Dallas Gets Occupied

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Photos by Stephen Masker, slide show here
Doubtless you've heard about Occupy Wall Street, the protests against corporate greed and Wall Street bailouts (among other things) that have been going on for the last three weeks in New York. The protesters call themselves "the other 99 percent" or just "The 99," and this morning in Pike Park off Harry Hines, around 500 locals massed to begin their own protest, Occupy Dallas, marching down to the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank on Pearl. Signs were plentiful: "This Revolution Will Not Be Privatized," "99 To One, Those Are Great Odds," "Health Insurance For All - Put Bankers Out On the Street" and "Hello Goliath, Meet David."

"It's so fucking great to see you all here!" shouted McKenzie Wainwright from the raised gazebo at one end of the park, where a few of the organizers were directing traffic. She's a slight red-haired 23-year-old barista, part of the People's Assembly of Dallas, a group of about 150 core organizers who began meeting to plan the demonstration.

"We're working with the police," Wainwright reminded the crowd. "They are helping us. We will help them. We will not start anything. Walk. Scream your chants. Hold signs. Tell them what you want. We will not instigate violence."

There were plenty of tie-dyed shirts, black band T-shirts, dreadlocks and skateboards in the crowd, and almost as many fanny packs, gray beards and starched khakis. Everybody clapped and cheered for not instigating violence, then again, a few moments later, when she reminded them to stay on the sidewalk during the march.

"We're here for a reason," Wainwright told the crowd. "Don't jeopardize that. Don't let anyone make a fool of you."

The biggest cheer came when she announced that members of the Transportation Workers Union and the Communications Workers Union were both in the audience. "Labor is here!" she declared.

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Across the street, police officers were stationed in two parking lots, as well as all along the route between the park and the bank. "We're just going to make sure they have a safe demonstration," Sgt. Warren Mitchell, a public information officer, told Unfair Park. "We anticipate a safe demonstration."

We asked how many officers would be out. "We're not gonna tell you that," Mitchell said. He was nice about it.

Back across the street, Wainwright pointed out a hovering police helicopter to the crowd. "Do me a favor and give 'em a nice big wave, would you?" she asked the group. Everyone turned around and waved cheerily. A grandmotherly lady with a silver bun and white sneakers wandered by, waving a sign that read "Tax The Rich."

Down the marchers went, past police officers with their hands in their pockets and a group of guys standing at a loading dock, cigarettes suspended temporarily in midair as they watched the procession. As the protesters streamed across the street, an older man in a silver car, a Bluetooth headset in his ear, leaned hard on his car horn for a full two minutes as he gave everyone the finger, his face expressionless. Nearby, a kid on crutches hopped quickly along. One of his pant legs was empty. His sign read: "If I Can March On One Leg, Why Can't You?"

The man was Cameron Wilson, 24, who lost his leg three months ago in a car accident. "I can't get on disability," he explained. "Social Security denied me because I'm too young." He was marching, he said, against corporate greed, privatization and "secrecy."

Robin Taubenfeld marched dressed as a clown, complete with a bright wig and a red nose. She pushed her daughter Moonbeam in a stroller in front of her, who wore a tutu and purple Dora the Explorer pajamas.

"War is ridiculous," Taubenfeld said, explaining her outfit. "Economic injustice is ridiculous." Plus, she said, costumes are an excellent way to show "that the movement for social change is family friendly, peaceful, vibrant and creative. This is the children's future we're fighting for."

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telavivvacationapartment
telavivvacationapartment

there is always a protest i think the leaders are not doing well lots of people are not satisfied of their work

tcolgan001
tcolgan001

Occupy Earth!

What is your opinion of the recent rash of protests spreading across the globe?

Just a waste of time?  Or will it have an impact?  Tell us what you think and why.

http://www.tedanon.com/convers...

mcm97
mcm97

Companies are bad!  Now lets all meet at Starbucks after march and look at videos we took on our iphones!! 

Idiots...

Kervinervin
Kervinervin

"OUTof the ASHES by William Johnstone and the liberals have Saul Alensky

Dr. Memory
Dr. Memory

Hey! I've seen this movie before.... in 1968!  Protests in the streets scaring the crap out of the average American.... what happened? Not change the protesters wanted, but a landslide to put in Nixon on a 'Law & Order' ticket. I betcha this is history repeating itself. Those who idealize the '60s protest movements have forgotten what it brought about...  Tactics sometimes have a greater impact than the message, and history will repeat itself. 

is it you?
is it you?

and it's sad your mouth has been co-opted by your ass...

is it you?
is it you?

a little late in the year for renaissance faire, no doubt...

Votes In Every Election
Votes In Every Election

I'll be more impressed when the 99% starts voting.

Only 40.9% voted during 2010 elections...less than 10% nationwide vote in primaries that select candidates for Gov and Congressional campaigns.

That's pathetic - and APATHETIC. If you can find time to protest, you can find time to vote. That goes a long way to stopping the silence.

Mightym7
Mightym7

The new slogan of American culture: Hate anyone who has a better idea and/or better work ethic than you. I mean, how dare anyone think that they deserve more pay and a better quality of life just because they try a lot harder in life overall and take full responsibility for themselves! The nerve!

Eyecue_mvk
Eyecue_mvk

Its good to see that being broke is a big story now that white people are involved.

Angel Peysen
Angel Peysen

Eliminate income tax. Keep sales tax. Raise tax on foreign products. Buy American. Implement campaign reform. Destroy mainstream media.

The Genius
The Genius

ridiculous is right- what do these folks think they'll solve anyway?! here's a novel idea- stay in school/ go to college/ do well/ get a job/ pay taxes.....and see what it's really like! 

DBCOOPA
DBCOOPA

We are occupying Pioneer Park today.  1428 Young StreetDallas, TX 75202Please send any questions or concerns to occupydallas@gmail.com our media team will resp@gmail:disqus Please send any questions or concerns to occupydallas@gmail.com our media team will resp@gmail:disqus 

Derrick White
Derrick White

I couldn't agree more.  Additionally, I did not intentionally mean to imply similarities between these two movements beyond those I stated.  The fact of our political system is that it is beholden to big money supporters by design.  This forces change to come in small doses.

Derrick White
Derrick White

I'm really tired of the how the media and their little parrots are portraying this movement.  What the Occupy movement is about and what they want is pretty clear.  They want the people who are responsible for the economic meltdown held to account.  They want their money to be repaid (as in the bail out money, which came from tax dollars).  They want a fair tax system.  They want a governing body that listens to them, and one that is willing to act.  When the Tea Party came along and demonstrated that people who willing to put in the time, could affect a real change in the political landscape - EVERYONE complained that there was nothing to counter from the left.  This is our answer.  The funny thing, ultimately, is that we want a lot of the same things.

lafnjim
lafnjim

THE HOLD WALL STREET PROTESTERS NEED A CLUE! Really!

1. Protest at Wall Street? Why? They take individual retirement funds, your 401 k's, etc, theinsurance premiums that are invested by the companies to grow income to help pay for the claims that will arise, teacher pensions, government pensions are all invested. They can't make the first dollar, until money is invested by someone.2. Astute investors make profits on wall st, buying apple stock and selling positions incompanies that make 8 track cassette players. And you, the investor who has their positionin Apple celebrate the profits you are making! SO WHY PROTEST.3. The housing mortgage mess. Well, Democrats allowed everyone to own a house, even thosewho don't have the income to make the payment. Following the law, the mortgage people bundle good loans with some bad ones and sell them to Wall St investors ,who hoping to make a profit, get them. And find that there are bad apples in the bushel. And, we have a financial crisis. YOU PROTEST THE WALL ST PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW THE LAW.4. You decry the profits and commissions Wall St people make. If you handle 10 billion dollar portfolios and return a 8% profit, you will get quite a commission. Is there something wrong with making a profit and creating a return for investors?

5. These kids protest wall st. these kids buy apple phones. so they hate corporations and corporate profits? Makes sense doesn't it. These corporations- some employees being family members of these protestors- give money to all manner of charities. Susan Komen gets lotsof it. This month everything is pink. Why are these corporations evil? They give buildings from universities to let these kids learn in!

IN SHORT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PROTESTING. DON'T BE A PAWN, A FOOL ORAN IDIOT! AND WITH THE DRESS, MINDSET AND EDUCATION LEVEL OF THESE LUNATICS, THEY NEED A CLUE NOT PRESS COVERAGE!

jfpo
jfpo

Every time Obama says "close loopholes" he's branded a class warrior. You bring up some good ideas, but there doesn't seem to be an atmosphere of cooperation in Washington these days.

John2247
John2247

It's amusing to see people complain on a blog about people exercising freedom of speech. 

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

These people are exercising their right to be heard - it's motivating and it's long over due.  For the few folks here making light of the article and some of the comments, when was the last time you got off your ass and went to address council, called your congressman or protested something...anything?  or maybe, when was the last time you voted?  Maybe you've been too busy looking up words in the urban dictionary to use in your comments. If you've been paying attention, you have noticed our civil liberties are disappearing every damn day and mark my words it won't be long until protesting will no longer be allowed.  If you haven't been paying attention, keep your head in the sand - makes it easier to spot the asses among us.

 

Rangers100
Rangers100

Moonbeam Taubenfeld?

No f-ing way.

That's too good to be true.

KJ Lowry
KJ Lowry

For those wondering what the protestors want...that is, other than economic justice and democracy that work for the other 99% of us in America?  http://www.nationofchange.org/...This article is very informative...a game-changing agenda!

threefour
threefour

They should be demonstrating in front of the White House.

shrubstex
shrubstex

As some of your folks who ignore Sarah Palin , you might be surprised that the Tea Party is based on a lot of these statements by Sarah. '

'“This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.”

Is there a hint of a political breakthrough hiding in there?

The political conversation in the United States is paralyzed by a simplistic division of labor. Democrats protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big money and enhanced by government action. Republicans protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big government and enhanced by the free market.

What is seldom said is that human flourishing is a complex and delicate thing, and that we needn’t choose whether government or the market jeopardizes it more, because both can threaten it at the same time.

 Ms. Palin may be hinting at a new political alignment that would pit a vigorous localism against a kind of national-global institutionalism. It is time to wake up folks. 

Solyndra_gate_keeper
Solyndra_gate_keeper

WHAT OCCUPATION?  I got there at 2pm and there was only a Clown with a baby carriage.

From the demands list, it sounds like THE KENYAN is up to his old tricks:  Usurp other people's message, then do the opposite once elected. 

Marching on The FED?  Tea Party/Ron PaulEnd the Wars  Libertarians/Ron PaulBan the Lobbyists  Tea Party/Ron Paul

Why don't you guys just attend a Ron Paul Rally, before the union thugs and socialist infiltrators steal your little movement right out from under your feet?  

Cyborg01
Cyborg01

Oh...this is simply a "first step" to getting the 99% to vote. The "bitchy angry right wing" is on it's way out. 4 angry white guys and their spouses in Nebraska are nothing compared to 27 young kids who believe in America for all.

Myfragilewittlemind
Myfragilewittlemind

Seriously? I happen to be protesting and I vote every election. If fact I have been a presidential delegate too. So Votes, do you vote the one who can b*llsh*t the best or do you do your homework and research who paid what to which candidate. Because that's who's agenda is going to be taken care of, not yours or mine. I think Politician's business jackets should be patched like nascar driver jackets to make it easier to find out who's meat puppet they are. If you think politicians aren't paid for then you're a brainwashed lemming and should just go back to watching your FOX News while eating a big bowl of GMO cereal with some RGBH milk. In fact go sprinkle a little Neotame on top sweeten it up for ya. Get your facts before you spat. Most of the people out there are voters.

is it you?
is it you?

they won't, though. they'll be going to theater class.. or theatre, if you prefer...

is it you?
is it you?

american culture? try global, bitch!

Catbird
Catbird

What you say "they" want and what those who have branded and organized www.justice4peace.org plan to do if there is blood in the street and the city is burned are vastly different.

Don't be a dupe of the Marxists/Globalists...the blood for the media event they are planning to re-elect Obama will be yours not theirs.

Go home and stay safe. 

Jameshairston
Jameshairston

The tea party is tAxed enough ready. The left protests for what? They have been given evereything. And everything has broken the economy. Free food, health care, housing, subprime loans, education and on and on! And you call it your money?Please explain.Hate apple, microsoft, buffett. Hate politicos that give you everything for nothing.

J diamond
J diamond

Note to security:Place Derrick White on watch list.Doubleplusdangerous.If the tea party and the occupy group realize they have far more in common then they realize, we are in trouble.

Jamie Diamond

plfarmer
plfarmer

You want Ron Paul, what a joke.If it would have been up to Dr.Paul, we would not have had any bailout, and no FDIC.That means Sept. 2008 you would have gone to Bof A, and the doors would have been closed.Look at that apple and be glad you are eatting, and not selling it

bit trollent
bit trollent

I also noticed the racist tea party statement that praises Ron Paul.

I wonder how the religious right (tea party) is colluding with Ron Paul to screw over black people.

Cyborg01
Cyborg01

Wow another person who hates black people who loves Ron Paul. Shocking and kind of expected. "The Kenyan" please....your hood is showing. 

Votes in Every Election
Votes in Every Election

I find it quite interesting that you've assumed that I'm a Republican right-wing Fox News watcher.

In fact, I am a college professor, Independent, moderately liberal / liberally moderate, have never voted straight party line in my life.  I think I shall use this comment stream as an example in my critical thinking class.

While working for several years with a variety of non-profits, I lived in some of the wealthiest - and even more of the poorest - places in the world. I've seen true human suffering at the hands of corrupt governments. Words and photos can't express what that looks like.

Don't get so caught up in your politics that you miss the point: If the 99 would vote, it would make a difference. I sincerely doubt that a majority of the people marching are voters, just as I sincerely doubt that a majority of the people showing up at Tea Party rallies are voters.

It's a lot easier to show - and, dare I sa "Myfragilewittlemind" call names - than get involved in local politics, supporting candidates that align with you/your neighborhood's needs and beliefs.

That's why I'll be more impressed when the 99 vote. You get more excitement from a rally than you do from standing in line, waiting to vote.

So make a difference and be part of a movement that's not finger pointing.

And learn to debate civily. I'm a member of the Civility Project. That might be a group you'd like to check out. Just a suggestion.

Catbird
Catbird

Never mind Derrick, I just took a peek at your facebook...you should be right up front and toss a warm piss bag in the face of the biggest cop you can find.

If you're lucky, he'll open your skull like a cantelope and "radicalize" you for good.

Howard Zinn would be so very proud...a martyr for the cause!

Derrick White
Derrick White

1. Don't assume anything about an individual you don't know.  You don't actually know anything about those protesters.  If you want to make an educated guess, you might infer that 9% of them are unemployed and in need of some kind of assistance.2. Those social safety nets (which by the way the right does not actually proposing we dismantle) are a symptom.  They are not the root cause.  A critical thinker knows the difference.3.  Why is it that if the right wants to hold corporations accountable, or individuals accountable, they are heralded as visionary.  If the left takes the same stand, you call them lazy whiners.  It's called a false argument.  You bend the facts to suit a conclusion that you've pre-ordained.  It's an anti-intellectual tactic.4. There are plenty of reasons to have moral objections to Apple, Microsoft, and Buffet (or perhaps Berkshire Hathaway).  I'm not sure that the first two really have much to do with this movement though.5.  It is a fundamentally accurate to assert that the cause for the economic meltdown in this country stems from irresponsible business conduct within the financial industry.  Since the meltdown, no one of consequence has been held accountable, and no consequential rule changes have taken place to prevent reoccurrence.  As the manager of a multi-million dollar business, I'd like to think I know what I'm talking about, when I say it's irresponsible to see a problem, know the individuals who are responsible, but decide to do nothing to fix the problem.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I hope your computer runs Linux and you posted here using Opera.

jfpo
jfpo

Ron Paul supporters basically fall into two camps: Racists and pot smokers. No, I'm not equating the two.

Derrick White
Derrick White

You know I just did a bit of research of my own...  It's amazing that you are the same guy who was so compassionate on the subject of Christianity.  You're more than a little creepy.

Derrick White
Derrick White

I probably won't be doing that.  I come from a family with a background in law enforcement.

BTS
BTS

Having a bad day Catbird. LOL!

is it you?
is it you?

hey, one person thinks i'm amusing (not) and now i'm gonna dig a little deeper...

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