Memo to OWS: Occupy Media

Save for foreign publications like The Guardian and some spotty coverage on our side of the pond, the  American media seems to be engaged in a conscious effort to contribute to the stifling of what is essentially a national and increasingly global non-violent human rights movement called Occupy Wall Street. One exception has been Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann

The sickening truth about the American media would seem surprising until you learn that six corporations control the media, meaning, they are owned by the one percent. The six corporations are: Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. It is frightening and eye-opening to realize that in 1983 50 corporations ran the media.

The OWS movement is going to be a long one. Given the one-percent’s ruthless hold on power and their willingness to wield that power (note the violent responses by certain law enforcement agencies along with increasing reports that the New York City Police Department is now urging and or transporting mentally ill homeless people and homeless drug users to Zuccotti Park to undermine OWS) it is likely there will be more bloodshed and lives lost.

In my view it is time for OWS to bring its message to the media. Occupy the NY Times, the Daily News, the NY Post, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and more. Occupy CBS, ABC and NBC. Just as it is the government’s job to make sure our system of capitalism is not, as Michael Moore recently pointed out, a rigged game, it is the media’s job to report what is going on in the country. If these folks aren’t doing their  job, then occupy them too.

And yes, We Shall Overcome.

A sleeping giant: the American People

Whether he actually said it or not, the line attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve" aptly applies to the American people who are rising up all over this country that I love with all my heart. In fact, the Occupy Movement is living out exactly what the founding fathers would have wanted them to do. The first amendment reads (italics mine), “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The founding fathers would tell you it is incumbent upon each of us as an American to peacefully assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. As author Naomi Wolf (arrested for standing on the sidewalk outside a Huffington Post event in New York City) accurately pointed out in a recent interview on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the right to peacefully protest is something Americans would be expected to do by the founding fathers.

And so it is that thousands around this country are doing exactly what the founders of my country would want them to do. The fact they are being met with violence by the very people that are sworn to protect them establishes beyond a reasonable doubt the legitimacy of their protests and further establishes why these protests need to grow and will grow. We must be careful too not to villainize all of law enforcement; they are doing the bidding of the one percent or those doing the bidding of the one percent.  Ask yourself this question, every time you’ve seen some elected official or talking head demeaning the Occupy Movement is the person in the one percent or 99 percent? 

Those who respond to these protests with bogus excuses to break them up (we need to clean up, people are complaining) and those who seek to label these extraordinary Americans as a bunch of nuts are again either members of the one percent or, for all intents and purposes, owned by the one percent, servants essentially.

There is little doubt in my mind that the protests will grow as will the dictatorial and increasingly violent opposition. There is little doubt in my mind that the behavior of the latter will cost lives. But we Americans are a scrappy lot, we will not fold and fade away when our freedom and equal rights are at stake. It may seem that the one percent has all the power and they do have nearly all the money, but so it was in a very real way for George Washington on some very cold lonely nights when he realized his rather ragtag Continental Army was up against the most powerful army on earth. He didn’t give up, his army didn’t give up, and, as a result, the United States of America became a reality.

And so it is that the Occupy Movement will not give up, and because of this, we will prevail, which means equal rights will prevail, which means the United States of American will prevail, and our founding father’s would be very proud of us.