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Occupy Together

A group for updates and discussions about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

For a full list of participating occupations, see: http://occupytheplanet.com/ in the right hand column.

Location: #world
Members: 16
Latest Activity: Sep 28, 2017

Welcome to the Movement

If there is an occupation going on in a city near you, please make a thread and keep us updated on what's going on there!

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com

 

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We Are The 99% Project

(I urge everybody to participate in this project)

 

 

 

The Occupy Wall Street movement is important. What is known as the Days of Rage represents one hope we still have left for our nation:  that we may exercise our freedom and democracy by peaceably assembling to take a stand against something without being gunned down by government cronies. But that right is still being infringed upon in other ways, and footage of arrests, pepper spraying, penning and corralling, pepper spraying, and throwing show that our freedoms are not as cut and dry as presented to us in grade school.

 

Many will look at this movement and regard those occupying Liberty Square (Zucotti Park) as being dirty hippies, Atheists, freaks, or other generalizations that do not apply. The fact is that the movement involves people from all walks of life-- every background, every color, every religious preference or none, many ages, both genders, and all sexual orientations. But there is one thing that binds these people, one thing they all have in common:  they aren't the top 1% earners in the nation. They aren't filthy rich corporate "job creators" that don't create jobs, and don't pay taxes. Everyone there that has paid taxes, knows they've paid more than any corporation has.

 

Every one of them has been stepped on, kicked, and treated unfairly. Most of them are either losing their home, have lost their home, or know somebody that has lost their home to foreclosure; or they are massively in debt from outrageous student loans, or they can't afford to go or take out a loan to begin with. They know that even though they vary in every detail, they are united by an unstoppable force of anger.

 

And this is not a group of crazy hippies against the establishment. At least three 1% earners have come out publicly and asked the president to raise their taxes, and noted the extreme and cruel lack of fairness in our current tax system (one hip-hop mogul noting that his secretary paid more in taxes than he did on his 100 million dollar income).

 

They are all united by their anger at one fundamental thing controlling this nation's economy:  corporate greed. And why shouldn't they be angry? Aren't we also part of that 99% that is taxed higher than the filthy rich? Shouldn't we be angry? Without anger, there won't be any change.

 

As Peter Finch famously said in his scene, abridged:

 

 

I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody is out of work or scared of losing their job. A dollar buys a nickel's worth. . .

 

We know that the air unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad, they're worse than bad. They're crazy. . .

 

I don't know what to do about the depression, the inflation, and the crime. All I know is that first, you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a human being, god damn it. My life has value.' . . .

 

'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'

 

 

This inspired fury is the momentum with which the youth, who has inherited this nation from the baby boomers, runs full force into this protest with. They are angry that the generations before us have showed a total lack of regard for our personal and financial security. They are angry that human greed has taken such a toll on so many lives. And they have every right to be mad.

 

What started as a predicted flash-in-the-pan movement has sparked like wildfire all over the United States, despite intense media black-out, and is igniting similar movements around the world. Instead of patronizing and criticizing, let's support what we're witnessing: a beautiful revolution reminiscent of the 1960's Vietnam protests, but with less the message of 'free love' as much as 'quit screwing us without taking us out to dinner first'.

 

Discussion Forum

Popular Resistance Is Percolating Across the Country -- Inspiring Activism That the Corporate Media Always Ignores

Started by Neal May 20, 2013. 0 Replies

The protests continue, the media ignores.The fight against plutocracy, concentrated wealth and corporatism is decentralized, creative and growing.May 17, 2013 |Every week we are inspired by the many people throughout the country who are doing…Continue

Tags: resistance, popular

Quebec's Fight Is Our Fight

Started by Neal. Last reply by Michel Jun 5, 2012. 1 Reply

Monday, 04 June 2012 09:59By Chris Hedges, Truthdig | News AnalysisProtesters in Vancouver, Canada, May 22, 2012. (Photo: Sweet One)I gave a talk last week at Canada's…Continue

