There are some misconceptions that the OWS movement:
1) that it is about people who are "angry at the system" (eg. corporate cronyism) and wantÂ accountability,
The Occupy Movement may have some "angry" people who only want accountability for Wall Street Bankers and corruption in the government (And this is in common with the Tea Party); However, the anti-Capitalist vein is the real meat and potatoes of this movement. Socialists, Communists (including Big Labor), Anarchists, and other radicals effectively hijacked the movement.
2) that it is grassroots,
The Occupy Movement is a mess, but an organized mess. It was organized from the beginning.
3) that it has been "mostly peaceful".
The Occupy MovementÂ consisted of two different groups; those willing to commit violent acts, and those who were not willing to commit violent acts. Unfortunately, the ones who were non-violent never strongly denounced those that were violent, making them complicit in the violence, and there was plenty of violence.
It is about people who are "angry at the system" (eg. corporate cronyism) and wantÂ accountability.
A poll from April showed that in the Occupy movement, 53% oppose "American-style capitalism," 71% believe in "massive redistribution of wealth," 85% want "dramatically higher taxes," and 79% want "greater government regulation and control over the economy."
The Occupy movement is made up of many ideologies, but there are consistent themes. One prevalent theme is the call for the destruction of capitalism. Â There is no denying this. Well, what do our progressive friends want to implement in it's place?
Labor is associated with Communism, Communism hates Capitalism, and Unions and Communist / Socialist Organizations have effectively taken hold of the Occupy movement.
One of the ways the Unions have infiltrated the movement is to donate money, organize protests and pretend it is "grassroots". Communists call for socialism. Â As much as people want to separate the two, one leads to the other - or else why would Communists fight for socialism?
Anti-Capitalist (In Their Words)
"Our desire to end global capitalism manifests itself locally, showing solidarity with similar tendencies across the world. Instead of building a party or advocating a specific ideology, we come together to act against our conditions here."
"Itâ€™s not an overstatement to describe Zuccotti Park as New Yorkâ€™s Marxist epicenter."
"I went to another Occupy Charlotte meeting, and was admitted to the "demands working group."Â The facilitator - they don't admit to having "leaders" - said "I am a socialist. How many here are socialists?" About 10 people (of 15) raised their hands."
"A big challenge for the CPUSA and left, progressive movements is to link these demonstrations with the labor led all-peopleâ€™s coalition and help deepen understanding that the path to progress must be through electoral and political action including defeating Republican Tea Party reaction in 2012."
"But while many Occupiers would like to limit their focus to big banks and other entities they perceive as getting unwarranted special treatment in the economy, others are just opposed to capitalism altogether. For these protesters, small businesses are fair game."
A spokesperson for the national board of Communist Party USA speaks to Occupy Chicago:
"Weâ€™re the International Socialists Organizationâ€¦ Our goal is to raise political consciousness to build a revolutionary party and work for a revolution here in the United States.Â The problem is capitalismâ€¦ We need a new system thatâ€™s going to put people first and put profit back to the wasteland of history.Â Socialism is the solution. We need a society where everything is produced to meet human needs and wants rather than to make money off of them."
This is a Cached Site for CPUSA (Link no longer Active)
"The two Southern California communists at the heart of Occupy Los Angeles movement are veteran party leader Arturo Cambron and his comrade, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council member Mario Brito."
"Of primary importance is linking it with the burgeoning fight for jobs and especially passage of the American Jobs Act.Â We can also play a role in offering more advanced programmatic ideas like nationalizing the banks and socialism.Â To have a positive impact, the CPUSA and YCL must be a part of the â€œOccupyâ€ movement, participating at every level and building greater local support for the actions among labor and progressive forces."
From "People's World"
Andy Diaz, a journalism major at East Los Angeles College said, "We were promised a change in this country and I haven't seen it thus far. If you look at the doctrine of capitalism, it's just 'get wealthy by all means.' I believe we should work collectively, for the wellbeing of humanity in general."
