Or as it’s called on the street: a paid vacation.
UPDATE: The girl in the photo is 20-year-old Elizabeth Nichols, originally from Arkansas. She moved to Portland only six months ago. Her mother, Annie Nichols, is housebound with multiple sclerosis and has no medical care. Her father is also disabled. The family lives on one disability check. Her mother said that Elizabeth wasn’t always an activist. “She never took part in anything like this. Of course, it’s Arkansas. There isn’t a lot of that here.”
This is Lt. John Pike. 530-752-3989. firstname.lastname@example.org (via: motherjones)
“I am writing to tell you in no uncertain terms that there must be space for protest on our campus. There must be space for political dissent on our campus. There must be space for civil disobedience on our campus. There must be space for students to assert their right to decide on the form of their protest, their dissent, and their civil disobedience—including the simple act of setting up tents in solidarity with other students who have done so. There must be space for protest and dissent, especially, when the object of protest and dissent is police brutality itself…”
— Assistant Professor Brown
“[T]he same factors that rendered this police crackdown inevitable will also ensure that this protest movement endures: the roots of the anger are real, profound and impassioned. Just as American bombs ostensibly aimed at reducing Terrorism have the exact opposite effect — by fueling the anti-American sentiments that cause Terrorism in the first place — so, too, will excessive police force further fuel the Occupy movement. Nothing highlights the validity of the movement’s core grievances more than watching a piggish billionaire Wall Street Mayor — who bought and clung to his political power using his personal fortune — deploy force against marginalized citizens peacefully and lawfully protesting joblessness, foreclosures and economic suffering. If Michael Bloomberg didn’t exist, the Occupy protesters would have to invent him.”
— Glenn Greenwald: OWS-inspired Activism