November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
“I came to prevent what happened in Oakland from happening in San Francisco. I want to be here to support the Occupy Protest and I believe in why they are protesting here. I believe in their constitutional right to free speech and assembly. I think that constitutional right trumps any law we write here at the local level that says they can stay in our parks or not.
What [the occupy protestors] are talking about is bigger than our parks. It’s about our economic system that supports the few over the many and the few are getting richer. The many are getting less and less wealth in their hands to be able to provide for their families; provide for their elders; to have education that is adequate to help people advance. No healthcare, no housing and I believe those are the conditions we need to change. I support the protest that is calling for those things.”
October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
“I am 34 years old. I’m here to understand what this movement is about. I do understand that I’m in debt. Trying to educate myself and my children. First I lost my job, then I lost my home and I can barely afford to feed my kids. So I want to understand what can I do to help the movement. I’m here to learn what it will take to satisfy the people here.
I want to live in a country where I can survive. My sister lives in Europe, Germany, and she has two kids like me and she lives comfortably. Her healthcare; she’s able to go to the doctor when she needs to. She has a living situation where she’s not stressed out. She’s able to stay at home and take care of her kids while her husband works. I can’t do that. We have an equivalent education.
In America we’re basically oppressed by big banks and I don’t want that for my daughters. That’s why I’m bringing them. To show them that they don’t have to go for that. I’m oppressed and I’ll probably be oppressed for the rest of my life but I don’t want them to be oppressed. That’s why I’m here. For them. For the future of this country. I love this country and I can’t go anywhere else. So I want this country to be the best it can be. That’s why I’m here.”
October 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Interesting read on truth-out.org Click here
October 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
“I’m 65. I’m actually trying to fight for what I considered to be justice, economic justice. You work hard, you make your living, you live your life, your children care, your families are available for education. All of the corporations are stopping that because of greed. Greed, greed, greed. Money, money, money. Power, power, power.
I have been doing this for forty years. I started out in the Civil Rights movement in the south and forty some years later here I am in the middle of San Francisco asking Americans to look at the same thing: equality, justice, freedom, peace. But if that peace means giving up your freedom to the corporations then no peace. No justice. So I’m here joining people all over this world. And how can one not be a part of basically defend the future. I think that’s what we are here to do. We are here to defend the future.
If we let corporate greed run wild we see what it does. It kills mother earth. It destroys our children. It creates a massive amount of desires that are not needed. The Native Americans have a saying ‘the love of possessions is a disease with them.’ I think that’s one of the things that the capitalist society needs to face. It’s not only possessions. It’s money. It’s power. It’s control.
You have a bunch of stupid, ignorant White men running the whole world and it’s gotta stop if the world is going to continue to exist. That’s why I’m here.”