[image description: eight .gifs with text captions of several people speaking to a camera while at occupytogether protest; caption reads “I want…/to see more serious political conversations starting/corporations out of the government and people back in/peace rather than militarization/to be able to speak my voice without jeopardizing my job/a greater regulation of the banks and markets/my kids to have a job and healthcare/true democracy for the 99% of us who don’t have it anymore”]
“These are irrational demands,” said Wall Street.
“I know, right?” said conservatives.
It seems very strange to reblog someone reblogging me, but people have asked me to, as when I answer questions directly, as I did here, on Tumblr it’s not rebloggable (I wonder why not). Anyway. Here’s what I said earlier today, in rebloggable form.
Because we need a rebloggable version for those not following Neil Gaiman.
It’s proved impossible for me to get this shot of former Philadelphia Police Cpt. Ray Lewis being arrested, published anywhere. I was adamantly rebuffed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, NYT, local NY papers, and Newsweek, before even looking at the photograph. One of the only published photos of this paradoxical and intense event is located here at the NYC Observer:
nothing makes me want to reblog an OWS photo or news item more than knowing it’s being suppressed.
I am feeling pretty spiteful today.
They pulled me out by the stethoscope, white coat and all as I was telling them I have a patient in there. One girl has a heart condition and wasn’t feeling well. They manhandled her and threw her on the ground.
Occupy Wall Street medic PAUL KOSTORA, on being forced to leave Zuccotti Park by the NYPD.
OK I’m going to reblog this again when there’s more people on, but I want to make this very clear:
AN ATTACK ON A CLEARLY MARKED MEDICAL FACILITY/SPACE IS A VIOLATION OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION.
NYPD HAS COMMITTED CLEARLY DEFINED WAR CRIMES AGAINST US CITIZENS.
I dare someone to tell me this is an isolated incident with the police, and that most police at basically good. BULLSHIT!
Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Westlake Park. Protesters gathered in the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street after marching from their camp at Seattle Central Community College in support of Occupy Wall Street. Many refused to move from the intersection after being ordered by police. Police then began spraying pepper spray into the gathered crowd hitting dozens of people. A pregnant woman was taken from the melee in an ambulance after being struck with spray. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM
this is heartbreaking
One autonomous individual’s thoughts on the aftermath of Nov 2 (by Katie Woolsey)
In light of the shitstorm that’s a-brewing over the #OccupyOakland events of Nov 2 and 3, I feel that it is important to clarify my personal position on a couple of things.
1. It is important to me to do this publicly and under my own name. I have the luxury of being able to do so.
2. It enrages me — it frustrates me — worse, it disheartens me — to see members of the Occupy movement looking for failures and scapegoats, and finding them in the actions and persons of those they casually term “anarchists,” “black bloc,” and, worse, “outside elements.” There are no outsides in this movement. Those who are disparaged with these terms have been critical, instrumental, essential to the movement from the beginning. There are many good reasons to put a mask on when certain activities happen. There are no good reasons for using a mask as an excuse to strip a person of her belonging, to negate this person’s absolute centrality to the movement.
3. The folks who are being thus dismissed do not spontaneously generate at night and evaporate with the tear gas. They have been here since the beginning of the cause, broadly construed, and since the beginning of the movement, narrowly construed. The tactics of the Occupy movement are anarchist in nature. The philosophies of the Occupy movement are anarchist in nature. The Occupy encampments have been models of community self-organization. This is anarchist in nature.
4. There were no failures on Nov 2 or 3. Successes cannot be cherrypicked and separated from all the actions, simultaneous and sequential, of the day. Nor were the successes confined to Oakland. In our bubble we forget, so I’ll say it again, that there are no outsides in this movement. Each success, each link in the chain, is allowed by a multiplicity of tactics. Each success is an escalation. We cannot fear escalation. Nor can we afford to believe that escalation only takes the form of a hammer through a window. Don’t kid yourself — sleeping in the park was and is an escalation.
5. I have not personally swung a hammer or thrown a rock through a bank window. This is not to say that I would not do so. I simply haven’t. In part, I am quite out of running shape, and such activities are better left to those among us who are fast runners — or so I tell myself. But I will never again shake my head at the broken window, or fret over how it will look on the news. Those who smash are willing to make real the threat that the whole movement makes to global capital. I do not mean the threat of property destruction itself; I mean the big threat, the deafening whisper of a million voices saying: We do not respect you. We do not fear you.
6. The folks who are being derided as “anarchists” and “black bloc” kids are the most brave and generous of the movement. They are willing to use their bodies to carry out the general will. You cannot say that this is not so. The Oakland commune has already, previously, voted to expand to indoor spaces. Reclaiming derelict and foreclosed properties is not only the will of the Occupy movement, not only written into its very NAME, but is in practical terms the only way that the movement will be able to hold through the winter without reducing itself to only the hardiest and most able-bodied among us, the most willing to sacrifice personal health and comfort. (And guess who those tend to be?)
7. I will not deride, dismiss, or disavow these friends, these comrades, for the sake of getting along with the liberals and the peace police. To imagine for a moment that this movement has ever existed without these tactics is disingenuous. To imagine that it will move forward without escalation is foolish. To those who feel differently, I remind you that this is the meaning of a multiplicity of tactics. You have yours, and we have ours.
8. We. Ours.
9. I could not give less of a shit if you agree with me; I could not give less of a shit if you “like” or “share” this or not.
Yours in solidarity and rage,
BREAKING NEWS: (11-02) 22:21 PDT OAKLAND — A car struck two Occupy Oakland protesters tonight as they marched with a crowd along Broadway, and an angry mob surrounded the car as emergency workers tended to the injured.
The driver, who was not identified, sat in his silver Mercedes-Benz sedan after the 7:30 p.m. incident while hundreds of people screamed at him through his closed windows.
Police arrived, questioned the driver and several witnesses, then let the driver leave the scene at 11th and Broadway in his car. Most of the officers on scene were BART police.
The two people who were injured, a man and a woman, appeared to be conscious and were taken to Highland Hospital. A spokesman there would not discuss their conditions.
As the driver left, many in the crowd yelled at him and at police, saying he should have stayed at the scene or been arrested.
“I don’t know why he was allowed to leave,” interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said later.
The incident happened when the driver was heading south on 11th and was blocked by streams of marchers walking along Broadway, witnesses said. He had a green light, but could not get through.
The driver “got frustrated and hit the gas,” said Nick Lucas, 25, of Berkeley. “He was getting pissed.”
“The struggle is not only social, economic and political—it is STRUCTURAL. No matter what side you are on, it is worth listening to what they have to say.”
- George Takei after visiting occupy wall street.
ugh I love him
Can I just, like, adopt George Takei as my grandfather or something?