When OWS first started, the corporate media ignored it hoping it would just go away. When that didn’t work, the 1% turned to propaganda. First they mocked the occupy movement describing them as lazy kids who don’t know how the world functions. Occupy got stronger. The propaganda got uglier, but was discredited. OWS still gained popularity, surpassing the 1% astro-turfing Tea Party.
That’s when the 1%’s minions and supporters turned to creative applications of the law, while overlooking legal niceties like the first amendment. Property was seized. Scott Olsen and Dorli Rainey became national symbols of the violence that Occupy protesters endured.
Olsen survived two tours of Iraq, only to be seriously injured, when a tear gas cannister hit him in the head, while peacefully protesting in Oakland, California. He is still recovering from the injuries he sustained and he is still an Occupy supporter. In a recent, on the Ed Show, Olsen explains why he continues to support the Occupy Movement.
Eighty four year old Dorli Rainey was pepper sprayed in Seattle. During an interview with Keith Olbermann, Rainey compared the media situation in the U.S. today with her experiences while growing up in Nazi Germany:
“I see the same thing happening here. We have really no more free media that will bring you the issues instead of just the soft fluff entertainment.”
At this point, I would like to restate an important observation by Jason Easley in a recent post:
Police departments by definition are supposed to keep the peace, but in the hands corrupt, terrified, or weak politicians, the mission to keep the peace has morphed into a violent suppression of speech. Not all police officers and police departments have engaged in this activity, but those who do are disgracing an entire profession and soiling the reputation of law enforcement.
Despite the best propaganda that money can buy and despite the efforts to intimidate and brutalize, the protests continue.
There are several events planned for this month. Here are just a few examples.
Today (December 4th) is occupy farms day in New York City. There will be a march between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. For more information, go here.
December 6th is occupy our homes day. Salon’s Peter Rothberg describes the goal of this action.
Hopes are riding high that the day can galvanize a new frontier for the occupy movement: the liberation of vacant bank-owned homes for those in need.
The new Occupy Our Homes movement also aims to shed light on the housing and mortgage crisis which precipitated the great recession in 2008. Activists say that the Obama Administration’s efforts to help homeowners with “underwater” properties is woefully inadequate and drastic action is needed to prevent more human suffering from this persistent recession.
On December 12, the occupy movement is planning to shut down the west coast ports.
The details can be seen in the video:
December 15th is Occupy Everywhere day.