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Call to action: #OCCUPYWALLSTREET

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epaulo13
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Operation "Break Media Silence" (self.occupywallstreet)

submitted 4 hours ago by veganeggs

Alright people, we need to act fast to break the USA media silence about #OCCUPYWALLSTREET.

Here is what we do:

  1. Research list of phone numbers for every newspaper, radio and television news in the USA

  2. Post list on this thread as we collect it (start with your own city and state)

  3. We CALL these people and ask them to report on #OWS

Let's get started!

EDIT: After you call, come back here and tell us you did so. Then we can keep track of how many calls it takes to get a single news report.

EDIT2: GREAT List of media outlets is here: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=111


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A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Two) (self.occupywallstreet)

submitted 13 hours ago by Easilydistrmedia committee

This is the second communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street.

On September 18th, 2011, about 400 of us woke up in the Financial District amidst heavy police presence. After an impromptu dance party, we resumed our General Assembly in One Liberty Plaza around ten in the morning. We made our demands heard, which are many but revolve around a common point: our voice will no longer be ignored.

At noon a large group of us marched through the Financial District and Battery Park chanting “this is what democracy looks like.” During our march many onlookers joined our ranks, while many more expressed solidarity with our cause. By the time the detachment returned to One Liberty Plaza over 100 sympathizers had joined us. Our efforts were bolstered by generous donations of food and water from across the country and the world. As the day progressed our numbers continued to grow, and by three in the afternoon we were more than a thousand strong.

Before sunset 500 of us marched on the Financial District, where hundreds of onlookers joined us. After we reconvened the General Assembly the police demanded we remove our signs, but they did it for us instead. Later, they threatened to arrest us for using a bullhorn, so we spoke together in one voice, louder than any amplifier.

We speak as one. All of our decisions, from our choice to march on Wall Street to our decision to continue occupying One Liberty Plaza, were decided through a consensus process by the group, for the group.


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epaulo13 wrote:

Operation "Break Media Silence" (self.occupywallstreet)

submitted 4 hours ago by veganeggs

Alright people, we need to act fast to break the USA media silence about #OCCUPYWALLSTREET.

Here is what we do:

  1. Research list of phone numbers for every newspaper, radio and television news in the USA

  2. Post list on this thread as we collect it (start with your own city and state)

  3. We CALL these people and ask them to report on #OWS

Let's get started!

EDIT: After you call, come back here and tell us you did so. Then we can keep track of how many calls it takes to get a single news report.

EDIT2: GREAT List of media outlets is here: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=111

Looks like they need to add Rabble.ca to that list. There is nothing about this event on its front page.

Has Rabble moved to MSM status?

 


epaulo13
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Demonstrators Arrested in Wall Street Protest Monday, September 19, 2011 - 12:06 PM

Five people who were part of a few hundred protesters who gathered in Lower Manhattan to demonstrate against financial firms were arrested on Monday, police said. 

The four men and one woman whose names and ages have not been released were given disorderly conduct summonses and released, cops said. Police say three of the men and the woman were wearing masks, and a fourth jumped over a barrier.

The arrests came on the third day of protesting as part of Occupy Wall Street, an event organized by activists critical of corporate influence over politics and demanding higher taxes on high-income individuals.

http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/sep/19/demonstrators-arres...

The 9'th Arrest!

Female Arrested for writing on the ground with Chalk.

http://anonymous-worldwide.blogspot.com/2011/09/9th-arrest.html


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Just did a survey of the Globe and Mail, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS and CBC front pages on line just a few minutes ago and only CBS has a story about the protests.

 

 


epaulo13
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Tommy_Paine wrote:


So far, ala Wisconsin, the MSM is not covering this. 

But they will give wall to wall coverage of an obscure pastor with a handfull of followers who burns the Qur'an.

..i sent of emails to a whole pack of media outfits. part of what i sent was your comment re the pastor. only one asked what i was talking about..so far. Foot in mouth


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Monday, September 19, 2011

Police have stolen the Gas for the Generator!

The Police in New York have taken the gas that was for the generator. They took it right from the Media team , located in Zuccotti Park.

http://anonymous-worldwide.blogspot.com/2011/09/police-have-stolen-gas-f...


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More breaking non news.... ABC and the Wall Street journal are not covering the protest, but they are covering the astounding news of new Hienz Ketchup packets for fast food outlets....


