9 Spineless Cowardly Assholes minus the Chief Asshole, Mayor Mallory
In less than 9 days, Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig went from stating publicly that Cincinnati Policer were not to arrest Occupy Cincinnati Protestors to saying 'they could possibly be arrested' to the protestors being arrested this morning and their tents thrown away by city workers.
So either the police chief said one thing publicly and another privately - or City Council rules Cincinnato for the wealthy white citizens of Cincinnati only. If you are poor or middle class and live in a neighboorhood that doesn't count with them (you know, the kind that have blacks and Latinos living there) the people of that neighborhood don't count.
Thanks Cincinnati City Council. You all suck.
It is a fact that 3CDC is the corporate arm of Cincinnati City Council. They do the dirty work that Cincinnati City Council officially can't do. They now own Fountain Square, although they will tell you that the people still own Fountain Square (we don't) and that they merely "administrate it". However the fact that you have to get permission and permits from 3CDC to hold an event there, makes them a defacto owner and public entity.
Piatt Park, like many others, is "administrated" by the Cincinnati Park Board, supposedly on behalf of the people of Cincinnati. However just like every other government entity from Congress on down, what starts out as, "we will take care of the administrative work of maintaining a park," turns into a mini-dicatatorship over a piece of land. They tell you who can be there, when they can be there and what you can and cannot do when you get there."
And the Occupy Cincinnati Protestors moved their protest from the obscure outskirts of Lytle Park to Piatt Park - which only makes sense - what's a protest if it can't be seen?
These young white kids found out fast that CPD does not give a fuck about them. Being white is no longer enough protection to keep you from getting arrested in this city or in this country. If you stand with the poor, middle class or minorities, expect to get treated with the same disrespect - expect to be treated, at best, like a second class citizen and at worst, a criminal.
I wholeheartedly support Occupy Cincinnati and the OccupyTogether movement. I think Cincinnati, as much or more than anywhere else, needs this movement. Cincinnati is purposefully segregated and the rich are aligned against the poor to the point where any space that is Occupied by the poor is currently under renovation by 3cDC and they are pushed out.
Just like the protestors.
I wish I could drop my life and go protest with them. Even in the cold and rain. I have a mother with MS and an internship that will probably let me go any day now. If and when that happens, Occupy Cincinnati will have another protestor. In the meantime, I will go join the march today at 2 and see if there is anything I can donate to their cause.
Oh - and a special note to Roxanne Qualls. Shut up already. Or just get on the Bortz/ Ghiz train and support your own upper class already. But no one needs your platitudes about oh how sad it is the protestors got arrested while saying nothing else could be done. It's just the law.
All of you on City Council make me sick and I despise all of you today more than ever before. You are all a bunch of spineless cowards who have no business on Council whatsoever. You've proven, by allowing the OccupyCincinnati protestors to be arrested, that you have no interest in anyone who would speak up for the the leaset of those in the city you claim to serve.
You disgust me and when you look in the mirror, you all should be ashamed.