New posts are coming, I promise.
But, in the meantime…I know this is late, but it still needs to be noted that this was a big week in non-violent demonstration (at least from the side of the protesters).
In case you’ve been living under a rock, there was a national “Day of Action” related to the Occupy Wall Street movement. And, despite the fact that the protesters were completely non-violent, the reaction was not.
- A good wrap-up comes from Allison Kilkenny (who does great work for the Nation, In These Times, and on her podcast, Citizen Radio)
- This is an incredibly powerful and disturbing photo from a simultaneous protest in Portland, and here is some background.
- And, just in case you haven’t noticed how much the police have over-reacted to what has been almost entirely a non-violent protest, here is a clip from a protest at UC Davis, where a group of protesting students are pepper sprayed by a police officer while they are peacefully sitting down on a sidewalk. It is a complete over-reaction, and it is indicative of the overall response to a movement that has gone out of its way to be peaceful and non-violent.
But, if you can make it past the horrific brutality of the police at the beginning of this clip, you’ll see that the non-violent student protesters are successful in driving out the police.
This is far from the only clip of its kind (for instance, here’s a clip of police beating a war veteran protester), but it is indicative of the national response to what has been a completely peaceful protest.
I don’t really have much to say in reaction to all of this, other than I am completely in awe of the protesters, and completely disgusted by the response. I just wanted to voice my support for those that are standing up for the rest of us, and my disappointment in those that are trying to silence them.
Keep fighting the good fight. Each of you that are protesting are standing up for thousands of us that can’t be there, and I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all that you are doing.
- This Guy Became The Poster Child For Police Violence At Yesterday’s ‘Day Of Action’ (businessinsider.com)
- Lower Manhattan Quiet After Occupy Wall Street ‘Day Of Action’ (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- A new dawn for Occupy Wall Street – life after Day of Action (rt.com)
- Dispatches From the Day of Action: Occupy Wall Street Takes the Financial District and the Brooklyn Bridge (alternet.org)
- Occupy Wall Street: police and protesters clash in New York on day of action (telegraph.co.uk)
- OWS Protesters Calling For ‘Day Of Action’ Following Loss Of Camp In Zuccotti Park (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- OWS: Out of Zuccotti Park and Into the Streets (theroot.com)
- Live Blog: Occupy Wall Street’s Massive Day of Action (alternet.org)
- New York Occupy calls for a national day of action – CNN International (edition.cnn.com)
- OWS Day of Action Recap (pochp.wordpress.com)
- Photos from the Occupy Wall Street National Day of Action (boingboing.net)
- Police Raid Occupy Wall Street Day of Action [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Aftermath of a Massive Day of Action (dissenter.firedoglake.com)