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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:49 PM

Well... This DUer Has No Qualms About Stating The Reality... (And For Those Who Missed This)...

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 Well... This DUer Has No Qualms About Stating The Reality... (And For Those Who Missed This)... (Original post)
WillyT Nov 2012 OP
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #1
2naSalit Nov 2012 #11
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #17
dae Nov 2012 #2
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #3
We People Nov 2012 #4
RoccoR5955 Nov 2012 #5
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #6
StrictlyRockers Nov 2012 #7
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #8
woo me with science Nov 2012 #9
Sophiegirl Nov 2012 #10
RainDog Nov 2012 #12
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #13
cliffordu Nov 2012 #14
defacto7 Nov 2012 #15
ReRe Nov 2012 #16
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #18
blackspade Nov 2012 #19
SammyWinstonJack Nov 2012 #20
malaise Nov 2012 #21
mfcorey1 Nov 2012 #22
xchrom Nov 2012 #23
Warren Stupidity Nov 2012 #24
myrna minx Nov 2012 #25
OldDem2012 Nov 2012 #26

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:07 PM

1. Gee, just think what OWS could have done if it had a "leader"

and those...you know...."goals".

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:25 AM

11. It would appear

that they function quite well without those. One of the points they are making that seems to go unnoticed by many.

Well done OWS.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:19 AM

17. That's why so many plutocrats, politicians and pundits HATE OWS.

it proves that, ultimately, we could come together and run life cooperatively, from below, without the need of "leaders".

No wars, no greed...no place for those who see themselves as "the great men"(and/or the great women).

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:07 PM

2. Way to go OWS. k/r

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:16 PM

3. k&r.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:33 PM

4. They are amazing people - TRULY heroic!!!

Thank you for your courageous service to humanity, OWS!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:41 PM

5. That's wonderful

Think of it, the freakin' National Guard being trained by OWS! That is the greatest triumph of OWS yet! Perhaps they could convince them to join the movement!
I believe that OWS is good at many things, and has been, and will continue to do these things under the radar.

AFAIC, Ray Kelly belongs in jail, and Bloomberg owes OWS more than an apology, but a permanent place to air their grievances!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:09 AM

6. LMSP kicking...

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:11 AM

7. Impressive.

Leaving the dominant paradigm behind them in the dust.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:12 AM

8. OWS

Thank You!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:18 AM

9. K&R

Great post.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:25 AM

10. Who here at DU

do I ask permission to post a request for information on the civic/grassroots response to Sandy. I, in no way, want to promote the company I work for. That would be inappropriate. Just a request for info from those in the affected areas. There are many here that have firsthand experience.

Is this an out of bounds request. If it is, I completely understand.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:26 AM

12. k&r n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:33 AM

13. Can't rec this enough.

I wonder if Bloomberg owns any debt-collection entities. That might explain his (thus far) refusal to re-think OWS.

That wouldn't be much of a surprise, either. Would it?

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:09 AM

14. I'm astonished. Excellent.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:13 AM

15. Yes!!! OWS

This is America.. the people in action.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:17 AM

16. Thank you, WillyT

K&R

For bringing this true story to us. Enough cannot be said about the goodness in OS's hearts. No telling how many lives they saved. Countless. Had I lived in that part of the country physically, my entire family would have been working right out there with them. Has Bloomburg said thank you to them yet? NYC should give the OWS organization a hefty donation.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:20 AM

18. One year ago tonight Bloomberg sent his "private army" to bar the press and evict Occupy

 

from Zuccotti park.

The OWS NYC twitter account are posting some of the tweets sent at this time last year.


Occupy Wall Street ‏@OccupyWallStNYC

One year ago, right now: https://twitter.com/gzornick/status/136341281738727424 … #N15 #OWS #NeverForget


"George Zornick @gzornick

NYC authorities clearly feel #OWS eviction is just and reasonable. That's why they are doing it at 2am and barring all press."

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:20 AM

19. Awesome!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:19 AM

20. +1000!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:22 AM

21. Yep I love the 99%

Occupy rocks!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:46 AM

22. Pure genius!!! nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:47 AM

23. du rec. nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:30 AM

24. But they don't have leader and occupy failed.

Or something.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:34 AM

25. Thank you!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:58 AM

26. K & R. nt.

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