How Individual Investors Can Occupy and Profit from Wall Street

“The door to the American Millionaire’s Club is not locked.” — J. Paul Getty, America’s first billionaire.

I gave my Presidential Fellow address last night at Chapman University to an enthusiastic crowd on the vital subject, “Main Street vs. Wall Street: The Stock Market as the Best Example of Democratic Capitalism.”

I begin with a short history of how Wall Street has gradually offered better opportunities for the middle class and how low-income earners can participate in the stock market and play the rich man’s game. Since the 1920s, small investors have been able to buy stocks through mutual funds. Then in the 1950s, Merrill Lynch started promoting stocks as a way for the small investor to get rich. In the 1970s, the financial revolution began with Charles Schwab offering the first discount brokerage services.

Today, the commissions on stocks and the fees for mutual funds have dropped substantially and are close to zero. This means that practically anyone can invest with the Rockefellers and the Romneys. My wife and I wrote a book on the subject in the early 1980s, “High Finance on a Low Budget.”

The Roth IRA: Not for the Rich!

Many critics of Wall Street complain that all the breaks and the bailouts went to the fat cats on Wall Street. Not so. The Roth IRA is a great vehicle for the middle class and low-income crowd to invest in the stock market. It allows investments of up to $5,000 a year to earn capital gains and dividends tax-free. Investors then can withdraw their money at retirement without paying any taxes.

The Roth IRA is not available to anyone earning more than $100,000 a year. So it’s a break for the small investor only.

I suggested to the audience that the Occupy Wall Street crowd could buy stocks in all the bailed-out banks, hedge funds and private equity firms to profit from the bailout. I call it the “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even” strategy. I suggested investing in Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS) and even Fannie Mae (OTCBB: FNMA), which has skyrocketed nearly 1,000% in the past year!

In sum, the small investor doesn’t have to sit by idly and see only the so-called 1% highest earners profiting from Wall Street.

Average American is Not Investing in the Stock Market

But sadly, the average American is not participating in the rally on Wall Street. According to Gallup, only 52% of Americans are stock market investors, the lowest level in 20 years.

Occupy Wall Street’s Spokesman Is for Sale on RentAGent.com

Occupy Wall Street's Spokesman Is for Sale on RentAGent.comS

How about a walk on the wild side with a “sapio-sexual intellectual activist?” If that’s your cup of tea, check out Harrison Schultz, a loosely appointed Occupy Wall Street spokesmen, on RentAGent.me. He’s only $200!

Honestly, if the photo above doesn’t say it all, then here’s his “resume” on the site:

I’m one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street. I am a true sapio-sexual intellectual-activist. Currently finishing my Phd and writing a dissertation on erotic arts, I am an expert in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and erotic hypnosis. Or you can just eat sushi off of my body, up to you.

Cool.

Schultz, who’s especially knowledgable in the “erotic arts,” gained fame in 2011 as a talking head for the Occupy Wall Street movement, though the group wasn’t really into selecting spokespeople. Still, Schultz appeared on television representing OWS and even visited Fox News to verbally spar with Sean Hannity, who, in short, told him to suck it up and get a job. As for RentAGent.me, according to Vanity Fair, it’s not so much an escort service as a place to rent a man to do whatever you want, like “putting together your Ikea furniture to writing a poem for you to singing for you to accompanying you to a charity event . . . even to teaching you how to do breakdancing or karate.” I mean, I’ve got a clogged shower drain that needs fixing.

“There’s a wide range just depending on the guy’s talent,” Shikhman told N.Y.U. Local. “What combines it all is that all the guys are good-looking, very charming in person, and have at least one talent.”

One RentAGent user reviewed Schultz as “Exceptionally different from others” and a “Hot and seductive activist.” Guys, he’s imitating a karate stance in one of his profile images. LOL. How is this legal?

Image via RentAGent.

