Monday, September 26, 2011

Chris Hedges speaks at Occupy Wall Street

Writer and activist Chris Hedges has some powerful things to say about the forces and conditions that have led to the peaceful and many-days-long demonstration currently taking place in New York: Occupy Wall Street (peaceful on the part of protesters, that is; utterly and unforgivably violent on the part of the NYCPD, who are brutalizing and macing non-resisting people left and right, while shouting "Don't resist! I said, STOP RESISTING!" in an obvious attempt to cover their pathetic asses.)

Please watch and share. (And of course, watch the updated videos at Occupy Wall Street and share those, too.)


  1. Are NYC Police Protesting Abuse of Occupy Wall Street?
    By Kevin Zeese - Posted on 26 September 2011

    The report below is important for many reasons, but I found this in particular to be of interest: "Today we received unconfirmed reports that over 100 blue collar police refused to come into work in solidarity with our movement. These numbers will grow. We are the 99 percent. You will not silence us." This is what happens in non-violent actions, if protesters stay non-violent, some police refuse to participate in the violence against the protesters. It alo shows the critical of importance of everyone attending being ready to film from their phone or other equipment. See The People Are the Media and ourmedia page . . . .

  2. Lisa Simeone9/26/2011 11:03 PM

    The Guardian is reporting that the protesters have identified the cop who pepper-sprayed the women in that now-viral video. They've posted his name, phone number, and address. Once again, we have to depend on the foreign media to report on what's going on in our own back yard.

    Where's the NYT? Washington Post? NPR? The protests have been going on for 9 days and only now, today, have the U.S. started to pay attention.

    Here's the Guardian article:

    Occupy Wall Street activists name officer over pepper spray incident
    Details of senior New York police officer released online as protesters call for disciplinary action to be opened
    by Karen McVeigh in New York
    The Guardian (U.K.)

  3. Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests
    Jeanne Mansfield

  4. I'm back from Freedom Plaza for a breather and to take care of home and hearth for a few days. Going back down there Monday (though Occupy Baltimore is still going strong, in a, not surprisingly, typically quirky, creative Baltimore way!).

    Want to post this from today's NYT, just a few hours ago. They messed with the wrong dude -- can you say "major lawsuit"?

    A video posted to YouTube appears to show an officer on a motorcycle, after running over the man’s leg, leaving his motorcycle parked on the man’s leg to go off to pursue protesters while the man writhes in pain.

    Another video, on the Local East Village, appears to show the man being dragged away from the motorcycle by the police and arrested moments later.

    The man, Ari Douglas, is a volunteer legal observer for the guild,
    which has been providing legal aid to the protesters. Susan Howard, the coordinator for the guild in New York City, said she believed that Mr. Douglas was being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center. The police did not immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment on the incident.

  5. Deborah, have you seen any of OWS today?? Do you realize what's going on? They're arresting people all over the city, including customers at Citibank. Customers. They can't distinguish between customers and protesters. Now where are all those fucking morons who jumped down our throats every time someone even hinted at the term "police state"??