Oh. The. Humanity.


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If this is how they are trying to get mainstream America's support: Epic fail

 

The talking coin, my favorate protest costum. I like the theme; this guys got class.


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Bec.De.Corbin wrote:
If this is how they are trying to get mainstream America's support: Epic fail

Come on Bec, let's not pretend you're an ally or anything.  You're not inclined to support actions like this regardless of what the signs say.


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Shows what you really know about me... not that I'm surprised you don't. The premise is good; the political influence of Wall Street needs to be reeled in, but the execution is rushed, disorganized and not aimed at the biggest target group whom can really change things if they get motivated: white, middle classed right of center Americans. Laugh if you want but that's who should be down there, that's who would get Obama and Wall Street's attention. I just doubt it will be done by these people. They will not win the support of the American masses. They are slowly getting tagged as your typical leftist protest group (which in fact they are). End corruption; is good, destroy capitalism is the same old BS from the left as always. They have no new answers...

The thing is while it is true most Americans hate Wall Street they also can't stand the left no matter how "right" they are. The Left in America really has an image problem with Middle America and it seems they don't ever realize it.

Someone else will have to occupy Wall Street to get their support. Sorry, call me a pessimist on this one.

Oh and PS... I bet you I've lost more money to Wall Street than you have, if your a US citizen... (so I am no fan of thiers)

 


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Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

Oh and PS... I bet you I've lost more money to Wall Street than you have, if your a US citizen... (so I am no fan of thiers)

I'm surprised you're not out there at the occupation then...I guess you don't mind getting fleeced by Wall Street.

(I'm not a US citizen)


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Sorry, I have that pesky job thing to deal with (lucky me). Someone has to make money for those guys to steal...LOL 

That and if I went there I'm afraid I'd run amuck; I'd end up putting my armor on and fighting one of the guys in the riot gear. I'm such an excitable boy that way. 


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So what are you saying then...you support the occupation?


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Sure, just becouse I think it woun't work dosn't mean I don't support thier effort; I wish them luck and I hope they stay warm. 


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Wall Street protesters: over-educated, under-employed and angry

Inspired by Tahrir Square, those who gathered in lower Manhattan are keen to mount a more permanent protest at corporate influence in US politics

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/19/wall-street-protesters-angry


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A report from day three of #occupywallstreet

submitted 11 hours ago by lawrence1912

I just got home from #occupywallstreet (would have camped out but I gotta work early in the mornin'), and thought reddit might appreciate my observations on the much discussed protest.

When I arrived today a general assembly was going on. I was at the protest on the first day too, and must say the consensus process, which seemed slow and incapable of achieving much (to me at least) on the first day, was working beautifully. Decisions were being made quickly enough for the assembly to be effective, but everyone who wanted a chance to talk was still having their voice heard. No opinions were ignored by the tyranny of majority! Within the few hours I sat the assembly formed some sub-comitties, agreed upon tomorrow's schedule (which is hopefully already online), laid ground-rules for the occupiers like no drinking, cleaning up after ourselves, etc, as well as guidelines for marches, heard a nice speech about squashing oppressive hierarchical forms within the movement (like racism, sexism, ableism), and cheered over announcements about internet support (reddit was mentioned!) and media attention. The people's microphone (if you haven't heard, this is the occupation's impromptu sound system- one person speaks in short bits which the people around repeat as loud as they can) was a wonder to hear. After a while most of the assembly was swept away by a march, which was fucking awesome. Chants like "tax the rich feed the poor," "whose street, our street," and "we are the 99%, and so are you" rang out over the sound of music. Someone had a trumpet, someone else a clarinet, and some had real drums as well as pots and pans. At one point they were playing Bad Romance, lol. The energy was a nice mix of righteous indignation and joyous fun. Most people on the street seemed to like the message, and even some of the cops seemed to be having a good time. When the march arrived back at the plaza there was a bit of dance/chant/screaming, at which point i had to head out to catch my train.

Now a little IMHO analysis.

First off, the positive. The protesters have a lot of energy, especially considering how many of them have been sleeping not-so-peacefully outside in the cold, on the ground, in loud-ass NYC. They are clearly camped out for the long haul, and will remain until reinforcements arrive, if reinforcements arrive. Head to New york now and they'll be waiting to welcome you to the cause. They've got a good infrastructure laid out, which will only grow stronger as time goes on. And, although the police arrested a few people, the protests are 100% peaceful and orderly.

