Category Archives: #OCCUPY
Just that, #OCCUPY ;D
So yeah, come N-17 in Milwaukee and the resulting occupation of the North Avenue overpass transecting I-43, M.P.D. Chief Flynn made the right call, or at least the call most tactically sound.
This project, a joint occupation of infrastructure across the U.S. on the two-month anniversary of the initiation of O.W.S. had been in the planning for awhile. No matter the amount of secrecy, come N-17, on the day of, at the very least, I am sure that the police had an inkling as to what’d be in the works. Make no doubt about, all participating knew that arrest was potential and some we’re even counting on it considering the predisposition of police departments across the nation and their willingness to arrest and sometimes brutalize.
I’ve argued, and for some time now, that the arrest of and brutality towards occupiers only strengthens the movement. Not that I’m trying to weaken the movement by allowing this tidbit of truth to slip from my mouth, but brutality, police brutality is unacceptable under any circumstance, especially when it rears its ugly heads at citizens exercising their constitutional rights.
It would seem that Chief Flynn was of the same opinion. Rather than marching in with pepper spray and batons in hand, they left us to the elements – a cold Wisconsin night. He knew that one of secondary goals was a “martyrdom” of sorts – maybe not so much a goal, but a known and potential consequence considering our stand on the bridge and unwillingness to vacate. All things considered, I have to begrudgingly admit that his strategy was superior to our own and in some ways feel like he’d won the battle (that’s the tactician in me talking). Furthermore, he utilized the media in ways that’d painted us to be fools.
On that note, the Chief’s manipulation of the media, both on and off the camera, I’ve put together a vid (below) wherein I dismantle his arguments and assertions. I only hope that this message reaches even a 10th the audience his had. In combination with the “Flynn Dialogue,” I also take a moment to evaluate the “violence” associated with the #Occupy movement, or rather and more appropriately, the violence aimed at it as was the case for a scary moment during our occupation and stand at the intersection of I-43 and North Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 17, 2011.
Black Friday is on it’s way unto next year, or nearly. I revel in this as I watch the clock and see that only 3 1/2 hours remain unto this dismal day, a day wrought the worst of what’s American – our Culture of Consumption. Granted, this vid provided below was made prior to this darkest day’s activities, but the message should remain and remain near to the heart – We aren’t what we own!
I understand that when you sometimes see the flashy clothes, new XBox, a pimped out SUV or diamond ring one may sometimes wonder how it is that they reach this “level” of status. But truth be told, as long as you can look yourself in the mirror, remain true to your own sense of integrity and just be happy with who you are and the loved ones you’ve surrounded yourself with, everything’s OK. A great many of us are just like you and will not look down on you for what you don’t have; rather, we’ll see eye to eye in what we share.
Be well my friends, be well.
#Occupy is officially two-months old and for the time being, seems to be as strong as ever. Though this movement has been around for only a short time, it seemed like an eternity in waiting for me. The sentiments expressed and awakened in others by the #Occupy movement are notions that I’ve discussed for quite some time here on the “internetz,” topics like campaign finance reform, American foreign policy, corporate person-hood and the growing disparity between rich and poor; but DAMN! Is it not refreshing to see feet on the ground and opposed to asses on the couch, thumbing from one prime-time event to another.
In order to commemorate in solidarity with the newly awakened and veterans alike, I ventured to Milwaukee on the 17th wherein I participated in the peaceful takeover of a bridge, an arterial path of sorts in Milwaukee – the I-43/North Ave. overpass. As we made are way towards the bridge past brother, sister and barricade alike, I sensed a movement, a movement never sensed before, even moreso than that of the anti-war protests I took part in. This was change, these were people and a future, a mutually beneficial future, was the goal. For the first time, the very first time, I thought, “maybe, just maybe.”
* “Phase 4, Reflections” coming tomorrow
Corporate greed and political corruption are two terms that have been brought more and more into the mainstream; more importantly, into our living rooms, the dwellings of Americans from all likes. One could credit the #Occupy movement for said attention brought unto this blight that affects America. “Money is the root of all political evil,” no doubt, but why has it taken this long for such an important story to catch on; the storm’s been a’brewin’ awhile.
