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Posted 2 years ago

Gingrich: Occupy Infringes On My First Amendment Rights

Newt Gingrich believes that his right to free speech is being blocked by the free speech of others. Raw Story reports Gingrich told Fox’s Sean Hannity that he cancelled an event at his campaign headquarters due to Occupy protesters demonstrating outside. In the interview, Gingrich not only said that some Occupy demonstrators “have a touch of anarchism in them,” but went on to say “the society’s going to have to say there are limits to those kind of folks blocking people from having their right to free speech.”

Posted 2 years ago

Silence kills a revolution

Posted 2 years ago
capriciousyetconstant:


Bill of Rights Funeral ServiceTuesday, January 17, 4-7 pmOccupy Plaza, LaSalle and Jackson, Chicago ILOccupy  Chicago and the general public are welcomed to gather and mourn the  loss of our dear friend, Bill of Rights at LaSalle and Jackson Plaza on  January 17, a National Day of Action.   Bill of Rights was brutally beaten to death by a gang of thugs, eventually succumbing  to wounds of massive hemorrhaging and blunt force trauma. Those  claiming responsibility are National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),  Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect the IP Act (PIPA), and ‘Mayor 1%’  Emanuel for his permanent limitations of free speech and assembly  beginning at the NATO/G8 summits on May 15-22. Please attend,  dressed in your funeral best to hear our accusations against its  murderers, share our dearest Bill of Rights memories, and finally, lay  to rest our beloved friend.  Schedule of Events: 4-5 pm: Visitation 5-530 pm: Ceremony 530-630: Funeral Procession around Loop 630-7: Internment and Final Goodbye at Jackson and LaSalle Rights, Bill of The Bill of Rights, age 220, at rest Jan 1st, 2012. Child of The United  States Constitution; loving parent of modern Freedom, Democracy and  Civil Liberties; devoted friend and defender to all who loved liberty.  Included in this untimely passing are First Amendment: The Freedom of  Speech, Press and Right to Peaceably Assemble, Second Amendment: Right  to Keep and Bear Arms, Third Amendment: Protection from Quartering of  Troops, Fourth Amendment: Protection from Unreasonable Search and  Seizure, Fifth Amendment: Due Process, Double Jeopardy,  Self-Incrimination, and Eminent Domain, Sixth Amendment: Trial by Jury  and Rights of the Accused with Speedy and Public Trial given Right to  Counsel, Seventh Amendment: Civil Trial by Jury, Eighth Amendment:  Prohibition of Excessive Bail, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Ninth  Amendment: Protection of Rights not specifically stated in Constitution,  Tenth Amendment: Powers of People and States.  The Bill of Rights  devoted its life to all Americans who chose to fight for a better future  without worry of government reprisal. It worked tirelessly to help  those who hope for a future where all people can truly be considered  equal. The Bill of Rights loved all unconditionally and inspired  generations of legislation to protect the liberty of all Americans. A  public visitation and memorial services will be held at Jackson and  Lasalle Street on January 17th at 4 pm. Service information: www.occupychi.org

capriciousyetconstant:

  • Bill of Rights Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 17, 4-7 pm

    Occupy Plaza, LaSalle and Jackson, Chicago IL

    Occupy Chicago and the general public are welcomed to gather and mourn the loss of our dear friend, Bill of Rights at LaSalle and Jackson Plaza on January 17, a National Day of Action.

    Bill of Rights was brutally beaten to death by a gang of thugs, eventually succumbing to wounds of massive hemorrhaging and blunt force trauma. Those claiming responsibility are National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect the IP Act (PIPA), and ‘Mayor 1%’ Emanuel for his permanent limitations of free speech and assembly beginning at the NATO/G8 summits on May 15-22.

    Please attend, dressed in your funeral best to hear our accusations against its murderers, share our dearest Bill of Rights memories, and finally, lay to rest our beloved friend.

    Schedule of Events:
    4-5 pm: Visitation
    5-530 pm: Ceremony
    530-630: Funeral Procession around Loop
    630-7: Internment and Final Goodbye at Jackson and LaSalle

    Rights, Bill of

    The Bill of Rights, age 220, at rest Jan 1st, 2012. Child of The United States Constitution; loving parent of modern Freedom, Democracy
    and Civil Liberties; devoted friend and defender to all who loved liberty. Included in this untimely passing are First Amendment: The Freedom of Speech, Press and Right to Peaceably Assemble, Second Amendment: Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Third Amendment: Protection from Quartering of Troops, Fourth Amendment: Protection from Unreasonable Search and Seizure, Fifth Amendment: Due Process, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, and Eminent Domain, Sixth Amendment: Trial by Jury and Rights of the Accused with Speedy and Public Trial given Right to Counsel, Seventh Amendment: Civil Trial by Jury, Eighth Amendment: Prohibition of Excessive Bail, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Ninth Amendment: Protection of Rights not specifically stated in Constitution, Tenth Amendment: Powers of People and States. The Bill of Rights devoted its life to all Americans who chose to fight for a better future without worry of government reprisal. It worked tirelessly to help those who hope for a future where all people can truly be considered equal. The Bill of Rights loved all unconditionally and inspired generations of legislation to protect the liberty of all Americans. A public visitation and memorial services will be held at Jackson and Lasalle Street on January 17th at 4 pm. Service information: www.occupychi.org
Posted 2 years ago

Rahm Emanuel - Keeping Chicago Safe From #NATO #G8 Demonstrators Since 2011

The ordinance would increase the minimum fine for “resisting a police officer or aiding escape” from $25 to $200, with a maximum fine of $1,000. Parks, playgrounds and beaches would open at 6 a.m. instead of 4 a.m., but still close at 11 p.m. In addition, the ordinance would “clarify the Chicago Police Department’s ability to enter into agreements with the necessary law enforcement agencies to deputize law enforcement personnel,” and allow the Mayor or appointees to execute agreements with public and private entities for anything related to the summits.

