"Somehow, elements of the media… are portraying [Occupy Wall Street] as a legitimate movement. 

It’s really important for us not to give any legitimacy to these people in the streets… I remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.” - House Homeland Security Chairman, Peter King

***

I’ve never been happier to read something so ignorant.

This fucked-up half-witted corrupt remark made by King a month ago seems to foreshadow all the OWS raids nationwide, including last night’s Zuccotti Park raid - which resulted in not only the usual violent force, but the destruction of over 5,500 books as well.

It also reminds me of South Park..

Cartman is one of the best characters. He’s that character that personifies the ego, hypocrisy, immaturity, gluttony and greed in all of us. He’s the consistent hilarious example of what NOT to do and be.

Peter King is a real life non-hilarious version of Cartman. Am I horrified that this man is not only a government official, but a government official in charge of something - and that something is The House Committee of Homeland Security? Horrified doesn’t begin to explain it.

But..I am glad to see that Real-Life-Cartman was scared enough of the Occupy Movement to actually address it as a threat to status quo. I’m also happy to at least be able to comprehend how A leads to B (A = Real-Life-Cartman’s bullshit statement. B = repeated Occupy raids, including last night’s Occupy NYC raid, which the media was barred from).

The movement is experiencing governmental resistance - like all Legitimate Movements do.

And, much like previous legitimate movement makers, Occupiers are not a strictly reactionary breed.

Occupy is about more than being out of work. 

We are visionaries. We are Creators. Calling out the Cartmans on Wall Street and Capitol Hill, until they realize they’re not that cool, go home and cry to their stuffed animals* is our Occupation.

*see Fig. 3 above.

The woman with the orange bag is Ruth. She sat next to me at the Muni stop, right before I snapped the photo. She apologized for ‘ruining’ my shot. After we introduced ourselves, I learned she was on her way to Occupy SF, in solidarity with Occupy Oakland’s general strike.

When I arrived at Justin Herman Plaza, a large group had gathered, talking about the general strike. The second shot is the group walking past the Federal Reserve Bank of SF, toward BART to join Occupy Oakland for the march to the Port of Oakland. 

Both photos are from Wed Nov 2 2011

How Occupy Withstood Police Action Oct 27 2011


I’ve been visiting Occupy SF every chance I get, over the last couple weeks. Last night was a victory for the fledgling camp. 
Occupy SF remains in Justin Herman Plaza today (http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/10/27/how-occupysf-thwarted-police-raid) - after help from Occupy Oakland (which has retaken the plaza they were gassed out of earlier in the week - removing chain-linked fences, and are now occupying again, peacefully), at least a thousand citizens who showed up to defend the camp, public defenders, and SF mayoral candidates, who arrived on the scene at midnight, when the police planned to break up the camp.
The protesters were diligent in spreading the message to remain peaceful and calm. They were prepared with gas masks and medicine, linked arm-in-arm. 
The SFPD were spotted, gearing up in multiple vehicles with SWAT gear and handing out flyers to surrounding businesses, preparing them for ‘increased police action.’However, the media attention and political personas showing up at the plaza made them think twice.Today, the SFPD claim it was simply a ‘training exercise.’From everything I saw myself, and heard about, that is total bullshit. They also closed off BART, coming into SF from Oakland, to try and cutoff Occupy Oakland from joining SF in solidarity. However, the people took to the streets and marched across the Bay Bridge anyway.
Technology like Twitter and other forms of social media help us all bear witness to the reality of the growing movement that’s happening all around us. In accurate fashion. I am thankful to be able to share in this movement, with information filtered through sources other than ‘mainstream’ media.
Last nite was an inarguable example of the ongoing threat to and disregard of our constitutional rights.
It was also a shining demonstration of the power of peace and solidarity. When enough is enough, and we keep it up, the Power of the People can effectively oppose forces of injustice. And, hopefully, as it has in the past, contribute to real world change.
I’m hoping those who complain about the methods or alleged concerns of these groups ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD, will realize how myopic their fear, anger, or anxiety truly are. Whether people agree with the movement or not, we should all know everyone has a place alongside those who are already a part of this. Left and right. Citizens and law enforcement. Men and women. Everyone.
It’s not about fighting for the right of a small group to sleep outside. It’s about fighting for the right of millions to sleep inside. It’s showing the common man cannot be crossed indefinitely by the 1% in blatantly disrespectful, criminal ways. We are demonstrating our limits. And our infinite strength.
'Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead

