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General Assembly Minutes 10/1 7:30PM
Posted on October 1, 2011 by

Because hundreds of us got arrested, GA will be a little bit different....

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Mass Arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge: Is This What Civil Disobedience Looks Like?

By Nathan Schneider
October 2, 2011


As over a thousand marchers made their way toward the bridge a few minutes after 3 p.m., they split into two groups. Some followed members of the Direct Action Committee who led the way up the elevated pedestrian walkway in the middle of the bridge. Another group, however, broke away and took to the Brooklyn-bound road on the bridge’s south side, eventually filling the whole roadway so that no traffic could get through. The front row of them locked arms and proceeded. At first, police had blocked neither entrance.

“That was not planned at all,” Direct Action Committee member Sandy Nurse told me, looking down from the pedestrian walkway onto those marching on the roadway. “I think there’s a lot of people in that group that don’t realize what they’re getting into.”...

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Class Warfare Indeed

by Michael Parenti

Over the last two decades or more, Republicans have been denouncing as “class warfare” any attempt at criticizing and restraining their mean one-sided system of capitalist financial expropriation.

The moneyed class in this country has been doing class warfare on our heads and on those who came before us for more than two centuries. But when we point that out, when we use terms like class warfare, class conflict, and class struggle  to describe the system of exploitation we live under—our indictments are dismissed out of hand and denounced as Marxist ideological ranting, foul and divisive....

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We have a General Assembly every day at 6 pm.


Day 9 recap
Posted on October 2, 2011 by Kei

Hi all! Brief update on yesterday:

Day 9 was a rousing success. We had a great turnout, a huge afternoon march, and a streamlined 7pm General Assembly where we made significant progress.


Just to play devil's advocate and maybe get some discussion going, as I admit this is hardly my area of expertise, this is what a (quite left wing) friend just posted on FB:

Dear people who are planning to participate in the Occupy Wall Street - Canada Edition protests: you may wish to review some facts about the TARP program before you start shouting about the injustice of bailing out Wall Street banks.

Notwithstanding the effect that a cascading bank failure would have had on the rest of the economy, did you know that much (approximately 70 per cent) of the $245 billion invested in US banks has been paid back already, with the rest of track for repayment in the near future? Or that the cost to US taxpayers will be substantially lower than the S&L crisis was in the late 1980s? Or that, in some cases, the US Treasury turned a profit/may turn a profit yet on its TARP investments through the issuance of warrants?



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A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Five)

Published 2011-09-22 07:51:42 UTC by OccupyWallSt

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

On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent.

Ending capital punishment is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, four of our members were arrested on baseless charges.

Ending police intimidation is our one demand....


Declaration of the Occupation of New York City (and live vid)

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Major Site Restructuring Due to Amount of Cities Organizing

October 2nd, 2011 · Sam ·

Wow, the groups organizing and occupations popping up across the country is growing exponentially by the day. So much so that, in order to have proper navigation and organization on the site, we had to begin categorizing these pages by state. Because of this, every occupation’s permalink has been changed. We’re sorry for this inconvenience, especially if you have directly linked to our page, but it was necessary for people to quickly find what they were looking for on our site. We ask all of those who previously linked to their occupation’s page on our site to update their link accordingly.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and hope that this change will prevent us from having to do any major overhauls in the future.


In solidarity with Occupy Wall St.,

Occupy Together


A View of the Occupy Wall Street Movement from the Inside

"a participant's critique of the Occupation of Wall Street..."

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..good find ndpp. people need to find there way and it's a very dynamic journey. the movement is young and developing but it is global which is a protection of sorts. if one operation goes south we learn from it. it won't collapse the movement. it is no surprise to find people wanting to coop this movement and we will deal with that.  we must. we have our own occupations to participate and analyze now. this is all very exciting. 


I agree, it's early days yet...

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..the europe model does not call for revolution. this is an important point and i believe it is not understood. the european model calls for transition. this requires organizing not for an explosion but becoming a part of the community. 

