Occupy’s message to President Obama


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent out a fundraising pitch today that casts Republicans as opposing Democrats and Occupy Wall Street, Greg Sargent reports (adding: without mentioning OWS). The former speaker draws a memo obtained by Chris Hayes that shows Republican strategists offering their help in taking down the movement.

Also today, a group of Occupiers mic checked a speech by President Obama in New Hampshire. They didn’t get all the way through their message, so they gave written copies of it to the press outside. The White House pool report sends this over:

“Mr. President,

Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy (here is where the crowd shouted them down) You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights.  Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”

After the crackdown on Occupy Wall Street last week, the White House said it hoped that local municipalities would balance freedom of speech with concerns about public safety. The month before, one survey of Occupy Wall Street found that three in four Occupiers disapprove of President Obama’s performance.

(Video by way of Think Progress.)

Occupy's message to President Obama