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Posted on 10/08/2011 10:38:32 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Washington's National Air and Space Museum was closed Saturday afternoon after sign-wielding demonstrators tried to storm the building on the National Mall.
At least one person was pepper sprayed when the crowd pinned a guard against a wall and another guard came to his rescue, Smithsonian spokesperson Linda St. Thomas told NBC station WRC.
"You cannot bring that stuff in the museum under any circumstances," St. Thomas told WRC.
Protesters included people from the October 2011 Stop the Machine group and Occupy D.C., an offshoot of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.
......Ann Wilcox, a lawyer working with Stop the Machine, said a 19-year-old woman from Madison, Wisc., was arrested by police. She paid a fine and was released later Saturday. Wilcox said the protesters went to the Air and Space museum to demonstrate against a military drone exhibit.
......There were no plans to set up a 24-hour camp in Washington Square Park similar to the one that has operated for three weeks in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.
The protesters living in Zuccotti Park have built a full-service demonstration staging zone, complete with hot food, health care, a digital counter registering supporters, and a solar energy truck to help supply power to electronics.
First-year medical resident Jay Kang arrived Friday to serve as a health care volunteer. PhotoBlog: Who is Occupy Wall Street?
"The greed that is prevailing on Wall Street is causing a lot of problems in society today," Kang said.
"That is why I am here to support the protesters."
Occupy Wall Street set up in Zuccotti Park last month with dozens of demonstrators. Since then, thousands more including various unions such as the Transport Workers Union and the United Federation of Teachers have joined the movement.
In other affiliated protests Saturday:....
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THe key to this protest is Stop The Machine, a mixed bag of communists, marxists, socialists and far-left liberals (no conservatives allowed).
They played a major role in protests in Wisconsin against Gov. Walker and announced that they would support similar organizations.
Another allied group was Wisconsin Democracy Convention, often with the same marxists involved in leading both.
They have ties to the marxist Democratic Socialists of America and possibly to Soros. That will need to be further explored.
Look for the National Lawyers Guild, once a totally Communist Party USA front, now a mixed bag of marxists, to provide the demonstrators with legal help. Also another CPUSA creation via the NLG, the Center for Constitutional Rights might pop up as a legal helper.
There are a lot of unaffiliated individuals in these protests so don’t lump them all in with the reds as members, but they have created an “united front” much as the CPUSA and SWP did during the Vietnam “Mobes” groups.
Once the reds get control of each regional/city group, it is all over for any non-communists. Been inside them. Saw it happen.
Forwarned is forearmed.
Oh heck. They are everywhere. In TN they did Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis but got hungry and went home.
No doubt Obama and his czars will start sending FEMA in to feed, shelter and wash their clothes.
If they get no press they leave. That’s why Wall and Broad was picked in the first place. They seek attention that the schools stripped from them over 45 years ago.
How the Occupy Wall Street movement utilizes social media: [LINKS]
* Live footage of Zuccotti Park can be found at the protest epicenter’s viral webstream, Global Revolution.
* The #occupywallstreet hashtag (as well as #ows and #occupywallst) has been the main engine on Twitter.
* OccupyTogether.org supplies a range of DIY downloadable posters.
* There is an Occupy Wall Street social app called The Vibe, which allows demonstrators to communicate anonymously.
* An Occupy Wall Street publication was launched on Kickstarter, originally asking for $12,000 in seed money to get the publication rolling. The project surpassed its funding goal and has now raised over $40,000.
* A Tumblr account, We Are the 99 Percent, allows users to post personal anecdotes and stories about why they consider themselves part of the economically disaffected majority:
A roundup of Occupy Wall Street coverage:
From Mother Jones: Andy Kroll on big labor unions signing on and what ties Wisconsin and #OWS together; Michael Tracey on the NYPD’s violent tactics; Tim Murphy on the rise of #OccupySesameStreet; Lauren Ellis on the initial developments; Kevin Drum on why “mainstream logistical support is key.”
Additional interesting coverage:
* Micah Sifry sees “a third wave of movement politics” forming (following netroots and the tea party).
* Michael Scherer agrees “there is huge potential” for the movement to grow and impact national politics a la the tea party.
* Nick Kristof suggests some practical demands for the movement.
* Matt Langer considers what Occupy Wall Street and the tea party have in common.
* Sally Kohn rethinks her initial critique. (Mother Jones drew criticism for a similar piece.)
* John Cassidy looks at Ray Kelly and the NYPD’s reaction.
* The New York Observer has 50 portraits of people who have been in on the action in New York City.
* The Nation’s Greg Mitchell is blogging “Occupy USA” developments daily.
* The Guardian is also producing ongoing coverage.
There is a Tide Truck parked somewhere. I doubt they want to be associated with these idiots though.
It’s all designed to reinforce their positions and build the movement.
If they want a ‘73 pinto and a dishwasher job all they have to do is jump into my past. One caveat, have fun. :^)
You make it sound like an army. These kids get tired of civilian military life real quick.
These aren’t “kids.”
My ass. They wouldn’t last a week in my world. They wouldn’t last 2 days in my military world. My description of a “kid” is someone who is fully capable yet still depends on others for everything.
You can be a 40yr old “kid” in this nation
They aren’t military, they’re working up to rioting.
Why are you trying so hard to dismiss the potential for this spreading and causing real problems?
There is ZERO reason the Air and Space Museum at Boeing should not get one of the shuttles.
I been on the planet for to long. This is going to blow-up in Obama’s face. Get back to me next week and tell me how the “kids” are doing. Most of the firms that trade on Wall are not even located there. NYC is going to bring in the CDC to get rid of these basement maggots.
You would think that Houston should get one. What about Huntsville, ALA.
The young men and women in my neck o’ the woods are getting back to the basics. Let the maggots march as they have that right. They will soon understand that working America is not listening to them.