How Occupy Withstood Police Action Oct 27 2011



I’ve been visiting Occupy SF every chance I get, over the last couple weeks. Last night was a victory for the fledgling camp. 


Occupy SF remains in Justin Herman Plaza today (http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/10/27/how-occupysf-thwarted-police-raid) - after help from Occupy Oakland (which has retaken the plaza they were gassed out of earlier in the week - removing chain-linked fences, and are now occupying again, peacefully), at least a thousand citizens who showed up to defend the camp, public defenders, and SF mayoral candidates, who arrived on the scene at midnight, when the police planned to break up the camp.


The protesters were diligent in spreading the message to remain peaceful and calm. They were prepared with gas masks and medicine, linked arm-in-arm. 


The SFPD were spotted, gearing up in multiple vehicles with SWAT gear and handing out flyers to surrounding businesses, preparing them for ‘increased police action.’
However, the media attention and political personas showing up at the plaza made them think twice.
Today, the SFPD claim it was simply a ‘training exercise.’
From everything I saw myself, and heard about, that is total bullshit. They also closed off BART, coming into SF from Oakland, to try and cutoff Occupy Oakland from joining SF in solidarity. However, the people took to the streets and marched across the Bay Bridge anyway.


Technology like Twitter and other forms of social media help us all bear witness to the reality of the growing movement that’s happening all around us. In accurate fashion. I am thankful to be able to share in this movement, with information filtered through sources other than ‘mainstream’ media.


Last nite was an inarguable example of the ongoing threat to and disregard of our constitutional rights.

It was also a shining demonstration of the power of peace and solidarity. When enough is enough, and we keep it up, the Power of the People can effectively oppose forces of injustice. And, hopefully, as it has in the past, contribute to real world change.


I’m hoping those who complain about the methods or alleged concerns of these groups ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD, will realize how myopic their fear, anger, or anxiety truly are. Whether people agree with the movement or not, we should all know everyone has a place alongside those who are already a part of this. Left and right. Citizens and law enforcement. Men and women. Everyone.


It’s not about fighting for the right of a small group to sleep outside. It’s about fighting for the right of millions to sleep inside. It’s showing the common man cannot be crossed indefinitely by the 1% in blatantly disrespectful, criminal ways. We are demonstrating our limits. And our infinite strength.



'Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it."
~John Lennon

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it."

~John Lennon

'be the change you wish to see in the world' ~Mahatma Gandhi

'be the change you wish to see in the world' ~Mahatma Gandhi

#occupysf #ows (Taken with Instagram at Occupy SF)

#occupysf #ows (Taken with Instagram at Occupy SF)

Muse - Uprising

Revolution soundtrack.

Rocking this all the way to Occupy SF today.

And tomorrow’s International Solidarity March: http://occupywallst.org/

Interchanging mind control
Come let the, revolution takes its toll
If you could, flick the switch and open your third eye
You’d see that, we should never be afraid to die
(So come on)

Rise up and take the power back
It’s time the, fat cats had a heart attack
You know that, their time’s coming to an end
We have to, unify and watch our flag ascend
(So come on)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

The few who could understand the system (cheque, money, credits) will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favours, that there will be no opposition from that class.
While on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.
— Rosthchild Bros., to a group of international bankers (1912) - one year before the inception of the Federal Reserve

George Carlin’s Greatest Moment (by SilverShieldGrp)

Video from the Foreclose Wall Street March @ Wells Fargo.

What’s a revolution without live music?

Occupy SF

Oct 12, 2011