Op-Ed: Nevada stand-off looking like Occupy Wall Street with teeth


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Op-Ed: Nevada stand-off looking like Occupy Wall Street with teeth

Ranch hands working cattle on the Bundy ranch.

The cattle rancher has riveted the attention of the nation, as U.S. President Barack Obama implements a no-fly zone to news helicopters and a massive force of Feds moves in. The spectacle has set the Internet aflame across the political spectrum, mostly with sympathy for the rancher, whether it be from the left or the right.

With Bureau of Land Management police already forced to back down in the face of hundreds, if not thousands, of armed citizens last week, the stand-off is starting to resemble Occupy Wall Street with teeth. Indeed, an Occupy Wall Street branch Occupy the BLM is organizing to bring protesters to the ranch.

The Bundy Affair has struck a nerve that the mainstream news is not reporting. The video posted on Youtube of last week’s showdown has garnered over 600,000 views in two days. One observer has sent an email to myself and others. My source reports:

“Here’s what the news won’t say about what really happened in Nevada…From a person that went there, drove there from L.A…

The highway was almost empty until near Mesquite. Then it was a traffic jam. Motor homes, campers, ATVs running along side the freeway, motorcycles, vehicles, every thing you could possibly imagine. Everyone on their way to Bunkersville. Then it about stopped, just inching along. Word traveled down the traffic line that the feds had blocked the road just out of Mesquite and were searching vehicles for weapons and cell phones…As we got closer to the ridge, we were stopped by armed militia. We could not go any further. We could wait, or turn around and go back to the road. Men, that I suspect were special forces, had climbed the ridge from the back side and captured the [government] snipers. They were at that moment coming down the ridge to take them to Mesquite where they would be let go. They weren’t prisoners, they were just going to be replaced by friendlies.

Because of the roadblock on I-15, people refused to be searched, and refused to turn back. They just pulled off the road and parked. It was like a dam backing up a river. Soon the feds were trapped between the Americans who had already gotten through, and the Americans that had been stopped on the highway. The BLM agents went into full panic mode and called for help. LVPD which had REFUSED to show up to help Americans HAD to show up to rescue BLM that was now trapped and helpless. The blockade was SEVEN MILES LONG!”

It’s not that people don’t understand that Bundy owes the federal government money. These sorts of disputes are fairly common in the American West. It may be that, at last, Americans one and all are fed up with what the Bundy episode is bringing into stark relief, in image after image: that America, more than ever, has become a land of kid gloves and coddling for the big dead-beats and SWAT teams and snipers for the little ones.

Why is it that when you owe $1 million to the American taxpayer, you are descended upon like a common terrorist, but when you owe $3 TRILLION, you get a special pass to the presidential inaugural ball? That money is owed to the American taxpayer every bit as much as Bundy is said to owe his million. But while he at least sweats in the blazing Nevada sun grazing his cattle for it, the bankers who still owe trillions to the US taxpayer worked no harder than entering the keystrokes to write the law for the US Congress to pass.

A dead-beat is a dead-beat is a dead-beat. The question is not one of whether he owes it or not. It is one of the double standard. Why aren’t snipers on the roofs of New York with their cross-hairs on the front doors of AIG, until they pay up?

One of the greatest fictions perpetuated by the media which is now busily portraying Bundy as an “anarchist,” is that most of the bank bailouts of the 2008 bank fiasco have been paid back, with interest. This is true only if one is talking about the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) of 2008. What they are not telling you, the same as they are not telling you what is really happening in Mesquite, is that TARP is but a small portion of the bailout programs which were passed on the theory that some banks were “too big to fail,” and trillions are still owed by dead-beats who wear not cowboy boots, but Armani suits.

Now that they haven’t failed, and bank balance sheets are roaring right along, these dead-beats owe the American people, at a minimum, $2 trillion, and probably more.

To put that number in context, an entire US budget for one year is about $4 trillion.

