On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM, Doug Singsen <firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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
> 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
> 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.