Things have changed quite a bit since Mayor Bloomberg ordered the military-style raid on Liberty Plaza. The Occupation has been forced to shift gears and adapt to the escalating actions of those who wish to silence our message. Bottom line: we’re still here. Even on Thanksgiving.
Liberty Plaza was an indescribable coming together of disenfranchised citizens from all over the nation. We developed a community that was leaderless and functioned with the sense of community typically associated with rural small towns. Was it perfect? No. No community on the planet is. Was it functional? More than I could ever have hoped for. Did we accomplish what we wanted to? Not yet, but we got a damn good start.
Liberty Plaza was necessary for the birth of the Occupation; symbolically as well as strategically. It necessarily instilled in us all a cooperative spirit in our fight for equality against the 1%. They forced us to stick together. While this fight is still in it’s infancy, we grow stronger the more the rich and powerful wield their power against their fellow Americans.
As essential as Liberty Plaza was to the beginning of the movement, nobody went to live in the park just to take the space. It’s always been about message. We used it to our advantage and now that we don’t physically occupy the space anymore we must shift tactics and continually force the issues, keeping the Occupy movement in the public eye.
So what’s changed? They can hear us now. And they’re scared. They’re afraid they’re losing the messaging war. The right-wing wordsmith-in-chief Frank Luntz just released their new anti-OWS talking points. Things like ‘don’t say middle-class or capitalism’. Well their team is in trouble because the truth hurts. When that truth is that you can’t afford to feed your family despite working two jobs; or that you have to choose between medication and heating oil; or that you’re an un-employed aging worker in a sea of under/un-employed workers, then the propaganda of the 1% starts to undermine itself. The ‘trickle-down’ and ‘get a job’ meme is getting stale as Americans know that there are no jobs. There is a complete disconnect between how the vast majority of Americans
survive live and those at the top of the food chain barely scrape by.
Just today, good ole’ boy Newt Gingrich said children don’t work enough.
“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,” Gingrich said.
“They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.”
He then proceeded to talk up his 12-year-old granddaughter and how she “saved for eight months for an ipad”. Well excuse me
dick Newt, Americans are struggling to feed themselves in record numbers, and your complete lack of awareness is mind-boggling coming from someone who is supposedly qualified to lead the nation. Never-mind the fact that your average 12-year-old can’t just ‘save’ $600 plus dollars. Of course it helps when your grandpa made $55 million over 10 years for not lobbying.
Which brings me to the brave, patriotic leader of this great nation, Bloombergistan. I know, some still refer to it as New York City. But make no mistake; Lord Bloomberg is in charge and he’ll deploy his military against his constituents any time he sees fit. Try to take a picture of his army and they’ll throw you in jail too, journalist or citizen. The First Amendment only applies if He says it does.
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh-biggest army in the world.”
“I have my own State Department, to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the UN in New York, so we have entrée into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”
Pompous ass. Us peasants are so fortunate to be ruled by such a
sadistic gracious man. Why do you need an ‘army’ to govern an American city? What must we do to not run afoul of your ‘army’?
So the fight continues. We will accept nothing less than fundamental change in the treatment of our fellow citizens; morally as well as economically. We’ve been ignored. We’ve been laughed at. Now we fight. What’s left?