Call to action: #OCCUPYWALLSTREET 2

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..your most welcome pogo and laine. got to say it i'm enjoying it.

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General Assembly Minutes 9/27/11 7pm
Posted on September 28, 2011 by Drew

Meeting Notes PM GA – 09/27/11

 

General Assembly Minutes 9/28 2PM
Posted on September 28, 2011 by Ketchup

General Assembly 2PM 9/28

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here's the pepper spray cop spraying a 2nd group of people right after he sprayed the 4 women in the net

Posted 4 hours ago by sooth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-eTi5-qNgA

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Occupy Montreal, first General assembly Saturday Oct 1st 2011

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Occupy Montréal tiendra sa première Assemblée Générale ce samedi 1er octobre à 13h30 devant le Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal. Occupy Montreal will hold it’s first General Assembly this coming Saturday Oct. 1st at 1:30 PM in front of the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal. Occupy Montreal tendrá su primera Asamblea General este sábado 01 de octubre a las 13:30 en frente del Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montreal. 占据蒙特利尔将于10月1日(星期六)下午1:30前在蒙特利尔世界贸易中心时第一次年度股东大会。 Occupy Montreal शनिवार 1 अक्टूबर को Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal से पहले 1:30 पर अपनी पहली वार्षिक आम बैठक का आयोजन करेगा. INFO: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=252924084750121&view=wall

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Occupy Wall Street: inquiries launched as new pepper-spray video emerges

NYPD officer Anthony Bologna faces two investigations as video emerges of a second pepper-spray incident

The senior New York police officer at the centre of the Occupy Wall Street pepper spray controversy fired the gas at protesters a second time just moments later....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/sep/28/occupy-wall-street-anth...

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Occupy Wall Street Protest: Why Reckless Bankers Still Owe America

By Hao Li | September 29, 2011 8:52 AM EDT

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are angry. 

Some of them frame their goal as "ending the influence money" has over Washington.  Some of them feel they got the short end of the stick while bankers are swimming in money.

"We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything," read a post from the wearethe99percent Web site.

They're right....

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/222018/20110929/occupy-wall-street-prote...

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Occupy Boston: smart, savvy, and aiming to emulate Wall Street protests

About 200 people in Boston express their outrage at America's economic woes – and promise to take up the protest baton

There were socialists, anti-poverty campaigners, students, anarchists, computer hackers, the unemployed, and workers ranging from a vet to an accountant....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/28/occupy-boston-wall-street

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Massive Union votes to support #OccupyWallstreet

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According to Daily Kos, The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night.

A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM.

Here's more about them from their website:

The TWU has four main divisions: Railroad; Gaming; Airline; Transit; and Utility, University and Service. The Union has 114 autonomous locals representing over 200,000 members and retirees in 22 states around the country.

[url=http://www.businessinsider.com/a-massive-union-just-voted-to-side-with-t... (Caution: huge bandwidth-sucking website!)

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Day 12: Recap
Posted on September 29, 2011 by
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the latest on trending censorship

Posted 16 minutes ago by

hello occupywallst this is Erica here at occupySF. We went down to twitter headquarters this morning to try and get a formal statement that they are not in fact censoring occupywallst from trending on twitter. They only stated a position of neutrality and insisted that we formally inquire via email which we are doing now. We will let you know as soon as we receive a formal response from twitter. In loving solidarity, occupySF

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Melissa Kleckner is Part of the 99 Percent

In an effort to show the diversity of people involved in the occupation, we will be running a series of interviews highlighting some their stories. For our first installment, The Indypendent spoke with Melissa Kleckner, 31, who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey and is studying social work at Hunter College-CUNY. Read more »

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General Assembly Minutes 9/29 7PM

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Airline Pilots Join "Occupy Wall Street" Protest - 9/28/11
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.246533542059875.56631.181577995...

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Occupy Wall Street to Publish Newspaper to Control Their Message

By Thursday, September 29, 2011
Today, Occupy Wall Street announced publicly that it will be forming a Occupy Wall Street Media project through Kickstarter, and they will be name it, in a bit of sarcastic culture jamming, “The Occupy Wall Street Journal.” (We’ll see how the decaying tyrant Rupert Murdoch enjoys that one.)...

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The Yes Men Raise Money to Publish the Occupy Wall Street Journal
http://www.observer.com/2011/09/the-yes-men-raise-money-to-publish-the-o...

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Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Posted on September 30, 2011 by

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies....

 

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Union Airline Pilots Occupy Wall Street

Over 700 hundred Continental and United pilots, joined by additional pilots from other Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) carriers, demonstrate in front of Wall Street on September 27, 2011 in New York City.

Hundreds of uniformed pilots, standing in stark contrast to the youthful Occupy Wall Street protesters, staged their own protest outside of Wall Street over the past couple of days, holding signs with the picture of the Hudson river crash asking “What’s a Pilot Worth” and others declaring “Management is Destroying Our Airline.” This comes after pilots at United asked a federal judge to halt the merger with Continental, arguing that the whole thing is proceeding too quickly....

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/09/29/union-airline-pilots-occ...

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Chomsky on RT talking about Wall Street protests

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ubx9m900CM

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Granny Peace Brigade is Part of the 99 Percent

By Nikki Saint Bautista
September 30, 2011

While they were still in their twenties they protested the Vietnam War and fought for civil rights in the South. That was before they became grandmothers and formed the Granny Peace Brigade, challenging a new era of greed and war....

http://www.indypendent.org/2011/09/30/grannies-for-peace-occu/

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Occupy San Francisco Takes It To The Streets

September 30th, 2011

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Radiohead at 4PM

Posted Sept. 30, 2011, 12:13 p.m. EST by anonymous

Radiohead will play a surprise show for #occupywallstreet today at four in the afternoon.

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Huge Crowd Of 5,000 Now At Occupy Wall Street Protests As First Wave Of Union Support Arrives
The number of people occupying Liberty Square has exploded following the announcement of union support, with the NYPD estimating a crowd 5000 people and Fox News setting up a live stream.

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Don't know if this was posted earlier - last night Bill Maher showed photos of the Tea Baggers at the protest. They joined in chanting "we are the 99%".

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Friday Sep 30, 2011 9:22 am
Labor Movement Rolls Into Wall Street Occupation

By Michelle Chen

The steel and concrete of Lower Manhattan comes alive every day during rush hour, when gray suits pulse through subway tunnels and the city's arteries get choked with street vendors, construction workers and other folks hustling to make a living. Now that a bunch of rabble-rousers have occupied the neighborhood, the workers who form Gotham's backbone are starting to reclaim their turf as well....

http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/12029/labor_movement_rolls_int...

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Transport Workers Union Votes Unanimously to Support Occupy Wall Street

By Jen Doll Thu., Sep. 29 2011

Occupy Wall Street is in its 13th day, with support growing among factions veering from the "grungy unemployed hippie stereotype." There's the event led by two CUNY professors to protest the treatment of the protesters at the hands of the NYPD (Critical Mass has written they'll join in this rally, which may be preceded by a feeder march from Zuccotti Park consisting of other groups as well). Michael Moore, who's been involved for days now, is doing a book signing at St. Marks Bookshop (another cause!) with royalties on sales to go to support Occupy Wall Street. And last night, the Transport Workers Union voted to support Occupy Wall Street. We hear that the UAW will be showing support as well.

quote: By Wednesday, the Village Voice reported, the historically militant Transport Workers Union had voted to back, and provide food and services to, the Occupy Wall Street movement. In a video recorded during an evening protest, TWU Local 100 member Christine Williams declared, "The people have finally woke up. And we're here and we're staying and we're not going anywhere."....

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/transport_worke.php

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Jessica Yee: Occupy Wall Street: The Game of Colonialism and further nationalism to be decolonized from the "Left"

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The "OCCUPY WALL STREET" slogan has gone viral and international now. From the protests on the streets of WALL STREET in the name of "ending capitalism" - organizers, protestors, and activists have been encouraged to "occupy" different places that symbolize greed and power. There's just one problem: THE UNITED STATES IS ALREADY BEING OCCUPIED. THIS IS INDIGENOUS LAND. And it's been occupied for quite some time now.

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Let me be clear. I'm not against ending capitalism and I'm not against people organizing to hold big corporations accountable for the extreme damage they are causing. Yes, we need to end globalization. What I am saying is that I have all kinds of problems when to get to "ending capitalism" we step on other people's rights - and in this case erode Indigenous rights - to make the point. I'm not saying people did it intentionally but that doesn't even matter - good intentions are not enough and good intentions obviously can have adverse affects. This is such a played out old record too, walking on other people's backs to get to a mystical land of equity. Is it really just and equitable when specific people continue to be oppressed to get there? And it doesn't have to be done! We don't need more occupation - we need decolonization and it's everyone's responsibility to participate in that because COLONIALISM AFFECTS EVERYONE. EVERYONE! Colonialism also leads to capitalism, globalization, and industrialization. How can we truly end capitalism without ending colonialism? How does doing things in the name of "America" which was created by the imposition of hierarchies of class, race, ability, gender, and sexuality help that?

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..txs maysie

..i saw the issue come up on occupy vancouver facebook page. there is no way vancouver will ignore this. most progressive events that occur here open by honouring the salish people and acknowledgement that we are on their land.  i look forward to being part of that and many other discussions..and thankful the opportunity to do so in this way. direct democracy.

eta: i remember reading something re spain assemblies where hand signals and other methods where developed to express disapproval when someone was being ie sexist. i will rummage through the spain thread and see if i can find it.

 

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I hope Toronto's Bay Street is next!

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Maysie, can you expand a bit on that?  I am trying to understand it but having some trouble.  In some ways it sounds like an "oppression olympics" approach.

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Not that I’m surprised that this was a misstep in organizing against Wall Street or really any organizing that happens when the “left” decides that it’s going to “take back America for the people” (which people?!). This is part of a much larger issue, and in fact there is so much nationalistic, patriotic language of imperialism wrapped up in these types of campaigns that it’s no wonder people can’t see the erasure of existence of the First Peoples of THIS territory that happens when we get all high and mighty with the pro-America agendas, and forget our OWN complicity and accountability to the way things are today – not just the corporations and the state.

I see the USian flags at the protest and I see "nationalistic, patriotic language of imperialism wrapped up in these types of campaigns".  Imperialism is wrapped into everything we do and so I'm not surprised.

But I'm not actually finding what she is saying to be very clear:

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Let me be clear. I'm not against ending capitalism and I'm not against people organizing to hold big corporations accountable for the extreme damage they are causing. Yes, we need to end globalization. What I am saying is that I have all kinds of problems when to get to "ending capitalism" we step on other people's rights - and in this case erode Indigenous rights - to make the point.

Can you provide some insight as to how Indigenous rights are being erodod by this action?  I'm not looking to argue and I am friendly to the idea, I just don't quite get it.

I see that there is no recognition of Indigenous rights/land theft/colonialism.  And I think that's a valid criticism.

On the other hand I've heard a lot of unimaginative status quo criticism like "they don't have a coherent message", "theyr're not wearing presentable clothing", etc.  And to these status quo criticisms I've made replies such as "they're determining demands together right now and that's part of the process", "it's not about having the answers it's about focussing our collective attention on problems that need to be addressed trather than ignored", and "if you can do the protest better then why aren't you?".  To some extent I feel those same responses are appropriate to Jessica Yee's criticisms.

I know that she is a committed activist (rather looking to rationalize inaction).  I do think if she or anyone else went to Wall Street wanting to coomunicate her message that she would find people to be all ears.  I know they are overjoyed that both Unions and military veterans are jumping on board in huge numbers.  I would imagine that they would be very happy to have a large native presence there.  They have been doing callouts to everyone to please come down...but they have not been getting any press from the mainstream, and the media channels they've been using for the callouts dispropotionately reach younger white people (I would assume).

I'm not sure what to take from Jessica Yee's article and your posting of it.  I think it means that both she and you support the protests are encourage occupiers and would be occupiers to be more conscious about how we're on this land to begin with.  Beyond that I'm not really sure.

I know that you view the notion of "human rights" as a problematic concept and I agree with some of the reasons for that.  But I'm stuck here.  I am so excited to see the start of what could be mass uprisings.  I'm glad that people are standing up and making demands for their voices to be heard and their "rights" to be met.  When it is pointed out that none of us settlers really have any right to be making demands or to expect prosperous lives on stolen land, well, it's almost like it's too much to hold in my head.

These problems we have to solve together are so complicated.  How do we solve them?  #OccupyWallStreet feels like the best thing that's happened politically in a long time...it gives me a headache that from a valid perspective it is just a bunch of entitled settlers.

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..still looking through the spain thread. i ran across this..worth a repost just for the inspiration.

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Thus ended one of the many assemblies that have become the life force behind Spain's blossoming popular uprising. The decision-making mechanism is far from new: older folks here nod their heads remembering the hours spent in their youth trying to reach consensus. But Spain's young people have managed to transfix society and confound an out-of-touch political élite with their level of organization and ability to rapidly spread to other neighborhoods, cities and even countries. They do not speak the language of politicians and reject vertical models of organization. They reach decisions through consensus. They listen. They are inclusive. And what they seek is a profound transformation, one that transcends political parties and traditional methods of government; they envision a system that brings grassroots democracy rooted in the communities. Their weapons are their words and the social media networks.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/03-1

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Jessica Yee wrote:
What I am saying is that I have all kinds of problems when to get to "ending capitalism" we step on other people's rights - and in this case erode Indigenous rights - to make the point.

wage zombie wrote:
Can you provide some insight as to how Indigenous rights are being erodod by this action? I'm not looking to argue and I am friendly to the idea, I just don't quite get it.

I won't speak for Jessica, but I can share my perception of her critique.

The idea of "taking back America" from the Wall Street bankers is an idea grounded in the erasure of Indigenous history and present in the US (and Canada). Why? Because in the act of taking it "back" from the 1% ruling class and giving it to.... who? The working people? The unions? Tenants and small businesses?.. in this act is the acknowledgement of the "owenership" and "entitlement" to the "land" by the 99%.

The question of who "gets" what's "taken back" obliterates the reality of Indigenous struggle, and reasserts the white supremacist narrative that America (and Canada) was a vast empty land at first contact and that (regular, working-class) white folks are entitled to it.

That said, I agree with you, wage zombie, that this is a remarkable movement that is spreading and yeah, I hope like hell it comes to Bay Street. We might be all burnt out from the ongoing fight against Ford as well as the upcoming provincial election. Give us a week or so. 

North American movements such as this that are dominated by white folks are rarely inclusive. Lessons and leadership from groups of people of colour and indigenous folks could have been put at the forefront. They were not. To me this doesn't mean the movement is a sham, or worthless. But nothing is above critique, especially when the goal is, among other things, to not reproduce the power structures of the ruling class, yes?

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Winter's coming, so maybe Bay Street could be occupied next spring? The only problem is losing the current international momentum.

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..transforming this world is a big job. so far we see the opening structures like facebook that is allowing us to organize. beginning oct 8 the vancouver assemby will take over. everyone here can watch as it is very open. input as we move forward is important. babble is a good place for discussion. better than facebook.

eta: like a think tank for direct democracy.

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Occupy Toronto Market Exchange
An Announcement to The General Assembly of OccupyToronto - A Call to Arms

Occupiers,

We had a great turn out of Occupiers last night to our first General Assembly. It ran fairly informal but we had some great discussion and ideas thrown out. One amazing thing I have been seeing is that people come to these meetings, share what they are doing and work with the rest of us to establish our goals as well! So you all want an update on where the Occupation stands. Well here it is!...

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http://www.facebook.com/OccupyToronto

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New York police arrest 500+ protesters on Brooklyn Bridge

Today, New York witnessed an unprecedented clampdown on the constitutional right to peaceful civic protest: in what appears to have been a coordinated move by authorities, the NYPD tricked protesters into walking onto Brooklyn Bridge so it could execute a meticulously planned mass arrest of hundreds of entirely peaceful protesters. Among the 400+ detainees were at least two young children, a photographer and a freelance journalist.

http://roarmag.org/2011/10/new-york-police-arrest-400-protesters-on-broo...

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October 1, 2011, 4:29 pm

Police Arrest About 500 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge

Updated, 7:58 p.m. | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested about 500 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The police did not immediately release precise arrest figures, but said it was the choice of those marchers that led to the swift enforcement.

“Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested,” said the head police spokesman, Paul J. Browne. “Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested.”

But many protesters said that they thought the police had tricked and trapped them, allowing them onto the bridge and even escorting them across, only to surround them in orange netting after hundreds of them had entered....

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/police-arresting-protesters...

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American Spring: Brooklyn Bridge shut down by protesters

quote: The demonstration started by Wall Street and then protesters rallied toward the Brooklyn Bridge. When they got on the bridge, the police cordoned off both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge and started to move in on the protesters to make arrests for blocking traffic and disorderly conduct.

The protesters were banging drums and chanting, “The whole world is watching!” Police moved in, there were paddywagons brought to the scene, and things got very physical, RT’s New York correspondent reported.

Witnesses say it is impossible to even count the amount of police officers that were dispatched to the scene. Clashes erupted, and they got violent....

http://rt.com/news/brooklyn-bridge-occupy-wallstreet-859/

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Anonymous: 'The Bankers Are The Root of All Evil' (and vid)

http://geraldcelentechannel.blogspot.com/2011/10/anonymous-bankers-are-r...

"...the Bankers are the problem..."

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We The People… Occupy Wall Street – Day 14

..video

http://takethesquare.net/2011/10/01/we-the-people-occupy-wall-street-day...

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Webster Tarpley: The Global Mass Strike (podcast)

http://geraldcelentechannel.blogspot.com/2011/10/webster-tarpley-world-c...

 

The Best Among US  -  by Chris Hedges

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29271.htm

"There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall St. and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you are a rebel or a slave..."

 

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What the cops are talking about behind your back.

From officer.com discussion forum

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JasperST added, "I'd love to see fire hoses employed, it would clean them up and clear the streets and sidewalks for traffic."

Crass_cop: "Yeah...I love how the chick just falls to her knees and starts screaming!"

Reils49: "I thought that NYPD Lt. did a nice takedown on that kid in the orange shirt."

Gunslash: "Mace isn't that bad! I once took a load in the face from my partner, hardly put me out. We had a talk later though, I told him to warn me next time he pulls out and starts spraying."

Danno2399: "I love how these videos show absolutley nothing of what happened just the a group of cops getting the situation under control. But hey I work in lower Manhattan and my thing is this I have to get to work, you want to protest for an injustice you percieve I cant and won't stop you that's your right as an American but you don't have the right to cause possible dangers to pedestrians vehicular traffic and the Police Officers who have to be there to make sure you don't hurt yourself or others stand where your told don't get in anyones way and you'll be fine."EmmaPeel: "Fricken communists. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch."

Options_open: "They seem to be protesting against.... well, everything. At one point they were chanting about unnecessary government spending. I found it ironic considering myself and probably a hundred other officers there because of them were on overtime. ChaChing! Please keep protesting... I could use the money!!"

Big_Will: "I got 14 hours cash money off those savages. Hopefully they can keep it going for a few more weeks my gas guzzling SUV needs new tires."

 

 

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Maysie wrote:

Jessica Yee wrote:
What I am saying is that I have all kinds of problems when to get to "ending capitalism" we step on other people's rights - and in this case erode Indigenous rights - to make the point.

wage zombie wrote:
Can you provide some insight as to how Indigenous rights are being erodod by this action? I'm not looking to argue and I am friendly to the idea, I just don't quite get it.

I won't speak for Jessica, but I can share my perception of her critique.

The idea of "taking back America" from the Wall Street bankers is an idea grounded in the erasure of Indigenous history and present in the US (and Canada). Why? Because in the act of taking it "back" from the 1% ruling class and giving it to.... who? The working people? The unions? Tenants and small businesses?.. in this act is the acknowledgement of the "owenership" and "entitlement" to the "land" by the 99%.

The question of who "gets" what's "taken back" obliterates the reality of Indigenous struggle, and reasserts the white supremacist narrative that America (and Canada) was a vast empty land at first contact and that (regular, working-class) white folks are entitled to it.

That said, I agree with you, wage zombie, that this is a remarkable movement that is spreading and yeah, I hope like hell it comes to Bay Street. We might be all burnt out from the ongoing fight against Ford as well as the upcoming provincial election. Give us a week or so. 

North American movements such as this that are dominated by white folks are rarely inclusive. Lessons and leadership from groups of people of colour and indigenous folks could have been put at the forefront. They were not. To me this doesn't mean the movement is a sham, or worthless. But nothing is above critique, especially when the goal is, among other things, to not reproduce the power structures of the ruling class, yes?

I'm sorry Maysie but I think the Jessica Yee piece is narcissistic drivel, founded on a flawed premise. I'm in the middle of a working day here so I can't elaborate my arguments as I should like but, first: as far as I know the original callout to occupy Wall Street came from the Vancouver-based Adbusters magazine. It is an open call to the ENTIRE POPULATION. As far as I know, FN ARE represented among the protestors on the ground.

Wall Street epitomizes modern capitalism which is only the current face of the exploitation paradigm that did such damage to the original First Nations cultures. It is as much the logical target for anti-colonialists of all stripes as it is for anti-capitalists. One need only consider the numerous local fights led by indigenous peoples from South America to New Guinea against Canadian mining firms to appreciate the truth of that.

Ms.Yee has a bit of a whine about how the North American colonial history has been ignored by the nascent, leaderless, platformless 'movement' now taking shape in a park on Wall Street. Instead of celebrating her victimhood why doesn't she join her FN brothers and sisters on Wall Street and speak up?

She mistakenly personalizes this protest as 'the left' whereas a moment's contemplation makes clear the '99%' are not so easily labelled. The seeds of the protest certainly lie in the widespread feeling of grievance against a financial elite and the political system that enables it. While there is no explicit position regarding trans or gay rights, gender issues etc one expects the natural condition of this so-far inchoate protest to be sympathetic and supportive of related struggles rather than the antagonism Ms.Lee seems intent on stoking.

'Because in the act of taking it "back" from the 1% ruling class and giving it to.... who? The working people? The unions? Tenants and small businesses?.. in this act is the acknowledgement of the "owenership" and "entitlement" to the "land" by the 99%.'

The term 'Occupy' obviously plays on other occupations, such as the Occupied Territories and clearly indicates dissatisfaction with the official government response which has seen not a single banker go to prison. The implicit idea is that government won't do it and 'the people' must take it upon themselves to see justice done. The people in this sense is inclusive and that means justice for indigenous peoples too! Because it does not intrinsically reference the original colonization of the continent does not mean it is antagonistic to the interests of First Nations cultures.

