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This Beat Down is for Your Health – the Money Party Must Stop Occupy Movements

By Michael Collins


“The problems we are facing were not created by us, but we deign to shed light on them and so we are blamed for them. The truth is, every person at our protest is there because the system is broken.” Samuel Rutledge, Open Newswire, Portland Indymedia

The fascist financiers of the Money Party are growing restless. Occupy Wall Street began with a call to action from the activist online group Anonymous in August. It was barely featured in the mainstream or alternate media. Instead of a small crowd that could easily be ignored then disbursed, fifty thousand citizens showed up at the headquarters for the world financial system, Wall Street. Despite the best efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD, the Occupy Wall Street continues. The message went out to the country and the world. Now, there are over 100 occupy events in Oakland, Kansas City, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. (Image: K. Kendall)

Occupy Portland began on October 6, 2011. It has maintained a steady presence in downtown Portland, a major West Coast center of commerce. The participants refuse to leave until the government addresses their grievances. Police scare tactics, planted provocateurs, and the elements are no barrier.

Portland evicted occupiers from their camps on Sunday morning. The occupy forces regrouped. Drawing local support, the crowd grew throughout the day. Sunday evening, the police tried a forced eviction from the downtown area that involved mounted police, shoving and pushing, and pepper spray. The police effort failed. The occupation continues, albeit with fewer places for citizens to assemble and the expectation of more police harassment.

There were police actions in other cities against occupy movements. These include Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Denver, San Francisco, and Albany, New York.

Frequent Money Party propagandist, the New York Times explained away local government police actions against demonstrators as arising “amid growing concerns over health and public safety.” Establishment tool, Mayor Sam Adams, used this excuse to attack Occupy Portland last night. The occupy camps were not “sustainable.” They had to be shut “to restore public health and safety.” Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia is massing police around Occupy Philadelphia due to his concern about “growing public health and safety concerns” Note the similarity of statements by Adams and Nutter to the New York Times talking points.

What other public health problems cause mayors to amass police and attack citizens?

If the mayors were so concerned about public health, they’d provide facilities and personnel to deal with public health, not mounted police beating protesters with truncheons?

In case the public health excuse fails, the Portland Police Department is seeding the media with stories that Occupy Portland participants were “fashioning makeshift weapons with wood and nails, in advance of a planned move by authorities to clear their two encampments over the weekend.”

No use of “makeshift weapons” was reported during the police actions against protesters Sunday.


Also, keep in mind that the Portland Police have extremely low credibility when it comes to telling the truth and respecting the constitutional right of assembly. After the August 22, 2002 protests against the International Monetary Fund in Portland, police videos tape were released that showed planned harassment and violence against demonstrators without any provocation — other than the exercise of free speech to protest the international organization behind the global financial crisis on August 22, 2002 (Portland indymedia video collective)

They Can’t Stand the Truth

The occupy movements across the country are exercising their First Amendment right to “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Money Party can’t stand that. Even worse, the occupy movement targets and methods are meeting with broad based approval. In a recent poll, “43 percent agree with views of Occupy Wall Street,”

When they use excuses like public health to stop peaceful assemblies, the mayors are liars, plain and simple, tools of the Money Party. They’re following orders to disburse a movement that’s just a little too real for the fascist financiers. It doesn’t matter if the mayors are Democrats or Republicans. Both Adams and Nutter are Democrats. The city government of St. Paul, Minnesota was dominated by Democrats when it fabricated excuses to ban public protests at that event. They’re elected officials through the contributions of the wealthy and powerful. They enjoy being on both the public and private dole. And they anticipate cashing in, like many elected officials, with a sweet position when their public service is over.

Time to Shut It Down

The fascist financiers of The Money Party are now paying attention. They’re using the normal tactics they employ against domestic assemblies of citizens who present grievances: lies, misinformation, police bullying, police attacks, claims of “safety and public health” concerns. They’ll ramp up soon to massive police actions and claim that citizens caused the coming police riots.

