Saturday, October 15, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet Victory in Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park) & Rachel Maddow " US Democracy Bought By Tiny Minority "

Live Blog: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Win Battle Against Bloomberg Eviction, At Least 10 Arrested in Clash With Police AlterNet October 13, 2011 |

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET WINS! Bloomberg backs down, protestors stay in park
karinmoveon /Via, Think Progress

NYPD Roughing Up & Punching Protesters Oct. 13, 2011.

Occupy Wall Street Legal Observer Arrested After Being Run Over by Police Scooter via Alternet & YouTube October 14, 2011

"The National Lawyers Guild confirmed to TPM that the person depicted in the video below is one of their observers, that he's under arrest and that he's currently in the emergency room being treated for unspecified injuries."

Rachel Maddow adding credibility to the underlining grievances of the #occupywallstreet Movement

U.S. Democracy Bought By Tiny Minority

       Rachel Maddow With Lawrence Lessig :
A Way Out Of The Darkness of America's Broken Campaign System

And in California and elsewhere average American citizens including Nurses and farmers are hitting the streets to protest for fairness and justice so that workers pay is not cut

Real News Network :California Nurses And Farmworkers Demand Justice

Norman Solomon: Farm workers bill of rights is vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown; Nurses strike against cuts and for health care for all

And here's a surprisingly positive and reasonable article from Fox News about the Occupy wall street protests.

'Occupy Wall Street' -- It's Not What They're for, But What They're Against By Sally Kohn Published October 14, 2011

Critics of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement complain that the protesters don’t have a policy agenda and, therefore, don’t stand for anything. They're wrong. The key isn’t what protesters are for but rather what they’re against -- the gaping inequality that has poisoned our economy, our politics and our nation.

In America today, 400 people have more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. That’s not because 150 million Americans are pathetically lazy or even unlucky. In fact, Americans have been working harder than ever -- productivity has risen in the last several decades. Big business profits and CEO bonuses have also gone up. Worker salaries, however, have declined.

Most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters aren’t opposed to free market capitalism. In fact, what they want is an end to the crony capitalist system now in place, that makes it easier for the rich and powerful to get even more rich and powerful while making it increasingly hard for the rest of us to get by. The protesters are not anti-American radicals. They are the defenders of the American Dream, the decision from the birth of our nation that success should be determined by hard work not royal bloodlines.

Sure, bank executives may work a lot harder than you and me or a mother of three doing checkout at a grocery store. Maybe the bankers work ten times harder. Maybe even a hundred times harder. But they’re compensated a thousand times more.
The question is not how Occupy Wall Street protesters can find that gross discrepancy immoral. The question is why every one of us isn’t protesting with them.

According to polls, most Americans support the 99% movement, even if they’re not taking to the streets. In fact, support for the Occupy Wall Street protests is not only higher than for either political party in Washington but greater than support for the Tea Party. And unlike the Tea Party which was fueled by national conservative donors and institutions, the Occupy Wall Street Movement is spreading organically from Idaho to Indiana. Institutions on the left, including unions, have been relatively late to the game.

Ironically, the original Boston Tea Party activists would likely support Occupy Wall Street more as well. Note that the original Tea Party didn’t protest taxes, merely the idea of taxation without representation -- and they were actually protesting the crown-backed monopoly of the East India Company, the main big business of the day.

and so it goes,

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