Posts tagged "Occupy Wall Street"

paxamericana:

mohandasgandhi:

Recall:

  • Since 1979, the income of the top 1% has increased by 275% even after taxes and income transfers.
  • Half of all workers in the United States make less than $26,364 a year.

Gee, I wonder why there are all these Occupy Wall Street protests. What could they possibly want?

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laughterkey:

wilwheaton:

inothernews:

mindtwinkies:

who is this guy? this guy is Tim Sommers and he is America’s first political prisoner from the occupy movement.. today, after showing up to his court date, he will be held until MARCH 13TH for his next court date.. we don’t have the NLG here in tampa and are suffering for it… the pic will take you to an article.. and after you learn more, feel free to contact the following people to let them know this is WRONG!

judicial assistant for judge james v dominguez 813-272-5228
state attorney office 813-272-5400
public defender office 813-272-5980
mayor bob buckhorn office 813-274-8251

What?  How in the name of Hell is this possible?

Right to a speedy trial?

Anyone? Anyone?

This is disgusting. Maybe if enough of us shine a light on this blatantly unconstitutional behavior by the State, they’ll be forced to, you know, respect the laws they’re supposedly sworn to uphold.

Fucking Tampa. Call Bob Buckhorn NOW.

EDIT: the link will take you to WMNF, which is one of the best radio stations in the nation. In the spirit of full disclosure, many of my friends work there and I have taught workshops for them, but that in no way diminishes the importance of the level of bullshit that is going on here.

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reuters:

The corporations that occupy Congress. - David Cay Johnston

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Love it. The 1% used the media to put the middle class to sleep. Occupy Wall Street has come to wake up the middle class.

darcibastiaan:

My name is Patrick Meighan, and I’m a husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy”, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.

I was arrested at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 291 other people at Occupy LA. I was sitting in City Hall Park with a pillow, a blanket, and a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” when 1,400 heavily-armed LAPD officers in paramilitary SWAT gear streamed in. I was in a group of about 50 peaceful protestors who sat Indian-style, arms interlocked, around a tent (the symbolic image of the Occupy movement). The LAPD officers encircled us, weapons drawn, while we chanted “We Are Peaceful” and “We Are Nonviolent” and “Join Us.”

As we sat there, encircled, a separate team of LAPD officers used knives to slice open every personal tent in the park. They forcibly removed anyone sleeping inside, and then yanked out and destroyed any personal property inside those tents, scattering the contents across the park. They then did the same with the communal property of the Occupy LA movement. For example, I watched as the LAPD destroyed a pop-up canopy tent that, until that moment, had been serving as Occupy LA’s First Aid and Wellness tent, in which volunteer health professionals gave free medical care to absolutely anyone who requested it. As it happens, my family had personally contributed that exact canopy tent to Occupy LA, at a cost of several hundred of my family’s dollars. As I watched, the LAPD sliced that canopy tent to shreds, broke the telescoping poles into pieces and scattered the detritus across the park. Note that these were the objects described in subsequent mainstream press reports as “30 tons of garbage” that was “abandoned” by Occupy LA: personal property forcibly stolen from us, destroyed in front of our eyes and then left for maintenance workers to dispose of while we were sent to prison.

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This really is a must-read.

thenewrepublic:

Victory for Occupy Wall Street?

Governor Cuomo reached an agreement today with legislative leaders to raise taxes on New York State’s wealthiest residents as part of a deal to overhaul the tax rates.

The tentative agreement would also cut taxes for the middle class, by creating four new tax brackets and tax rates. The officials said the tax rate changes would generate $1.9 billion in annual revenue for the state.

“This would be lowest tax rate for middle class families in 58 years,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “This job-creating economic plan defies the political gridlock that has paralyzed Washington and shows that we can make government work for the people of this state once again.”

Will other states follow suit and implement a “millionaires tax”? Is this the result of Occupy Wall Street’s focus on income inequality?

Courtesy of the New York Times.

Worth reading.

abaldwin360:

by reddit user danmaddox

Just experienced something that shook me to the core and I can’t explain why but it did as I’m known to the people that know me for being a semi life hardened kind of guy . I’ve seen homeless people before many times in my life, but never a couple with a child. Most of the time in San Francisco it’s easy to walk by as you can tell they’re drug addicts or just plain scammers with signs at intersections. This time was different. Much different. Life Changing Different.

On my way to the San Bruno Post Office Just outside of San Francisco to mail off some eBay boxes I saw this couple just sitting in the corner of the lot, not begging or panhandling but just looking over their belongings as a 3-4 year old boy came running around the corner right into me falling on the floor.

The mother came over and apologized and I noticed how dirty she was and could tell she had been on the streets for at least a couple of weeks. She looked to be mid twenties. In a typical mother fashion she pulled him along telling him to watch out and be careful.

The whole time I was in line at the Post Office I really wasn’t there mentally as I was trying to find any other logical explanation other than a 4 year old being a homeless kid. I just couldn’t comprehend it.

On the way out I made a beeline straight to my car in a hurry looking down at the parking lot the whole way out. As I backed out I couldn’t help it, I threw it back into park and walked over to them.

Found out the guy was a 27 year old former combat Marine that had served four tours and had been out 2 years. He had lost his job a few months ago working at a warehouse. He jokingly said, but was absolutely factual when he stated that “Unemployment insurance makes you a well funded homeless person in Cali”. Neither one had any family that could or would help.

He’s right, $700 a month really won’t do a whole lot for you in California. He said he tried to re-enlist but the Marines aren’t exactly hiring right now and are actually pushing people out. He wasn’t a poser as any of you Vets know it’s easy to spot. You can just tell.

When I tried to give them the last $10.00 in my pocket he wouldn’t take it but said if I wanted to help him out I could walk with him inside the Safeway so he could get his kid some juice. Every time he goes in there the managers run him out as his family had camped out behind the store a few times. He said he guessed a homeless family was bad for business as he said he never once did anything wrong in there except use the restroom too many times he guessed.

I took them down to Safeway and went inside with him. He paid for the juice and few groceries with a Wells Fargo debit card so I know he wasn’t lying about the source of a small income. Apparently he was indeed known to the crew at Safeway as the cashier told him he better hurry before he was spotted in there. I told her I was with him and she just smiled.

Getting back to the car the little boy was asleep. He woke them up and got their stroller out of the car with their back packs. He extended his hand and said thanks Sir, I appreciate the kindness and if you know of anyone looking for a hard worker let me know.

I told him I lived not far away and my wife and I wouldn’t mind if they cleaned up and took a hot shower. He declined and explained if your clean on the streets you’re a target as other homeless can sense when you have two cents more than them. Apparently you’re target also if you appear homeless at Safeway too.

Feeling totally helpless to help them I said “What are you going to do son”

I’m not ashamed to admit my eyes teared up when he said “Improvise, Overcome and Adapt Sir, Semper Fi”

I just stood there frozen in disbelief, anger and sadness as I watched them cross the street and fade into San Bruno National Cemetery. I’ll never forget this as long as I live. This definitely isn’t the same United States of America I grew up in. What in the hell has happened to this country?

Discussion here

Yep, all poor people are lazy and refuse to work. /sarcasm

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