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Occupy Wall Street - "OWS" & Tea Party, What's It About? (Clergy Ready Cliff Notes --- Sort Of) PART I

Let's seek to build bridges to points we both agree upon.

(I've assigned this tiny url to this page for quick ref.: http://tinyurl.com/3fa94u8  and Part IIhttp://tinyurl.com/7qh28pv )

Goal of this page:

Here I try to edit out the noise of chaos in the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and watch for the lig ht of God's truth during times of strife, change, and confrontations. I filter this through a Methodist - conservative upbringing, in context of values learned more through personal experience than through any church dogma. 

Here are some video clip summaries and running opinions as I experience the day to day emotions. I will post these informative summaries on the upper part of this page as I encounter them. Proper credit should go to other sites and reporters both liberal and conservative.  When I have time I will try and credit them properly. Many come from Exopermacuture, not all -- the comments are my own and may differ considerably from the sources from which they are borrowed. 

After many weeks of questioning the official website of my birth-church, the UMC, it has finally begun just yesterday (11-10-2011) to "mention" the obvious relationships among the leaderless OWS struggle and the professed tenets of the UMC mainstream religion. ( (11-19-2011) The Official UMC website not only is engaging OWS it is now lending the imprimatur of its official global image in coverage of our UMC ministers as they engage OWS ..... And somewhat to my pleasant astonishment they have even referenced my very Unofficial website and post: http://tinyurl.com/7jtnz3t ) Update March 21, 2013: UMC appears to be undergoing a self-made crisis and has closed down effective commentary by laity contrary to my continuing blog mission-- please see "Mission Statement"). An important observation is that writers and clergy relying only on mainstream media coverage will discover that most of the news channels misrepresent OWS and pretend there exist no OWS goals (or report only radical perspectives fringed within this important movement) and that only chaos reigns supreme. My observations report far different interpretations. Clergy need to know that peaceful reform through constitutional means especially in a serious dialogue on currency market reformation is not only possible but history indicates, quite workable in much earlier American experiences. 

There is a tendency of all major groups, labor groups - unions, political parties of all stripes, and now religious groups, to want to absorb the OWS movement  ((similar to what is happening to the Tea Party (in which I hold much in common) and the Tea Party's hard right takeover by self-asserted power nodes inside the Tea Party that seem to constantly orchestrate the Tea Party's direction through dominance of information direction-flow, top down, i.e, you might easily get yourself on a Tea Party mailing list, but don't expect to gain access to the list yourself and participate in the information flow back to its self-perpetuating power-nodes funding the top-down emerging Tea Party structure)).  The current Tea Party business model of course would be fatal to the OWS-New York movement as each major group has factions within itself that view non-members to itself suspiciously at best.  OWS information has so far always flowed both ways freely. And therein lies an immense qualitative structural difference with the Tea Party and to our preservation of liberty so far nobly maintained by OWS.   In my humble opinion OWS best summary of its agenda is presented in the videos I've posted on this daily summary: To relist the best videos in order of clarity and usefulness for a quick introduction to the OWS-New York movement, they are:

All in all, way more than you will likely watch so if you watch Bill Moyers and the 2 minute video at the top, you've got the facts. All that's absent is how to forge currency reforms and the realization of Protocol 15's impact on your life and all you hold dear.

Pass the Love.. rich buckley

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* Seven Sermon's To The Dead, by Carl Jung, Jung of course was including most of us main stream Christians as "the dead," to whom the sermons are delivered,  if you have not read Jung. It is a serious but light-hearted reference to draw a parallel between David Icke's video with Jung's important work published in 1916 of our Western society still waking up to face a new collective reality together, not realizing that we have been spiritually asleep and kept ignorant of truth through our churches these past several hundred years. This is somewhat parallel to the state of banking affairs in which we find ourselves today. We see a privatized fractional lending banking systems pressing for one-world-government over which only they will reign. We see privatized global banks in alliance with corporate elites controlling governments, main stream media, and thus all the individuals.

 

The Daily/Weekly Chronology of unfolding events:

(01-14-2012)

If you are troubled clergy wondering if you can come out of your pampered perhaps even delusional closed loop of denial and open your heart to the peaceful message at the core of Occupy Wall Street (you want to but you fear what the congregation or perhaps your peers will think), or if you are an original Tea Party Member before the movement was taken over by top-down agenda-writers and those in The Tea Party that constantly morally instruct you to hate, promote their message of hate by  separating yourself from finding common ground with core elements of Occupy Wall Street,  or if you are the old line violent anarchist  (as opposed to the peaceful anarchist) trying to usurp OWS through gorilla night attacks into an otherwise democratic core of their movement, or if you are the socialist or communists that believe utopia requires forced distribution, no profit motive to the individual, and state ownership of everything , you may find an awakening power of truth in the brotherhood expressed in this 14 min. David Icke video where the democratic movement is referred to as "horizontal":

 

(01-09-2012) 

Corporate Personhood may be "the" common issue that brings The Tea Party and OWS together seeking to amend the US Constitution. See article in depth here: http://tinyurl.com/6lpltak

(12-30-2011)

Letters To Editor Contra Costa Times seems to reasonate:

Heart

 (12-26-2011)

By Gustav Wynn
Is Perception of OWS Accurate? Test Your Knowledge...

Is OWS unhinged or righteous? OccupyResearch released in an email this week preliminary results from 3 waves of internal surveying starting in early December. (posted on OpEd News)


(12-20-2011)
(Rich's Thoughts & Emotions) The first political bridge between The Tea Party and OWS is Currency Reform as discussed throughout this page, but the second bridge is now emerging between the interests of The Tea Party and OWS:  NDAA blowback from Anonymous posted by Exopermature:

Did you wonder how a nefarious bill that suddenly, subtly, and seamlessly made mincemeat of the Constitution and Bill of Rights sailed through both houses of Congress with overwhelming bi-partisan support and nary a debate? Well, here’s how. It was greased by — guess what? — the usual: money.

Thanks to ufo-blogger.com.

NDAA Bill 2012 : Indefinite Detention Act Creators Senators Get Pai...

If The Tea Party and OWS find even one common cause to pursue I've been sensing they would set loose reform energy that could succeed. Here then are two issues: currency reform and now financial corruption of our congress to large donors. It seems shinning the light of open disclosure on the matter is a good place to start. 

I've also felt on the local level that just placing your city budget on-line is good for the community: Within Our Means -- An On-Line Attempt at Rebuilding Trust in Local...

(12-19-2011)

Adam Bessie to Truthout to Exopermaculture to YOU!

(12-18-2011)

My Letter (ref attached) To My Church submitted to its official forum in response to KLM 1678 Pastor Retired Police Officer's comment:

Police Incident Commanders themselves are in constant need of retra... 

(12-17-2011)

(Rich's Thoughts & Emotions)    In Richard Lichtman's article  http://tinyurl.com/78xsqjg on the moral authority of protesters within the OWS Movement posted on Exopermaculture by Ann Kreilkamp

Lichtman's meaning through use of subjective hyperbole ...." "liberal capitalist disorder, while pretending superiority and "leadership of the free world," ....." creates his personal preamble for change, but he straddles  the fence of meaning:  

"In the destruction produced by the liberal capitalist disorder, while pretending superiority and "leadership of the free world," this circumstance is one of the most essential: a continually growing portion of the citizenry is coming not so much to deny or criticize the legitimacy of the government as never to have considered it legitimate at all. Morally, it is merely a coagulated mass of power, the function of which has little, if anything, to do with rational authority or justification."

One is left clinging tightly to the scaffolding nets on the side of Lichtman's ship not sure if we are launching an invasion on Omaha Beach or rescuing survivors at Dunkirk.  If intellectuals play coy with violence as Lichtman dares us, he shall not be allowed sanctuary in the privileged corridors of Ivory Towers when violence emerges.

Therefore let us focus on the Constitutionally achievable and not revisit his Preamble a priori, failure of a system  as we launch this uniquely American protest for change. Peaceful reform is essential to the OWS Movement cause and fully possible if not likely. Furthermore we will all likely find it prudent to continue to be most clear on that point less we intend to create a self fulfilling prophecy just to appear with an index finger raised to forehead level for our sound bite: "See, I told you so!"

There are dimensions to the current state of world affairs which I suspect neither Lichtman nor 99.999999% of us are yet prepared to face or acknowledge as even real.

Pass the Love.. rich buckley (http://youtu.be/r_YOG3jMlV4 ) 


(12-16-2011)

(Rich's Thoughts & Emotions)  Our intuition serves us well when it comes to currency reform. Whether you are in The Tea Party or OWS we are drawn to reform the banking system. Here are the A-B-C's of Banking Truth:

A. 

