On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat our one simple demand until Barack Obama capitulates.
Michael Moore, filmmaker, activist and author of “Here Comes Trouble,” calls on people all over the country to bring the Occupy Wall Street movement to their communities. Moore says, “The smart rich know they can only build the gate so high. And … history proves that people, when they’ve had enough, aren’t going to take it anymore. And much better to deal with it nonviolently now, through the political system, than what could possibly happen in the future, which nobody wants to see.” Later, Moore denounces the state of Georgia for executing Troy Davis. “Well over a hundred people who were on death row who we were going to execute we have then discovered they were falsely convicted and they were set free. They almost died.”
DAY 8 . . .
27 September 11
‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest slowly spreads across the United States'
Dr. Cornel West speaks @ #Occupy Wall Street Protest
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy
Apparently, the revolution will not be televised.
As the Occupy Wall Street protest entered its second week last Saturday, major news outlets continued to dismiss coverage of the event in favor of stories about the NYPD's advanced anti-terror tactics and jailed American Amanda Knox's appeal on a murder conviction in Italy. That's right. Instead of reporting the demonstration, with its numerous instances of civil disobedience and police brutality, network news officials are choosing to completely ignore what is happening in their own backyard, concentrating instead on things that might never happen or that are happening to one person thousands of miles away.
Fortunately, the Internet offers plenty of coverage of these ground-breaking protests against the financial powers that be. Countless amateur videos posted online show that the chaos and tension of last Saturday's attempted march on Union Square was replete with violence as police tried to quell the crowd using pepper spray and making zip tie arrests indiscriminately. In one particularly chilling moment captured, several women are cordoned off into an orange holding pen as one white-collar policeman strolls over to them, sprays a can of mace into their faces and turns calmly away as the women fall to the ground, writhing in pain. The women did not appear to be agitated or especially loud before this incident occurred.
Other video clips show protestors being tripped up and bloodied by police, having their video cameras ripped away from them and their rights read to them (sort of) as they are hauled off into awaiting police vans for processing. Between 80 and 100 people were arrested on Saturday, and yet all there is to read on the local news websites is a couple of paragraphs contributed by the Associated Press. How pathetic. Less than 40 miles from the entire Suburban Trends area, thousands of Americans are standing up to corporate oligarchy and the regional press can't even send in a reporter to cover the story.
Getting an accurate number on the actual number of people involved in the protest is proving to be difficult. Some dismiss it in the low hundreds; others say it had approached 5,000 on Saturday, Sept. 24. From the videos taken that day, it is apparent that the crowd is sizeable, diverse and somewhat unfocused. This last fact has turned into fodder for some media outlets, including the New York Observer, whose writer called elements of the protest "hard to take seriously," including a barrier made of "votive candles, peace and love" to keep police at bay.
From the photos I have seen, the people involved in Occupy Wall Street are not easily placed into neat demographic boxes. Although most of them are under 30, there are plenty of older folks, too. Their ethnical makeup resembles a human rainbow. And the subject matter of signs they carry in demonstration runs the gamut from economic and political reform to support for Troy Davis, who was executed in Georgia last Wednesday. This apparent lack of focus has drawn criticism from cultural pundits, who excuse the movement as a frivolous exercise in free speech without a center or a purpose. They blame the demonstrators themselves for the brutality they have endured, with their supporters digitally cheering in chat rooms for the NYPD to "keep spraying those dirty hippies!"
A few of these same arbiters of cultural mores have the gall to say "you don't see this kind of behavior and arrest record at a Tea Party rally." Oh please. There's no viable comparison between what is going on in lower Manhattan and the activities of the Tea Party. First of all, the Tea Party is backed by multi-billionaire corporate moguls. It's organized and run like a corporation, which is why it's so tame (although it's beyond me why they don't hire a proofreader to cut down on embarrassing typos on their protest signs). The Tea Party is also predominantly white, middle-class, and middle-aged, unlike "the 99 percent," as those occupying Wall Street call themselves. So there's no way they're going to act like 20-somethings who feel as though their futures have been mortgaged for the American Dream of a few influential financiers. Besides, if the Tea Party held a rally on Wall Street for 10 days, don't you think it would make the national news?
