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Power to the people, sort of…
Just twenty or so years ago, Barack Obama wouldn’t just have supported the Occupy protests. He would have organized them.
From Stanley Kurtz’s essential Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, pp. 117-8:
In fact, Obama personally helped plan one of UNO’s most confrontational actions of the eighties [in 1988]: a break-in meant to intimidate a coalition of local business and neighborhood leaders into dropping a landfill expansion deal.
We know of Obama’s involvement in this demonstration only because his supporters in 2008 felt it necessary to rebut charges that, contrary to his claims of inter-racial healing, he had organized exclusively with blacks. Only then did Obama’s former colleagues from UNO [United Neighborhood Organization, a largely Mexican group] of Chicago reveal that he had helped to plan and lead this multi-ethnic demonstration against landfill expansion on Chicago’s South Side.
…Shouting “No deals!” somewhere between eighty and a hundred UNO-DCP [Developing Communities Project, a black group organized by Obama] marched to a local bank. There they broke into a meeting being conducted by the bank president and local community leaders. The group was exploring the possibility of a deal with Waste Management. The protestors, presumably including Obama, surrounded the meeting table while [Mary-Ellen] Montes [of UNO] told the negotiators, “We will fight you every step of the way.”
Obama was also likely involved with other aggressive UNO protests, including protests for school reform, through which he likely met former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Ayers is involved in the Occupy protests today.
In the 1990s, Obama maintained his ties to radical activists, and “channel[ed] foundation funding to his confrontational Alinskyite colleagues.”
It’s clear that Obama’s ties to the Occupy movement–its forbears, its tactics, and some of its current luminaries–run deep.
This is what “community organizing” looks like. source – Big Government
Bill Ayers would be proud…wait….isn’t he behind this?
George Soros, Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama…what do they all have in common? Hmm, let me see…..
(Reuters) – Mounting anger over joblessness and income inequality snarled rush-hour traffic in downtown Chicago as thousands of teachers, religious leaders, union workers and other protesters marched on Monday.
Chanting “We are the 99 percent” and “Tax, tax, tax the rich,” demonstrators marched on Michigan Avenue and gathered outside the Chicago Art Institute where a U.S. futures industry trade group was holding an evening cocktail reception.
Others marched outside a luxury hotel nearby where the American Mortgage Bankers Association was holding a meeting downtown, attracting a separate band of protesters.
Five separate “feeder marches” — which converged into one giant march up Michigan Ave — were inspired by, but not formally affiliated with, the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York last month.
Police estimated 3,000 protesters at the events organized by the “Stand Up Chicago” coalition, with the stated goal of reclaiming “our jobs, our homes and our schools,” according to the group’s website.
Police estimates of the crowds were not available yet. But if the coalition gets the numbers it expects, this would be the biggest Chicago protest since demonstrations focusing on economic inequality began in New York last month.
“We really want to highlight the role the financial industry has played,” said Adam Kader of Arise Chicago, an interfaith workers’ rights group and part of the coalition.
“They’re here in our backyard, so this is the time to send a message about how we’re really hurting,” he added, saying the demonstration would focus on foreclosures, unemployment and lack of municipal funding for key services.
Police arrested 26 demonstrators, many wearing Chicago Teachers Union T-shirts, who linked arms and sat down in Monroe Street as they chanted “Save our schools, save our homes!” They were ticketed and released. Another demonstrator was arrested and faces a charge of battery on a police officer.
Nearby, a crowd chanted “Shame on you!” to members of the Futures Industry Association who peered out from a balcony of the Chicago Art Institute, where they attended a party.
Several protesters paid $2,245 per badge to gain admission to the Mortgage Bankers Association event, organizers said.
One protester, dressed in a suit, got to a microphone during a panel discussion on Monday and asked Michael Heid, president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a top national mortgage lender: “How do you sleep at night?”
The man asked Heid how could he even visit the Chicago area since so many been affected by foreclosures locally.
Heid answered that he felt like he was before a congressional panel with such a tough line of questioning.
Mortgage Bankers Association CEO David Stevens had advised conference attendees in the morning not to “engage or confront” the protesters, and to use pedestrian tunnels and other means to leave the building if needed.
“We all recognize that our industry faces a trust deficit with policymakers and the public, and that people in our industry contributed to the events that led to the financial crisis,” the Association said in a statement.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, speaking at an evening event on social trends, said the anti-Wall Street protests were tied to a lack of attention on jobs by Washington politicians.
“It grows out of the anger people feel. People want focus and attention and passion on jobs,” Reed said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the same event, said: “There is a major economic restructuring going on where the middle class in this country are feeling an angst they haven’t felt.”
ARRIVING BY THE BUSLOAD
On the streets, despite mostly orderly marching and chants, anger was the common element among the crowds of protesters.
“I’ve got loads of loans,” said Wedad Yassin, a student at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, who was among the protesters. She said she wanted a fairer tax system that “stops putting our taxes toward war” and invests in education.
“Obama talks about there’s going to be some answers to the education problem, but I don’t see it,” Yassin said.
Protesters arrived by the busload, including many Chicago Teachers Union members who climbed off yellow school buses that parked near police barricades.
