Democracy is in the Streets: Foley Sq. 11/17/11

OWS: 2 months.  The Struggle Continues.  La Lucha Continua.

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6 Responses to Democracy is in the Streets: Foley Sq. 11/17/11

  1. Lynn High Point, NC says:

    I do not understand WHAT they want? WHAT is their message? And WHY aren’t they protesting in Washington to the people who actually make the laws? Not the local business that they are disrupting.
    I actually know people that PAY 55% of their income and provide hundreds of jobs.
    Do you guys think that 55% of what you earn should go to the government top spend on pet projects of the Senate and the Congress. Every business is trying to survive, employees are taking pay cuts. The Senate and the Congress are exempt from insider trading rules, and they have their OWN health care… not THAT is worth a protest!

    • The rap on OWS is that there’s no message–but that’s just a smokescreen the right is blowing out their…mouths. The message is embedded in the slogan, “We are the 99%.” The movement is about correcting the profound damage that massive income inequality has done and continues to do to our society. Excuse my mixed metaphors but with two wars, the Bush tax cuts and the great recession, starve the beast has come home to roost.

      Please name the exemplary people/companies you reference (I’d be thrilled to hear they’re in High Point, making furniture–I thought many of those jobs were now being done by low-wage workers in China):
      “I actually know people that PAY 55% of their income and provide hundreds of jobs.”

      And I think you should be lacing up your marching boots. No one disagrees with you (unless you don’t believe that all of us should have excellent, government-provided health care):
      “The Senate and the Congress are exempt from insider trading rules, and they have their OWN health care… not THAT is worth a protest!”

  2. Rachel Simon says:

    These photos are so alive- I can feel the action, feel the chill night air, smell the leaves. Thank you. Brilliant as ever.

  3. Karen Schein says:

    Your photos capture the mood, the message and the people.Fantastic!

  4. hankypaws says:

    This quote, by Cesar Chavez, is about dignity and strength, has become very important to me, and I see it Robin’s photos.

    “We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure” “Vamos a soportar”

  5. Joyce Voltz Matthew says:

    Robin, thanks for sharing these photos that show how normal these people are. The media here in France seems to only show the freaks and weirdos not the people that look like you and me.

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