Not only have the banks not finished paying up even the small TARP portion of the bailouts; the Government Accounting Office has found that what they did pay, they paid with the non-TARP parts of the program. Fox News reported that:

“The GAO’s finding undercuts the Treasury’s prior statements that effectively assert the Troubled Asset Relief Program has earned a profit for taxpayers. Specifically, the GAO says that, according to its new review, “as of January 31, 2012, 341 institutions had exited,” TARP, almost half by repaying…with funds from other federal programs.””

A look at the rhetoric being employed by the supporters and bloggers standing behind Bundy reveal grievances that run far deeper than local grazing rights. Some point to the increasing pace of acquisitions in key industries by China such as pork and high-tech, with China’s recent acquisition of Smithfield Foods overnight making it the largest employer in many US cities. In addition the USDA has recently, for the first time, approved the import of Chinese chickens. Conservative radio talk show host Fabian Calvo says:

“It is just like where America was with England when we were exercising leverage over them around WWII because we were the largest creditor nation. Now, we are the largest debtor nation, and we owe all this money to the Chinese. In order to not have them dump our debt, we’re basically allowing them, through the Department of the Interior who is stealing rancher land and killing their cattle, they are selling out America.”

Calvo believes the BLM is confiscating and taking control of land for “future collateralization” of currency after a hyperinflation similar to Weimer Germany.

The Center for Media and Democracy in 2010 issued a report which stated that:

the U.S. Treasury Department’s ten TARP programs represent less than seven percent of the $4.7 trillion disbursed by the U.S. government in an effort to aid the financial services industry. Far more money has been disbursed by the Federal Reserve to prop up the financial system than by the U.S. Treasury, and those loans are still outstanding.”

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A table complied by the Center showed the breakdown of monies owed:

Outstanding Monies Still Owed to U.S. Taxpayers

Disbursed Outstanding

Non-TARP $4,4152. billion (93%) $1,815.8 billion (94%)

TARP $307.6 billion (7%) $117.7 billion (6%)

Total Bailout $4,722.8 billion $1,993.6 billion

And in a little-reported section dealing with the non-TARP bailouts issued in 2009 by the Special Inspector General for TARP, Neil Barofsky, Barofsky wrote:

“By itself, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”) is a huge program at $700 billion. As discussed in SIGTARP’s April Quarterly Report, the total financial exposure of TARP and TARP-related programs may reach approximately $3 trillion. Although large in its own right, TARP is only a part of the combined efforts of the Federal Government to address the financial crisis. Approximately 50 initiatives or programs have been created by various Federal agencies since 2007 to provide potential support totaling more than $23.7 trillion.”

Special Inspector Barofsky, in his July 2009 report, put the outstanding balance owed by banks to taxpayers for both TARP and non-TARP programs at closer to $3 billion (see table below, “outstanding balance.”) Journalist Glenn Greenwald called Barofsky, who was forced out of Washington after his 2009 report: “easily one of the most impressive and courageous political officials in Washington.”

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PDF OF SECTION 3 OF SIGTARP JULY 2009 REPORT, ON NON-TARP PROGRAMS

The champagne keeps flowing in the Washington lobbyist cocktail party circuit, for the dead-beats who owe you and me $3 trillion cash money every bit as real as what Cliven Bundy owes. No SWAT teams for them. Meanwhile Bundy, no role model but certainly no terrorist, stands to get his head blown off by some trigger-happy federal tough guy. That may be what has finally stuck in the craw of the American people.

Feds forced to Stand Down

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Here is another insight into NV issue that is NOT getting proper news coverage:

Reid smelling anything but rosy in ranch fight ~ J R Corsi, WND, 04-12-2014

“When Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy refused to take his cattle off land the federal government demanded for the habitat of an endangered desert tortoise, it focused the nation’s attention on an arena Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., may have preferred to be kept quiet. An investigative report published last week by Infowars.com drew a connection between Senate Majority Leader Reid’s involvement with Chinese energy giant ENN, Chinese efforts to build massive solar facilities in the Nevada desert and the showdown between Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, or BLM. It wasn’t the first report to notice curious dealings involving the Chinese and America’s top Democrats.”

