Yesterday, over 700 of the adamantly non-violent 99%ers occupying Liberty Plaza on Wall Street were led onto New York's Brooklyn Bridge by the police, trapped in a pincer maneuver, arrested and hauled to jail.
Thousands crossing above on the overloaded pedestrian board plank walkway, with many concerned for their own safety, witnessed and documented the outrageous tactic of the New York police.
"Kettled" a word used recently by participants, many students, in England to describe this dirty tactic by the police is now part of the American language.
Indeed from an economic perspective many tens of millions are being "kettled" by stingy bankers sitting on over $2 trillion, refusing to "stimulate" the U. S. economy while reaping record salaries.
Are You Part Of The "Precariat" And Don't Know It?
"Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street -- financial institutions generally -- has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called "a precariat" -- seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity -- not only too big to fail, but also "too big to jail."
The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course."
- Noam Chomsky -
Listen to Charles M. Young, a veteran journalist who witnessed yesterday's police outrage from the walkway above the mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge and has in the last 15 days attended many of the daily "General Assembly" meetings there.
He describes some of the new social revolutionary new ways the 99%ers are organizing.
Those across the country starting their own "occupations" may find this important.
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Charles M. Young is a former "Random Notes" Editor at Rolling Stone (writing the Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Ralph Nader interviews for the magazine), a music reviewer for Musician, Playboy and Atlantic Monthly and Men's Journal. He is part of the on-line news collective of reporters at This Can't Be Happening!