Take Jack Abramoff for example, this man was up to his no-good lobbying shenanigans long before #Occupy was even a twinkle in someone’s eyes, but no one cared, as long as the illusion of a sustainable middle class and attainable American dream remained. All was well with Capitol Hill…right? This is my first point, why is that we all wait until the shit hits the fan before we do something. Benjamin Franklin (should memory serve me correctly) once said, “In a democracy, we get the government we deserve,” why I say this is that, “yes!” I do bitch and moan about corporatism, corrupt politics and everything in between, but my friends, we are part of the “in between,” we are part of the problem. Up until recently (and even so, now for some), we’ve been apathetic, indifferent and ignorant…we’ve allowed the system to rot from within, thereby, reaping what we deserve (at least to some extent).
Point two: Good on Mr. Abramoff for at least trying to make up for the calamity he helped create. Good on him for coming out and shedding light on the relationship that exists between “K” Street and our Congress. I only hope that others like him come out a reiterate the tale of this arrangement/derangement so that more and more people can come to terms with just how corrupt our government is and how intertwined money and politics are. Granted, this last wish may be something of a grasp (for I’m sure Mr. Abramoff would most likely not have come out had he not been charged and punished), but one can hope that the green-colored shades of money can from time-to-time be removed so that big-business and people alike can share a common goal beneficial to country and all.
Pipe-dream aside, and however unlikely it may be (why would the 1% want to give up their means and their position?), reality and realistic change resides with us, each and every one of us. Please watch the clips below, one vid, the raw interview from “60 Minutes,” the other, portions of the original interview with commentary by yours truly. Listen, look, stand vigilant and love, because like you, I love this country with one big “however,” I’m fed up with the freedom-“lite” and I’m fed up with the flushing of our once cherished ideals down the toilet.
“Congress = Bought and Paid For”
“Jack Abramoff: The Lobbyist’s Playbook”
Police brutality is never acceptable and said brutality will never end until we stand up to tyranny. Here are two individuals who not only stood, head held high, to the abuse of authority vis a vi the Oakland Police Department, but also stood for our rights abroad –
Teach-In for Occupy Appleton
Come to learn about economic injustice and democratic change
Appleton Public Library
Mondays, 7-9 PM
First meeting on November 7
(No meeting on November 21)
For he who desires to assist other people, either by advice or by deed, in order that they may together enjoy the highest good,… will talk largely of human virtue or power, and of the way by which it may be made perfect, so that men being moved not by fear or aversion, but solely by the effect of joy, may endeavor to live as much as then can under the rule of reason. – Benedict de Spinoza
So yeah, this is perhaps the greatest strength of #OCCUPY, the “teach-in.” Two birds with one stone, we gather and #occupy public facilities and we gather to educate each other. This is perhaps not only our greatest strength, but also, our greatest weapon, knowledge. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and join in the dialogue.
On another note, I’m kind of takin’ a step back from my involvement with the local #OCCUPY “chapter (for lack of a better term) so that I may focus more on my “Pr0t0type” and other media projects. This does not mean that I’m not involved! I will continue my role in their education committee, I am working on a special project with them and I will continue to be a “digital backbone” of sorts when it comes to coverage of any special events. Solidarity as always, but in a way I’m more familiar with, in support of and autonomous. In other words, on my own ;D (it’s just far easier to manage time this way while helping at the same time).
This will also give me more time to check out and report from other #OCCUPY events throughout the region. Stay tuned, there are some big ones coming up.
To learn more about #OCCUPY Appleton, be sure to check out their page on Facebook –
And their webpage at –
Walker protesters try to get into Lambeau business summit
By Jay Sorgi
CREATED Nov. 1, 2011
TODAY’S TMJ4’s Tom Murray reports that the protesters were unable to gain access to the north balcony of the Atrium at Lambeau Field.
According to Murray’s report, authorities kicked the protestors outside of the home stadium for the Green Bay Packers.
Protesters remained outside the stadium, marching in front of the atrium entrance.
#Occupying Lambeau Field , Part I
#Occupying Lambeau Field, Part II