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Forum Post: Why isn't the Sahara Donahue eviction by SWAT going viral here??

Posted 7 years ago on Nov. 7, 2012, 10:57 a.m. EST by zacherystaylor (243)
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Is it just me or is this now so normal that it doesn't deserve much attention.

Edit: since I have posted this there ahs been much more attention to this subject on the internet; this began before I posted it independently. My objection wasn't intended to be critical but I think this could have gotten much more attention and probably should have been featured on the front page; in fact it could still be added. Many other affiliates of Occupy Wall Street have covered this more than the main site. The corporate media continues to ignore it except for a tiny handful of low profile stories. This is an blatant example of how the corporate media doesn't report many of the most important stories and there are more where this comes from. In order to take the best advantage of this it has to be covered at the grass roots level and people have to find out about what the corporate media isn't covering. In all fairness it is also important to note that the Occupy Wall Street movement has apparently been covering the incompetent response to Sandy and they're doing far more than many people including me to compensate for the lack of a decent response to that. I apologize if this post offended anyone, especially some people who are doing more than me to contribute to this movement, but at the same time I think this should be covered more.

Yesterday a highly militarized police force arrived at the home of 63 year old Sahara Donahue to evict her from her residence of 24 years. She was petitioning US Bank for an additional 60 days to remain in her home, so she could have some time to find a new place to live, secure her belongings and leave her home with dignity. She came to the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition and Occupy Denver General Assembly to ask for our help. She knew no one in Occupy Denver prior to reaching out. We immediately started mobilizing to try to get her the assistance she needed and a group went up to her house for the first rumored eviction on Thursday 10/25. ......

At 2:45pm ten or more truckloads of police in full combat gear armed with live-ammo AR-15’s, and grenade launchers arrived on the scene & forced occupiers to the ground at gun point. Police then made their way to the house, broke down the front door, threw Sahara to the ground in her own kitchen and pointed their guns at the heads of a mother and son who were in the house with Sahara along with others. They continued to break items in the house as they searched it. They unplugged the modem, which was the only mode of communication as there was no cell phone coverage in the area, in order to stop the livestream and all communications. ....


The original story was posted here before I even heard about it; it may not have included the video at that point but now that the video is out it should be clear that this is a serious problem and that it should be viral.


This sure as hell looks like the actions of a police state to me. It must have cost them a fortune to run this raid. If this is legitimate it should be big news every where. The corporate media has ignored it but Democracy Now provided brief coverage of it a couple nights ago which is how I found out about it. If it is not legitimate it should be debunked but with this video it is one hell of a fake.

I know I can't keep up with everything but are there so many things going wrong that more attention can't be paid to this??



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[-] 3 points by sunny53 (3) from Idaho Springs, CO 7 years ago

It's not a fake. It's legitimate and happened just as reported by occupy. Not only has it not gotten much attention on the web, it was also just barely mentioned in this small mountain town's newspaper, which is usually eager to report on happenings in the community. It makes me wonder if they aren't being suppressed somehow (or they could simply be trying not to cause her any more stress or embarrassment). In any case, the whole matter is a disgrace and a sad commentary on how citizens who fall upon hard times through no fault of their own are treated in this country. What happened to this kind and gentle lady could happen to anyone. Easily.

[-] 1 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

My intention wasn't to imply it was a fake; I didn't think it was. However AI did include that statement because if there is a justification for the lack of coverage it has received that would be the only thing I could think of. Democracy Now reported on it but only briefly the rest of the media hasn't mentioned it at all as far as I can tell and even when searching the internet I haven't found as much information as I thought there should be or at least not from any of the higher profile alternative media outlets although there was some coverage of it at lower levels.

The following is the only mainstream article I found on the subject but the number of other stories does seem to be growing so this should be remembered as an example where the grass roots did much better at reporting the news than the so called mainstream media.


[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 7 years ago

thanks for the post! will share!

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4105) 7 years ago

This is truly sickening to me - it reminds me of the Nuremberg trials - if the banks demanded death instead of arrest...? would the police do their bidding? When the laws are being made by the banks... or perhaps we need to think about cutting police salaries so they can live like the common folks. You know who paid their police extremely good salaries - Communist Regimes - they were more likely to do what they were told and follow commands when they lived above the common people.

[-] 2 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

Your right about cutting their pay or holding them accountable but unfortunately we don't seem to have much influence over our own government and won't as long as we continue accepting the candidates presented by the corporate media. And as long as they continue to succeed in keeping a large segment of the public distracted by trivial things. This will lead to disaster for many people and some of them might wake up then but that is kind of like playing a game of chicken.

[-] 2 points by lukefromDC (44) from Washington, DC 7 years ago

Someday, one of these SWAT evictions will run into a pissed-off veteran who knows how to defeat far more powerful military units than these. What is going to happen when an eviction blows up into another Waco, Tx style standoff?

[-] 2 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

this is true and when it does happen they will almost certainly use the corporate propaganda machine to make it seem as if it is entirely the fault of the people being evicted even while the banks continue getting away with fraud.

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 7 years ago

It doesn't get attention because many of the users that remain here are frauds posing as supporters. They are institutional lapdogs that are here for no other reason than to influence this forum and gather data.

[-] 1 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

There may be some truth to that but there are also some people here that are focused on some important discussions. Presumably there are some of the people that are still active in the movement that look in on the board once in a while but any large public board that becomes popular has a tendency to attract a combination of sincere people that address important issues and obsessive compulsive that spend all their time on the boards arguing.

