Occupy Wall Street never saw a crisis it could not exploit. This time it took no time at all for an OWS branch of gun control crazies — Occupy the NRA — to issue a call to arms (no pun intended) to organize and capitalize on Friday’s horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“In recent months, Occupy Wall Street has proven to be a versatile force capable of tackling a variety of issues from inequality to Hurricane Sandy to crippling debt,” Allison Kilkenny wrote yesterday in the leftist rag, The Nation.
Kilkenny (her real name), continued:
Now, an offshoot of the original movement says it plans to unleash the power of the 99 percent on the National Rifle Association.
In the wake of the tragic elementary school massacre in Connecticut, the group launched Friday afternoon with a Facebook page, “Occupy the NRA,” which currently has over 3,300 likes.
The group’s first post was a picture of an assault weapon with overlaid text: “The US has 5% of the world’s population, but accounts for half of all firearms worldwide and 80% of the gun deaths in the 23 richest countries.” The image has been shared over 8,300 times and liked by 655 people.
Another post lists the contact information for every NRA board member and encourages the page’s followers to write, e-mail, call, and “ask them how many more children, parents, sisters, and brothers must die before they’ll agree to truly effective gun control.”
Ironically, the newly-minted protest group’s leader is Mark Provost of my home state, New Hampshire. If you are not aware, our state’s motto is “Live Free or Die”. Obviously, Provost does not subscribe to that belief.
On his Twitter profile page, Provost self identifies thusly: “Economic journalist focused on US income and wealth inequality, Occupier.”
But Provost is so much more.
In January 2012, Provost heckled then Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney:
Occupy New Hampshire activist Mark Provost made national headlines Wednesday when he attended a town-hall meeting hosted by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and asked about his past comment that “corporations are people.” Provost’s question to Romney came as Occupy New Hampshire is preparing for a series of events leading up to the state’s Republican primary to highlight the disproportionate impact corporations and wealthy donors have on the political process. We play an excerpt of the town-hall exchange and get Provost’s response to Romney reply. “I think his response really, again, is this denial that there’s this class in the country and that there are some people within the corporation, specifically the workers, that are taking it on the chin so that the United States’ executive management can make massive bonuses, and serve their shareholders rather well, too, because the profits largely go to capital gains and dividends.”
Provost, however, is an equal opportunity heckler. In November 2011, at an Obama event in Manchester, NH, Provost went on the attack:
President Barack Obama got a rude reception from a few protesters in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
The President was temporarily thrown off his stride when Occupy protesters interrupted his speech.
The protesters asked the President to help stop what they see as police brutality being waged on their members.
“I want the President to immediately direct his justice department to…any police officer or any police chief who does not respect the First Amendment,” said Mark Provost, an Occupy protester.
After listening patiently, the President asked for his turn to speak and was given a polite applause when he acknowledged the protesters.
“So a lot of the folks who have been down in New York and all across the country in the Occupy movement, there is a profound sense of frustration,” said Obama.
It’s always good for budding anarchists to know the Preezy is on their side.
It just so happens that the photo ID for Provost’s Twitter profile picture bears the label “NATOblackblock”.
The Wikipedia article for “Black bloc” reports:
A black bloc is a tactic for protests and marches where individuals wear black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing and face-protecting items. The clothing is used to conceal marchers’ identities, allow them to appear as one large unified mass, and promote solidarity.
(fyi: Aspiring anarchists can watch a video series on the Black Bloc Field Manual and watch Black Bloc introduction.)
How does that song go? If you’re a happy anarchist and you know it, clap your hands? Why hide?
The NATO Black Bloc “protesters”, as Jonathon M. Seidl reported May 21st at The Blaze, clashed with police “at the end of a march protesting the NATO summit” held in Chicago. World leaders were there to “[discuss] the war in Afghanistan, European missile defense and other security issues.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported from inside the Black Bloc clash:
Several thousand protesters spent five hours peacefully chanting, singing and marching against war. At the end, nearly 40 young veterans dramatically took their military medals and hurled them toward McCormick Place, where world leaders met behind closed doors.