From "People's World"
"We share the anger and frustration of so many Americans who have seen the enormous toll that an unchecked Wall Street has taken on the overwhelming majority of Americans while benefiting the super-wealthy," reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said in a joint statement."
From "People's World"
"Many union leaders have embraced Occupy Wall Street. Yesterday, members of the AFL-CIO's executive council expressed unanimous support for the protest."
From "People's World"
"I'm here because I see an injustice in this country; the middle class has been dying for 30 years. And now I hear from the Republicans we have to protect the 'job creators,'" said Nathaniel Costa a Brooklyn Law School student.
"Well I feel no pity for the top 1 percent. I see the top 1 percent making a fortune in the last several decades and people are suffering more than ever," he continued. "This is democracy in action. If the majority of people voted in this country a Republican would never be elected again."
From "People's World"
"At the press conference today in support of Occupy Wall Street and the coming week of action for jobs, Trumka was joined by a jobless 22-year veteran electrician and Electrical Workers member, Tom Rutherford. Rutherford has a college degree and is taking a course now to further upgrade his skills.Â "I'm doing my part to get back to work but Congress is doing nothing," he said, to create jobs."
From "People's World"
"Jenny said she hopes the end result will be a repeal of "corporate personhood" and "we'll tax the hell out of the rich, and that compassion and love will be injected back into the world, that's been missing."
"We struggle for socialism because it offers young people a future. Under capitalism it is possible to win small victories, but only under socialism will they be lasting. Socialism has real solutions to the problems of capitalism. But it wonâ€™t come by itself. It will come through the struggles of the people and those who consciously work for it."
"What do you call a system that promotes selfishness, exploitation, racism and police brutality, sexism, and homophobia? A system that wages unjust wars for profit, that robs young people of jobs and education, devastates our communities with drugs and poverty and destroys our environment?"
"Socialists, communists and Marxists roam the Occupy Wall Street rallies, yet zero network news stories since the protests began used any of those three words to label protesters or their goals. Network reporters won't even explain that protesters are calling for a revolutionary-style change."
"In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the ideology was socialism and the force was organised labour. Socialism failed as a way of running economies. It did, however, succeed in establishing welfare states."
TheÂ Occupy DOJ websiteÂ has videos with Rapper Talib Kweeli and Actor Danny Glover encouraging people to come to the rally on April 24. They list the "endorsers" as being the ANSWER Coalition, whose steering committee is run by socialists, communists and others, and socialist group "Washington Peace Center." Also sponsoring the event were individuals such as Cornel West and Francis Fox Piven, two prominent members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), in addition to various Free Mumia Abu-Jamal groups, and several "Occupy" groups.
Labor Unions and Communism
Labor leader Andy Stern,Â former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)Â has stated,
â€œThe conservative-preferred, free-market fundamentalist, shareholder-only model - so successful in the 20th century - is being thrown onto the trash heap of history in the 21st century. In an era when countries need to become economic teams, Team USAâ€™s results - a jobless decade, 30 years of flat median wages, a trade deficit, a shrinking middle class and phenomenal gains in wealth but only for the top 1 percent - are pathetic. This should motivate leaders to rethink, rather than double down on an empiricallyÂ failing free-market extremism.â€
In the Wall Street Journal, Andy Stern Praises Communist China in an article titled, "China's Superior Economic Model", after returning from a trip organized by the China-United States Exchange Foundation and the Center for American Progress.
Former union president Mike Golash, was caught on tape Sunday revealing his political goals of overthrowing capitalism in the United States and instituting a communist government. Golash also called the progressive labor movement "a revolutionary communist organization," during an Occupy DC "People's Assembly" on August 19.
