From:   shaista husain <>
Sent time:   Wednesday, November 02, 2011 11:50:39 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Two articles on Democrats and the Occupy movement

The problem Doug is the Republicans and Tea Partiers are thrilled

about this too... see What Bloomberg is saying ---what a bunch of

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On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM, Doug Singsen <> wrote:

> These articles point out that almost all of the repression being directed

> against the occupations is coming from Democrats, including supposedly

> liberal ones, like Oakland's Mayor Quan.


> We are all Oakland


> The call for a general strike in Oakland to protest the savage police attack

> on Occupy protesters is linking the movement more closely with the organized

> working class.


> November 2, 2011




> THE SHOWDOWN in Oakland also makes it clear who the friends of the Occupy

> movement are--and are not. It's difficult to find a more liberal Democratic

> mayor than Jean Quan, a onetime community organizer. But when Democratic

> mayors began sending police to crack down on Occupy protests across the U.S.

> over the past several weeks, it was Quan who oversaw by far the harshest

> attack.


> The repression in Oakland on October 25 included not just city cops in riot

> gear, but personnel from 17 different other law enforcement agencies. One of

> those cops fired a tear gas canister that struck Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old

> member of Veterans for Peace, in the head. When his comrades gathered around

> him to try to help, police fired a stun grenade into their midst.

> Eventually, protesters--not the police--carried Olsen to the hospital, where

> he has been ever since with a fractured skull and brain injury.


> But this was only the most vicious example of a national drive to crush the

> Occupy movement. Democratic mayors in Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Boston,

> Cincinnati, Nashville and other cities have also ordered police to arrest

> hundreds of Occupy activists.


> With local governments pushing through relentless budget cuts and attacks on

> public-sector unions, the mayors fear--correctly--that the Occupy

> encampments could become centers of resistance to austerity.


> When Democrats call in the cops


> The mayors who are ordering crackdowns against Occupy protests and

> encampments are leaders of the "party of the people," writes Khury

> Petersen-Smith.


> November 2, 2011




> ...


> The popularity of Occupy has led some Democratic Party leaders to publicly

> sympathize with the movement.


> Barack Obama spent the summer bargaining with Republicans over just how much

> austerity will be imposed in exchange for raising the government's debt

> ceiling--but now he claims to understand that "protesters are giving voice

> to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works."


> Robby Mook, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,

> even used Occupy in attempt to raise money for the 2012 elections.

> "Protesters," he wrote in an e-mail appeal, "are assembling in New York and

> around the country to let billionaires, big oil and big bankers know that

> we're not going to let the richest 1 percent force draconian economic

> policies and massive cuts to crucial programs on Main Street Americans."


> ...


> Aside from Bloomberg, though, the mayors ordering the crackdowns against

> Occupy encampments are almost entirely Democrats--and not just from the

> mainstream, but some of the most liberal officeholders in the party.


> Boston was the second city to launch an occupation, and the second city

> where Occupy faced police abuse along the lines of the crackdowns in New

> York, with 141 people arrested on October 11. The orders for mass arrests

> came from long-time Democratic Mayor Tom Menino. In Chicago, some 300 Occupy

> supporters have been arrested trying to establish a stable encampment as

> other cities have--but they've been stopped by a city administration led by

> Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who before this was Barack Obama's chief of staff.


> And, of course, in Oakland--where the most savage police violence yet

> against Occupy protesters took place--the mayor is Jean Quan, considered one

> of the most liberal mayors anywhere in the country.


> All these cities are in states that are Democratic strongholds, with the

> "party of the people" controlling the governor's mansion. But in cities in

> more conservative states, it's still Democrats overseeing the repression of

> the Occupy movement.


> Such is the case in Atlanta under Mayor Kasim Reed, where 52 protesters were

> arrested October 26; in Nashville, Tenn., where Mayor Karl Dean's police

> attacked occupiers last weekend; and in Denver under Mayor Michael Hancock,

> where the cops also attacked the Occupy movement over the weekend.


> This is ironic, because in city after city, when the Occupy movement has

> faced restrictions the right to free speech and violent attacks by police,

> the orders for repression have come almost exclusively from Robby Mook's

> colleagues in the Democratic Party.