..i posted this piece before but i offer it up again as an idea re transition:

Why transition? A first look at concepts
Quote: So -- what exactly do I mean by the word "transition"? It is supposed to be a third way between two other options: on the one hand, revolution which involves a very particular view of political and social action (namely, a wholesale "turning-around" of all institutions at once, usually through the intervention of an avant-garde or through the pressure of the street, and requiring violence); on the other hand, collapse which occurs when a situation has worsened to such an extent that incumbent institutions simply cave in (which then ushers in a period of chaos or disorder, followed by various possibilities -- some authoritarian, some democratic -- for a long trajectory of gradual reconstruction). Revolution is intentional and monolithic. Collapse is unintentional and also usually pretty monolithic (since the main structures are the ones that crumble), and it usually leads to various scattered remains being picked up by whoever then has the intention of doing something new.....


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..this is an example of i would call transition. could it be done better, yes. it's the idea that we can do these kind of things as a community.

Local ownership of energy: the benefits of municipalisation

Very interesting debate and argumentation of why it makes sense to have municipilities, and not private companies, manage local energy needs:

“4 top energy experts from around the US address the city of Boulder’s plan to form a municipality to take control of Boulder’s energy future.”...


Encounters With Occupy Wall Street (and vid)

"There is a very strong possibility that over the next five years or so the mass movement that is taking shape today might take on epic proportions and mount a serious challenge to the powers that be. It will be absolutely incumbent upon Marxists to figure out a way to relate to that movement not as learned professors chiding it from above but as dedicated participants whose loyalties are to the movement rather than their own group.

If they can meet that challenge, the movement will be all the more powerful as a result. If they function in a narrow and self-interested manner, they will have nothing to offer..."

Class War in Manchester and Manhattan

"As argued in recent posts, the Anti-Cuts movement will succeed if it pursues strategies that expose war-mongering capitalists as the real extremists, that defend truly democratic principles, and that make our movement genuinely inclusive.

The movement will fail if it is perceived to be attacking democracy and if we're the ones the system's able to smear as extremists. This post is not arguing that people should roll over and beg if they're attcked by the police, or arguing that people should limit their activism to signing petitions. This post is arguing that activists should think strategically.

If our movement succeeds, the long term rewards for domestic radicalism will be immense. It it fails the consequences will be disastrous."

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Arrests, Lies, and Videotape: The Truth About the Brooklyn Bridge Arrests

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is not the only group using YouTube as part of its messaging campaign to win public support. The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) arrest of 700 OWS protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday Oct. 1 was nothing but a public relations stunt to sway the people to their side. One NYPD official even admitted it was ”a planned move on the protesters.”...

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Encounters With Occupy Wall Street (and vid)

"It will be absolutely incumbent upon Marxists to figure out a way to relate to that movement not as learned professors chiding it from above but as dedicated participants whose loyalties are to the movement rather than their own group.

If they can meet that challenge, the movement will be all the more powerful as a result. If they function in a narrow and self-interested manner, they will have nothing to offer..."

"Back in 1968, when I was about the age of the people occupying Liberty Park, the May-June events in France were midwifed by the American antiwar movement and eventually served as a model for the movement for a “red university” in Yugoslavia."

The battles of anti-imperialism in 68 grew out of the Civil Rights struggle of a few years prior. In turn those who cut their teeth organizing against the imperialist slaughter in Viet Nam were the ones to found the next wave of feminist struggles, gay rights struggles, environmental struggles a couple of years thereafter. Like flowers blooming under the canopy of a tree, one movement nurtures the next. And all those seeds were planted by MLK as surely as Gandhi planted him.

No mention, whatsoever, of another movement touched off that year: the Prague Spring, crushed by imperialist Russian tanks. To not mention this in any discussion of people's struggles in 68 is not a sin of omission, its a sin of commission.


