Quote of the Day: From Jason Weir, one of the participants:
"I'm here to show solidarity with all the other people who are standing up finally ... to show that we're absolutely sick of money in politics the way that it's structured right now. We pay for things that are outside of our country and lobby for things that are a waste, when our infrastructure's failing and there's hungry people and there's unemployment rates beyond belief."
The Occupy Anchorage movement is conscious of the fact that they need to start stitching together more of a platform. Their first priority has been getting people mobilized and ensuring that their movement isn't hijacked by special interests. They have expressly appealed to people of all political stripes -- liberals and conservatives alike. The next step is to assemble an organizing committee, which is further discussed on their Facebook page. They plan their next rally for what is called Global Revolution Day on Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 A.M. at Towne Square.
This battle is also being played out on the Opinion page of the Anchorage Daily News, as two of Anchorage's leading pundits confront each other with rhetorical guns a-blazing. From the right, Paul Jenkins, who basically thinks this whole thing is merely a ploy to get Barack Obama re-elected. He cites the involvement of Obama's lapdog, MoveOn.Org, along with various progressive New York community organizations and goon unions like the Transit Workers Union, Transport Workers Union, the United Federation of Teachers, the United Auto Workers, and the Service Employees International Union, who all jumped in after the fact to cozy up with Occupy Wall Street to support his contention, although he acknowledges that Occupy Wall Street is none too friendly towards these groups. He asks if it's smart to target Wall Street when Wall Street provides jobs.
From the left comes Shannyn Moore. She sums up the reason succinctly by noting that corporate power married corporate greed and gave birth to an insatiable monster that controls our politicians, who then use all three branches of government to protect their interests and enact laws that further rig the game in their favor at our expense. She says they basically got too greedy and pushed us to our tipping point. She also condemns the multimillionaire neocon shills like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck who reads the corporate talking points that portray the crowd as a bunch of lazy, spoiled, jobless kids with art degrees and debt looking for a handout when they should be looking for jobs. Jobs that don't seem to be there right now. I previously documented how Glenn Beck is deliberately filming fruitcakes engaged in outrageous behavior at the New York City protests, and then trying to represent them as typical of the movement.
Even though Shannyn Moore is a progressive, she recognizes and accepts the fact that corporations have only their shareholders to answer to, and that their mandate is to make a profit for investors. Her objection, as well as that of mine and of the protestors, is to the predatory turbo-capitalism and purchasing of lawmakers which has brought out the proverbial torches and pitchforks. The fact that big banks such as Bank of America and Citibank have just unveiled a gaggle of new fees adds fuel to the fire, although the bad Dodd-Frank bill gave them an excuse to do so.
Letters to the editor don't work. Congress refuses to take necessary action. The financial industry continues to slap us in the face again and again. Maybe street action will get the attention of the elite and convince them we are serious.