A Sample of Occupy Signs Encouraging Class War and Anti-Capitalist Messages
The Occupy Movement is "Grassroots"
"The individual most responsible for launching OWS was Kalle Lasn, a longtime documentary producer, radical environmentalist, and, by his own telling, lifelong â€œstudent of revolution.â€ Denouncing American consumerism as an â€œecologically unsustainableâ€ and â€œpsychologically corrosiveâ€ phenomenon, Lasn has long derided â€œthe dog-eat-dog world of capitalismâ€ as â€œa destructive systemâ€ that has caused â€œa terrible degradation of our mental environment.â€ He especially detests capitalism's handmaiden, consumerism, which he blames for having spawned many disastrous â€œenvironmental, psychological, and political consequences.â€ In an effort to â€œwreck this worldâ€ of consumerism, Lasn in 1989 co-founded the Adbusters Media Foundation."
ACORN and its Reincarnations, Newer ACORN offshoots are likewise deeply involved with OWS. Fox News reports that NYCC hired approximately 100 former ACORN-affiliated staffers and paid some of them $100 per day to attend and support OWS demonstrations.
Communist Party USA
National Lawyers Guild
Islamists in the Middle East
Democratic Party Supporters of OWS:
President Barack Obama
New York city councilman (and former Black Panther) Charles Barron
Other Individual Supporters
The list of far-leftists who have stepped forth to support OWS is extremely
long. Among the more noteworthy names are: the infamous Marxist and cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who says that OWS's â€œcentral focusâ€ is simply â€œcapitalism, greed writ largeâ€; the revolutionary communist and former Obama â€œgreen jobs czarâ€ Van Jones, who calls OWS a â€œbeautiful manifestation of moral clarityâ€; and the billionaire financier George Soros, who says â€œI can understand [the protesters'] sentiment.â€
As for organizational support, OWS is backed by
The Communist Party USA
Socialist Party USA
Democratic Socialists of America
International Socialist Organization
The Socialist Peace and Freedom Party
American Nazi Party
The Revolutionary Communist Party
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Party of Socialism and Liberation
Marxist Student Union.
Allies in the â€œNonpartisanâ€ Media
Several individuals working for the New York Times, National Public Radio, and NBC News have been caught quietly promoting the very same OWS movement which those outlets have largely portrayed as a spontaneous uprising, independent of any powerful, organized, or well-financed influences.
For instance, New York Times freelancer Natasha Lennard, who according to Politico.com â€œplayed a pivotal role in the media narrative of Occupy Wall
Street,â€ participated in a panel of radicals discussing the theory, strategy and tactics of the OWS protests.
National Public Radio host Lisa Simeone worked as a spokeswoman for â€œOccupy DCâ€â€”a chapter of the OWS-affiliated October 2011 movementâ€”in violation of the networkâ€™s ethics rules which forbid employees from â€œengag[ing] in public relations work, paid or unpaid.â€ When questioned by reporters about the matter, Simeone said that because she was a â€œfreelancerâ€ for NPR, she was not obligated to abide by the restrictions, adding: â€œOur main focus is that we are against corporatism and militarism.... [W]e are not going to stop acts of civil disobedience...â€ Upon learning of Simeone's involvement with the movement, NPR fired her.
In one of many emails contained on a private listserv which was leaked to
BigGovernment.com, MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan advised OWS protesters on how they ought to craft their press statements. â€œI love what you're doing,â€ he said, noting that â€œwe have an opportunity to convert the energy that you have already harnessed â€¦ where we can push collectively for a Constitutional Amendment to get the money out [of politics].â€
In yet another leaked email, Rolling Stoneâ€™s Matt Taibbi transmitted a distilled version of his article, â€œMy Advice to the Wall Street Protesters,â€ wherein he expressed his â€œloveâ€ and â€œsupportâ€ for the movement, and condemned the â€œunparalleled thievery and corruptionâ€ of Wall Street.
