New York police already are harassing, arresting, and pepper-spraying non-violent peace and justice protesters as they begin to occupy public squares in Washington and around the country. Thousands are expected to be arrested.
For PJRC analysis of police actions against street protests, please read, "New FBI Raids: Millions More in Taxes, But Where's the Threat?"
A statement by AFL-CIO president Richard Trumpka:
I happen to agree with you. I think being in the streets and calling attention to issues is sometime the only recourse you have because god only knows you can go to the hill, and you can talk to a lot of people and see nothing ever happen because it doesn't happen.
In the streets, I think, a lot of people are there. Our international unions are involved. Our locals are involved, and you'll see a lot of working people. You'll see a lot of small business people. You'll see a lot of manufacturing people who actually produce in this country that are being stepped on the same way by multinationals in wall street. I think it's a tactic and a valid tactic to call attention to a problem. Wall street is out of control.
We have three imbalances in this country. The imbalance between imports and exports. The imbalance between employer power and working power, and the imbalance between the real economy and the financial economy. We need to bring back balance to the final economy and calling attention to it and peacefully protesting is very legitimate way of doing it. God only knows I've done it thousands of times myself, and I'll do it again.