B.   http://www.americanfreedomradio.com/archive/Project-Camelot-32k-121...

C.   (Long Video) tinyurl.com/44d89sd  (History of world $-currency facts, including US)

Pass the Love.. rich buckley (http://youtu.be/r_YOG3jMlV4 )

(12-12-2011)

(Rich's Thoughts & Emotions)  Currency Reform http://tinyurl.com/7ogyv5s I sense will be the "bridge issue" to the first big unifying step. 

(12-10-2011)

"We need to kiss and make up." Exopermaculture covers an the breach between Occupy Wall Street and The Tea Party. My last comment on 11-25-2011 posted below dances with the idea"

The Hardest One of All: reach out and build bridges:

  • even with the Tea Party (Chris Hedges reference that Tea Party reflects a Nazi-like structure notwithstanding) , by opening up their system to two-way communication flow bottom up, rather than its current top-down (ref. opening statement top of page http://tinyurl.com/3fa94u8 ).
  • Especially with mainstream churches emphasizing and ecumenical nondenominational support:
    •  by seeking statements such as "We support OWS's core economic values" and "We support OWS's commitment to non-violence"
    • by seeking sideline imagery of clergy, dressed each in their respective religious vestments of standing within your movement implying your movement over laps with their own (which it does of course). Imagery need not be of your front lines being punched or sprayed, but imagery of clergy standing on the sidelines as visible ecumenical mainstream spiritual support. The mere presences of the clergy in this fashion isn't designed to change the 1%-er's it's designed to build peaceful bridges across the turbulent boarder zones of the yin and yang of polarities among groups.
    • Remain democratic, bottom-up, in nature. Every voice matters.

(Rich's Thoughts & Emotions) What really drives this necessity to build a working bridge between to seemingly opposing political polarities, is the need to win something together under one flag. Once that is achieved the union of emergent political power becomes unstoppable. 


Salon.com frames the issue with the question: "How do we remain in our feeling of and longing for unity while working together to guarantee that all men and women shall be free to follow the fullest expression of their essential natures?"


My answer is naive perhaps,  intuitive at best, but here's how..... you do it the same way the religious Ecumenical Councils brings together Protestants, Jews, and Muslims to discuss what they agree on:

Phase One:

  • Don't try to proselytize.
  • Don't require the final accord to be under one lead-agency's imagery
  • Find even one issue of agreement: the "Golden Rule" for causes both political movements  can agree upon just as religions all agree upon the Golden Rule.
  • If there is no agreement, don't point fingers.
  • All voices matter and are treated with respect.
  • Hold in highest visibility possible the success of your outcome. Agree ahead of time if there is no Golden Rule agreed upon, shake hands and depart without animosity (don't burn bridges).

Phase Two: 

  • Everyone participate in initiating with equal credit, the one specific achievement.
  • Bring the churches on board in the visible manner discussed above. The churches will now come on board if you ask because you agree on at least "something." When polarities find a balance in our democracy, something then happens. The bottlenecks break open and reform resolves itself into legislation as sycophant politicians awaken to apparent opportunity severing their own self-interests and yours come together.

Common sense suggests to me if you can find the elusive political Golden Rule, even as we do not reform each other, we can benefit each other in the following areas:

  • Banking Reforms  (high probability for success)
    • Lending Practices
  • Currency Reforms (some probability for success)
    • Exploration "Return the Privilege of Creating the National Money Supply to the People -- Ellen Brown's notion).
  • Environmental Reforms (low probability for success) except:
    • Possible agreement for openness and transparency in government.
    • Possible agreement on Environmental Agreements to require EIR's on Chemtrails.
  • Medical Care Reforms (Moderate probability for success)
  • Corporate Reforms: Withdrawing Corporate Personhood (moderate probability for success)

 

(12-09-2011)

(Rich's Thoughts & Emotions)  Here's the OWS  "Christmas List," (as I call it) of  OWS stated purpose, goals and tactics, put together by the careful research of  John Iacovelli and published first by  OpEdNewshttp://tinyurl.com/7zo9v5z . The full article is linked here  http://tinyurl.com/83ny8lg  and targets the democratic heart of the inspired, peaceful movement:

"The exhausted political machines and their PR slicks are already seeking leaders to elevate, messages to claim, talking points to move on. They, more than anyone, will attempt to seize and shape this moment. They are racing to reach the front of the line. But how can they run out in front of something that is in front of them? They cannot. For Wall Street and Washington, the demand is not on them to give us something that isn't theirs to give. It's ours. It's on us. We aren't going anywhere. We just got here."

--Unsigned editorial, The Occupied Wall Street Journal, Issue 2

I hold a mental image of the sunset silhouette   http://tinyurl.com/89v92ba  of General MacArthur, standing on the open deck of PT-41   off the Bataan Peninsula, heading for the Mindanao airfield through a minefield, a quiet engine, a spoken commitment heard around the world: "I shall return."  

We are witness to the unfolding and development of a uniquely American movement in OWS who's power and potency will return with an unyielding ferocity of a tsunami. It will define a new high water mark in legislative reforms with soundings that register globally.  

Pass the Love.. rich buckley (http://youtu.be/r_YOG3jMlV4 ) 

(12-05-2011)

Chris Hedges: "The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance." Chris Hedges, posted Exopermaculture

    (1)  http://youtu.be/AlR9rMrYuHU

(2) http://youtu.be/ugU6ELwbi_o

(3) http://youtu.be/SKSUfCG7ax4

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

(Rich's Thoughts & Emotions) While Chris Hedges speaks a powerful truth that resonates with me, I see a different scenario unfolding from the US. Chris's perspective is steeped within the framework of 20 years of covering European and foreign revolutions world wide.  OWS-Movement is slowly producing a uniquely American revolution and the mainstream Churches, while stumbling slowly to join the movement, must respond with caution that the movement is and will remain non-violent less they be viewed as the very trip-wire causing violence.  Mainstream clergy has just last week begun to lend its moral support to the movement's core economic principals. Chris carries a sharp edged tone of the great orator that he is, it seems to sit visibly on his shoulder. His passionate sense of retributive justice apparently exceeds my own passion for equal measure. 

While I resonate to the power of his words, I keep wanting to offer him some sort of calming assurance, perhaps like:

Chris, Forget the power of the plutocrats, as long as we remain non-violent the people will win and the oligarchs will diminish over time. Our challenge in our democracy is to reform the system. Do not expect to see reformed politicians,  just reformed systems. 

Pass the Love.. rich buckley (http://youtu.be/r_YOG3jMlV4 )

(12-01-2011)

(Rich's Thoughts and Emotions)  Occupy Wall Street - New York (OWS-NY) has survived the season and given many of us hope that we might find ways to listen to each other in the spirit of non-violence. I bow my head in appreciation to the Movement that it has kept the call for violence at bay.

 

The energy of the season is rushing in upon us. The moment seems all too brief, perhaps not more than a 72-hour window when Western hearts everywhere open themselves to the symbols of peace and love, where a willingness to listen and absorb the energy you send me, seems at least as strong or stronger as the apparent need for my energy to be heard is sent out to you. 

 

These are moments of cosmic unity. May they transform our hearts and heal our divisions. 

 

Pass the Love.. rich buckley (http://youtu.be/r_YOG3jMlV4 )

 

(11-30-2011)

Standard & Poors Ratings Services is adjusting the ratings on 37 of the world's largest financial institutions, including downgrading the biggest banks in the U.S.  S&P says the changes reflect its new ratings criteria for banks, which incorporate shifts in the worldwide financial industry and macroeconomic trends, including the role of governments and central banks in industry funding.

(Rich's Thoughts and Emotions) Is it possible the role of the Federal Central Bank actually gets reviewed here in the US?

Everyone who has ever brought this subject up has let it go into the dust bin of history soon enough or was assassinated. But S&P gives the idea some street cred's.

When we learn we can get rid of the Fed (as we know it) and still live a productive life, perhaps we then graduate and receive a diploma showing we are ready to start Economics 102

 

(11-25-2011)

(Rich's Thoughts and Emotions) In a conversation with a loved one after Thanksgiving Diner, the topic of the  Occupy Movement drew the following comment .... ".... but they (OWS) do not reach through to those who actually control the power to affect change"... in society.

And therein describes the dilemma of leadership within the OWS.  How is change within society affected? What is the wisest role for OWS to pursue? (A) The broad, amorphous role of our collective moral and ethical conscience? Or  (B) "turn the movement into a list of specific legislative demands"? Isn't the latter the ultimate outcome desired by the former after all?

