Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Occupy Violence and the UUA, Rev Morales, and Peter Bowden

Since UUA, Rev Morales, and folks like Peter Bowden climbed onto this wagon, I think they have a special obligation and duty to speak out, one way or the other, as Occupy takes a nasty turn towards violence: Occupy Oakland protesters split over violence
Even within the cities, there is a deepening split between those who accept violence as a tactic and those who oppose it.

The conflict is turning into a wrestling match for the soul of the Occupy movement in the Bay Area. And it's become so pronounced that many who started out calling themselves Occupiers now refer to themselves as "99 percenters" instead.

"When I started to see what was happening Saturday, my heart just broke," Michele Horaney of Alameda, a member of the 99 Percent Solution activist group in the East Bay, said of the Occupy Oakland protest that devolved into an hours-long street battle with police. "There is so much good to be gotten, earned and kept from really solid, sincere efforts to make things change for the better.

"But now," Horaney said, "we've got this group that pretty much just wants to destroy things and make trouble."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/30/MN7E1N0JU1.DTL#ixzz1l3qxxGXj
I see a repeat of Chicago's Days of Rage coming and a rump group that's headed underground. This will not end well. Those who sparked it, better get out front and show some leadership.

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