Over the E-mail Transom: Report on Occupy Wall Street Rally in Oakland
10/12/2011 12 Comments
A regular reader reports from the Occupy Wall Street rally in Oakland. A Report you will not read in the lame stream press.
Yesterday (Columbus Day) in the drizzle about 150 of the disenfranchised populous including:
1) Heavily tattooed bicyclist.
2) Prancing/Dancing transvestites in hot pants [no exaggeration]
3) Union members [with their ~4” x ~5” union badges clearly evident)
4) Pot smokers
5) Non English speaking individuals
6) ~95% under 30, ~40% under 25. Only one child visible.
Collected at Oakland’s City center in the drizzle.
There was no violence. But the ridiculous chants you [like you may have heard Michael Moore utter recently.]
This morning I counted about 35 tents in the park. …surprisingly organized.
Being passed out on at the park was the September 2011 edition of the “Workers Vanguard”. It displays the union logo/label of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on it. The headline was “Try Davis Execution: Racist State Murder”. Inside the front cover is an article titled “Labor Struggles and the Capitalist State” with a prominent photo of Trotsky and Lenin.
On the next to last page there’s an ad for the “Spartacist League” [One of the four addresses is in Oakland.] There’s also an ad for the Trotskyist League of Canada.
I was given a red and white placard that read:
Tax Wall Street
And on the flip side
TAKE IT BACK
Tax Wall Street
The website MainStreetContract.org appeared at the bottom.
There’s a generic union label at the bottom…and the National Nurses United logo.
I also received a one-page news letter with the headline:
Don’t just Occupy Wall Street—Shut It Down!
Build for an Indefinite Nationwide General Strike!
The article goes on to talk about a nationwide indefinite strike.
It was produced by Humanists Workers for Revolutionary Socialism [www. Humanists forRevolutionarySocialism.org
The articles, etc generally cast a pox on Democrats and Republicans e.g. “”Break with Democrats. No cross-class coalitions with Democrats and pro-capitalist Green Party politicians. We need to build a workers’ or labor party based on democratically run unions and organizations of the oppressed and the unemployed.
Not a single US flag visible.
This Occupy Wall Street Rally appears to be Union driven, not a bottom up Tea Party organization. The real question is how long will these union driven rallys remain peaceful?