You’ve probably seen this already, but it’s so powerful I had to share just in case. It’s Chancellor Katehi’s “walk of shame” to her car. Hundreds of students line the path and just stare at her in absolute silence. I was moved almost to tears.
No, we hadn’t seen this yet. Thanks for submitting, that is chilling to say the least.
Reports of beatings, lost teeth, arrests, people being pushed down.
People are confused and unsure why police raided the park.
Update: Hundreds of NYPD storm Zuccotti for a single man who was pushing fences.
The entire raid seems to have been to arrest a single man (Brendan “Romania”), whom the NYPD tackled to the ground, whereupon he sustained a serious cut to the head. Multiple witnesses claimed he was repeatedly “beat down” and “stomped.” His pants and boots were ripped off. Live stream showed evidence of his clothes strewn about and blood splatters.
A crowd of several hundred protesters marched from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to the New York Stock Exchange a few blocks away on Thursday as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators across the country promised mass gatherings to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary.
Lines of helmeted police, some on horseback, blocked every approach to the financial district in New York. Several streets in the area were closed.
The demonstrators chanted “Shut down wall street!’ and carried signs, such as “Tax Wall Street” and “Why Wait for Permission to Claim Freedom? Occupy Your Mind.”
Police said about 75 were arrested, including a woman in a wheelchair who was trying to block traffic. There was some minor scuffling as those arrested refused to walk and were carried away.
Protesters had to break into two groups as they encountered police at each intersection leading to the exchange. Broadway was closed because of snarling traffic.
Most New York Stock Exchange workers reported little difficulty getting into the building. Workers had to pass through checkpoints to reach the building on Broad Street, and trading began on time.
RAW VIDEO: Chopper footage of 100,000+ Occupy Oakland Takes back Highway (by TheSecretStore)
I can’t adequately express how much this moves me. Sitting all smashed up in between the 75, 94, 69, 475, and 23 freeways/interstates (and there are more, I just don’t feel like listing them)—and knowing how many communities of color have been destroyed by highways—seeing highways used to organize and resist—transporting justice and community—
The #Occupywallst chant of “This is what democracy looks like” has never been more true.
The 99 Percent has once again outmaneuvered Mayor One Percent.
Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg hoped to use an unannounced “health and safety inspection” to shut down #OccupyWallStreet once and for all. With cold weather coming, the NYPD and FDNY raided Zuccotti Park and seized the fuel and generators used by the demonstrators to power their media center and kitchen, among other necessities.
To many, it looked bleak for the movement. But the Occupiers are a resourceful bunch. Not inclined to surrender, a group of them drove up to Boston where they acquired a bunch of bicycle-based generators.
The “99%” is not one social body, but many. Some occupiers have presented a narrative in which the “99%” is characterized as a homogenous mass. The faces intended to represent “ordinary people” often look suspiciously like the predominantly white, law-abiding middle-class citizens we’re used to seeing on television programs, even though such people make up a minority of the general population.
It’s a mistake to whitewash over our diversity. Not everyone is waking up to the injustices of capitalism for the first time now; some populations have been targeted by the power structure for years or generations. Middle-class workers who are just now losing their social standing can learn a lot from those who have been on the receiving end of injustice for much longer.
The problem isn’t just a few “bad apples.” The crisis is not the result of the selfishness of a few investment bankers; it is the inevitable consequence of an economic system that rewards cutthroat competition at every level of society. Capitalism is not a static way of life but a dynamic process that consumes everything, transforming the world into profit and wreckage. Now that everything has been fed into the fire, the system is collapsing, leaving even its former beneficiaries out in the cold. The answer is not to revert to some earlier stage of capitalism—to go back to the gold standard, for example; not only is that impossible, those earlier stages didn’t benefit the “99%” either. To get out of this mess, we’ll have to rediscover other ways of relating to each other and the world around us.
From Reddit, where the comments are also worth reading:
Guys, listen. Here’s the deal.
I love you guys with every shred of my hard-left leaning heart. But I think you might be doing something wrong. Here is one thing that can help you.
Tomorrow, wear a polo and khakis
Seriously. polos and khakis. Every time you guys DO finally get some fucking press, it’s a scrawny dude with dreads in a ratty t-shirt. You’re going big here, dress it. Tomorrow, Polo shirt and Khakis.
Why? Because you need to get the right-leaning equivalent of me on your side. I’m 35 right now. I understand where the hippy thing comes from. I get it as well as a guy who’s 35 can. My Counterparts do not. They think you are scummy druggies on welfare and when they see on tv a bunch of people who they think are S.D’s on W, they root for the cops to hit you again.
Speaking of the cops, Who do you think they’ll mace first? SD’s on W, or a guy in khakis and a polo? Seriously, it’s fucking cop camouflage. And if they DO come for you. When people at home see PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE THEMgetting abused by police… That’s when shit changes.
Seeing protesters get beat up means nothing because protesters get beat up all the time. Therefore, don’t look like a protester! This connects you to the person watching and opens them to your side!
So for serious. Do it. You’re almost about to tip this thing over. Polos and khakis. Cop Camo + target audience = Shave, shower and polos and khakis.
TL;DR: Polo shirt and Khakis = dress code for nyc protests tomorrow.
Edit: Going to bed soon, one more thing before I turn it over to all of you.
Please spread this as much as you can. Professionalism will help push this thing over the edge. You have labor pushing you. National Media is starting to wake up to you. You’re almost there. Keep pushing.
Think: Business Casual Friday. Don’t play it up like the Billionaires for healthcare. You’re just a guy, going to work in this big office building here.
Even if you don’t think that you SHOULD be judged on appearances (which I do agree), You have to realize that you ARE. Fight the appearance fight another day. Polos and khakis.
Why exactly should they have to conform to you? If you believe in the message go fucking join them because you believe in the message, don’t make them wear cloths that fit you or your jackass friends’ sense of decency. The protest will gain momentum when people like you (who wear khakis and polos) join the movement, not when the people who are already there put on costumes.
God forbid you get seen with “those scummy druggies.” Stand with them if you agree, don’t stand near them and go “well we’d all be more comfortable, and would stand closer, if you got a haircut.”
I could be wrong on this, but something about it just rubs me the wrong way.
You wouldn’t go to a job interview wearing shorts and a tank-top, no one would take you seriously. He’s right. You want people to take you seriously, you have to dress the part. You want people to sympathize with you and pay attention, you have to get their attention positively.
I would if I was interviewing at a surf shop, I wouldn’t if I was going into interview for a desk job. But if I’m standing up for what I believe in I’m going to dress as I am. Let the people who already dress in khakis and polos come on down.
The part I’m dressing for is a pissed off member of the 99%, which shouldn’t have a dress code to be “presentable.” I think this is where this line of thought breaks down, you perceive that the people out on the street are wearing hippy costumes and you are just hoping for a wardrobe change.
How is it that an NYPD lieutenant — or someone ranked higher — has essentially been cleared of assaulting protestors with pepper spray simply by having a police spokesperson say that the incident was justified, and that the pepper spray was used in response to “something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video” that has since gone viral? Why aren’t the news media asking Mayor Bloomberg or Police Commissioner Kelly exactly what it was those women did that warranted being corralled and assaulted like animals? There are media here on Tumblr who should be asking these questions.