They have no other choice at this point. What if that 43% pubic sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street movement becomes 53% or 63%.

What if there is the possibility, no matter how slim, that real change will occur?

What if they’re investigated, tried and put in jail?

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Here’s a timeline from Portland Indymedia along with two videos:

Breaking news – November 13

4:57PM: Reinforcements coming to pin us in from behind
4:57PM: Police have name badges covered. They have been brought in from Salem.
4:59PM: There are several children & elderly on the front line
5:02PM: Police line retreated. One arrest so far.
5:13PM: Just as people were given a better strategic position for the park. A march was called to leave & go to Pioneer Square.
5:14PM: Several hundred now gathered in Pioneer Square. Many more people would be needed to retake the parks.
5:30PM: 16 riot cops gathering by Starbucks & pulling out pepper spray + less lethal guns
5:38PM: Got report that cops have been brought in from Clackamas [near Portland]
7:08PM: Arrestees had been taken to Hollywood TC & were released there.

Interview with Occupy Portland on police actions (including mounted police) and pepper spray attacks

Hello Wall Street – We Are Anonymous

Memo to Mayors

Just in case the mayors and city attorneys in the occupy cities forget, here’s the prevailing law applying to public assemblies. It supersedes local health ordinances and requests by wealthy donors and patrons to disburse demonstrations that disturb their sense of security and safety.

First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

12 comments to This Beat Down is for Your Health – the Money Party Must Stop Occupy Movements

  • chalo

    would installing portable toilets, potable water stations, and trash receptacles be than paying overtime for goons?

    How differently are Occupy people being treated than sports fans who are a lot less peaceful and orderly?

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  • Bernard

    For me, it’s kind of like seeing “John Galt” happening via “Occupy Wall St.”

    John Galt is the average citizen who hasn’t got anymore to lose. The system has crashed and now we/the 99% are going on strike.

    what a nice irony to see Ayn Rand’s ideas used against her.

    Since the 99% are the real Producers/make the Rich rich, now we get to see how the Looters like the American public going “John Galt.”

  • Michael Collins

    Their arguments are so weak, they just fall apart when anyone stops to think for a moment. It’s a sign of decadence before the collapse of the ruling class. The rotating destruction of anyone leading the Republican primaries and the free-fall of Obama, even with prior donors, shows that the system can’t even come up with someone to distract the masses. Kind of hard to be distracted when you have no job, health care, no future.
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  • Michael Collins

    The Looters are finding that there are no apples left in the orchard and no more orchards. They’ve picked us clean, taken almost all of the net new income, killed the new job market, and made sure that real entrepreneurs can’t get started. Now what are they going to do? They can’t think broadly enough to come up with new ideas. I pity them (and the object of their distraction) if they attack Iran. Hopefully the Libya fraud (making it sale for al Qaeda sympathizers) will emerge quickly.

    They’ve held the world hostage long enough.
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  • Romberry

    …at Salon.com basically defending these police crackdowns and asserting that the failure of the Occupy movement to be filled only with perfect human beings means that it’s all justified and that the Occupy movement essentially brought it all on themselves? I may overstate some, but not much. See for yourself.

    Ms. Walsh is definitely a member of the Money Party. All the leading lights and defenders of both of our major political parties are. And why wouldn’t they be? For them, it’s all working out just fine. After all, they are the 1 percent!

  • yogi-one

    Like this:
    Occupy Seattle Disrupts Pro-Occupy Wall Street Forum, Drives Away Supporters
    http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/11/13/occupy-seattle-interrupts-pro-occupy-wall-street-forum-drives-away-supporters

    Now my disclaimer is I’m a supporter, I have been down to Ocuppy Seattle numerous times, been at the GA’s, some some smaller meeting, done some marches, made a youtube dedicated only to the videos I made at OS (www.youtube.com/yogisothervids). So this isn’t some outsider yuppy BS.