“On Jan. 20, 2013, WND warned Chinese government-backed economists were proposing a plan to allow Chinese corporations to set up “development zones” in the United States as part of a plan proposed by the Chinese government to convert into equity the more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt owned by the Chinese Gov’t. The next day, Jan. 21, 2013, WND documented the Obama administration had begun to allow China to acquire major ownership interests in oil and natural gas resources across the USA.”

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Occupy Wall Street activist on trial for assaulting New York City cop

 

Occupy Wall Street activist on trial for assaulting New York City cop

By
Sandy English

18 April 2014

The trial of Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan opened this week in New York City. McMillan is accused of assaulting a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer, Grantley Bovell, after she was removed from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on March 17, 2012, the six-month anniversary of the original Occupy Wall Street action. Dozens of other protesters were also arrested that night, many of whom were also handled violently.

The NYPD alleges that McMillan struck Bovell in the face with her elbow as police sought to remove protesters from the park. She faces up to seven years in prison if she is convicted.

McMillan claims that she struck the officer inadvertently after he grabbed her on the chest from behind. She also charges that she was thrown on the pavement and struck by several police officers.

Her lawyer has said that her legs, ribs, and back were bruised by the police in the course of her arrest. Both photographic and video footage show a bruise, in the shape of a hand print on her chest, where she said the cop, Bovell, grabbed her.

Video footage also shows McMillan convulsing on the ground shortly after her arrest while NYPD officers stand around her without offering her first aid, in spite of the pleas for help from bystanders. McMillan was hospitalized after her arrest.

There is another aspect to consider in the case. It is entirely possible that McMillan was targeted for arrest. One of the original organizers of the Occupy protests, her name and image had appeared in the New York Times and other publications long before the March 2012 incident.

McMillan was almost certainly known to the NYPD before she was arrested. The NYPD conducted intensive surveillance of the Occupy Wall Street protests, including video recording of activists. The Joint Terrorism Task force, made up of NYPD personnel together with agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, monitored the protests, in spite of their peaceful nature.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. offered McMillan a plea bargain on lesser charges, which, unusually, were not reduced to misdemeanor status but remained felonies, a more serious category of crime under US law. Over 2,600 protesters during the three-month occupation and its aftermath were arrested and few faced serious charges. Those that did, including for assault, almost all had them dismissed entirely.

Whether or not McMillan was deliberately targeted in the arrest, it would appear that she is now being tried as a felon to set an example for those who organize protests against social inequality.

It is undeniable that the NYPD dealt with the protest by means of mass arrests, including the round-up of over 700 on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1, 2011. Police operations were also characterized by deliberate brutality, beginning with NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna’s infamous gratuitous pepper-spraying of two young protesters on September 24, near lower Manhattan’s Union Square.

Bovell himself is being sued by another protester, Austin Guest, a Harvard University graduate student, who alleges that the cop, according to the Guardian, “dragged him down the aisle of a bus while ‘intentionally banging his head on each seat.’” The Guardian has also reported that Bovell has been investigated by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs unit, for, among other things, kicking a suspect who was lying on the floor in a Bronx corner store. Judge Ronald Zweibel has refused to allow McMillan’s defense team to see Bovell’s internal disciplinary files. Bovell, who was also involved in a Bronx ticket-fixing scandal, may have committed other acts recorded in these files that cast doubt on his testimony.

Martin Stolar, McMillan’s attorney, objecting to the judge’s ruling, said, “Somebody who has this pattern of behavior, there may be other incidents.”

On Wednesday, Zweibel issued a gag order on Stolar and others on McMillan’s defense team to prevent them from speaking to the media.