Tags: occupy, together, our, is, fight

This week in Montral - 200,000 students protest peacefully

Started by Michel. Last reply by Michel May 31, 2012. 5 Replies

This past Thursday, March 23, 200,000 students from all over Quebec took over the streets of downtown Montreal in the biggest rally ever against Prime Minister Charest's hike in tuition fees.Incredibly there were no arrests.There have been…Continue

Thousands March Against Austerity in Frankfurt

Started by Neal May 21, 2012. 0 Replies

By MELISSA EDDYPublished: May 19, 2012BERLIN — Thousands of people on Saturday marched through the heart of Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital and the home of the European Central Bank, to protest against unchecked capitalism and Chancellor…Continue

Tags: against, austerity, measures, protest, thousands

Why The Occupy Movement Frightens The Corporate Elite

Started by Neal May 15, 2012. 0 Replies

Protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement during a march in New York, May 1, 2012. (Photo: Ozier Muhammad / The New York Times)In…Continue

Tags: ows, wall, street, elite, corporate

The Corporate Media's Attempt to Kill the Occupy Movement

Started by Neal May 9, 2012. 0 Replies

Monday, 07 May 2012 13:15By Michael Corcoran and Stephen Maher, Truthout | News AnalysisProtesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement make…Continue

Tags: the, occupy, movement, kill, tom

Dozens of Police Evict Georgia Family at Gunpoint at 3am

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris May 7, 2012. 6 Replies

The eviction might have been another anonymous descent into poverty were it not for Occupy Atlanta activists who tried to help the family stay.May 5, 2012 Four generations of a Georgia family were evicted at gunpoint by dozens of sheriffs and…Continue

Tags: police, evict, georgia, family, of

The Guardian.co.uk's perspective on the Quebec student protests.

Started by Michel. Last reply by Neal May 6, 2012. 1 Reply

Quebec student protests mark 'Maple spring' in Canada | Martin LukacsWednesday 2 May 2012A revolt against a government tuition fee hike is…Continue

Tags: hike, strike, tuition, Montreal, protest

Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre?

Started by Neal. Last reply by Neal May 4, 2012. 2 Replies

Today is the 42nd anniversary of an ugly chapter in American history.May 3, 2012Today is an ugly anniversary in American history: 42 years ago, National Guardsman opened fire on anti-Vietnam protesters at Ohio’s Kent State University, killing four…Continue

Tags: wall, street, ows, occupy, state

Latest Batch of DHS Occupy Documents Contains New Details About Monitoring of Protest Movement

Started by Neal May 4, 2012. 0 Replies

Thursday, 03 May 2012 00:00By Jason Leopold, JA Myerson, Yana Kunichoff and Mike Ludwig, Truthout | ReportThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released another batch of documents Thursday morning in response to Truthout's wide-ranging Freedom…Continue

Tags: street, protestors, wall, occupy, monitoring

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Comment by Chris on September 28, 2017 at 12:18pm

If it’s broken, you can’t fix it. A “right to repair” movement tools up.

https://www.economist.com/news/business/21729744-tractors-smartphon...

Comment by Chris on February 26, 2017 at 5:44am

The Origin Of 'The World's Dumbest Idea': Milton Friedman

Forbes

No popular idea ever has a single origin. But the idea that the sole purpose of a firm is to make money for its shareholders got going in a major way with an article by Milton Friedman in the New York Times on September 13, 1970.

As the leader of the Chicago school of economics, and the winner of Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976, Friedman has been described by The Economist as "the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century...possibly of all of it". The impact of the NYT article contributed to George Will calling him “the most consequential public intellectual of the 20th century.”

Friedman’s article was ferocious. Any business executives who pursued a goal other than making money were, he said, “unwitting pup­pets of the intellectual forces that have been undermining the basis of a free society these past decades.” They were guilty of “analytical looseness and lack of rigor.” They had even turned themselves into “unelected government officials” who were illegally taxing employers and customers.

