I have taken a particular interest in the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) phenomenon since my grandson, Sage, became involved in Occupy Boston. So far I have only published Sage’s explanation of why he is doing what he is doing.  I know the spirit behind the Tea Party, but I was worried about where OWS was coming from, especially since it sprang up full-blown in the major cities of the world on September 17.

Meanwhile S17 is surging ahead internationally. Simultaneous occupations of financial districts are now being planned in New York City, Madrid, Milan, London, Paris and San Francisco. With a bit of luck, this list of participating cities will expand.

If we can pull together just the right mix of nonviolence, tenacity and strategic smarts, S17 could be the beginning of the global revolution we’ve all been dreaming about for so long … wouldn’t that be lovely.

 

August 10:

A movement is suddenly springing up from nowhere (ah-huh) to take on the free enterprise, “capitalist” system. In America, they are especially targeting Wall Street, a place still somewhat constitutionally sovereign to the U.S.A. and not thoroughly controlled yet by authoritarian global collectivism.‘U.S. Day of Rage’ Being Orchestrated for ‘Worldwide Democracy’ (think pseudoanarchist, neo-Marxist, globalist) (read more)

This was posted on August 17:

A group of American radicals are planning a “day of rage” targeting Wall Street and U.S. capitalism.

The upcoming protests, replete with a planned tent city slated for downtown Manhattan, is closely tied to the founders of ACORN and leaders of major U.S.unions, including the SEIU.

There are indications the protesters are training to incite violence, resist arrest and disrupt the legal system. (read more)

See also Adbusters and The Brains Behind Occupy Wall Street.

By way of background on Days of Rage see this excellent documentary on the Weather Underground.

Sage has written on Facebook about his experience with non-violent protest:

Sage Radachowsky
In 2001 I was arrested for protesting the bombing of Afghanistan with wholesale civilian-killer bombs. A Vietnam veteran in his 50s was pepper-sprayed in the face and he couldn’t breathe. He had asthma and his throat tightened up .. he was gasping for breath. They also kicked him in the chest against a fire hydrant, repeatedly, and broke two of his ribs. That was Hartford, Connecticut, October 25th, 2001. We marched from Bushnell Park to Senator Lieberman’s office. I held a sign that said “Don’t bomb innocent people” and got two felonies for that “crime”.

They said I was throwing bottles and inciting to riot. I was just standing quietly with my sign. The cops lied, and I think it is important to note that this does happen sometimes. They apparently colluded to make their police reports match, and wrote the story about how the protestors were throwing things and being violent. They also took all of our cameras and destroyed the film and videotapes, so we didn’t have the visual evidence to dispute there story. I repeat the story just so people know that this kind of things happen, and not to always believe the police side of a story.

Sage.Rad
Thanks for the article. In regard to my arrest in 2001, I was simply holding a sign in front of Senator Lieberman’s office in Hartford, that read “Support Human Rights (don’t bomb innocent people)”. I was arrested by police who put me in a headlock, threw me to the ground and cuffed me and put me in a paddy wagon. I was given $35,000 bail so my friends ended up paying $3,000 to a bail bondsman that we never get back. I was on trial for 8 months for two felonies that were complete fabrications.

The following quotes are taken from Sage’s Facebook page. They are certainly not all-inclusive but are chronological.

Sage Radachowsky
I have visited Occupy Boston for a month and I have lived there for almost a week. I intend to live there through the Winter. I am on the Winterization team, figuring out the logistics and architecture. I love it. I also hate it, because it reflects the disfunction in our society, the underlying violence. The people who live there are largely the most disenfranchised .. the homeless, the alienated. These are the 99%, in fact the poorest 5%. You will find people drinking, using drugs, fighting. These people have internalized violence, have been abused and reflect it. Yet they are part of the movement and know what it’s about. It’s not pretty, but this is our society. This movement resonates. It is true. It has problems, but they are our problems. We need to uplift ourselves. How can we do this? Give me your ideas. Give me your thoughts.  (November 2)