“We meet every day to decide what our demands are.”
— Hero Vincent, a Wall Street Occupier, quoted in The New York Times.
We are the union members, students, teachers, veterans and activists who make up the 99 percent of America, if you don’t count everybody who is at work right now. We are the unemployed and the art majors and the interns for Rainforest Action Now!
Also we are the firefighters and the police officers and the paramedics, except none of them could be here on account of their fascist shift supervisors, but we know they are with us in spirit. (First responders, you guys rock!) We are the lost, the slightly disoriented, and the people who are pretty sure they know where they are if you’d just be quiet for one second and let us think, okay? Jeez.
Where were we? Oh yeah. We are the makers of homeopathic medicines. We are also the Druids. There’s a couple of Zoroastrians around here somewhere, too (or at least that is what some of us think the tattoo on the one dude’s neck means).
Also, we are that long-haired welder guy who makes bird sculptures out of rebar and old gardening equipment. We are Slightly Creepy Hippie Lady in a Van Who Sells Healing Crystals. We are the young woman with the piercings and the pink hair who just came from the D.C. Slutwalk. We are the guys in goatees and motorcycle boots who can’t ride a motorcycle, who are hoping to score with Pink-Hair Girl.
We are the 99 percent. And we are Here to Stay.
The Corporate-Owned Media has been misleading people by telling everyone our objectives are unclear. That is a lie. We have been very clear. Superduper clear, in fact. Can’t you, like, read our signs? Some of them are really witty, too; you should check them out.
Anyhow. Just to make sure there is NO MORE misunderstanding, here are our demands as of about 9 A. to the M. today.
(1) End corporate greed. Corporate greed is responsible for most of the poverty and suffering on this planet. (The bubonic plague and the Cambodian killing fields? Don’t use your patriarchal “logic” on us, fascist.)
(2) No one is allowed to make more than the median income.
(No joke, in the early ’90s, a SF politician was demanding to know why half of the kids in the public schools were scoring less than the average.)
(3) Free health care for everybody. Starting . . . riiiiiight . . . NOW! (more…)