Archive for May 2, 2012
Yesterday was May Day. In most of the world, it’s Labor Day, the day for celebrating the workers (in the United States, we wait until early September to celebrate Labor Day). Occupy Wall Street returned to Wall Street in an attempt to renew interest in the movement, particularly now that the weather better supports 24-hour activity. Many other cities organized similar Occupy protests.
Yet yesterday turned into less of a celebration and more of a battle in some places. The Occupy movements in several cities turned violent. In particular, about 50 protesters in Seattle smashed windows of downtown retailers. In Oakland, police and protesters once again clashed, and police attacked with tear gas. Across the San Francisco Bay, protesters got an early start, vandalizing businesses and a police station on Monday night; yesterday was marked by more vandalism, particularly focused on the police and Wells Fargo bank branches.
It’s unfortunate that these stories get as much attention as they do, since it distracts from the broader story that is still worth airtime: the income gap continues to rise in the United States.
- Occupy Wall Street’s Rebirth? (thedailybeast.com)
- Occupy May Day goes global (kshb.com)
- Fox & Friends Panel Explodes Over Pro-Occupy Wall Street Professor’s Claim: ‘These Are Playful People’ (mediaite.com)
- May Day Protests Keep the 1% On Their Toes [PHOTO] (coedmagazine.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Completely Took Over Union Square In A Rally Thousands Of Protesters Strong (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Protesters hit streets for May Day rallies; violence flares in Oakland, Seattle (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- May Day + Communists= Occupy Wall St, Obama & the Democrat Party (icanbeatobama.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Completely Took Over Union Square In A Rally Thousands Of Protesters Strong (businessinsider.com)
- Protesters Occupy New York City (theepochtimes.com)
- May Day Protests for Justice — by Stephen Lendman (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
Last week, Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped brutal house arrest and beatings and fled to United States protection in the American Embassy in Beijing. News sources within China report that Chen has now left the embassy with a guarantee of safe passage and will remain in China. Chen’s escape from house arrest coincides with a visit to China by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
With the state visit, Republicans have amped up their pressure on President Obama to force China to stop beating and harrassing Chen, his family, and his supporters. Presumed Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney Sunday called on President Obama to “take every measure” to protect Chen. Representative Chris Smith (R-Trenton, NJ) said, in a press release,
Over the next few hours/days, whatever it takes, everything discussed in China between Secretary Clinton and Premier Wen, as well as their staffs, must be through the prism of the struggles, torture, escape and justice overdue Chen Guangcheng, his family and other human rights activists in China.
Chen and his family are being persecuted by local officials (with the apparent collusion of the Chinese Government) for the “crime” of speaking out in defense of women who are being forced to suffer unwanted medical procedures, forced abortion and forced sterilization. For example, Chinese women have had an intrauterine device inserted without their consent, and those trying to stop local officials from doing so have been beaten.
The left and right of the American political spectrum are united in calling for Chinese officials to leave women’s bodies alone, and give women the choice to refuse invasive procedures. But according to Rep. Smith and other Republicans, it’s perfectly fine to insert vaginal probes into women against their will, simply for having the temerity to seek a legal medical procedure. (more…)