Even Forbes is calling out the cops for excessive force which has not been an issue in Los Angeles. This is video of police tactics at UC Davis. Cover your eyes:
Arrests in NY:
“Even if the OWS tactics are off-putting to the vast majority, their message does attract a tremendous amount of sympathy. A lot of ‘regular people’ (what Richard Nixon might have called the “silent majority”) are asking, ‘why didn’t the bank bailout seem to create jobs? Did we really gain by saving GM? How could we use so much government money, and seemingly still be in the same swamp? Why can’t I refinance my house? Why do bankers and CEOs receive $10M bonuses after we bail out their industry with tax dollars?’”
As Occupy Wall Street endures harsh elements, those of us in warmer climes have also looked for alternatives to a City Hall encampment. Other occupations have joined in seeking new venues and perhaps some horizontal expansion of the movement:
FORT MYERS, Fla. – “Occupy Fort Myers has been forced out of the city. But protesters have not given up. They've been offered a new home base, where they are planning their next move.
“Thursday night, Fort Myers Police gave Occupiers at Centennial Park two options: pick up and leave, or be arrested. The group obeyed, relocating to the old County Courthouse.”
“Police sweeps of Occupy Wall Street urban encampments have sent protesters across the country looking for new digs. In a growing number of cities, including New York, Detroit, Oakland, and Los Angeles, that means packing up the sleeping bags and moving indoors to set up ad hoc organizing spaces in places like school auditoriums, unused government buildings, churches, and foreclosed properties.”
And from Time reporting from Los Angeles: “Even if the L.A. protesters do have to move out of City Hall, they've got supporters in some unlikely places. Local pastor James Boline and Rabbi Yonah Bookstein attended the BofA march. ‘I support justice,’ Boline said. ‘I don't support their eviction and I hope there will be a place for them elsewhere if not the place where they have been.’ Even one of the police officers who was cordoning off the area voiced his tacit support. ‘This is history, isn't it?" the officer said quietly. ‘Just like the Boston Tea Party, you'll read about Occupy in the history books.’"
SEIU is setting up for an event that includes free health screening. They also want signatures to "take action to save Medicare for the 99%". It appears that some social service providers have also arrived to do their good work.
One of the threads in the Forum section mentioned the movie “Big Fix” which is showing at limited engagements here and in New York. It can be found on YouTube.com as well, posted in segments at the following link:
The Big Fix: http://youtu.be/bg_fpr6XBFM
Part 1: http://youtu.be/7wpHZK5Y_yQ
And here’s Bill Clinton’s take on unemployment and the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon: