Unions, Lawsuits, and Tea Partiers, Oh MY! (Occupy Wall Street)

Posted on October 4, 2011

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Oh my stars, Occupy Wall Street is the half-sister and antithesis of the Tea Party.  From CNN (like, omg! Is the media blackout fizzling out? I guess after 2 weeks and accusations of perpetuating no/misinformation this situation gets hard to ignore):

In New York City, several unions endorsed the two-week-old Occupy Wall Street movement and plan to join the protesters’ street theater on Wednesday, labor leaders said.

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Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement made largely of twentysomethings upset with the state of the economy, the state of the war in Afghanistan, the state of the environment, and the state of America and the world in general.

In less than three weeks, the movement has become a magnet for countless disaffected Americans at a time when an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults say the country’s on the wrong track.

first and foremost.. i wonder if most people would take the term “street theatre” as an offense.. and i wonder how it was intended.  but i digress…

The unions joining is pretty sweet in my opinion, but that’s not my focus yet.  This comparison between the tea party/99% I hear rumbling on the interwebs is.  On the one hand this movement is attractive  for the exact same reasons as the Tea Party is.  Yet they stand for pretty much everything that the Tea Partiers are against.  Tea Partiers counter protested OWS.  And apparently other Tea Partiers told those occupying they supported them. I think this is a learning moment, yes? (If nothing else – and i mean the lowest common denominator – it delineates the fact that people are both incredibly dissatisfied with the current state of affairs while at the same time becoming increasingly polarized.  Another obvious one for me is that the Tea Party want’s to “take america back” to some mythical time wherein it was a great and just country.  I have a sneaking suspicion the 99% would want to make America what we’ve been idolizing it to be and better.)

In other news, protesters are suing for the Brooklyn Bridge incident:

Five of the protesters, seeking to represent about 700 people arrested in the march, filed a civil rights complaint in federal court in Manhattan today. The protesters claimed officers from the New York City Police Department lured them onto the bridge’s roadway to trap and arrest them.

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The protesters seek an order declaring the arrests violated the U.S. Constitution, nullifying the arrests and barring the city from using similar tactics in the future. The group also seeks unspecified damages on behalf of the protesters.

I don’t know what the situation is, but i’d find it very funny if they asked for a monetary settlement.  Have protesters ever sued before?  I love the google. And learning about the history of activism.  Time to do some studying 🙂

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t been to the website yet. Go.  Now.  Do it.  So you can read things like pre  action-day-wednesday info:

On October 05, 2011, at 3:00 in the afternoon the residents of Liberty Square will gather to join their union brothers and sisters in solidarity and march. At 4:30 in the afternoon the 99% will march in solidarity with #occupywallstreet from Foley Square to the Financial District, where their pensions have disappeared to, where their health has disappeared to.

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Together we will voice our belief that the American dream will live again, that the American way is to help one another succeed. Our voice, our values, will be heard.

It’s pretty fuckin cool that the union workers are joining.  Harvey Milk was successful at being the first openly gay politician because the union workers supported him.  And in that time, that’s saying a lot.  I know the political climate is different now (for my queer folk and for unions), but I’m excited to read about what happens tomorrow from behind my work desk in between the mountains of things i have to do.  Tonight I briefly considered what it would be like/how I could pull off going to NY.  I wonder what #occupySF looks like.  I bet Occupy Oahu is just sad, however I will be going.

Also, how can you disagree with those last two sentences? Someone please explain.

Oh and also also, if you’re sick of me posting about occupy wall street… sorry  suck it.  Said in the most loving way possible.  I’m fascinated, motivated, inspired, captivated.. so many other words.. by what is happening.  And not just in a “oh yay this is great! Revolution! anarchy!” way.  But in an “i’m interested in real change and this is the best showing of something truly revolutionary i’ve seen/interacted with (I love technology) here in America, and no matter what happens we will learn and build from it” kind of way.  So, there ya go. that’s my agenda here.

Funny how I feel the need to defend myself against my absent readership.  I’m so self important. haha.

okay I just found another good one… apparently this occupation is getting a bit costly for NYPD.  And, quite frankly, embarrassing for the establishment.  Ignoring it didn’t work, arresting/bullying didn’t work. The next logical move is, of course, to put in people’s heads that our “national security” is at risk.

It is typical to see officers all over the city drafted to help out at large gatherings. That has meant a lot of overtime. The police department has been rotating in officers from other precincts — even as far as the Bronx — to help watch over the protesters camped out at Zuccotti Park and help with crowd control during the marches.

“This is costing a lot of money, at a time when we are being warned that we may face revenge attacks from al-Qaida because of our recent drone strike,” said Councilman Peter Vallone of Queens.

I guarantee we’ll be seeing this on the comments sections of news stories about Occupy Wall Street. Oh yeah, and make what they’re doing bad for the general welfare of people..

“We’re going to spend hundreds of thousands, maybe even a million dollars on this that we don’t have. Because of these protests, we might even wind up shutting down schools and firehouses because this is costing a lot of money.” Vallone said.

um, just to let you know, schools and firehouses and various other social services are already being shut down.  That’s kind of (i believe) part of the point.

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