Back on September 24 when it was unclear whether Occupy Wall Street would last for another day, let alone another month, one man, more than any other, was responsible for growing the movement overnight, Anthony "Pepper-Spray" Bologna:
Tonight on the West Coast, it's the Oakland Police Department that is doing everything it can to make sure that the Occupy movement grows and lasts for years with this tear-gas barrage and other abuses:
Any violence or property damage taking place later tonight is the fault of the police, not the protestors, no matter what the corporate media may tell you in the morning.
As a veteran of a few anti-Vietnam War protests in D.C., Philadelphia, and New York in the early 1970s, I still can't believe the instant communication of these events available on Twitter and YouTube, but where are our famous "24-hour news cycle" outlets while the tear gassing is going on out West? They have canned shows to rerun (though CNN is showing Michael Moore talking intelligently about Occupy with Piers Morgan from earlier tonight) which will attract the same number of sponsors. It's well after midnight here in the East and I have to work tomorrow, but I'll be thinking of #OccupyOakland, where it's still early. Stay safe out there.