It seems that Mr. Corolla can do more than just dance. His simple straight forward, honest words say more than anyone setting at an anchor desk on the nightly news or our “I know more than you do
” Congressman and Senators have ever have.
Grab a seat…turn up your volume (so no one will hear you scream) and listen. You just might learn something…
An “arrestable offense” is some action that violates the law. “Arrestables” are protesters who are predetermined to be arrested. Organizers of protests often stage the arrests for television cameras; the people who are selected know in advance that they will be arrested. These individuals are either so dedicated or so suggestible, that they volunteer to give up their freedom for the cause they are protesting.
“How To Get Arrested 101”
Mostly young men and women that are eager to change the authority that they so resent. Often you will find what is called “Professional Protesters” in the crowd. All be it that by definition they are neither professional or protesters, as they travel from cause to cause, often from city to city, seeking an identity and unity with those of like mind.
Taking it to the streets. What began with dozens of ne’er-do-wells on Constitution Day (September 17th) is now a multi-continent event. With the “Day of Rage” on October 15th we witnessed thousands in the streets across Europe, and thousands more at home. In Rome, the demonstrators assaulted police and private property with bricks and stones, causing police to respond with tear gas and water cannons. Some groups of demonstrators in Germany were masked and carrying clubs – their purpose clearly not a peaceful protest.
In New York, “Occupy Wall Street” morphed into a march on Times Square. Many thousands of students, union members and their ‘paid for protesters’, the unemployed and a smattering of ‘professional demonstrators’, anarchists, and even Ron Paul supporters added their voices to the cause – or causes. And, perhaps not coincidentally, Reverend Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) held their “Jobs and Justice” rally and march in Washington, D.C. the same day. Co-sponsors and affiliated groups included AFSCME (the government employees union), SEIU, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, and the NEA (the powerful teachers union), among others.
The media has been frenzied for weeks, each laboring to put a label on the demonstrators and trying to discern their message and future direction. But the crowds and their varied interests and causes seem to confound definition.
However, the seeds of OWS, brainchild of AdBusters, a Vancouver based not for profit activist group, were sown months ago by founders Kalle Lasn and Bill Schmalz.
But to what purpose or end did they make this call to action? Looking to their foundation’s mission statement is perhaps instructive:
“We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. Our aim is to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century.” (AdBusters Media Foundation, emphasis mine)