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Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) offered to pay up to $250 million to manage government-owned detention centers.
Last week I stood my ground and spoke to Wall Street. Wall Street heard me. I would like it to hear you too.
Almost every time I'm interviewed by a mainstream journalist about Occupy Wall Street I get some variation of the same lecture:
"How are you going to get anywhere if you refuse to create a leadership structure or make a practical list of demands? And what's with all this anarchist nonsense - the consensus, the sparkly fingers? Don't you realise all this radical language is going to alienate people? You're never going to be able to reach regular, mainstream Americans with this sort of thing!"
May Day, part of a storied tradition of labor organizing elsewhere in the world, has yet to catch fire in America. This May 1, Occupy Wall Street is ready to change that.
There are two things every American needs to know about Bank of America.
The first is that it’s corrupt. This bank has systematically defrauded almost everyone with whom it has a significant business relationship, cheating investors, insurers, homeowners, shareholders, depositors and the state. It is a giant, raging hurricane of theft and fraud, spinning its way through America and leaving a massive trail of wiped-out retirees and foreclosed-upon families in its wake.
I’ve been getting the feeling that Occupy Wall Street’s past successes are starting to go to some organizers’ heads. There were, of course, the glory days of Liberty Plaza, and now also the spurt of momentum during and following the brief March 17 six-month-anniversary reoccupation there. But as the NYPD and police departments across the country make it quite clear that permanent occupations of any kind will not be tolerated, the mood has gotten sour. The good old days are not coming back.
What does Occupy stand for? The Occupy movement seeks to be an equalizing force for good in a world dominated by greed. And let's just get the big elephant out of the way right up front: for some, but not all, that means smashing capitalism.
Smashing capitalism sounds crazy to some, because that makes us sound like a rag-tag group of socialists. And socialism, goes the corporate media refrain, is anti-American.