Occupy Wall Street
Politics As Usual | Simon Black | More from this author
I doubted them; I really did. After so muted a reaction to the housing foreclosures, Wall Street's robbery of the public purse, the disappointment of a Yes We Can President consistently uttering No We Can't, the record number of their fellow citizens falling into poverty, the hunger, the unemployment, the homelessness, the Tea Party, the bullshit media...I didn't think our American brothers and sisters had it in them to mount a mass protest movement which calls out the injustice being foisted on them by the rich and powerful, that names names, that challenges the oligarchs, and demands a better world...but they have. Single mums, trade unionists, college students, the unemployed, Vietnam vets, Democrats, socialists, anarchists, liberals...they have taken a downtown Manhattan park and made it their Tahrir, their Liberation Square. Could the Arab Spring be followed by an American Autumn?
With Occupy Wall Street in its third week, and showing no signs of abating (even after pepper spray and 700 arrests), the movement has begun to spread. 'Occupy (name of American city here)' are popping up all over the US. And now we can look forward to October 15th when Occupy Toronto makes its debut. I'll be there; will you?
The mainstream media has done such a piss poor job of covering this movement but at the least The Toronto Star's Mitch Potter got things somewhat right with this piece. Check the link here.