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"There are a lot of things about me that aren't what you thought. But if you love me, you have to love all the things about me." -- Frances "Baby" Houseman
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know! It’s just… FUCK. It’s bullshit how they allow the protestors to go part way somewhere, and then cut them off at…
It’s being reported that NYPD gave protestors a YES to cross the bridge, then stopped them in the middle so they could make arrests from both sides. This “maneuver” was apparently pre-planned.
Well guess what, coppers? You’re just making we peaceful protestors plan more, too. The Dallas occupation has 3 days of orientation prior to the march on the Federal Reserve building. How ‘bout them apples?
I had to have all my natural teeth removed at 26 because growing up, I never saw a dentist. My parents had 3 children to support on minimum wage jobs, “luxuries” like doctor/dentist visits were not something any of us were privet to. We were lucky to get one meal a day, forget a check-up.
To this day I cannot afford health/dental insurance. Last year I was hospitalized for 2 days and, despite having a lot of my bills written off as charity, I wracked up nearly $3000 in debt.
Earlier this year, after costing me a job, many friends, and a load of self-esteem, my oral health was so poor I no longer had a choice—I had to see a dentist. Up to that point I lived in excruciating pain for 4 years because I didn’t want to put my family in more debt. I gave in and put my oral surgery on a credit card. Another $3000+ later I have low-quality dentures and money guilt that causes just as much pain as my broken teeth.
My husband works 60 hours a week to support us both. We dream of someday being able to get a second car so I can work, too. Then perhaps we can buy a house instead of throwing away money on the cheapest rental we could find. The American dream? That died ages ago. We simply dream of survival.
Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: Demonstrator Felix Rivera-Pitre, who was involved in a serious altercation with an NYPD officer, spoke out in the aftermath of the incident to insist that he did nothing to provoke Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona’s right hook.
“The cop just lunged at me full throttle and hit me on the left side of my face,” Rivera-Pitre, a former dancer from Queens, told Gothamist. “It tore my earring out.” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne disputes this claim, saying Rivera-Pitre provoked the attack by attempting to assault Cardona.
The police are seeking to arrest Rivera-Pitre on several charges, but his attorney Ronald Kuby warned against pursuing that line of action.
“On the off chance they were intending to arrest him for injuring the captain’s fist with his jaw, I strongly suggest that you decide not to add insult to injury and avoid such a retaliatory move,” Kuby wrote in a letter to the NYPD.
Rivera-Pitre said he chose the identify himself after leaving the scene because his injury caused blood to be spilled, and he is HIV-positive. “That cop should get tested,” he was quoted as saying.
Video of the incident follows:
In addition to the above video, a second angle shows Rivera-Pitre walking away before being turned around by Cardona and struck in the face.
Elsewhere, some 82 countries held solidarity protests, some of which were far more restive than their American counterpart.
In Rome, a peaceful protest turned violent, with masked demonstrators setting cars on fire and damaging buildings. Police attempted to disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannons, but rioters pushed back with rocks and fireworks. Dozens were injured on both sides, and Italian Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi called for the identification and punishment of those involved.
Dear People Calling The Occupations “Silly” and “Pointless,”
What what you rather us do?
We can’t simply elect new officials to make the changes we demand because our politicians are bought. We’ve put up with the lack of healthcare, jobs, affordable education, affordable homes, and a set (acceptable) minimum wage for decades. We’ve become so accustomed to dishonesty from our leaders that we now openly mock and laugh at it, knowing full well these people could be running America in about a year.
Peaceably assembling seems to be the only course of action left for us to take, a last resort. Taking to the streets is not something anyone does without just cause. If you do not understand our fight, that’s fine, but please do not mock it. The things we ask for are not “silly” to us; they are basic human rights, and we’ve been denied them for at least as long as I’ve been alive.