It is sad that someone would create a blog and then make up a story about being 8 months pregnant and losing the baby because a policeman hit them with a baton but it does happen. It is also sad when people refuse to look these things up and spread them because clicking ‘reblog’ is much easier than attempting to verify something. It’s what happens when bloggers use emotion in place of logic. It was a sick joke from a blog with 2 total posts.
Might be Truth: A 19 year old homeless woman, named Jennifer Fox who was 3 months pregnant, did claim to suffer a miscarriage around 5 days after she was involved in the Occupy Seattle protests. I say “claim” because there currently is NO PROOF that even this happened. She has said this in interviews but at this time, no medical records or hospital employees have backed this up. That does not mean that it didn’t happen. She did get pepper sprayed and suffered abdominal injuries indirectly from and officer who was “riding his bicycle through the crowd.” She was NOT directly hit with a baton in the stomach as some blogs are claiming.
She claims that she was taken to a hospital and “an ultrasound was performed, and medical practitioners initially told her that everything appeared normal with the baby” shortly after the incident on Nov. 15th.
Update: Both stories are looking to be fake. It is claimed that Jennifer Fox may have done something similar when this same thing happened in September as she was arrested and also 3 months pregnant at the time.
Worth noting: Fox claims the child was a little girl. She has also claimed to be 2 months AND 3 months pregnant in different interviews. If the times are true, it would be very unlikely if not impossible that she could know the sex of the baby. That alone should raise a few red flags on this story.
“ clicking ‘reblog’ is much easier than attempting to verify something.”
Veterans Day message from COFFEE STRONG: “Occupy Wall Street Not Afghanistan”
This text is from the back of a poster CrimethInc. recently mass-produced about the function of police in our society.
The police exercise legitimate authority. The average police officer is not a legal expert; he probably knows his department protocol, but very little about the actual laws. This means his enforcement involves a great deal of bluffing, improvisation, and dishonesty. Police lie on a regular basis: “I just got a report of someone of your description committing a crime around here. Want to show me some ID?”
This is not to say we should unthinkingly accept laws as legitimate, either. The entire judicial system protects the privileges of the wealthy and powerful. Obeying laws is not necessarily morally right—it may even be immoral. Slavery was legal, aiding escaped slaves illegal. The Nazis came to power in Germany via democratic elections and passed laws through the prescribed channels. We should aspire to the strength of conscience to do what we know is best, regardless of laws and police intimidation.
The police are ordinary workers just like us; they should be our allies. Unfortunately, there’s a big gap between “should be” and “are.” The role of the police is to serve the interests of the ruling class; anyone who has not had a bad experience with them is likely privileged, submissive, or both. Today’s police officers know exactly what they’re getting into when they join the force—people in uniform don’t just get cats out of trees. Yes, most take the job because of economic pressure, but needing a paycheck is no excuse for evicting families, harassing young people of color, or pepper-spraying demonstrators. Those whose consciences can be bought are everyone’s potential enemies, not allies.
This fairy tale is more persuasive when it is couched in strategic terms: for example, “Every revolution succeeds at the moment the armed forces refuse to make war on their fellows; therefore we should focus on seducing the police to our side.” But the police are not just any workers; they’re the ones who chose to base their livelihoods upon defending the prevailing order, thus the least likely to be sympathetic to those who wish to change it. In this context, it makes more sense to oppose the police as such than to seek solidarity with them. As long as they serve their masters, they cannot be our allies; by denouncing the institution of police and demoralizing individual officers, we encourage them to seek other livelihoods so we can one day find common cause with them.
Maybe there are some bad apples, but some police officers are good people. Perhaps some police officers have good intentions, but once again, insofar as they obey orders rather than their consciences, they cannot be trusted.
There’s something to be said for understanding the systematic nature of institutions, rather than attributing every injustice to the shortcomings of individuals. Remember the story of the man who, tormented by fleas, managed to catch one between his fingers? He scrutinized it for a long time before placing it back at the spot on his neck where had he caught it. His friends, confounded, inquired why on earth he would do such a thing. “That wasn’t the one that was biting me,” he explained.
Police can win any confrontation, so we shouldn’t antagonize them. With all their weapons, equipment, and surveillance, the police can seem invincible, but this is an illusion. They are limited by all sorts of invisible constraints—bureaucracy, public opinion, communication breakdowns, an overloaded judicial system. If they don’t have vehicles or facilities available to transport and process a great number of arrestees, for example, they can’t make mass arrests.
This is why a motley crowd armed only with the tear gas canisters shot at them can hold off a larger, more organized, better-equipped police force; contests between social unrest and military might don’t play out according to the rules of military engagement. Those who have studied police, who can predict what they are prepared for and what they can and cannot do, can often outsmart and outmaneuver them.
Such small victories are especially inspiring for those who chafe under the heel of police violence on a daily basis. In the collective unconscious of our society, the police are the ultimate bastion of reality, the force that ensures that things stay the way they are; taking them on and winning, however temporarily, shows that reality is negotiable.