Frankly, I don't think the whole "wats ur 1fucking demand tell me right now" criticism is super legit. It's pretty obvious what the general fuel of the protest is: anger over the fact that the greed of huge banking corporations has turned the global economy to horseshit. Plus anger that those same corporations poured millions of dollars into the campaigns of almost all major politicians, who in turn let the crisis happen and then used tax money to bail the banks out, while people around the country and the world lost their homes and livelihoods. We the people were offered no bailout, but rather budget cuts and austerity measures. The demands are being discussed at the general assembly and in smaller working groups, but because they are the most important part of the movement, no one wants to rush them, just so the media can have a nice pat and dry story to report on. Complex problems require well thought out solutions, and those take more time than 3 days, sorry.

But I do have criticisms, albeit constructive. One is that they should prolly stop chanting about being the 99% when they don't make up even 1% of New York's population, let alone the country. You can't wage class warfare unless you have the whole class on your side. Get the numbers up, then up the rhetoric. Which brings me to my next point. The occupiers have only scratched the surface of trying to raise support from the marginalised groups of New York city. Marching around the financial district is great, but none of those rich people care. Go march in the South Bronx, or in the not gentrified areas of Harlem. This would not only swell their ranks, but could attract much needed racial diversity. I'm always suspicious of a bunch of white people sitting around talking about oppression. Another big criticism is that the occupants are hydrating themselves with donated Poland Springs and Nestle water bottles. Besides the fact that all water bottles are wasted plastic filled with stolen water, it seems ironic that a movement angry with large capitalist corporations is asking people to donate large amounts of goods purchased from said corporations. And, while donated pizza is delicious and filling, people will only donate for so long. If they plan to keep up the occupation, the general assembly needs to figure out how to supply their own water (in reusable containers) and prepare their own food.

TL;DR In fact, don't read any more about #occupywallstreet. Just head down and see for yourself. Feel the love, and the indignation. Hop on board the #globalrevolution.

 


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Third Communiqué: A Message From Occupied Wall Street

Published 2011-09-20 12:50:30 UTC by OccupyWallSt

We're still here. We intend to stay until we see movements toward real change in our country and the world. This is the third communiqué from the 99 percent.

Today, we occupied Wall Street from the heart of the Financial District. Starting at 8:00 AM, we began a march through the Wall Street area, rolling through the blocks around the New York Stock Exchange. At 9:30 AM, we rang our own "morning bell" to start a "people's exchange," which we brought back to Liberty Plaza. Two more marches occurred during the day around the Wall Street district, each drawing more supporters to us.

Hundreds of us have been occupying One Liberty Plaza, a park in the heart of the Wall Street district, since Saturday afternoon. We have marched on the Financial District, held a candlelight vigil to honor the fallen victims of Wall Street, and filled the plaza with song, dance, and spontaneous acts of liberation.

Food has been donated to the plaza from supporters all over the world. Online donations for pizza, falafels, and other food are coming in from supporters in Omaha, Madrid, Montreal, and other cities, and have exceeded $8,660. (Link to donate: www.wepay.com/donate/99275)

On Saturday we held a general assembly, two thousand strong, based on a consensus-driven decision-making process. Decisions were made for the group to occupy Liberty Plaza in the Wall Street corridor, bedding down in sleeping bags and donated blankets. By 8:00 PM on Monday we still held the plaza, despite constant police presence.

We speak as one. All of our decisions, from our choices to march on Wall Street to our decision to camp at Liberty Plaza were decided through a consensus process by the group, for the group. We are building the world that we want to see, based on human need and sustainability, not corporate greed.

Planned and spontaneous actions will continue throughout the coming days. Expect us.


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Day 4: At least five arrested, one may be in critical condition

Published 2011-09-20 05:01:04 UTC by OccupyWallSt

Early this morning at least five protesters were arrested by NYPD.

