On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM, shaista husain <firstname.lastname@example.org
> The problem Doug is the Republicans and Tea Partiers are thrilled
> about this too... see What Bloomberg is saying ---what a bunch of
> ....(fill in the blank)
> On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM, Doug Singsen <email@example.com
>> 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.