Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy DC, "Take Back Chicago," Tuesday Protests
Across the country on October 11th like-minded protesters gathered to take a stand against what many in the nation have experienced as the exponentially growing wealth gap between the upper echelon elites who are able to afford four, five, six mansions and duplex and triplex apartments in fashionable global city environments like London, Paris, New York, Rome, and those who cannot afford to maintain a tent in those areas, having been foreclosed upon indirectly by a number of these same individuals who have built their latest palaces as a result of obscene profits from the mortgage debacle. Too bad this American nightmare appears to have no end despite reports that the recession is over. (see New York Times)
The public's mood is grim and some are "not going to take it any more." Their protests have garnered global media attention; in a protest mantra from the past during the 1968 Democratic Convention, "The whole world is watching!" It's inescapable. And though there are those who will attempt to spin the protesters' actions against them, there is no way the spinning tops can get around the fact that Americans across the political spectrum in the lower, middle and upper middle classes are feeling the pinch in their wallets, their portfolios and their housing appraisals.
Those who are free and have "nothing left to lose," (embodying Janis Joplin's famous line) those who are jobless, and those who irately identify that the wealthy 1% have egregiously highjacked the economy (because "they are men and they can") are taking to the streets, gaining momentum and possibly fomenting political strength.
Early Tuesday morning, as Occupy Boston entered its second week of protests (in sympathetic coordination with New York's Occupy Wall Street which is in its third week) approximately 141 protesters were arrested. According to the Occupy Boston website, video footage captured police attacking the peaceful protesters.Continued on the next page