This normally not a political blog, and I apologize if this conflicts with any of views our new contributor Mike might have, but I have to get this out there.
Video analysis by blogger Matt Kresling: "Footage from the Occupy Oakland protest, October 25th, 2011. After protesters ran to the aid of a badly-injured person, Oakland Police deliberately lobbed a flash grenade into the crowd. Whatever you think of the Occupy movement, police behavior of this kind is criminal and should be prosecuted."This is fucked up for sure. IMO it's only going to get worse. And if that happens, people need to get their shit together and send a bit more of unified message. Otherwise this movement isn't going to amount to anything, just general discontent with corporations, tax inequalities, campaign finance and student debt. Violence and bloodshed like this isn't worth a message of general discontent, because then nothing, will change. It's too vague. There's a lot that's fucked up, but let's try get at least one thing accomplished. My top 3 issues in order of importance are: 1. Repeal Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. 2. Prosecute Wall St. financial criminals. 3. Close Corporate tax loopholes. What are issues do you have? Remember my friends, United We Stand. Now is the time to focus. Be safe out there.
BTW here's an update for those of you concerned with the victim:
Veteran For Peace member Scott Olsen, a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq, is in hospital now in stable but serious condition with a fractured skull, struck by a police projectile fired into a crowd in downtown Oakland, California in the early morning hours of today.http://www.veteransforpeace.org/news_detail.php?idx=123
*UPDATE* Apparently there is a planned general strike and day of action for Nov. 2 in Oakland. Good luck you brave souls, let's hope someone can get their shit together enough to get a solid point across. More info can be found here: http://www.occupyoakland.org/2011/10/general-strike-mass-day-of-action/ *UPDATE2* Cleaned up some of my fucking typos.