How did the Nobel-prize winner arrive at these conclusions? It’s curious that a paper which accuses others of “analytical looseness and lack of rigor” assumes its conclusion before it begins. “In a free-enterprise, private-property sys­tem,” the article states flatly at the outset as an obvious truth requiring no justification or proof, “a corporate executive is an employee of the owners of the business,” namely the shareholders...

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Ding Dong the Witch (Margret Thatcher) is Dead would be wonderful along with a hero of the conservative movement in the U.S. Ronnie Reagan. The magical powers of Frieman economics should have died with them. Why does that theory of ecomomics continue to thrive?

Comment by Chris on February 26, 2017 at 12:55am

North Dakota
ND law would make it legal to run over protesters by accident


Updated: 10:01 AM CST Jan 26, 2017
It may soon be legal to run over protesters with your car in North Dakota. But only if you do it accidentally....


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From the post below:

In recent weeks and months, politicians in at least 11 states—Minnesota, Washington, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina and Arizona—have either introduced or threatened to introduce bills that make it more dangerous or costly to attend protests, or be anywhere near them.

Legislatures and citizens who want to deny protesting should go live in North Korea, or Russia.

Comment by Chris on February 26, 2017 at 12:42am

Here Comes the Police State


Draconian bills are advancing at state level under cover of Trump's "law and order" platform.

The rise of right-wing populism in the United States—from the White House to state legislatures—has been met with public resistance on a stunning scale. Millions have taken to the streets, staged direct actions and flooded airports to resist a flurry of presidential decrees targeting undocumented, black, refugee, LGBTQ and poor communities. And long before Trump took the White House, the Black Lives Matter movement and indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock were leading the way with sustained mobilizations in the face of staggering repression.

Now, under cover of the Trump administration’s “law and order” platform, Republican lawmakers at the state level—often with the backing of police unions—are advancing a spate of bills aimed at crushing this groundswell. The proposed legislation would impose draconian penalties on protest organizers and participants, expanding local powers to put demonstrators in jail, seize their assets and further criminalize property destruction.

In recent weeks and months, politicians in at least 11 states—Minnesota, Washington, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina and Arizona—have either introduced or threatened to introduce bills that make it more dangerous or costly to attend protests, or be anywhere near them. One bill recently proposed in North Dakota, and clearly aimed at Standing Rock resistance, would have expanded protections for drivers who “accidentally” hit and kill protesters. While the legislation failed earlier this month, it nonetheless reflects a troubling political push to snuff out dissent.

Using racketeering laws to go after protesters’ assets

A bill that just passed through the Arizona State Senate would expand the state’s racketeering laws on organized crime to “rioting,” broadly defined to include acts that result in property destruction. This move would broaden the powers of authorities to target protest organizers and participants—and even seize their assets.

Backed by the Arizona Police Association, Senate Bill 1142 “[e]xpands the definition of riot to include immediate power of execution which results in damage to the property of another person,” according to an Arizona State Senate fact sheet...



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Comment by Chris on December 18, 2016 at 8:08pm

The Don may be evidence that tax code allows the 0.01% of people to accumulate enough wealth that as a hobby politics becomes part of the game of power. 

Apparently Trump spent his own money on the election. Mass media ate it up as though it were another reality TV media extravaganza feeding their advertising dollars.

Who Rules America?

Comment by Chris on July 20, 2016 at 3:13am

Curtis & Leroy saw an ad in the Starkville, MS Daily and bought a mule for $100.

The farmer agreed to deliver the mule the next day.

The next morning the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry, fellows, I have some bad news, the mule died last night."

Curtis & Leroy replied, Well, then just give us our money back."

The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

They said, "OK then, just bring us the dead mule."

The farmer asked, "What in the world ya'll gonna do with a dead mule?"

Curtis said, "We gonna raffle him off."

The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead mule!"

Leroy said, "We sure can! Heck, we don't hafta tell nobody he's dead!"