 

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Occupy Wall Street Organizer Harrison Schultz Offers Himself Up on RentAGent

If you’ve ever wanted to date a man who self-identifies as a “revolutionary,” “dating coach,” “philosopher,” “dancer,” “assistant,” and “story teller,” you’re in luck. Harrison Schultz, an erstwhile spokesman of sorts for Occupy Wall Street—“of sorts” because the movement purposefully eschews the idea of leadership—is available for your pleasure at RentAGent.me for a paltry $200 an hour.

Schultz achieved a modicum of notoriety when he appeared on TV news circuit to discuss Occupy’s motives and intentions. He engaged in a typical but nonetheless memorable spat with Fox’s Sean Hannity, who told Schultz to “hit the pavement, find a job, stop whining, stop complaining, stop blaming and get your ass out of bed.”

Perhaps Hannity would approve of the enterprising activist’s new self-marketing (the Rent a Gent profile appears unrelated to the Occupy movement and any related groups). According to Rent a Gent’s C.E.O. Sara Shikhman, the site offers a range of services, “from putting together your Ikea furniture to writing a poem for you to singing for you to accompanying you to a charity event . . . even to teaching you how to do breakdancing or karate.”

“There’s a wide range just depending on the guy’s talent,” Shikhman told N.Y.U. Local. “What combines it all is that all the guys are good-looking, very charming in person, and have at least one talent.”

Schultz, who is listed on LinkedIn as “project manager for the Occupy Money Collective,” also operates a blog titled Anarchy Isn’t Easy, where his most recent post offers some insight into his personality, as he sees it:

My experiences with #OWS, on top of all the others, along my sober and otherwise reflections upon them have lead me to a recent inner realization that I am in no way corrupt in any moral sense. I am pure the way anger or fire is pure, with or without my ego’s engagement, neither but both good and evil, neither but both useful as well as destructive, powerful, furthermore, yet subject to inevitable burnout. I’ve come to learn that I myself must respect my own nature if I am not to burn or suffocate to death.

On Rent a Gent, Schulz tallies his talents as such: “I am a true sapio-sexual intellectual-activist. Currently finishing my Phd and writing a dissertation on erotic arts, I am an expert in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and erotic hypnosis. Or you can just eat sushi off of my body, up to you.”

One user has reviewed Schultz on the site. “His lifestyle is different and interesting,” someone with the username “Marinachka” wrote. “I’d like to meet him in person and bring him to one of the many finance parties I get invited to. I am sure he would drive some people nuts, which would be fun to watch.”

According to Marinachka, Schultz is a “hot and seductive activist.” We’re not sure if that’s the best kind, but we wish Schultz success all the same.

We first saw Schulz’ profile when Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray tweeted that it was being circulated on that Web site’s “Women of Edit” listserv.” We do not endorse the title of the YouTube video below.

This article was updated to correct the U.R.L. of Rent a Gent’s Web site.

Occupy Wall Street Organizer Harrison Schultz Offers Himself Up on RentAGent …

If you’ve ever wanted to date a man who self-identifies as a “revolutionary,” “dating coach,” “philosopher,” “dancer,” “assistant,” and “story teller,” you’re in luck. Harrison Schultz, an erstwhile spokesman of sorts for Occupy Wall Street—“of sorts” because the movement purposefully eschews the idea of leadership—is available for your pleasure at RentAGent.com for a paltry $200 an hour.

Schultz achieved a modicum of notoriety when he appeared on TV news circuit to discuss Occupy’s motives and intentions. He engaged in a typical but nonetheless memorable spat with Fox’s Sean Hannity, who told Schultz to “hit the pavement, find a job, stop whining, stop complaining, stop blaming and get your ass out of bed.”

Perhaps Hannity would approve of the enterprising activist’s new self-marketing (the Rent a Gent profile appears unrelated to the Occupy movement and any related groups). According to Rent a Gent’s C.E.O. Sara Shikhman, the site offers a range of services, “from putting together your Ikea furniture to writing a poem for you to singing for you to accompanying you to a charity event . . . even to teaching you how to do breakdancing or karate.”

