With a nationwide crackdown and attempt by local governments to suppress the ability of protesters to publicly address their grievances not only with the finance sector but also with the government one most consider whether our country is moving backwards when it comes to protecting the rights of individuals involved in the Occupy Movement which started with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City and has spread to nearly every major city in the United States.
There is no limit to the evidence that cities have worked in a coordinated and unconstitutional manner when trying to suppress this movement with a Iraq war veteran being shot with a projectile from heavily armed riot police in Oakland to members of the media being blocked from covering the raids and even in some cases arrested for simply trying to take photos.
Recently Occupy Portland based out of Portland, Oregon has decided to re-occupy a public space in Portland even after Police evicted them from Lownsdale and Chapman squares after they had camped for over a month. This time round members of the Occupy Portland Movement have served the city with a letter and also initiated a change.org petition citing that any attempt to evict them again would violate the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, which says “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging . . . the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”
All in all I wonder how this entire dissent by so many thousands of Americans nationwide who are fed up with economic inequality and political corruption and varying other issues will affect the path of our nation? Can the federal government continue to condemn suppression of protests in the middle east while suppressing their own citizens at home?
At what point does the Government start focusing on accountability and change instead of trying to suppress the people who are bringing this ongoing problem to the public square and can the U.S. continue to face criticism for being two-faced when it comes to civil and human rights?