But before I get into that statement, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "La Femme Barack" went up last night.
Back to "We've got to work together. It's the only way." WSWS is doing some great coveage (no surprise there) of the Wall St. protests. This is from an article where they speak to people who marched Friday to protest the brutality and arrests of 80 activists:
Xenia Ellenbogen, a student from the New School in New York City, spoke to the WSWS in Liberty Plaza shortly before Friday’s march at Police Headquarters at One Police Plaza.
“I was pretty disgusted with Officer Bologna’s pepper spraying those women when they weren’t doing anything wrong. This is while the Wall Street bankers get away with everything they are doing. I’m hoping the press coverage of Officer Bologna will reduce the police brutality. I think the more people we have protesting, the better chance we have.“I don’t know what Obama is doing about these things. I have about had it with Obama after the execution of Troy Davis. Carrying out the death sentence against Troy Davis is inhumane and racist. The fact that the death penalty continues to exist is unethical and appalling.
“The wars that are going on are pointless. I don’t believe in killing. The fact that wars are still going on is a sad reality. I don’t think the bombing that is going on in Libya is justified on the humanitarian grounds that they claim. Using humanitarian and war in the same sentence is oxymoronic."Sandy English (WSWS) files another report on the protests:
Over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge by the New York Police Department (NYPD) after the cops had allowed them to enter the roadway reserved for motorized vehicles.
The mass arrests mark a major escalation in police intimidation tactics. It came on the heels of acts of police brutality, such as the pepper-spraying of unresisting demonstrators and the arrest of over 80 marchers last weekend, which have sparked widespread anger and resulted in the swelling of the protest’s ranks.Why are they protesting? I think this was best addressed in a Think Progress interview with Iraq War veteran Ryan Cahill about the Boston effort of Occupy Together. And if you can't stream or streaming won't help you, C.I. did a transcript for the video last night which I'm copying and pasting in:
Ryan Cahill: My name's Ryan Cahill. I'm an unemployed veteran-student here in Boston. And we're down here at Dewey Square protesting the top 1% of American who control 50% of America's wealth and are using that wealth to circumvent the democratic process.
Think Progress: And when you say that you are a veteran-student, what do you mean?
Ryan Cahill: I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2007 and now I'm a student at Bunker Hill Community College.
Think Progress: And so you're - you're a student now but what's your concern about the future of this country? Like how it effects you and how it effects the people you know?
Ryan Cahill: Uh, you know, after serving in the army, I'm a little bit older now as a sophomore college student and a lot of my counterparts who have already graduated college are having trouble getting - getting jobs that, you know, would fit their degree. And, you know, my problem is now that I can go and get a job bussing tables, waiting tables but none of it is commiserate to the skills that I possess from the army and, you know, along with my college degree.
Think Progress: So how -- so how long have you been out here and involved with Occupy Boston?
Ryan Cahill: This is -- this is day two of our actual occupation. We started planning general assemblies last Tuesday and so we're close to a week now of planning and occupying.
Think Progress: And if there's kind of just one message or, you know, something that you personally want to be able to say to the rest of the other 99% of America or even the top 1%, what would that message be?
Ryan Cahill: Get involved. You know, get involved in your -- Occupytogether.com. There's occupations going on all over the country right now and, you know, this is -- this is your future at stake. And it's not -- it's not going to fix itself at this point, I think that's pretty clear.
I think Ryan Cahill keeps it clear and focused and to the point. Good for him.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: