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Call to Action: #OCCUPYWALLSTREET 4

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Slumberjack
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Rebellion in the Air?

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...the enemy of the public is being given a face.  No longer is it just a bunch of unidentified and overly aggressive cops. Now it's clear that it is the mayors, and whoever it is in the background who is giving them their marching orders, who are instructing the cops to go in and bust heads.

Mayor Bloomberg -- a man reportedly worth $19.5 billion, up a staggering $1.5 billion over the last year while other Americans are becoming poorer -- is in fact the perfect symbol of what is wrong with today's America. Having this greedy "one percenter" issue the marching orders to the police in New York makes it absolutely clear what this repression is about.

With this wave of assaults, the Occupation Movement is being forced to shift gears -- to move out of the cramped spaces to which it has been confined and to become an uprising for economic justice, instead of just an occupation as an act of protest. Zuccotti has been reoccupied, but the movement is busting out of the police barricades that surround the square.

Perhaps a group of young musicians standing on a street corner at 66th and Broadway just off Lincoln Square in New York City, doing a "mic check" routine at 11 pm the evening after the police assault on Zuccotti Plaza, said it best with their sign, which read: "Nostalgia for the Student Protests of the Past Dies Here!"

The '60s are over. It's the '10s now and rebellion is in the air.

Over and apparently forgotten.  Didn't cities team with counterattacks against the police, and wasn't fire put to terrible use, just about everywhere it seemed in those days?  Nowadays you'd have to travel to certain European destinations to get a whiff of that.  He must have written it from there.


M. Spector
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Do as I say, not as I do

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There has been no shortage of crocodile tears from the U.S. political establishment about the violence against protesters in Syria and Iran. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have taken turns condemning the brutal suppression of movements for social justice in those countries....

Meanwhile, the absolute silence from the White House regarding the growing repression against peaceful demonstrators in this country speaks volumes....

We can't let the political representatives of the 1 percent denounce harsh measures against civilians if it suits them, while they condone the same repression if the protests are directed against them.


rbil
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M. Spector wrote:

Do as I say, not as I do

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There has been no shortage of crocodile tears from the U.S. political establishment about the violence against protesters in Syria and Iran. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have taken turns condemning the brutal suppression of movements for social justice in those countries....

Meanwhile, the absolute silence from the White House regarding the growing repression against peaceful demonstrators in this country speaks volumes....

We can't let the political representatives of the 1 percent denounce harsh measures against civilians if it suits them, while they condone the same repression if the protests are directed against them.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjfhOPCPJnE&feature=youtu.be


NDPP
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A Few 'Pre-Revolutionary' Thoughts I Had  - by Arundhati Roy (and vid)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/a-few-pre-revolutionary--by-Arundhati-R...

"What you have achieved since September 17 when the Occupy movement began in the United States, is to introduce a new imagination, a new political language into the heart of empire. You have re-introduced the right to dream into a system that tried to turn everybody into Zombies, mesmerized into equating mindless consumerism with happiness and fulfillment.

As a writer, let me tell you, this is an immense achievement. And I cannot thank you enough..."


epaulo13
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Self-sufficient Wall Street: the beginning of chapter two

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The importance of self-sufficiency and sustainability were incorporated into the Occupy movement’s grassroots democratic system from the beginning, as one of the movement’s working groups. Practical, sustainable solutions — many of which fine-tuned by the permaculture movement — were implemented almost immediately, and quickly snowballed into developed systems....

http://roarmag.org/2011/11/self-sufficient-wall-street-the-beginning-of-...


M. Spector
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Behind the police, directly or indirectly, stands that bureaucratic monster of post-9/11 domestic "safety," the Department of Homeland Security.  And behind both of them, without a doubt, that giant tangle of agencies -- 17 in all -- with an $80 billion-plus budget that go under the rubric of “intelligence” and dwarf the intelligence bureaucracy of the Cold War era, when the U.S. actually had an enemy worth speaking of.