I've decided Mr. Proyect has nothing to offer. Fuck him.


And while a few thousand were shot climbing over a wall in Germany and NATO pushing things on the Western front, more than one-hundred thousand Indians were being slaughtered in Central America by US-backed dictatorships. Proyect was there in Central America planting the seeds of socialism.

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One does not negate the other.


At the present time there still exist many doctrines which choose to leave in the shadow certain troubling aspects of a too complex situation. But their attempt to lie to us is in vain. Cowardice doesn’t pay. Those reasonable metaphysics, those consoling ethics with which they would like to entice us only accentuate the disorder from which we suffer. Men of today seem to feel more acutely than ever the paradox of their condition. They know themselves to be the supreme end to which all action should be subordinated, but the exigencies of action force them to treat one another as instruments or obstacles, as means. The more widespread their mastery of the world, the more they find themselves crushed by uncontrollable forces. Though they are masters of the atomic bomb, yet it is created only to destroy them. Each one has the incomparable taste in his mouth of his own life, and yet each feels himself more insignificant than an insect within the immense collectivity whose limits are one with the earth’s. Perhaps in no other age have they manifested their grandeur more brilliantly, and in no other age has this grandeur been so horribly flouted. In spite of so many stubborn lies, at every moment, at every opportunity, the truth comes to light, the truth of life and death, of my solitude and my bond with the world, of my freedom and my servitude, of the insignificance and the sovereign importance of each man and all men. There was Stalingrad and there was Buchenwald, and neither of the two wipes out the other. Since we do not succeed in fleeing it, let us therefore try to look the truth in the face. Let us try to assume our fundamental ambiguity. It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our life that we must draw our strength to live and our reason for acting.

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From the comments on Proyet's page:


The people leading this thing generally don’t even agree among themselves about much of anything besides the process. The General Assembly process is very dynamic, open, and creative. It does not lend itself to the kind of canned “interventions” that groups like the ISO rely on to influence movements in a particular direction. The ISO can “intervene” all it wants, but I can guarantee you no one will listen unless what they’re saying actually corresponds to the movement’s needs and feelings.

Writing it of as “semantics” demonstrates a complete unwillingness to listen to what people are actually saying and why. It may be hard to believe, but we Marxists have a lot to learn from the anarchist-inspired leaders of OWS. They are leading and organizing the masses. We would do well to open our ears and minds if we hope to do anything beyond making facile criticisms from the sidelines.

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N.Y. Police Can’t Use Bus Drivers in Protest Arrests, Union Says

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Police should be barred from forcing New York transit workers to abandon their routes and transport anti-Wall Street demonstrators arrested for disorderly conduct, an employees’ union told a federal judge.

quote: A court hearing is set for today on the request, said Jim Gannon, a spokesman for the union, which represents 38,000 members, including about 9,000 city bus drivers. Drivers were ordered on Oct. 1 to convey some of the 700 demonstrators arrested over the weekend during anti-Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan....

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Wanted at #OccupyWallStreet: Coalition building across NYC communities

quote: And once again, the tried-and-true media narrative of protesters vs. police is played up. It could be argued that the story here is not about police arrests and should instead be about the growing movement occupying public space across the United States as a symbol of disgust with the U.S. economic system.  That’s true, but you can’t expect corporate media to focus on the real story.  What’s also true is that the media’s focus on that narrative, and #OccupyWallStreet’s revulsion with the New York Police Department’s tactics, is an opportunity for coalition building with marginalized communities in the city.....


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So real it hurts: Notes on Occupy Wall Street.


On Thursday night I showed up at Occupy Wall Street with a bunch of other South Asians coming from a South Asians for Justice meeting. Sonny joked that he should have brought his dhol so we could enter like it was a baarat. When we got there they were passing around and reading a sheet of paper that had the Declaration of the Occupation of Wall Street on it. I had heard the "Declaration of the Occupation" read at the General Assembly the night before but I didn't realize that it was going to be finalized as THE declaration of the movement right then and there. When I heard it the night before with Sonny we had looked at each other and noted that the line about "being one race, the human race, formally divided by race, class..." was a weird line, one that hit me in the stomach with its naivety and the way it made me feel alienated. But Sonny and I had shrugged it off as the ramblings of one of the many working groups at Occupy Wall Street.


