Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why Occupy?

Yesterday, this happened in Northern California.

At the University of California at Davis this afternoon, police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who stood in their way. Others peacefully demanded that police release the arrested.

In the video above, you see [UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike] walk down a line of those young people seated quietly on the ground in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, and spray them all with pepper spray at very close range. He is clearing a path for fellow officers to walk through and arrest more students, but it's as if he's dousing a row of bugs with insecticide.

Wayne Tilcock of the Davis-Enterprise newspaper has a gallery of photographs from the incident[...]. Ten people in this scene were arrested, nine of whom were current UC Davis students. At least one woman is reported to have been taken away in an ambulance with chemical burns.

The Davis Enterprise has even more scenes from yesterday's brutal show of force. So why did this happen?

Look at UC Davis getting shortchanged again. Look at rising tuitions. What used to be "The American Dream" has become a horrid nightmare as college education has become increasingly unaffordable for working class families.

Yet again, the 99% are under attack... And the 1% are striking back.

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If you were wondering why protesters have been risking it all, even their very lives (as the occupiers at UC Davis did), here's why. The American Banking Association's lobbyists want them to spend $850,000 on opposition research alone! And then, they want to not only smear Occupy's already controversial public image, but also use Occupy to hurt Democratic candidates across the country.

This is the intersection of crony capitalism and political corruption that has more and more Americans up in arms. When they see that the $222.7 BILLION in taxes that big corporations avoided paying could have created over 100,000 jobs in education, they get angry. And when they see that billionaires continue to abuse the tax code to avoid paying taxes, they get angrier. Is there any wonder why people are hitting the streets? It's just sad to see such brutal force being used on protesters.

As we were talking about yesterday, stuff like this can easily discourage people from taking action. However, we simply can't allow apathy to take hold. What do you think creates this?

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