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AP: Letters To OWS Prove ‘Broad’ Support

From the full time propagandists at the Associated Press:

Letters to Occupy protesters span broad spectrum

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR – Associated Press
October 31, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Snyder is nourishing the Wall Street protesters from her kitchen in northwestern Ohio.

For the past three weeks, the 69-year-old woman has sent the occupiers of Zuccotti Park tins of home-baked cookies and messages of support.

"Here are some cookies for the demonstrators," she wrote in a note accompanying one of the tins. "I will keep sending them as long as you keep protesting."

The protests at a park in lower Manhattan that have been raging for about a month are inspiring people across the country and around the world to send letters of support — even if they are only a few words on a scrap of paper with a tin of cookies.

The letters show how effectively protesters have delivered their scathing critiques that the vast majority of people struggle to make ends meet while a small percentage of people control most of the wealth.

What media bias?

"Please accept these humble donations," wrote one sender who did not disclose a name. "I am poor and am fighting foreclosure, but if you are willing to occupy and keep this message alive, I will support you."

Since the protests began on Sept. 17, protesters at the Zuccotti Park encampment say they’ve received about 100 letters a day. By last week, according to volunteers sorting them, the letter count was about 2,000; some have since been posted online. They come from the unemployed, college students in debt and grandmothers worried about the financial struggles of younger generations. The letters have arrived from all over the United States and from abroad, addressed from South Korea, Australia, Scotland and Germany. They bear messages of hope, advice on tactics and criticism. Some have now been posted online.

With some of the letters are parcels of ponchos, gloves and camping gear for demonstrators. A good number of the senders apologize for being unable to send more donations because of their own financial problems.

The letters and packages arrive at a UPS branch near Zuccotti Park and are taken over to a storage depot in an office building where donations from around the world are sorted. There are shelves of canned food, bags of dry pasta, piles of hand warmers and half-opened boxes waiting to be sorted. On a recent weekday, there were well over 100 letters waiting to be processed in a mail bin. Some were handwritten, others typed on a computer.

"I can honestly say for the first time in my cynical, contrarian years that I am damn proud to be an American!" said one writer, in pink ink, who described herself as a college student.

"Dear 99ers!" began a handwritten letter sent by someone identifying himself as Henry King, from Glasgow, U.K., who writes of parallels between the Wall Street protests and recent demonstrations in Europe. "It is gratifying to watch you channel your righteous anger into organized and active resistance."

Besides soap and what, what are these protesters actively resisting?

More critical was a letter from someone who signed his name as Al Ross, a senior living in Florida. "The movement is growing, but if leadership doesn’t emerge soon, then it will turn into an unruly mob scene. At all costs, this has to be prevented," he wrote on yellow pad paper in pen, referring to the leaderless, consensus approach of the Occupy Wall Street protest.

One of the few outright negative letters came from China. "P.S., occupying Wall Street is not right," wrote a person identified as Yi Hu at the School of Economics at Peking University, after an extended discussion of economic theory. "Financial system which is essential part of our economy system is engine of our economy."

Obviously the people in China aren’t as up on the glories of Communism as the denizens of Zuccotti Park are.

The letters are sorted by volunteers like Steve Iskovitz, a 51-year-old from Pittsburgh, an unemployed mental health worker who was laid off in 2009 when his company lost funding. He said he was encouraged by the letters.

"I feel inspired in a way that I haven’t been in years," he said.

But while they are inspiring, some of the letters are painful testimonies of their authors’ economic difficulties.

A 50-year-old "self-employed handyman" wrote in a two-page letter that he, "like so many others, watched the American dream turn into an unattainable fantasy." After writing about thousands of dollars owed for medical bills, struggling to find full-time work and being "tossed out and treated like an obsolete piece of furniture after 17 years of loyalty" by a "large firm that transported automobiles," he said that "the future has been absolutely devoid of any significance."

"Then I heard about OWS," he wrote of the Occupy Wall Street movement. "It offers something that has been in very short supply these days — hope. Hope that maybe we can make a difference."

And nothing makes a difference like camping out in some urban park and demanding to be given things.

After all, that is what made this country great.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 31st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “AP: Letters To OWS Prove ‘Broad’ Support”

  1. River0 says:

    Moral blindness and hypocrisy – pure and simple. When we say “Christ”, they say “Darwin”. When we say “Darwin”, they say “Christ”.

    Progressives always pretend to honor Darwin and adhere faithfully to his theories; while directly working to undermine them with destructive social programs administered by powerful governments.

    People tend to rise up and meet difficulties and expectations if they’re encouraged and allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

    Progressives scream, “Christ!” when trying to justify their meddling incompetence. They incentivize bad education, dependence, and human weakness. This is a pure power play for their own tyranny over us.

    For this reason the idea of Social Darwinism was born in the 19th Century. It states that human beings also must make themselves fit to compete in the world, and that each one of us must learn to adapt to changes and difficulties on our own. If a parent or government steps in and ‘saves’ a child or grown person – particularly when that individual is suffering the consequences of their actions – they’re actually harming them and enabling more bad actions. Subsidizing children out of wedlock and giving welfare checks to drug addicts are prime examples. In both cases, those evils grow exponentially.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “If a parent or government steps in and ‘saves’ a child or grown person –particularly when that individual is suffering the consequences of their actions –they’re actually harming them and enabling more bad actions.”