Another media figure, the infamous racist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton, made a very public appearance at an OWS rally, where he shouted: â€œIt's time for us to occupy Wall Street, occupy Washington, occupy Alabama. We've come to take our country back to the people.â€
Many professors and Universities have been very supportive of the movement, teaching classes on the Occupy movement and even conducting "fieldwork" at Occupy Rallies. Several Socialist professors were recently invited to anÂ Occupy Conference in Tehran, where they were interviewed for Iranian News Outlet, PressTV. The name of the story, "Experts: Occupy Wall Street likely to topple US administration."
OneÂ University in Massachusetts is having a day long "teach-in" about OWS, with one of the topics being "May Day and Occupy." The site explains the origins of the movement, as it "was initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters with the objective of expressing deep-rooted dissatisfaction amongst Americans with the way the country has been run and the resulting debt and economic hardship inflicted on ordinary people."
"This is Our DC as a part of the secret network of SEIU front groups, intended to create the appearance of a grassroots movement while pushing the leftist agenda and helping Democrats. This includes infiltrating Occupy Wall Street groups and bend their resources to Union ends."
SEIU donated $1,158,790 for â€œOur DCâ€ to create supposedly spontaneous â€œflashmobsâ€ of anti-romney protesters:
Safia Albaiti from the International Socialist Organization
Some "Grassroots" Signs at Occupy:
The Occupy Movement has been "mostly peaceful".
There have been well over 7,000 arrests, loosely documented here, with links to the news stories. There seems to be very little tallies on injured police officers, but there were many.Â A poll from April showed that the percentage of theÂ protestersÂ had become even more radical, and 13% have admitted that they have already engaged in violence, not just "civil disobedience." Is this a "fringe" amount? In the meantime, the movement never loudly denounced the violence.
AÂ MinusculeÂ Sample of Violence against Police:
- In Occupy Eureka, three Occupiers were violently fighting amongst themselves when a member of the Eureka Police Department tried to stop the fight, and ended up getting his nose broken in the process.
- The Occupy Wall Street movement descended on the International Monetary Fund convention in April, resulting in three arrests, one for assault of a police officer.
- Mob of Anarchists Attack a Starbucks, Injure Two Police Officers.
- On New Year's Eve, 28-year-old Zachary Miller, an Occupy Wall Street activist, allegedly sliced a police officer's hand with scissors as he was trying to retake Zuccotti Park. The scuffle occurred as the defendant was trying to push a barricade into a police van. Incidentally, Mr. Miller was arrested twice before for protest-related charges.
- Occupy Oakland was not happy about the protest held by 35 members of the South Africa Project, a group protesting violence by blacks against whites in South Africa at the state capitol in Sacramento. So, they counter-protested, resulting in violence.Â Two police officers were injured and had to be taken to the hospital.
A Small Sample of Violence:
On April 30, theÂ Black Bloc trashed the Mission District in San Francisco. They defaced property, smashed windows, vandalized vehicles and basically destroyed everything in their path. They posted themselves causing the destruction online, where one can hear them scream, "F**k the Police" and "Occupy will not be stopped, especially by some f**king cop!" and "What do we want? Dead Cops!" As much as the Occupy movement seeks to distance themselves from violence, many of the Black Bloc group are active in the Occupy Movement.
Watch the video here (graphic language):
A report on the Occupy Wall Street movement takeover of a property was being covered by the local news in San Francisco. Just as the reporter said (twice) that the protestors were "relatively peaceful" and explains that anarchist infiltrators and the Black Bloc movement are the ones who "cause trouble," the news camera caught a crazy fool throwing bricks at police.
Right outside of Eric Holder's Office, Rapper Jay Sun told the crowd that since he does "a lot of political work in Washington D.C.," and "this type of work, it's dangerous work" and he would ask, if he was "locked-up," he said, "Please don't march for me, please don't do no rallies for me," instead, he would want everyone to start "killing motherf**kers!"
