TEA PARTIERS vs. 99%ers

How to compare and contrast America’s two “populist” movements – the Tea Party movement vs. the Occupy Wall Street/We are the 99%ers movement…

- Both are angry at Wall Street bailouts, American plutocracy, and our whorish two-party system.

- One blames the poor, immigrants, unions, non-Christians and Americans who happen to be liberal for what’s wrong; the other blames Wall Street, plutocrats. and whorish politicians.

- One is funded by right-wing billionaires and corporate money; the other isn’t really funded by anybody.

- One got major media coverage (lead by FOX) even when they could only produce a few hundred people at a rally in Washington, DC; the other got almost no media coverage even when they produced demonstrations coast to coast.

- One shouted down Democratic constituent town meetings, threatened secession, packed guns, somehow were never hassled by police, and were called “patriots;” the other came without guns, threatened no one, appealed to American ideals, got arrested, and were called “mobs.”

- One trades on what divides us because they are proxies for powerful interests who benefit from public division; the other appeals to what unites us because they still believe in an American Promise which actually includes all Americans.

Police moved into a downtown Atlanta park and arrested around 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been encamped there for about two weeks early Wednesday, while across the country in Oakland, Calif., officers in riot gear stood watch after clashes there with demonstrators overnight.

Numerous camps that have sprung up around the country as protesters rally against what they see as corporate greed and a wide range of other economic issues. The protests have attracted a wide range of people, including college students looking for work and the homeless.

Read more about the spreading Occupy Wall Street protests here.


Occupy Wall Street Protests:

Dude, what in the actual fuck. These girls were doing absolutely nothing wrong and got corralled and then pepper sprayed. For no goddamn reason.

I’m not political as a general rule. But blatant injustices like this (that will probably go unpunished, even though the officer has been identified) just make me rage.

Old guard back in the trenches at ‘Occupy’ protests- Older activists — some hobbling along on canes and leg braces — are quickly becoming a presence at “Occupy” protests across the country. And the veterans of the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam war protests and anti-nuclear proliferation demonstrations appear to be relishing being back in the struggle, supporting the “kids” and mobilizing other seniors to join in.

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Who is occupying Wall Street? Not just your average Joe: Retired New York City couple Elizabeth and Dennis Carbone have made a few trips to the camp since the protest began on September 17. At one time, they were resident managers of a corporate bed-and-breakfast. They had to live in a shelter once, and now a dispute over their rent may land them there again. Their 51-year-old son died from an illness earlier this year, just a few days after his home went into foreclosure.

More photos and stories from the Occupy Wall Street protest here.

takobye asked:

Riley, since you have a lot of followers, could you please post this? I want people to know before because I personally know her, the "little girl" from the post you just reblogged. I've seen people accusing her of shit all over my dash, when she didn't even fucking do anything. So. She may not look it, but she's a college student. She wasn't even part of the protests. She just went as a photographer and got dragged into the crowd of protesters. I just want people to get their facts straight.

And I’ve now deleted the post, but you can see it here if you want. 

Now what? Few tangible effects of Wall St protests

By Meghan Barr and David Caruso, AP, Nov 16, 2011
NEW YORK (AP)–Everywhere, it seems, people want to weigh in about the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country, from CEOs and politicians to your next-door neighbor. So far the talk has translated into little action.

Two months into the movement, with police dismantling the encampments one by one, city by city, few politicians or policymakers have publicly taken up the protesters’ cause and done anything to address corporate excesses and economic inequality.

But some political observers say the demonstrators have changed the conversation in the U.S., and that is a big first step.

“They’ve shifted the center of gravity of the debate so that the whole question of wealth and privilege is now being discussed,” said William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Washington political think tank. “In a democracy, what people are talking about matters.”

Georgia state Sen. Vincent Fort, a Democrat who was among those arrested when protesters were expelled from an Atlanta park last month, said he is not troubled by the absence of any major tangible change.

“The Occupy movement is a relative baby. It’s just a few months old,” he said. “The most important thing it has done is to change the conversation in this country. You can’t have any policy change, you can’t have any legislative change, until the debate is changed.”

Examples of real, measurable Occupy-inspired change in the political sphere are hard to come by, though a band of millionaires did storm Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge Congress to tax them more, claiming they are not paying their “fair share.”

As for why the protesters have yet to turn the conversation into major action, some political observers said the movement has never really clarified its policy objectives and is hampered by a lack of clear-cut leadership.

Kalle Lasn, co-founder of Adbusters, the Canadian magazine that helped ignite the Occupy Wall Street movement by issuing the initial call for the demonstration last spring, said the “original magic” faded somewhat as news coverage of the encampments around the country began to focus less on the participants’ youthful idealism and more on drugs, violence and homelessness.

“Somehow, we lost the high ground, we lost the narrative,” he said. “Tactically, the moment was right to declare victory, have a big global party and come back swinging next spring.”

Whether the Occupy movement will achieve real change, he said, may depend on whether the demonstrators and their sympathizers decide to bargain with the Democrats to achieve some of their agenda.

Florida state Rep. Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat who has met with organizers in Florida, said he and other lawmakers are listening to the protesters and taking up their cause on such issues as debit card fees.

“I would definitely say that Occupy has encouraged or helped ignite, I guess, a more aggressive fervor in the bellies of my colleagues,” Bullard said. “Sometimes you don’t want to jump out of the plane without a parachute,” and it is nice to know “there are people not only around the state but around the country and around the globe that are tired of being beat down and taken advantage of by corporate interests.”

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New Common Core Aligned BlackLivesMatter Text Rewrites History

“There is a new book destined for some classrooms that parents and educators need to be aware of.

A new Common Core aligned text for grades 6-12 teaches the Black Lives Matter movement from the leftists’ perspective. It introduces children to ‘anti-blackness theory’ and the so-called systemic hatred of blacks in the United States.

It appears to be a rewrite of history as we saw with the Occupy Wall Street movement where the “protesters” were glorified. Professors taught classes at universities in New York City lauding the Occupy movement and gave students time off for joining the agitators.”

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