For the past few weeks the Occupation has been kept in the public-eye in large part thanks to the ongoing police pogrom being perpetrated against the peaceful encampments of the movement. As we all know, thousands have been arrested in New York City alone, and hundreds more around the country have been subject to humiliation, gassing, intimidation, and outright physical violence at the hands of police operatives nation-wide.
But it appears that in the race to be the first to appease their worried plutocratic masters the Oakland Police department has shed all semblance of decency and humanity and opted instead for 700 police in riot-gear, tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and rubber bullets to respond to the dire threat that is a peaceful democratic community.
Having lived most of my life in the United States, where I was raised to believe sincerely in the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech, I have to admit that this unhinged and poorly planned reaction on the part of the sycophantic police-force of Oakland is not only deeply offensive, but utterly outrageous.
But the real outrage is that our police have not yet awakened to the realization of their true power. As long as they continue to serve the interests of the plutocrats, they will continue to be tools of oppression in the hands of callous and indifferent politicians and CEOs. But if they could be awakened, they would be a terrific addition to the movement.
I think we should make it a priority to reach out to police unions (where there are such) and to policeman's benevolent associations, and to policmen and women as individuals and implore them to join the vanguard of our movement. Imagine if those 700 police in riot gear had been met by 100 of their own? Would they have been so quick to terrorize the peaceful members of Occupy Oakland then?
And not just the police, we also need to reach out to returning war veterans. Perhaps march on V.A. Hospitals around the country, to tell them we appreciate their service to our country, and we need them to join with us in creating a better future.