I feel sad that the Occupy movement, largely due to police brutality, as well as some of the undisciplined behavior of the more violent Black Bloc, has caused this movement to disappear or largely go underground. Those days in Oakland were heady, and I went to the November 2nd Occupy March to close down the Port of Oakland. People from all walks of life, including many union members and other working people, of all different ages, attended that March. The March and Occupation of the Port was peaceful. It was only afterwards when the 'Black Bloc' went back to downtown to attempt to occupy a building did entanglements with the police begin.
To see the number of police present at Occupy on October 25th, and the injuries they incurred upon the occupiers and destruction of their property, was to show them for the blue thugs in uniform they were, and the coordinated violent effort to rid all cities throughout the U.S. of the Occupiers and disappear the Occupy movement, from the arrests of 700 on the Brooklyn Bridge, to beatings of peaceful U.C. Berkeley students, to the spraying in the faces of peaceful students sitting down at U.C. Davis of pepper spray by cops are just some of the actions that worked towards the silencing of Americans and our free speech rights and actions to redress systemic wrongs in the face of the worst Recession/Depression since the one in the 1930's.
And MANY of us, myself included, are STILL struggling trying to pay bills, stay housed and get work. We ARE NOT out of this Recession/Depression, no matter what the press or politicians say!