The sign shown to the right connected with us. It wasn’t because we caught a glimpse of the ever-so-radical Jeff Rousette riding on the roof of an SUV. Nope, not at all. A contributor sent this photo our way before we, at opk, even began to comprehend what we were dealing with. It struck a nerve because, while we were all working our hearts out in the early stages at various occupations, it was a frequent subject over skype. What skills are we lacking? Just before the photo came in, it was decided that we need lobbyists.
The Occupy Philadelphia non-profit, Jobs with Justice, who is hiring organizers and taking donation checks for occupyphilly has an influential lobbyist at the top. So where are they? Why are they hiding? Aren’t they going to help us? Have they not realized this is the biggest thing to happen in a very long time? Why do we run out of water and beg regular people to make donations? It’s all very strange.
Jobs with Justice is a member of the Alliance for Justice. The group actually seems to support quite a few noble causes. Their director is Robert Raben. Mr. Raben is also former assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, former council to the House Judiciary Committee, and former advisor to Barney Frank. He is also the president of the Raben Group.
The Raben Group is a top lobby firm and works for New York Private Bank and Trust, MasterCard, GE, Time Warner, Prudential, and others. They have lobbied in the past for Mircrosoft, McGraw-Hill, UBS, and others. We suppose they are just too busy raking in cash to lend their services occupy wall street. Furthermore, the people behind the scenes are not anti-corporation. They are involved with pushing corporate agendas. For those that don’t know, lobby firms are hired by corporations so they can influence lawmakers and change laws in ways that will benefit them. Cha-ching. Is this not the problem we are all trying to fight?
So we face a challenging question. Are our insider big dogs with us or not? They are collecting the 1%er money and we are down here sitting on pavement and revoting on issues like whether or not there should be a music festival? That doesn’t seem right. If they have a plan for all of this, why don’t they tell us, fill us in for the sake of transparency? It would be so uplifting for all of us to hear established and expert support.
Another theory is that we are all pushing their agendas. Volunteering for occupy may be a way for certain parties to cash in on the free labor of the unemployed, homeless, and kindhearted. Maybe the inner circle and the facilitators are on the payroll, just nudging us along a predefined path. Maybe the occupiers are still slaves to the corporate and non-profit megaliths. Are they really this diabolical?
Mostly every public figure and organization we have connected to occupy is also connected to the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party. So the myth that Occupy is neither a left or right movement, but includes all of the 99%, is starting to look less than water tight. This topic will be examined in future transmissions.
By the way, included in the chart above there is one known Soros to Occupy connection. George Soros founded (as in created) a group called the Open Society Institute which recently funded (as in provided cash) the Alliance for Justice. There, now please stop emailing us Soros questions. He’s not THAT interesting. Thank you.