The “99%” is not one social body, but many. Some occupiers have presented a narrative in which the “99%” is characterized as a homogenous mass. The faces intended to represent “ordinary people” often look suspiciously like the predominantly white, law-abiding middle-class citizens we’re used to seeing on television programs, even though such people make up a minority of the general population.
It’s a mistake to whitewash over our diversity. Not everyone is waking up to the injustices of capitalism for the first time now; some populations have been targeted by the power structure for years or generations. Middle-class workers who are just now losing their social standing can learn a lot from those who have been on the receiving end of injustice for much longer.
The problem isn’t just a few “bad apples.” The crisis is not the result of the selfishness of a few investment bankers; it is the inevitable consequence of an economic system that rewards cutthroat competition at every level of society. Capitalism is not a static way of life but a dynamic process that consumes everything, transforming the world into profit and wreckage. Now that everything has been fed into the fire, the system is collapsing, leaving even its former beneficiaries out in the cold. The answer is not to revert to some earlier stage of capitalism—to go back to the gold standard, for example; not only is that impossible, those earlier stages didn’t benefit the “99%” either. To get out of this mess, we’ll have to rediscover other ways of relating to each other and the world around us.
UPDATE 10:09 - At least twenty arrested.
UPDATE 10:33 - Liberty Square is kettled.
UPDATE 10:40 - Liberty Square is still barricaded on all four sides but police are now allowing protesters in and out.
1st Precinct: +1 (212) 334-0611
NYPD Switchboard: +1 (646) 610-5000
NYPD Central Booking: +1 (212) 374-3921
NYPD Internal Affairs: +1 (212) 741-8401
Mayor Bloomberg: +1 (212) NEW-YORK or +1 (212) 374-3921
This is the eighth communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street.
On September 24th, 2011, the lie revealed itself. We live in a world where only 1 percent of us are protected and served.
We demand that Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly resigns. We demand that this man is charged for maliciously spraying protesters and blue-collar police. We demand jail time - for this man and others like him. We demand that Mayor Bloomberg address our General Assembly and apologize for what has occurred. A message to blue-collar police:
We demand that no blue-collar police is charged for the crimes of their supervisor.
Do not do what you are told. We are peaceful and you know this. We offer you coffee in the morning and water in the day. You always refuse and we know that’s because they told you to.
Speak of the crimes of your supervisors. We will help you. We are expressing the same frustration that you feel. You are the 99 percent. Join us. Join our conversation.
We demand that Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly resigns.
We demand that this man is charged for maliciously spraying protesters and blue-collar police.
We demand jail time - for this man and others like him.
We demand that Mayor Bloomberg address our General Assembly and apologize for what has occurred.
A message to blue-collar police:
A video I put together for Occupy Wall Street. Video was taken by Flip cams from Tim, Sam, myself (Glenn), and Ketchup. Thanks for helping out Ketchup! :)
We spent HOURS dealing with horrible WiFi but now we’re up and running on YouTube! Social media for the win