The problem in morphing into (B) a specific list of demands, should be quite obvious.  Once you play your hand by showing all your cards (ala Michael Moore http://tinyurl.com/6ta2c3z) where does that leave you? It's a little presumptive to assume you have already registered an adequate effect on the levers of power that they anxiously await to do your bidding on bated breath. And if your list is in reality not a real list but a board-game move in the form of a gambit filled with  several pawns you intend to lose along the path to check the 1%-er's power, .... get real!

Economic changes of the order of magnitude the OWS Movement is seeking, require much more base-building. And you do not build a broad consensus of acceptance among a broad base with the sharp corners of a demand list. The Movement requires you the participant, to allow the Movement to mutate and evolve until it is so obvious those who actually control the power to affect change are moving into your camp.

The single most important gift this country can give itself is to study the history of currency and realize that in reforming currency creation and money-supply within our banking systems, we can multiply the positive use of our money by an order of magnitude of nearly 2 times its current purchasing power in the building of real wealth.

What difference does this make? It means the difference of addressing every issue raised so far in the Occupy Movement successfully.

The problem is,  the subject of currency and banking reform is so distant from the average person's understanding, and is so complex by all its machinations that it seems outside anyone's ability to reform it, and yet it's not. Every President that has looked closely at reforming our banking and currency system has been assassinated. Hmmmm. I wonder.

There is still much to do:

  • Be patient even as winter sets in.
  • Listen to Ellen Brown - "Return the Privilege of Creating the National Money Supply to the People. (see November 15, 2011 post  http://tinyurl.com/3fa94u8)
  • Learn how and why returning the national money supply to the people is both possible and important:
  • The Hardest One of All: reach out and build bridges:
    • even with the Tea Party (Chris Hedges reference that Tea Party reflects a Nazi-like structure notwithstanding) , by opening up their system to two-way communication flow bottom up, rather than its current top-down (ref. opening statement top of page http://tinyurl.com/3fa94u8 ).
    • Especially with mainstream churches emphasizing and ecumenical nondenominational support:
      •  by seeking statements such as "We support OWS's core economic values" and "We support OWS's commitment to non-violence"
      • by seeking sideline imagery of clergy, dressed each in their respective religious vestments of standing within your movement implying your movement over laps with their own (which it does of course). Imagery need not be of your front lines being punched or sprayed, but imagery of clergy standing on the sidelines as visible ecumenical mainstream spiritual support. The mere presences of the clergy in this fashion isn't designed to change the 1%-er's it's designed to build peaceful bridges across the turbulent boarder zones of the yin and yang of polarities among groups.
      • Remain democratic, bottom-up, in nature. Every voice matters.

 

In short choose path (A) over path (B). If this strikes you as unreasonable, a waste of time, impractical, naive, and unrealistic, it's probably because the generations now living have not seen a society break away and peacefully reform itself. It has been done before on smaller scales as any study of the great populist movement of the Farmers during the late 1800's will illustrate. Peaceful reform is possible but it has to be a goal, and that requires much patience.


Pass the Love.. rich buckley

 

(11-23-2011)

 (Rich's Thoughts and Emotions) Michael Moore's high profile carries so much political baggage it will disrupt the energy flow and weaken the unity of the OWS movement. He's a lightning rod that will needlessly galvanize opposition. We need to Pass the Love, not venom. 

  

(11-22-2011)

"This event is powerfully symbolic. It is about contempt from those in power and the wanton use of force against the powerless." ... Michael Chorost, PhD

(Rich's Thoughts and Emotions) Michael Chorost's notion is way out in front of the rest of us.

If there is a yin and yang, Michael sees the Sunrise of the female aspect (the anima emerging within the male psyche), the Sunrise of the yin, a dawning of the New Age. The energy cycles of life do seem to be accelerating. The Yin aspect may be in full manifestation within just months -- who knows, perhaps days, perhaps now, as you are readying these words. I sense Michael's premise is therefore correct as an identified "tipping-point" in human affairs. This tipping-point is manifesting itself in many areas all at once, as a rapidly expanding, prevenient grace swirling among individuated souls. The conscious decision for OWS-NY to "resist not evil" by remaining non-violent, by the crowds at UC-Davis chanting "Shame" instead of pelting the police with anything handy, by the replacement of rage with a loss of fear and a shared understanding for the dialogue of peace.... by the tepid but vital entry of mainstream clergy http://tinyurl.com/7jtnz3t  to sort through the chaos and acknowledge the core economic principals and support of nonviolence for change as occurred in Seattle, the wisdom in Ann, http://tinyurl.com/777zu9z , to bring this to our attention. 

Pass the Love.. rich buckley

 

(11-21-2011)  Police Incident Commanders Need Reeducating on threat assessment:

Example A:

What happens to a scared cop when fear and attitude displace the admonition of the good Capt Ray Lewis Johns, Ret. (See 11-17-2011 Video). Capt Lewis advises: Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate with the protesters.  It is absolutely essential that police be trained to detach from the moment and still be present. Training - training- training would help this scared cop negotiate - negotiate - negotiate and keep his heart in the broader concept of peaceful assembly and protest. Notice the reaction of the crowd is not violence. That in itself speaks volumes to the level of force being needless applied by the cop. Other tactics are available. This is as much a reflection of the force incident commander's error as it is the cop's. Negotiate - negotiate - negotiate. 

Example B:

Robert Hass ( http://tinyurl.com/7ro7lax ) is a professor of poetry and poetics at the University of California, Berkeley, and former poet laureate of the United States......

....."they assaulted both the young men and the young women with the same indiscriminate force. If the students turned away, they pounded their ribs. If they turned further away to escape, they hit them on their spines.  NONE of the police officers invited us to disperse or gave any warning. We couldn’t have dispersed if we’d wanted to because the crowd behind us was pushing forward to see what was going on. The descriptor for what I tried to do is “remonstrate.” I screamed at the deputy who had knocked down my wife, “You just knocked down my wife, for Christ’s sake!”  "

 

What Might Help Temper Police/Sheriff Response:

It seems to me there would be a tempering effect on Police responses if our clergy announced their intentions publicly to appeared on OWS protest scene in easily identified separate groups (not in the front lines)  in some obvious, easily identifiable ecumenical fashion.  The religious response should be to emphasis:

  • Non-violence,
  • The Core economic message of OWS -- much as Seattle has,
  • Ecumenical in nature, 
  • Back ground presence,
  • Supporting  Constitutional Freedom to protest.

The pastoral volunteers should issue follow-up comments, daily, in the effort of keeping the movement non-violent and not be reluctant to criticize OWS activities, as will as police strategies. 

We need currency reforms much as Abe Lincoln and several Presidents were working to set in place right before they were each assassinated. For OWS to succeed, main stream religion will need to be seen engaged in deliberating its purposes with focus most likely on $-currency reforms, tinyurl.com/44d89sd. We can change the way currency and money lenders work. There are many Constitutional ways to do it which would pay off the National Debt, and not create runaway inflation. 

Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(11-19-2011)

(Rich's Personal Thoughts and Emotions) The Official UMC website is not only engaging OWS it is now lending it's imprimatur of it's official global image in coverage of our UMC ministers as they engage OWS ..... And somewhat to my pleasant astonishment they have even referenced my very Unofficial website and post: http://tinyurl.com/7jtnz3t . 
In my travels I have spoken to ministers frozen in their concerns about being associated with OWS and also being misinterpreted by their congregations. Several references in the local website, http://tinyurl.com/3fa94u8 , address those very ministerial fears. 

Please share this with your own pastor for the use and reference: http://tinyurl.com/3fa94u8
 
A movement as large as OWS I sense, will only succeed in maintaining non-violence, love, and compassion and lead successfully to needed reforms if the movement has the presence of our mainstream churches not trying to coop the movement as its own, but demonstrating through its presence a commitment to  non-violent resistance and non-violent protest. Government officials and Washington's elected ultimately will only yield to needed reforms as its perception of the movement becomes mainstream by the sheer presence of mainstream religious iconography such as religious figures in official garb placidly lending a spirit of Godliness to the movement, as contrasted to active leadership which should remain in the hands of the "Occupiers." ..... Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(11-18-2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Dan Beucke | BusinessWeek


"There’s been a more subtle shift. Note the number of times that Occupy Wall Street is used as a reference point in analyses of issues ranging from mortgage relief to student loans to taxation. It has lent urgency and weight to what may have seemed like dry policy discussions. In Washington, the GOP in general remains dismissive of the protests. Some on the right support the criticism of corporate bailouts, though they see the protesters as misguided. President Obama first mentioned(as best I can tell) OWS on Oct. 6, going to great lengths to frame the movement around his own policy proposals. His press secretary has taken questions on the movement at nearly every press conference since then.

