Over the E-mail Transom: Report on Occupy Wall Street Rally in Oakland

Russ Steele

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


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?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

12 Responses to Over the E-mail Transom: Report on Occupy Wall Street Rally in Oakland

  1. The Pelton wheel is spinning his class warfare again and believe me with the hate these libs nuts spew they are relegated to the back bench even on the democrat bench. My guess is the local lib nuts will be toking and marching, marching to the last weed shop while they receiveing a jailhouse tattoo of Lenin. LOL!

  2. Barry Pruett says:

    Very telling. While the Tea Party is a grssroots conservative movement, the OWS is a semi-grassroots socialist movement. Opposite sides of the spectrum. The Tea Party message of freedom and liberty is different from the OWS message of government-run wealth redistribution.

    The Tea Party message is aligned with the goals of the founding fathers – Washington and Jefferson. The OWS message is aligned withe other founding fathers – Lenin and Trostsky.

    While they are active now, OWS will not have the staying power as their views are only attractive to a sliver of the population – the hard left.

  3. The OWS folks do follow the Founders principals. The Founders of the USSR! They are simply a excellent example of the freeloaders that have become more and more vocal in pursuit of their handouts from the “makers” o America. If anyone on Wall Street broke the law, they need to be prosecuted and held accountable. I am unsure if any have been arrested by Obama’s DOJ. I do know Bush had a bunch of them arrested and thrown in the clink so it appears the Obama supporters are misguided. If the local lefty nuts even figure out what they are doing (too much weed) then maybe they will realize they need to start working for their porridge. Well, maybe not. This movement of lefty nuts will dissipate soon because the unions will stop paying them. Then the Tea Party will return to the focus of real Americans.

  4. Barry Pruett says:

    Occupy L.A. Speaker: “One of the speakers said the solution is nonviolent movement. No, my friend. I’ll give you two examples: French Revolution, and Indian so-called Revolution.

    Gandhi, Gandhi today is, with respect to all of you, Gandhi today is a tumor that the ruling class is using constantly to mislead us. French Revolution made fundamental transformation. But it was bloody.

    India, the result of Gandhi, is 600 million people living in maximum poverty.

    So, ultimately, the bourgeoisie won’t go without violent means. Revolution! Yes, revolution that is led by the working class.

    Long live revolution! Long live socialism!”

    Crowd: [Cheers.]


    I rest my case.

  5. These words of the OWS folks are fully supported by the two Steve’s, Pelline and the rest of the local leftwingnut democrats apparently. Even the loony green. I bet they are proud of those words. But when the Tea Party says they are for freedom of the individual, those same oons cry radical extremist! Liberalism is truly a mental disorder.,

  6. RL Crabb says:

    Wrong, Toddo. You are living proof that politics is a mental disorder. After seeing the crop of would-be Presidents bizarre notions of governance at last night’s debate, I’d say the Repubs are at least as insane as their foes.

  7. No Bob, you are a fine example of a non-aligned (self described) apolitical bench sitter. I appreciate your attempts to skewer all but when you fail to describe why someone is a extremist you are just full of hot air. My mental state is fine. I would suspect yours.

  8. Barry Pruett says:

    We saw a guy on Brunswick with a sign that said, “TREASON, HANG THEM.”

    I thought this thing in Grass Valley was supposed to be peaceful…where are the violent rhetoric cops?

  9. Martin says:

    We drove through the area noting how odd looking the lot of them (estimated at 250) were. Signage was a sea of disconnects. And, not one American flag. Nothing like a TP rally. When the weather gets cold, wet and snowy though they’ll melt away as they’re not built to fight.

  10. RL Crabb says:

    What you’re seeing is the break up of the neanderthalic two-party system. Just as the Tea Party is made up of different factions with different agendas, the OWS is a conglomeration of people united in their distaste for the status quo. (I remember hearing Mark Meckler dissing the Tea Party Express as a bunch of insider sell-outs at a McClintock town hall a few months back. And there are those who broke off from the Tea Party Patriots because they don’t like the Mecklers.) Nobody knows where this latest protest du jour will lead to, but it’s certainly a shot across the bow of the “establishment” politicians. Should be interesting to watch…

  11. Martin says:

    I hope the “establishment” politicians include Lefties like Clintons, Obama, Biden, Frank, Waters, Pelosi, Feinstein, etc., etc., etc. and not just conservatives. Never forget that the sub-prime mortgage disaster was Bill Clinton’s fault. In 1995 President Clinton’s changes to the Community Reinvestment Act enabled ACORN to run a politically correct extortion campaign against mortgage lenders, compelling them by force of law to make unsound (sub-prime) loans to poor minorities who never stood a hope of repaying them.

  12. RL Crabb says:

    Plenty of idiots on both sides of the aisle. Like the ones who thought it would be a great idea to allow the banks to become too big to fail.

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