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Saturday, 15 October 2011 13:12

Cleveland City Council Endorses Occupy Cleveland

By:  OhioGringo

Yesterday, the Cleveland City Council voted to endorse the Occupy Cleveland movement:

http://occupycleveland.com/2011/10/12/occupy-cleveland-media-alert-city-of-cleveland-supports-oc/

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.

 

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[-] Qumulonimbus 2011-10-15 14:21   (permalink)
Some very positive, and very surprising, sources of support up here as well. Bet you'll laugh at this one. ;-)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/bank-of-canada-head-calls-occupy-protests-entirely-constructive/article2202064/
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[-] miguelitoh2o 2011-10-15 15:05   (permalink)
It's interesting to watch. I think the movement may likely succeed at local and state levels before it percolates up to the national political sphere in a significant way. Not sure what to make of Quinn's Bank of Canada guy mouthing his support but it sounds good at first blush. Could we all ready be at the stage where the elite divide into camps?
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[-] OhioGringo 2011-10-15 15:17   (permalink)
Replying to: miguelitoh2o
The elite dividing into camps? They've always been divided into camps. Camps of their own self-interests, but I know what you mean.

As far as this new movement goes, some of the elite will be smart enough to offer some concessions in order to save their own precious asses. Others will take a hard line. It is always thus.

The difference is that this time, too many people have been screwed too hard, sans vasoline, to support the continued existence of the current sociopoliticaleconom ic system. And the current system is falling apart as I type this.

It will disintegrate in a few years. It would be better if We The People can come up with something viable with which to replace it. Think hard about that, Miguel. You just might help come up with a better idea. People like you are our best hope.
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[-] wendy davis 2011-10-15 15:42   (permalink)
Nice, Gringo. Like the old days with Kucinich and Muni Power and Light... ;o)

Me 'n Stevie just got back from 'Occupy Mancos'! Shoot; it went about 100 times better than when I went alone the other day...

Even had a few people join us here and there. A couple from Boulder who said they were bummed to miss events there; we said...they would go on. Got our pitchers tooken a few times (I warned them I break camers, but they hadda do it anyway, the goofballs...)

Lots of honks and waves, and I'd imagine half of them were touristas, too. But for sure some locals. The other day they all looked away from me in apparent embarassment and abject...grumpiness; so many dour faces, I swear. Feh; not even the freakin' cop would smile, the asshat.

Guess it musta been Steve; and here I dressed up so I'd look purdy, curled the ends of my hair and ever'thing...
;o)

Anyway:

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OCCUPY MANCOS, CO !!!
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[-] wendy davis 2011-10-15 18:55   (permalink)
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Okay. It's proving simply impossible to NOT to say more about 'Occupying Mancos'. I hope to hell you can laugh about it; if you can't, well...you are not gonna get invited to my birthday party. Okay? ;o)

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[-] OhioGringo 2011-10-15 19:29   (permalink)
Replying to: wendy davis
Speak of Dennis, and he shall appear. He endorsed Occupy Cleveland today:

http://occupycleveland.com/2011/10/12/a-letter-to-occupy-cleveland-from-rep-dennis-kucinich/
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