@destructuremal: That’s what Milgram and Zimbardo show: ACAB. [All Cops Are Bastards, for the uninitiated.] It’s not about exceptional circumstances within being a cop, being a cop is an exceptional circumstance that makes you terrible.
My mom emailed this to me this morning. Thanks mom, but Jesus Christ this is fucking awful.
“…Last week, it was reported that Jay-z made OWS supporters real mad after refusing to share profits from Rocawear’s ‘Occupy All Streets’ tees with the actual Occupy Wall Street movement. An angry sculptor who was livid that Jay, who earned $63 million last year, would profit from people who were being arrested for what they believe to be one of the most important social justice movements of our generation, created a piece which he describes as a Scrooge Totem pole.
The sculpture, created by artist Daniel Edwards, features Jay-Z wearing chains with a big dollar sign on his chest at the base and animated characters that have played the money-hungry Scrooge character on television stacked on top of him. Above Jay is Mr. Burns from ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Scrooge McDuck’ from Disney’s ‘Christmas Carol,’ and Richie Rich….”
This is kind of a must read. Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief who was in charge during the WTO riots in 1999, offers an incredibly cogent takedown of police brutality towards Occupy protesters.
I read this aloud to Luke on the bus today because his phone was out of battery but mine wasn’t.
My support for a militaristic solution caused all hell to break loose. Rocks, bottles and newspaper racks went flying. Windows were smashed, stores were looted, fires lighted; and more gas filled the streets, with some cops clearly overreacting, escalating and prolonging the conflict. The “Battle in Seattle,” as the WTO protests and their aftermath came to be known, was a huge setback—for the protesters, my cops, the community.
If you aren’t watching the livestream at the N17 march in New York City, you need to. Click HERE or click the photo to watch.
And the other thing that needs to be established here is that, you know, we live in a world where people talk about the importance of public space. But most of the time the public is not allowed to be in that public space. What you’re showing is: people belong in this public space. And when we get in this public space, we can turn it from a public space into a commons. Into a political space. Where we can start to discuss and understand, and start to militate against the incredible, incredible concentrations of wealth and power.
David Harvey at Occupy LSX. (via Verso)
“One of the first acts of a tyrant is to destroy a library.”- Stephen Fry
Tents and tarps are strictly forbidden in Zuccotti Park now [after the Mayor’s forced eviction on 11/15/2011]. During the reoccupation on the evening of November 15, it started to rain so library staff put a clear plastic trash bag over the collection. Within minutes a detail of about 10 police descended and demanded that the covering be removed because they deemed the garbage bag to be a tarp. There were a few tense minutes as staff tried to convince them otherwise, but ultimately it was removed—leaving the collection open to the elements. As the police withdrew, scores of people chanted “BOOKS … BOOKS … BOOKS … BOOKS.” There was still concern that the park might be cleared again that night, and one officer made it clear that “unclaimed property will be removed and disposed of” in reference to the collection. Library staff quickly set up umbrellas over the bulk of the books and began sending librarians home with bags of books to keep the collection safe in remote locations.
Nonetheless, the library remains open.
I’m hating Bloomberg more and more every day. That was such a great media move on his part, of posting the picture of everything ‘safe and sound’ in a warehouse. What BS!
an 80 something year old lady was maced in the face. a pregnant woman was maced two or three times, then hit in the stomach with a bike. a priest was maced. so many fucking people were maced in the face for absolutely no reason. threatened with arrest for standing on the sidewalk. i didn’t get hit directly but it was/is in my contact lenses. it’s in all my fucking clothes and the beautiful scarf helena made me. f u c k cops
Oh my shit.
What’s funny is a dude I’ve clashed with before on the topic of Occupy Wall Street posted this on my facebook status about the raid today: “I find it funny how people seem to think the NYPD are keeping media out so they can use unnecessary force. One track mind.” and “I’ve seen countless videos of occupiers attacking police / being belligerent, as well as countless videos of police being rough with protesters. What’s happening here is that your bleeding heart is making villains of the NYPD. Which is on par with your general attitude towards the Occupy issue.”
It must be nice to not give a fuck about reality.
As the two men talked, a sweaty-faced man wearing a neon vest over a business suit walked up and started tearing protest signs off the wall. “I couldn’t wait,” he said. “Destroying things never felt so good.”
“Really,” someone said, almost inflecting the word as a question.
“They’re fucking assholes,” the guy in the suit shot back.