As a Vietnam-era veteran I swore an oath to “defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC,” although now we are fighting corporate America and their assumed personhood. As a human being, I am embarrassed to call myself American and a United States citizen. Right now as the morning sun rises over the empire, and believe me IT IS AN EMPIRE in that we now have over 1100 military installations world wide, I went down to Heritage park in Olympia, Washington earlier this morning to donate supplies and witness the camp myself. There I met Alex and Alexei) and as we talked I was comforted to hear their well thought out peaceful plans and the high caliber of their convictions along with the knowledge of what they are specifically doing there. As the newly fledged Olympia complement to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) the double aught Occupy Olympia (OO) can now only grow.
This is NOT your grandfathers “dirty-hippie protest” anymore (even though they were the OGs (original gangsters of ‘getting things done) as those protesting have come from all walks of life such as: Professional labor, mom and pops, and entire cross sections of all walks of life. Families who are tired of burying their sons and daughters that are being treated like canon fodder for corporate profit who have paid the ultimate price and have lost loved ones in two illegal wars to union members who are raising their collective voices because of greedy corporate hands in their wallets were present. Police departments, Fire fighters and Teachers unions are also joining because of the constant layoffs. There were also mothers and fathers who have to decide on whether to pay medical bills or feed the children this week, while looking for reasonable housing. Aging and elderly people who have had their financial nest egg ripped out from under them. College students who have had to return to the work force due to lack of money to continue their education or college graduates who are now bankrupt because they can no longer afford to pay both their medical insurance and skyrocketing college loan premiums. This is a fight between the 1% and us the ninety-nine per cent.
As United States citizens even though some of us may choose to keep their heads in the sand, hide from Uncle Sam and succumb to the social fear I say to you that by doing so you have already lost. Thomas Paine the preeminent radical and criminal writer wrote in his passionate “Common Sense,” which became the literal ‘shot across the bow’ to the English government and led to the call to arms:
“Men of passive tempers look somewhat lightly over the offenses of Britain, and, still hoping for the best, are apt to call out,’ “Come, we shall be friends again for all this.’ “ Did you lose your house to fire, your property to theft, or does your family lack a bed to sleep on or food to nourish them because of British transgressions?” ” Did they kill a parent or child and leave you a “ruined and wretched survivor?” ‘If they did and you can still shake hands with ‘the murderers, then whatever may be your rank or title in life, you have the heart of a coward, and the spirit of a sycophant.”
The fire has started and it cannot be quenched with mere words from empty promises. It cannot be muffled from the off the shelf network corporate news media companies that only have the concerns of the 1% in mind, and it cannot be killed like so many good bills in Washington, DC that have purposely been driven into the ground that would have benefited Americans and United States citizens. An idea cannot be evicted. We will not be silenced, we will not be provoked, and we will not shut up. United we remain! We are the 99%. “Occupy is open to everyone.” The movement is growing. Our united voice is finally being heard across the lands. More and more people from different walks of life are finally becoming fed up to the point that they are demanding economic reform and social justice in Washington, the nation and around the globe. American’s demands are for Wall Street to finally repair the economy. We demand and end to the overwhelming power of mega banks. We demand that the umbilical cord from Capitol Hill and inside the Washington D.C. beltway and Wall Street be severed once and for all time. We demand fair publicly funded and financially capped elections at the federal, state, and local levels. We ask local, city, state, and regional police districts to go to the Occupy Wall Street and read about our goals, we are they and they are we, the 99%. We are going nowhere any time soon. We are remaining until our goals are accomplished.
One cannot evict and idea whose time has come. The Occupy Movement is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders, and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants. If you want to consider this as a Mission statement than so shall it be.