Thursday, April 12, 2012
Anti-War Means Anti-War: Voices of Occupy (part 5)
During a recent exchange on Facebook, occupier Bill Perry discussed the need for Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to be more openly anti-war: “The argument from September 17 through the end of 2011 was that only 70% of the 99% were against the war, and we might alienate the remaining 30%,” he wrote.
To which, fellow occupier John Penley added: “OWS should take on the US Military Industrial Complex in big way. This is something that has not been done on large scale. Military war spending is the root of many of the problems OWS has taken up but we have not targeted the source itself. I personally would love to see a call for national anti-military industrial complex anti-war actions.”
“As a Viet Nam combat vet,” says Perry, “I find the young-uns to be really embarrassing when they fawn over us Vets, rather than fighting to cut the 700 billion dollar defense budget that causes cuts in education, student loans, Medicare, Social Security, health care, housing, labor rights, and all the other issues without addressing where the money has gone. It’s time to step up and re-focus.”
One of my recent OWS photos:
Hearts & Minds