Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
"Unto the breach, Brothers"? Only brothers? What of the sisters? Can they stay home, and wait for the men to return covered in glory, in ribbons, or covered in
Or shall they, too, stand the line, awaiting this call, to " o'er The Top, Lads!" To charge the guns of the enemy, and race, pumped with fear, stampede with adrenalin, through the gap in the wire laid open by the night's mortar fall?
Do we, who stand the night in the trenches of our defenses, have the luxury of know that our sisters are home safe, or shall we know that they stand shoulder to shoulder with us, to rise and fall with our fate, and calmer for the victory of the 'marrow? I think they do.
We all need to be here; be ready when the cannon roar, and the unseen rounds whistle over head, disturbed in the sleepless night. We all need to rise with the first rays of Ra, the life giver, to charge across the broken land, and fight, fire, and stab, bringing to an end the tyranny of the Usurper’s reign.
So, tiz now the cry, "Into the breach! O'er the Top! And drive the Bastards down to the pits from which they rose!"
True, in all it is true, send them back into the pits of darkness where they chose demonic forces to do their bidding on the land once so free, the land which so embraced liberty, and now is shrouded in darkness, fear, cynicism, distrust, and deceit.
The dark one has covered the land with clouds thicker, more choking, than the white gas that burns the lungs. Into the Breach! Into the Breach! By God's own decree, humanity must be free ... Unto the Breach!
Ready now your will, be sure your soul, be ready with your determined skill, for Ra, the life giver of old does rise!
With dawn comes to the smoking and shattered landscape. As does the Old One rise, so to shall we rise, and charge the breach, with cries, and shouts, that will chill those beyond barricades.
Let them hear our voices barking as the hounds coming upon them to take their souls and send them back to the darkest pits which gave them birth ... Unto the Breach, I say, Unto the Breach!
And then Ra does die again, and the day is ours, and the enemy of liberty is vanquished, let us morn our brothers and sisters who have fallen at their hands. Lt us swear vengeance to the Gods we walk with, and intern our past comrades. Let them be honored as fallen heroes, and let them rise to meet their creator, and find sup with them, and let them commune with the heroes that will this day give their all. Let them find rest from the carnage that is come. Having found rest, let them once again make way to the womb to be born again of woman, and find in the free future that is to come, the long life that was robbed of them by the dark deeds of this Usurper ... Unto the Breach.
Then, finally, knowing that we have won the day, securing liberty for the land, let us put to death this thing called war. Let us, by the final blow of the will, bend our hearts to the peace taken from us by dark deeds done. Let us embrace what is light, and right, and good, and fight our brothers and sisters no more. So now, cry I...
Unto The Breach!
(c) 2006 Well Past Midnight; 2011 version for the Occupy Movement
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The GA voted to "Take the Horse." Directaction Committee saw that the number of supports did not meet promised attendence or expectation. They brought it to the People. Occupy Chicago held the Horse for two hours. The struggle continues.
In all fairness to the CPD,they must be commended for not responding like the OPD (Oakland Police Department) did in the wee hours of the Morning of Tuesday, October 25, 2011, and after sunset the same day.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I respect you as a person. I respect your office. I also respect your Police Officers. And I love Chicago. Having laid that as groundwork, I do have to ask one question. What in the hell are you afraid of?
Occupy Chicago is not communist. It is not Republican. It is not an anarchist group. They are Citizens who want to build community, and share their stories, and their lives with their fellow citizens of Chicago, Illinois. Why do you keep harassing them?
The Chicago Park curfew is a remnant of the past that is so seldom enforced that is all but forgotten. You only use it when you need to bludgeon someone. So, why do you see these people, many young, many middle aged, and a few of us grey haired folks, as any kind of political threat?
Mr. Mayor, as good a man as you are, you don't get talked about save for your relationship to #OccupyChi and Congress Square. You have a petition with over 9,000 signatures about that. Can you, please, do something to allow the group to camp there? Is there something in your power you can do?
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Last Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Occupy Chicago group, protesting for their own grievances, and supporting the Occupy Wall Street Protest, attempted to take the small area at the entrance of Chicago's Grant park called Congress Square at the corner of Congress and Michigan Avenue.
The police were there in force. When the park closed at 11:00 PM, the police told the Occupy Chicago group to disperse.
This curfew, a violation of any adult's rights in the City of Chicago, is a remnant of the Days of Rage in 1968 with the Yippies, SDS, and others took over the park during the Democratic Convention.
At approximately 1:30 AM on Sunday Morning, October 16, 2011. The police, finally reinforced, arrested 175 protestors.
This, of course, in Obama's adopted home town, and only yards from where he celebrated hope and change of his victory in November 2008. What Hope, and Change?
Today, October 21, 2011, there will be a march to Mayor Rahm's Office to deliver a petition containing thousands of signatures calling for Chicago to let Occupy Chicago stay at Congress Square (The Horse -- as seen in the video) at the entrance to Grant Park.
Tomorrow, October 22, 2011, Occupy Chicago will march to Congress and Michigan to once again Occupy Congress Square. The march is scheduled to step off at 7:00 PM. I will be there, of course. This is our city, and our Occupation.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
At 1:25 AM, having given the Occupiers 90 minutes warning, the Chicago Police Department cleared the square. They arrested 175 Citizens of the United States for being bold enough to air their grievances in public.
I went pack to Congress Square the next day (October 16, 2011) to see what remained.
This video shows the democratic process in action, and the remnants of the end game of the City of Chicago.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
To date, this is the message that still remains at the forefront of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. However, the same media outlets which depend so much on the "incestuous money" game are doing everything they can to muddy the waters and smear the message.
There is little incentive to pull in the reins of these corporations when they feed funds into the coffers of elected officials because the election process is expensive. The election process is so costly because the air-time for television and radio even at the lowest rate as prescribed by law are prohibitively expensive. There is no public forum which is not owned by, or beholden to, corporations. While it is arguable that NPR, PRI, and PBS are independent, their draw is limited at best. The corporations fund the candidates who will best serve their needs, and then collect the funds donated through the media outlets which they own.
The media is fully supportive of the corporations, since they are owned by the corporations. The current pundits of the globalized economy tell us that if a person is “good enough” they will find rewarding employment, and through shrewd investments in the corporations be able to accumulate wealth.
Once again, the corporations are paying money to those whom they find acceptable, in the form of wages, and collecting the excess, after the bills are paid to the corporations, in the form of “investments.” This allows the individual to think they have a vested interest in the corporations. One might consider this a rather incestuous monetary scheme. If those investments were put together for the collective good of the community, it may have some ethical viability, however, the investments are going into the rather large paychecks and rewards of the corporations, and reinvested into what might be called colonial expansion at the expense of the local community (Wealth, Women, and War, p 19).
I have spent some time at #OccupyChi, and as you can see from the videos, the message has not changed.
And on that note: there is now (9:07 PM CDT 10/01/11) an Official statement of Occupation from Occupy Wall Street.