MIC CHECK : YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?".
What Will Happen To Occupy Wall Street If It Loses Its Park?
By Danny Schechter, Author of The Crime Of Our Time
DANNY SCHECHTER HAS PRODUCED A SHORT FILM, BEHIND THE SCENES AT OWS.
The tarps are flapping and the tents are not bringing much warmth.
The harsh winds of Winter are lashing the encampment at Zucotti Park, or as many would prefer. "Liberty Plaza," the symbol of a wannabe revolution against the status quote and powercrats of the American oligarchy.
The hard real-world contradictions of urban life have bumped up against the idyllic hopes of the occupiers as all the urban crises that our society has ignored and neglected surface in that half acre of hope.
There are man/woman handlers and gladhanders, doers and dopers, ragers and even rapists and so many poor with no where else to go. There are cops on the outside (and many on the inside) who plan for and hope for the worse.
This fight is not just the 99 percent against the 1 % because, truth be told, this movement has so far only motivated a minority of the conscious and has yet to reach a majority of the beleaguered and oppressed.
When I joined a march last Saturday, one occupier seemed to recognize this reality with a home-made sign, that read "I am part of the 1% of the 99 % that is protesting, Where are the rest of us?"
Polls showing broad public support are not enough. Public opinion can be fickle and easily manipulated.
True, some unions are reaching out to the Occupy Movement but they are at their lowest point in a century. They are fighting for survival.
JA Myerson writes on the new, must read OWSNews.org website that many are preparing to evacuate the park in this winter of growing discontent as the lines between those who want change and those who don't become clearer.
"For the last week or so, the 1%-owned media have been doing everything possible to give their fellow 1%-er and good friend Mayor Bloomberg the political cover necessary to seize Zuccotti Park. They have made an example of a restaurant whose business is suffering because of barricades -- but who put up the barricades? They have made an example of the unsanitary conditions arising among a community deprived of facilities -- but who deprives it of facilities? They have made an example of the homeless people and drug addicts who populate the park -- but who has denied them anywhere better to go? And now that they have cultivated the image of a failed project (after themselves erecting the barriers to its success), they appear to be gearing up to demolish it."
The New York Times believes (and perhaps hopes) the occupation is sputtering, writing, "Occupy Wall Street Protest Reaches a Crossroads."