LATE UPDATE (10/14). OCCUPY ST. PETE ASKS FOR PERMIT!
NOTE- DO NOT COME TO COUNTER DEMONSTRATE….THEY WANT A CONFRONTATION…DON’T GIVE IT TO THEM. WORK IN YOUR COMMUNITY PEACEFULLY AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. MORE LATER.
Yesterday, the Sun Beam Times reported on the failure of the organizers of Occupy St. Pete to obtain a permit for their “occupation” on Saturday. To show that it is not hard to gain such a permit, this reporter went to the Parks department of the City of St. Petersburg and applied. The city granted the permit today for a “public assembly” in St. Petersburg to me on Saturday. This is how law abiding citizens act. They either comply with the law and expect equal justice or they work, lawfully, to change the law.
To be clear, the object of this reporter is NOT to shut down the Occupy ST. Pete gathering. The goal is to ensure they live under the same laws we do. Another more important goal is to reveal who the leaders are, what they want and what they are willing to do to achieve those goals. Some early conversations indicate that some goals of the “occupy movement are consistent with Tea Party Goals: end corporate corruption that occurs through unholy alliances with the government and the Federal Reserve. The question is how: Bigger government or smaller government. This reporter has advocated the later at www.FoundersCorner.US.
It is time for the leadership of “Occupy St. Pete” to apply for their permit. Clearly they will be granted a permit and can do so for no fee if they indicate “hardship”. (My permit was obtained with a $30 cash fee). If the city allows this group to assemble without a permit, it will be clear that the law will be applied unequally to people who the city is afraid to confront. They certainly have good reason to worry since the “Occupy” movement has worked to run street barriers, block the Brooklyn Bridge and city streets and run police lines …violating the law that the rest of us follow everyday (even when we don’t like it). They then falsely claim “Police brutality” when they are clearly working to have a effective public confrontations with the police.
The Tea Party movement does not do this. We assemble with permits. We leave the event grounds cleaner than we found them. We respect the police, the barriers and the law. We truly engage in “Peaceful Assembly”. Sadly, we are called violent extremists when we do so, yet it is clearly the “Occupy’ movement engaging in extremist actions with violent behavior. There are reports of public sex and drugs and defecation. Why do these people flaunt the law in every way and then cry “foul” when anyone asks them to live by the rules we all have.
As far as what they want, it is becoming more clear. Many in the movement complain about banks receiving bailouts and a corrupt corporate class in an unholy alliance with the government and the Federal Reserve. But what are their solutions. One appears to be “direct Democracy”. Well, America is a Republic, not a direct democracy because the latter leads to mob rule that harms individuals and minorities. Republican Government (in the sense of the Founders) leads to protection of individual rights. Sadly that has left us even today as the D.C. elite subject us to their whims with no need to write laws (see President Obama’s call to enact the points of his “jobs” bill without Congress, through Executive action this week).
So who are the “occupiers” who will not work to get a permit. One is David Mervine, a third year law student at Stetson who has an arrest this year for Domestic Battery. He is aware of city ordinances, according to his posts on the Facebook page, but feels there is no need to comply since, as he puts it “Though, it might be the violation of a city ordinance, but then that city ordinance might be unlawful because of Constitutional Protections”. He actually links people to the City ordinances and refers them to chapters 21 and 25 and says this: “Remember you are not a part of any group. You are probably going to the park as an individual, with your own individual interests…[ordinance reference]…This is not a protest, but individuals and passersby who are enjoying public space.” Mr. Mervine offers advice on how to behave at the demonstration as well. Clearly he is an organizer. So, why won’t Mr. Mervine apply for a permit like I did? He was contacted today and denied he was an organizer and denied he was affiliated with any organization. He stated to contact him at a “convenient time”, but refused to schedule and appointment before handing his phone to a bemused bystander and advising him to say HE was the organizer of “occupy St. Pete”. Here is the other difference between this group and the Tea Party. We are proud to be public about our actions we want to discuss them publicly and openly. We don’t play games and hide.
Another organizer appears to be a “good egg” who is trying to help and seems legitimately perplexed by the maze of city rules that limit all of our ability to assemble peaceful in empty public spaces. However, she knows how to organize now and I even offered her my permit. It turns out that when she was identified as an organizer, she changed the name of her Facebook page from “Dorian Turner” to “Dorian Liberty” (however her trail is still fresh and uncleansed here at the meetup page for “occupy Together” where she indicates she states “We have an Occupy Saint Petersburg facebook page, we are linked to OTampa but creating actions here. One is set for Sat 15th”. We have discussed things privately now and it appears we recognize the same source of many of the problems. However, it is unclear what she and others actually want. She also shows she was the organizer of Occupy St. Pete here: “We have an Occupy Saint Petersburg facebook page, we are linked to OTampa but creating actions here. One is set for Sat 15th”., This was posted on 10/11 but appears now also to have been cleansed form the St.t Petersburg Based” Occupy Florida facebook page.
Why are people so afraid to reveal themselves as organizers here. Why are they actively covering their tracks? Could it be that the movement is becoming associated with “anti-capitalism” and “unions” and “socialists”, “communits”, Move On.org or well known leftists and uber rich like Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, and others like Kornell West who openly advocate communism . Could it be that they are being associated with people who reject Ghandi and peaceful action and foment violence? Or could it be this is yet another well funded operation by Globalist George Soros who benefits off the very system these people are trying to expose?
As far as I can tell, this movement is designed to tax more, regulate more and redistribute wealth. They may claim to want to redistribute from the 1% to the 99%. It always starts that way and ends with collectivism and equal misery, not prosperity. It is not about freedom but for use of government force against law abiding, productive citizens to create more powerful elite bodies to pick winners and losers. A look at the Declaration of Occupation will reveal the real motives.
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on september 29, 2011
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
Update 10/1/11 – Minor updates to some wording in the facts.