And that night I was with people who also couldn't walk away. Our amazing, impromptu, radical South Asian contingency, a contingency which stood out in that crowd for sure, did not back down. We did not back down when we were told the first time that Hena spoke that our concerns could be emailed and didn't need to be dealt with then, we didn't back down when we were told that again a second time and we didn't back down when we were told that to "block" the declaration from going forward was a serious serious thing to do. When we threatened that this might mean leaving the movement, being willing to walk away. I knew it was a serious action to take, we all knew it was a serious action to take, and that is why we did it.


And so when we finally got everyone's attention I carefully said what we felt was the problem: that we wanted a small change in language but that this change represented a larger ethical concern of ours. That to erase a history of oppression in this document was not something that we would be able to let happen. That we knew they had been working on this document for a week, that we appreciated the process and that it was in respect to this process that we wouldn't be silenced. That we demanded a change in the language. And they accepted our change and we withdrew our block as long as the document was published with our change and they said "find us after and we will go through it" and then it was over and everyone was looking somewhere else. I stepped down from the ledge I was standing on and Sonny looked me in the eye and said "you did good" and I've never needed to hear that so much as then.

Which is how after the meeting ended we ended up finding the man who had written the document and telling him that he needed to take out the part about us all being "one race, the human race." But its "scientifically true" he told us. He thought that maybe we were advocating for there being different races? No we needed to tell him about privilege and racism and oppression and how these things still existed, both in the world and someplace like Occupy Wall Street.

Let me tell you what it feels like to stand in front of a white man and explain privilege to him. It hurts. It makes you tired. Sometimes it makes you want to cry. Sometimes it is exhilarating. Every single time it is hard. Every single time I get angry that I have to do this, that this is my job, that this shouldn't be my job. Every single time I am proud of myself that I've been able to say these things because I used to not be able to and because some days I just don't want to.8

This all has been said by many many strong women of color before me but every time, every single time these levels of power are confronted it I think it needs to be written about, talked about, gone through over and over again.1

And this is the thing: that there in that circle, on that street-corner we did a crash course on racism, white privilege, structural racism, oppression. We did a course on history and the declaration of independence and colonialism and slavery. It was hard. It was real. It hurt. But people listened. We had to fight for it. I'm going to say that again: we had to fight for it. But it felt worth it. It felt worth it to sit down on the on a street corner in the Financial District at 11:30 pm on a Thursday night, after working all day long and argue for the changing of the first line of Occupy Wall Street's official Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.


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The transition model tries, in a sense, to steer a middle way between revolution and collapse. Transition can be compared to getting an airplane to fall from the sky in a fully controlled fashion -- an accomplishment known nowadays as "landing," utterly baffling and yet totally trivialized. The jet airplane neither falls abruptly from the sky, nor does it remain in flight while mutating into a completely different machine. Transition is intentional, just like revolution. It involves deliberating, tracing out possible scenarios, and then making decisions as to which one we think we can pursue. Transition also has a collapse-like flavor, in the sense that it consists in readjusting many crucial parameters of the incumbent system -- and that readjustment will usually have a "downward" feel to it. Some things need to be done without, in the short and medium run, and sometimes also forever more, but this can be turned into subsequent opportunities for a positive outcome -- namely, a safe landing after a downward-sloping path...

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Occupy SA - 15 October 2011

From Saturday, OCTOBER 15th, 8am, in unison with Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown, London, Australia, Asia and many USA cities - We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.

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Nooooo, Canada!

