We Are Here

Wall Street, Manhattan, New York, USA

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As I see the demonstrations mount, as the Public Quake ensues, I see a new reality. In my hometown wracked with the hungry, jobless masses, and the destitute; a great American (Global) awakening is in process. This is no ’60’s style flower power protest. It is not simply a food riot or other minor chapter in the page of history. It was Thomas Jefferson that said that banks are more dangerous than standing armies. His prediction is true today as it was then. These banks are dead men walking. They are in essence large collections of capital that has been removed from the active economy. With the prolonged credit crunch and stagnation in the economy from the crunch, Their function is lost. Never before in human history has the lines of nations been so blurred by the global economy. We are one people on this one rock. Frank Zeidler once befriended a curious young boy riding the #23 bus from school. This friendship helped to develop the critical thinking skills. Gregarious as the old man was he encouraged questions. He said the public bus was democracy in a can.(The old buses rattled a lot.) It empowered the poor and rich to mingle together and talk. He spoke often about the function of government as providing the infrastructure to the economy. He believed that if you would build it opportunity follows. His greatest achievement he spoke of was the Freeway system in Milwaukee. Capitalism is a garden, grown wild it is known as laissez-faire (lazy fare), inefficient and prone to cycles of feast and famine. Capitalism as a garden can be awe-inspiring, productive, and importantly Bio-dynamic. We are in the mists of a new emerging economy, one based on calorie and on pure thought. We are brought together by photons, electrons, and EM bands. The representation of the dollar in not in terms of gold or tangible asset but in terms of energy(akin to a battery). Frank would be proud of our people and the perfect use of his park would be the people’s resting place under the stars while contemplating what is most important. Near the doors of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Freedom of the courthouse. I cannot think of a more memorable way to honour the traditions and history of  US. Ou people are ready for The Great Push. Money has no value in of it’s self, just the valuation we assign it. Locked away in a vault it serves not the people or the banks storing it.

I have clipped this article by Mike Gold to give a sense of what is happening, to preserve it.

By Mike Gold
October 15, 2011

SDS marching at Occupy Milwaukee. (Fight Back! News/Jacob Flom)

Milwaukee, WI – More than 3000 people marched here, Oct. 15, as a part of the Occupy movement, which began about a month ago on Wall Street in New York. At 11:00 a.m. in Milwaukee’s Zeidler Park, protesters gathered to stand against continuing cuts to education and public services carried out by Governor Scott Walker and to stand against rampant corruption in the powerful financial sector.

After gathering at the park for about an hour, protesters marched toward the Chase Bank building for a rally. The protest consisted of a diverse group of Milwaukee residents, from union workers, to undocumented workers, to students, and many more.

Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society led a student contingent consisting of about 20 people. Students carried about four large banners and led chants, such as “When workers’ rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” and “Money for jobs, not for war!” which were well-received by people surrounding the contingent. SDS member Chelsea Ottery summed up the importance of the Occupy movement for her, “By unifying the voices of people from the lower and middle classes, we can create a movement dedicated to positive change for the average person and hold Wall Street and the American government accountable.”

Once the rally concluded, the protesters marched back to Zeidler Park, where they began preparations for an occupation. Protesters have set up a first aid tent as well as a tent for food and are getting themselves organized as a larger group. This is a continuation of large general assemblies that organized the action from the beginning. Most people are planning to stay at least until the park closes and some have made clear their intentions to stay the night at Zeidler.

Police presence during the march was heavy, but did not interfere with the action. The Chase Bank building, which was the target of the march, was closed to the public for 24 hours before to the protest and had police surrounding it. Police presence back at the park was fairly light, but it is unclear what will happen if protesters refuse to leave after the park closes at 10:00 p.m.

SDS National Organizer Kas Schwerdtfeger said of the overnight occupation, “We aren’t really sure what they [the police] are going to do, but if we can get enough people, we are planning to try to stay the night.”

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