Police are a mere distraction from the real enemy, not worth our wrath or attention. Alas, tyranny is not just a matter of politicians or executives; they would be powerless without those who do their bidding. When we contest their rule, we’re also contesting the submission that keeps them in power, and sooner or later we’re sure to come up against some of those who submit.
That being said, it’s true that the police are no more integral to hierarchy than the oppressive dynamics in our own communities; they are simply the external manifestation, on a larger scale, of the same phenomena. If we are to contest domination everywhere, rather than specializing in combating certain forms of it while leaving others unchallenged, we have to be prepared to confront it both in the streets and in our own bedrooms; we can’t expect to win on one front without fighting on the other. We shouldn’t fetishize confrontations with uniformed foes, we shouldn’t forget the power imbalances in our own ranks—but neither should we be content merely to manage the details of our own oppression in a non-hierarchical manner.
We need police to protect us. According to this line of thinking, even if we might aspire to live in a society without police in the distant future, we need them today, for people are not ready to live together peacefully without armed enforcers. As if the social imbalances and fear maintained by police violence are peace! Those who argue that the police sometimes do good things bear the burden of proving that those same good things could not be accomplished at least as well by other means.
In any case, it’s not as if a police-free society is suddenly going to appear overnight just because someone spray-paints “Fuck the Police” on a wall. The protracted struggle it will take to free our communities from police repression will probably go on as long as it takes us to learn to coexist peacefully; a community that can’t sort out its own conflicts can’t expect to triumph against a more powerful occupying force. In the meantime, opposition to police should be seen as a rejection of one of the most egregious sources of oppressive violence, not an assertion that without police there would be none. But if we can ever defeat and disband the police, we will surely be able to defend ourselves against less organized threats.
Resisting the police is violent—it makes you no better than them. According to this line of thinking, violence is inherently a form of domination, and thus inconsistent with opposing domination. Those who engage in violence play the same game as their oppressors, thereby losing from the outset.
This is dangerously simplistic. Is a woman who defends herself against a rapist no better than a rapist? Were slaves who revolted no better than slave-holders? There is such a thing as self-defense. In some cases, violence enforces power imbalances; in other cases, it challenges them. For people who still have faith in an authoritarian system or God, following the rules—whether legal or moral—is the top priority, at whatever cost: they believe they will be rewarded for doing so, regardless of what happens to others as a result. Whether such people call themselves conservatives or pacifists makes little difference in the end. On the other hand, for those of us who take responsibility for ourselves, the most important question is what will serve to make the world a better place. Sometimes this may include violence.
Police are people too, and deserve the same respect due all living things. The point is not that they deserve to suffer or that we should bring them to justice. The point is that, in purely pragmatic terms, they must not be allowed to brutalize people or impose an unjust social order. Though it can be empowering for those who have spent their lives under the heel of oppression to contemplate finally settling the score with their oppressors, liberation is not a matter of exacting revenge but of rendering it unnecessary. Therefore, while it may sometimes even be necessary to set police on fire, this should not be done out of a spirit of vengeful self-righteousness, but from a place of care and compassion—if not for the police themselves, at least for all who would otherwise suffer at their hands.
Delegitimizing the police is not only beneficial for those they target, but also for police officers’ families and police officers themselves. Not only do police officers have disproportionately high rates of domestic violence and child abuse, they’re also more likely to get killed, commit suicide, and struggle with addiction than most sectors of society. Anything that encourages police officers to quit their jobs is in their best interest, as well as the interest of their loved ones and society at large. Let’s create a world in which no one oppresses or is oppressed, in which no one has to live in fear.
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both.”
- Frederick Douglass
Italics are just a couple of the things I found really interesting/don’t hear expressed often. Whether or not you agree with this type of reasoning, there’s some assertions in this passage that are definitely worth considering or addressing. In this time of massive upheavel, passages like this may help you understand the actions of your fellow humyns better. Open dialogue and open mindedness is much more productive than shunning or ridiculing opposition.
I’m not usually into what CrimethInc. does, but this is actually pretty good.
A Men’s Warehouse in Oakland. Today is the OWS-led General Strike.
:D :D :D
It’s called a “good business move”
They’re still a corporation, they’re still trying to make money. Right now it looks good to say that you side with the 99%. Don’t let corporations fool you.
Those who want to keep up with the general strike in Oakland can do so by checking the #OccupyOakland hashtag on Twitter. Updates are literally coming in by the second.
I am Eugene Isenberg.
Recently I ‘quit’ as CEO of Nabors Oil and Gas to become the chairman of that same company. Thanks to my contract, I was handed a ‘golden parachute’ of $100 million dollars for a change in title. If you think this sounds a bit odd given that I haven’t actually been fired you’re welcome to take it up with my “independent” board of directors.
The next time it costs you $70 to fill your tank or you’re wondering if you can afford heating oil, think of me, smiling behind the wheel of my new Jag, spending the money you no longer have.
We are the 1%
We Occupy your Government.
1) “Maalox is a must.”
2) “Stay vigilant. Stay united. Stay informed. Protect your fellow countrymen. Don’t trust the media.”