Don't you DARE turn these bright rainbows of limitless possibility into another dreary downpour of boring grey raindrops on Bay Street on October 15th! Keep your cheerless sniffs and sneers, your cringe-inducing and silencing accusations to yourselves. Wipe those dour smirks of smugness off your faces. Save the sanctimonious nitpicking for later. Take your pet issue and shove it. Talk to someone other than your circle of like-minded cronies and allies. Let's carpe fucking diem on this one, eh? The way this world is going, many of us may not get another chance.

Professional activists, radical Eeyores and oppression olympians: I hear your muttering and I call you out. Hands off these newer movements for social justice sprouting in the streets of North American cities! Give them some air. Let them grow. The protesters in New York and elsewhere might lack analysis and their politics might need critique. They might not come up with goals or tactics that make sense to you. They might not look like you, talk like you or agree with you. There are exclusions, to be sure, and privilege always rears its ugly head. There are also, from what I've seen so far, honest, compassionate and collective attempts to remedy the inevitable political and logistical problems that come with getting hugely disparate groups of people together and trying to make change. Occupy Wall Street isn't an organization. It's a living, breathing process, a big old improvised street performance, a series of creative acts. It might be flawed. So what? Didn't we learn from the last century that purity in politics is for the fanatical few? Don't we still have much to learn from each other, no matter where we're at?



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I've only read a bit of that, but I'm lovin' it.

Thanks Catchfire.

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To those who want to support the Occupation of Wall Street, who want to struggle for a more just and equitable society, but who feel excluded from the campaign, this is a message for you.

To those who do not feel as though their voices are being heard, who have felt unable or uncomfortable participating in the campaign, or who feel as though they have been silenced, this is a message for you.

To those who haven't thought about #OccupyWallStreet but know that radical social change is needed, and to those who have thought about joining the protest but do not know where or how to begin, this is a message for you.

You are not alone. The individuals who make up the People of Color Working Group have come together because we share precisely these feelings and believe that the opportunity for consciousness-raising presented by #OccupyWallStreet is one that cannot be missed. It is time to push for the expansion and diversification of #OccupyWallStreet. If this is truly to be a movement of the 99%, it will need the rest of the city and the rest of the country.

Let's be real. The economic crisis did not begin with the collapse of the Lehman Brothers in 2008. Indeed, people of color and poor people have been in a state of crisis since the founding of this country, and for indigenous communities, since before the founding of the nation. We have long known that capitalism serves only the interests of a tiny, mostly white, minority.

Black and brown folks have long known that whenever economic troubles ‘necessitate' austerity measures and the people are asked to tighten their belts, we are the first to lose our jobs, our children's schools are the first to lose funding, and our bodies are the first to be brutalized and caged. Only we can speak this truth to power. We must not miss the chance to put the needs of people of color-upon whose backs this country was built-at the forefront of this struggle.

The People of Color Working Group was formed to build a racially conscious and inclusive movement. We are reaching out to communities of color, including immigrant, undocumented, and low-wage workers, prisoners, LGTBQ people of color, marginalized religious communities such as Muslims, and indigenous peoples, for whom this occupation ironically comes on top of another one and therefore must be decolonized. We know that many individuals have responsibilities that do not allow them to participate in the occupation and that the heavy police presence at Liberty Park undoubtedly deters many. We know because we are some of these individuals. But this movement is not confined to Liberty Park: with your help, the movement will be made accessible to all.

If it is not made so, it will not succeed. By ignoring the dynamics of power and privilege, this monumental social movement risks replicating the very structures of injustice it seeks to eliminate. And so we are actively working to unite the diverse voices of all communities, in order to understand exactly what is at stake, and to demand that a movement to end economic injustice must have at its core an honest struggle to end racism.

The People of Color working group is not meant to divide, but to unite, all peoples. Our hope is that we, the 99%, can move forward together, with a critical understanding of how the greed, corruption, and inequality inherent to capitalism threatens the lives of all peoples and the Earth.

