down America’s workaday majority”: here.
Activists in New York Target “Governor 1 Percent”: Cuomo Under Fire for Refusing to Extend Millionaire’s Tax. Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet: “It’s no surprise that billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t support the millionaire’s tax. It should be a little bit more surprising that Cuomo, son of liberal icon Mario Cuomo, opposes the tax as well. But Cuomo has long had an ambivalent relationship with his own party – and even as momentum created by Occupy Wall Street has politicians from Barack Obama on down realizing that the time is ripe for some economic populism, Cuomo appears committed to protecting the interests of the rich”: here.
George Lakoff | Framing Occupy Wall Street. George Lakoff, Truthout: “Unless you frame yourself, others will frame you – the media, your enemies, your competitors, your well-meaning friends. I have so far hesitated to offer suggestions. But the movement appears to be maturing and entering a critical time when small framing errors could have large negative consequences … In politics, frames are part of competing moral systems that are used in political discourse and in charting political action. In short, framing is a moral enterprise: it says what the character of a movement is”: here.
Matthew Cardinale, Inter Press Service: “As the Occupy Movement spreads like wildfire across the United States and around the world, protests in the US South are facing unique challenges. Occupy protests have sprouted up in countless cities across the US South, including Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana, to name just a few”: here.
Madder at Washington Than Wall Street? Wall Street’s the Reason. Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future: “A USA Today/Gallup poll published this morning suggests that ‘most Americans blame Wall Street for the nation’s economic predicament – but they blame Washington more.’ Furthermore, when specifically asked who they blame most for the poor state of the economy, ‘64% of Americans name the federal government and 30% say big financial institutions’ … But the wisdom of the hive that is the Occupy movement is wise, indeed. It is not either Wall Street or Washington. It is Wall Street AND Washington”: here.
Michael Moore’s “Here Comes Trouble”: Celebrity Politics in an Age of Social Protest. Mark T. Harris, Truthout: “In a mainstream media so bereft of left-wing voices, certainly it’s easy to become a fan of Moore’s feisty, pro-working class politics. After all, who doesn’t enjoy seeing him on CNN or MSNBC taking jabs at the for-profit health care industry? Or denouncing the Iraq war and the president who started it from the stage of the Academy Awards? But at times there’s a certain desperation in this fandom, rooted in the fact that Moore is one of precious few with a left-wing perspective to gain access to the mainstream media”: here.
Occupy Berlin: In the Shadow of the Reichstag. Dina Rasor, Truthout: “When I had arrived in Berlin late Saturday afternoon, I saw the remnants of the large march that had taken place in Berlin and around the world and also had heard that the police moved in with force when the demonstrators had tried to erect tents in front of the Reichstag for the occupation. But as I walked up to the circle, the police were standing passively in the background and not interfering with the rally. Based on the news reports that I had heard the previous day, I assumed they were chastened and realized that youthful and exuberant Berlin didn’t like what it saw the day before”: here.
TRUTHOUT’S BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES
A recent article in the New York Observer highlights the ongoing challenge Occupy Wall Street faces in preventing the New York Police Department (NYPD) and perhaps FBI infiltrators from creating acts of violence that will turn the nation against the movement.
Mayor Bloomberg and the FBI know that nothing will change the mood of support for Occupy Wall Street faster than having them portrayed as a “violent mob.” So, there have been ongoing incidents of what appear to be provocations by the police or infiltrators to create an image of an unruly group of lawbreakers. (Just remember the Brooklyn Bridge incident for one.)
BuzzFlash at Truthout warned of this likely ongoing effort in a commentary on October 4, “The NYPD and FBI Are Trying to Infiltrate Wall Street Protest to Discredit It: Of This You Can Be Sure.”
Among the recurring reports of police infiltration and provocateurs is an account today of the incident that led to the NYPD arrest of more than 20 protesters trying to close their Citibank accounts over the weekend.
One of the persons arrested at the Citibank branch, Marshall Garrett, told the Village Voice:
But what was unknown to us and to a lot of people that day, including those in Times Square, was that there were undercover cops already there, paid to be disruptive and to be loud. One undercover cop present [at Citi] was louder than the entire group.
He arrested one of the protestors outside, and slammed her into the wall, and pushed her back into the bank. We all saw him at the precinct with us. He was laughing with the fellow white shirt cops, telling them about what we’d been saying, basically. It was a bit startling how inside their information was – how they were being paid to go to these protests and put us in situations where we’d be arrested and not be able to leave.
In fact, you can see one of the undercover police officer provocateurs in this alarming video. Watch through to the point where this plainclothes NYPD cop arrests a young woman, who is a Citibank customer, for merely being outside the bank branch because she was involved in the protest, but not inside the branch building. It is quite chilling indeed. Four or five NYPD officers just make the woman disappear.
The biggest challenge for Occupy Wall Street will be to uproot covert efforts to discredit the movement by law enforcement agencies that are supposed to protect the Constitution instead of subverting it.
Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout
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