| 10/4/11



Occupy Wall St. Group Speaks Up For America

Weekly Commentary



People are turning. The misery is too widespread. The privileged are too brazen. The injustice too apparent.

On Wall Street, young students have created a free democratic space in a place they call Liberty Square. They protest that Wall Street has been rescued, but there is no help for most Americans. In a moving statement, they presented their view:

“We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we are working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.”

Their demonstrators were scorned in the beginning. They had no clear demands. They were organized with no formal structure. They were squatting out in the rain, not allowed tents or bedding.

But they understood the value of nonviolence. In the face of pepper spray and police provocation, they stayed disciplined. As they were being dragged away to be arrested, they said to the police, “We are the 99 percent. We are fighting for your pensions. You should stand with us.”

They made no demands but their analysis was dead on. The wealthiest few are capturing all the rewards of growth in this society, while the large majority falls behind. Wall Street got bailed out, rescued without being reorganized, while homeowners were left to fend for themselves.

Inequality has reached levels not seen since before the Great Depression. With this kind of inequality — with the top 1 percent having as much income as the bottom 60 percent the economy doesn’t work well. The rich turn to speculation. The middle class sinks. And the country suffers.

Now conservatives are talking about sending the bill for Wall Street’s excesses to the most vulnerable — cutting Medicare and Social Security, slashing spending on public education.

Many of the kids in Occupy Wall Street are graduating from college with thousands in college debt and no jobs are to be found. They are the 99 percent.

The discipline of their demonstrations, the clarity of their moral voice, has touched a chord. Now groups are organizing to occupy financial districts in some 57 cities. Demonstrators have been arrested in Boston and San Francisco. The New Bottom Line is leading sit-ins at big banks in cities across the country. And this Wednesday, labor unions and civil rights and community action groups will join in New York in a march to support Occupy Wall Street.

A movement for change is building across the country. In July and August, without much press attention, citizens flooded congressional town hall meetings to demand jobs. Congressional caucuses created jobs tours. And they made a difference. The president chose to put out the American Jobs Act and demand that Congress act. People are turning.

Occupy Wall Street is in that tradition of nonviolence with a moral voice organizing to challenge entrenched power and privilege, a movement that stands with the majority against a powerful elite. To date, this has been a remarkable commitment to nonviolent protest, with creative and new techniques.

It was reported that the Wall Street traders drank champagne in their offices as they looked down on the drenched and straggly demonstrators in Liberty Square. They should hold their scorn. This is how change takes place. The courageous stand up — and more and more people come to their side. The movement for jobs and justice has started up again.

Jesse L. Jackson



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  • West
    Who will speak up for Beloved Afrika?

    Only those who are real and truthful, will speak up for Beloved Afrika.

  • West

    All of us who looks like us and are Black Afrikans (globally), if we are not 24/7 advocating, demanding, commanding, chanting our ancestors Reparations Now in these Divine knowing dispensation of times, they have made a pact with Lucifer, Satan, Devil mind-set.

    Serious about seriouness true and real Black Afrikan male and females

    A Divine real and raw true Black Afrikan man.



    Divine Real and Raw True Black Afrikan women, who are not evilly Europeanized/Americanized, they who hide under the cover of lies and deception.


    AFRICAN'S DECISIONS ( ESTHER STANFORD) –Time is running out for us.


  • NYMetro

    A few months ago, on my blog, gloriadulanwilson.blogspot.com/EclecticallyBlackNewsVIP, I wrote an article that stated, "If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."  Wisconsin was the beginning proof  of that statement.  However, that did not originate with me.  It actually came from Africa, and was the theme song of a documentary that was the precursor to the emergence of South Sudan.

    Rev. Jackson was absolutely correct in his statement - this is how revolutions are formed.  You have a rep-ugh-blican dominated congress who has deemed the will of the people unimportant.  They have curried favor to the very people who are part and parcel of the problems we are currently facing.

    The representatives who don't represent us at our highest and best interests, have absolutely no business being in office. Wall street moguls who dine on the fat of the land while we scramble for the crumbs and the left overs, have no useful purpose in our lives or our society.  Time to take the trash out.  Time for a new  regime.

    If President Obama can't get the necessary compliance on Congress' part in passing the comprehensive Jobs Bill he proposed, then those who oppose it need to be swept out of office, and those who know what their roles are need to be ushered in.  We have no time for the games and bs Boehner and those of his ilk have tried to play at the peril of the people who work the hardest and have the least to lose (Us). 

    If in New York City, the richest think they can continue to thumb their noses at Us, while unconsciouable rents are charged for rat holes, while home prices sneak back up to the bad old days; while condos and co-ops cost almost as much as a small villa; guess again.  While teachers are furlowed and children are pushed into class rooms that become experimental centers, instead of educational centers; while stadiums are being built, yet people can't get decent affordable homes - it's time for a paradigm shift.  Time to take the trash out.  Time to clean house. Time to take a stand; time to come together; time to save our city - our state, our country!

    America, as it is conceived in its mythology, is the home of the brave and the land of the free.  The youth who are camped out in Wall Street and in other corners of America represent us.  There is finally a group who gets it and is not afraid to take it on.  The wake up call has been heard.  The alarm clock has gone off.


    Now we have to back them, and open up a few cans of Wisconsin of our own.

    Happy Birth day and more power to Rev. Jesse Jackson

    Happy Re-birth day and empowerment to American citizens who are tired of the okey-doke. IF THE PEOPLE WILL LEAD THE LEADERS WILL FOLLOW - OR WE'LL MAKE THEM MOVE OUT OF THE WAY.

    Stay Blessed &


    & read my blog: gloriadulanwilson.blogspot.com

    Gloria Dulan-Wilson

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