#ShutDownGovernmentSachs: Goldman Sachs has been influencing American politics for decades, but in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential win, Trump has appointed several Goldman Sachs executives to his administration, including white supremacist Stephen Bannon as his Chief Strategist. Goldman Sachs has been instrumental in extracting the wealth, livelihoods, and health of black, brown, and poor communities. From January 17th to 20th, activists are camping outside the office of Goldman Sachs in downtown Manhattan to demand a government that works for the people, not for corporations.
Remember when Homer Simpson formed a bear patrol and it was held up as an example of his stupidity and paranoia and it wasn't serious argument made by someone who wanted to occupy an important government office?
The TPP and the American Legislative Exchange Council are perfect example why we should demand transparency in government from politicians and our political leaders (regardless if it’s a Democrat or a Republican). How can we trust that the decisions being made behing closed doors is the correct decision for the rest of us? Who really benefits from those decisions being made being closed doors?
It just looks shady when there’s no transparency becuase decisions are being made behind closed doors.
what prompted me to ask was that "new mario game" post (guy who posted it had 'nationalist socialist' right in his blog desc) and i think something from zog agent (aka zionist occupied government/nazi conspiracy theory) im not calling you a nazi or anything
How exactly does the US handle this level of sheer cognitive dissonance?
To recap: Fans of a fucking baseball team paint their faces red to celebrate other people throwing a ball well, while people are being put in fucking dog kennels, left outside naked, for trying to protect their land.
Some white folks got their “don’t tread on me” jollies by occupying a government-owned sanctuary armed to the teeth, under threat of a violent revolt and got off without even a slap on the wrist, while security guards armed with AR-15’s and over 300 police from 5 different states are in North Dakota to make sure that the cash and oil flow smoothly.
People act as if this election is a choice between society and barbarism, when in reality both candidates are making literally millions of dollars off of brutalizing natives and poisoning the water supply for literally millions of people.
We act as if we’re such a civilized, progressive society, when so much of that only exists as long as people stay placid and in their place. This shit isn’t new - natives have been at the receiving end of all our Energy Independence and Security (it’d be easier to just say “colonialism”) - from dumping nuclear waste next to their water sources and living spaces for decades, to natives being killed at a higher rate by police than any other group in the US, to the indigenous people of Palestine being used as a laboratory to develop methods of suppressing resistance while consolidating our power in the MENA regions, this shit is all connected.
This isn’t going to change through gradual reforms and placating voting blocs, and “bipartisan conversation”. We can’t live in a society like this any longer. Going along with Business-As-Usual™ is frankly inhumane, and is supporting this violence. Words can only do so much.
#ows - The criminal justice system in America is #failure when 2 completely different standards are being applied. One is when you get arrested arrested after smoking pot then you end up with a serious criminal record. While the other standard is applied to those reckless banksters who wreck the economy with no punishment or stupid fines which they can write off making it affordable. ONLY in America is where would have a criminal justice system that fails when it’s rigged to favor those who can afford it.
Casual reminder that if this group had been composed of young armed POC protesting what they felt was an unlawful arrest, they’d have been mowed down by now and the SWAT Team sent in would have been hailed as heroes stopping an attack on american liberty and the justice system.
Casual reminder that this is what privilege buys. The right to overtake and occupy government buildings while heavily armed and still be treated like you aren’t an enemy of the country and attempting to live your life outside the laws of that country.
When armed militants seized a government building in Burns, Oregon, on Saturday, stating their willingness to “kill and be killed” and promising to stay for “years,” the official response was cautious and restrained. Many onlookers wondered whether this would still be the case if the militants were people of color instead of white people. If you’re not familiar with the history of protest in the U.S., you might not know that the armed occupation of government buildings hasn’t always been just for white guys. In fact, on May 2, 1967, a group of 30 Black Panthers walked into the California state Capitol building, toting rifles and shotguns and quickly garnering national headlines.
Just to be clear, there are a world of differences between the Black Panthers’ demonstration and what’s happening in Oregon now (although it is noteworthy that you have to go back to 1967 to find an example of something even remotely analogous). The two groups employed different tactics, fought for different causes and – predictably – elicited different reactions in vastly different places and times. But the 1967 incident serves as one example of the way Americans tend to respond to black protest – which some say is always likely to be vastly different from the way Americans react when it’s white people doing the protesting.