"Getting Wall Street’s attention: Perhaps even more impressive is how OWS has seeped intoWall Street’s own conversation. This is partly due to the early attention paid by a few influential financial bloggers, such as bank critic Barry Ritholtz. But bankers were clearly stung by the 1% tag and angered by suggestions they hadn’t earned their bonuses. An Oct. 11 march to the Upper East Side Manhattan homes of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and hedge fund chief John Paulson got moguls’ attention. OWS even began popping up as a “risk factor” in several corporate financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in analyst briefings. As Footnoted.org pointed out, in the financial world this is as good an indication as any that a movement has “truly arrived.” " (Rich's emphasis added)

Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(11-17-2011)   

(11-16-2011) 

Cord's of truth....

  1. "Dell Edward Burchett, 26, who said he has been regularly switching between the Oakland and San Francisco camps , said the mood is different in San Francisco. While Occupy Oakland was plagued be gang activity, there has been no such problem in San Francisco. Everybody here (in OWS-SF) is united for hope, Burchett said. It's beautiful here (OWS-SF) It's loving. It's family." (Bay Area News Group - Staff).
    • SF Police find that just "moving out the few trouble makers*" leaves the protest in tact and helps maintain peaceful assembly and preserve First Amendment Rights
  2. Coming from a political voice....yet resonates with charted reality...Robert Reich, speaking at Berkeley, "The fundamental problem is we are losing equal opportunity. We are losing the moral foundation stone upon which the country was built."
  3. Police are working collectively across the country to avoid being perceived as the problem:
    • Rules of Engagement:
      • Do not surprise the Occupiers, give lead notice well ahead of time.
      • Communicate widely activities of Occupiers that will not be tolerated.
      • Every City has its own unique set of issues.
      • Capt Ray Lewis Johns, Ret. (See 11-17-2011 Video): Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.

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* trouble makers: (RICH'S THOUGHTS & EMOTIONS) The term "trouble maker" is literally a moot term. The SF police seem so far to be using the term with discretion such that the OWS-SF main body of protesters retain their sense of achieving a goal of demonstrating and expressing free speech rights. One can sense how vital it is for the police in any community to be exactly right for the protesters within their community as to defining who is "a trouble maker."  These are lessons learned in the 60's by the SF police. So far it appears far more good is being achieved by the police nationally through coordinating and discussing in real time strategies and timing of engagements, than the bad that the left instinctively slaps on the police by using terms: "attack" or "police attack" see headlines of 11-14-2011 below. This generation of police are relearning important lessons from the 60's with better communications. This is a hopeful sign as we lead into winter that peaceful protest can sustain the harsh weather days ahead for those few determined to protest in -40 degree blizzards in several of the 18 major cities hosting Occupy movements. Pass the Love.. rich buckley

 

(11-15-2011)  

 Ellen Brown: we must “return the privilege of creating the national money supply to the people”  This important concept of "creating a national money supply" is exactly the public dialogue needed today and remains an underlying core issue of OWS-New York. This discussion will raise many pitfalls as to its implementation, transition, and limitations. Before throwing out the topic as unworkable give it a chance. After all its what our nation first used in Colonial Days very successfully. The four hour video opened my eyes to many alternatives to banking. Here's that post for the needed background to any discussion of changing the banking system: tinyurl.com/44d89sd . The question remains then can we be creative in our banking reforms and still have a system that serves creatively and dynamically consumer initiated credit demands, or will we only create a political banking system that takes funding and lending direction from governmental central planners.  If that's all we achieve we regress. Such a system would stifle innovation and progress much as China central planner seem to lift the creative drive for their own economy from the West. How do we keep a peoples' currency and banking system consumer responsive? That's going to be the question. Whether or not Ellen Brown can take us across that bridge remains to be seen. But I'm willing to listen. Pass the Love.. rich buckley


(11-14-2011)

  1. Weekend Coordinated Police Attacks on Occupy Encampments  
  2. At Lease 6 Occupy Encampments Attacked Across America
  3. Tea Party Television (Zelikovksy & Kemp) Oakland Will Do-In The OWS Movement      

Rich's Thoughts:  About 15% of Oakland's OWS Encampment is too undisciplined to be trusted in their formal, wicked and foolish endorsement of violence as they act out that violence outside the group's democratic purpose:

Furthermore to date In Oakland:

  • 1 murder at encampment (just outside)
  • 150+ arrests
  • Businesses vandalized
  • Over $2 million in damages
  • Many businesses to leave Oakland
  • Port shut down cost $4 million
  • 11,000 lose wages due to port shut down
  • Riots, flag burnings, Molotov cocktails
  • Dozens of protesters and police injured

I believe Occupy Wall Street - Oakland (OWS-Oakland) lacks the absolute commitment to "peaceful processes only" discipline exhibited by OWS-New York and will convince mainstream churches across the country to stay out of taking supportive OWS roles. Because of Oakland's 15% violence-endorsing-radicals in the Oakland movement the vast majority of our pastors, preachers, priests, rabbis and mullahs will remain non-committal to OWS and its core messages  for Constitutional currency reforms.  Any movement that can not bring in our mainstream churches will end up resorting to alternative ex-constitutional methods with a high likelihood of failing. Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(11-11-2011)  DEATH. Police investigate deaths at Occupy protests in 3 states

(11-07-2011) 

Wiley Miller's "Non Sequitur" comic strip today should be taken seriously. I find Wiley's insights usually allude to a far deeper aspect of significant social commentary and our collective moods than we often realize. Perhaps Occupy has already achieved its higher mission of creating social awareness and now it's time to allow "Our Governing Systems" to ferment Occupy's works. Turn on a ball game; Occupy will be back --- Spring 2012? Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(11-06-2011) 

 "What they want is to reverse the corporate coup d'état that has taken place."

"The mainstream media has been revealed through all of this as not being mainstream anymore."

(11-05-2011)  I like charts:  http://youtu.be/X5omgQpdAB0

(11-04-2011)  ...Jefferson's Revolution "through blood and patriots" is not going to work today --- domestically at least.  Domestically "When there's violence, we lose." It's not the Oakland police, it's the handful of 50 trouble-maker-retrograde-modern-perception-violence prone-anarchists* in Oakland (Reports are emerging that these "anarchists" are actually out-of-towners and even out-of-state infiltrators). The 1/2 of 1% retro-grade anarchists that emerge late at night that actually end up unwittingly (perhaps even wittingly) doing the bidding of the 1%'er-elites in causing the violence. These anarchists remind me of the predictable "communist goons" that could always be found in the old USSR walking into the crowd and randomly beating up the peacefully assembled on behalf of the State. They are not the non-violent 99.5% of the OWS-Oakland. Anarchists do not stand nearly that tall. OWS-Oakland deserves acknowledgment and continues to win the hearts and minds for change through non-violence. Like the sign says posted over the broken window, "Oakland is better than this." The dominant truth is, there is a huge community of non-violent wisdom, seeded and growing, in a community-wide mix of people, faces looking upward, with peaceful hands and open palms. These Oakland anarchists will not reach this high until they learn non-violence disciplines. Pass the Love.. rich buckley

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*as opposed to the non-violent alternative economic model of libertarian anarchy.

(11-03-2011)  ..."mostly a peaceful day"... Yes!  Oakland seems to be awakening to the higher cause as OWS protesters rise to disassociate OWS-Oakland from violence in a notable fashion.  This is a huge achievement for OWS-Oakland that deserves acknowledgment. Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(11-01-2011)  Convergence  near? Will police and other officials cross over to stand with military veterans and the rest of the 99%? Posted on November 1, 2011 by Ann Kreilkamp Update,  just inCheck this out! Oakland police identify with the 99%! What will happen tomorrow, St...

(10-30-2011) Officials Increasingly Refusing Unlawful Orders to Arrest “Occupy” ...

