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.

Occupy Oakland: U.S. Marine fighting for his life

Moments ago I broke down in tears when I saw the picture of a 24-year-old U.S. Marine Iraq veteran moments after he was struck in the head by a gas canister fired by the Oakland Police. Scott Olsen, 24, of Daly City, California,  a member of Veterans for Peace, suffered a skull fracture and brain swelling. Last reports are this young man is in critical condition fighting for his life. The sickening size and scope of this brutal injustice will be all the more so if Mr. Olsen loses  his  fight to live. It would mean the first person to die in the Occupy Movement is a United States Marine; young man who fought for his country.

article-2053502-0E89468100000578-365_964x493The Occupy Oakland protesters carry away Scott Olsen after he was  hit by a tear gas canister shot by the Police, near the Oakland City Hall on October 25, 2011 in California. AFP Photo / Kimihiro Hoshino

The violent response to this peaceful movement is driven by the one percent; I would urge the honorable members of law enforcement (and there are many) to refuse to follow any order asking them to inflict violence on their fellow Americans. Responding with this kind of military violence puts those engaging these acts in the same boat as the thugs now carrying out the orders of the dictator in Syria.

It is also time for the president and other elected leaders to step up and condemn this brutality.

We must fill the streets with more people, it is our duty as citizens. In the meantime, pray that this young man recovers.