The U.S. Day of Rage urges citizens to rally in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. Wall Street, specifically, is targeted by the protests.
Much of the concern which has created the U.S. Day of Rage obviously centers around the "Citizens United" decision issued by the Supreme Court, which "reversed previous holdings in support of laws that block CEO's from spending their shareholders' and customers' money on politics. " The decision, along ideological (conservative vs. progressive) lines, with conservatives on the High Court "winning the day" for corporations, has been said to allow unlimited corporate spending on elections, thus increasing what has been called a "corporatized" and "corrupt" democratic process.
The corporate influx of money goes both ways, to Democratic as well as GOP candidates. However, as noted by several progressive talk show hosts (check their podcasts, for Norman Goldman, Bill Press, Thom Hartmann, etc), the recent right-wing ideological bent has been "advantage rich and corporations" and "disadvantage middle class and poor."
As noted at the official website of the U.S. Day of Rage campaign, the reasons behind the Day of Rage are:
Wall Street is a huge contributor to the political machine, which in turns enables Wall Street's corporate plunder of our nation. Both the Democratic and Republican parties set the bankster agenda because of the MONEY. When we at US Day of Rage speak of 'taking the MONEY out of politics', we have no choice but to focus on the sources of the MONEY.
Bought by hard and soft dollars, disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful interests have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to liberty and national security. We demand satisfaction for the wrongs done to our nation and its people.
As noted on that same website, the plan is:
US Day of Rage has a plan that will overcome even the most totalitarian attempts to suppress the First Amendment.
We are taking the high ground on the public sidewalks. Citizens United versus FEC, the Department of Homeland Security & the NYPD/CIA protect corporations' 1st amendment rights. Citizens should have at the very least the same protection September 17 on public sidewalks.
Citizens have been prevented from exercising their right to peaceable assembly in New York City because the force established to serve and protect civil society, the NYPD, has become a counter-intel paramilitary force. CIA training has turned their operations into one of the "most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies". Just last week the New York's police commissioner confirmed that a CIA officer is even working out of police headquarters.
We do not need the NYPD to protect us from the First Amendment. We need First Amendment protection.
The key to the protests, the organizers say, is for the Day of Rage to use PUBLIC sidewalks. The site goes on:
Find space on a PUBLIC SIDEWALK in NYC on Wall Street or as close to Wall Street as possible. If the street is occupied or blocked, move to the next possible block.
According to a 2000 federal court ruling, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City as long as you do not block pedestrians or doorwat (sic) entrances and exits. See METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]
YOU DO NOT NEED A PERMIT TO OCCUPY OR PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE ON PUBLIC SIDEWALKS.
Keep in mind that permits are legally required for assemblies of more than 20 or more people within the confines of NYC public parks, which close at 10pm.
To be honest, the only way seen by many to "take the money out of politics" would be to go to all public financing of elections: no private money, at least with the Citizens United decision that is.
How will this Day of Rage turn out? Some fear violence, but it remains to be seen. It will be possible to follow the trends on Twitter. Supporters have already rallied around the hashtags #usdor, #sept17, and #occupywallstreet. It remains to be seen how these protests will take shape, or how big they will be.
While originally planned to focus on Wall Street in New York, protests have now been planned across the U.S.
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