Occupy Movement at Crossroads; Mirkarimi vs. Avalos …

by on November 16, 2011

To the Editor:

They came like thieves in the night … Mike Bloomberg’s Blue Shirts … and robbed us of our rights, and our possessions. all the while preventing reporters from reporting on the scene. Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed number one defender of free speech (pause for gagging), said in no uncertain terms: “yes, you have the right … the right to remain silent. So just shut up and obey.”

This is only the beginning, dear Mayor .0001%. This WILL be your legacy — of repression. But you will NOT succeed. These mayors, governors, city councils, police chiefs, and street cops of America need to realize that it is NOT UP TO THEM whether or not Americans peaceably gather, protest, discuss, or demonstrate. It’s up to a document called the US CONSTITUTION.

You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to “permit” us to death … but you can’t kill an idea. You can’t keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life … for us, and for our kids. America USED to work. The people had work. The system worked (sort of). Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect ‑but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way.

Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. With OWS America has found its voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice – for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than just words … it’s much more than politics … it’s your freakin’ LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it.

Find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: each of us has only one brief life … one chance … one roll of the dice … and many choices. The time has come to choose … to risk … and to act. If not now … then when? If not you, then … who? You DO have the power my friend … and the choice IS yours. Don’t let your dreams die …

Stan Chaz
Brooklyn, NY

To the Editor:

It seems to me that the key difference between Ross Mirkarmi’s situation and John Avalos’ situation was that Avalos was running against an incumbent, who was therefore very well known, while Mirkarimi, as a supervisor, was generally better known than either of the other candidats for sheriff.

Joel Perlstein
San Francisco

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