For Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Pall Thayer | Wed Oct 5th 2011 1:40 a.m.

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  • Alex Nodopaka | Wed Oct 5th 2011 12:14 p.m.
    Dear Friend,

    Not a single banker has gone to jail for crimes that led to the financial

    meltdown. But now over 1,000 protesters have been arrested in the

    inspiring Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

    The occupation of Wall Street has inspired a nationwide movement in the

    spirit of Wisconsin.

    But there has been a powerful backlash against peaceful protesters who are

    using both their right to public assembly and tactics of nonviolent civil

    disobedience to call attention to the fact that our government has bailed

    out the wealthiest Americans but has done little to help middle and

    working class Americans who have lost their jobs and had their homes

    foreclosed on.

    The protest is building momentum with a huge solidarity march today that

    CREDO members, progressive organizations and labor are joining. However

    the very existence of Occupy Wall Street could be endangered by strongarm

    NYPD tactics aimed at intimidating protesters and ending their three week

    stand against the big Wall Street banks.

    I told Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to

    respect the Occupy Wall Street protesters' constitutional right to

    peaceful assembly. You can, too, at the link below.
    • Michael Szpakowski | Thu Oct 6th 2011 6:56 a.m.
      Hi Alex
      I'm unclear whether non US citzens/residents can sign this. What is certainly the case is that the whole world is watching and that the protests in New York and elswhere are giving hope and encouragement to many others round the world faced with similar situations ( as for example we are here in the UK), of the rich getting off scot free whilst ordinary folk are expected to pay the price for their greed...
      Good luck and warm wishes
  • Alex Nodopaka | Thu Oct 6th 2011 1:41 p.m.
    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for notifying me of your concern. Of course non-US citizen may not sign the petitions but it is my way of letting the outside world know that some of us do not sit on their duff doing nothing about it. Signing the petition myself & letting the outside world know of such activities here in the USA is an encouragement to all. It is my small contribution to try to redress the real estate and financial debacles by the indecently rich. I write of such displeasure to my personal banks by not mincing my words when addressing them with the term "white collar criminals" in all my correspondence under way at this time.
  • marc garrett | Thu Oct 6th 2011 1:55 p.m.
    perhaps Rhizome could offer solidarity with those protesting by organizing an art project around the subject ;-)

  • Alex Nodopaka | Thu Oct 6th 2011 2:32 p.m.

    As long as it is not organized by another Bernie Madoff I'm game. On the other hand we could start another pyramid scheme as long as I am first on the top... lol

    Joking aside I think it's a good idea to develop a smashing plan of artistic attack. You see, nothing less than whiplashing the rich will be effective since all the laws protect them. After all we do need to protect somewhat the rich. They are the ones that give us servant jobs... lol
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