#OccupyOakland Panic: ‘The Potties Are Full!’

Posted: Oct 17, 2011 12:01 AM


The Occupy Oakland movement officially kicked off on Monday, October 10 at 4 pm. In a bold act of solidarity, the Oakland Education Association provided the occupiers with four Porta-Potty units, but that wasn’t enough for a movement as large as this one.

An email obtained by Education Action Group from an Occupy Oakland leader explains the problem:

“If you didn’t already know, OEA has pulled through and donated some funds to have porta-potties available at Occupy Oakland. … People are really grateful to see how the teachers are supporting this. However, less than a day later, the potties are already full! They cost $35 a unit to service, and there are four units. We need to gather some funds to either add more units, or to make a consistent servicing schedule throughout the occupation. … Please email me if you are able to help with monetary donations!”

In a short amount of time, the occupiers have issued an impressive amount of communiqué, of which the Porta-Potty SOS email was only a part.

The mob has issued a manifesto/blog, which contains this message for “the politicians and the 1%”:

“Since we don’t need permission to claim what is already ours, we do not have a list of demands to give you. There is no specific thing you can do to make us ‘go away.’ And the last thing we want is for you to reinforce your power. … Our goal is to bring power back to where it belongs, with the people so we can fix what the politicians and corporations have screwed up.”  

However, the Oakland mob provides an extensive “wish list” of supplies to their “comrades” in the 99%. Here’s a sampling of the occupier’s demands –er, needs, and in their own words: 

·        URGENT: MORE FOLDING TABLES! and wooden pallets;

·        Cups and mugs (reusable, NOT paper or Styrofoam, plz!);

·        Tongs!;

·        Coolers, ice;

·        Lemons and limes;

·        Garlic;

·        Fresh fruits & veggies;

·        Sleeping stuff: sleeping bags, blankets, tarps;

·        Dry, clean socks (oh so important!);

·        Sunscreen;

·        White boards;

·        tents;

·        child caretakers;

·        Maalox;

·        Scissors;

·        Markers/crayons;

·        Newspaper magazines;

·        Straw bales (to keep mud down);

·        Toilet paper;

·        Hand sanitizer.

The organizers note that they “have a ton of rice/beans, thank you! No more rice and beans for now.”

Considering the rate the occupiers are filling up the porta-potties, they may want to rethink their request for fresh fruits and veggies. Maybe donations of cheese, potatoes and pasta are more appropriate.

In their manifesto/blog, the Oakland Occupiers write that the purpose of their public display of ignorance is “to come together, meet one another, listen to each other, and build power for ourselves.”

Here’s a tip for the mob’s leadership: Asking volunteers to supply you with food and to clean up after you does not “build power” – it builds dependency.

That’s what this “occupy” nonsense is all about. You want society’s producers to take care of you. After all, “your potties are full” and somebody needs to empty them for you.

You’re not the 99%. You’re the moochers, the takers, the whiners and the deadbeats. You’re the 10% of the population that’s too lazy and too ignorant to provide for itself. So you blame the productive members of society for your inadequacies.

Congratulations on your “occupation.” Like a three-year-old who throws a temper tantrum, you’re getting a lot of attention, which is what you want. 

You can have your little movement.

But, like usual, it will be the decent, responsible Americans who will be stuck cleaning it up.