I’m very concerned about this very divisive rhetoric the president is using when he continues to talk about ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ and this thing that I think is really contrary to the principles that I mentioned, as far as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Middle-class consumers do, and when they thrive, U.S. businesses grow and profit.
“The dissolution of a library is unacceptable. Libraries serve as the cornerstone of our democracy and must be safeguarded. An informed public constitutes the very foundation of a democracy, and libraries ensure that everyone has free access to information. “
No right is absolute…
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announcing the clearing of Zuccoti Park in lower Manhattan today by the NYPD at the behest of its owners. Apparently the Mayor doesn’t understand much about rights, but then being rich means he can makes his rights as he chooses. (via nefariousnewt)
The right to peaceably assemble… when it’s convenient to the city.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
NYC authorities clearly feel OWS eviction is just and reasonable. That’s why they are doing it at 2 am and barring all press.
You know what’s really ironic about all of this? Those “evil” Middle Eastern regimes like the one in Iran, conducted surprise attacks on protesters and completely barred the press. I thought they were the “evil-doers” though and we were the beacons of democratic hope? In the United States the press has been cited by the Supreme Court time and time again as the “watchdog” and the very quintessential entity that allows the people to act as a check on the government. Without a completely free press, argued Justice Douglass, it is impossible for a country to say it is democratic at all.
I guess we know what New York thinks of democracy now.
It’s a Brave New World, people.
This is neat, the NY Times frontpage has a direct link to an occupy feed. With the arrest of a NYT reporter and with all of the problems that reporters are experiencing at the park, is this their version of flipping the NYPD the middle finger?
Would have held a bit more weight if a pop-up window didn’t change the headline into some bullshit about polar bears that transformed into an ad for Coca-Cola.
This is a big deal. Dan Siegel, legal adviser to Oakland, Calif. Mayor Jean Quan, resigned over the brutalization of Occupy Oakland protesters and says he now supports the Occupy Wall Street movement. Approximately an hour ago, he wrote on Twitter, “No longer Mayor Quan’s legal advisor. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.”
This came after he encouraged people to mobilize to Occupy Oakland late last night, where another raid resulted in upwards of 32 arrests, according to Occupy Oakland leaders. Police declared the park a crime scene Monday and forced media to leave.
If more high-ranking municipal officials have an attack of conscience and do the right thing, what then? It appears city and state governments are already a titch frightened of the Occupy movement. If their own people refuse to obey or resign in protest, perhaps it will be time to take this a little more seriously. Change from the bottom on up, folks.
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a whopping 650,000 Americans have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 — the date that Bank of America announced it would start charging a $5 monthly debit fee, a move it backed down on this week.
To put that in perspective, there were only 600,000 new members for credit unions in all of 2010.
No small victory for the 99%.