The first arrest was a protester who objected to the police removing a tarp that was protecting our media equipment from the rain. The police said that the tarp constituted a tent, in spite of it not being a habitat in any way. Police continued pressuring protesters with extralegal tactics, saying that a protester on a bullhorn was breaking a law. The protester refused to cease exercising his first amendment rights and was also arrested. Then the police began to indiscriminately attempt to arrest protesters, many of them unsheathed their batons, in spite of the fact that the protest remained peaceful. One of the protesters received a large gash on their leg, another lost a tooth. Multiple police tackled a protester and sat on him as he continually warned them that he was experiencing an asthma attack. One of the medics on site informed the police that they needed to call an ambulance because this was a potentially fatal circumstance. They ignored him. We have no current information on this protester, but we hope that he hasn't been murdered by the police.

We are determined to remain a peaceful protest, in spite of the brutality we have witnessed. (see video)


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EDIT: I was typing this while you were typing that. Please stay safe.

Thanks epaulo 13 for the personellized accounts and updates... becouse your there your opinions and observations carry allot of weight. With me at least.

I respect what you and your compatriots are going through; your all risking allot and I know it must be getting cold as fuck at night. You prove me wrong here about this working and I'd enjoy that. Really I would.

I'm sure this has been passed already; especially after your experiences these past few nights, but if it hasn't please let the organizes know that if you sleep on a air mattress on the ground, you have to have a thick piece of foam between the mattress and you (and your sleeping bag)... if you don't do this the coldness of the ground will radiate up through the air mattress and literary suck the body heat out of you... been there, done that, froze my ass off...

So perhaps starting to collect up foam mates (that you can roll up and store during the day) now would be a good long term plan. Being denied tents in coming cold weather is going to put you all to the test. No doubt that is part of "the man's" plan; to wear you down with the weather, all the while enforcing ordnances already put in the books... no fires, on tents, no heaters... blah blah blah; I think you get the idea.

Anyways my idea: foam mats duct taped together can make quick insulated tents and protect you from the ground and the outside cold. Their design is only limited by your imagination. We used them in the army, they work.

Just saying... my four cents worth.

Fight the good fight not the easy fight. Good luck and stay warm.

 


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bec

..i'm in vancouver. i'm just trying to pass on info.

..as far as i'm concerned the occupiers have already succeeded. this may not have hit they msm but it has gone global. the longer they are out there the more it will inspire others to take action in other places. 1st there was the arab spring then europe. now into the heart of us capital. and all practising direct democracy. this is a movement in it's infancy but it is powerful.

..the police are begining to get more aggressive which means they are getting pressure to end it. because the protesters are peaceful they are finding it difficult to justify doing that. at some point they probably will go in and bust it all up. even that will be a victory for the movement.

..it would be in their best interest if individuals supported this action or actions like these but be aware this is going forward with or without it. young people are on the move and as happened with previous generations they upset the traditional ways of organizing. the broader left has been failing for a long time now. the leadership has become divided or compromised. there is a new path called direct democracy. get used to it.

 

 


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Taking a moment to invite people in Northern California

Published 2011-09-21 12:44:15 UTC by anonymous

There is a modest occupation going on in San Francisco and growing. They started out 6 and are growing exponentionally, are at 555 California Street, and will have some communications up tomorrow. They're throwing an invite to everyone who wants, everyone who can, and everyone at all who is around San Francisco.

Actions are also being organized for LA if you're in SoCal, but it's not ready yet. They're using the chatroom at tinychat.com/tr7ah for temporary organizing until they start going public, and cordially inviting people to join them to help organize.


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Yahoo! has apologised for blocking emails that contained content about the protests currently underway in Wall Street. As reports emerged on Twitter that several Yahoo! users had difficulty sending emails as soon as they included a link to the protesters’ website occupywallstreet.org, members of the Storyful team attempted the same thing. The result? “Your message was not sent. Suspicious activity has been detected on your account.”

http://storyful.com/stories/1000008269

 


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9/20/ 11 Legal Representation retained Posted on September 20, 2011 by kellyh

Following this mornings arrests, the General Assembly reached consensus on legal representation. Wylie Stecklow Law www.wylielaw.com has been retained to ensure the right of the collective to assemble at Liberty Plaza via the courts....

Video of Sam Cohen, Esq. explaining filing #USDOR #takewallstreet #Zuccotti... http://www.twitvid.com/SSH5S

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Collapse Roundup #6

http://ampedstatus.org/collapse-roundup-6-the-european-bank-run-has-begu...

