Guest MINDSETTER™ Mary Ann Sorrentino: Occupy Reality
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
On Thursday, November 17, 2011, the two month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement that started Occupy demonstrations worldwide entered a new phase as hundreds of frustrated Americans gathered nationwide as authorities sought to quash their movement. In New York City, home of the founding “Occupy Wall Street,” huge crowds retook Zuccotti Park, removed police barriers and marched peacefully across the Brooklyn Bridge.
To serve worldwide notice that the 99% Occupy represents has no intention of going away, quieting down, or being dismissed without their grievances being addressed.
So far, this movement has had impressive support from global sympathizers in London, Rome, Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, São Paulo, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and, according to Wikipedia and other web sites, approximately 750 cities in 82 countries plus 600 communities in the USA. See the full UK Guardian spreadsheet here.
Those who wish to educate themselves need only go to the web site at http://occupywallst.org/ . When they do, they may be surprised to see a sharply revolutionary tone, cogent arguments articulately presented, minute-by-minute coverage of the movement around the world, video commentary and, all told, an impressive picture of a movement that is not to be taken lightly.
As I write this, I am watching live coverage of the marchers in New York City walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on their way to make good on a threat to disrupt the city by peaceful means. A reporter is wondering how Mayor Bloomberg will protect the city and whether or not there will be mass arrests of worse. As you read this, some of those questions will have been answered, for better or worse.
What ought to be clear is that this movement isn’t getting any less inspiring to many. The momentum is on Occupy’s side since there are more people being decimated by the rich and powerful in this country who thumb their noses at the 99% than there are Americans content with the apathy and indifference of the 1% destroying our security, our economic survival and our ability to share in the bounty of America they love to tout.
As the federal “Supercommittee” seems baffled by the logical necessity to tax the rich as well as cut benefits to the working classes and Republicans continue to personify corporations while dehumanizing real citizens, Americans will continue to take to the streets in ever growing numbers. Their global neighbors in similar straits will join them.
Just a few days ago bona-fide US millionaires begged Washington blockheads to increase taxes on those earning $1 million a year or more. Republicans refused. Has America gone mad?
Those who believe the Occupy movement will dry up and blow away are misguided and naïve. When the violence begins, as it likely will as tempers flair, America will enter a new era of chaos. On Thursday, just before noon, CNN ran video of a female protester in New York being pulled by her hair by arresting officers as protesters screamed, “Shame, shame!”
We can pray to be spared violence but those who ignore what is happening with Occupy had best get used to the exploding rage of a growing majority.
Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran on Salon.com on Nov. 17.
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