Occupy movement can win with nonviolence

From People’s World: http://peoplesworld.org/occupy-movement-can-win-with-nonviolence/

by: Juan Lopez
October 31 2011

Wisconsin state police earlier this year escorted protestors into the state capitol so they could sit-in and sleep-in, in an act of non-violent civil disobedience. Police could just as easily have blocked demonstrators from entering, by any means necessary.

Why this course of action by state police in Wisconsin? After all, it could easily be argued that police and firefighters, whom Republican Governor Scott Walker had exempted from his attack on public employees, had no immediate incentive to cooperate with demonstrators. But they did.

They understood that in broad unity lay the secret to victory for all: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” They understood they would be next on the chopping block.

Now, obviously no such gesture can be expected from the Oakland Police Department, which has an ugly history of use of excessive force in African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American communities in Oakland.

The latest tragedy inflicted on Iraq veteran Scott Olsen, a peaceful man, by Oakland cops is becoming a galvanizing moment to root out right-wing and racist elements long embedded in the city’s police department.

We can expect no less from public officials and even from forces within the police department itself who recognize they are part of the “99 percent,” as filmmaker Michael Moore so aptly pointed out recently at Occupy Oakland.

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