Sunday, October 2, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet: Friday 9/30

By now, everyone should know about the 700 demonstrators who were arrested yesterday on the Brooklyn Bridge in an entrapment situation by a police force that reportedly received 4.6 million dollars from JPMorgan as a donation to offset overtime costs associated with Occupy Wall Street (Daily Kos)  Transparent Fascism: coming soon to a town near you.  I have to say, though, that as inspiring as I find the occupation, I'm glad I wasn't on the Brooklyn Bridge for that bullshit.

I'll go downtown again one day next week with another donation for the food table and the comfort station.  Anyone who would like to contribute from anywhere in our great, if fucked up, land can follow this link to the New York City General Assembly:

The Occupation can receive packages at the local UPS store:
UPS Store 118A
Fulton st #205
New York, NY, 10038

There is nowhere to cook down there, so they need non-perishable food items like trail mix and dried fruit. They also need arnica, melatonin and homeopathic remedies since the medical station can't distribute Advil or other over-the-counter medications. They need trash bags and ponchos, for sure, but anyone who wants to simply donate cash so the occupiers can get what they need at any given moment can also do that at the General Assembly page.

I still haven't quite figured out how to deal with photos with my new set up, but I'm working on it.  Meanwhile, here are some I took last week down on in Liberty Park:

The sign display - and of course they reuse the signs over and over again when they're marching

Cute Kid

But it's not just kids.  This grandpa wants everyone to know it takes all kinds of folks to make 99%.  There was even a lady in a wheel chair.  The guy sitting under the blue umbrella is working at the information desk.  

Regarding the Media:
Who knows where this guy is from?  Not the Mainstream Media, that's for sure.

Citizen Journalist

CNN van.  They're jacking off in there . . .

Here are some people getting ready to march to One Police Plaza.  Note the old guy.  Honestly, there are old folks all over the place.  

No one was arrested that day.  The cops must have been plotting to corral the marchers on the Brooklyn Bridge less than 24 hours later.


Blogger Jim said...

I'll be at the Las Vegas occupation next week; I'll be posting pictures and maybe video, too. This is great.

October 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger PENolan said...

Can't wait to see your photos, OKatB
Your photo blog is outstanding

October 2, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Oso said...

Thanks Trish - I'll be heading back to SF later in the weak as well. I'm sort of honorary menopausal,maybe unknowingly senile would fit.

Great work!

October 2, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger PENolan said...

That makes you MANopausal.
How were things in SF?

October 2, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Rubye Jack said...

This is so cool this is happening and I only hope it can last. If I had the money, I'd go join them. Maybe we're get a tea party for liberals going yet!

October 3, 2011 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

One of the criticisms of the protest is that they don't seem to know exactly what it is they are protesting. Can you sense that a clear message is beginning to form?

October 3, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger PENolan said...

Mr C: The message has always been clear: Tax the Rich and Stop the War The media, as the propaganda arm of the corporations, needs to dismiss the demonstrations in much the same way as peace activists were dismissed as Dirty Hippies. Further, news production has been left to entry level staff and interns as a result of mass layoffs, particularly in print media, so unless somebody puts a press kit in their hands, these "journalists" don't know what to say. NPR stated that they weren't covering the Occupation because there were no celebrities and there hadn't been any violence. Then Tony Baloney maced some little girls to show his might, and NPR mentioned the incident. Corporate Media doesn't know what to make of the occupiers since they operate by consensus without a hierarchal leadership structure. Now that the Indypendent has raised enough money to produce and distribute The Occupied Wall Street Journal, perhaps the media will begin to recognize news when they see it.

You see many signs about student loans since the demonstrators are primarily 19 - 26, and that demographic has been turned into indentured servants to Sallie Mae. Further, that demographic has 55% unemployment - the highest since WWII or something like that.
While I suspect that most of the demonstrators themselves cannot articulate their reasons for being there in 25 words or less - they are all there because something is fundamentally wrong with this country at the systemic level.
The folks occupying Freedom Plaza, beginning Thurs Oct 6 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, are more experienced and media savvy than those on Wall Street. Their slogan is:
Human Needs over Corporate Greed
Hopefully that will be clear enough for the Corporate Media, but no one is expecting coverage. That's why we rely on alternate sources - including bloggers like us - to spread the good news.
(Somebody cue Frank Sinatra, here).

Rubye Jack - No matter how you slice it, we outnumber the 1%. and we are not nearly as fear driven as the Tea Baggers. But it would be nice to have a couple of wealthy sponsors. Like maybe Warren Fucking Buffet could quit jawing about equity and start funding the occupation.

October 3, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger VV said...

Trish, I'm so glad you went down there and that you're reporting on this. Is there any letter writing campaign to get MSM to start giving this the coverage it deserves?

October 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger mbarnato said...

Nearly spit my coffee out reading your CNN figure caption, Trish!!

October 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger PENolan said...

I heard something about writing to CNN or MSNBC, but I really don't' know.
Keith Olbermann devoted his whole show tonight to OWS and said he was making arrangements to go to Liberty Park while he was talking to Michael Moore.
Rachel Maddow should be ashamed for neglecting this story.
For myself, though, I stopped looking at the MSM over a year ago. It's Propublica, Atlernet and TruthOut for me.

Maureen, I'm glad you didn't ruin your keyboard ;)

October 3, 2011 at 9:14 PM  

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