The rich, white people are the ones who can telecommute or take vacation days during the strike. The people on the BART busses are those who don’t get sick/vacation days and/or live paycheck to paycheck, so they can’t miss a work day. They can’t afford SF rents where they might live close enough to bike/walk to work. They work in physical labor or the service industry, so working remotely is not an option. THEY are the 99%.
Occupy has trouble showing working class solidarity because…well a lot of them just don’t like to work themselves.
This is a classic case of failed solidarity. When most unions are unions for government workers, and most people don’t have a union, strikes don’t go as well as they could. Likewise outside groups who have little clue as to the issues and the reasons for the strike pull shit like this, and end up hurting the people they claim to be “helping.” The unions told Occupy to put a sock in it, eventually.
I guess if all you know of revolution is what you learned from some Marxist professor at college or from some wannabe street prophet, these kinds of complexities don’t factor in to your latest temper tantrum.
Thanks to the fact that the “Occupy” movement insists on ‘no leaders’ what began as a movement to raise the issue in a forceful way the problems of economic inequality and the fact that the USA is becoming a Third World country at First World prices, and what not, now it’s become a movement about camping in parks.
While there’s a core group of people who are committed to an Actual Cause (strangely, in some ways bringing up the same issues the Tea Party did, albeit from another direction), there’s a growing part of the encampments that are only about people wanting to camp in parks and be allowed to do whatever they want, laws and civility and cleanliness be damned.
I support the Occupy movement bringing up these issues and forcing people to confront what they’ve been in denial about, but it’s time to apply some creativity. We don’t have to have people camping in crappy tents in a park to continue to force local and national government to deal with the issue.
The “shock and awe” movement of the initial Occupy protests is over - its time for Act II. Be creative. Don’t repeat the past like a Civil War re-enactment (looking at you, 21st century hippies). Blow minds not with your funk, but with something that really shows why financial abuses by the few harm the many, and why we should give a fuck. Human microphones just sound like, church by secular white kids.
Also: How many of ‘em went to vote in the SF Mayoral election, where LITERALLY the “1%” bankrolled a campaign to protect their tax breaks?
Oh that’s right. They were at a camp site.
Look! my submission to Oakland Riot Cat made it online!