Clear, Excessive Force on Occupy Oakland

October 26, 2011 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

This issue is a clearly an situation that has gotten out of control.  It clearly has gotten out of control.  Police forces has reach excessive force for trying to get rid of the

However, the Occupy Oakland crowd cannot maintain indefinite encampment in Oakland.  There is a time when the encampment is going to have to end.  Homeless people do not have the right to put down a tent indefinitely in a public place.   A reasonable public policy does not allow for encampment to have a permanent encampment in a public place like a park.

Perhaps, their should be a limit of four months and then the protestors could get the right to have weekly assemblies in the downtown area after the camping permit is no longer valid.   Occupy Oakland should have the right to engage in marches and assemblies on a weekly or daily basis, but does not have the right to maintain a permanent encampment unless the city starts to receive partial payment for the space used and written contract is developed for

If they want to have a  permanent space, then the city should lease them a space in the park at a specified rent per month to reimburse the city for the some of the expenses that the city incurs for the Occupy movement.  If the city is partially reimbursed, then they should have the right to maintain permanent encampment without police interface as long they follows the rules of a written contract negotiated between the city and the Occupy movement and pay a specified fee to the city.   If the written contract is violated after specified amount of violations in the written contract, the city has the right to evict the Occupy movement and use police force to evict the Occupy movement.

In an ideal world, the city would follow the such principles.  However, I doubt that this will happen and the city will crack down on the peaceful Occupy movement.

For the Occupy movement, I admire the people are willing to take stand to protest the economic injustices.  I do not have that courage, but there is should be consequences.   Cities has rules and regulations that need to be enforce and if you willing to break them, then you should pay the price because the law needs to be enforce.

However, protesting economic injustice demands that one engage in nonviolent resistance even if it means a trip to the county jail and a small fine.  There has been great crimes of injustices that have been committed and a voice must be heard even it means breaking the law.  The cities has the right to enforce the laws and we need to determine whether the injustice merits breaking the law for the higher good.

In conclusion, Henry David Throreau wrote “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” The Occupy Wall Street is aiming above morality; they are being good for the majority of us. That 99%. They are sending a message to Congress, the White House, and big business which has been heard. They are giving a voice to the voiceless and telling a story about the deep poverty and despair in our country. Through nonviolent resistance, they are being above morality and do the right conscious decision even if it means breaking a few laws. I also want to make it clear that I believe that the government has the right to enforce the laws and prevent disorder. However, there is times when the higher morality is to break the law. Without breaking the law, we need have seen the civil rights movement succeed and I believe this new era where we need to deal with poverty, if we are going to solve the economic inequalities and restore this nation to the proper economic balance that we deserve as a people.

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