(10-26-2011) " Occupy Oakland: Clashes last into night after pre-dawn raid on encampment." Oakland protesters lend violence to OWS imagery. It's not the police, it's about the dozen or so undisciplined subset inside the Oakland OWS group of protesters. Little of the restraint and orderly behavior evident in the discipline and protocols of the OWS-New York is being respected here or honored by the Oakland protesters. It seems like a combination of issues that goes beyond OWS demands for financial banking reforms. The dozen or-so trouble makers in the Oakland OWS movement is as much about their pesonal apparent carryover of resentments over the January 1, 2009 killing of a Oscar Grant III by BART police as it is about OWS-New York goals. Oakland has its own baggage. My advice to OWS-New York:  Disassociate the OWS-New York movement from the violence makers where ever they are found; they are a subset of trouble makers and continue on with OWS. The US  needs several financial and currency reforms. Just watch tinyurl.com/44d89sd It's 4 hours well invested to face the coming trials to liberate humanity from Money Changers. Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(10-24-2011) Exopermaculture has a great video this morning that puts the OWS into perspective in this interview with Chris Hedges. This is to date one of the best reviews of a transformational change going on in America through OWS that I have seen yet. Pass the Love.. rich buckley  

(10-15-2011) If OWS is taken over by the socialists and communists it's a dead movement and financial reforms will likely be relegated to another post trauma era. They have nothing to offer the enterprising American Spirit. So many friends seem to freeze-up and miss the core message of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in lumping all protessts together and implying it's all bad.  So many allow their spokespeople to emote baseless bromides invoking false stereotypes comparing  OWS to The Arab Spring in a fearful fabrication not supported by OWS (I also consider Arab Spring a good thing, not bad). Arab Spring seeks release from the malice of government tyranny, OWS at its core seeks release of tyranny of the Money Changers through constitutionally based financial reform.  The needless reaction of lumping all protests as somehow bad allows fear to replace research, independent thinking and truth; Money creation in the US can be structured totally differently through an existing Constitutional process just as early American dollars were successfully deployed. Just watch tinyurl.com/44d89sd It's 4 hours well invested to face the coming trials to liberate humanity from Money Changers. You may also track OWS progress here tinyurl.com/3fa94u8 The single most important focus I think, needs to remain peaceful financial reform following enabling protocols already existent in our US Constitution. We can retire the National Debt and hold the line on inflation while addressing everyone's over arching concern of employment. Control your message, denounce all US related OWS violence or talk about violence. Pass the Love.. rich buckley

(10-15-2011) Tom Hayden offers worthwhile insight : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsKVuqpw81c&feature=youtube_gdat...

(10-13-2011) What you first may need to grasp. The 4-hour cram course on international banking every teenager should watch ( (see comment in (4) below)) :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXt1cayx0hs&sns=em

(10-13-2011)  http://youtu.be/yhrwmJcsfT0

 

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Media renderings OWS as I encounter them: (I will try and link when I can)

 

 The Heritage Foundation:10-18-2011  

"Morning Bell: Wall Street is the Wrong Place to Occupy"

 

Kansas City Star (Newspaper - Visual Imagery "OWS-Global": violence and mayhem) 10-19-2011

Alternative Medial Blog- Susan Orman on Huffington Post attempts to regain focus away from Mainstream Media imagery of violence to what OWS on Wall Street is actually saying. 10-19-2011

Rich Buckley says:
October 18, 2011 at 10:38 am
…and then there is Oakland, Ca, one of OWS weakest links and it’s Achilles Heal,   staged by the orchestrated neophyte egos of the semi-awakened spiritual path of communists and socialists who only see their liberation in your oppression to their set of rules believing this ultimately, logically serves the commonwealth best.

Like a four part Greek tragedy the hard left have not yet discovered the love to guide them from lamentation to redemption. Justice requires mercy. Oakland’s mind set requires violence and the quick end to OWS hopes of financial reform.   

OWS must assert it’s libertarian spirit with love and stay focused on real financial reform.

There are paths through this forrest that can even unify the right and left in improving the commonwealth. Seek that middle path of peace. Assert love and nonviolence again and again until the movement across the nation is all singing the same verse.

 Money creation can be structured totally differently through a Constitutional process the Colonials called “script,” i.e., our early American dollars. Just watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXt1cayx0hs&sns=em .  It’s 4 hours well invested to face the coming struggles.        

Rich Buckley

The single most important focus I think, needs to remain peaceful financial reform following enabling protocols already existent in our US Constitution. tinyurl.com/3fa94u8 We can retire the National Debt and hold the line on inflation while addressing over arching concern of employment.

Conservative media is rushing to define public perception of OWS with images of global violence in Europe and calling it all “OWS.”

Flood your imagery of peaceful process into every corner. If you let images of Oakland, CA and global violence prevail without direct peaceful response to each major thrust, these images will quickly define OWS, right or wrong, in the public perception.

Financial Reform is needed and the winter months are closing in. Peaceful protest will be put to its severest test through the winter of 2011-2012.

One Response to Letter from Goldman Sachs” re: OWS

  1. This Goldman Sachs letter seems too contrived and cynically written to be real. I sense it has been created and released by those who want violent revolution not peaceful constructive true financial reform. There are even Goldman Sachs stock owners who believe financial reform is needed. Such reform is best facilitated through a constant re-affirmation that the movement will be peaceful. Do not tolerate the evil voice within us that tells one to hurry because winter is setting in and closing down bodies in the square.

    The single most important focus I think, needs to remain peaceful financial reform following enabling protocols already existent in our US Constitution. tinyurl.com/3fa94u8 We can retire the National Debt and hold the line on inflation while addressing over arching concern of employment.

    Conservative media is rushing to define public perception of OWS with images of global violence in Europe and calling it all “OWS.”

    Think Kind Thoughts, Pass the Peace and Love.

October

24, 2011 Exopermaculture has a great video this morning that puts the OWS into perspective in this interview with Chris Hedges. This is to date one of the best reviews of a transformational change going on in America through OWS that I have seen yet. 

October 24, 2011

by Chris Hedges

The power elite are frantically searching for the ideological weapon that will discredit the movement. But the clarity of the protests, the painful personal stories of dislocation that are the heart of its message, and, most important, the self-discipline, despite police provocation, which has kept these protests nonviolent have advanced the movement and discredited the forces of control. The power elite, held together by the glue of force and fraud, are seeking ways to communicate in the only language they know they can master—unrestrained force. And as we enter the second month of demonstrations, the power elite fear that the core message and the calls for resistance, which resonate with a majority of Americans, will lead to a direct confrontation with the corporate state. If the movement starts to pull hundreds of thousands of people together, if it leaps across class lines, as I saw during the peaceful revolutions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, then the corporate state is probably finished. Our corporate overlords know this. And they are doing everything in their power to make sure this does not come to pass.

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What we are witnessing in parks and squares across the United States is not simply widespread revulsion over the greed and cruelty of corporate capitalism, but the articulation of a new and potent radicalism. This radicalism challenges the right of corporations to poison our ecosystem and turn greed and self-promotion into the highest good at the expense of human life. If this movement can cross class lines, if it can articulate its vision to those in marginalized communities, especially poor people of color, it can tap into a force and power that was never part of the New Left. It can make possible the shaking of the foundations and, let us hope, the toppling of the corporate state.

 

October 25, 2011, Tea Party is promoting a useful video. Somewhere in this struggle a truth will emerge that we can reform our financial-currency system. I tend to agree with this X-Soviet Citizen, but we must not be afraid to research reforming our currency.

 

Money creation can be structured totally differently through a Constitutional process the Colonials called “script,” i.e., our early American dollars. Just watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXt1cayx0hs&sns=em .  It’s 4 hours well invested to face the coming struggles.

I've tried to maintain a flow of awareness on this web page covering media messages and images from all media sources including the newspapers both conservative and liberal. My bias would seem to be that I believe there is a middle peaceful path we can follow to create needed changes in the status quo: (a) constitutional, currency related reforms, (b) practices, laws and regulations having to do with banking. (c) I am open to look at many other sorts of reforms. My focus is to offer input that helps keep Occupy Wall Street (OWS) peaceful at all times. There are many subversive agencies both left and right hoping to steal away the movement or crush it in place. If the movement turns violent, from causes supporting the status quo, the movement will be washed away within weeks I believe. 

With that thinking as a background, my friends at the Tea Party (of which I have many) seem to have enabled their own strategy formation, not to a broadly democratic process within their organization but to an anonymous unaccredited hard-right power node given free access within its ranks that seem to cater to your worst fears only and attempt to scare you away from reformation of the status quo and jump to an alliance seeking police suppression. This is the classical Tea Party entrapment spearheaded by the power node within the Tea Party that plays off fear and ignorance that only you in your deep intuitive-inner-self can resist. This inner truth within you is fearless, loving, compassionate, tolerant and forgiving. Trust in that inner knowing to guide us all without resorting to violence, without resorting to police line suppression. This requires much discipline and planning by OWS. OWS-New York so far sets a workable model of the needed disciplines.  Your inner knowing, knows in spite of all bias, there must be a better way. The talking points paper fearfully slants OWS as something that must in someway be shown as evil. While the potential certainly exists for evil to prevail, the Tea Party power-node  reminds me of a Bible passage interpreted in so many ways, "resist not evil". ...my advice instead: think kind thoughts, be fearless, be humble, be loving seek truth.

Here is a talking points list circulating within the Tea Party that emotionally seems to show all bad and no good associated with OWS. It seems to represents a misguidance of perspective within the Tea Party that any reasonable objectivity would judge the talking points paper (listed below) needlessly bias. The Tea Party holds so much potential to remain objective and detached from being subverted into the hard right, and yet it can not. It is also very important to note that OWS, in seeking union AFL-CIO endorsements to keep themselves permitted, risks subverting itself to the hard left .... doing the same thing as the Tea Party. To all of this, my center rejects the status quo but not at the expense of violence. There are constitutionally based paths to change the status quo peacefully.

