My take on these occupy movements taking place all over the country (with varying degrees of participation and success)is this:
1. I question any movements motives and agendas that is as manufactured and contrived as this one was. Breitbart’s reposted emails spelled out the movements genesis with very little left to doubt.
2. David is upset because he thinks the media has been purposely ignoring what the movement has been saying and doing since it started. I posted over 100 links to various news stories (all reporting some level of criminal activity or arrest) to prove him wrong. The truth is we are both right and wrong at the same time; they are getting their coverage …it’s just been all negative and I agree that, “yes” the rest of what they6 have been up too has been curiously as missing in action as Ron Paul’s campaign coverage.
3. My biggest concern is that the occupy movement has gone hunting with a shotgun and is more focused on killing something than killing the right thing. I told David and others that if they are after corporations (who are designed to make money for their shareholders), and rich people then they have the wrong targets in their sites. If however they are after Wall Street and the small group of international financiers who have been actively trying to enslave us all …then I am with them.
4. Why in the world would these occupy movements be holding hands with big labor? This is a huge concern. Granted, the OWS appears to have been started by big labor but in my opinion it’s impossible to protest jobs being sent overseas and be pro-labor union.
In my opinion the OWS people in every city need to police their ranks, clean up their campsites, exclude the drug addicts, freeloaders, racists and criminals. Take some of their money and rent portable toilets, sever ties with the labor unions who are using them as shills to do the heavy lifting and advance the movement for them. Anyone who remembers their “Cloward and Piven” and “Alinsky” training manuals will no doubt see that this movement appears to be following their scripts, line and verse. They need to refine their aim so they target the cause of the problems and not just the symptoms. The should be demanding an end to the Federal Reserve! They should be demanding a breakup of the TBTF Banks and force a clear separation between their banking operations and their investment banking business. They should be demanding a smaller and less intrusive government and finally they should take a good long look at the people currently in office who accept money from Wall Street and in return vote in lockstep for Wall Street every single time (Obama, Wyden. Blumenauer, Frank, Pelosi et. al) and organize to have them retired to the scrap heap of corrupt politicians who sold out the interests of this country in favor of their own.
Occupy Portland, part 1 – First Impressions
I knew that if I volunteered at the Information desk I’d be learning a lot more than I’d be helping anyone. But that was part of the point: I figured this would be the fastest way to get a handle on what’s been happening on Chapman and Lownsdale Squares, downtown Portland, over the past two weeks.
You probably won’t be able to read it in the above photo, but posted at the entrance to Lownsdale Square, and elsewhere around the parks, are the camp’s extensive “Collective Agreement on Guidelines for Community Safety and Well-Being.” They dub the Occupy site weapon-free and nonviolent; prohibit any recreational alcohol or drug use; sequester cigarette smoking to the corner of SW 4th and Main; and call for respectful treatment among everyone, among other things. The panel on the right lists the steps to take in response to any threats to safety and well-being on the site.
I had participated in the initial protest march on Oct. 6 that involved at least 4,000 people and might have drawn in as much as 6,000 or 10,000 – various numbers have gotten batted around in the media – but I hadn’t had a chance to get a good look at the site where the long-haul protesters had chosen to camp ever since.
I looked around for an hour on Thursday, Oct. 20 and was intrigued by what I saw. When I came home, I skimmed the local newspaper’s website to check the latest official spin, and found the usual snarky comments from readers … probably people living out in the suburbs who had never been in these parks a minute of their life, never mind checking out the protest for themselves. Then a Facebook friend dumped a bunch of the usual “witticisms” about gross, un-bathed hippy types and the smell, and that made up my mind to get involved.
So for four hours on the morning of Oct. 21, 2011, the fifteenth day of the Occupy Portland protest and the fourteenth morning of occupation, I sat at the table in the Information tent and talked with people who stepped up to it.
It turned out not to matter that I didn’t know much. Most citizens who came to the Information desk just wanted to talk. Some were curious folks who asked the usual “What is this for? What are you doing here?” — not me, in particular, just the entire camp — and I gave them my answer. At this point there is no single right answer, and I certainly wasn’t authorized to speak on behalf of anyone else. Others just wanted to know how the protest was going.
Still other visitors were passing through Portland and either desired to see what they’d been hearing about on the TV, or had news from other Occupy protests to pass along to us. CONTINUED AT THE SOURCE!