A couple of weeks later, the farmer ran into Curtis & Leroy at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store and asked. "What'd you fellers ever
do with that dead mule?"

They said, "We raffled him off like we said we wuz gonna do."

Leroy said, "Shucks, we sold 500 tickets fer two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898."

The farmer said, "My Lord, didn't anyone complain?"

Curtis said, "Well, the feller who won got upset. So we gave him his two dollars back."

Comment by Chris on January 15, 2016 at 9:44am

Economy
Myth of the Middle Class: Most Americans Don’t Even Have $1,000 in Savings
http://www.alternet.org/economy/myth-middle-class-most-americans-do...

0.1% of Americans have as much wealth as the bottom 90%. It's time to stop saying "middle class"; it does not exist.
By Ben Norton / Salon

January 14, 2016

American politicians constantly speak of the middle class. Democrats, Republicans and even many independents all insist their policies defend it.

But what does it really mean? This question is rarely asked. What exactly is the middle class?

A new study suggests that the U.S. hardly even has one.

More than half of Americans — 56 percent, to be exact — have less than $1,000 combined in their checking and savings accounts, according to a recent survey, Forbes reported.

This is to say, most Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Furthermore, almost two-thirds of Americans — 63 percent — do not have enough in their savings for an emergency. A substantial majority of Americans would need to borrow money if faced with an unexpected expense.

U.S. politicians frequently rant about supposed “American exceptionalism,” but, compared to other industrialized nations, the U.S. has grossly disproportionate poverty rates.

Roughly 15 percent of Americans live in poverty — 46.7 million people, in 2014. Close to one in every four American children suffers from poverty. And, among black and Latina/o Americans, the economic hardship is even worse.

This poverty has tangible, evident implications. It means that the U.S. has the sixth-highest hunger rate out of all of the economically developed OECD nations.

Comment by Chris on August 14, 2015 at 10:31am

Micah White at Ideas City, 2015

Comment by Chris on August 14, 2015 at 10:06am

I find what's happening in Greece interesting. 

We kick the ass of the ruling class.
The only solution is World Revolution.

From the co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a refreshing manifesto that inaugurates the future of social activism and the end of protest as you know it. Intellectually ambitious and spiritually compelling, THE END OF PROTEST will be the most talked-about book in 2016.

Activism is broken. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. And yet, these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now protest is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance. Drawing on his unique experience as a founder of Occupy Wall Street, in his first book, THE END OF PROTEST, Micah White explores the theory, tactics and principles of social change. Sweeping from contemporary uprisings to pre-modern paradigm shifts such as the conversion of Constantine that ushered in the Christianization of Western Civilization, THE END OF PROTEST is a far-reaching inquiry into the miraculous power of collective epiphanies. Despite the challenges facing humanity, White finds reason for optimism: the end of protest is the start of a new era of change. Occupy Wall Street was a constructive failure that exposed the limits of activism at the same time as it revealed a practical way forward. On the horizon are increasingly sophisticated global movements that will emerge in a bid to win power, govern cities and reorient the way we live. THE END OF PROTEST is an exhilarating vision of an all-encompassing revolution.

A PROVOCATIVE PLAYBOOK for harnessing the creativity and optimism of people from across the political spectrum in order to challenge and transform existing power structures.

STRONG SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS: Unlike other books about social change, White's book does not shy away from spirituality.

http://endofprotest.com

continues with more information. 

Comment by Stephen on August 6, 2015 at 6:30am

It seems some on the right in the British Labour Party are shitting bricks because there is a good chance that long time Socialist Member of Parliament is in the lead to take over the leadership of the party.

I think this would be fantastic, but history tells us that when a real left winger leads the Labour Party the right wing press in this country goes full out to destroy him, they did this once before in the eighty's when they used all their power to destroy  Michael foot a really decent man, but they made him look like a fool and people turned against him.

Most but not all of the newspapers in the UK support the Conservatives and the Tabloids have a lot of influence over the working people in this country.

 

 
 
 

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