Occupy Wall Street continues

This video from the USA says about itself:

Goldman Sachs v. Occupy Wall Street: A Greg Palast Investigation

Ex-Goldman Sachs Director Surrenders In Insider Trading Case: here.

Goldman Sachs Had 16% Stake in Biggest Forum for Under-Age Sex Trafficking: here.

An Interview With Glenn Greenwald: Why Is the Elite Class Protected Under America’s Justice System? Mark Karlin, Truthout: “Although your book, ‘With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful,’ is primarily on the increasingly adverse climate for civil liberties at the federal level, needless to say, your title seems made to order for what is happening with Occupy Wall Street. Glenn Greenwald: Actually, what is happening with the Occupy Wall Street protests is as perfect an illustration of the book’s argument as anything I could have imagined. The book’s central theme is that law is no longer what it was intended to be – a set of rules equally binding everyone to ensure that outcome inequalities are at least legitimate – and instead has become the opposite: a tool used by the politically and financially powerful to entrench their own power and control the society. That’s how and why the law now destroys equality and protects the powerful”: here.

My Vision of the 99 Percent Street Protests: A Balanced Empowerment Society. William B. Daniels, Truthout: “The 99 percent protests are telling us that electoral politics are dead. They are telling us a coup is occurring in which deliberative democracy is being replaced by a factional dictatorship of the corporate rich. They are telling us the only honest choice is to take to the streets with signs that complain about the plight of the middle class, call for jobs and object to taxation unfairness. Media commentators are groping for some unifying ‘vision’ that animates the protests. Some say it is the American equivalent of the Arab Spring. Others call it an extension of the American labor movement. Still others claim it is the symptom of a class war. These attempts miss the mark”: here.

Oakland Police Use Rubber Bullets, Flash Grenades and Smoke Bombs to Evict Occupy Oakland. Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress: “Late last night, Oakland police, under orders from the city, began surrounding the Occupy Oakland encampment in preparation to oust the protesters from Frank Ogawa Plaza. Approximately an hour ago, hundreds of Oakland police officers raided the camp. Dressed in riot gear, the police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, and gas canisters to forcibly evict and/or arrest the demonstrators who remained in the plaza. The Occupy Oakland Twitter account live-tweeted the raid”: here.

Occupy Writers: A Mirror of and a Stimulant for the Occupy Movement. J.A. Myerson, Truthout: “‘I love the Occupy Wall Street Library,’ Jeff Sharlet tells me. He is the best selling author of ‘The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power’ and someone who has spent a lot of time here at Liberty Plaza Park recently, observing the general assemblies, tweeting his thoughts and filing reports on the Wall Street occupation. ‘I’ve brought a lot of books there. I took a book, I like having it because it says, “Occupy Wall Street Library” on it.’ Sharlet is also the brain behind Occupy Writers a collection of authors, poets, playwrights, journalists, cartoonists, and others (anyone who self-identifies as a writer can get on the list) who have signed onto a simple statement: ‘We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world'”: here.

Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty’s Surge in the Suburbs. Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times News Service: “The poor population in America’s suburbs – long a symbol of a stable and prosperous American middle class – rose by more than half after 2000, forcing suburban communities across the country to re-evaluate their identities and how they serve their populations. The increase in the suburbs was 53 percent, compared with 26 percent in cities. The recession accelerated the pace: two-thirds of the new suburban poor were added from 2007 to 2010”: here.

3 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street continues


    What a difference a city makes.

    In Oakland last night, the police violently stormed an Occupy Wall Street encampment in that city. “Dressed in riot gear, the police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, and gas canisters to forcibly evict and/or arrest the demonstrators who remained in the plaza,” according to ThinkProgress.

    But a few hundred miles to the south, in America’s second-largest city, a sea of tents peacefully surrounds the Art Deco Los Angeles City Hall.

    In fact, on October 12, the City Council of Los Angeles endorsed the occupation:

    After nearly three hours of public comment dominated by Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators, the City Council voted Wednesday to support the movement calling attention to what activists say is a growing gap between the nation’s rich and poor.

    The resolution sponsored by Councilmen Richard Alarcon and Bill Rosendahl supports the “peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights carried out by ‘Occupy Los Angeles.'”

    Visiting the Los Angeles tent city of protest a little over a week ago, BuzzFlash at Truthout couldn’t see even one police officer in sight – literally. It was so peaceful that, given the corporate mass media’s attention to conflict, the Los Angeles occupation is getting little national attention.

    Yes, the Los Angeles City Hall is located in a relatively deserted part of what is a relatively small downtown for the second-largest city in the US. Yes, there are virtually no residents around to use as an excuse for a crackdown, as is being done by Mayor Bloomberg of New York.

    But there is something else at work here. The city of Los Angeles has been allegedly ripped off by big banks, according to TIME magazine. It has also been mulling a bank accountability proposal that would benefit consumers and homeowners, as well as ensure transparency in loans to the city:

    First introduced more than two years ago, the proposal had lost steam until the zeal of Occupy Los Angeles gave it momentum, according to its sponsor, councilman Richard Alarcon. “We felt the resolution kind of captured the spirit of the entire movement,” Alarcon says. “We were sort of kindred spirits.” If implemented, the initiative would set up a report-card system to rate banks and deny them business if they score too low.

    Banks’ scores would be determined by factors such as the number of home-loan modifications they give to homeowners to prevent foreclosures, how much lending they do to small businesses and whether the institutions have committed fraudulent activity. And there is reason to suspect fraud. In 2008, the city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against 35 financial institutions alleging wrongdoing like rigging bidding processes to manage city debt. The suit has yet to be settled as the city waits for state and federal investigations to conclude amid similar accusations in other cities.

    When looking for the potential of Occupy Wall Street to redresses grievances through action, perhaps one should follow the famous quotation from the 1800s: “Go West young man.”

    In this bicoastal nation, it is gratifying to see a Los Angeles tilt toward occupying Wall Street.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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