— @el_gallo on BoingBoing.com (via lordmoudemort)
WHEN YOU SHOOT ONE MARINE, YOU SHOOT AT ALL OF US. OORAH. Do It Peacefully Occupy We Stand In Solidarity
oh shit son
We Shall Occupy of the Day: 92-year-old folk music icon Pete Seeger was joined by working class hero Arlo Guthrie and grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger in marching with hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators down to Columbus Circle, where they performed “This Little Light of Mine” with composer David Amram, singer-songwriter-storyteller Tom Chapin, and blues musician Guy Davis.
Seeger can be seen in the video below sitting in the shadows with his cane to the right of a penny-whistle-playing Amram:
bill o’reilly telling cornel west and tavis smiley, that wall street committed no crime
video link here
My head would probably explode in this situation.
Occupy Wall Street is a remarkably bittersweet thing.
The reason OWS had gained so much momentum and steam over the weeks isn’t because Americans are finally tired and taking a stand. It’s because White Americans are finally tired and taking a stand. The government has now screwed over White people, and when they get ticked people pay attention. For years, people of color have been fighting for their rights and attempting to explain how and why the United States is a terrible one. And for years, no one listened.
Now, people are getting it—but only the tip of the iceberg. Most people protesting in the streets have no idea how the systematic oppression that goes beyond the higher education system and general capitalism. They could care less about how race, class, sex/gender, sexuality, and other such things play a role in the grand scheme.
Despite the unfortunate case that OWS is only taking place because it is affecting the “superior” race, it’s still good that some attention is finally coming to the issue. More people are being awakened and informed of the collapse of the United States. That is better than nothing. I just hope that after all is said and done, they actually get it.
During the last week there have been a small group of individuals (mostly liberals and socialists hungry off their new found power) who have been attempting and sometimes succeeding at managing and controlling “Occupy Seattle”.
What follows is adapted from a critique of the occupation movement in Barcelona in order to relate it to similar problems in Seattle (mostly seen at the general assemblies and in any situation that went away from their platform)
I’d like this post to be a place for people to respond and offer ideas and experiences with subverting the control of the “Occupy” management as well as the appeal of doing so.
The forms and structures implemented by the organizers of the general assembly are not natural, but a very specific choice to centralize structures rather than decentralize them. The effect and purpose of centralization is to create a structure where the majority can not participate, but only watch and agree.
“We are creating a space to express ourselves.” Bullshit. When the general assemblies involve a handful of people on a stage or on “the Peoples’ mic”, it silences the space. when there is no assembly happening people are engaging in multitudes of meetings, conversations, and initiatives that are not controlled by anyone.
“Do we agree? We have consensus.” When a handful of people control the initiatives at an assembly, it may seem that everyone in the crowd agrees but in fact there participation is more of an absenteeism.
On Manipulating an Assembly
Whoever has the stage and launches the proposals, has it made to generate the consensus they want.
- Proposing everything as if it’s already agreed upon. Eg “We are to have the assembly at 430. We all agree on this don’t we? ” Nobody wants to be in the minority. Nobody wants to drag the assembly on any longer so those who disagree refrain from voicing that dissent which then grants the appearance of consensus.
- Avoid ideological debate. Eg “”We must love the cops onto our side.” Nonviolence is never an option, but a rule that is imposed, making proposals for peace the only acceptable initiative. Thus begins the new politicians trying to control the rage of their new flock.
- Never, under any circumstances, allow decentralization to flourish, because then your faithful masses are replaced by a crowd of people self-managed and creative, and you might lose your job as a manager of struggle.
Concrete proposals toward self-management
- Don’t allow people to be physically above the rest of us (Eg. On a stage, on a bench, etc.). Don’t allow the same people to handle the same tasks all the time.
-Speak up when you disagree.
-If there is a disagreement, instead of consensus, break into groups that can go their own ways.
-General assemblies become spaces to exchange information and resources and create an environment of collective awareness. Make proposals, but don’t force everyone to obey them.
-If we have truly no leaders, then we must allow for a diversity of action and ideas.
-Our unity only lies in a collective interest and acknowledgement of a shared struggle and pride in our autonomy.
If we don’t share the same struggle it’s because we don’t have that same interests (uncompromising cop lovers, the newly disavowed classist middle class, aspiring politicians, etc.)
I think a lot of this could apply to Occupy Chicago and other Occupy groups.
it’s sort of amazing nobody gave a rat’s ass about black, mexican, and native american folks going through this shit - we BEEN going through this shit for the longest.
nobody gave a damn about any of us having a hard time finding jobs, paying bills, or having health insurance - but all of a sudden, white folks who thought they deserved all this shit wasn’t getting it and what happens? mothafuckas is posted up all over the country.
nobody gives a damn about black folks now - shit, in the black and brown communities, unemployment is twice as high as in the white community. don’t hear a bunch of soundbytes about that tho.
it’s a precarious road to travel, considering this 99% thing. part of me wants to say HELL YA. part of me wants to say THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN?
also, PLEASE STOP SAYING YOU ARE SLAVES. please stop that shit.
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