“There’s a wide range just depending on the guy’s talent,” Shikhman told N.Y.U. Local. “What combines it all is that all the guys are good-looking, very charming in person, and have at least one talent.”

Schultz, who is listed on LinkedIn as “project manager for the Occupy Money Collective,” also operates a blog titled Anarchy Isn’t Easy, where his most recent post offers some insight into his personality, as he sees it:

My experiences with #OWS, on top of all the others, along my sober and otherwise reflections upon them have lead me to a recent inner realization that I am in no way corrupt in any moral sense. I am pure the way anger or fire is pure, with or without my ego’s engagement, neither but both good and evil, neither but both useful as well as destructive, powerful, furthermore, yet subject to inevitable burnout. I’ve come to learn that I myself must respect my own nature if I am not to burn or suffocate to death.

On Rent a Gent, Schulz tallies his talents as such: “I am a true sapio-sexual intellectual-activist. Currently finishing my Phd and writing a dissertation on erotic arts, I am an expert in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and erotic hypnosis. Or you can just eat sushi off of my body, up to you.”

One user has reviewed Schultz on the site. “His lifestyle is different and interesting,” someone with the username “Marinachka” wrote. “I’d like to meet him in person and bring him to one of the many finance parties I get invited to. I am sure he would drive some people nuts, which would be fun to watch.”

According to Marinachka, Schultz is a “hot and seductive activist.” We’re not sure if that’s the best kind, but we wish Schultz success all the same.

We first saw Schulz’ profile when Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray tweeted that it was being circulated on that Web site’s “Women of Edit” listserv.” We do not endorse the title of the YouTube video below.

Jury watches video of Occupy Wall Street protester hitting cop in face

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Cecily McMillan, seen here arriving at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, is charged with assaulting Police Officer Grantley Bovell during the Occupy Wall Street protest on March 18, 2012.



Video of Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan clocking a cop in the face with her elbow was shown to the jury in her assault case Wednesday.

The grainy clips, likely taken on cell phones or small cameras during a chaotic clearing of Zuccotti Park around midnight on March 18, 2012, show Police Officer Grantley Bovell walking to the back right of McMillan seconds before she popped in him the face and tried to bolt.

Bovell told jurors he put his hand on her shoulder to lead her away after repeatedly telling her she had to leave the hub of the now-defunct movement so that the public space could be cleared temporarily for cleaning.

But instead of complying, McMillan, 25, knocked him in the left eye – causing swelling, bruises and a cut. The smack also knocked his glasses askew.

Bovell said he had headaches and eye spasms in the days following the injury.

“It was a sharp pain,” he testified.

After Bovell got hit, the video shows McMillan trying to sprint away. She didn’t get far before he tackled her to the ground and got help from other cops who tried to handcuff her.

Police officer Grantley Bovell arrives at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Cecily McMillian is charged with asssaulting Bovell in Zuccotti Park during Occupy Wall Street.  (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News

Police Officer Grantley Bovell arrives at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday.



“I remember her asking me why she was arrested and I told her for assaulting a police officer,” Bovell said.

“At that time she told me that she couldn’t breathe, she couldn’t breathe. I remember telling her,’If you can speak to me you can breathe.’”

McMillan then fell to the ground and refused to move.

“She laid on the floor, she was rolling around at that point in time,” he said. “She was screaming, chanting.”

“What was she chanting?” Assistant District Attorney Erin Choi said.

She was chanting about “the tyranny of the NYPD,” Bovell said.

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Cecily McMillan is greeted by supporters as she arrives at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday.



McMillan, one of dozens arrested that night, started weeping and blotting her eyes with a tissue throughout random parts of his testimony in Manhattan Supreme Court and as some of the footage was shown.

Her defense team argues that her attack on the cop was a reaction to him grabbing her breast.

Bovell testified that before he had to pummel her to keep her from fleeing, the only contact he had was his hand to her shoulder.

McMillan faces 7 years in prison if convicted.