"The European bank run has begun - This is what a collapsing global (Ponzi) banking system looks like. Next time you come across someone still deluded enough to think that things will turn around economically, send them here. Stick that in your economic recovery propaganda pipe and smoke it..."


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epaulo13 wrote:

bec

..i'm in vancouver. i'm just trying to pass on info.

Well your doing a good job of it. I thought you were there.Smile

epaulo13 wrote:

 

there is a new path called direct democracy. get used to it.

 

 

I saw them doing it in the square in the videos and it looks like it works pretty well in that situation. Applying it on a national level for a country the size of the USA would not be without its challenges. One problem with DD is everybody can't vote on everything all the time; people who work just don't always have the time. It would also get tricky doing it for 300+ million people. Then there's the issue with the constitution of the United States of America; we are currently a Republic (not a direct democracy)... the constitution would have to be dissolved through a congressional vote and then a constitutional assembly would have to be elected to rewrite the constitution to put in DD into our governments system. No easy task indeed.


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organized discussion forum

Posted 6 hours ago by lampfall (New York, NY)

Thanks to all at occupywallst.org!

In an effort to generate more sustained and organized online discussion we have set up a forum organized around topics at http://occupywallst.proboards.com/

Forum topics are:

*General

*Tactical Strategy and Outreach (incl. fliers for distribution)

*Occupier Needs (current needs of #libertyplaza occupiers)

*News (for conglomerating online media reports, vids, etc.)

*Spontaneous Art (ideas for art projects @ #libertyplaza)

*Technology (technical assistance, ideas, discussion)

*Global Support (messages of support from followers around the world)

*Music (volunteer to play at the plaza or post revolutionary music)

*Democracy Theory (theoretical discussions)

We advocate continued use of this forum as well, but the larger and deeper our online presence the greater reach #occupywallst will have globally and more people will find their way into the movement. Thanks!

PEACE

 


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Wednesday, Sept 21 Agenda

Posted 8 minutes ago by OccupyWallSt

Wednesday, 21 September 09:00  Opening Bell March WhenWed, 21 September, 09:00 – 10:00 WhereLiberty Plaza to Wall St. (map) more details»  copy to my calendar 11:00  Outreach Meetup @ Orange Structure 11:00  Political Prisoners Discussion (By the steps) 12:00  Facilitation Training @ Food Table 12:30  IWW Local Workers Struggles 14:00  General Ⓐssembly 16:30  March!!! 17:00  Corporate Personhood Presentation (By the steps) 17:00  Social Media Training (West? Flower Bed) 20:00  General Ⓐssembly 21:00  Patriarchy Teach In (By Orange Structure)

https://occupywallst.org/forum/sept-21-agenda/


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Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

Applying it on a national level for a country the size of the USA would not be without its challenges. One problem with DD is everybody can't vote on everything all the time; people who work just don't always have the time. It would also get tricky doing it for 300+ million people. Then there's the issue with the constitution of the United States of America; we are currently a Republic (not a direct democracy)... the constitution would have to be dissolved through a congressional vote and then a constitutional assembly would have to be elected to rewrite the constitution to put in DD into our governments system. No easy task indeed.

Pftt.  Details, details.


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A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Four)

Posted 2011-09-21 03:08:26 UTC by easilydistr

This is the fourth communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street.

On September 20th, 2011, we were awoken by police bullhorns around seven in the morning, they objected to us protecting ourselves from the rain. They told us that the tarps suspended above us had to be taken down. We held a General Assembly to determine how to respond. We decided that we would hold the tarps over ourselves and our possessions. The police ripped the plastic away from us. We then scrambled to protect our possessions, primarily the media equipment streaming our occupation to the world. The police were also mostly interested in our cameras, it seems like they don't want you watching us.

Before we say more about what happened to us it seems important to point this out: we do not think the police are our enemy. They have jobs, how could we fault them for that, when one sixth of America lives in poverty? when one sixth of America can't find work? The police are part of the 99 per cent.

The police informed us that the tarps over our equipment counted as a tent, and were therefore illegal. We objected to this interpretation of the law. One of us sat on top of the tarp to keep the police from extralegally removing our possessions. This is what happened next - it is graphic: watch video...

https://occupywallst.org/article/a-message-from-occupied-wall-street-day...


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