The People of Color working group was launched on October 1, 2011. We can be reached by email at [email protected]. We can also be found online here. We meet Sundays @ 3 PM and Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM under the large red structure in Liberty Square.

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#OccupyWallStreet Union March From Foley Square on Wall Street

Posted Oct. 4, 2011, 8:36 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

On October 05, 2011, at 3:00 in the afternoon the residents of Liberty Square will gather to join their union brothers and sisters in solidarity and march. At 4:30 in the afternoon the 99% will march in solidarity with #occupywallstreet from Foley Square to the Financial District, where their pensions have disappeared to, where their health has disappeared to. Together we will protest this great injustice. We stand in solidarity with the honest workers of:.....(check out the list)

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Police Move in at Occupy Seattle

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 14:39

Police made 33 arrests today while Parks and Recreation employees removed tents. Those guarding the tents were arrested, many others stood around to document and witness. At that time Parks and Rec said we would not be allowed in the park after 10, but that was later rescinded. We are legally continuing to occupy the park but no tents. There are still eight people in jail with bail set at $475 as of 11pm on 10/5.

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#ows Takes Foley Square With Union Brothers And Sisters

Posted Oct. 6, 2011, 4:03 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

The American Dream has been stolen from the world. Workers are told that they aren't allowed health care, shelter, food. Students are told that they aren't allowed jobs, and that they will be in debt for the rest of their lives, unable to declare bankruptcy. The 1% has destroyed this nation and its values through their greed. The 1% has stolen this world. We will not allow this to occur. ( pics & video)

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Occupy the Heart of the Beast  -  by Phil Rockstroh

"In Liberty Plaza, both the winged spirit of commitment and the rag and bone shop of the heart abide. Acting upon the human yearning not to live in chains, those assembled here are attempting to navigate their way out of the wasteland of isolation and alienation inflicted by the inverted totalitarianism of the corporate/consumer/national security state..."

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This Is Only Getting Bigger: 20,000 Rally in New York to Support Occupy Wall Street

Despite another clash with police, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to gain support as unions and community groups march in solidarity....

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Occupy Wall Street asks the big economic questions


Wolff pulls no punches. "This is the worst economic crisis of our lifetime," he says matter-of-factly. "No policy options that our economic and political leaders have put on the table has the slightest chance of coping with this." Ok, so that got my attention.

Wolff and others like him have given up on tinkering with the economy because the underlying problems are so deep. As we talked gloomy U.S. economic statistics, it is clear that the vast majority of Americans have failed to see any recovery from the recent financial crises and recession. And now we are staring at even more precarious economic times. It's no wonder folks are angry and frustrated.

Wolff argues that tinkering with economic policies won't work because the whole economic model is broken. This has been clear for a while now: starting in the 1970s, real wages (i.e. wages adjusted for inflation) stopped growing as the economy grew.

To an economist, stagnant real wages during economic growth is a jaw-dropper. The whole point of economic growth is supposedly that the rising tide lifts all boats. Since the 1970s, it has become painfully obvious that a whole lot of boats were anchored to the seabed while the tide was pouring in. The water that was supposed to float everyone's boat increasingly went to a few lucky yachts.


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48h global virtual assembly during October 8th and 9th

Posted by carolina on 10/06/2011

This is a call for everybody to join a 48h virtual assembly on the Net. We are creating a global movement to change the world, so people takes back the capacity for decission October 15th is here, but first we would like to meet, to know what are you preparing for that day.
What are your expectations, what is the situation in your country, well its an excuse to meet and begin our new way together to fight for a better world where all of us has its place and where human dignity is at its basis....

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..3 or 4 thousand people occupied portland today. no police violence errupted.


