Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 9:49 a.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
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To: Scott Pelley
CBS News Anchor
Last night your news broadcast indicated that there were less than one thousand demonstrators in New York City participating in the Occupy Movement. This stands in contrast to statements made by movement members who claim they heard over police scanners that NYPD estimates were upwards of 30,000 demonstrators.
Sitting in Vermont I have little access to the facts either way. It is possible that Occupy Movement members were exaggerating, it is also possible that NYPD was exaggering - either hoping to benefit from the psychological effect.
It is also possible that your coverage was constrained by upper management and their desire to make this all go away. It isn't going away, Sir. I'm sure that is obvious.
It must be a tremendous honor to sit in the seat once occupied by Walter Cronkite. I have no doubt that you sense a tremendous responsibility as well. I would do whatever I can to assist you in your dealings with upper management.
Toward that end I think it important to note: Friends of the Earth, a coalition of environmental and human rights activists released a statement yesterday in support of the U.S. Occupy Movement and the protests that took place not just in New York, but around the country.
You can find their statement here:
This is not just about the U.S. banking system, nor is it just about Wall Street. These are simply two points of pressure on somethinig that is much larger. The college kids, anarchists among them, have done a huge service, not just to America, but to all of humanity. If you think that is not so, Sir, then I submit for your consideration the Nigerian Delta, where global demand for oil has had obvious and devestating consequences that date back over 50 years.
Corporations are specifically designed to maximise profit. To do so they exploit resources - human, economic, and natural. This legal structure ensures that personal accountability for corporate actions is never an issue. Terms like externality help ensure that costs associated with production are not just minimized, but in many cases completely and fraudulently understated. This has an undeniable human cost, as was seen when PG&E poisoned the drinking water of their neighbors in California.
The issues raised by the Occupy Movement will not go away of themselves. As I sit here today, I am well aware that there are those in both the public and private sector, who support the general message of this movement, if not it's methods. To those who doubt this is possible, I would begin by pointing to statements from men like Warren Buffett regarding tax policy.
I insist, that as we sit here today, the repelican party is done as a political organization in America. To most that is, I am sure, what seems a bold and sweeping overstatement, evidence of some mental defect, megalomania or something similar. Yet I ask you to consider very carefully the process of debate - brinkmanship - that took place over our debt ceiling this past summer and it's consequenses on not just our economy - which saw both jobs and market investment numbers drop precipitously in the six or so weeks preceeding resolution of that issue, but the relationshp this had on other issues, like that of national security.
I ask you to consider carefully some bed rock principles, core platform planks, such as 'there is no global warming', and the staunch, bold faced solidarity of the repelican party leadership around these kinds of lies.
Watch carefully Sir, as those who ideologically oppose everything this movement stands for, begin to modify their language and their behavior - all as a result of this movement.
We are not going away, Sir.
And we will prevail.
Most sincerely and respectfully yours,