Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.
As many of the readers of these pages are aware, Rob Kall and others (including this writer) have been attending the October 2011.org protest action that began last Thursday at "Freedom Plaza" in Washington, D.C.
Rob has been reporting and attending the protest marches directly, Friday at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and yesterday at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum.
If you haven't done it already, check out his article, "Reporter and Occupy Wash DC Protesters Pepper Sprayed at National Air and Space Museum" and his follow up "Occupy Participants Beware: Agents Provocateur Like The One At Air Space Museum Are Threat", where both he and his associate Cheryl Biren were pepper sprayed just covering the protest action yesterday (despite their displaying Media/Press ID's).
This writer has been attending one of the 12 committee meetings, this one on "Corporatism" these past two days hoping to contribute my thoughts on the collusion of the corporatists and their political collaborators whose campaigns they underwrite that has corrupted the political process particularly in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in "Citizens United" which gave corporations the rights of personhood (SCOTUS' wrongful interpretation of the 1st Amendments freedom of speech clause) that has allowed big moneyed corporate and special interest largesse to completely usurp the electoral process in their favor and against the 99% of the people.
This idea along with other participants contributing their own ideas on corporatism and the corruption and bailout of the banksters while neglecting the needs of Main Street, their lobbyists and political hacks in office controlling the political agenda, enacting the laws and regulations coupled with lax oversight and enforcement, plus the ideas of getting money out of politics, overturning "Citizens" by amending the Constitution were the main themes of this committee and presented to the general assembly convening each evening.
The members of this committee as well all those at this action were an eclectic group, young (20's and 30's, middle 40's and 50's and some oldsters in their 60's and 70's). One of the younger members particularly resonated here with his having the distinction of recently gaining his masters degree in "International Relations" but now unemployed and with $50,000 in student loans hanging over his head. He encapsulated the plight of other 20's and 30's something's in attendance here but also at the Occupy Wall Street action in New York these past three weeks that has now spread in solidarity to well over 147 cities nationwide at last count.
At this point in time, though the grievances are many with as many issues as there are people voicing them, it seems all too apparent that our system is broken and systemic change is required.
The sense from here is we are a collection of people, from all parts of the country and drawn together out of deep concern for this country. In light of this I just read an article by Robert Borosage "Whose Side Are You On: The Moral Clarity Of Occupy Wall Street", OPEDNEWS, October 8, 2011.
Lastly, it should be noted the action at Freedom Plaza is located on federal property. The permit issued to the October 2011.org to occupy the plaza expires at Midnight tonight.
To my knowledge at the time of this submission it has not been determined what the organizers are planning at this point. Thus far the police have located outside the perimeter of the Plaza with occasional personnel strolling about the action participants, though not in any apparent communication.
It remains to be seen what may happen after midnight when the permit to occupy does expire. Again stay tuned.