This past Sunday, remnants of what is left of the Occupy Albany movement celebrated their one-month Anniversary by tying up traffic and insisting that they were “taking it to the man”. Who that man is, is anybody’s guess.
A report from WNYT-Albany showed protesters insisting that despite a meager number of participants in the historic one-year march, the movement was far from dead.
“As the capacity of an organizer, it never left. It’s not dead. It’s alive and well. It’s just that most of the organizers like myself, had school to do,” said Eddie Alkubari.
It’s not dead. It’s alive and well.
As if to demonstrate their strength in numbers, the Occupy Albany group organized a massive demonstration which the Times Union said took up at least “a couple of square yards”.
A lunch-time Yoga class at the Empire Plaza McDonald’s … with 5 people. I’m quite confident that whoever ‘the man’ is, he is definitely running scared now.
One leader explains the deep existential reasoning for hosting a Yoga class outside a fast-food joint.
“We’re juxtaposing these diametrically opposed cultures of fast food and Yoga,” demonstration leader Daniel Morrissey said as he prepared to lead a handful of participants through some poses, breathing exercises and chants (actually they changed “There’s no place like hooooome” rather than a simple ooohhhhmmmm.
Wow, man. That’s really deep and far out little bro.
Watch as the Yoga demonstration starts with four people and an instructor, but expands by a massive 20% when another participant arrives.
“Because people are often receptive to the message of people who are slowing them down while they are hungry on their limited lunch break?”
“I’m all for civil disobedience and disrupting the flow, but at the expense of people on their only true break of their work day? I don’t know how that message will be swallowed.”
Hey Occupy Albany, don’t go away mad … just go away.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go get me a diametrically opposed burger and fries.
The Albany Times Union calculated that the New York State Police were forced to spend nearly $100,000 on overtime pay for troopers, to essentially run a baby sitting service for Occupy Albany protesters. The report came about through a FOIA request and an estimation of the average cost of an hour of overtime in the department.
Superintendent Joseph D’Amico explains that he was unwilling to compromise the safety of other areas by pulling officers over to the state-controlled Lafayette Park, where protesters were intentionally seeking arrest by remaining past curfew.
Amusingly, one of the movement’s more prominent protesters, Bradley Russell, a local professor at the college of St. Rose and the State University of New York, feigned disbelief and predictably placed the blame on the police:
“Holy cow,” said Bradley Russell, 40, an anthropology professor who led protesters to tempt arrest in Lafayette Park. “As the vast majority of any arrests that came from any of our actions inside or outside the Capitol were dismissed, the entire police effort amounted to the governor trying to stifle our First Amendment rights, and that was clearly a massive waste of taxpayer dollars.”
The charges were dismissed for no other reason than David Soares, Albany County District Attorney, acted purely in the interest of politics as opposed to upholding the law, stating that he would not prosecute the protesters.
Albany County Republican Chairman Don Clarey explains that Soares is the crux of the problem:
“Soares is the root of the problem, because he refused to enforce the law he swore to uphold. It was catch and release, so the State Police had to protect state property at the behest of the governor. The state should make David Soares pay the overtime.”
The Occupy Albany movement simply went out of their way to get arrested, violating curfew on state property and knowing full-well that the DA would not prosecute them for trespassing and disorderly conduct- as he should have.
Even the Times Union acknowledged that the protesters “could have held drum circles to their hearts’ content in Academy Park” where they were undisturbed for over two months, but instead went to Lafayette Park, “daring the police to arrest them”.
Bottom line, the police did what they had to do to babysit a group of petulant media whores, while DA David Soares enabled the troublemakers by refusing to do his job.
Thus far, the DA’s office has no comment.
Early last week we reported on the massive protest undertaken by the Occupy Albany movement, regarding a hike in the minimum wage rate. The occupiers were so upset with Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that they marched right down to the Capitol, and staged a protest of their empty offices. The locked doors also created quite a difficulty for the intellectually challenged group; they couldn’t seem to find their way around the building. As a result, even the normally friendly local media took to mocking the group.
Not one to take kindly to a lack of positive press, the Occupy attention whores returned to the Capitol, specifically to stage a sit-in at Skelos’ office. And every one that managed to get into his office – six if you’re keeping score at home – were arrested.
Via CBS 6:
Six Occupy Albany demonstrators were charged with misdemeanor trespassing in New York’s Capitol on Thursday in a demonstration aimed at raising the minimum wage.
