The Tweet Revolution, Coming to a Square Near You?
Groups emulating Occupy Wall Street are springing up around the country; the Occupy Together website lists "occupations" underway in 113 American cities (Fargo/Morehead, ND; Joplin, MO, etc.), plus 28 international groups.
My local Boston group, calling itself "#occupyBoston at Dewey Square" reports 1,000 protesters over the weekend. One contributor to their comment thread noted that despite living in Boston all his life, he had never heard of Dewey Square. Neither have I. The man sensibly asked, why not just say it's in front of South Station, a major landmark that everyone recognizes? This was practical advice, but the point of using Dewey Square was to invoke Tahrir Square, Cairo. The protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge (700 arrests on Sunday) see themselves as part of a global uprising that began with the Arab Spring.
Thus the Occupy Wall Street website has a subtitle that reads: "The resistance continues at Liberty Square!" The Occupy Maine General Assembly (what is referred to on all the Occupy websites as the "GA") was held in Monument Square, Portland.
Occupy Boston notes that donations are urgently needed. Their website has been severely redacted since Sunday afternoon. A list that included dried beans and tampons has been taken down, after a long thread arguing with a troglodyte conservative who ridiculed the notion that he should buy tampons for protestors. Current requests include "pizza," "cough drops with vitamin C" and "dry sox." Why exactly are protesters in downtown Boston unable walk over to South Station to buy their own cough drops?
Another announcement reports that "National Lawyers Guild training is at 3PM right next to media tent." The National Lawyers Guild is a far-left Marxist, virulent anti-Israel organization, most remembered recently for Lyn Stewart's pro bono work for 9/11 terrorists.
Arianna Huffington tweeted on Sunday, "#OccupyWallStreet is welcome reminder that, for angry Americans, the Tea Party is not the only option." The comparison with the Tea Party makes superficial sense, but the #occupation movement did not arise as a leftist alternative to the Tea Party, which is a reform movement working through the existing Republican Party. Arab Spring protesters sought to overthrow a dictatorship (although it's not clear what they wanted to replace it with).
During World War II, the Nazis were the occupiers and their opponents were the Resistance. Occupy Wall Street describes itself as both a "resistance" movement and the "occupation." Perhaps they're just clueless leftists and useful idiots, but we shouldn't take our eye off them.