Cornell West & Raheem Devaughn Arrested For Protesting

Raheem Devaughn and Cornell West was arrested in front of the Supreme Court yesterday for protesting for Occupy DC.

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Occupy DC is a peaceful grassroots movement that are fed up with the current political and economical system in this nation. We are an independent branch from occupytogether.org and occupywallst.org but carry the same terminology and philosophy. Occupy DC focuses on spreading the idea of Occupy Together and Occupy Wall Street in our nations capital Washington DC.

 

Why?

  • 45 million Americans depend on food stamps.
  • 14 million (9.1%) Americans are officially recorded as unemployed.
  • 1 out 5 children lives in poverty in the United States.
  • In 2010 14.5% (1 out of 7) of households were food insecure.
  • In 2010 46.2 million Americans live in poverty, up from 37.3 in 2007.
  • 15.4 live in extreme poverty (income less than half of the poverty line, or less than $10,000 a year for a family of four).
  • 45 million (1 out of 7) Americans don’t have medical insurance.
  • Corporations have huge influence in financial institutions our government. They donate million of dollars to our politicians which in return make laws that favor them.
  • Corporations have the same legal rights as a person- Corporate personhood.
  • According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., bank profits in the first quarter of this year were “the best for the industry since the $36.8 billion earned in the second quarter of 2007.” JP Morgan Chase is currently pulling in record profits.
  • Due to the failure of small competitors and mergers facilitated during the 2008 crisis, the nation’s biggest banks — including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo — are now bigger than they were pre-recession. Pre-crisis, the four biggest banks held 32% of total deposits; now they hold nearly 40 percent.
  • Banks, including Bank of America, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse, are planning to lay off tens of thousands of workers.
  • The four biggest banks issue 50 percent of mortgages and 66 percent of credit cards: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup issue one out of every two mortgages and nearly two out of every three credit cards in America.
  • The 10 biggest banks hold 60 percent of bank assets: In the 1980s, the 10 biggest banks controlled 22 percent of total bank assets. Today, they control 60 percent.
  • Banks cost households nearly $20 trillion in wealth: Almost $20 trillion in wealth was destroyed by the Great Recession, and total family wealth is still down “$12.8 trillion (in 2011 dollars) from June 2007 — its last peak.”
  • Big banks don’t lend to small businesses: The New Rules Project notes that the country’s 20 biggest banks “devote only 18 percent of their commercial loan portfolios to small business.”
  • Big banks paid 5,000 bonuses of at least $1 million in 2008: According to the New York Attorney General’s office, “nine of the financial firms that were among the largest recipients of federal bailout money paid about 5,000 of their traders and bankers bonuses of more than $1 million apiece for 2008.”

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Im surprised no one has commented on this post yet,  occupy wallstreet has actually turned in occupy the  planet! lol it has spread to Tokyo,London,and other us cities.People are tired being out of work and the banks keep coming up with these outrageous fees...People just want to be heard I guess...

I read "Arrested" and thought what else is new? lol Then I came back and read the whole title. Wow! Good for them! I love the fact that this is going global and just as I thought there are a few violent protests here and there. It is gonna get worse before it gets better and the wealthy, no rich, but wealthy folk have no one but themselves to blame.

Shaq = rich

The guy who pays Shaq = Wealthy

$picey, their message is loud and clear. The media, owned by the wealthy, just isn't trying very hard to communicate their message.

OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:

@MG, the real problem is 'career politicians' who keep getting campaign donations from the rich and corporations so the can be re-elected to keep passing laws that benefit them.

I get the real issue is that everyone is fed up, but make sure this 'occupy' (world spring/arab spring) is dealing with the real issues.  No one has a clear message, they need to get back to the grass roots where government should be for ALL citizens, not just a select few.

1. has he been released? 2. do i need to send some dr. bronner lavendar soap to where he's being held?
He bet not be in there making them tingle...

maxwells_musze said:
1. has he been released? 2. do i need to send some dr. bronner lavendar soap to where he's being held?
It is coming $picey. Give it time. Too many people still comfortable with the status quo. Still satisfied debating instead of doing something. Change is coming.

OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:
That's what I told my friend last night, and that's where blogs/twitter/FB comes in. If blogs ignore entertainment for a day and focused on that there will be a true change.
CCDreamer aka Eve Davis said:
$picey, their message is loud and clear. The media, owned by the wealthy, just isn't trying very hard to communicate their message.
OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:

@MG, the real problem is 'career politicians' who keep getting campaign donations from the rich and corporations so the can be re-elected to keep passing laws that benefit them.

I get the real issue is that everyone is fed up, but make sure this 'occupy' (world spring/arab spring) is dealing with the real issues.  No one has a clear message, they need to get back to the grass roots where government should be for ALL citizens, not just a select few.

He won't do that. That means less money for Cornell if he's not out causing a ruckus. Why be amongst the people who cannot pay you for your wisdom when you can get on TV, talk trash about the POTUS and get paid to do it. I think some black revolutionaries can't handle having a black president. You can still fight the establishment without putting Obama down. He is not the cause of America's current problems, but you can get out there and find support to help the president fix things.

OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:
And back to Cornell West, he understands the hurdles our Prez is facing (getting the rich to pay more taxes, which is what they're protesting for)  and still he goes in on him. He should be using his platform to education the public on how politics really works.

i completely agree!

Ms. Ashley Banks said:

He won't do that. That means less money for Cornell if he's not out causing a ruckus. Why be amongst the people who cannot pay you for your wisdom when you can get on TV, talk trash about the POTUS and get paid to do it. I think some black revolutionaries can't handle having a black president. You can still fight the establishment without putting Obama down. He is not the cause of America's current problems, but you can get out there and find support to help the president fix things.
OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:
And back to Cornell West, he understands the hurdles our Prez is facing (getting the rich to pay more taxes, which is what they're protesting for)  and still he goes in on him. He should be using his platform to education the public on how politics really works.
I love cornel however lately he's hurt my heart due to the fact that he's allowing his personal feelings get in the way of progress. I've turned my back on both him and Tavis.

And that is the way it was set up. It doesn't let us off the hook but I understand why there are so few of us out there protesting. When you have a minimum wage job that is just covering the necessities the last thing you have time to do is join a protest.  Too many of us are still on the bottom wrung, which is exactly where they want to keep us.



OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:

Agree as well. People of African descent should be rising up like the tea party peeps demanding reparations but we won't get support from our people, they're too comfortable. Some Natives don't pay taxes, England gave Hong Kong back to China. See where I'm going with this? Everyone else gets 'some form of compensation' but we're too busy trying to survive in a house divided. Ms. Ashley Banks said:

He won't do that. That means less money for Cornell if he's not out causing a ruckus. Why be amongst the people who cannot pay you for your wisdom when you can get on TV, talk trash about the POTUS and get paid to do it. I think some black revolutionaries can't handle having a black president. You can still fight the establishment without putting Obama down. He is not the cause of America's current problems, but you can get out there and find support to help the president fix things.
OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:
And back to Cornell West, he understands the hurdles our Prez is facing (getting the rich to pay more taxes, which is what they're protesting for)  and still he goes in on him. He should be using his platform to education the public on how politics really works.
diappointed in him for sure! i don't want to be one fo those folks who instantly say f*ck off to somoene who goes against my president. everyone is not going to agree with every decision and course of action. but he and fast-talking tavis man...they are on my list!

blackfujones said:
I love cornel however lately he's hurt my heart due to the fact that he's allowing his personal feelings get in the way of progress. I've turned my back on both him and Tavis.
I'm with Dovie & Blackfu... when CW effed w/ the president he effed us all... He & Tavis will open wide for a $ to talk crap... people are worried about Jay & Kanye sellong out to the illuminati, but these are the sellouts  that are truly affecting our children... I'm not saying we must agree with tge POTUS at all times, but tthese niggas do him downright DIRTY!!!! S*** I'm still wsiting on Tavis to fix tgat lisp... 

And i do kinda understand the "occupy" movement, but eff wall streer, we need to occupy or city, state & federal government before wall street... those greedy bastards dont make laws... the politicians we elect do that... You want children from below the poverty level? people off of welfare? well then, people need JOBS... And not $5.50 an hour, people need to be able to survive... tell your senators & congressmen to pass the jobs bill... no it wont fix things overnight, but s*** its a start... 

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