With Occupy Wall Street celebrating their sixth month “anniversary” during the weekend of Mar. 16-18, New York City’s occupiers got especially rowdy. Once more, they mostly made asses out of themselves, and ended up being surprised (once again) by the response of the NYPD. Revolution is a rough game, kids, and you really are lucky you’re trying to play here, in this country, than many other places on Earth where you’d all be riddled with bullets by now.
But I digress.
During the chaos that OWS managed to incite on Saturday night, one protestor was supposedly roughed up by the NYPD and subjected to all sorts of awful horrors. Unfortunately, for those who do a little digging, Cecily McMillan’s story doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny. However, for once, at least some part of the Occupy team realized the control and flow of information might be an important thing.
Sparrow Media Project (@SparrowMedia) labels itself as “Publicity, PR, and creative direction for grassroots activists. We amplify marginalized voices”, on it’s Twitter profile. Over the weekend, those silly kids at Sparrow realized trying to push McMillan’s story (at least the way they wanted it pushed), would require a fine control of the information being sent out by the hundreds of protestors and thousands of Internet users following the action.
First off, Sparrow suggests the “correct” angle of McMillan’s altercation, and also suggests any non-approved footage be removed immediately:
After that, Sparrow then scolds fellow uploaders about the importance of “security culture” (a favored term of the Anarchist left):
An interesting conversation captured there at the bottom, as well.
Sparrow’s intervention here shows that OWS is certainly hardening up to be a movement of the hardcore political Left. Andy Stepanian, a member of the Sparrow team, is relatively well-known to both the professional activist Left, and to the law as a convicted felon. Being the featured speaker at an event titled “Subverting Capitalism, Activism and the Media”, along with being a member of yet another Leftist, “unjustly accused” and imprisoned “number” group (the SHAC 7), Stepanian’s lefty credentials are legitimate. And now, it appears he looks to be taking on the role of Spin Doctor for OWS as their spring “campaign” ramps up.
Let this be of note. They realize that those who disagree with them in every manner possible monitor them relentlessly. Stepanian seemingly knows, at least, that the flow of information has to be closely guarded and filtered in order to create the proper narrative for the flagging movement, the correct sense of victimization and feigned righteous indignation to keep them moving forward. Andy’s even threaten to “dox” Brooks Bayne (screenshot below), the founder/editor of The Graph, and he even hints at potential violence. The term dox is typically used to describe criminal means to obtain and post personally identifiable information (PII) about people on the Internet. This would include things like a person’s home address, work address, credit card information, phone number, etc. However, dox information can also be “exploited by criminals to stalk or steal the identity of a person, or to plan a person’s murder or robbery, among other crimes.”
They’re getting more savvy. But…that’s alright. Even with an increased awareness of their image, the six months they’ve spent damaging it in fits of pique and rage means most people are already turned off to their message. But, as we’ve seen before and saw again this weekend, that disconnect with the people they’re trying to influence has never seemingly mattered, a strange phenomena within the group as a whole.
Regardless, we will need to keep a closer eye on them than ever before, to make sure that the most complete picture of this “American Spring” is captured and shared with the world at large.
Good luck with that PR business, Andy. Looks like you’ll need a lot of it!
I’m surprised it took the court as long as it did to rule. There was already a Supreme Court of the United States decision that differentiates between assembly and camping/sleeping. There you have it, kids: vagrancy ≠ assembly. Now, go occupy a job fair.
Irony can be a beautiful thing. While The Beatles are commonly viewed as part of the counter-culture that fueled political unrest in the 60s and 70s, the lyrics of their hit song ”Revolution” call into question exactly what their political views may have been.
While the song may have served as a battle-cry for America’s counter-culture of past generations, and some of those same antagonists are now part of the nation’s Leftist ”Ruling Class” (which has undoubetedly helped to fuel the fire that is OWS) it is time to turn the tables. How fitting that those Lennon-McCartney lyrics now serve as an excellent portrayal to expose the utter madness that is Occupy Wall Street.
While I don’t pretend to know exactly what message The Beatles intended to deliver, I offer my own interpretation of their expressions to illuminate the matter. One thing is for sure, they didn’t seem to care for the evils of Communism, which clearly gives them a leg up over many of the loonies currently “occupying” cities across the land.
