Sunday, September 18, 2011
If I still lived anywhere near NYC, I'd bring a tent.
It's just too bad that one can no longer throw money from the balcony of the Stock Exchange the way Abbie Hoffman did. I think it was fifty dollars in one and five dollar bills, and he brought the exchange to a screeching halt.
That story as retold by one of Abbie's closest friends, Stew Albert, who was a participant in the 'celebration' is here.
Now, they won't even let you on Wall Street, no less the balcony to the Exchange... Today (#OccupyWallStreet Day 2):
Police officers had completely blocked off Wall Street. In order to get on the street Sunday, people, including employees from the International Business Times, were asked if they lived or worked in the area before they were granted permission to pass through the barricades. [In Full, NYTimes]I wonder what they'll do to verify 'local' creds tomorrow (Monday) when zillions of people are on their way to work?
"You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists." ~~Abbie Hoffman, Tikkun (July-August 1989) [wikiquotes]
It's time to give new meaning to the word "overthrow"
Excerpt, Country Joe McDonald's testimony at the trial of the Chicago 7... 8... 6... 9.
"We had a very long discussion. The meeting had been called to discuss the proposed Yippie! Convention in Chicago, to be held in Chicago. We never -- we hadn't heard much about it, and so we all met and we were staying at the Chelsea Hotel in New York and we met to discuss the Yippie! happening thing in Chicago.
Jerry Rubin said to me,"We feel that the Democratic Convention being held in Chicago is a very important political event in the country, and that it represents fascist forces in America, oppression of minority groups, continuation of the war in Vietnam, and actual celebration of death, that the Democratic Convention being held in Chicago will be a celebration of death in that all of those things which are held in high esteem by the establishment, political parties in this country are those things which represent death and oppression,"....and that it was the responsibility of those people, young people, who are concerned with freedom in America to try to do something in Chicago which would counter-balance the evil and negative vibrations from the Democratic Convention and that since I had written the Vietnam Rag, which has become the most well known song against the war in Vietnam, and that my group was very influential with young people of America, amongst the youth, that it was very important that we try to say something in Chicago which would be positive, natural, human, and loving, in order to let the people of America know that there are people in America who are not tripped out on ways of thinking which result only in oppression and fear, paranoia and death.
At that point Abbie Hoffman wanted to know what the song was, and then I -- then I sang the song.
[he sings] "And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn. The next stop is Vietnam. And it's --"
THE COURT: No, no, no, Mr. Witness. No singing.
THE WITNESS: "five, six, seven -- "
THE COURT: Mr. Marshal --
[the marshal goes over to Country Joe and puts his hand on Joe's chin to close his mouth]
THE MARSHAL: The Judge is talking.
THE COURT: No singing is permitted in the courtroom. You are here to answer questions. You may continue telling about this conversation.
BY MR. KUNSTLER:
Q. Can you recite the song? Do you think you can do that?
A. Yes, The chorus of the song is:
"And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn. The next stop is Vietnam....
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Capitalism is holding a loaded gun...
...And the target is ANYONE who gets in the way of their profits.
Take it easy... But TAKE IT!
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