The protesters were arrested and handcuffed by state troopers after they staged a sit-in in the office of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. State police say they were arrested after they refused to leave the office.
As per usual, the protesters sole accomplishment was a series of chants which showed off their epic rhyming skills – because basic chanting at a 3rd grade level is oh so impressive.
Fortunately, we here at the Mental Recession have located exclusive footage of the Occupy Albany protest, seen below.
Whoa… Not sure how that slipped in there. Remind me to fire the video production manager later.
Anyway, here’s the actual clip of the Occupy Albany minimum wage protest, which pretty much amounts to the same thing – a group of losers pretending their message trumps all.
Best part of this clip? The group of them chanting, “the whole world is watching”.
No … no they’re not. I had a good 10-12 people at a cookout last weekend, and more people were watching the grill than were watching you Occupy Albany.
If you spent half as much time looking for a job as you do protesting during other people’s work hours, then perhaps your job performance could dictate a raise in wages.
Let me break it down into basic syllables that even you can understand.
It’s hard to hold on to a job – when you keep acting like a knob!
It’s hard to hold on to a job – when you keep acting like a knob!
Your movement IS stoppable, shampoo and soap is possible!
Your movement IS stoppable, shampoo and soap is possible!
See how easy that chanting business is?
Leaders of the Occupy Albany movement need to get slightly more organized if they plan on having protests that will have an impact on government. Today, about 40 protesters gathered ’round the Capitol calling for an increase in the minimum wage – an issue that Governor Cuomo has declared dead this year.
About 40 protesters wound throughout the building Tuesday, chanting and refusing to accept that the measure is politically dead.
They targeted Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying their refusal to push the Assembly bill is “shameful.”
Neither Cuomo nor Skelos was in Albany.
Fail. To stage a truly impactful protest, wouldn’t it behoove the occupiers to actually make sure their targets are present in the building?
And it’s not just me that’s mocking the effort – the normally friendly Times Union had this to say about today’s event:
A gathering of roughly three dozen activists from Occupy Albany and Citizen Action, among others, wended their way through a very quiet Capitol on Tuesday morning — a tactic that’s either dopey (there’s no one here to get the message) or canny (the Capitol press corps is hungry for content), depending on how you look at it — to press for a minimum wage increase.
I’ll take ‘Things That Are Dopey’ for $800, Alex.
The Union continued their mocking:
The activists then descended to the third floor, and found the western set of doors leading to the Senate Republicans’ conference room locked (they’re almost always open, and remained that way last June despite a heavy turnout of same-sex marriage protesters of every sort). One speaker said that if Skelos continued to block the increase, he and any other opponents would face a series of very public actions designed to shame them.
The protesters concluded that the locked doors indicated that they “must be doing something right.” Then they checked out the eastern set of doors to the GOP zone, where state troopers offered no protest to their entrance. (Left unasked: Whether this access was a sign the protesters were doing something wrong.)
Occupy Albany posted this image on their Facebook page earlier today:
The man seen on the lower left is Doug Bullock, a Democrat member of the Albany County Legislature. Wouldn’t a sitting member of the Legislature have more um, ‘legislative’ ways of dealing with minimum wage laws and proposals? Is he there representing the 8th Legislative District, or is he there representing a ragtag group of ill-informed protesters?
One other question – What are these people doing here at the Capitol, in the middle of a work day? If they’re protesting for a higher minimum wage does that not assume they actually have jobs that they should be present for?
Perhaps they’re just recruiting more occupants…
This report from MSNBC shows why a hike in the minimum wage “will cut employment, reduce access to the entry-level positions that lead to better jobs, increase poverty and motivate teenagers to leave school.”
More people out of work = more time to Occupy! Hell’s yea, mic check baby!
Occupy Albany – Let it go. You’ve even become embarrassing to the local media which continue to cover your silly little rallies.
You’ve outlived your usefulness, if you ever had one.
Earlier this month, I wrote an extensive report about the attendees at a meeting titled, The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street. Apparently the report was not as extensive as I had hoped. While it focused on the Weather Underground members in attendance – the list reading like a veritable who’s-who of former domestic terrorists (bomb makers, convicted cop-killers) – I had overlooked another individual who actively participated in the forum – Barbara Smith.
Interestingly enough, Naomi Jaffe introduced the panel at the onset of the meeting, but never once referred to Smith’s current standing on the Albany Common Council.