      Well written. Dependency entitlement leads to learned helplessness which leads to serfdom.

      Liberalism/Statism is neither progressive nor in harmony with the laws of Nature or Nature’s God. They are antithetical to it all. It’s causes are only unified in their quest for more encroachment on individual freedom and private property.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    1thing the ‘occupy’ people need: A BOOT IN THE ASS!

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Sean has a good line-up today. Paul Ryan’s on now, whose been the new Republican pointman on this offensive to counter the ‘income inequality’ class warfare narrative the MBM is using every push-poll they can find to legitimize the movement and deflect economic criticism from their failed ideology. His speech last week got a lot of positive play, and his continued efforts are much appreciated. As is well known, he’s an incredibly smart and articulate guy with a bright future in leadership.

  4. jobeth says:

    I don’t know, with all the pink ink and cookies, I just feel so warm and fuzzy….don’t you all?

    MAJOR Sarc!!!

  5. Mithrandir says:

    Honestly…..I tell ‘ya, when is it time to pull the plug on this collection of mental patients? Are there any more dregs of this society still unaccounted for? –send cookies to these dirtbags sitting around doing nothing, yet probably wouldn’t even think about sending anything to our troops overseas.

    The relentless stupidity of these people somehow shocked me again last night when I saw a clip from Judge Napolitano’s Freedom Watch. A former soviet citizen asks a OWS couple who is better off: those in North Korea, or those in Capitalist South Korea: http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/freedom-watch/index.html#/v/1247466175001/toe-to-toe-with-the-socialists-at-wall-street/?playlist_id=158146

    ……just jaw-dropping stupidity on display here.

    • jobeth says:

      That was priceless! How can those people figure out where to place their food in order to eat? Stupid can’t get anymore visible than this.

    • jobeth says:

      At Occupy Baltimore this is what is going on. Rape, drugs, no security. What? Not shocked? Me neither.

      On the video on woman wants “jobs in our neighborhoods”. Oh really? And who is supposed to give you that job? You want all the rich to be punished by robbing them of their money…and you want it to go to you…so tell me again…why do you want a job in your neighborhood…and who’s going to give it to you after you distroy them?….Once again….I still don’t get it.


  6. Anonymoose says:

    We shouldn’t be surprised at all the “support,” especially as the description of the letters is coming from them. Anyone know the mailing address of Zucotti Park? Are they just being sent “OWS, New York?”

    I used to get scared to death reading these horror stories of middle aged people being laid off, facing crushing medical bills, and being unable to find work. That is until I noticed two things–first is all the stories sound alike. I’m sure that some people out there are facing these situations, but every single one? Never, never take anything at face value. I could tell you any story I want, after it’s online and how would you know the truth?

    The second thing I noticed is how many of these people didn’t seem to bite the bullet and move in with family or take a lower paying job, but instead kept holding out for the same type of job, with the same pay, the same situation as what they had before, until all their resources and unemployment were exhausted, and only then took work. You’re laid off–you need a job, not the government supporting you until something comes along that suits you.

    The last thing I can say is what are these “occupy” protests accomplishing? Annoying people, getting in the news, and……………….

  7. Bose says:

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  8. chainsaw says:

    A hundred letters a day? For a national movement? Seems a bit on the low side.

    Maybe we can make a difference and send out care packages, “support” letters and general information on how to get a job. I would guess that us working folks could fill their p.o. box with care packages (brooms, garbage bags, “do not litter” signs, park permits and a couple ink pens etc).

    Here’s an address if anyone is intersted:
    UPS Store, c/o Occupy Wall Street, 118A Fulton St, #205, NY, NY 10038

  9. JohnMG says:

    How do I send a stink-bomb? And if it went off, would anybody notice?

  10. Not so fast says:

    The font used in the letters supporting the OWS being similar to the font of the letter to the National Guard about George W. Bush was dismissed today by Dan Rather. What’s the frequency Kenneth?

  11. DW says:

    From The Daily Caller:

    NYC arrest records: Many Occupy Wall Street protesters live in luxury
    By Will Rahn

    Many “Occupy Wall Street” protesters arrested in New York City reside in more luxurious homes than some of their rhetoric might suggest, a Daily Caller investigation has found.

    For each of the 984 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York City between September 18 and October 15, police collected and filed an information sheet recording the arrestee’s name, age, sex, criminal charge, home address and — in most cases — race. The Daily Caller has obtained all of this information from a source in the New York City government.

    Among addresses for which information is available, single-family homes listed on those police intake forms have a median value of $305,000 — a far higher number than the $185,400 median value of owner-occupied housing units in the United States.

    Some of the homes where “Occupy” arrestees reside, viewed through Google Maps and the Multiple Listing Service real estate database, are the definition of opulence.

    Using county assessors and online resources such as Zillow.com, TheDC estimated property values and rents for 87 percent of the homes and 59 percent of the apartments listed in the arrest records.

    Even in the nation’s currently depressed housing market, at least 95 of the protesters’ residences are worth approximately $500,000 or more. (RELATED SLIDESHOW: Opulent homes of the ’99 percent’)

    The median monthly rent for those living in apartments whose information is readily available is $1,850.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/02/nyc-arrest-records-many-occupy-wall-street-protesters-live-in-luxury/#ixzz1carmxfrY

    Shocker, huh?

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/02/nyc-arrest-records-many-occupy-wall-street-protesters-live-in-luxury/#ixzz1carJ86GK

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