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Mayor Bloomberg Owes Occupy Wall Street An Apology - FDL

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Mayor Bloomberg Owes OWS an Apology
By: Cynthia Kouril - FDL
Monday November 12, 2012 5:20 am

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Mayor Mike has a lot of egg on his face, so does Ray Kelly. Despite being derided, kettled, pepper sprayed, and generally treated like subhumans by the NYC government, Occupy Wall Street continues to rise above the pettiness that characterizes the behavior and assumptions of “various serious people.”

Continuing to think outside the box, OWS has two new initiatives: Occupy Sandy and Rolling Debt Jubilee.

Occupy Sandy

I live on the North Shore of Long Island, walking distance from the beach, in an area full of very old tall trees and very old overhead wires. Oh, and spotty cellphone coverage. I have been virtually incommunicado for the past couple weeks. No electricity, no internet, no landline phones, no TV, no voice over cellphone and very limited texting over cellphone.

What little information I had access to, came from the car radio, and it told a tale of stranded victims on Staten Island and the Long Island South Shore and Brooklyn, left unaided by the City. No police doing door-to-door searches for the trapped and stranded elderly or infirm, no social service agencies coming to their homes to make sure they had a meal, nadda.

So, OWS called upon its stupendous logistical skills and filled the void left by Ray Kelly and Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg holds daily press conferences, but for people with no access to mass communication, he was a tree falling in the forest with no one to hear. Did it really take him 2 weeks to figure out that squad cars have speaker systems on them and could be deployed like sound trucks?

BTW, Con Ed, LIPA and PSE&G: Would it have killed you to hire some sound trucks to make announcements, since people without power or internet cannot use your hopeless websites?

I digress. OWS did what they do best, rallied compassionate people, started cooking meals and gave them away, just like at Liberty Plaza (it’s hard to get me to call it Zuccotti Park). They organized blankets and flashlights and charging stations (including the Green Peace solar truck and those cool Gilligan’s Island bicycle generators), just as they did at Liberty Plaza. They knocked on doors to ask the stranded residents what they needed. They sent out tweets for “needs of the occupiers” and supporters from all over the world sent supplies, just like at Liberty Plaza. They even improved on that with an Occupy Sandy “wedding registry” on Amazon that helps doors to ship supplies quickly and easily. Genius!

So complete is their logistical competence that they are now holding training for the National Guard troops who have been sent in to help and…wait for it…for the Mayor’s Office representatives. Considering how poorly they have been treated by this administration, they could have refused to aid the government efforts and played tit-for-tat, but their goal is to help by any means.

The press has always had trouble covering OWS because it doesn’t play into their preconceived notions and because there is no self promoting “face” of OWS. So, the story of this movement has been consistently misreported and under reported. OWS transcended the typical media narrative and has left the press behind, left the government behind, and focused on just getting the job done on the ground.

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Much More: http://my.firedoglake.com/cindykouril/2012/11/12/mayor-bloomberg-owes-ows-an-apology/




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Reply Mayor Bloomberg Owes Occupy Wall Street An Apology - FDL (Original post)
WillyT Nov 2012 OP
DippyDem Nov 2012 #1
WillyT Nov 2012 #2
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #3
WillyT Nov 2012 #6
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #7
tama Nov 2012 #4
WillyT Nov 2012 #18
GitRDun Nov 2012 #5
tama Nov 2012 #8
GitRDun Nov 2012 #10
madfloridian Nov 2012 #9
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #11
bvar22 Nov 2012 #12
progressoid Nov 2012 #13
WillyT Nov 2012 #23
ReasonableToo Nov 2012 #14
mckara Nov 2012 #15
bloomington-lib Nov 2012 #16
WorseBeforeBetter Nov 2012 #17
WillyT Nov 2012 #19
WillyT Nov 2012 #20
WillyT Nov 2012 #24
JoeyT Nov 2012 #21
WillyT Nov 2012 #22
Luminous Animal Nov 2012 #25
WillyT Nov 2012 #26
Starry Messenger Nov 2012 #27
Kalidurga Nov 2012 #28
WillyT Nov 2012 #29
WillyT Nov 2012 #30
WillyT Nov 2012 #31
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #34
WillyT Nov 2012 #37
WillyT Nov 2012 #32
Joe Shlabotnik Nov 2012 #33
tblue37 Nov 2012 #41
Joe Shlabotnik Nov 2012 #45
tblue37 Nov 2012 #48
GliderGuider Nov 2012 #35
jsmirman Nov 2012 #36
me b zola Nov 2012 #38
WillyT Nov 2012 #39
tblue37 Nov 2012 #40
WillyT Nov 2012 #42
tblue37 Nov 2012 #44
tblue37 Nov 2012 #43
rawsome Nov 2012 #46
WillyT Nov 2012 #47
WillyT Nov 2012 #49

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:22 PM

1. Faux Nooze bitches about the disaster every hour.

You won't hear about OWS on that FAIL channel.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:22 PM

2. Kick !!!


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:27 PM

3. Willy you know...I know why the arc has ad a few issues

This reminds me of the great Monterrey flood of 1909, the first time the Mexican Red Cross played a role.

Like OWS it was a SMALL AMD FLEXIBLE ORGANIZATION. in a disaster that matters.

There are lessons here, planning matters but so does flexibility on the ground. Large organizations, including the media, are stuck in large essential organization thinking.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:32 PM

6. Yep... And I LOVE That OWS Is Training The National Guard, And The Mayor's Office !!!






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Response to WillyT (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:38 PM

7. Truth be told, been there, done that

So was willing to give the ARC a week....large...unwieldy etcetera. Hell, I am sure it is going according to plan...been two weeks guys...you remind me of the Mexican Red Crosd during the Mexico City quake...at least there, well there was an excuse and they learned. The ARC needs to start looking at national and regional plans and have some introspection. Whatever they are doing ain't working. I am willing to bet n a heavy top down organization leaving little discretion to on the ground officers.