All of this is the spawn of the 9/11 moment, which is why, on November 15th when the NYPD entered the encampment at Zuccotti Park, a weaponless and peaceable spot filled with sleeping activists and the homeless, they used pepper spray, ripped and tore down everything, and tossed all 4,000 books from the OWS “library” into a dumpster, damaging or mangling most of them.  Books couldn’t escape the state’s violence, nor could the library’s tent, bookshelves, chairs, computers, periodicals, and archives.  Even librarians were arrested

Much was literally trashed and, though “books are pretty sturdy objects,” as one Zuccotti Park librarian wrote me, “when you throw them into a dumpster a lot of them get destroyed. We have recovered about one third of our books and of that number many are far too damaged to re-circulate.”  Novelist Salman Rushdie tweeted a perfectly reasonable response to the police action: “Please explain the difference between burning books and throwing thousands in the trash and destroying them.”

Stop for a moment and imagine what the headlines here would have been like if Iranian or Chinese police had broken into a peaceful oppositional encampment and literally trashed its library without a second thought.  The barbarians!  Imagine what a field day the pundits would have had.  Imagine what Fox News would have said.

Nothing, of course, had to be this way.  That it was makes it part of the official legacy of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden.  In the wake of that day, this is what Washington did to itself, and so to us.  In the process, it did one other thing: it put the Constitution in the dumpster.

Tom Engelhardt


Fidel
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Michael Hudson wrote:
Fifty years ago an old socialist told me that revolutions happen when people just get tired of being afraid. In today's case the revolution may grow nearer when people get over being depressed and stop blaming themselves. They come to think that we are all in this together - and if this is the case, there must be something wrong with the way the economy is organized.


epaulo13
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..a very well done video.
Anonymous - Message to Occupy the World 11-18-11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqWdyM91hFA


epaulo13
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Occupy Homes lauds a radical new phase for the movement

The drive to stop foreclosures and squat bank property marks a radical shift from the occupation of public space to the public repossession of private property.

The Occupy movement is ratcheting up the resistance. Inspired by the Spanish indignados, this Tuesday activists all over the United States will be taking the struggle indoors: to the homes of poor families who are under threat of being evicted by large and powerful Wall Street banks. The move from occupying public space to reclaiming private property marks a radical escalation of civil disobedience, striking the capitalist system right at its institutional heart....

http://roarmag.org/2011/12/occupy-our-homes-banks-homes-foreclosures/


Boom Boom
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Proceeds from 'Occupy This Album' will benefit movement

 

 

Occupy Wall Street now has an A-list soundtrack: the compilation Occupy This Album, which was announced today and will be released sometime this spring. The record will feature music from Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Yoko Ono, Third Eye Blind, Crosby and Nash and many more. Several of the contributors, including Joan Baez and Crosby and Nash, performed at the New York OWS site while it was still active.

 

 

 


epaulo13
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On Founders and Keepers of Occupy Wall Street

Last week, a power struggle within an Occupy collective emerged into the public realm when one member took sole ownership of the @OccupyWallSt twitter handle and began to issue calls to action and reflections on the history of the movement.

The act generated quite a bit of controversy among Occupy activists who feel, as I do, a strong visceral connection to a movement which has at every juncture defied formal leadership or hierarchy. Media outlets like Buzzfeed proclaimed last week’s outburst of public infighting to be the “final implosion” of Occupy, while bloggers debated its causes and implications: lack of consensus, over-reliance on consensus, consolidation of Occupy media properties, and more.

As the controversy ricochets across our still-vibrant networks, I write here to offer my own perspective on what immediate lessons can be learned from the debacle.....

http://www.occupy.com/article/founders-and-keepers-occupy-wall-street


NDPP
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2014 Worldwide Wave of Action For Truth, Justice, Freedom (and vid)

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/02/mlks-spirit-rises-2014-worldwide-...

Stop US Oligarchic 1% Crimes

 


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