“You’re blowing it with Fox News. The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.”—— Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch
Kasim ReedMayorCity of Atlanta55 Trinity AvenueAtlanta, Georgia 30303Tel: 404.330.6100Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org OWS central is advising all cities Don goggles - face masks/handkerchiefs - lock arms and sit down
Earlier today Mayor Kasim Reed called a press conference in order to discuss the dire threat which he apparently thinks Occupy Atlanta represents. The Mayor along with other city officials has fabricated danger where none exists. Mayor Reed stated that the city spent over $100,000 dollars on increased police presence for Saturday alone. That money, which was wasted on surrounding our completely peaceful protest with police, could have been better spent on fulfilling his campaign promises to help those without shelter in this city. With much less in the way of resources, Occupy Atlanta has fed, clothed, sheltered, and provided primary medical care to all comers.
A tailgate-style generator which anyone can buy at Home Depot has been described in literally inflammatory terms. Apparently the Mayor has not been to a Falcons or University of Georgia football game lately, because every other pickup truck has one next to it. Heavily edited video clips were taken out of context in order to misrepresent Occupiers and manipulate the conversation. The Mayor described a happy crowd of socially conscious hip hop fans as if they were a ravening pack of wolves.
Mayor Reed has gathered a group of clergy to come and talk to us about vacating the park. As far as we know they have not been among the many clergy who have spoken with us every day. We are happy to speak to anyone who wishes to come to the park to talk with us, however we would like to know when Mayor Reed has organized so many clergy to come out and speak to the people about their trials, about their hurt, and about who our broken political system really serves.
Occupy Atlanta is just one part of a worldwide people’s movement. Our purpose is to make our voice be heard and to find our place at the table. We take accomplishments of the past such as the Civil Rights movement as models and hope to build upon their achievements in bringing transformative change to the political system, the judicial system, and the system of economic inequality which affects us all.
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life; to put to rout all that was not life; and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”—Henry David Thoreau (via presentpast)