Without your help, this could well be the very end of the humanistic approach to the Occupy movement. If you believe in doing right by your fellow human being, and standing up for fairness and equality for all, then you have probably been pleased with the fact that the Occupy movement was encompassing of all, regardless of their situation in life, regardless of their stance in politics, regardless of race, gender or religion. One thing the Occupy movement has done very well is give the homeless people of each camp’s respective cities and towns a place where not only can they have shelter, company, and food, things which they desperately need, but they can have a political voice too. They can get a voice heard that they do not usually have the opportunity to do. These homeless individuals are not apart of society, they are a part of society and one that this very unfair system creates. Through numerous avenues, the biggest one at the moment being something as cynical and disgusting as mortgage foreclosure, Americans are being made homeless. People worldwide are made homeless as a result of a financial system that prides itself on being miserly, ruthless, greedy and not-human.
This used to be what the Occupy movement was about. A return to the human being, not the bank balance. A respect for the individual, not the wealth behind them. And these homeless Occupy Warriors were part of the key to that success. After all, what more committed an occupier can you get than one who has no home to go to elsewhere? Well, now it seems, their support is dwindling. Adbusters, the organisation that initially proposed Occupy Wall Street, and sprang a whole movement from it, now feels that occupations have run their course. As a result, they are no longer helping to support camps that are getting violently evicted by police. They are no longer willing to stand up for the rights of the people to protest and, why? Because they decided it was too much? Because they decided people should move on? Well pardon me but, I thought the whole point of this movement was there were no leaders and everything was decided on consensus? Were the people of occupy consulted about this? And if so, why the fuck did they agree?
Well, for clues on why individuals might be agreeing to stupidity such as this you need to look at all groups involved. I have mentioned Adbusters, who apparently stupidly decided to set up a revolution when they had neither the balls, the brains, nor the patience to continue it. Another group currently seeking to suppress the movement, and turn it into something altogether less inclusive and humanist in its aims is OccupyTogether.org. I’m also hearing the name ‘UncleRush’ who turns out to be some motherfucking greedy arsebasket, whose twitter bio is advertising a book of his entitled ‘SuperRich - The guide to having it all’ It claims to be a book about enriching your soul and happiness but, of course, it also includes tips on how to help yourself make a fuckload of money…Go figure!? That this guy could become some de facto spokesperson for a movement opposed to the individual pursuit of wealth as a means of happiness and respect! What is more, a group called UnitedNY, whom in a previous blog I implored you all to research, were involved in the huge show on November 17th in New York, and seemed to take some kind of elitist control of events, despite Occupy Wall Street being an apparently leaderless movement, this group set themselves up as leaders! And to top it all, some gobby, credit and adoration loving motherfucker Anthony Kapel ‘Van’ Jones decided he’d like to get on TV and take some credit too, and he did, much to the adulation of a waiting public who seemed very quick to deify him without even questioning his motives, his intentions or his allegiances. Occupy Together were also involved in a bit of a scandal when they had a television advertisement aired, with their name on it, that they claimed was not made by them but was paid for in terms of production and air time by only $6000 - Now forgive me for being suspicious, but I call bullshit on that one. Maybe you could get short spots on local cable TV for that, but this ad was run on Bloomberg for crying out loud! YES Bloomberg! Thus directly paying the companies of the Mayor who has shown himself to be in nothing but ruthless opposition to the whole damn movement to the point of his openly allowing the city police to get away with brutality and illegal actions.
So call me a cynic, call me suspicious, but when people mentioned some of these things to me, and mentioned how they would like to look further into these individuals and groups to find out quite where their priorities lay, I jumped at the chance to join in.
What follows is not evidence or accusation of anything, it is all links, circumstantial links, but numerous and too prominent to ignore. As the old adage goes, ‘there is no smoke without fire’ and it seems there is a veritable inferno under the Occupy movement right now, and one that, on current showing, appears to be growing in strength. The movement is becoming less and less about what it was set up to be, and more and more about something else entirely. Hopefully, some of these links can make you think, make you question the way things are going and whether you want to be part of them, or whether you want to be part of a movement more dedicated to the original cause. I hope you find in favour of the latter, because the movement needs more independent bodies and minds behind it.
so, we shall start at the beginning. Suspicions were first aroused, as mentioned above, when a national TV Ad campaign was shown, this is a link to the ad in question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQPo62x3UI - Seems harmless enough right? But here’s the boast in the description (a description might I add, that asks for donations too!) “It has already aired on Fox News, History Channel, Bloomberg and elsewhere!” - And therein lies the problem. Initially, the official story was that this ad was produced without Occupy Together’s knowledge (despite the fact that their logo at the end is very well made and prominent, hardly the work of someone who was just tagging their name at the end out of ‘solidarity’) But also, this ad, apparently on only $6000, managed to buy thirty seconds of airtime on a plethora of national networks in the US…$6000…for a 30 second ad spot….On MULTIPLE NATIONAL NETWORKS! Forgive me for being suspicious, but that looks, sounds and smells like bullshit to me. So where did the money come from? Well, it was Occupy Together’s lack of transparency on that question that led to myself and others looking a bit further into just who was funding Occupy Together, and who did they have links with.
Well, the ad itself was heavily promoted by an organisation known as Rebuild The Dream - They can be found at http://rebuildthedream.com but just who are they? You can find their pretty mission statement about rebuilding America from the ground up here, http://rebuildthedream.com/about.php but, their main spokesperson and one of the founders of the movement is on Mr. Van Jones, who was mentioned above. So who is Van Jones? Anthony Kapel ‘Van’ Jones is many things, an attorney, a civil rights activist, but one thing that cannot be ignored is that Van here was once a special adviser to Barack Obama himself on green jobs. Pardon my suspicions but I’m not sure I truly trust people with such close, partisan links to, not only one particular party, but indeed, one particular individual who will be campaigning for reelection next year. But, surely Van Jones is not the only person or group behind Rebuild The Dream?
You would be correct, you see, most of the money and clout behind Rebuild The Dream came from an organisation known as MoveOn.org - And just who are they? I hear you ask. Well visit their website and find out http://front.moveon.org/ - At my current time of looking at it, their top political ad says “Don’t be stupid, Be Democrats.” This is an organisation that is so partisan to the Democrat movement it is unbelievable, and shameful on OccupyTogether for allowing themselves to get involved with any groups so heavily invested in them, i.e. Rebuild The Dream. It all begs the question, is Occupy Together just a spin off. Is Occupy Together merely a movement that feigns independence whilst receiving funding from big, Democrat partisan organisations?
Here is the deal, in all this trawling and research, looking for links, it was our mission to find links to the Republicans. We felt sure that, behind all this, there was big money, and big money does not care who it is aligned to. But the links were difficult. Almost all roads led to Democrats or Democrat partisan support groups. This is a worry, particularly in the run up to an election campaign. The possibility of co-option of the Occupy movement for mainstream political gain has been a warning many have put out but too few have heeded, but the actions of the likes of Adbusters and OccupyTogether seem to be allowing the movement to head in that direction! It may be naivety on their part, it may be someone pulling the strings, but whatever it is, people need to resist it!
We’ll move on, this time to UnitedNY. My suspicions in these individuals were aroused immediately when Tim Pool, the independent journalist broadcasting a live stream from Occupy Wall Street, was denied access to the ‘inner sanctum’ of the November 17th protests. The group that had denied him access was this shadowy UnitedNY troupe, who, by all eyewitness accounts and statements where behaving as ‘de facto’ police, and being rude to protesters.
Well, their website at the time was down, but I managed to find out a little information. First of all, for an organisation who were bossing things on November 17th, their website is small time! Their bandwidth was incapable of dealing with the rush of traffic that came their way after Tim’s encounter with them on the live stream, and the livestream was only being viewed by 30,000 people or so. You’d assume an organisation with the man power and legs to control a protest with estimates of around 10-20,000 people would have a website capable of handling that sort of traffic, right? Well, apparently not, since some delving into their statistics at the time revealed their average number of page views, per day, was only 154…What is more, links to their previous civil actions was scant, indeed, the only time I could see this organisation had organised anything before (and believe me, it was far from advertised) was a protest in support of President Obama’s jobs plan. Photographs of this protest featured a lot of signs bearing the characteristic A with a star in the centre of the aforementioned Rebuild The Dream? Coincidence? Maybe, but, call me suspicious, I don’t believe in coincidences where any of this is concerned! Is it more believable that these organisations are working together to co-opt what is a huge movement for their own political gains, or more believable that they all just enjoy a handshake, a chat and an undercurrent of support for President Obama?
Well, perhaps that can be cleared up when you delve a little further and find the name of UnitedNY’s spokespersons. One Mr. Doug Forand. Now, Dougy here, far from being the non-partisan supporter of right and just, humancentric politics, is a founding partner of a business known as Red Horse Strategies. And just who are they exactly? Well, they are a campaign management firm. They handle election campaigns for politicians, just so you know. So it seems far from UnitedNY being the non-partisan believers in a leaderless movement, they are run by individuals who make their money getting people elected.
Does this tie in with anything I have mentioned before? Well I am glad you were curious enough to ask. The UnitedNY website was hosted at an IP address of a server for an organisation known as Change to Win. If you go to change to wins website http://changetowin.org/ you will see, on the right hand side, a lovely image of the US flag with the tagline beneath “REBUILD THE AMERICAN DREAM” - Wait? Haven’t we seen that tagline before? Yes! As a matter of fact, we have. It is one of the main slogans of the lovely Van Jones and MoveOn.org vehicle Rebuild The Dream!!!!!
But do the links go further than this? Is there any concrete evidence that these people are trying to co-opt the movement? Well, as I said, these are just links, but as far as ‘links’ go, this is not so much peopled in bed with each other as a full on fucking Roman orgy! And all these organisations, every person, every org, everything listed here has links to the unions. One of the unions heavily involved with all these vehicles is SEIU - and what is SEIU’s current statement on their front page? http://www.seiu.org/ ”SEIU Endorses President Obama for Reelection.”
Now, as I’ve said, numerous times. These are just links, I am making no concrete accusations, or allegations. But if you are a believer in this movement, if you are a support of Occupy, whether it be on Wall Street or the streets of your own city or town, whether it be in the United State or globally, THIS AFFECTS YOU! The large organisations that were once willing to throw their legal support behind you in the face of police brutality and political suppression, now seem to be siding with Democrat partisan unions and their policies. The same people who have asked the destitute, and the homeless to fight on the frontlines of their political ambitions are now abandoning them, and telling them if they want to Occupy somewhere, go occupy a homeless shelter!
What appears to be going on, at least in this author’s mind, is a disgusting manipulation of a pure movement of the people into something that is nothing short of a bullshit political manifesto in support of a Democrat President who has been part of the problem from the start, with his support of the Patriot Act, with his commitment to unjust war, and huge tax-payer funded bailouts of the big, corrupt banking institutions that was the very catalyst for these protests!
Maybe you believe there is something to these links. Maybe you don’t. But please, be suspicious, ask questions, demand answers and be independent. Stop relying on large, shadowy groups to accept donations and call shots for you. This movement is one centred around leaderlessness and individuality. Forgive my Life of Brain quote but “You are all individuals!”
If your suspicions, too, have been aroused by what I have said then get in touch. I can be contacted on twitter @mercerspoems and I am willing to send you the documentation of the investigation that I was a part of. We need more people looking into this, we need more concrete establishment of the co-option of the movement and we need more natural suspicion amongst its supporters! Stop believing that if you criticise it, you are in someway against it! It is right, and natural to criticise things, and you should never let anything get in the way of that.
Please, think for yourselves. Is this movement moving in the direction you want to? Or does it appear to have lost it’s true and right aims and be heading in a direction all together more sinister and politically motivated? Please ask the questions. Please, think. For the sake yourselves, of the movement, and of the people it was set up to defend!