x-posted from The Jeering Section
As most of you know, I am among the "Working Homeless". You know, it's odd to say that, as does a clean bed, shower and a roof over my head shared with 99 other women really make me "homeless"?
Yesterday, Sunday Sept 25, I was down occupying Wall Street. I saw a wide range of Americans - young, old, middle-aged, Veterans, New Yorkers, out-of-towners, and we all were there for one reason: To bring attention to the rising inequity that is occurring while the Foxers try to mock with outdated insults like "hippie" and "get a job". Yeah, I am homeless, and I work. Just not earning enough to pay the rent.
When a group of NYFD walked through the plaza, a cheer and applause rang out.
Until the night fell, the NYPD were cool. Yes, there was an attempt to intimidate, but it didn't quite work they way the Commanding officers hoped.
I met people who were respectful, well-spoken, and quite concerned for all Americans. Why should we be mocked for exercisng our First Amendment right to gather, express and petition? I mean, isn't that why we're "fighting 'them' over there"?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So, WHY were members of the media arrested?