Once the speaker calls for the crowd to start "killing motherf**kers" if he was arrested... they don't stand and stare. They start laughing. After the crowd laughs (yes, it is hysterical to call for murder, right?), Jay Sun continues, "You think it is funny, but that is the only thing a government would listen to." He continues, "I would want people to effectively get the task at hand, done."
Occupy DC, along with the anti-capitalist "Anarchist Alliance D.C. Network," pulled down barricades and stormed several hotels where delegates were staying. Their Facebook page advertised the "event" by declaring, "On April 19th through 22nd, a broad coalition of activist groups will take the streets to protest the International Monetary Fund (IMF) andÂ the economic, social and environmental harm caused by the global capitalist system."
One man was charged with crossing a police line just before 3 a.m. Saturday. Another man was charged with blocking passage, and a third person, a woman, was charged with assault on a police officer. No further details regarding the assault were released.
Occupy Portland (OR) attempted to re-Occupy two parks in the city. When they remained past closing times, police began to arrive. Occupiers were warned that there would be no "cite and release" if they were to stay, but would be taken to jail. Most of the protesters remained on the sidewalk, where their obscenity-laden discussion included talk of getting guns, racially charged remarks aimed at the police, mocked the police in general, and joked about committing crimes.
In April, the Occupy Wall Street movement added to its extensive list of crimes on Saturday. After an Anarchist Book Fair, a mob of about 25 people left the event in the mood for some anarchy, tipping over trash cans and spraying anarchy symbols on local businesses. Police arrived to a mob using eight-foot-long metal pipes in an attempt to smash the thick plexiglass window at a Starbucks and needed to call in reinforcements to subdue the thugs. The group was unable to smash the glass, but did manage to terrify some of the 99%, who dove under tables during the attack.
When a sergeant attempted to make an arrest, he was allegedly attacked by two men with pipes. The men fled and the officer was taken to the hospital, where he sustained minor injuries to his hands and knees.
Later, police responded to a call regarding bottles and other items being thrown from a roof, where they were able to capture Alexander Penley, 41, and Nicholas Thommen, 30, who face multiple charges, including "assaulting a police officer, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and inciting a riot." Penley, an attorney, is a high-profile Occupy member and has been quoted in several mainstream media outlets, such as USA Today and the Guardian. Apparantly, Penley is not all that concerned about his image as a lawyer or as a part of the Occupy movement.
- Three men,Â Brian Church, 20, Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, and Jared Chase, 24, were arrested before they had the opportunity carry out their plan toÂ bomb President Obama's campaign headquarters, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets with Molotov cocktails. TheyÂ were arrested on terrorism and possession of explosives charges.
- Two stabbings occurred at the Occupy San Francisco encampment in front of the Federal Reserve Bank inÂ one week.
Bonus! Anti-SemiticÂ Occupy Signs:
And this Guy...
And Some Extra Hate:
Ami Horowitz took a trip to 'Occupy Wall Street' to see if the Hipsters, hippies & hooligans have the answers to all of the world's problems.
Who is funding the movement? writer/director of the film, Stephen K. Bannon believes that it is funded by a combination of big liberal groups, such as SEIU and George Soros funded groups, which is not in dispute. Andrew Breitbart believed that the anxiety that has been taught to children in school and in college about the American System, fuelled further by liberal media figures, such as Bill Maher, is coming to a head and that these protestors are being used. The piece shows one woman who claims to be a socialist, who stated that her professors taught her that socialism was the best system.
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This article specifically deals with the three misconceptions about the OWS movement. Many other issues are not addressed, such as the vandalism, the squatting, people being found dead in their tents, the relentless instigation of police officers, the shocking drain on cities, the drug use, disruption of campaigns, the ongoing anti-Semitism, weapons charges, and most of the other (non-violent) crime, or just bad behavior; eg. Occupiers throwing condoms at school girls, occupiers dumping urine/feces,Â or protesting for continued sex-trafficking, even a hate crime.