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September 30, 2011

Occupy Wall Street? …Um, Look Again.

Vancouver 2

Commercial edifice on an urban street; entrance to a gilded space (see wider view below); angry young people and working-class types framed in direct confrontation with disgusted guy in a suit; posters drawing upon the latest memes, including “the 99%”; also, photographer’s close-up emphasizing class conflict — it only takes an instant to absorb the basic elements of this picture for you to think, “Oh, one more #OccupyWallStreet photo, right?

Except it’s not.

Cheney protest vancouver

Here’s the caption:

Demonstrators protest Dick Cheney appearing at the Vancouver Club to promote his controversial personal and political memoir, “In My Time,” on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. Protestors, calling for the former U.S. vice-president to be barred from Canada for his stance on interrogation tactics such as waterboarding during the Iraq War, tried to block access to the event. Police responded with pushing and shoving.

If you assumed and got the venue wrong, however, it’s no surprising — given the parallels. And that’s not to say there is anything formal or organized between the stirring in Lower Manhattan and these goings-on in Vancouver, except that a more collective push back from “the 99%” against “the club” — at least, here in North America — is mostly a surprise in how long its been in coming.

More on Cheney protest.

(photos: Steve Bosch/Vancouver Sun)

  • Anonymous

    And don’t forget similar photos from various parts of Europe.

  • Anonymous

    And don’t forget similar photos from various parts of Europe.

  • Thomas

    I sort of hate to see Cheney protests conflated with other issues since he so richly deserves exclusive attention. But it’s certainly better than nothing. Also, police responded with pushing and shoving? What is that, Canadian for beating and arresting?

  • Thomas

    I sort of hate to see Cheney protests conflated with other issues since he so richly deserves exclusive attention. But it’s certainly better than nothing. Also, police responded with pushing and shoving? What is that, Canadian for beating and arresting?

  • Linda

    We are a criminally-run country at the highest levels. It didn’t stop when Bush left. Remember Obama’s infamous line “that he would rather look forward.” Well, he certainly maintined that stance didn’t he? I’d say he even furthered Bush’s causes.

    Add Obama to the list of criminals. The killing of Al-Alwalqi by presidential mandate is yet another blight on the ever diminishing JUSTICE part of our Democracy and a boon to the indiscriminate killing of US CITIZENS without due process.

    What happened to The Hague? Where ARE the trials? Even Eichmann had a trial. Not so for perceived “terrorists.” Not so for American war criminals like Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice, and now Obama. MLK is weeping. Our Founding Fathers are weeping. Today we should all as Americans (with liberty and justice for all, btw I stopped saying that lie in 2nd grade) be weeping.

    Where does POTUS keep his Peace Prize? Up his Presidential suit of untouchable armor?

    At this point I say, OCCUPY EVERYTHING. And let the imagery of a fading America be seen in every country across the globe. Make it so that no protest can be distiguished from another. That is who we need to be. Occupiers demanding that justice be put back into the national dialog. Who the hell are we supposed to vote for in 2012? Another killer?

    Arrest them all…Obama included. And yeah, I voted for the man in what is now to me “the biggest bait and switch” ever pulled on this country of so-called laws.

    Laws? What are they good for? Absolutely nothing.

    • Anonymous

      Remember Pete Seeger’s Last Train to Nurumberg? 1971. Lots of topical references younger people might not recognize, but the gist is easily translated to contemporary terms.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twfs844nX9Y

      Same with Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, except now it’s the big sandy. This is from his performance on The Smothers Brothers Show. Controversy worth reading about, involving all sorts of censorship.

      http://youtu.be/uXnJVkEX8O4

    • Anonymous

      Remember Pete Seeger’s Last Train to Nurumberg? 1971. Lots of topical references younger people might not recognize, but the gist is easily translated to contemporary terms.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twfs844nX9Y

      Same with Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, except now it’s the big sandy. This is from his performance on The Smothers Brothers Show. Controversy worth reading about, involving all sorts of censorship.

      http://youtu.be/uXnJVkEX8O4

  • http://www.facebook.com/reece.chenault Reece Chenault

    It’s going everywhere… occupy everything.

    • omen

      somebody said media centers should be next.

  • omen

    i liked this taunt .

    caption reads: NYPD is a layoff away from joining us!!

    via

  • John Drabble

    There are solidarity events going on around the country. http://www.occupytogether.org/
    ———————————————————————————————————————————

    Join me and over 6000 others who will be occupying indefinitely Freedom Plaza in DC starting October 6th. http://october2011.org/statement

    October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of
    Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It
    is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent
    transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and
    sustainable solutions.

    We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace,
    economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join
    together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent
    resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.

    A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained
    nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our
    government.

    Forty-seven years ago, Mario Savio, an activist student at Berkeley,
    said, “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so
    odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t
    even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the
    gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and
    you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who
    run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine
    will be prevented from working at all.”

    Those words have an even greater urgency today. We face ongoing wars
    and massive socio-economic and environmental destruction perpetrated by a
    corporate empire which is oppressing, occupying and exploiting the
    world. We are on a fast track to making the planet unlivable while the
    middle class and poor people of our country are undergoing the most
    wrenching and profound economic crisis in 80 years.

  • omen

    “get the F%CK out!” — is right.

    october 2011 is the ten year anniversary of the US invasion of afghanistan – america’s longest war – read the notice i ran across of an anti war protest scheduled on oct 8, in front of obama 2012 national headquarters, chicago, on michigan avenue.

    about time.

  • tinwoman

    Meanwhile, back on Wall Street, rich people drink champagne on balconies above the protesters while laughing and sneering at them:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PiXDTK_CBY

    It’s just ghastly and I get quite a sick feeling watching it.

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.
  • xxxMuff25xxx

    BagNews…..well you guys named this site correctly, that’s for sure!  This Bag needs to be kicked to the curb with the rest of the garbage! 

  • Jcutlershaw

    Really appreciate your coverage of “the occupation” and Alan Chin’s photographs and commentary.
    An insightful perspective.
    JCS

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    Thanks for bringing up music and protest songs. My original draft of this post started off with some lines from Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.”

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