(11 links, 3 photos) OCCUPY WALL STREET should demand that decision makers choose between their government jobs and their corporate affiliations. Corporations got tax cuts and bail-outs while Americans got left out. To reverse that, only one change is necessary: DEMAND THAT ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS DIVEST THEMSELVES OF CORPORATE STOCK. Three main reasons for America's economic woes are wars, mass incarceration, and outsourcing jobs to prisons and overseas. Corporations benefit by all of these. Officials are not inclined to vote against their own wallets and stock portfolios. Decision makers who own stock that performs best during wars or because of high incarceration benefit by continuing those conditions. That is why wars escalate, environmental protections suffer, and corporate interests are prioritized over Americans regardless of what political party is dominant or the races of decision makers. Simply put, our representatives and other decision makers ARE the 1%.
America has many problems, but only ONE SOLUTION that will address them all. Our elected and appointed officials must DIVEST themselves of corporate stock or RESIGN from office. Few people are patriotic or humane enough to vote against government actions that are earning them millions. It constitutes a major conflict of interest for decision makers who own or invest in corporations to vote for or against government programs that impact corporate earnings.
Today I am with the Occupy Wall Street Atlanta protesters in the 100 block of Peachtree Street in Troy Davis Park, as it was renamed by the Occupy Atlanta. It was formerly Woodruff Park. Mayor Reed announced that he will not order Occupy Atlanta protesters forcibly removed until Monday, October 17 in order to prevent their removal from casting a negative shadow on the dedication ceremony of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Memorial in Washington, D.C. on October 16. Having people speak at the King Memorial who have no interest in protecting or promoting peace or civil and human rights, especially for blacks, already overshadows the event.
Discuss Occupy Atlanta on television. Fred V-Mann's "PrimeTime Good News" live TV show Wednesday, October 19. Internet Access at http://www.peopletv.org/ from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. EST. The call-in number is (404) 873-0149. Guests are welcome to come to the studio for the show at 190 14th Street, Atlanta, GA. (Take the 10th- 14th St. exit located near Georgia Tech.)
Occupy Atlanta has a rally and march daily to highlight injustices that are major concerns in America. Following a 5:00 p.m. rally in Troy Davis Park, today's itinerary includes a march to the Atlanta Task Force at 477 Peachtree Street, a shelter for homeless men. Marching with Occupy Atlanta will give many people an opportunity to see my sign that says "WRONGFUL DEATH OF LARRY NEAL.com" on one side and "COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD" on the other. News reporters have photographed me with the sign at numerous protests throughout 2011, but those pictures and my family's justice quest are censored. I will post more photographs from the various protests in my blogs. The last event where I used the sign was the Atlanta march and rally to save Troy Davis on September 16. Over a thousand people gathered to protest Troy's execution, but racism claimed another life. Racism and class consciousness in America's justice system thrives in the 21st century. In fact, if most of the Occupy Atlanta protesters were not white, I might not be marching with them today. I usually only attend protests that whites organize in Atlanta. It is like having a "pass." In June 2010, Atlanta police threatened to Taser and arrest me for speaking with people on the public sidewalk about the murder of my mentally, physically disabled brother after 18 days of secret arrest and The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm fraud against my family as its clients to save the government facility where Larry Neal was killed. I told the police officers that I was not breaking any laws and that I have free speech rights, but one officer replied, "Not in Atlanta you don't." That happened less than a block from where Occupy Atlanta tents are today. What a difference skin-privilege makes in America, even with Negroes in charge. See Mary Neal v. USA http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/mary-neal-v-usa-re-racism-conspiracy.html
As America's economy is deliberately "flattened" so that corporations can pay equivalent wages in America as in Africa, India and China, unemployment and homelessness are prevalent problems. Learn about Atlanta Task Force at this link: http://www.homelesstaskforce.org/programs.html . See the entire article suggesting that DIVEST OR RESIGN become Occupy's demand at this link - "Occupy Wall Street Protest Demand" http://marylovesjustice.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-protest-demand.html
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And the LORD said, Behold, the people is ONE, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do ~Genesis 11:6.