Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An open letter to police

You already have been, and will increasingly be given, draconian and predatory orders against Occupy. You have been told to use our strengths against us. You have been told we are a gang of some sort. You have been told we are low-level terrorists. It is a classic move, to dehumanize targeted people into The Other, someone not as human as you, in order for you to brutalize without pangs of conscience. This in and of itself should be a warning sign.

Occupy fights corruption and unfairness.

The only people afraid of Occupy are the corrupt and unfair. Please worry if you sense that your orders only benefit the corrupt and unfair. Please consider that in following increasingly draconian orders against a peaceful movement fighting corruption and unfairness, that you may be helping the corrupt and unfair to not only get away with it, but to increase this downward spiral to their benefit.

Look down the line at the effect of systematic assault upon those who seek to correct the terrible problems in this country. Does attacking Occupy reduce the chances of these problems being corrected? Why would you wish to increase the chance that the problems in the world may not be corrected? Ask your children about their fears, about the lack of jobs and the jobless rate for those in and just out of college. Ask about their increasing tuition fees (monies going into the pockets of the school's top staff), about the depth of their debt and lack of opportunity to pay it off. Ask about the foreclosure fraud issues:

San Francisco Recorder Claims 99% of LOANs contain irregularities and 84% contain VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW

Short link to multiple stories:


And this:

"..from the WSJ on Monday:
Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are lining up to become landlords to cash-strapped Americans by bidding on pools of foreclosed properties being sold by Fannie Mae..."


Demand an Audit if you are being foreclosed upon, and tell that to anyone you know who is.

Ask your friends and neighbors if they are one paycheck away from homelessness or financial disaster.

2010: “The top 1% captured 93% of the income gains in the first year of recovery.”


Are these problems affecting your friends and extended family?

Above all, please watch the films "Inside Job" about the banking fraud debacle and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story". You'll see airline pilots having to go on food stamps to get by; corporations taking out life insurance policies on employees and then not paying their families; a bank's discussion of Plutocracy (kings and queens) and unfortunately, much, much more.

Here is the link to "Capitalism: A Love Story". A $2.00 charge, and you have a 30 day window in which to view it, you don't have to immediately after paying:


"'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China."

Inside Job, Narrated by Matt Damon (Full Length HD) from jwrock on Vimeo.

There are cops who crave violent confrontations, and use them as badges of honor, to instill a sense of "we are more than them", of personal superiority through force and belonging to a group (read: gang) of similar others. I love you as fellow humans and hope to one day show you that you are as everyone else, and that hurting one hurts everyone, including yourself. Do your actions improve the world? Are they honorable? Is it how you would wish to be treated? Honor and esteem come from honorable and esteemable actions. What are you turning yourself into? Does anyone you love, fear you?

Occupy are fighting these problems, both directly and in actions drawing attention to them. How much worse can it become, if there is no one willing to brave a police baton or arrest, to make positive change? Why else would orders come down to stop us, if not to benefit those causing the problems?

So we're marching in the street. To call attention to the problems, and to call everyone to us in unified action against the problems, to build a better world. Please let us through. 

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul." -M.K. Gandhi

(I speak here only for and from myself, not for Occupy Los Angeles or the Occupy movement in general. This is an autonomous perspective/action. And I haven't even touched upon Glass-Steagall and Citizens United and ALEC and the NDAA and HR347...)