The Occupy movement needs you, Miami

Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke assesses the Occupy movement sweeping New York, Miami, and other American cities.

The tens of thousands of protesters occupying streets in lower Manhattan and around the country are allowing the corporate media — from MSNBC to Fox News — to paint them as a bunch of out-of-control, radical hipsters and dirty, old hippies clashing with a-hole cops. "Brawl Street" was the headline in the New York Post. But the mainstream press is distorting what the movement is about. The executives don't want the rest of the American public to sign on.

Occupy Wall Street is really about helping folks who have lost their homes to foreclosure. Some want the government to forgive student loans. Then there are the very few anarchists who just don't believe in any kind of law and order. People are starting to wake up. They are realizing this country has gone to hell and that they have been manipulated for too long. They are rightfully pissed off.

Now it's time for the protesters to get organized.

If I were leading this movement, I would focus on the most important problem facing America today: the lack of jobs. Right now the government is offering only slave work, like building roads.

President Obama's job plan is just a Band-Aid on our economic problems.

The long-term solution is to prepare Americans for new industries to replace thousands of jobs we've lost to kiosks and highly educated foreign workers. Today you can find an Indian or Russian computer programmer via the Internet who will build you a website or software program for pennies on the dollar.

Don't believe all the hype about Apple and Microsoft developing innovative technology in California and Washington state. The computer giants get much of their technology from the Far East. I've been to Japan a few times, and their technology is five to ten years ahead of ours.

We get the hand-me-downs sold by American companies that bought the products on the cheap. When the products arrive in the States, corporations jack up the price on the consumer. The only ones making any money today are eBay, Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and the megabillionaires who run Apple and Microsoft. They include Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, until his recent death.

These protesters have the idea right. But time is running out for them to be heard. They need to fight for reasonable work for reasonable Americans. And newspapers and TV stations must catch on before it's too late.

If we don't do something soon about the morass of an economy we live in, we'll end up living in a simulated reality like the one in the Matrix movies.

 
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Julianvick
Julianvick

HOW RIDICULOUS THE ABOVE ARTICLE . iF AMERICANS ARE PROTESTING BECAUSE THEY WANT JOBS ONCE THEY GET THE JOB , THEY WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO PROTEST ANYMORE, AND EVERY THING WILL CONTINUE AS IT IS. tHEY WILL QUIETLY GO TO WORK, AS THE PERFECT SLAVES OF THEIR INMORAL CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM.I WISH AMERICAN LEARN HOW TO PROTEST. AMERICANS ARE ALWAYS AFRAID.

IN GOD WE TRUST
IN GOD WE TRUST

This government and the President should STOP printing the American dollar just to continue helping the Stock Market causing the dollar value to continue falling and also inflation will be on the raise quickly and if it reaches 20% in 2013 it will cost an average american more money to buy food and clothing...This was all caused by the real estate world when banks were approving and giving away crazy loans to people who can even pay those high mortgage payments.. Realtors and homeowners were making a killing selling their homes for such HIGH PRICES all for GREED !!!!...America has become a world FULL of Swindlers within the government,consumers,the corporate world and the Super Wealthy all these problems in AMERICA were all cause by GREED !!!!.....CAN IT BE FIXED, TIME WILL TELL ,but for now America and its leaders should'nt make our children SUFFER for their wrong doings....

cisconchip
cisconchip

uncle luke--u remember who put out the call for occupy wall street???--the organization anonymus--and do you know who anonymus really is --u should u voted for the puppet president--lets b real--- real --u do know how to be real--u would say yea i voted for all that hope and change- that a man incompetent was put into office---do you even realize obama had the blessing of so many but instead in the end he capitulated as all corrupt democrates do. sorry luke u just tow the company line of elitist--u are the 1%---and maybe u might do a little research and find most 1% just happen to b democrats.these occupiers are the fools who voted for obama --they vested their hope in him--but they like u would never admit cause u lost your courage to stand for the truth. AND THAT'S THE CON.

Ndn_nfl
Ndn_nfl

NO!!! THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS TO GET THE MONEY OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT!!! LEFT OR RIGHT NO ONE BUT THE 1% COULD WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT IS OWNED BY THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND ALL THE BILLS,LAWS AND POLICYS ARE FOR THEM!!!

Domain72
Domain72

It is time for the people to make all major decisions. Be the boss of all public servants and Not the other way around. Politicians are the biggest problems starting with obama. There is no reason why we can't all live peacefully and prosper. Look back 2000 yrs. ago and more politicians have always created the problems and war NOT the people.

cisconchip
cisconchip

uncle luke aka uncle tom--spreadin the news for the new plantation owners aka dnc aka democratic national committee---how all daT HOPE AND CHANGE--THE POOR IN MIAMI HAVE BEEN RAPED BY YOUR HEROE DEMOCRATES--U JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER DEMOCRATES IN WASHINGTON. THE POOR KNOW THEY HAVE NOT HAD A RAISE. DEMOCRATES ARE THE REVERSE ROBIN HOODS TOOK THE MONEY FOR THE POOR AND GAVE IT TO DA BANKS. YOU A FRAUD AND AN UNCLE TOM. AND DONT LET ME START HOW THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WIT THE FED DEVALUED THE DOLLAR MAKING THE POOR 20% POORER--COOL UNCLE LUKE HOW BOUT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TELLING THE FED TO CLOSE DOWN MEDICAL MARYJAUNA GROWING IN CALIFORNIA --WHILE THESE OCCUPIERS DISTRACT- THE FEDS ARE CRACKIN DOWN ON THE CRIPPIE

dajtv
dajtv

RayVaughn, 2 minutes agoDismissive, condescending, intransigent American ideologues just refuse to admit what the core issue of this protest really encompasses. It's about giving Americans, YOU, political control back from the ungodly wealthy who buy our politicians at auction and manipulate the system to enact legislation that excludes YOU and makes the wealthy wealthier so they can further subvert the political system. Everyone knows this, everyone, yet there are those that will hold fast to the party line no matter how much their collective power is eroded by an inequitable system that will eventually tear this Republic apart.

