Angelic Upstarts “Solidarity”

Angelic Upstarts “Solidarity”
-a prayer for the people by Geordie Pleathur

#OccupyWallStreet World Can’t Wait
Ending capital punishment is our one demand.
Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.
Ending police intimidation is our one demand.
Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.
Ending the modern gilded age is our one demand.
Ending political corruption is our one demand.
Ending joblessness is our one demand.
Ending poverty is our one demand.
Ending health-profiteering is our one demand.
Ending American imperialism is our one demand.
Ending war is our one demand…. 

‎”What matters is not who’s sitting in the White House. What matters is who’s sitting in.”(-Howard Zinn) 

“I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers, or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’”(-George Carlin) 

“It’s impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand, or two demands. We’re talking about a democratic awakening. You’re talking about raising political consciousness, so it spills over all parts of the country, so people can begin to see what’s going on through a set of different lens, and then you begin to highlight what the more detailed demands would be. Because in the end, we’re really talking about what Martin King would call a revolution: A transfer of power from oligarchs to everyday people of all colors. And that is a step by step process.” (-Dr. Cornel West when he spoke with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman during a visit Tuesday night to the Occupy Wall Street encampment.)

 ”Do we decapitalize or decapitate banksters?” (-Roseanne Barr) 

“They are sweet kids who are lacking opportunity – or, better than that, they’re sweet kids who want others to have opportunity.” (- music mogul, Russell Simmons; describing the mass-movement community activists of Occupy Together, who are being demonized and dismissed in the corporate media.) 

“You can’t arrest an idea!” (-Protestor on the Brooklyn Bridge at Occupy Wall Street Protest)                    

“It’s unsurprising that establishment media outlets have been condescending, dismissive and scornful of the ongoing protests on Wall Street.  Any entity that declares itself an adversary of prevailing institutional power is going to be viewed with hostility by establishment-serving institutions and their loyalists.  That’s just the nature of protests that take place outside approved channels, an inevitable by-product of disruptive dissent: those who are most vested in safeguarding and legitimizing establishment prerogatives (which, by definition, includes establishment media outlets) are going to be hostile to those challenges.  As the virtually universal disdain in these same circles for WikiLeaks (and, before that, for the Iraq War protests) demonstrated: the more effectively adversarial it is, the more establishment hostility it’s going to provoke.
 
Nor is it surprising that much of the most vocal criticisms of the Wall Street protests has come from some self-identified progressives, who one might think would be instinctively sympathetic to the substantive message of the protesters.  In an excellent analysis entitled ‘Why Establishment Media & the Power Elite Loathe Occupy Wall Street,’ Kevin Gosztola chronicles how many of the most scornful criticisms have come from Democratic partisans who — like the politicians to whom they devote their fealty — feign populist opposition to Wall Street for political gain.

Some of this anti-protest posturing is just the all-too-familiar New-Republic-ish eagerness to prove one’s own Seriousness by castigating anyone to the left of, say, Dianne Feinstein or John Kerry; for such individuals, multi-term, pro-Iraq-War Democratic Senator-plutocrats define the outermost left-wing limit of respectability.  Also at play is the jingoistic notion that street protests are valid in Those Bad Countries but not in free, democratic America.
 
A significant aspect of this progressive disdain is grounded in the belief that the only valid form of political activism is support for Democratic Party candidates, and a corresponding desire to undermine anything that distracts from that goal.  Indeed, the loyalists of both parties have an interest in marginalizing anything that might serve as a vehicle for activism outside of fealty to one of the two parties (Fox News‘ firing of Glenn Beck was almost certainly motivated by his frequent deviation from the GOP party-line orthodoxy which Fox exists to foster). The very idea that one can effectively battle Wall Street’s corruption and control by working for the Democratic Party is absurd on its face: Wall Street’s favorite candidate in 2008 was Barack Obama, whose administration — led by a Wall Street White House Chief of Staff and Wall-Street-subservient Treasury Secretary and filled to the brim with Goldman Sachs officials — is now working hard to protect bankers from meaningful accountability (and though he’s behind Wall Street’s own Mitt Romney in the Wall Street cash sweepstakes this year, Obama is still doing well); one of Wall Street’s most faithful servants is Chuck Schumer, the money man of the Democratic Party; and the second-ranking Senate Democrat acknowledged — when Democrats controlled the Congress — that the owners of Congress are bankers.  There are individuals who impressively rail against the crony capitalism and corporatism that sustains Wall Street’s power, but they’re no match for the party apparatus that remains fully owned and controlled by it.” (-Glenn Greenwald)  

“The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.” (― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis) 

“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” (- Hunter S. Thompson) 

“I am so blessed to be here. You got me spiritually break-dancing on the way here. Because when you bring folk together, of all colors, of all cultures, of all genders, of all sexual orientations the elite will tremble in their boots. And we will send a message that this is the U.S. Autumn, responding to the Arab Spring. Don’t be scared to say revolution.” (-Dr. Cornel West on Occupy Wall St.) 

“Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.” The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.” (-Noam Chomsky)  

 ”Many of those arrested were committing civil disobedience by walking in the street, but some say they were on the sidewalk when NYPD officers used nets and physical force to break up the crowd. Videos uploaded to YouTube show officers pepper-spraying protesters in the face from close range, punching demonstrators and dragging people through the street.” (-Amy Goodman)

“I’m so thrilled that so many of us have been able to crack our mind control program that we’ve been living under for so many years.” (-Rosanne Barr about articulate solidarity at Occupy Wall St. protest) 

“The Occupy Wall Street protesters have undoubtedly caused a concern among the rulers. I am a courier and I deliver in that area. From building to building security has been stepped up to such a ridiculous level that one would think that the protesters were armed insurgents. Every attempt is being made, from the police to the corporate owned mass media, to project the fundamentally anti-capitalist protest as criminal.” (-Carlito Rovira) 

“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity – much less dissent.”  (- Gore Vidal ) 

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try spending the night with a mosquito.” (-Dalai Lama) 

“But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? For there to be equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life” ( -Albert Camus, writer, philosopher, Nobel laureate, 1913-1960)

“I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.” (-Jack Kerouac, On the Road) 

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious-makes you so sick at heart-that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” (-Mario Savio) 

“These people’s actions share overlapping themes of resistance to the oppression of the many by the few, and attempt to focus the minds of the many on very finite bits of space that represent a larger world that has been alienated from humanity by the greedy grasp of a usurping class. It is hoped that the symbolic liberation of those spaces, through physical occupation by the people, will set off a chain of human reaction culminating in a kind of Big Bang that gives birth to a new social universe.

Big Bangs have happened before; human progress depends on them, which is why people spend their entire lives trying to light the fuse.

The attempt to occupy ground on Manhattan’s Wall Street, the figurative and literal belly of the global finance capitalist beast, has been harassed and, increasingly, brutalized by police – as must occur if the protest is to crystallize into a narrative of struggle. The Wall Street protesters appear to be as they describe themselves, a ‘leaderless resistance’ that is united against the ‘greed and corruption’ of the ‘one percent’ of the population that lords it over the rest of us.” (-Glen Ford) 

“The people have had it. That’s why they’ve come here. This is only going to grow …  Nobody here is calling themselves a Democrat or a Republican or a liberal or a  conservative. We’re beyond that … And everyone here represents thousands of Americans who can’t be here tonight who feel the exact same way.” (- Michael Moore on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, live from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on Day 12 of the Occupy WallStreet movement, September 28th, 2011)

“Glad to see that someone has decided to take on the Wall Street banksters and insiders who have been so richly rewarded for wreaking such havoc on Main Street. The politicians haven’t done shit to hold anyone accountable. Maybe regular folks banding together can get something done.” (-Virg Bernero)  

“There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave!” (-Chris Hedges on Occupy Together resistance movement) 

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, cried foul Friday over the killing of a radical U.S.-born cleric in Yemen without a trial, joining a chorus of civil liberties groups raising “due process” concerns over the drone attack.
“No one likes these kind of people, but I also like the rule of law and I like our Constitution, that you don’t just target people, assassinate them, someone who has not been charged and you have no proof of anything. So if we want to protect American citizens from that type of justice, we have to be more cautious.” (-Rep. Ron Paul) 

“The world’s economy has been wrecked by these rapacious traders. Yet it is the protesters who are jailed.” (-Salman Rushdie)

SHAMELESS SADISTS AND BIG-MEDIA APOLOGISTS VS. TRUTH-TELLERS, VETS, PEACENIKS, UNIONS=THE NINETY NINE PERCENT… 

Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless, resistance movement, with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. This drives the consolidated-media’s bullshit mouthpieces batshit crazy—the entire notion of anarchic, leaderless resistance…because their entire realities are based on salaries, hierarchies, and focused-grouped talking-points. Fame’s a funny currency in this nation, and it’s little wonder the media-class are so corrupt. I could testify to you about any first-hand, personal, eye-witness experience, and unless it was confirmed by the corporate-media, many of you would still roll your eyes and call me crazy. Mia Tyler could Facebook the exact same factoid, however, and two hundred of her Papa’s fans will immediately, lavishly, praise her, or her courageous insight and “repost”. Celebrity is capital, it’s credibility, out here in TV Nation. Dave Chapelle had a brilliant skit on his old cable-show, about how one has to find a “pretty white girl” to convey any meaningful truth from the perspective of the downtrodden. Americans are trained to only listen to Botoxed Ken and Barbies. Quarterbacks and Cheerleaders. That’s why the military-industrial complex always installs a few attractive, cheerful people of color into positions of high-visibility: to make it seem as if the private-prison/drug-war industry, and constant invasions of Muslim nations, aren’t racist and genocidal. They love to trot out a Colin Powell, or Obama, as if, that makes it okay to mass-murder brown-skinned kids in oil-rich countries. All those insane rightwing propaganda networks all hire beautiful spokesmodels to convey their police-state distortions. Even fanatical Christian Zionist, Pat Robertson, has a beautiful black lady at his side, claiming it’s “God’s Will” to kill all those innocent people in occupations of Muslim nations, and that five percent of the world’s population should rot in U.S. jails, for non violent drug offenses, laboring for slave wages. I could mention the state-execution of an innocent man, or the bank-owned NYC police brutality to any of my yuppie ex-associates, and they’ll shrug and dismissively suggest I’m a radical loon, but if Sami Yaffa, or Jane Wiedlin says it, it takes on sudden weight. Madness. Keep up the good work, Mia, Jane, and Sami! Few celebs will risk their cozy, privelaged, positions by speaking-out on any topic besides, ya know, like, Ellen’s pet adoption. Among the TV watching, middle-class, property-owning, Obamabot, echo chambers, “credibility” is basically derived from being related to rich people. Or by sleeping with someone famous and calling yourself a producer, or designer, after they let you rearrange their shoe collection.

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