On cross-examination, Bovell was grilled by defense attorney Martin Stolar about department punishment he took for his admitted involvement in the NYPD ticket-fixing scandal.

Stolar is expected to question him on the details of his physical encounter with McMillan when the trial resumes Friday morning.

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Occupy Wall Street reunion in south Florida calls for solidarity

Tents at Occupy Miami


Miami, FL – More than 30 south Florida activists gathered April 13 at the Margaret Pace Park. Occupy Miami, part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, organized a reunion for Occupiers and invited other local organizers to take part in discussions. The Occupy movement inspired many to join the fight for justice and many Miami Occupiers continue to organize.

Members of Broward and Miami-Dade Green Party, People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR), Veterans for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America-Miami, Reclaim Your Power and Equality and Amnesty International participated in discussions summing up the past couple of years. Local activists are looking forward too, with upcoming plans to celebrate May Day – International Workers’ Day.

Palestine solidarity organizers are planning a commemoration of Al-Nakba, “the catastrophe,” when millions of Palestinians were violently forced to leave their homes in historic Palestine on May 15, 1948. Arab-American women’s leader Rasmea Odeh will be a focus of the May 15 event. Odeh is the target of political repression and is going to court in Detroit on June 10. A nationwide solidarity campaign at www.StopFBI.net is building up to support Odeh.

The Occupy Wall Street movement experienced repression at the hands of the U.S. government and the Occupy Miami reunion called for people to stand in solidarity with activists like Rasmea Odeh who are being targeted.

Pamela Maldonado, lead organizer with POWIR said, “We as activists experience repression, but we also practice solidarity that protects our movements. When we come together to fight we have a bigger impact. Together we are stronger.”

People spoke of ways to support each other’s work and strengthen the fight for justice. The spirited collaboration of the community helps to solidify the movement going forward.

 

Glenn Beck Warns Americans Against Falling in With the ‘Right’s Version of …

The controversy over a Nevada rancher’s decades-long use of public land without paying federal grazing fees has quickly become a national issue — one that Glenn Beck on Monday urged Americans to fully understand before taking a side on.

“We did some research online with PsyID today, and found that there’s about 10 or 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening,” Beck said on his television program. “They don’t care what the facts are. They just want a fight.”

Beck said there are many “decent, small-government proponents from groups like the Tea Party” supporting Bundy, and they need to be aware that the controversy has drawn “violent, anti-government” individuals who are “the right’s version of Occupy Wall Street,” as well.

Glenn Beck speaks about the controversy surrounding Cliven Bundy on his television program April 14, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

Glenn Beck speaks about the controversy surrounding Cliven Bundy on his television program April 14, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

“People can spot anger and vengeance from a mile away,” the multimedia personality said. “When I saw that video when [protesters] were lunging and jumping at the agents, I thought, ‘this is our side’s Occupy Wall Street.’ It’s happening all over again, and it will end the same way.”

Though Bundy has grazed his cattle on federal land for decades, the rancher has refused to pay grazing fees since 1993. Last week, the conflict sharply escalated after federal agents arrived in an attempt to round up Bundy’s “trespass cattle,” only to be met by protesters.

Beck said he wanted to be 100 percent clear on one thing he believes all Americans should be able to agree on.

“We need to agree on, ‘we condemn those who use violence,’” Beck said. “Inciting violence doesn’t solve anything. I vehemently denounce anyone who even hints at such tactics.”

For years, Beck has advocated peaceful protest in the footsteps of individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, and Martin Luther King, Jr. But, just like the left had Occupy Wall Street, Beck knows that the right will have angry advocates, as well.

“If we fail to turn to [God] now, and fail to follow the footsteps of the guy who said ‘shod your feet in peace,’ we will not succeed,” Beck reiterated. “I can’t make it any clearer.”

“It’s not who we are,” he added in conclusion. “We are not Occupy Wall Street. We are not the people who scream violent things. We are not people that shout them down. And it’s certainly not the way to win.”

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