“Maybe it’s melodramatic, but my mother symbolizes for me a vision of Liberty, saying, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free!” Because of her, it is clear to me that Liberty is not a blue-blooded woman doling out charity from a safe distance but a fierce, penniless yet empowered, broken-but-not-beaten mother defending her children against the injustices of a system that functions without conscience or accountability.”—Cami G.
Occupy Seattle moved into my neighborhood sometime while I was away, and they are now encamped 5 blocks down the hill from my apartment, at Seattle Central. As someone who spends all day in the neighborhood, it has definitely had some effect on the area, but I don’t think that effect has been all…
“Mr. Bloomberg met daily with several deputies and commissioners, and as more business owners complained and editorials lampooned him as gutless, his patience wore thin.”—
This meme, of journalists describing elected officials (or, nonsensically, municipalities) as moving to dismantle these protests because their “patience wore thin” is particularly irksome. Because, and any competent editor/reporter should know this, the right to peaceably assemble isn’t subject to the “patience” of an elected official. To describe it this way is to accept that citizens are allowed in any public space only at the sufferance of their government, and at least for now in the U.S., that simply isn’t true.
“I keep meaning to write a novel about how an innocent young Austrian artist becomes increasingly paranoid and anti-Semitic because all these time-travelling Jews keep trying to murder him.”—Probably the best Awl comment ever. (via manymachines)