Not only is he right, but we need to remember that chants and slogans are good to gather support, and attention…but they are only that. We need more than slogans and chants. We need to have conversations about issues like this. At this point we are only 1% of the 99%… I like what Readnfight said that we all experience the 99% differently…. but also I have heard a lot of people say we just need to come together and remember this is about all of us…etc etc. We can all be together and still deal with issues that continue to divide us. Telling people they are being too sensitive or that they are distracting the cause, is demeaning, disrespectful and undermines our message, that we all together.
We should not try to be all the same, we should not push away are differences. We should hold the tension and use this energy to try to move forward. It not easy, nor it often even fun. But it will only make us better. We need to listen… stop trying to tell people how they need to act or feel. If they feel unwelcomed, there is probably something causing that… don’t get defensive, just listen, reflect and continue to be more mindful. If we are every going to make change, it will not come from just occupying wall st. It will come from social, cultural and emotional transformation. I am here for that. Occupying wall st is part of that. Occupying space is part of that…. however it was not the start nor the end!
Start occupying yourself and reflect on your own bias, privilege, mistrust, anger, love, compassion…no matter what color, what race, what class…. we can all use this energy to get to understand where are now and where we want to go. Remember we are human and no one is perfect. Seek kindness, and expect respect and mindfulness.
My two cents.
Oh and help me occupy education!
being the “99%” in my gap hoodie. loljknot.
i saw a homeless woman walking around with no shoes in Center City. i changed my shoes 3x today. but clearly we’re the same class, cause we’re both the “99%.” or at least that’s what i’ve been told…or what people want me to say and believe.
let’s be real here; the whole 99/1 index is used as a marketing technique to be all inclusive and single out the “enemy,” the “corporations.”
what about the people that have multimillion dollar homes, multiple vacation homes, multiple vehicles, multiple degrees, multiple assets, but still don’t control corporations? in other words: what about the petite bourgeois ? are they not the “enemy” as well? do they not support, enable, and encourage an unfair American capitalistic society that so many people suddenly want to address?
furthermore, the cries (for lack of a better word at 2 am) of the “99%” are NOT, i repeat, are NOT, any different (or more serious) than issues that have been plaguing communities of color since the foundation of the United States.
i need to know why people want to “occupy” when the economy is no longer hunkydory, but the American economic structure has never been favorable for people of color or dirt poor white folk. WHY ARE YOU OCCUPYING NOW?
i also can’t find myself being in any agreement with a phenomenon that includes police (people are also overjoyed by the police being apart of the “99%” and them showing support for the Occupy phenomenon). i’ve never had any positive interactions with a police officer. i can’t forget police brutality, scandal, abuse, and harassment. i can’t get down with the 99%. but i can’t ignore this Occupy phenomenon either. i guess i’ll just have to keep talkin to folks and keep being critical, skeptical, and cynical about all of this.
i’ll upload videos soon. like tomorrow maybe. but in the meantime can someone provide me with some thoughtful explanations? please?
let me add this, i went by last night and you had circles of white kids playing drums while people who are homeless were trying to sleep!! what the hell? you got people trying to sleep and you wanna have musical circles, playing flutes and shit. hot mess!
Saying this shit, over & over, flat out, has been draining. We can all be the 99% together, but we don’t all feel it the same way. Let’s understand that and build from there, but people are refusing to do so.
Mark Meckler (Tea Party Patriots co-founder): They’re not law-abiding citizens. They’re camping in a park where camping isn’t allowed. They’re breaking the laws on the Brooklyn Bridge. That’s not Tea Party behavior.
Jon Stewart: Everything you described there I believe is a misdemeanor. The actual Tea Party was a fucking felony. Do you know who the Tea Party actually was? Do you know how much trouble you’d get in if you broke into a ship, stole the cargo from the ship’s owners and just threw it overboard? Not to mention the EPA fines and the damage it would do to your Indian costume? The Tea Party namesake - you’re named after the most celebrated act of theft and vandalism of private property in our nation’s history! And you can’t stomach a little park camping?
Future Leaders Workin at the Grocery Store
What They did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1990, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world.
They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as They ran the world. I think they thought you were too dumb to notice.
Indeed, I thought They had won.
But I watched you occupy the capital of Wisconsin. I see you today as you occupy Wall Street. And I see a spark, a glimmer of the glorious new age that is yours. A changing of the guard, a guard that has stood for entirely too long and needs your young legs to take his place.
I watch you turn away from what is easy and stand up for what is right. I see you understand we as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. I see you wise beyond your years. And I am proud. Give ‘em hell, kids. You are beautiful.
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I was deployed to Iraq 4x
5 of my friends are dead
1 of my friends is missing his arm
1 of my friends killed himself
I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous
I don’t sleep at night
All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer
I am the 99%
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
I’ve noted in several past posts that I’m strongly in favor of doing away with identity-based pluralism in favor of a concept of political activism rooted in privation and ethical utility; in other words, I think political struggle should be, on the most fundamental level, about what matters to you, not about who you are.
In that sense, the question of participation is a question of relevance. At what point does a given political struggle begin to affect your life? Do the inflated, insane bonuses of Wall Street executives matter to you? Does the fact that a corporation has the same legal rights as an individual matter to you? Does the fact that ranking police offers in a major metropolitan city think it’s “appropriate” to mace peaceful protesters matter to you?
I edited this to make it more rebloggable.
Meet NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, former Commanding Officer of the First Precinct and a leader of the violent brute squad who maced a group of unarmed, nonviolent women during the Wall Street protest.
I love that his name is Tony Baloney. How perfect is that?
Here is a little puff piece on him.
My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
How is it that an NYPD lieutenant — or someone ranked higher — has essentially been cleared of assaulting protestors with pepper spray simply by having a police spokesperson say that the incident was justified, and that the pepper spray was used in response to “something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video” that has since gone viral? Why aren’t the news media asking Mayor Bloomberg or Police Commissioner Kelly exactly what it was those women did that warranted being corralled and assaulted like animals? And who was the cop? There are media here on Tumblr who should be asking these questions.