A story on Bloombergville from the website of one of Spain’s major daily newspapers.
They are few, but make more and more noise. They are scattered around with their sleeping bags and placards in a maze of scaffolding at the corner of Broadway and Murray Street. They sound the drum in front of the parade of strollers and the skeptical gaze of dozens of policemen. They chant slogans like ”We want justice!” “More teachers, fewer wars!” or “Solidarity with Greece and Spain!”
They are the “Outraged” (“Indignados”) of New York, camped across from City Hall and in a place they have christened “Bloombergville,” after the billionaire mayor and his billions of budget cuts …
“Here we are not only angry but also indebted,” attests Lucas Vasquez , 17, a high school student. ”They close the doors on us when we look for work, and our studies are more and more expensive. Now they want to cut 6,000 teachers: this is the beginning of the end of public education.”
“What is happening here and what is happening in Greece and Spain is beginning to look a lot like what happened in Argentina,” complains Lucas, with his Buenos Aires accent. ”And the cause is always the same: politicians do the bidding of corporations and forget the needs of the people.”
Today is the first week “birthday” of the creation of Bloombergville, and to celebrate there is spinach pie and Greek pastries in honor of the students and workers in the trenches of Athens. Sooner or later there will be potato omelette and sangria, to the health of the “Indignados” in Puerta del Sol.
Cesar Arenas, a professor at City University of New York (CUNY), is building the first bridges between Bloombergville and Democracia Real Ya! (Real Democracy Now!) … ”It’s harder to mobilize here, but leftist groups have a very interesting organizing experience. Despite the differences in the movements, there are many affinities.”
Emily Turonis, of New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts, was in the Puerta del Sol and wanted to keep the flame alive and well on her return to New York … ”Although there is a great difference: we almost always have more cops than protesters.”
The African-American Dinae Anderson, 15, a student from Harlem, has joined the sit-in/sleep-in with a pressing fear for the future hanging over her: “Every year you see how more and more doors close. We are being denied money for education, health, transport – for the most basic rights.”
The mention of Obama definitely touches a nerve in Bloombergville. Emma Smith, 22, a student of Political Science, and camping here with more than 20 other of the “Outraged,” does not hide the feeling of fraud: “I was among those who had hope for change, but change has not happened … We’re still in the hands of Wall Street and the warlords. The same people who caused the economic meltdown are the same ones sharing among themselves the millions while the people pay the bill. Obama, by his actions, has shown who he is with.”
“Sleep out, Speak up, and fight against budget cuts“… That is refrain in two languages of the Outraged Ones who will join the popular protests June 22 at noon at the entrance to Wall Street: “Jobs for All”, “Protect Our Future”, “Make the rich pay !”…
Undocumented youth who have grown up in the United States shouldn’t have to adhere to constructed notions of the American Dream and a certain model minority image to prove why they should get a chance to live here. America should instead prove how and why it is worthy of retaining such talented and beautiful people.
To decry and deny certain parts of myself in order to fit you is repugnant and racist. I’m queer, I’m Fijian, I’m Indian and the whole sum of my parts makes me so much more beautiful.
According to the blog, which has gained a growing following in Syria and further afield since popular protests against the government began in March, Araf was snatched by three armed men on a Damascus street and has not been heard from since.
The update was signed by Rania O Ismail, who said she was Araf’s cousin. The blogger, who writes of her life as a lesbian feminist participating in the protests, has said that her mother is American and she is a joint US-Syrian citizen.
Angela Williams from the US embassy in Damascus told the Guardian that US officials had not been able to confirm any of the details in the blog, and had no records of someone of that name living in Damascus. “We and our colleagues in Washington are continuing to attempt to ascertain more information about Ms Araf, including confirmation of her citizenship. We are unable to make a consular representation to the Syrian authorities on Ms Araf’s behalf without first determining that she is a US citizen.”
Other questions have arisen over the identity of the blog’s author. A London woman, Jelena Lecic, issued a statement saying that photographs that had been published and widely circulated as being of Araf were in fact of her. The Guardian removed a picture after it received a complaint from Lecic, replacing it with another image supplied directly to the paper last month by the blog’s author. That picture has also been removed following a second complaint from Lecic, pending an investigation.
Notes: Must have some sort of upper body tattoos that can be visible in a tank top (ex: arms, chest, neck, etc.).
well I’m glad that once again, poc won’t be represented equally in Spin magazine.
yo, poc like rock music too (were it not for African Americans, it wouldn’t have been invented… i.e. you wouldn’t have job nor product to sell) and we have tattoos. hell, I have 4.
Also, size 0-4? Gah! I hate when these mags reinforce the idea only pretty white little waifs (not hating on pretty little white waifs, you are awesome also) are allowed to show off their tattoos and by extension their bodies.
perfect for me!!! o wait.. i’m not white nor am i a size 0-4… wth ewww