Here then is the talking points list circulated the Tea Party:

   UPDATED* #OccupyWallStreet: The Rap Sheet, So Far

  1. NY: 10/1/2011 — Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge
  2. Madison, WI: 10-27-2011 — Madison Occupiers Lose Permit Due to Public Masturbation
  3. Phoenix: 10/28/2011 — Flier at Occupy Phoenix Asks, “When Should You Shoot a Cop?”
  4. NY: 10/18/2011 — Thieves Preying on Fellow Protesters
  5. NY: 10/9/2011 — Stinking up Wall Street: Protesters Accused of Living in Filth as S...
  6. NY: 10/7/2011 — Occupiers Rush Police … More
  7. Cleveland: 10/18/2011 —  ‘Occupy Cleveland’ Protester Alleges She Was Raped
  8. NY: 10/10/2011 — ‘Increasingly Debauched’: Are Sex, Drugs & Poor Sanitation Ecli...
  9. Seattle: 10/18/2011 — Man Accused of Exposing Self to Children Arrested
  10. 10/12/2011 — Iran Supports ‘Occupy Wall Street’
  11. Portland: 10/16/2011 – #OccupyPortland Protester Desecrates Memorial To U.S. War Dead
  12. Portland: 10/15/2011 — #OccupyPortland Protesters Sing “F*** The USA”
  13. Chicago: 10/17/2011 — COMMUNIST LEADER Cheered at Occupy Chicago
  14. 10/15/2011 — American Nazi Party Endorses Occupy Wall Street‘s ’Courage,‘ Tells ...
  15. Boston: 10/14/2011 — Coast Guard member spit on near Occupy Boston tents
  16. Boston: 10/11/2011 — Boston Police Arrest Over 100 from Occupy Boston
  17. New York: 10/11/2011 — “You Can Have Sex with Animals.”
  18. New York: 10/15/2011 — Harassing Police with Accusations of Phony Injuries
  19. New York: 10/9/2011 –  ‘Occupy Wallstreet’ Protesters Steal from Local Businesses
  20. New York: 10/25/2011 — Three Men Threatened to Kill 24-Year-Old Occupy Wall Street Protest...
  21. Baltimore:  10/18/2011 — #OccupyBaltimore Discourages Sexual Assault Victims from Contacting...
  22. Portland: 10/27/2011 — Occupy Portland’s Attempt At Wealth Redistribution Ends In Theft
  23. Los Angeles: 10/14/2011 – Anti-Semitic Protester at Occupy Wall Street
  24. 10/27/2011 — A Death Threat From an Occupy Wall Street Protester
  25. 10/27/2011 – Anti-Semitic Tweet From Occupier or Sympathizer
  26. Boston: 10/20/2011 — Occupy Boston Doesn’t Want Police Involved in Rape
  27. New York:  10/5/2011: Anti-Semitic Occupier Screams About Jews, Israel
  28. New York: 10/4/2011 — Occupier Taunts Jewish Man
  29. Boston: 10/2011 — Occupiers Block Street
  30. New York: 10/2011 — Occupier Tries to Steal Police Officer’s Gun
  31. New York: 10/27/2011 — Occupiers Block Traffic, Get Arrested
  32. Oakland: 10/27/2011 — Occupiers Throw Garbage at Police
  33. Oakland:  10/19/2011 — Abusive #OccupyOakland Protesters Ban Media from Tent City
  34. Eugene, OR: 10/19/2011 — Occupiers Displace Farmers’ Market Threatening Hundreds of Jobs
  35. Portland, OR:  10/18/2011 — Capitalist Offering Jobs at Occupy Portland Finds Few Takers
  36. NY:  10/20/2011 — #OccupyWallStreet Threatens Businesses, Patrons
  37. NY: 10/14/2011 — Violence Breaks Out During #OccupyWallStreet March Toward Stock Exc...
  38. NY: 10/14/2011 — Protesters March On Wall Street, Scuffle With Cops
  39. Oakland: 10/19/2011 — #OccupyOakland Protesters Threaten Reporter
  40. Oakland: 10/26/2011 — Occupiers Scuffle with Police
  41. Oakland: 10/24/2011 — Protesters Storm, Vandalize, Shut Down Chase Bank
  42. Dayton, OH: 10/22/2011 — Protester: ‘F*ck The Military, F*ck Your Flag, And F*ck The Police’
  43. Chicago: 10/14/2011 –  Protesters’ Message At #OccupyChicago Rally: ‘Destroy Israel’
  44. NY: 10/23/2011 — #OccupyWallStreet Supporter Rants Against Israel, Jews
  45. NY: 10/22/2011 — #Occupy Kid: ‘Burn Wall Street, Burn!’
  46. NY: 10/21/2011 — New Yorkers Fed Up With Noisy, Defecating Protesters
  47. Oakland:  10/21/2011 — Occupy Oakland Evicted After Reports Of Crime And Intimidation
  48. Oakland: 10/19/2011 — #OccupyOakland Out of Control: Rats, Graffiti, Vandalism, Sexual Ha...
  49. Chicago: 10/26/2011 –  Occupiers Under Investigation by FBI for Links to Terrorism
  50. Cleveland: 10/29/2011 — Rape Reported at Occupy Cleveland
  51. Dallas: 10/24/2011 — Police Investigating Possible Sexual Assault Of Teen At Occupy Dallas
  52. Bloomington, IN: 10/26/2011 — Man Claims Occupy Bloomington Protesters Drugged, Handcuffed Him
  53. NY: 10/10/2011 — Sex, Drugs and Hiding from the Law at Wall Street Protests
  54. Glasgow: 10/26/2011 — Woman Gang-Raped
  55. Boston: 10/23/2011 — Occupy Boston Protesters Arrested For Dealing Heroin – With 6 Year-...
  56. Portland: 10/16/2011 –  Sex Offender Registers Occupy Portland Camp as Address
  57. Denver: 10/15/2011 — Occupy Denver Demonstrator Accused of Groping TV Photographer
  58. Lawrence, KS: 10/25/2011 — Sexual Assault Reported at Occupy Camp
  59. Minneapolis, MN:  Bricks, Rocks, ‘Riot Supplies’ Discovered by Police
  60. Phoenix, AZ:  10/27/2011 — Neo-Nazis Patrol “Occupy Phoenix” With AR-15′s
  61. Chicago: 10/26/2011 — Occupy Chicago Invades City Hall
  62. 10/26/2011 — ACORN, Occupy Email Talks About Assault on Banks
  63. 10/26/2011 –  OccupyWallStreet Strategy for Reports of Violence Against Cops
  64. Chicago: 10/26/2011 — Unrepentant Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers Wows Occupiers
  65. Chicago:  10/25/2011 — Ayers Coaches  #OccupyChicago, Callsg for School ‘Occupations’
  66. 10/26/2011/ — Occupy Protests Have Jewish Leaders Concerned
  67. Wash DC: 10/27/2011 –  OccupyDC Leftists Provoke Police – Hang Flag on Top of DC Statue
  68. Albuquerque, NM:  10/26/2011 — Occupy Squatters Riot With Police
  69. San Diego: 10/25/2011 — Flag Used as Chew Toy by Occupier’s Dog
  70. Oakland: 10/25/2011 — Occupiers Throw Bottles at Police
  71. NY: 10/27/2011 — Occupy Wall Street Protesters: Rush Limbaugh Is Bigger Threat Than ...
  72. 10/27/2011 — Occupy Wall Street Launching First Nationwide General Strike in Ame...
  73. NY: 10/28/2011 — Fox 5 News Reporter Assaulted at OWS
  74. 10/28/2001 — Total Occupy Arrests Made Thus Far: 2750
  75. Nashville: 10/28/2011 — 30 Arrests Made at Wall St. Protest
  76. NY: 10/20/2011 — Former Marine Tries to Taunt Police into Violence
  77. NY: 1023/2011 — Islamist Group Joins with Occupy Wall Street
  78. Los Angeles:  10/13/2011 — Roundup of Overt Occupy anti-Semitism
  79. NY: 10/12/2011 — There are No Anti-Semites at Occupy Wall Street. Except for This Guy
  80. Missoula, MT: 10/20/2011 — Drunk 11-Year-Old At Occupy Missoula, Adult Arrested
  81. Oakland: 10/28/2011 — Bounty Out On Police Officer?
  82. Manchester, NH: 10/28/2011 – Woman charged with pimping teen recruited at Occupy NH rally
  83. San Diego: 10/28/2011 – 40 Occupiers arrested
  84. Boston: 10/24/2011 — Occupy Boston Vandalism of Banks
  85. Boston: 10/25/2011 – Store Owner Suffers 4 Break Ins Since Occupy Boston Began
  86. Portland: 10/28/2011 — Portland Police: Buckets of Excrement Scattered Around #OccupyPortl...
  87. Seattle: 10/20/2011 — Two Possible Occupiers Charged With Assault
  88. Seattle: 10/18/2011 — Armed Felon Arrested at Occupy Seattle
  89. Seattle: 10/18/2011 — A Tent Fight and (At Least) One Arrest at Occupy Seattle
  90. Seattle: 10/17/2011 — Over 50 Cops Clear Westlake Occupation, Make Eight Arrests
  91. Seattle: 10/13/2011 — Cops Arrest Several Occupy Protesters
  92. Seattle: 10/13/2011 — Chanting Protesters Surround Police After Officers Arrest Two
  93. Denver: 10/29/2011 — Protesters Clash with Police at OWS Denver
  94. Austin: 10/13/2011 – Occupy Austin protesters arrested for blocking cleaning Crews
  95. Calgary, CN: 10/28/2011 — Occupiers do $40,000 in Property Damage
  96. Cincinnati, OH: 10/21/2011 — 23 Arrested, Remains of  protests fill two dumpsters
  97. Sacramento: 10/19/2011 – 9 arrested in ‘Occupy Sacramento’ protest
  98. Sacramento: 10/13/2011 – Four More Occupy Sacramento Demonstrators Arrested
  99. Austin, TX: 10/22/2011 – Man Arrested After Knife Incident at Occupy Austin Camp
  100. Nashville: 10/29/2011 — Tenn. Protesters Arrested For 2nd Straight Night
  101. Austin, TX: 10/30/2011 – Austin Police arrest 38 Occupy Austin Protesters
  102. NY: 10/30/2011 — Woman Assaulted in Her tent
  103. Orlando, FL: 10/28/2011 – Occupy Orlando, police clash over use of downtown park
  104. Orlando, FL: 10/26/2011 – 2 Occupy Orlando protesters arrested for trespass
  105. Orlando, FL: 10/22/2011 – Police arrest 19 Orlando protesters on trespass charges
  106. Asheville, NC: 10/30/2011 – Occupiers Clash with Homeless in Asheville
  107. Nationwide: 10/27/2011 — Pro-Occupy Site claims 2511 Arrests Thus Far
  108. Fort Worth, TX: 10/16/2011 — Arrests at Occupy Fort Worth Protest
  109. NY: 10/29/2011 — Three Incidents of Anti-Semitism
  110. San Francisco: 10/29/2011 — Anti-Semitic, Folsom Street Fair Types & Che Guevara Lovin
  111. Oklahoma City: 10/30/2011 — Death of Street Poet at #OccupyOKC Treated as Homicide
  112. Baltimore: 10/31/2011 — Woman Claims She was Raped at #OccupyBaltimore
  113. Boston: 10/31/2001 — Alleged Heroin Dealer Joined Occupy Movement
  114. Ottawa: 10/31/2011 — #OccupyOttawa Violent & Sexual Assaults Not Reported to Police
  115. Santa Barbara, CA: 10/5/2011 — Occupiers Defy Police
  116. Santa Barbara, CA: 10/6/2011 — 8 Occupiers Arrested
  117. Denver, CO: 10/31/2011 — Occupiers Taunt Police, Knock Motorcycle Cop to Ground
  118. Dallas, TX: 10/24/2011 — 23 Occupy Dallas Protesters Arrested After Bank Demonstration
  119. Richmond, VA: 10/31/2011 — Arrests of Occupiers in Richmond
I remain hopeful the Tea Party will reform itself and recapture that briefly felt exuberance that H. Ross Perot first gave us all those years ago when Ross laid the foundations of an independent party to help us challenge the status quo. I wanted to align with my friends in the Tea Party, but grew disenchanted with the Tea Party's fascists elements and how the Koch brothers took them over:  
  • "The Tea Party has very disturbing elements that I would call fascist."
  • "It targets governments and corporations"
  • "It's bank rolled by the most retrograde capitalists in the country, the Koch Brothers."
  • "It targets government because corporations want government to become more anemic."
  • "It speaks in the language of violence in the gun culture." 
  • "It directs rage towards the most vulnerable, undocumented workers, towards Muslims, towards homosexuals, and towards intellectuals..."
  • composing a "classic rubric one finds in a fascist movement." ...........Hedges