It takes time to recognize which is which but I often don't spend enough time to do that so I hope people keep that in mind. I don't mean to offend those that are doing their part.

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 7 years ago

serves greedy americans right to be homeless after jacking up the cost of homes so dam high, try lowering the prices so the banks get paid back sooner, and you can stay in your home. The old saying, is fulfilled, "whatever you sow, so shall you reap". I never could afford a home cause of the greedy people in this country, i just rented for as cheap as I could the past 27 years, and bailing out on the last month rent. But I bought a nice foreclosure, hahahahahhahahahahhahah, Man its a good time for me!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

BTW - I tweeted the link http://occupydenver.org/peacefulvalleyeviction/

Would have tweeted the post except for the piss poor attitude of the title.

Why isn't the Sahara Donahue eviction by SWAT going viral here??

People please copy and share the video article on the eviction.

[-] 1 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 7 years ago

Gawd, how depressing. Maybe that's why you didn't get the response you wanted. Maybe people just feel too powerless, which is what this operation was intended to induce.

Shame on the deformed personality cop monsters. For normal human beings, nothing is higher than the fate of their children and grandchildren, but cops enthusiastically serve the slavemasters who seek to enslave them and their descendants. Watch their unions be busted and they end up poor and pensionless in their old age. Idiot morons.

[-] 1 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

It's not a matter of what kind of response I want. After seeing the video and searching around I found that it just doesn't seem to be drawing that much attention; or at least not as much attention as I would have thought it woud bring out. When OWS was at it's peak it created a lot of these stories including the UC Davis and they received much more attention and outrage even getting the attention of the media.

If this becomes normal it could get much worse if more people don't speak out about it.

[-] 2 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 7 years ago

Of course, that was bad phrasing on my part.

I just wanted to add, that trashing occupancies while they search them seems to be the norm for these bullyboy or actually psychopathic cops. It's illegal but they do it all the time. And judges let them get away with it.

The job of the police scum is to protect the 1%, it has nothing to do with the law or justice. They know this full well, thus they feel free to indulge their personality problems and are just out to get their sick sadistic jollies . Over the last year, some NYPD psychopathic cops have been taking this even further, thinking they have a license to rape (usually but not always ending up in jail).

[-] 2 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

Your phrasing isn't a problem.

These cops do often act in a manner that is as you say seems psychopathic; but for what it's worth that is the way they're taught from a very early age in many cases. They are often screened before being hired to ensure that they have been taught to be obedient and trained even further to obey and use authoritarian methods to control people. They obey orders without question because that is the way they were taught to and the government has even done research which they claimed was to avoid blind obedience, like the Nazis, but their actions seem to indicate that they have done the opposite with that research, although it hasn't been for the same reasons or as extreme as the Nazis.

I just wrote a long article about that earlier this week if your interested.


[-] -2 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 7 years ago

Shame too on OWS because if they were truly concerned about Sarah's well being they would have made her mortgage payments for her. Sickening to think that people would prefer a sensationalized media event to actually helping someone in need.

[-] 3 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 7 years ago

Get lost, sick fuk.


[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Wow you have a piss poor attitude about presenting a story.

Thanks for posting the article - but work on your attitude.

[-] 1 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

I didn't mean to offend and I was commenting on the coverage in general as much as here. I can't help but wonder why it hasn't been posted on the main page as well. This isn't the first time that I have seen a story that I thought was big but wasn't covered even by many alternative media outlets. Dave Gorczynski wasn't posted on the news section either although it was posted on the forum and I noticed that you're one of the contributors to it.


No offense intended and I'll try to be more diplomatic but I think there are more stories that could be posted on the news section and suspect that if we had a suggestion page for this that it might improve things. In fact they had something about asking for writers. I'll try to suggest it more diplomatically.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Send it in to the site contact e-mails - I have done this before and the site has put out the information. No one can cover all things - so help out by submitting what you find.

It is good to share and to circulate.

[-] -1 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 7 years ago

I think it's fair to say that the enemies of Sarah are the enemies of OWS. Why not fight that enemy, which is the bank, rather than fight the police? Why didn't you make her mortgage payments?

[-] 2 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

There are problems with both the banks and the police. Obviously I'm not going to make mortgage payments for this but that doesn't mean this is a legitimate way of handling the situation especially when there are so many cases where the elites are getting off Scott free. I can't review them all but I can recognize a trend when well connected crooks get off and those that are hard up right or wrong get this kind of treatment for much lower amounts of money.

[-] 0 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 7 years ago

Well, if you trace bank profits, it seems all is reduced to but a handful in the US; and these can all be traced to the Rothschilds. The only way individuals can address this is to limit borrowing but this does not address our currency or our financed on the taxpayer economy. So yea, I can relate.

[-] 1 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

It's not jsut the banks that can be traced to a small minority of people with power; all the corporations are controlled by a small percentage of the public and they're involved in an epidemic level of fraud in most if not all industries. I doubt if it is just the Rothschild s though.

We need to rethink our entire economic system and focus on methods of improving the quality of life for everyone, not just the elites.

[-] 0 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 7 years ago

It's not just the Rothschilds, no. But these corporations are all financed on some level; the bankers extract wealth from all.

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 7 years ago

I posted it a while ago. Occupying foreclosures was, in my opinion, one of the better actions so far.

Everyone wants to sit here and blame Republicans for all their problems. They are too dumb to realize the banks own em both.

[-] 0 points by zacherystaylor (243) 7 years ago

Yours is the post that I was referring to; I meant to include it in the link and added it now. It only got a few responses and when I looked for it I added a link to the video but still little or no attention.