mabella
mabella

Continue to alienate corporations wo they can take their jobs overseas. The "entitlement mentality" you have is further aggravating the job crisis.The same people who smoked weed and disrupted class when I was inhigh school are theones who feel they "deserve" a job. Tough shit now when nowone wants to hire a burned out pot head who can't read.You are preaching a socialist agenda.When socailism triumphs all the getto dwellers who have never worked a day in their lives are screwed.

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

Puke, forget wall street. What we all want to know is "how much do those soupcoolers of yours weigh'?

Keywest29
Keywest29

We need corporate America to move back into the neighbor hood and become a responsible neighbor. Bring back the factory and long term jobs, not the temporary band aid road jobs. Stop all the out sourcing and put people here back to work. Corporate America is creating the have and the have nots and unless your a millionaire your going to be the have nots and still supporting everyone else

smash44
smash44

Let's see. The spoiled, silver-spoon-fed, white arrogant brats with no jobs and rich parents are mad because they have no work. But they all voted for the racist obama whose regulatory and negative-business agenda has failed to create jobs. Sort of getting what you voted for, right?

self hating muslim
self hating muslim

G-D BLESS CAPITALISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOWN WITH THE COMMIE RAT BASTARDS LEFTIES.

ALL JEW HATERS..................GO STICK YOUR DICK IN YOUR MOTHERS ASS!

denis
denis

Hey Luke capitalism treated you pretty good.See you don't need brains to make it in America just a big mouth.HUGO AND FIDEL loves you.

Dee Rivers
Dee Rivers

what about the common guy how thought he can flip 5 houses at a time? he has no fault? these people want to adore Che Guevera, well shoot them all because that's what he would have done.

RANDRANDRUNS
RANDRANDRUNS

WAS THAT A FEEBLE ATTEMPT AT A DETRACTION---EHHH??-SPEAK UP IN PLAIN ENGLISH, BOY-DON'T STUTTER AND STAMMER!! (fool-arse!) (JUST 4 U ROBERT STUART-HAHAHAHA! AND YOU DO WEAR "THE ARSE AWARD",BUD!)

Suzanne
Suzanne

Miami is having a gathering on Saturday, October 15th between 1:30 and 3:30 at the Torch of Friendship in downtown Miami on Biscayne Boulevard. Show your support.

Alex
Alex

" we are the 99% we are getting kicked out of our homes we are forced to choose between food or rent we are denied quality healthcare we are suffering from environmental pollution we are working for little pay and no rights if we are working at all we get nothing while the other 1% gets everything we are the 99%"

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

A lot of immigrants look up to Bill Gates as proof that the American Dream is achievable by anyone. They don't seem to realize that William Henry Gates III comes from one of the wealthiest families in the Pacific Northwest

MF
MF

Are there any plans for an occupy Miami? Please spread the word if there are.

nanook5
nanook5

a more helpful appeal to the masses would likely not include your '30s style smear job of anarchists.

robert stuart
robert stuart

Mike Rowe star of Dirty Jobs tv details for you every single week what people across America do for a living. 5-6 days a week for years. What is wrong with doing a job for money or renting a house instead of insisting on a "high paying" job or doing nothing or only being able to live in a house of 3000 sq ft with a built in library? Some of you protest too much.

Fernie B
Fernie B

this movement is beyond anonymous... I laugh that they get all the credit. Bunch of money launders and criminals trying to change their image

denis
denis

Fidel gives you a thumbs up.Yeah join the SOCIALIST PARTY of miami.I would think the cuban population will have problem with it along with white Americans.

RANDRANDRUNS
RANDRANDRUNS

WE'LL BRING THE HELMETS AND CARLOS MILLER TO PHOTOGRAPH THE WHOLE SCENE---

Richmond hgts n NYC
Richmond hgts n NYC

I must say you are pretty much on point.We no longer have a middle class you are either rich or poor. You might say that you are not poor but you probably are working to just pay your bills and that's not American.What is even more crazy is the problem is right in are face and so is the solutions but we as Americans Now have short atention spans. Like mayor Bloomberg said (one of the top 10 richest people in the world) once it's gets cold the protectors will loose interest and go away "that's a damm shame and a spit in their face"

denis
denis

Looks like you had it good in Cuba after all. You can always go back.

RANDRANDRUNS
RANDRANDRUNS

WE WILL HAVE DOCUMENTATION WITH A LOT OF CAMERAS-AND OFF ON THE PERIMETERS -SURPRISE SECURITY-ON YOUR BEHALF-GO EXPRESS YOURSELF---ROCK IT!

RANDRANDRUNS
RANDRANDRUNS

IF YOU WANNA DO THE CITY A FAVOR-GO THROW THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION OUT ON IT'S WORTHLESS ARSE!

Suzanne
Suzanne

Yes! This Saturday, October 15th 1:30 - 3:30 at the Torch of Friendship on Biscayne Blvd. see: www.occupyMIA.org for more info.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

You can't compete with illegal workers

Illegal Immigrants Are ‘Cheap Labor’ For Some, Costly To Rest

Alex
Alex

i was born in this country u racist bastard, where are you from ?

 
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