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  •  Jesse, I am so proud of you.... and all of OWS (12+ / 0-)

    you really express things so well and to the point and in a way that all of us can feel and understand.  Proud to be 'your peeps.'  Thanks for your work, man.

    Jesse, I am so, so concerned about the protestors who are being brutalized and the chilling effect that is going to have on the OWS movement.  I wish that there were a central place to donate to for legal representation for our peeps when they are abused by the PD's.

    I just wish we had a ready force of lawyers to go and fight for our First Amendment Rights to Protest and to PROTECT our protestors.  

    This sick fuck, Erickson, is just normalizing torture, in keeping with the criminals that the Religious Reich supported and put in the White House for 8 dark years.

    Anyway, for what it is worth, here is my question:

    To OWS: HOW can we contribute $ for Legal Defense of Protestors

    I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

    by SeaTurtle on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 01:25:20 PM PST

    •  Hear hear! and There there!, SeaTurtle (5+ / 0-)
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      SeaTurtle, googie, ladyjames, KenBee, elwior

      I echo your admiration and gratitude for MoT and all his co-occupiers!

      But I believe every assault on their persons is another shovelful from the powers' that be graves. It has been news and it will be news. Right now, the fascist tactics aren't being fully recognized. It won't go on ignored for long. The families of the inflicted will amplify the OWS response and changes will be made.

      It is more than unfortunate "things" have got so out of hand with our police forces and social attitudes. We on the Left are partly to blame for not putting out the little fires, fighting back against the Right's progress, as they vilified us with little or no blowback from us. "Liberal" is only just now regaining its former legitimacy as a word free of negative inference after having been sneered from the mouths of radical right pundits and made into a four-letter-word since the neocon revolution of the early 80s.

      Once we've swung the social pendulum back toward center from the Right, we will have to learn from history and be more vigilant in the future.

      "Nothing pains some people more than having to think." Marin Luther King

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 01:52:18 PM PST

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      •  Gentle Giant, I couldn't agree with you more... (7+ / 0-)

        Especially when you say:

        We on the Left are partly to blame for not putting out the little fires, fighting back against the Right's progress, as they vilified us with little or no blowback from us. "Liberal" is only just now regaining its former legitimacy as a word free of negative inference after having been sneered from the mouths of radical right pundits and made into a four-letter-word since the neocon revolution of the early 80s.

        I totally, totally agree with you.  We need to fight back and we need to be SEEN as fighting back.  That's why I ask the question in the diary I mention above:  is there a centralized legal fund (or can one be set up,) so we can carry this fight into the courts and the halls of Congress with lawyers, if we need to?

        If we had lawyers representing these protestors whose civil rights have been abused and bringing up suits against these stalinist police departments and their 1% puppet mayors, then we would let them know that we were not going to put up with another theft of our rights.

        What brave people the protestors are!  We owe them a LOT, and we must do our part to protect them to.  Financially supporting their legal representation is something I would do in a heartbeat, if the mechanism was set up to make this possible.  And I believe I would not be alone.

        I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

        by SeaTurtle on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 02:11:14 PM PST

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