    This problem – where the occupiers get in their own way – has been cropping up more lately. In the beginning, everyone was focused on why we were protesting – all the reasons you read about in Matt Taibbi’s material, etc. Slowly the discussions started morphing into communal “living together” issues: how to deal with the junkies in the tent next door, how to peacefully defuse a scuffle when everyone else is trying to sleep, etc.

    At Occupy Seattle, we could not even get a consensus on declaring ourselves as a non-violent movement – because a few folks sincerely believe that violence is absolutely necessary at times in a revolution.

    And then there’s the issue of the occupiers who don’t even respect their own process – the stack jumpers, interrupting the flow every time they get activated by somebody’s comment with a big MIC CHECK, people using the “wrap it up” sign whenever they don’t agree with the speaker’s viewpoint, and so on. This was on display at the city council meeting, which was the city council’s attempt to dialog with Occupiers about how they could help the movement. Big Duh. It was OS’s equivalent of a Rick Perry moment. Sorry to have to say that, but especially after so many people worked so hard to try to bring the city around to hear our views, and when they hand us the opportunity on a silver platter – we jump stack and get rowdy! Yay!

    Now, I know the excuses – democracy is a sloppy process, you can’t control free people all the time, it’s an organic movement, blah, blah, blah.

    Horseshit. If you want to achieve your goal, you have got to keep your people on purpose, and they have to agree to respect process. Without that it’s just an angry mob.

    And there’s great power in angry mobs hitting the streets, no doubt. And people are uncontrollable at times, and it is sloppy sometimes.

    So then just declare – “we’re a friggin’ angry mob, and don’t give sh*t about any process!”

    But that’s not at all the spirit of the marches I participated in. Watch the videos, those were beautiful events and all the people stayed on purpose and we made a powerful impact across the whole metro area.

    But now it’s back to cops vs. protesters, and dealing with the junkies among us.

    So I’m seeing that some soul-searching is in order. The movement has to push through to the next level of responsibility for itself.

  • chalo

    can be equal to playing into their hands.

    One thing the Occupy movement has done absolutely right so far is not to get snookered into letting entrenched powers dictate the terms of discussion. Because if you let your adversary set the terms, you lose.

    At this stage of the game, there are two objectives:

    1) Be an irritant to the powerful, and

    2) let the authorities show that they are the bad guys.

    Check and check. Even junkies and hippies can advance objective number one, and the NYPD seems to be making great progress on number two at the moment.

  • Anonymous

    They are the bad guys. They have no respect for prevailing law, the First Amendment. It’s pretty clearly stated.

    I agree with your points. The White House is too busy with wars in Africa to be bothered, I suspect. Libya, Sudan, and now Nigeria: what a bunch o clowns. Don’t they know we’re broke?

    On negotiations, those with the power will never show up at the table. Wall Street and the City of London bankers are like something out of Dr. Zhivago, dancing at their black tie receptions while the peasants shiver on the street below.

    The last three approve/disapprove polls for Congress average out to:

    10% approve – 83% disapprove (* originally reversed)

    And that’s from the corporate media. Pathetic. There’s a message there or Congress but the crazies and sleep walkers will miss it.
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  • Michael Collins

    Salon has some excellent writers but the editorial side is a pure Money Party gatekeeper operation.

    I feuded with them many years ago over their claims that there was simply no case for election fraud.

    Salon, Mother Jones & the Tortured Dialogue June 14, 2006

    The election trolls came out of the woodwork for this one and many a piece after that, a real nasty crew. There is a long, well documented history of election fraud in the USA but apparently Joan and her pet reporter have not read it.

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  • hvd

    I think your disapprove/approve numbers are reversed.

  • Actor 212

    I definitely sense a coordination of efforts on behalf of municipalities across the country. One might almost say someone paid a lot of money to orchestrate this.

  • Michael Collins

    thanks
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