From:   shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Wednesday, November 02, 2011 12:09:46 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Two articles on Democrats and the Occupy movement
 

Agreed-- Wall street crooks, whether their supporters are democrats or

republicans--we won't be co-opted by party of wall street. Let them

undo each other in partisanism...we can divide and conquer too, as

long as we are unified-we are the 99%--Oakland stand up! This will

turn the tide today in our favor.

Peace,

shaista

 

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:56 PM, Doug Singsen <dougsingsen@gmail.com> wrote:

> Right. The government and Wall Street both deserve responsibility for this

> mess. Don't let them point the finger at each other, hold the whole lot

> accountable. I don't think there's much chance of the movement being fooled

> by diversions like this.

>

> On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM, shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com>

> wrote:

>>

>> The most reactionary counter--revolutionary say the congress and the

>> banks are to blame for predatory lending to people who don't deserve

>> it, ie. blame the people---only the rich deserve to buy a home and

>> everyone else should live in the projects or on the street. About

>> Congress, he says:

>> "They are the ones who pushed the banks to loan to everybody and now

>> we want to vilify the banks because it's one target,"

>>

>> OWS strategy must be "diversity of tactics" we know that but they all

>> want to pass the buck. PASS THE BUCK

>>

>> On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM, shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com>

>> wrote:

>> > 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)

>> >

>> > http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mayor-bloomberg-occupy-wall-street-protesters-vent-anger-capitol-hill-banks-article-1.970588

>> >

>> > On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM, Doug Singsen <dougsingsen@gmail.com>

>> > 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

>> >>

>> >> http://socialistworker.org/2011/11/02/we-are-all-oakland

>> >>

>> >> 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

>> >>

>> >> http://socialistworker.org/2011/11/02/democrats-call-in-the-cops

>> >>

>> >> ...

>> >>

>> >> 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.

>> >

>

>

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