· In attendance or serving on the panel were five major players in the domestic terrorism group – Naomi Jaffe, Jeff Jones, Eleanor Stein, Suzanne Ross, and Kathy Boudin.
· All of the above named have been involved in the more radical elements of the group, including assaults on police officers, bomb plots, and murders.
· All had been involved with the notorious Bill Ayers, some of which lived in a San Francisco ‘bomb factory’ that several entities have claimed was used in the San Francisco police station bombing that killed Officer Brian McDonnell.
Only they know for sure…
With springtime in the air, and the Occupy movement already in full force with multiple arrests and death threats, we thought it’d be a good time to take a look at the trailer for the soon-to-be released documentary from Citizens United, Occupy Unmasked.
The new film from director Stephen K. Bannon promises to delve deeply into the movement, exposing its origins as well as the radical ideas behind their platform of income equality. Here is the official movie trailer for Occupy Unmasked.
Brace yourselves, it’s quite revealing of the true inner motivation of the common Occupier…
Whoops. Sorry about that. Understandable mistake. Anyway, here is the actual trailer…
The Radical Caucus of Occupy Albany and the New York State Prisoner Justice Network will be demonstrating in solidarity with political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim, currently sentenced to six months in the SHU (Segregated Housing Unit) at Attica Prison. We will use the People’s Mic for a call and response of our demands to an end of mass incarceration, over-sentencing to the SHU, and specifically to bring attention to Jalil’s case.
Mr. Bloomberg, responding to a request by Diane Piagentini, Officer Piagentini’s widow, wrote, ”Anthony Bottom’s crime is unforgivable, and its consequences will remain forever” with the families of the police officers, ”as well as the men and women of the New York City Police Department.”
”Because he so callously stole these officers’ lives,” the mayor added, ”Bottom should serve the maximum sentence without parole.”
In a book on ‘imprisoned intellectuals’, Muntaqim is described as follows:
While a member of the Black Panther Party, Muntaqim held beliefs which paralleled those of the underground faction, as opposed to the mainstream party, which focused on organizing, communicating with nationwide affiliates and other revolutionary groups to form positive political and social relations. In contrast, the underground party was focused on radical means of obtaining equality. Its members served as experts in military strategy and were “the essential armed wing of the above-ground political apparatus.”
Gilbert is currently serving time, like Jalil Muntaqim, in the Auburn Correctional Facility and is described as “an American radical leftist organizer and activist.” He was imprisoned for his role in the Brinks Robbery of 1981, a botched effort that led to the murder of four people, including a security guard and two police officers.
How Occupy of them.
Occupy, this is who your leaders are siding with. This is who they wish to be associated with. This is who they are supporting, who they fight for, who they emulate.
Whatever our differences Occupy, it’s time you took your movement back from these radicals. Before it’s too late.
Why would you assume that people with the ability to constantly interrupt government workers mid-day, and with the ability to camp out in a park for months at a time, wouldn’t have jobs?
Occupy Albany got their much needed dose of media attention (video below) this morning when they interrupted budget talks in the capital. The attention-whoring featured the usual slapstick, including mic checks and the repetition of short phrases (because saying it twice makes it seem more intelligent), but the interview after the incident was where the real entertainment came through.
When asked about the interruption and the tactics used by Occupy Albany, Senator John DeFrancisco, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, who hosted the joint legislative hearing, says their message was lost on him.
Reporter: “Did it get your attention?”
“It got my attention so far as it disrupted the proceeding but as far as changing my point of view, no,” said DeFrancisco.
Senator DeFrancisco said he thinks New York’s tax code is progressive, with reforms voted in late last year that tax the highest earners, saying Occupiers have a misplaced agenda.
Reporter: “What should they have done instead of disrupting his meeting?”
“Well, probably get a job would be a good idea and then become one of taxpayers so we won’t have to rely on fewer and fewer people to pay taxes.
Also on an interesting note, the news segment included this quote from Kathleen Farrell:
“I’m gonna interrupt a meeting I’m gonnna interrupt a budget council I’m gonna interrupt a party and I’m gonna keep it up until there’s some fairness going on here.”
Farrell is described as a freelance writer in the Legislative Gazette, and has been identified as the author of the book, Liberty for the Lion Shield. The publisher of that book was Xulon Press, a company that was purchased in 2006 by Salem Communications. Salem is the fifth largest radio station owner in the United States, and reported earnings of $207 million in 2010.
Glad she’s vehemently opposed to corporate wealth.
Watch the video…