Andromachi Koumbis, an elementary school teacher, said she showed up because she was unhappy with what she termed “tampering” with the Chicago teachers labor contract that will add hours to the school day. “I don’t mind longer hours if it’s done right,” she said. “It’s funny that they say kids first, and then they bail out big corporations.”
Cary Bunnett, a 52-year-old Chicago electrician, was at the Mortgage Bankers protest and she claimed Bank of America had mishandled her mortgage modification on her $2,500-a-momth home loan. She said she was laid off due to a lack of building activity, which cut her income in half.
“You don’t see any cranes around downtown Chicago anymore,” she said. “There’s no work for me. What am I supposed to do?”
“I’ve stopped making my house payment because I just can’t do it anymore, but they won’t give me the modification they say I qualify for,” Bunnett said.
The protests included lighter moments. At the corner of Monroe Street and Michigan Ave, horseback-mounted police smiled when demonstrators chanted “Police need a raise!”
More demonstrations were planned for the next three days.
Roderick Drew, spokesman for the city’s law department, said protesters had worked with police, who aimed to allow free speech without impairing people’s ability to get around.
Chicago has already several weeks of daily protests outside the Federal Reserve Bank by “Occupy Chicago,” an echo of the larger Wall Street protests. Occupy Chicago demonstrators participated with the Stand Up Chicago marchers on Monday. source- Reuters
Looking up at the bottom of the barrel
Remember when you were a kid and you went camping? At some point, some friend of yours lifted up a slimy, moss covered rock and made you stare at the crawling, disgusting creatures that inhabited that nether world of goo and darkness. Well, Chicago is the rock, and Rahm Emanuel the slime gyrating around underneath. I wonder how much graft, greed, corruption and string pulling it took to rig this election and further cement Chicago’s reputation for having the crookedest, most corrupt leaders this country can produce.
“Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday by building a coalition so broad-based, he says it empowers him to confront Chicago’s daunting problems. “What makes this victory most gratifying is that it was built on votes from every corner of the city from people who believe that a common set of challenges must be met with a common purpose,” Emanuel told cheering fans at Plumbers Hall on the Near West Side. His wife and three children stood with him. “You sure know how to make a guy feel at home,” Emanuel said, now free to laugh about the residency challenge that almost kept him off the ballot.
Emanuel scored a runaway victory, taking 55 percent of the vote to Gery Chico’s 24 percent. The former White House chief of staff’s margin of victory was big enough to avoid a run-off and establish an indisputable mandate from just about every geographic and ethnic bloc in Chicago. Emanuel won 40 wards to Chico’s 10. Emanuel won all the predominantly black wards. Emanuel appeared to be the “consensus candidate” of the black community, garnering a larger share of the votes than former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who came in fourth behind City Clerk Miguel del Valle. Braun had just under 9 percent, del Valle just over 9 percent.” source – Sun Times
Mayor “Dead Fish”
Once, when a pollster made him angry, Rahm sent him a dead fish in a box, ala The Godfather, implying that if he didn’t cooperate, that he too would be “swimming with the fishes”. So here now are a few quotes from people about the man himself, so you can see what an awesome, classy guy he truly is.
“We joke that someone should open a special trauma ward in Washington for people who’ve worked for Rahm.”
— Jose Cerda, former Clinton staffer, on the notoriously enormous demands that Emanuel puts on his staff (Rolling Stone, Oct. 2, 2006)
“I wake up some mornings hating me too.”
— On his reputation as a Democratic attack dog (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 12, 2006)
“Rahm smelled blood. He latched on like a pit bull and never let go.”
— Chuck Fant, press secretary for Representative John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina, on Emanuel’s decision to attack the Bush administration Times, July 5, 2006) source – Time
The most infamous Rahmbo story of them all is the one that begins with the dinner the night after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992. Among those present at the dinner table was ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, who watched while an overwrought and clearly exhausted Emanuel began ranting at a long list of Clinton “enemies.” As he shouted each name, he stabbed the table with his steak knife: “Nat Landow! Dead! Cliff Jackson! Dead!” Apparently, others joined in.” source – Foreign Policy
The bible tells us of the day when the Mark of the Beast system will be in place, monitoring our every move. So it seems that the good people of Chicago have decided to get a jump on things.
CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Richard M. Daley has rejected a call from the American Civil Liberties Union to stop expanding use of surveillance cameras and to require authorities to have probable cause before zooming in on anyone with a city camera.
On Monday, the ACLU of Illinois issued a report claiming there are about 10,000 cameras in Chicago, including cameras operated by police, public schools, public transit and private businesses linked to the city’s 911 Center.The ACLU said the city shouldn’t add any more cameras to the city’s surveillance network, because it’s an invasion of privacy.
“The system is capable of tracking people, it is capable of recognizing people by their face, by biometrics and in addition, it’s capable of zooming,” Grossman said.
Harvey Grossman, legal director of the ACLU of Illinois, said there’s the potential for wrongful conduct when it comes to the cameras in the city, and there needs to be some sort of regulation. The ACLU wants the city to stop installing new cameras and to limit the ability to zoom in on people, to use facial recognition technology and to track someone’s movement.
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