And I stand with the protesters in Oakland, California. And in New York City. And in Atlanta, where they were evicted from their rightful place on the streets. And everywhere they choose to exercise their Constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and seek redress of their grievances from their government.
This is a disgrace. The police are deliberately using violent force to disperse peaceful protesters. Whom are they protecting? They have more in common with the protesters than they do with the brigands, pirates and kleptomaniacs on Wall Street; they should be marching in the streets as well.
So should teachers, firefighters, postal workers, and anyone else who collects a paycheck. Anyone who isn’t a millionaire should be demonstrating and demanding accountability from Wall Street and justice leveled against them. Not one more protester should go to jail for exercising his or her rights until the robber barons and ripoff artists in the so-called “financial industry” have been brought to justice.
This is a global struggle. It will not go away, and the more they crack down on the protests, the louder they’ll get.
And don’t give me any shit about “class war.” The Republicans have been waging class war on the middle and lower classes for over 30 years now, eroding our rights to unionize, crafting tax policies that ensure the rich get richer and the rest of us stay in our place, giving power to the bosses and ignoring the needs of the workers. The fact is, they only complain about class warfare when their victims fight back.