I am glad the Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has apologized for the police brutality recently inflicted on the “We are the 99 percent” movement there. This violence included an attack on an Iraq war veteran who served two tours of duty only to get his skull fractured in Oakland.
If Occupy Oakland were in Damascus, Egypt, the U.S. State Department would be telling Wolf Blitzer how unacceptable it was to tear gas peaceful marchers.
Van Jones, leader of the American Dream movement, got it right when he said: “The Occupy Movement is powerful not because it is fighting for the rights of a few hundred people to sleep outdoors, but because it is fighting for the right of millions of Americans to sleep indoors. The excessive response from law enforcement, from Atlanta to Oakland, not only violates the law, but takes our collective eye away from the economic violence occurring daily in our own country.” (Van Jones and Jakada Imani, “Occupy Oakland, Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail”)
Herman Cain and other Republicans can call the 99 percenters “unAmerican” but distinguished Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has noted “the real extremists here are America’s oligarchs” who attempt to silence anyone who cries foul over the sources of their wealth. (Paul Krugman: “Why Occupy Has Super Rich Freaking Out”)