Yesterday, the Cleveland City Council voted to endorse the Occupy Cleveland movement:
Mayor Jackson and the City Council have also declared the protest a "public event," which allows the protesters to stay indefinitely and to erect structures so long as they are not bigger than 10 feet by 10 feet EACH. What's that grinding sound you hear? That's Governor Kasich and President Obama gnashing their teeth. This is the first time, as far as I know, that a city government has actually formally and publicly endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement.
I can't say I'm terribly surprised. This old city has been under relentless assault from the corporatists for decades. If nothing else, the city government decided to give them a poke in the nose. First, a policeman tells a counter-protester, "You're not on my side, THEY(the protesters) are." Then the city says no tents. Then the police department provides tents. Then the city government endorses the protests.
This movement is something new. Something positive. And it's growing. And right now, I'm very proud of my city.