Occupy St. Louis Accuses Mayor of Kowtowing to Corporations

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OccupySTL has some grievances for Mayor Slay.
Three days after St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay issued an edict demanding that those involved in Occupy St. Louis vacate Kiener Plaza, the "occupiers" issued their own message to City Hall.

In a statement yesterday sent to media outlets, OccupySTL accuses the mayor's office of making false allegations against their protest, including Slay's chief of staff -- Jeff Rainford -- telling media that Kiener Plaza "reeks of urine."

"Anyone is welcome to come to the site and see this is not true," wrote OccupySTL in its missive Monday. "The Mayor blames Occupy St. Louis, (which is not an organization but a group of autonomous individuals assembling to make decisions collectively) for behaviors that are almost universally the actions of individuals not participating in Occupy activities and that most likely would have occurred regardless of our presence."

According to OccupySTL, the mayor's crackdown on their occupation came after the Downtown St. Louis Partnership made a complaint to City Hall. A spokesperson for the partnership was checking into the basis of that allegation yesterday at the request of Daily RFT.

OccupySTL also "cited" Slay yesterday for what they saw as "violations" made under his tenure, including giving millions of dollars in tax breaks to keep corporation such as Peabody Energy in downtown St. Louis.

Other grievances include:
  • Failing to deliver on Ballpark Village in which public subsidies helped fund the new Busch Stadium and the "1%" (presumably the Cardinals owners)
  • Fighting the fire department on increasing payments to their pension
  • Watching as St. Louis schools become unaccredited
  • Working in conjunction with developer Paul McKee to buy up north St. Louis property for gentrification
  • Dismissing the city's black fire chief in Sherman George.
Concluded OccupySTL:
These are cases of hypocrisy and raise serious questions about unequal protection under the law. Other violations show the city's cooperation with Big Business and demonstrate complicity in the economic oppression being addressed by Occupy St. Louis. Of course, the violations include the incredible disparity and racial injustice that this City has long perpetrated on African Americans. In total, these violations make the trivial and untrue accusations raised against us pale in comparison.


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drsmoe
drsmoe

You have some valid points regarding the way this Mayor has handled issues in this city . On the other hand I believe giving Sherman George the Boot was one of his  BEST decisions. The boottom line is the man was playing the race card on every issue within the Fire Department. The "New" generation needs to get their head out of their ass and realize Hard work and a commited drive toward learning things the right way will pay off some day. We have Winners & Loosers thats life and to hand out jobs are rewrite tests so more Blacks can score higher to equal out the outcome is not only cheating the society we live in but the individual. How about just studying and instill yourself with a drive for success rather than looking for a FREE ride. If the Blacks feel so misstreated regarding Sherman George then what about all the Asian , Irish , German  and other tax paying ethnic citizens.

KITTY
KITTY

Let them whine and whimper about their list of grievances. If they are not happy with the status quo then they should get off their lazy asses and vote. The ballot box is the best place to settle differences.

As reported in today's Post, the Occupy St. Louis crowd consists of a lot of "homeless people and people passing thru town."  Most of them probably have no clue about the issues the occupiers are whining about.  They only hang around for the free food and a nice place to piss. These people are just as annoying as gnats on a picnic sandwich. Once the cold weather sets the protestors will leave without accomplishing anything except for pissin on the plaza.

Kittys Kunt reeKs
Kittys Kunt reeKs

kitty stop being such a bitch

KITTY
KITTY

I'll do that when you spit out that union dick you've been suckin on for years.

Robert159
Robert159

next move start breaking  non violent offenders from jail.

Robert159
Robert159

make no mistake, this is a civil mind war against the people, so the people go back to a slaving job, for not enough money to even live on, and on topof that are expected to pay around 30% in tax which is 3-4 month you work for free.and now corporate jugger knots complain and the mayor has to acts fast. however he fails to act for the people and they take to the streets to show their disapproval. now think who's side is the political government on??Cui Bono? 

Robert159
Robert159

QUIT PAYING YOUR TAXES!!QUIT PAYING YOUR TAXES!!QUIT PAYING YOUR TAXES!!AND STOP THIS MADNESS

Craigs List
Craigs List

Just wait until Anonymous steps up...... ;)

Robert159
Robert159

You are Anonymous!!thats the thing

Kristie Turner
Kristie Turner

I'd like to verify for the people of the internet that although I'm not staying at Kiener, I've been many times, and it does not "reek of urine".  They are keeping things very clean.

megarockradiostl
megarockradiostl

Just like to throw this up to see how many right wingers care to comment on it:

Does the Constitution or Bill of Rights say "the right to peacefully assemble and protest' or does ti say 'the right to peacefully assemble and protest but only between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm M-F and 7 AM - 11 PM Sat and Sun'.

Does the Constitution and Bill of Rights override local, state and federal laws or does it not.

The responses should be quite entertaining to read. Have at it.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

It doesn't, but the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the idea of reasonable restrictions on assembly:  The privilege of a citizen of the United States to use the streets and parks for communication of views on national questions may be regulated in the interest of all; it is not absolute, but relative, and must be exercised in subordination to the general comfort and convenience, and in consonance with peace and good order; but it must not, in the guise of regulation, be abridged or denied.” ---  Hague v. CIO (United States Supreme Court, 1939)

/law guy

Robert159
Robert159

no it says do what i say, and i'll do what i want.well, thats what i have seen in my 40 short years through the entire political process

Wrightor
Wrightor

Occupy STL should stop wasting time downtown. Try protesting outside of the Racquet Club in the CWE or in front of the RCGA, where CEO's go to laugh at the idea of real growth and plan their next board meeting with hand picked buddies that rubber stamp compensation packages.

megarockradiostl
megarockradiostl

Have to admit this makes some sense. There are ALOT of major corporations downtown not to mention the local headquarters of two major banks. 

But there's also major corporations in Clayton, West County, O'Fallon and plenty of wealthy people in Ladue, Frontenac, Town and Country. 

Might be more effective if the movement spread out.

aaronbbrown
aaronbbrown

 This is an interesting idea that I've heard from other quarters,  the approach of  the  Occupy movement starting to directly target those who stand to benefit most from corporate America's undermining, co-opting and corrupting of the US government, as well as those who bear direct responsibility.

Robert159
Robert159

your right if you want to see change don't occupy.all we have to do is quit paying taxes, and as soon as the funding stops they'll see things our way.if you pay for this corrupt government ran by big bank , you should be quiet and let them run you over, cause by paying your taxes you condone our government, voting does not work!!it's a rigged game if you fail to see this you just don't get it.all governments are thick with corruption, we all know this. let them now be held accountable

Robert159
Robert159

however i support the occupy movement 

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Some really good points the Occupy people are making.  St Louis government is notoriously bad about making all these promises to the people while making these deals with corporations, yet never seem to keep those promises to the people.  There is Ballpark Village, the Opera House, and many more.  It does reek of something up there but it is not urine.  It would be corruption.

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