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Right Here All Over – Occupy Wall Street

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‘Occupy Wall Street' Tax Proposal Is Backed By Wall Street Itself The "Buffett tax rule" promoted by Occupy Wall Street is exactly what the Wall Street-owned Obama administration wants

That Warren Buffet sure is a crafty dodger. When he chatted with Charlie Rose, Buffet was all sympathetic like for the 60 million Americans with incomes anywhere below $20K a year. Buffet's message to Obama's twelve apparently told them to consider less fortunate Americans. What a guy is Buffet playing the parto of Machiavelli with other people's money. It's no wonder he was able to save up to be superrich.


Pepper-Sprayed For Peace  -  by David Swanson

"...We've got demands as clear as a blue sky:

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy K Street

Occupy Everything

And Never Give It Back!"

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I love it when humour is used to get a point across.



This awesome. As some people know, Friday night to sundown tonight was Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Down at Wall Street, they organized a grassroots service that attracted up to a thousand worshippers out there in the streets. Rabbis from Chabad (a Hasidic group) brought tents and stayed over so that they could help lead the service, a local synagogue brought down prayer books for them to use.

You can see pics and videos here:

And here:


Myths and Facts about Chabad

"Chabad and Lubavitcher Rebbe in particular, strongly support Israel and is deeply involved in defending its right to exist. Many Chabad serve in the IDF and others contribute practical and spiritual support to the troops..."

clearly they bring experience with Occupations...


Chabad has stated publicaly that their participation at the Occupy Wall Street event was not to either support or oppose the protests but simply to recognize that there were many Jews in attendance who might not otherwise be able to observe Yom Kippur and that they wanted to be there to support them as Jews and provide for their spiritual needs. Chabad is quite well-known for this sort of thing and have centers all around the world and do things like prison outreach, etc.

As to the paragraph you quoted above, it's fairly meaningless. Yeah, they "defend Israel's right to exist" just as they defend Canada's right to exist and America's right to exist and Japan's right to exist. And, yes, I'm sure many Chabad adherents in Israel serve in the IDF because Israel has mandatory military service for most citizens. Though, I'd wager that Chabad's participation in the IDF is less than that of the population as a whole.


For those who don't know them, Chabad is not a Zionist support group - rather, a sometimes irritating movement of proselitizers who work to make Jews more observant and promote Orthodox Judaism with a youthful zeal that's unparalleled. Like the non-militant graduates of madrassas and Catholic youth camps, and unlike Mormons and Hare Krishnas and some evangelicals and the Moonies, they are basically internal missionaries. 

 They send out snazzy calendars and well-written literature on the meaning of religious holidays to any Jew they can reach through mailing lists.  I've run into them in downtown Montreal one December evening, when a van full of young Nazarite clones emptied into the street and they all ran up to passers-by with almost naive smiles asking "Are you Jewish?"  and if the answer was affirmative they handed out little menorahs and candles to be lit for Hanukkah.  Just one of their actions I've witnessed.  They can be amusing and irritating, but in general they are kind and their enthusiasm can be highly contagious among young Jews in search of religious meaning.  

I'm sure the Jews in Zuccotti Square were just the kind of captive audience they've always prayed for.



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I love it when humour is used to get a point across.


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We need more "occupations" of mass media programs like this.  

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Occupy Wall Street Expands to Washington Square Park

Occupy Wall Street Expands to Washington Square ParkOccupy Wall Street is growing! The demonstration, entering its fourth week, has gotten a little too big for Zuccotti Park downtown; today, at around 3 p.m., it founded another encampment in Washington Square Park (they're holding a General Assembly right now).

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Occupy Wall St – Systemic Change Please

October 7, 2011


Michael discusses the growing Occupy Wall St movement and the opportunities for banking reform.

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McKenzie Wark: 'Zuccotti Park, a psychogeography'

The confrontations with the police usually get the most attention, but they're not the only thing going on at Occupy Wall Street. I went down to Zuccotti Park at about 9PM on Wednesday, 5th October after putting the kids to bed. I was alarmed by stuff on the twitter feed that detailed incidents of contact with the police but which were not clear about the location. I wanted to make sure our Park was still there.


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