Some serving and protecting.
Portland Police bring their kind ways to a family event. Original photo/source at OregonLive.com
I’ve heard this complaint brought to protesters: You use stuff made by corporations and you use money made by banks, how dare you challenge or try to change the system. The real hypocrisy is seeing injustice and accepting it, not in using the tools available to change the nature of the tools themselves.
Excellent Economist article showing how the population living in poverty in Brazil has been cut in half and their overall distribution of wealth has become more egalitarian in the last twenty years. The solutions we are proposing are simple, practical ideas. If Brazil, with a fraction of the wealth of the US, can achieve this much then I would like to hope that we can do even more. The media and punditry seem fixated on the idea, the narrative, that nobody knows why and what they’re protesting and that we don’t have any clearly articulated demands. Just because the conversation can’t fit into a five second soundbite they believe the conversation doesn’t exist. It really isn’t hard though, anybody with five minutes and a willingness to listen will realize that while we don’t have all the answers we have a lot of amazing ideas.
Not even two months in the Occupy movement has already forced a major, international corporation, Bank of America, to change an announced policy of charging $5 a month for the use of a debit card. Other major banks have already rescinded plans for a monthly debit fee or made pledges not to charge such fees.
The media and the powerful elites will tell us that we aren’t achieving anything, but they’re wrong. Our voice is being heard all the time. We are changing things with our words and actions. Stay strong, continue the conversation, continue the occupation.
Please continue to pass this on, Oakland PD deny using these munitions. Shed enough light on them to force accountability.
Meanwhile, police are reporting that they didn’t use any method like this at Occupy Oakland.
DONT STOP REBLOGGING, PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
Girl arrested in October 1st Brooklyn Bridge crackdown in NY.
Photo by Adrian Kinloch