I had fun poking around the socialist, Marxist, and anarchist #owslist (a Twitter hashtag I’m using) email archives after Andrew Breitbart published them here. For those who don’t know, this is the mailing list that the original Occupy Wall Street leftist organizers have been using for their left-wing vagrant parties, that they refer to as “occupying”.
Let’s see what a word cloud of the 300,000 lines of leftist email looks like, shall we?
Same tired old collectivist tropes, different day.
Some misguided people are now trying to claim that the Teaparty movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement have a lot in common, or are similar.
This assertion is absurd.
The Marxist “occupation” (apropos name for a collectivist movement) was organized and funded by hardcore leftist organizations and international socialists. The Teaparty movement, that I helped start, was grassroots, and we didn’t take outside money. Hell, I don’t even know the Koch brothers. Additionally, it’s been 2.5 years since the Teaparty movement started and no Teapartiers have ever been arrested at a Teaparty event, unlike this Marxist “occupation” movement, where thousands have already been arrested in just a couple weeks.
It was reported that big labor and its money is also in the game:
In just the last week several large labor groups have officially announced their support for the occupation. The NYC Transit Workers Union, with nearly 40,000 members, voted to back the protesters on September 28. And the SEIU’s massive 32BJ union, which claims to represent over 120,000 property service workers, recently decided to use an upcoming rally to show “solidarity” with the Wall Street occupiers.
This occupation on Wall Street calls into question the very foundation in which the capitalist system is based, and its relentless desire to place profit over and above all else.
Throughout the world, from Egypt to Greece, from China to Madison, Wisconsin, working class people are starting to rise up. The IWW welcomes this. We see the occupation of Wall Street as another step – no matter how large or small – in this process.
And now the illegal hacker group “Anonymous” has vowed to attack the New York Stock Exchange to support the Marxist occupiers.
The group posted a video message on YouTube declaring war on the world’s largest stock exchange in retaliation for the mass arrests of Wall Street protesters, and posted a link to the video on one of several Anonymous Twitter feeds.
See the occupiers’ list of idiotic Marxist “demands” here (Which they’ve since amended, stating that it isn’t an “official” list of demands – now that they’ve been blasted by every rational non-Marxist on the planet. But from all the other groups and individuals involved, you can easily see that these things are what they really want). $20 minimum wage? Forgiveness of all debt? Free (read: financed by those who actually produce in this country) college for everyone, a living wage regardless of employment, etc… all Marxist tropes.
Leftists in America (you remember Obama’s buddy Van Jones, right?) are referring to this as the “American Fall” (fall of America? ironical or intentional?) playing off the name given to the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year. And who started the Arab Spring uprising? Marxists and socialists. Read my earlier piece on that here.
Don’t waste your time lecturing us on the similarities between our grassroots Teaparty movement and these Marxist fools, who are bought and paid for by international socialists and union goons. If these leftist demands were met, you’d see the insolvency of America in relatively short order. However, the Teaparty has been pushing for fiscal responsibility since day one.
I can break down the difference in ideology like this:
#TEAPARTY: Improve your station by hard work and perseverance.
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET: Improve your station by demanding the property of others.
Not AT ALL the same as the Teaparty movement, so spare me, and the rest of the country, your ignorant indignation if we thumb our noses at this very anti-American occupation.
UPDATE: Here are the Marxist, socialist, and trade unionist organizations that the occupiers are proud to be protesting with (hardly the 99% – more like 1%):
- AFL-CIO (AFSCME)
- United NY
- Strong Economy for All Coalition
- Working Families Party
- TWU Local 100
- SEIU 1199
- CWA 1109
- Communications Workers of America
- CWA Local 1180
- United Auto Workers
- United Federation of Teachers
- Professional Staff Congress – CUNY
- National Nurses United
- Writers Guild East
- Community Voices Heard
- Alliance for Quality Education
- New York Communities for Change
- Coalition for the Homeless
- Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
- The Job Party
- NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
- The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
- The New Deal for New York Campaign
- National People’s Action
- Human Services Council
- Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
- Citizen Action of NY
- Common Cause NY
- New Bottom Line
- Tenants & Neighbors
- Democracy for NYC
- Resource Generation
- Tenants PAC
- Teachers Unite
From New Zeal:
Videos Exposing How ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Was Organized From Day One by SEIU/ACORN Front – The Working Family Party, and How They All Tie to the Obama Administration, DNC, Democratic Socialists of America, Tides and George Soros