The Tea Party members, some of them at least, do appear to be listening and learning on maintaining their own  independence by mimicking the OWS non-violent elements. As soon as there is violence we lose and the elites of fascist corporatism win yet again. There is a lot the Tea Party needs to rethink.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011  http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_harvard_feeds_the...

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

Originally Posted on OpEdNews

December 8, 2011

OWS' Goals, Strategies and Tactics -- in the Movement's Own Words

By John Iacovelli

I've had occasion recently to review several Declarations of Occupation from U.S. cities large and small. Many are straight copies of Occupy Wall Street's Declaration. The ones that differ provide additional explanation and perspective upon the national messaging and plan of action of the movement. I extract the Goals, Strategies, and Tactics, summarize them, and present a bibliography of the Declarations.

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"The exhausted political machines and their PR slicks are already seeking leaders to elevate, messages to claim, talking points to move on. They, more than anyone, will attempt to seize and shape this moment. They are racing to reach the front of the line. But how can they run out in front of something that is in front of them? They cannot. For Wall Street and Washington, the demand is not on them to give us something that isn't theirs to give. It's ours. It's on us. We aren't going anywhere. We just got here."
--Unsigned editorial, The Occupied Wall Street Journal, Issue 2
I've had occasion recently to review several Declarations of Occupation from U.S. cities large and small. Many are straight copies of Occupy Wall Street's Declaration. The ones that differ, though they may not speak for all the movement, provide additional explanation and perspective upon the national messaging and plan of action of the movement.
These Declarations, approved by the General Assemblies of their respective cities, are the messages and talking points of the movement. At the present time, the movement's most famous tactic, sleeping in tents in a visible public space, is under withering attack. Directly quoting the goals, strategies and tactics mentioned in these Declarations is one way to weigh the importance of tents for the movement.
Let us start with a word on the typical structure of these Declaration statements. In general, they follow the New York Declaration's structure. They contain a short introduction of a paragraph or two describing who the authors are and how the present situation came to be. Then a list of twenty or so grievances follow. A short paragraph with a vision for creating a solution to the grievances follows, and finally, a very short call to action.
You'll find links to all the quoted documents and others at the end of this summary, along with short characterizations of each individual Declaration.
But enough of my words... 

Goals:
  • "Build a democratic, just, and sustainable world."
    -- Declaration of the Occupation of Washington D.C., November 15th
  • "We have gathered here to dissolve the bonds between corporations and government... reestablish justice and ensure economic, social, and democratic equality; and to promote the general welfare of the 99%"
    -- Declaration of Occupation, Lexington, November 8th
  • "We stand together to take back control of our government from those who use their wealth to obstruct the democratic process."
    -- Declaration of the Occupation of Jacksonville, November 23rd
  • "...the opportunity and power to effect change will be evenly distributed amongst all."
    -- Declaration of Occupation, Missoula, October 27th
Strategies:
  • "Create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone."
    -- Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, October 1st
  • "...face them together in Peaceable Assembly, acting in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. and the numerous Occupy movements around our Nation and the World."
    -- Declaration of Occupation, Lexington, November 8th
  • "...start(ed) a nationwide conversation about the realities of economic inequality and the meaning of Constitutional rights."
    -- Declaration of Occupation, Boston, November 29th
  • "...to raise awareness about corporate greed and corruption within the major banks as well as to bring attention to a multitude of community interests (including, but not limited to: assisting the homeless population, assisting our education system to meet the needs of students and teachers and decreasing violence in our neighborhoods)... We will educate the local community, regarding issues of National interest that have and are contributing to the collapse of the economy and to the saddening reversal of the American Dream."
    -- Declaration of Occupation, Atlantic City, November 7th
  • "Our response to these myriad issues rooted in undisguised greed, corruption, and inequality is to face them together in Peaceable Assembly..."
    -- Declaration of Occupation - Lawrence - 2011-10-15
  • "...a call to all individuals to become actively involved in the financial, political, environmental, and social decisions that impact our lives and the well being of those around us."
    -- Declaration of Occupation, Lexington, November 8th
Tactics:
  • "Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space."
    -- Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, October 1st
  • "Exercise your right to peaceably assemble and reclaim the commons."
    -- Declaration of the Occupation of Washington D.C., November 15th
  • "Together, we set a precedent and provide a foothold (emphasis mine) for people to demand a truer, more horizontal democracy (at the occupation)."
    -- Declaration of Occupation, Boston, November 29th
Conclusions:
  • Goal: the Declarations are very clear and consistent that their goal is a more democratic government and a more equal society.
  • Strategies: again, the Declarations clearly and consistently call for education and discussion at a national level to generate solutions acceptable and accessible to all.
  • Tactic: consistently call for use of the right of assembly.
The latter point about tactics, the call for assembly, could certainly be confirmed by the widespread and seemingly coordinated raids upon the occupation camps by local police forces. It's not difficult at all to imagine an unfriendly analyst making a similar analysis to this one and then recommending a strategy of breaking up the movement's ability to peaceably assemble. I believe, however, that the destruction of tents and semi-permanent structures as a tactic does not fulfill that strategy. It's a simple matter for movement members to return during the day, without tents. Indeed, for some cities in the North, the authorities are probably doing the movement a favor; they could return for an "American Spring" far stronger than ever. It is worrisome, however, to consider that the authorities may realize that breaking tents is not effective, and that the militarized police forces may escalate to even greater levels of violence than those we have seen so far. America may see the return of the goon squads, as was once seen in the Pinkertons' actions against the early labor movement. That would be another sign that the OWS movement is comparable to the great social movements this country has seen in the past.
A final word on the use of "goals, strategies and tactics" as an organization for this commentary. The military and the business sectors sometimes use these terms as a hierarchy to organize discussion of the why's and wherefore's of an overall plan of action. This is a link to a short article written by an Australian blogger which I found in a search. I thought that article might be helpful to anyone who may wish further reference as to the differences between the three terms.
Bibliographical Notes:

Below you'll find links and quick-take summaries on all the local Declarations of Occupation that I have found. Note that in cases where an occupation has adopted the New York Declaration with virtually no changes I have not listed them. These are in alphabetical order by city. I guess it's just my inner librarian surfacing. My apologies if I have gathered some of the documents from unofficial sites; there may be cases in which the search results promoted such URLs much higher than the official ones.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Atlantic City - 2011-11-07: emphasis on community education and good citizenship.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Boston - 2011-11-29: emphasis on the occupation as a microcosm of an alternative, better society.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Jacksonville - 2011-11-23: emphasis on community education and subsequent action. Note: while all the Declarations are implied calls for accountability for those responsible for national economic problems, this may be the only one that does so explicitly.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Lansing - 2011-10-24: variation on the New York document, incorporating local issues.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Lawrence - 2011-10-15: mostly a meeting announcement, but with a refreshing candor. "The problems which we face are numerous, and they cannot be distilled into a single issue or demand."
  • Declaration of Occupation - Lexington - 2011-11-08: calls for community education and participation. This is one of the more moving of the Declarations. Note: the photo of the little girl above is from the news article which printed the declaration.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Missoula - 2011-10-27: probably features the most attention to environmental issues of the documents reviewed.
  • Declaration of the Occupation of New York City - 2011-09-29. The mother ship.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Tallahassee - undated: a short "who we are" statement.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Texas State University - undated: focus on education and community.
  • Declaration of Occupation - Tucson - 2011-11-12: many condemnations and demands. Much more a policy guidelines document than a grievances document.
  • The Declaration of Occupy (Washington) D.C. - 2011-11-30: somewhat greater emphasis on the anti-war and governmental power aspects than others.
This article originally appeared at scribillare.com.




Submitters Bio:

I am a professional in the computer field whose specialty is databases. I grew up, went to school in, and lived in New York for many years. I have lived in Florida for twenty years now, and it is a wonderful place to see and experience nature. I am a liberal, and though sometimes both left and right use that term perjoratively these days, I think it's time for liberals to stand up and take pride in what they ar.

 In Richard Lichtman's article  http://tinyurl.com/78xsqjg on the moral authority of protesters within the OWS Movement posted on Exopermaculture by Ann Kreilkamp

Lichtman's meaning through use of subjective hyperbole ...." "liberal capitalist disorder, while pretending superiority and "leadership of the free world," ....." creates his personal preamble for change, but he straddles  the fence of meaning:  

"In the destruction produced by the liberal capitalist disorder, while pretending superiority and "leadership of the free world," this circumstance is one of the most essential: a continually growing portion of the citizenry is coming not so much to deny or criticize the legitimacy of the government as never to have considered it legitimate at all. Morally, it is merely a coagulated mass of power, the function of which has little, if anything, to do with rational authority or justification." 

One is left clinging tightly to the scaffolding nets on the side of Lichtman's ship not sure if we are launching an invasion on Omaha Beach or rescuing survivors at Dunkirk.  If intellectuals play coy with violence as Lichtman dares us, he shall not be allowed sanctuary in the privileged corridors of Ivory Towers when violence emerges.

Therefore let us focus on the Constitutionally achievable and not revisit his Preamble a priori, failure of a system  as we launch this uniquely American protest for change. Peaceful reform is essential to the OWS Movement cause and fully possible if not likely. Furthermore we will all likely find it prudent to continue to be most clear on that point less we intend to create a self fulfilling prophecy just to appear with an index finger raised to forehead level for our sound bite: "See, I told you so!"

There are dimensions to the current state of world affairs which I suspect neither Lichtman nor 99.999999% of us are yet prepared to face or acknowledge as even real.

Pass the Love.. rich buckley (http://youtu.be/r_YOG3jMlV4 ) 

My Letter (see below) To My Church submitted to its official forum in response to KLM 1678 Pastor Retired Police Officer's comment:

Police Incident Commanders themselves are in constant need of retraining. 

 
This is a two-way street. Two incidents show response protocols fail society's needs: (a) crowd control incident event in UC Davis a month ago, and (b) SWAT Team protocols in the fiasco in Arizona 
 http://www.captainsjournal.com/category/swat-raids/ 
killing a honorably discharged vet upon surprise forced entry. 

80 years ago tough determined adult men advanced labor sometimes with their lives. They carried weapons often in mass,  expected violence, and gave as good as they got. Today's youth movement is tender and innocent by comparison. To refer to OWS as violent mobs my research indicates is grossly in error and misrepresents OWS. I post every broken window, and OWS property damage issue I can find here:  
In the USA today the police incident commanders more than ever before, need situational awareness training to serve society with a wisdom elevated to the non-violence of OWS. So far, about half the police forces over react. 

The police operating mentality that a few trouble makers (even on this minor level) place every attendee at a protest in a classification of "destructive and violent mob" is an inappropriate, wrongly classifying a movement and needlessly and intentionally inflicting personal injury by police upon innocent,  peaceful protesters. In the case of the New York cop hitting a teenage girl with an aimed sniper shot of pepper spray right into her eyes while she set harmlessly, then walking away to let her suffer in her screaming pain reflects poorly on incident command response tactics. If it makes you feel good to know you can pound someone down and make them suffer, and maybe push their face just a little harder because you do not understand them, just so they remember your power and authority, you are part of the problem, not part of the greater solution.

These police incidents against the low level and infrequent property damage was so needlessly cruel, Kamran Loghman
 http://tinyurl.com/7sfyrqx  the developer of Police Weapons Grade Pepper Spray went on NPR to report this weapon was not designed nor intended to be used to extract this low level control with his powerful chemical. He also said their are known and unknown adverse health effects in their application. Pepper spray was not designed to be used for this sort of control. It's become "fashionable" to use it.

The police, like generals, are always fighting the last war and can't get it into their psyche that this protest has at its core nonviolence for social change, not mayhem. Even the protesters denounce acts of property damage by the provocateurs, and retrograde-anarchists. Those chasing the trouble makers out of the occupy encampments where not the police, but the Occupy Wall Street protesters demanding the provocateurs depart their camps.  When the issue was raised by the weekend provocateurs from outside of Oakland in the OWS Oakland camp there were demands for a vote on the issue of strategic use of property damaged put forward in the now familiar OWS open democratic direct vote by the provocateurs. These demands were soundly defeated 83% voting "No" to 17% voting "Yes." Significantly the group then honored the outcome of the vote. So the "naivete" and implied "trouble-making-idealism" of these mostly youthful protesters seem at least as sound and wise, if not more so, than the US Congress listening to Gen. Powell, VP Dick Cheney, Sec Def. Donald Rumsfeld presenting their request for the use of force.

The response at UC Davis to the police cruelty was not violence by the "mob" but a quick education for the Incident Commander.  Instead of pelting the police with sticks and stones or deadly Molotov Cocktails, the protestors chanted "Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!" This was not a response of a "violent mob."
Over all it seems time again to retrain about half the Incident Commanders who's actions fail society in our most fundamental Constitutionally protected rights of peaceful assembly and protest.
Rich Buckley

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