Nor need the idea of 'taking back' be intrinsically property-centered; it can as much be about an ideal, a 'city on the hill' or some such, which many believe has been sullied or undermined by the current state of 'the system'. Considering the attitude of many on the left to property there is more in common with traditional cultures than with the ideology of Wall Street. But Ms.Yee must grind her racist ax and the hell with the bigger picture.

She says 'colonialism leads to capitalism...' getting it precisely backwards. Columbus' trips were funded as profit-seeking endeavors by the Spanish crown. Personally, I think she lacks the political sophistication to understand the implications of much of what she says.

She says the movement is fundamentally nationalistic in character but this flies in the face of similar demonstrations from Chile to Greece to Egypt. At this early stage, like anti-capitalism, it is a trans-national phenomenon, essentially defined only in negation.

The charge that the movement is built on the backs of First Nations and somehow furthers their exploitation is patently ridiculous. Ms.Yee might as well be on the payroll of Goldmann-Sachs. First Nations people comprise less than 4% of the North American population. Such rights as they possess are directly threatened by the proto-fascist dominant culture and Ms.Yee should think strategically and stop trying to score cheap points off of those who are her natural allies.

And finally, contemporary science confirms most of the native North American population were killed by epidemic waves of European disease introduced by the first contacts in the 16th century, long before most of them ever set eyes on the white man. Their DNA indicates the Americas were 'colonized' by a relatively small original Asiatic population that were comparatively vulnerable to new diseases. Something to do with haplotypes, they only have 11 where Europeans have 44 or something like that. Anyway, much narrower gene pool, it did for them.

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This from commondreams.org today:

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To show how hypocritical they are about this: PBS Newshour covered the original Tahrir Square encampment/protest in Cairo, Egypt for MONTHS--day by day coverage almost from its inception. They still haven't sent a single reporter to Wall Street to cover the Occupy Wall Street general assembly or anything else pertaining to this movement.

NPR is no better. Their news director basically said yesterday that the Occupy Wall Street protesters weren't newsworthy. I'm old enough to remember when NPR was an excellent source of news on a wide variety of issues, national and global. In the late 1980s they'd have sent a reporter to do street interviews of the OWS protesters by now.

I hope both PBS and NPR are extremely shamed and lose substantial citizen donations for refusing to cover these already historically significant events. If you have donated to them in the past, then please consider donating instead to independent media, Pacifica Radio, Free Speech Radio News, FAIR, Counterpoint, Democracy Now or any progressive local low power FM radio stations in your area. These outfits are either mostly or all listener and viewer sponsored and have no corporate bottom lines to tow. They all need the money and will produce more real and timely journalism than PBS or NPR are allowed to produce anymore.

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No more illusions about NPR or PBS, folks.
I know that they have donors in Canada as well as the US - well, it's time to pull back and give your money to places with greater integrity or simply to the OWS movement. And let PBS and NPR know why you're not giving to them. Their programming has become ultra-safe, even conservative; they take weeks on end to fundraise by running reruns of old-timer pop concerts, horrid little girl singers, snake-oil salesmen, and the odd documentary bio from the American Experience archives. They boot out the likes of Bill Moyers. And then they're too cowardly to run extended reports on the OWS movement after devoting hours to Tahrir square.

Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

A drop in the bucket from the 25 billion they collected in taxpayer money a couple of years ago.  Its all just a big ponzi scheme and the bankers are buying police protection with tax dollars.  

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

October 2nd, 2011 at 2:32AM

StreetTeam Volunteers needed!

Occupy Toronto needs the support of students around Toronto and Ontario to rally our movement. We are looking for volunteers to co-ordinate outreach action at their schools! We can supply you with promo material, or you can create some your own! If so please contact occupyTOmedia@gmail.com with the subject line STREETTEAM!

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