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Teachers, auto workers, nurses and more have had their chance to show their support for the ideals of the Occupy movement.
Today, veterans had their turn.
There is no perfect way to describe what it looked like, we can only say that their demonstration was serious and somber unlike any other.
This was not a party with music and cheering, their signs were not funny either, this was a true march in protest. After all, these men and women are soldiers.
As they made their way to Zuccotti Park, the feeling was tense. People who watched from their offices did not smile or laugh, they stared and whispered quietly to each other.
And then the veterans took the human microphone. Like their steps, their voices rang in perfect time. The occupiers stood in silence, only opening their mouths to repeat what the soldiers said.
When one Navy veteran addressed Zuccotti Park he put it very simply: “If you continue to assemble in peace and solidarity, justice will come to pass. We are the 99%.”
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8 pm eastern |5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| In the search for meaningful ways to express Movement liberalism as a registered Democrat, Stuart reports back from ‘Downtown (NYC) Independent Democrats.’ Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.
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Instead of addressing the jobs crisis, the despicable corporate whore Eric Cantor — that’s as politely as I can describe him — has helped push through a resolution that reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.
Inroads were made against poverty in the 1990s, but then the great slide backward began. In fact, the number of people living in “areas of concentrated poverty” — formerly known as ghettos — rose at an alarming rate between 2000 and 2009.
Of how Congress critters pass legislation that appears to be addressing a serious problem — without actually doing anything to solve it that might piss off major contributors.
But hey, what’s a little toxic coal ash in the back yard where your kids play?