It is precisely the broad scope of these protests and the diversity of those participating in them that makes Occupy Wall Street something to be feared in the eyes of those holding the status quo. This is a grassroots political movement in the making, still raw, lacking a center and any real organization. The faction doesn't even have a real leader yet. These people have a variety of complaints about our culture because there's so much to complain about. Unemployment. Foreclosures. The cost of health care. American imperialism. The defense budget (larger than every other country's combined.) Our political system. Corporate influence, greed, and irresponsibility. Etcetera. Give them a little time (and greater financial backing) and they'll refine their message. The question is: Will the media cover it?
To learn more about what is going on in Manhattan, check out www.occupywallst.org for updates, photos, and videos of the protest. There you can also read more about the group calling themselves the 99 Percent. Understand their complaints and then pass judgment if you so choose, but you can't judge what you don't know anything about. We should all be calling out the corporate media for failing to do their job in not reporting these demonstrations.
" . . . The faction doesn't even have a real leader yet."
U.S. Puppet leaders were installed into the Arab people's leaderless awakening movements. Hopefully, the same won't be allowed to happen in America's people revolution.
Avid Follower, we will see.
The occupation of Freedom Plaza is almost here! Momentum is really building and we can’t wait to be with you in Washington, DC. The time is now to create an independent movement built on participatory democracy and to demand an end to war and that our resources are used to meet human and environmental needs.
Occupy Wall Street continues and has sparked occupations all around the country. Some have already started and many others will begin this Saturday. The people of OccupyDC will join us on Thursday. Please support these local occupations. The time is now to unite as the 99% and work in solidarity. You can find out more at OccupyTogether.org.
We know that many of you are on your way to DC. Some are coming on foot, some on bicycle and others by plane, train and caravan. Please document your trip to DC and share your stories, photos and videos with us.
When you arrive in Freedom Plaza, there will be many ways for you to be engaged. You can join a committee and work on one of the 15 core crises. Committees start meeting on Friday afternoon and will present their work in the nightly assemblies. You can share your artistic talents in the Arts area of the Plaza. You can also sign up to teach a class or workshop – share your knowledge and skills so that others understand more about the crises we face, solutions to them and skills needed to create a new world that is peaceful, just and sustainable.
Prior to the action next week there will be training sessions in Washington, DC for skills in nonviolent action, peacekeeping and legal observation. Check theCalendar for more information (click on the topic for details) or check the Daily Schedule. We hope that you will volunteer in some way while in Freedom Plaza!
Many of us have spent time in Liberty Square with the people of Occupy Wall Street. We are impressed by the great sense of community and possibility. We look forward to building a similar participatory, educational, creative and respectful community in Freedom Plaza. One person summed it up by saying the atmosphere is one of less social networking and more socializing!
However, for those of you who can’t make it to Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, please follow along virtually. We will livestream the nightly assemblies and other events. We will also post articles, photos and videos atOctober2011.org regularly. And we encourage you to be the media also!
In peace and solidarity!
The October2011 Team
We are occupying Wall Street. We will not be moved.
Without anyone having to set themselves on fire, a group of nonviolent fed-up people, young and old, has sparked so mething new. In less than two weeks they have gone through all of the stages of public protest: being ignored, mocked, attacked, and beginning to win.
People are joining together across race, age, gender, and culture. Labor unions are joining in a movement that was not begun by labor unions. Insider groups that would rather not be seen at protests are promoting this one. Cable television is denouncing police brutality. A conversation has been launched about the damage the wealthiest one percent is doing to the rest of us. And integral to the demand being made for social justice is the demand to cut military spending and end immoral wars.
Now is the moment to nonviolently resist on Wall Street (http://occupywallst.org) and around the country (http://occupytogether.org), and begi nning October 6th in Washington, D.C. (http://october2011.org).
Wall Street's servants on K Street, in the Pentagon, and in our government think Wall Street is comfortably far away.
Pledge now to bring the occupation to Washington on October 6th: