Words of wisdom from Elaine Brown at Occupy Oakland’s rally yesterday. Why is it that when the United States steps in and enacts extreme violence on its “enemies” (including innocent civilians) and/or those deemed “terrorists” it’s awarded almost half of the U.S. federal budget. Or when a corporation kills millions of people with its products in the name of profit, it’s lauded for its business savvy and success. Yet when those who are being screwed (i.e. forced to live in poverty, forced to suffer due to lack of health care or dangerous products, forced to work as slaves for low wages) by the U.S. government and its corporate hacks, rise up in protest, we’re deemed terrorists … would history be different if the people had risen up against Hitler and Third Reich? And in hindsight, if those who had the opportunity to act out against such brutal violence in Nazi Germany, would they have? WAKE UP PEOPLE!
“What can be more violent than not having a place to live?…What can be more violent than the entire occupation of our communities by the police? We need to be reclaiming our communities and start talking about THEIR violence towards US.”
– Elaine Brown