Bill de Blasio, NYC’s new Trotskyite Sandinista Commandant, was an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement and many of the progressive values it espoused. He spoke at Zuccotti Park in October of 2011, and heralded the activists for dragging “the growing crisis of income inequality out into the light of day.” He called Bloomberg’s decision to evict the occupation in the dead of night "troubling" and said he would have let the protest “play out.” His police commissioner, however, would have swept that park clean as soon as the first twinkle fingers hit the air.
Capital New York reports that incoming NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, known for his “broken windows” approach to law enforcement during the Giuliani administration, told a former New York City official that if he were commissioner during Occupy Wall Street he would have “cleared them out right away.” And during a speech in Manhattan last year, Bratton bluntly stated that ”You can’t allow people to occupy public space.”
Bill de Blasio’s transition team did not respond to our request for comment on Bratton’s Occupy Wall Street remarks. But it’s not just Occupy Wall Street supporters who may be disappointed by our new commissioner’s fascist disregard for the Constitutional right to freedom of assembly. Although the NYCLU tentatively embraced de Blasio’s choice for commissioner yesterday, Bratton has been an enthusiastic supporter of the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic. In an interview with the New Yorker earlier this year, Bratton “emphatically endorsed” stop-and-frisk.
New York City: Support the low wage workers’ strike
THURS ►DEC 5
Pre- RALLY Event @ 3 pm at the African Burial Ground (Near Foley Square), 290 Broadway & Duane St., across the street from the Federal Building
On Thurs., Dec. 5, through the morning and afternoon, fast food workers as well as other underpaid workers will stage strikes across the country to demand $15 an hour and the right to unionize. In NYC, before low-wage workers and their supporters march from their work sites to Foley Square to rally, join the Peoples Power Assembly, OCCU-EVOLVE along other groups at a pre-rally event in front of the African Burial Ground Monument (the original low wage workers) near Foley Square at 3pm.
Peoples Power Assembly Meeting
and work session for the low wage workers strike
WED ►DEC. 4
6:30 pm at the SOLIDARITY CENTER, 147 W 24 St., 2nd Fl., NYC
Peoples Power Assembly Movement
In the past few days, conservative “Yellow Shirt” anti-government protestors have begun occupying ministries in and around Bangkok. Many outside of Thailand don’t know much about who these protesters are, what they want or the political context in which they operate. This is a quick, acerbic and straightforward article from Thai Red Socialist, the website of Giles Ji Ungpakorn.
Thousands of crazed middle-class royalists, led by the notorious blood-stained Democrat Party have been demonstrating in an attempt to get rid of the Government and all of former Prime Minister Taksin’s influence in politics. They hope the military will help them do this. They have been occupying government buildings and blocking roads.
These are the people who called for and supported the 2006 military coup. In those days they were “Yellow Shirts” and they rejected repeated election results which gave huge majorities to the Thai Rak Thai Party headed by Taksin Shinawat. They claimed then, and still claim, that the majority of Thais are “too stupid and uneducated” to deserve the right to vote. They want the military or the king to intervene in politics. They defend having appointed senators. In 2008, after the Democrat Party lost yet another democratic election, they occupied the international airports and trashed government buildings until the pro-military courts sacked the elected government and the military installed Abhisit Vejjajiva as Democrat Party Prime Minister. The Red Shirt pro-democracy movement was built as a result of this.
The protesters are also people who supported the bloody crack-down on Red Shirt, pro-democracy protesters in 2010, where ninety people were killed by the army. Today Democrat Party strongman Sutep Tueksuban is calling for the “restoration of an absolute monarchy”. These reactionaries could never win an election. Repeated elections since 2006 have proved this. They lie about being pro-democracy and like to wear “Guy Fawkes” masks, pretending to be like the “Occupy Movement”.
In addition to their undemocratic views, they are also extreme neo-liberals. They constantly talk about “fiscal discipline” and are opposed to government funds being spent on health care and welfare for the poor. They oppose government support for rice farmers and are opposed to upgrading Thailand’s decaying railway infrastructure to a high speed system. Yet they do not oppose massive spending on the military and the royal family.
Join us for a massive citywide mobilization unifying fast food workers, union members, activists and faith leaders in a Foley Square gathering and march to demand a tax on millionaires, universal pre-K for all children, good wages for all workers, affordable housing, quality healthcare, an end to inequality and the tale of two cities and the start of One New York that works for #AllOfUS.
"Walmart associates cannot pay their bills. It’s an injustice." - Doricia, South Florida
Via Occupy Miami
Abby Martin talks to activist and photojournalist Jenna Pope, about her work documenting mass protests from Occupy Wall Street to Turkey.
By Juan Gonzalez
Hard to believe it was only two years ago that Bloomberg ordered the NYPD to clear the Occupy Wall Street protests. But while cops dispersed the youthful dissidents with massive arrests, they couldn’t snuff out the seductive slogan of their movement: “We are the 99%.”
De Blasio will have considerable freedom to implement key campaign promises — especially in areas where he only needs City Council approval.
Things like requiring mandatory affordable-housing levels in new real estate developments, expanding sick pay benefits for low-wage workers, ending racial profiling in police stop-and-frisk and charging rent for charter schools co-located in public school buildings.
After 12 years of the 1% having their way, our city has voted for a new direction. Starting in January, we’ll see how many promises to the 99% actually get kept.