Just call it a sneaky.

The cops, no surprise there.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:28 PM

4. 99 kicks

 

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Response to tama (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:37 PM

18. LOL !!! - I Could Not Agree Anymore With You !!!






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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:31 PM

5. Hmmmm

Money quote for me:

Nonetheless, OWS spends less time on messaging than any arm of government or any traditional interest group or charity. OWS doesn’t spend their donations hiring the “right” consultants who spoon feed puff pieces to reporters over meals at fancy restaurants. They don’t do ad buys for commercials with patriotic sounding music.

I’ve seen a ton of Red Cross commercials since my TV came back on, but not one Red Cross truck.


Maybe, just maybe they really are onto something that CAN scale. I love what Occupy is doing, sent Sandy an I-Pad or something akin to an I-Pad (btw they need a bunch more), but I have always been skeptical of the ability to scale without a focal point for the movement. I would LOVE to be wrong...

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Response to GitRDun (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:40 PM

8. Re scaling

 

We don't know how many cells there are in a human body, but the number is in tens of trillions at least. They form an organic whole working together beautifully - with some exceptions like cancer cells.

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Response to tama (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:52 PM

10. It's really inspiring!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:48 PM

9. Reminds me of us after 3 hurricanes in 6 weeks in 2004...local radio canned music.

Kudos to OWS. I Tweeted about their good work for storm victims

We had our radio for local news, and that was it. We were without power 3 days after one storm...and all they had was canned music and Rush Limbaugh.

Only one day did they do anything about the local needs and services. Our area was in devastation, and we could not find out anything.

Proud of OWS.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:59 PM

11. Two interesting things I haven't yet seen mentioned...

 

-Bloomberg made his money on Wall Street. They're his friends. He likely does "favors" for them. Wall Street has done to my knowledge absolutely nothing for victims of Sandy except for providing some stray illumination out of the stock exchange building.

-OWS techs are working on creating a mesh net to bring WIFI to residents in at least one area; I forget which.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:58 PM

12. Mayor Bloomberg Owes OWS an Apology, AND...

...he is not the ONLY one.




"There are forces within the Democratic Party who want us to sound like kinder, gentler Republicans.
I want a party that will STAND UP for Working Americans."
---Paul Wellstone


photo by bvar22
Shortly before Sen Wellstone was killed

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:14 PM

13. Rec.

but I expect crickets.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:05 PM

23. I Agree...

Crickets...






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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:34 PM

14. kick n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:57 PM

15. A Book Recommendation: Hammes, T.X. The Sling and The Stone: On War in the 21st Century

Someone has been reading books about Fourth-Generation Warfare.

How to fight and advance political policies without using military forces or tactics.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:12 PM

16. We're a big American family, not a bunch of individualistic competitors

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:36 PM

17. K&R

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 07:12 PM

19. Third To The Last Kick From Me...






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Response to WillyT (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:03 PM

20. Second To Last Kick From Me...

Where's the OWS love ???




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Response to WillyT (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:27 PM

24. Last Kick From Me... Maybe...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:26 PM

21. Kick and rec. n/t

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Response to JoeyT (Reply #21)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:36 PM

22. Thank You JoeyT.... Saved Me One...






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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:36 PM

25. K & R! Glad to see this here! I tried to post it this morning but my computer crashed.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:46 PM

26. I Got This...








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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:48 PM

27. k&r

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:03 PM

28. I think more than an apology...

Bloomberg needs to get out on the street and see what is going on and put some sweat equity into solving the problems the storm brought.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:13 PM

29. He Also Could Spend A Day Or Two, Learning From OWS In The Disaster Zones !!!






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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:24 PM

30. OK... Last Kick From Me...


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:57 AM

31. Oh FUCK THAT... That Frank Piece GUARANTEES... I'll Be Kicking This All Fucking Week !!!

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Response to WillyT (Reply #31)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:21 AM

34. ...

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #34)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:21 PM

37. ...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:12 AM

32. Kick !!!


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:17 AM

33. Beyond apologies

They've had their civil liberties violated, been intimidated, been physically injured, been slandered and mocked all for being on the right side of history. They've been owed some serious media recognition since they started.

At the very least they are due beer and travel money and many experiences.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #33)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:38 PM

41. What was that guy's name--Random Thoughts, or something like that?

Or are you he reincarnated?

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #41)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:48 PM

45. lol, no I'm not him. n/t

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #45)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:09 PM

48. I do remember his remark about being owed beer money, etc., though. I probably will never be able nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:21 AM

35. Kickity-kick!!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:35 AM

36. As a New Yorker, I am ashamed by what Bloomberg let the police get away with

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:06 PM

38. K&R

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Response to me b zola (Reply #38)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:30 PM

39. Thank You...

Funny... how the OWS critics have maintained radio silence.




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:37 PM

40. This is just another example of how valuable the skills of community organizers are!

Remember how the RW mocked Obama's past experience as a community organizer? Clearly he was getting real skills, valuable skills. during those years.

No doubt similar community organizing skills helped the GOTV and the vote protection activities during the election.

And now OWS shows how their finely honed community orgainizing skills save lives and alleviate misery.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #40)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:39 PM

42. + 1,000,000,000... What You Said !!!






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Response to WillyT (Reply #42)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:48 PM

44. Another kick.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:41 PM

43. KnR nt

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Response to rawsome (Reply #46)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:52 PM

47. Shhh... That's Why This Thread Is Sorta... Threadbare... If Ya Know What I Mean...






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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:21 PM

49. Kick !!!


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