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‘Who do you serve? Who do you protect?’



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Of course, I’m reading this article just as the Twitter informs me that the NYPD is at Liberty Park, trying to take down Occupy Wall Street’s medical tent while the Rev. Jesse Jackson tries to stop them. The occupiers are chanting: “Who do you serve? Who do you protect”? Good question!

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, speaking Monday as Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the passage of a month encamped in Zuccotti Park, said he was trying to strike a balance between protecting protesters’ right to free speech and the needs of Lower Manhattan residents.

“The Constitution doesn’t protect tents,” he said at a news conference in Queens. “It protects speech and assembly.”

Hmm. I wonder if it protects umbrellas? Which are, after all, a lot like small, short tents without bottoms.

The mayor expressed concern that those exercising a “right to be silent” might be getting drowned out amid the din of the protests.

“We can’t have a place where only one point of view is allowed,” he said. “There are places where I think it’s appropriate to express yourself, and there are other places that are appropriate to set up Tent City. They don’t necessarily have to be one and the same.”

Might I suggest Pier 57? Or did the class action settlement make you promise not to do that again?

It’s all right

The Impressions cover Curtis:

People get ready

Curtis Mayfield:

‘Occupy my life’

Marriage proposal at Liberty Plaza:

Chris Hedges, plainly stating why “liberal” has become a dirty word not only to right-wingers but to many thinkers and activists on the left:

Tinkering with the corporate state will not work. We will either be plunged into neo-feudalism and environmental catastrophe or we will wrest power from corporate hands. This radical message, one that demands a reversal of the corporate coup, is one the power elite, including the liberal class, is desperately trying to thwart.

More here.

Global

Democracy Now! has a roundup of the Occupy protests around the world:

Here’s an update on today’s European Occupy protests.

Do you Occupy?

Find one near you.

By the way? Best protest sign ever.

Comedian Lee Camp:

Heh

Check it out

Occupy the Board Room!

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