It was supposed to end there — at Michigan and Cermak.
But a “Black Bloc” of about 100 anarchists wanted something else. The group, which chanted “What do we want? Dead cops!” as it left Grant Park at 2 p.m., surged to the front of the protest crowd and tried to break through the imposing line of Chicago cops in riot gear blocking its path.
Then, in a scene Chicagoans feared ever since the city learned it would host the NATO Summit, the two sides violently clashed on live TV, with police nightsticks flailing and protesters unleashing a volley of sticks, bottles and at least one rock.
The battle at Michigan and Cermak flared and then slowed, and then flared again in bursts between 5 and 6:30 p.m. By then, much of the Black Bloc had slipped away, leaving behind a scene of bloodied protesters and four injured cops, including one stabbed in the leg.
With police intent on pushing protesters west away from the NATO Summit, and the Black Bloc hell bent on pushing east towards President Barack Obama and dozens of world leaders, the clash seemed an inevitable conclusion to months of debate over how and where the protest would end.
This is not to say that Provost was among the 100 or so anarchists who clashed with the police but these questions must be asked: Was Provost in fact at the NATO protests with the Black Bloc? If not, he’s a poseur, a freud. If he was, then he is clearly broadcasting to the world that he was part of the anarchist brigade in Chicago.
Let’s look at the evidence.
On May 17th, Provost tweeted a link to the Occupy Chicago and NATO/G8 Guide.
Provost traveled to Chicago with fellow Boston area anarchists.
In a May 21st interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Provost admitted to not only having been there but also to witnessing “police brutality”:
GOODMAN: Chicago Police have also been criticized by activist groups for using violent force to break up protests. On Saturday, a police van was videotaped nearly running over a protester. Mark Provost of Occupy Boston and Occupy New Hampshire witnessed the incident.
PROVOST: I witnessed a young woman hit by a police van, and then he subsequently attempted to run over a protester for approximately 40 yards down a hill, going 10 to 12 miles an hour, not staggered, but fully 10 to 12 miles an hour. I’ve never witnessed such violence in my life.
There are a number of videos posted online that show the incident. A clip on LiveLeak.com shows the protesters attacking the van. Democracy Now! described it as police entrapment.
The stage had been set for just such an incident days earlier. The Blaze reported May 17th:
Today marks a moment when radical Leftist anti-NATO demonstrations in the city, affiliated with “Occupy NATO,” are hitting their stride. And as with all Leftist demonstrations, black bloc tactics are involved. To that end, a group of masked thugs from the protests went to the trouble of taking over Chicago’s Halsted Street, even going so far as laying down in front of a police station. …
One such person, after apparently being accused of racism by a protester, defiantly yells back “I’m a racist! F**k you! F**k everyone!” Another, meanwhile, says incredulously about the organizers of the protest, “You’re not even from Chicago! What are you doing here?”
Intercut with the clips are shots of breathtaking displays of public disorderliness, including protesters swarming the Chicago subway (some of whom are wearing black scarfs over their faces), and screaming obscenities at the police. Others go so far as blocking cars with street signs while hooting.
Perhaps most hilarious of all, there are a few shots of members of the National Lawyers’ Guild (an organization which was noted for being a communist front group as far back as the 1950′s) observing the proceedings, and describing the protesters as their “clients” even though these protesters are, presumably, paying them precisely no money.
This is all so déjà vu, as it was Obama neighbor Bernardine Dohrn who helped set up the National Lawyers Guild legal defense operation in Chicago in October 1969 (as well as help to organize the Students for a Democratic Society protests) ahead of the Days of Rage riots.
Dohrn was there, you see, to provide free legal services and keep the 1960s version of Black bloc anarchists out of jail.