A letter to "Occupy" movement

Recently I saw movie containing protesters from Occupy movement disabling a port in Oakland, California and I thought "guys are you completely out of your mind?" If you want to occupy something then occupy congress, wall street or another parasitic institution, not a port which gives something useful and tangible (like manufacturing/consumer goods) besides by paralysing a port you interrupt work of 99% who you claim to represent...

You have to understand that corporate media (especially faux newz) will use every opportunity to present you as parasites, idiots, whiners, lazy jobless entitlement sucking people and so on... So think before you protest and affect fat cats not ordinary people (like port workers) with your demonstrations...


Korki and Santasandra

Cenk Uygur at the General Strike in Oakland

Cenk Uygur, Host of The Young Turks reports from the General Strike in Oakland California.


Organizer Discusses Blocking the Oakland Port

Occupy Oakland protesters have blocked the Port of Oakland. Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks discusses the blockade with one of the organizers of Occupy Oakland about why they decided to block the port.


The Wire, Oakland Edition

The first season of 'The Wire' (2002) concentrated on the often-futile efforts of police to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by Avon Barksdale and his lieutenant, Stringer Bell. In Seasons Two and Three, as the Barksdale investigation escalated, new storylines involving pressures on the working class and the city's political leadership were introduced. Season Four focused on the stories of several young boys in the public school system, struggling with problems at home and the lure of the corner - set against the rise of a new drug empire in West Baltimore and a new Mayor in City Hall.

The fifth and final season of 'The Wire' centers on the media's role in addressing - or failing to address - the fundamental political, economic and social realities depicted over the course of the series, while also resolving storylines of the numerous characters woven throughout the narrative arc of the show.

Explains series creator David Simon, "It made sense to finish 'The Wire' with this reflection on the state of the media, as all the other attendant problems of the American city depicted in the previous four seasons will not be solved until the depth and range of those problems is first acknowledged. And that won't happen without an intelligent, aggressive and well-funded press."

This season of 'The Wire' is based in large part on Simon's experiences in 13 years at The Baltimore Sun. Simon decries recent trends in the newspaper industry that have conspired to make high-end journalism vulnerable: out-of-town chain ownership, an economic climate in which the share price of media companies matters more to industry leaders than the product itself, and a newsroom culture in which prizes, personal ambition and the cult of the "impact" story has replaced consistent and detailed coverage of complex issues as the primary goal.

Until last night, I had never seen an episode. The Wire is an award-winning HBO show and it's probably the best show on television that no one has ever heard of though in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun last year, President Obama called it his favorite show. The show is at its core a frank depiction of the crisis all too prevalent in American cities. The brutal news is too many of our cities are failed cities surrounded by unsustainable suburbs. If we are to change America, we must reinvent our cities.

There's more...

We Are Willing To Go To Any Means Necessary

On Wednesday I wrote a piece on Huffington Post and another at Open Left talking about the centrality of fixing the foreclosure crisis to any recovery from the economic meltdown. Since the toxic assets at the center of the meltdown are based on mortgages that are entering foreclosure at a rate of one every 13 seconds, we have to address foreclosure as a part of getting America back on its feet.

The Homeowner Affordability and Stabilization Plan (HASP), announced in Phoenix on Wednesday by President Obama, which will help up to an estimated 9 million families, is a good first step - and the first serious effort by the Federal government to confront the challenge. But just because there was an announcement does not lessen the urgency of the problem. We are still in a situation where four families every minute enter the foreclosure process. We believe there must be a moratorium on foreclosures until HASP is fully implemented.

So yesterday we at ACORN launched the Home Defenders campaign in seven cities - a campaign to force the question of moratoriums and to press the urgency of this crisis into the consciousness of elected officials on the state and national levels. This is a campaign of refusal and resistance, refusal by distressed homeowners to cooperate with the foreclosure process and resistance to attempts to evict them from their homes. And in some cases it is a campaign of getting people back into their homes.

I wanted to give everyone a report-back from our activities yesterday, which you can find in the extended entry.

There's more...


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