Remember, Remember, the 17th of September? Protesters to occupy Wall Street on 'US Day of Rage' to protest corruption
On September 16, 2011 At 8:14 am
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The group, US Day of Rage asks on its Facebook page, "Corps' First Amendment rights protected by Citizens United and Homeland Security. Will human citizens have same protection Sept. 17?"
Tomorrow is Constitution Day and US Day of Rage is planning on 20,000 people showing up on Wall Street in a peaceful protest that they hope will go on for months. Members of the group Anonymous, known for their protests against Scientology, are expected to participate. The Day of Rage is protesting the influence of special interests and corruption that threaten a democratic form of government. On its website, it explains:
We have had enough.
Legitimate government is born of the self-interest and will of the people expressed by its citizens in free and fair elections. It does not spring from a tyranny of special interests, patronage, or a system or ideology that runs counter to the aims of life.
The institutions of government were designed to protect the principles of our democratic republic and to serve the will of citizens.
Corporations, even those owned by foreign shareholders, use money to act as the voices of millions, while individual citizens, the legitimate voters, are silenced and demoralized by the farce.
Free and fair elections inspire good citizenship and public service, because they engage the intelligence and genuine good will of the American people.
Protests are scheduled to occur all over the country, such as in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Austin. The media focus, however, is on the occupation of Wall Street, which could last for months if the protest goes as planned by Occupy Wall Street. Alex Newman of The New American reports,
Analysts are warning that serious chaos could ensue as a coalition of radical activists, leftist organizations, self-described “revolutionaries” and anti-capitalist agitators — some of whom are reportedly linked to the Obama administration — plots to “occupy" Wall Street starting on September 17. Under the banner of a “Day of Rage,” critics and supporters say the protests could be just the start of something much bigger — and the list of targeted cities in the U.S. and around the world is still growing. The real goals of the effort remain murky. But despite the apparent socialist and collectivist bent of many participants, even some constitutionalists have expressed tepid sympathy after organizers released a statement blasting the American “kleptocracy” run by “banksters.”
The US Day of Rage site says that to restore democracy, only citizens should be allowed to vote and to make campaign contributions. Those contributions should be limited to one dollar per candidate or party.
Occupy Wall Street held a small test run on September 1 and nine persons were arrested. Its blog reports,
On Thursday, Sept. 1st, a small group of demonstrators were met with police intimidation while performing a peaceful and legal occupation of a public sidewalk on Wall Street for a single night. Nine were arrested for disorderly conduct and later released without charge. One demonstrator was held for 24 hours because he was unable to provide proof of residency.
This demonstration was intended to serve as a one night test run for the September 17th occupation using the "legal encampment" strategy. According to a federal court ruling in 2000, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City. (METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]). The demonstrators of Bloombergville also employed this tactic for an occupation that lasted a few weeks.
Despite fully obeying the law, demonstrators were still met with police harassment and intimidation. This event serves to remind us that we're living in a police state with absolutely no respect for the right of the people to peacefully assemble and exercise their constitutional free speech. But we will not be scared away or deterred. This abuse of authority by the NYPD only serves to strengthen our resolve and reinforce our belief that corruption and injustice in America must be fought.