Somehow, I get the feeling that this isn’t the only ordinance that will come out of the mayor’s office regarding NATO/G8 in the spring that will directly target and attempt to discourage protest.

Posted 2 years ago

NDAA Shows the American Political System is Broken

To see how broken our political system is, one need only look at the National Defense Authorization Act. National security experts don’t want it, military leaders don’t want it, the director of the FBI doesn’t want it, Civil Liberties experts don’t want it, the people don’t want it and yet, somehow it could pass both legislative bodies and will be on its way to the President. This shows that the majority of legislators show little concern for the will of the people they supposedly serve. Should President Obama decide to sign the bill, it will show the executive branch is no more interested in preserving the will of the people and the core of our democracy than the legislators who ignored overwhelming opposition to this piece of legislation.

If there’s any wonder why so many citizens devote their time to protest, why nearly half of the American people believe this is the “worst Congress ever” and another third call it “below average,” it is because politicians now brazenly defy the will of their constituents. If our democracy is to survive, politicians must become public servants, rather than oligarchs only interested in maintaining their power.

Posted 2 years ago

Income Disparity Threatens to “Unravel Social Contract”

In other words, the OECD confirms much of what progressive critics have been saying for years and Occupy movements worldwide have highlighted today: if we want to see a real change in income disparity, the wealthiest need to pay their fair share and all people need equal access to higher quality public services. Until we not only recognize but begin to work against such vast income disparity, we can expect the social contract to continue to unravel.

(Source: diatribemedia.com)

Posted 2 years ago

A Leaderless Movement Is A Movement Of Leaders

Part of the point of not having a leader in the traditional sense is a rejection of what has become the American political standard. Most “leaders” in the sense of politics become corrupted and co-opted over time, and start to represent the interests of their people/constituents less than they do their own interest in keeping their seat of power. The point of not having a leader is simply to empower everyone to take on as much of a leadership role in making their own decisions and working with others on finding real solutions to problems so institutionalized, many don’t even perceive them as problems anymore (ex. a binary political system). It is an experiment in larger scale direct democracy, rather than the passive representative republic which we currently live in.

Posted 2 years ago

capricious yet constant: Pepper Spray: Not a Condiment, Not a Crowd Dispersal Tactic, But a Chemical Weapon

capriciousyetconstant:

Scoville Heat Chart, via Mother Jones and Eat More Chiles

It was a burning feeling in my throat for me…There was a lot of people who got it in their eyes. They were burning, they were screaming, crying.”

“…Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and…

Posted 2 years ago

Who Wasted $13m on Occupy Protests?

At present, estimates from various cities across North America have highlighted various operational costs of policing Occupy movements in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. According to officials surveyed by the Associated Press, Occupy Wall Street has cost New York City a reported $7 million, Occupy Oakland $2.4 million, Occupy Portland at least $785,000, and those numbers continue to grow as cities continue to deploy riot police to raid or destroy various Occupy encampments. Some may argue that the nationwide Occupy movements waste taxpayer money by tying up police resources in attempts to assemble in public spaces. The argument is flawed, however. City administrations make the choice to spend money on policing Occupy protests.

Posted 2 years ago

OC Mic Checks Mayor Emanuel, Ald. Moore

Some in the media have criticized and will continue to criticize Occupy Chicago for their tactics in interrupting the Mayor and one of Chicago’s more progressive Democratic Alderman. (Edward McClelland from NBC’s Ward Room asks “does Occupy want allies?”) OC is well within their rights to criticize publicly and politically.

The point of both of these actions wasn’t to make allies or collaborate, but hold each politician accountable for his respective actions. Demanding Emanuel drop the charges at this point is futile — he won’t — and calling for a permanent place to camp doesn’t seem logical, given that winter’s coming and OC has said multiple times they’re looking for an indoor space. But, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t take their grievances to him.

While Moore may have publicly sympathized with the movement, they’re unhappy with his choice to vote for the Mayor’s budget. It is well within the rights of any person, be they a member of Occupy Chicago or a member of the Tea Party, to voice their disapproval in public protest of a politician’s decision. McClelland wrote:

“Occupy, you alone are not “the people.” The people of Chicago elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council, who voted unanimously for this budget. If you try to shout them down, you’re violating the democratic principles you claim to support.”

Such an analysis leads me to believe that McClelland suggests that, because a politician chooses to support some policies, it’s then proper to support every vote and action he or she takes, out of concern for building or respecting an “electoral majority.” In other words, political criticism of policy should only go towards candidates with which one disagreed, out of fear of criticizing potential allies.

If anything, that’s part of the culture of politics that Occupy movements around the country have said is a contributing factor to the mess we’re in. If we don’t hold our politicians accountable after we elect them, then what’s the point of voting them in at all?

(Source: chicagoist.com)