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Over 700 arrested in New York as protest movement grows across the country
By Brother Chris
Mon, Oct 03rd 2011
The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan's financial district has entered its third week. Well over 700 demonstrators were arrested on Saturday as they sought to march over the Brooklyn Bridge in an act of civil disobedience. Similar protests are now being planned in nearly a hundred cities and towns across the country, including sixteen in California.
The Occupy Wall Street protest, which began in New York City's financial district on September 17th, is still ongoing. Protesters have occupied a park in the heart of the financial district for the last three weeks. Hundreds camp in the park by night. Their numbers swell into the thousands during the day. Protesters are demonstrating against the corrupting influence of money in politics, lack of adequate representation by the two-party system, and social inequality, among a variety of other issues.
On Saturday, thousands gathered at the protest's encampment for a planned march over the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge. However, after the march arrived at the bridge, a large number of protesters broke off from the planned route and took to the street below the walkway on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge.
Police informed those at the front of the breakaway group that they would be arrested if they continued, but they did not stop the march from progressing onto the bridge. Others in the middle and back of the march, who did not hear the initial warnings, appear to have believed that police were escorting the march across the bridge.
A police line advancing from the opposite end of the bridge stopped the marchers about a third of the way across. Another police line followed them from behind, kettling the protesters on the bridge. A few hundred, many of whom likely did not understand the implications of taking to the street, were allowed to return to Manhattan. The rest were detained and arrested one by one. Police reported over 700 arrests early Sunday morning. The Brooklyn-bound lane of the bridge was shut down for hours, snarling traffic in lower Manhattan. On Sunday afternoon, thousands of protesters could once again be found at the protest's encampment.
Since the Occupy Wall Street protest began on September 17th, similar demonstrations have begun to spring up across the country. In Boston, dozens were arrested at the Bank of America building on Saturday as part of an ongoing demonstration near the Federal Reserve Bank organized by Occupy Boston. Protesters have been demonstrating outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for over a week.
In San Francisco, OccupySF protesters have been camped out for three weeks in solidarity with their counterparts in New York. Hundreds marched down Market Street last Thursday. Six were arrested after refusing to leave a branch of Chase Bank where they had planned to sleep for the night. Occupy Los Angeles kicked off on Saturday, with a march to City Hall by a crowd of over a thousand people. Protests are being planned for the coming weeks in dozens of cities and towns across the country, including Washington D.C., where an occupation-style demonstration is planned to begin this Thursday.
Organizers of the growing but loosely connected nationwide network of protest groups say they intend to continue their demonstrations indefinitely. See Occupy Together, which is functioning as an umbrella site for the burgeoning movement, for more information.
We all would love to have more money, a cushion that would give us the freedom of retiring early and living the lifestyle that we see that others have. The old saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side” is only true till you get to the other side.
Many today have fallen for what we thought was good advice on securing our future. We followed the crowd trying to live up to the Joneses of the world and bought houses bigger than we could honestly afford. We put are hard earned money into the rich man’s game, the stock market. We bought a second or third house to rent out, praying that the tenants would not default on the rent and take down our whole house of cards. We fell for the story that it is our right to have it all and we maxed out our credit cards to get it.
When we had less we were happy and enjoyed life, we relied upon family and friends; we did not need to go to the fancy restaurants and clubs to show off to everyone that we were on the fast track of the American dream. We did not need boats, two cars in our driveway or vacations that took us to every corner of the world. We were happy just to have those whom were close to us over to our humble home for a simple dinner and a game or two.
We have replaced the simple pleasures of life for a game that says, “He who dies with the most toys, wins”. The problem is that when we do achieve our goal and get what we so longed for, we just come up with a yet bigger dream and are never truly happy with what we already have.
Through our own greed we have dug ourselves into a financial hole that to get out of now, many will lose everything, and yes that sucks, but whose fault is that really?
Protests are now breaking out all over America as people who have been caught up in the system cry out in pain and blame the government. Many are being arrested and it’s only a matter of time before these protests get out of hand and start taking human lives or ending you up in jail for months.
We must ask ourselves honestly, do we really want a government that will baby sit us and solve all our problems? In my way of thinking, that’s Communism and after 70 years even that fell in Russia.
Let’s take the Bank of America’s $5 a month charge to use a debt card for instance. Does anyone really believe that marching in front of their headquarters will do anything? What about a old fashion bank run where all those who do not agree with their new charge goes in and cancels their debt card and closes their account, now that they will clearly hear.
Yes money runs this corrupt world, but without your few dollars the big corporations have nothing. To take back America, we first have to down size our own dream. Today we are monthly billed to death on many things that we conceder basic necessities, but how many of these things even existed 10 or 20 years ago. Do we really need all this stuff to be happy?
Protesters are now demonstrating against the corrupting influence of money in politics, lack of adequate representation by the two-party system, and social inequality, among a variety of other issues. However, as long as these forms of protests go on, the corporations have the police on their side. Only when they lose you as a customer along with your little bit of money will you have them where you really want them.
America is again in the election mood. I am not a lawyer, but what would happen if every American that has been hurt by doing what they were told was best for their future and are now suffering the consequences were to write on their ballet, Tea Party. If the government is truly elected by the people and the people do not vote for the two main parties, can they legally become your government?
Just a thought! Brother Chris
Today's Devotional Commentary by Charlotte_Irene
Psalm 64…Tuesday October 4th, 2011
When conspiracy is evident let us as David did turn and seek
God’s help and protection who ultimately knows everything that is transpiring.
Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint;
Protect my life from the threat of the enemy
Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him
Let all the upright in heart praise him
Evil can come in the form of secret conspiracy or an ambush because Satan wants to catch us unprepared. He tempts us in our weakest areas when we least expect it but God himself will deal with our enemies whether they are physical or spiritual. Weakness is widespread and affects us in many ways but the final victory already belongs to God and to those who trust Him and believe in Him
We may believe that God wants to hear only certain types of requests.
It is true that we should offer praise, confession and respectful petitions but it is also true that God is willing to listen to anything we desire to tell him.
David expressed himself honestly, knowing that God would hear his voice. God will always listen to us and he will fully understand what we say
The words spoken against us are among the most painful attacks we may have to face. If we trust in God, these attacks will not hurt us
My Father hears my voice and knows the meditation of my heart. He preserves me from fear and in knowing He is with me nothing can cause me to panic. I am thus secure as I so abide in Christ.
My refuge is in the Lord
In acknowledging my need and acceptance of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and so identifying with Him he has thus promised the power of the Spirit of God to be with me and so direct me aright
TIS A RELATIONSHIP THAT HE HAS SO MADE POSSIBLE
With a humble heart we draw nigh in prayer seeking You dear Lord and being willing to turn to so appropriate the ultimate benefits of Your love and presence and we give YOU praise even as we anticipate that which YOU make possible on our behalf
Study by Charlotte…October 2011
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