…while the 99% slept…Posted: 2014-05-25
…well, not quite – for some, that thing about ‘the unexamined life…’…
[And to overkill that title of JFK’s book.]
But before we get there, a glance at something to lift the spirits but for later perusing. You can blame student debt for America’s inequality and shrinking middle class. Nothing like deteriorating standard of living to sharpen one’s focus.
In any case, if we remember Gil Scott-Heron and his, with some updating, famous observation, we can move to this paragraph from a blog post,
“It’s all out in the open here,” said the 25-year-old student, who was to have graduated May 22 with a master’s degree from The New School of Social Research in New York City. “The cruelty of power can’t hide like it does on the outside. You get America, everything America has become, especially for poor people of color in prison. My lawyers think I will get two years. But two years is nothing compared to what these women, who never went to trial, never had the possibility of a trial with adequate legal representation, face. There are women in my dorm [detention facility] who, because they have such a poor command of English, do not even understand their charges. I spent a lot of time trying to explain the charges to them.”
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Chris Hedges in his post, They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution, continues with this excerpt,
McMillan says Grantley Bovell, who was in plainclothes and did not identify himself as a police officer, grabbed her from behind during a March 17, 2012, gathering of several hundred Occupy activists in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. In a video of the incident she appears to have instinctively elbowed him in the face, but she says she has no memory of what happened. Video and photographs—mostly not permitted by the trial judge to be shown in the courtroom—buttressed her version of events. There is no dispute that she was severely beaten by police and taken from the park to a hospital where she was handcuffed to a bed. On May 5 she was found guilty after a three-week trial of a felony assault in the second degree. She can receive anything from probation to seven years in prison.
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As we know from the very extensive MSM coverage (?) of this outrage, Ms McMillan was sentenced to three months in jail. Her incarceration may have temporarily derailed her graduation plans and career, assuming she could find a job, but that incarceration has certainly not diminished her humanity and optimism. The young lady, bright and articulate at that, not glib, sees herself committed to helping others less fortunate to cope with, then improve, their own lives.
That 99% vs 1% of Occupy Wall Street is truly responsible for creating the sheer panic that consumed from corporation to corporate MSM to corporate politician. And the ensuing repression would serve as lesson and deterrent, even if temporary, to those US citizens socially conscious enough to dare challenge established order.
Now if only Ms Cecily McMillan had become a financial engineer and headed off to Wall Street. Sorry, Gil, as things go echoing across the US is the title of that famous song of Simon and Garfunkel, ‘The Sounds of…’ – only those sounds, deafening silence.