Occupywallst is not going anywhere; certainly not anytime soon. You can kick them out of parks and arrest all of ‘em a dozen times. They’ll keep coming back, they’ll keep meeting up somewhere else and likely with more people. Every time you rough up one encampment, another one sprouts up in a different city. This is because by every objective measurement people are fucked out there. This nation is pretty fucked for a lot of people. There is no movement in the government to improve our situation (and certainly not for the lower or middle classes) so why would #OWS stop when nothing has changed? If anything the lack of change proves how right they are in their message.
The reason I explain this to you all is because I’m terrified that this is going to build until a single event, an event where something could happen that none of us wants to even think about. If the police continue to become more and more brutal, more and more intolerant of this protest (which may I repeat, is NOT going anywhere) then there’s only one logical end: protesters being killed. It could be some random hateful cop or a poorly-thought executive order but if we continue down this path it will happen. It could happen from our side but just looking at the history I don’t that see that as likely.
So for once, for once in our existence as Americans can we talk about this, make a change, without there being blood in the streets?
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” - John F. Kennedy
Given the situation that occurred yesterday at Occupy Oakland, my sister and I made an agreement that we would find a way to get down to Occupy Louisville and have our voices as Americans be heard.
My ex (who is in the US Army) sent me this message via facebook and I think it would be a great help for everyone in the event of heinous riot acts by the police.
I support your right as an American to gather and to have your voice heard, just make sure your doing things legal so the police have no reason to brutalize you.
but here are a few helpful tips in case you happen to be targeted anyway.
bring milk - it can be used to wash out mace from your eyes and shortens the duration of the burn.
if pepper spray is burning your skin use a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 5 parts water. DO NOT USE FOR EYES.
bring a hospital mask and vinegar(apple cider vinegar or lemon juice) - douse the mask with it and breathe through it. It helps cancel out riot gas, although you may have to re douse it occasionally.
swim goggles with a tight seal can help protect the eyes.
bring a solution of water and 5% sodium bisulfate to decontaminate yourself from tear gas.
wear clothing that clover as much of your body as possible and sinch the cuffs closed. if you find yourself in tear gas your first instinct will to be to panic. you will cough, throw up, have burning vision, and possibly a 3 foot trail of snot gushing out your nose.
Do Not Run, as you cannot see and will most likley run into something big and painful.
Breathing will be labored. the effects usually last 7 - 15 minutes. If you have a respiratory problem bring your meds/inhalers. do not touch your face or any other part of your body as the roit agent will spread. bring an extra change of clothes to change into. tear gas crystallizes so it will be in your clothes until washed.
Just some helpful tips from some one who has to go into a tear gas chamber every year. Be safe.
We are Americans and we are strong, we are also backed by the UDHR that the United Nations abides by.
Stay safe. Stay strong. Even if we don’t know each other, I love you all.
Just felt this would be helpful information for everyone everywhere.