Sunday, October 09, 2011

Images From Occupy KC

I ventured out today to document the Occupy KC march.

On the Sunday morning Talking Head shows, the general consensus was that nobody understands what the Occupy Movement wants or what they are against.

It's really not that complicated.

What the Tea Party is to Big Government, the Occupy Movement is to Government Collusion with Corporate Greed.

If you are a Google+ user, following local blogging/twittering/burlesque icon Stacey Locke is the best way to take the pulse of the Occupy Movement. Progressive causes are deeply embedded in her DNA.

She shared this link to a list of the 7 Demands of the Occupy Movement. In the article, each demand is explained in more detail. I urge you to click through and read it. I'll just list the demands themselves as bullets:

1) End the Collusion Between Government and Large Corporations/Banks, So That Our Elected Leaders Are Actually Representing the Interests of the People (the 99%) and Not Just Their Rich Donors (the 1%).

2) Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.

3) Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money

4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts

5) Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations

6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties

7) End the Imperial Wars of Aggression, Bring the Troops Home from All Countries, Cut the Military Budget and Limit The Military Role to Protection of the Homeland

As I said, not that complicated.

I managed to get ahead of the marching protesters in 2 different locations. This is only about a third of the shots I took. You're welcome.

Here was the view marching away from the Liberty Memorial.

This was the view from mid-town on Broadway.


Christy said...

It'll be interesting to see if the Occupy/99% protests lead to anything. I'd like to think they will. I certainly sympathize with the points that have been made.

Xavier Onassis said...

Christy - I'd like to see the Occupy Movement endorse the "Ben & Jerry" rule of executive compensation.

Their rule was that the highest paid executive could only earn 10 times the amount the lowest paid employee made.

If the CEO wanted a raise, everyone else got a raise too.

Every corporation in America should be required to adhere to this compensation model.

This would ensure a level of fairness in corporate compensation across the board.

Fiery said...

Wish I could give this post 5 Thumbs up. Nice one! A political movement worth joining. Thanks XO!

Anonymous said...

Hey HSWG thanks for the heads up this is worth looking into.

Groucho K. Marx said...

Great work XO and VIVA The People!!!

I Travel for JOOLS said...

I seem to recall a quite different post or two, in fact downright disparaging posts, when the Tea Party was staging their protests in Kan. and Mo. in 2009. I was there, carrying a sign which read NO MORE BAIL OUTS TO BANKS OR PARTISAN STIMULUS (which was the universal cry of the Tea Party). In case it is not clear, it is BIG GOVERNMENT that handed out our money to the banks, and stimulus money to corporations like Solyendra who they KNEW was failing before the money was even handed over. If that isn't big government collusion with corporate greed, I don't know what is. But I guess the Tea Party didn't know what they were talking about, did they, just a bunch of old people who only cared about their ss checks... uh huh

I Travel for JOOLS said...

Oh and don't even get me started on the collusion between big govt and the insurance companies and AARP and the AMA, etc. It was downright dirty and the chickens are coming home to roost on that one. Too bad we've already spent billions on that mess that is a total waste and will never be recovered.

Xavier Onassis said...

Jools - The main difference is that the Tea Party thinks Big Government is the Greatest Evil and the Occupy folks think Big Business is the Greatest Evil. I lean more towards the latter than the former, but I agree that when they are in cahoots, were are truly and deeply fucked.

sue hanes said...

XO - A picture is worth a
thousand words.

mmarchin said...

That's me and my cute little family at the top.

We need a new WPA. Economic inequality is out of control.

I wasn't in agreement with a few Ron Paul 2012 and End the Fed people, but I'm glad people are getting out there and trying to do something.

Midtown Miscreant said...

Unfortunatly for "The Movement" 99.9 percent of those clowns can't tell you why they are out there. It's fascinating to me that every time someone writes about or speaks on this movement, they mention the Tea Party. Im no Tea Party fan, that said Ive yet to hear of them shitting on cop cars, squatting like hobo's, or trespassing on private property, like bank lobbies. The irony in this movement, it is largely made up of white, middle class college clowns. They twitter the message, on I phones and Androids. Every thing we have, the lives we lead, which in a world view is pretty fuckin sweet, is made possible by a capitalist society, and the big business that provides jobs and technology. That 1 percent of rich people pay over 40 percent of all taxes seems to be lost on the protestors. I guess my point is, People bitch , moan, and whine about how fucked up this system is, and they do it in the relative modern comfort the evil system makes possible. I never thought I would agree with the dogma of conservatives but the last couple of years have been eye opening.

Xavier Onassis said...

mmarchin - Hey man! Glad you turned up. Hope you don't mind me using your pic as the face of the Occupy Movement. Y'all just looked so wholesome and clean cut. And your daughter draped in the flag was just too adorable to ignore. I agree about a new WPA. Have felt that way for years. We have a lot of broken infrastructure and a lost of unemployed people. The infrastructure that the WPA built in the '30s can still be found all across the country. By the way, were you the one that asked if I was with the CIA? LOL!

MM - I think most of them know why they are out there. I disagree that 1% of the rich pay 40% of the taxes. That 1% doesn't pay any fucking taxes at all because they pay accountants millions of dollars to exploit every credit and loophole they can find. I don't think that capitalism or corporations are inherently evil. But without regulations to constrain them, the greedy fucking bastards that run the corporations will rape the earth, plunder oter countries, chew their employees up and spit them out if it helps them get another home in the Hamptons to add to their growing collection. Oh and thanks for stopping by. Don't be such a stranger.

Anonymous said...

Midtown hasn't a clue but sure does like to jack his jaws.

Probably a huge supporter of the e-tax as he sits at home and collects his welfare.

It's voters such as this that will never allow change to be had in this country

Midtown Miscreant said...

Stupid Dave, I think its you that doesnt have a clue, especially when it comes to me. I work, never been on welfare. You sound like a moron making statements about welfare given the fact that your beloved 99ers are sleeping in public parks, living like vagrants, and demanding a free ride. While my opinion may not suit you, it was at least more articulate than "he supports the e tax".

I Travel for JOOLS said...

And now, WE'RE BAILOUT OUT EUROPE. Wake up people !!! Wake up Occupy this and that !!!