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What would Jello do?

Jello Biafra on Occupy Wall Street:

It’s an occupation, not a picnic

Mayor Bloomberg’s ploy to end Occupy Wall Street tomorrow morning isn’t fooling anyone. It looks like the occupiers have no intention of voluntarily surrendering their First Amendment rights.

Poverty in the burbs

Where they’re least prepared for it.

Conflict at @occupyphilly

Looks like the mayor may have lied to them about an open-ended permit.

De-occupying New York

Mayor Mike Bloomberg just said he’s going to use the police to effectively end “Occupy Wall Street” Friday morning. New rules were passed out this morning prohibiting tarps, sleeping bags and “lying down”.

Call Mayor Bloomberg at 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) now and tell him that since we know his girlfriend’s on the board of Zuccotti Park, we know he’s behind this. Remind him about the First Amendment.

Even Tucson is occupied

It’s coming to your town, even in the reddest state, if you make it happen:

In an interview with Current TV’s liberal news host Keith Olbermann on Wednesday night, “Occupy Tucson” organizer Craig Barber gave viewers a few tips on how they can start new chapters of the protest movement in their own towns and cities.

Namely, he hit on a political meme that runs like a constant thread through U.S. history: all politics is local.

“Don’t be discouraged by the fact that you’re a small city,” he said. “You have local issues that you can raise up in addition to the national issues. That’s one of the reasons we’re doing what we’re doing, to highlight local issues that directly affect our community.”

Instead of New Deal, we got No Deal

Here’s Robert Scheer’s reminder that we need a president whose policies help the 99 percent of Americans who are hurting, not the one percent who are extremely wealthy:

… To accomplish that, we need a moratorium on bank-ordered evictions, along with a government-funded program to aid the underemployed that is as robust as the trillions spent to save the Wall Street swindlers who caused all of this trouble.

Instead we are left with a Democratic president who soothes our rage with promises of decent-paying jobs that in actuality are being vigorously exported from our shores by the president’s top corporate backers. That absurdity was marked by Barack Obama’s choice of Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric—a company that has shifted to foreign countries two-thirds of its workforce and 82 percent of its profits—to head the president’s job creation council.

Obama has failed not because he is a progressive in the mold of Franklin Delano Roosevelt but because he is not. He has blindly followed the lead of George W. Bush in bankrupting the nation by throwing money at Wall Street while continuing to fund wildly expensive and unneeded wars…

More here.

Friendly Officer Bill

UPDATE: I thought this was useful in light of the issues of how the police treat different classes.

Yeah, we’re beginning to see the cracks in the class divide at the Occupy sites. Discuss!

”Liberalism’s inability to grasp the material conditions of inequality carries over to their orientation to the police. Of late, we have witnessed a twisted form of liberal peacenik policing: a disciplining of what is permitted to be said in the environment of the #Occupy movement. Statements of unalloyed support for non-violence and an attitude of collaboration with the police neutralizes the violence of everyday life under capital.

“How can there be non-violence when there are still police? How can we pretend the police are not our enemy when they’ve already arrested hundreds of our comrades in Occupy Wall Street, and daily rape, murder, and incarcerate people all over the country, people who are predominantly people of colour from the working class? More than anything, the 99 percent will be divided by our relationship to the cops.

“The statements, “The police are not our enemy” or “The cops are being really nice to us” are spoken from positions of privilege, from a lack of directly experienced police violence. We need to know that as soon as we present a threat to any element of capital — before this point, even — we will be violently repressed. Unless this knowledge is at the forefront of our minds, the first to be arrested will be those that are most vulnerable to police brutality and to breaches of security. (A journalist in the room is a tip-off to immigration officials, not “good press”.) No matter how “nice” a police officer may be to you, that does not change the fact that the police are a powerful instrument of violent repression, employed by a capitalist state to enforce its interests: namely, white supremacy, male domination, ruling class power, and the limitless pursuit of profit.

This guy spends entirely too much time in his pickup truck. He can’t even put together a website without “borrowing” ideas , and even biographical notes:

The home state of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) may contain the country’s largest population of college students, but Brown appears to have committed one of academia’s cardinal sins: plagiarism.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Super PAC associated with liberal causes, discovered that Brown’s website contained chunks of text taken verbatim from a campaign speech for Elizabeth Dole’s 2002 North Carolina Senate run, the transcript of which was posted to her website.

In a message to students on his site, which has since been removed, Brown borrowed from Dole’s childhood memories, omitting only one line: “I am Mary and John Hanford’s daughter.”

“I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference,” the message reads. “From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.”

Brown spokesman John Donnelly told the Boston Globe that the copied text was a staff mistake.

“Senator Dole’s website served as one of the models for Senator Brown’s website when he first took office. During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten,” Donnelly said. “It was a staff level oversight which we regret and is being corrected…”

That may not be the only section of Brown’s site that has traces of Dole’s language, Politico reported. On a page about internships with the senator, another section of text mirrors Dole’s site…

How would you like to make pennies cleaning up after the royalists who helped create one of the biggest financial messes of all time, or after people just like them? Workers in NYC don’t like it at all. More here.

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