messagesofsupport
messagesofsupport:

Occupy Sydney Free School : It’s all yours!Free School is one of the many exciting things happening at Occupy Sydney. We get together on Saturday afternoons for workshops on everything from economics and radical history to yoga and circus arts, political philosophy and workplace organising to experimental public art and rebel songs.Do you have some ideas for workshops that you would like to see or present yourself?Do you have some skills, knowledge or experiences you’d like to share with other Occupiers?We’re keen to share Free School with as many people as possible, so we would love to see you and your friends on Saturday afternoons. But we would love it even more if you want to get involved in making Free School happen. You can do this by:· helping organise workshops· presenting workshops about things that you’re passionate about· getting the word out and encouraging people to come alongIf you’d like to join in - come along to a Free School organising meeting at 7pm every second Tuesday at Martin Place (next meeting 31 January 2012), make proposals and suggestions on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/313074415382939/) or e-mail us at occupysydneyfreeschool@gmail.com.

What a great idea! Any other occupy groups out there offering something similar?

messagesofsupport:

Occupy Sydney Free School : It’s all yours!

Free School is one of the many exciting things happening at Occupy Sydney. We get together on Saturday afternoons for workshops on everything from economics and radical history to yoga and circus arts, political philosophy and workplace organising to experimental public art and rebel songs.

Do you have some ideas for workshops that you would like to see or present yourself?

Do you have some skills, knowledge or experiences you’d like to share with other Occupiers?

We’re keen to share Free School with as many people as possible, so we would love to see you and your friends on Saturday afternoons. But we would love it even more if you want to get involved in making Free School happen. You can do this by:

· helping organise workshops

· presenting workshops about things that you’re passionate about

· getting the word out and encouraging people to come along

If you’d like to join in - come along to a Free School organising meeting at 7pm every second Tuesday at Martin Place (next meeting 31 January 2012), make proposals and suggestions on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/313074415382939/) or e-mail us at occupysydneyfreeschool@gmail.com.

What a great idea! Any other occupy groups out there offering something similar?

mochente

Yesterday, a group affiliated with Occupy Wall Street submitted an astounding comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Point by point, it methodically challenges the arguments of finance industry lobbyists who want to water down last year’s historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms. The lobbyists have been using the law’s official public comment period to try to kneecap the reforms, and given how arcane financial regulation can be, they might get away with it. But Occupy the SEC is fighting fire with fire, and in so doing, defying stereotypes of the Occupy movement. Its letter explains:

Occupy the SEC is a group of concerned citizens, activists, and professionals with decades of collective experience working at many of the largest financial firms in the industry. Together we make up a vast array of specialists, including traders, quantitative analysts, compliance officers, and technology and risk analysts.

The letter, which has been in the works for months, passionately defends the Volcker Rule, a provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms meant to prohibit consumer banks from engaging in risky and speculative “proprietary” trading. That barrier had collapsed in the 1990s with the gradual watering down, and eventual repeal, of the Glass-Steagall Act. Occupy the SEC explains why this became a problem:

Proprietary trading by large-scale banks was a principal cause of the recent financial crisis, and, if left unchecked, it has the potential to cause even worse crises in the future. In the words of a banking insider, Michael Madden, a former Lehman Brothers executive: “Proprietary trading played a big role in manufacturing the CDOs (collateralized debt obligations) and other instruments that were at the heart of the financial crisis… if firms weren’t able to buy up the parts of these deals that wouldn’t sell…the game would have stopped a lot sooner.”

What makes Occupy the SEC so unique and inspiring is the way that it straddles the two worlds. On the one hand, it’s authentically grassroots, forged in Zuccotti Park’s crucible of discontent. As such, it is transparent, open to anyone, and accountable to everyone. On the other hand, it includes financial insiders with the education and regulatory vocabulary to challenge high-powered lobbyists at their own game. That’s a powerful combination that the SEC can’t easily ignore. From the letter:

The United States aspires to democracy, but no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. Accordingly, Occupy the SEC is delighted to participate in the public comment process…

For more on how Occupy the SEC came to be, read my story on its umbrella organization, the Alternative Banking Group.

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fralcon:

Man intimidated and threatened with pepper spray, arrest for standing across the street and recording police.

Just one day after the Baltimore Police Department released a directive affirming citizens’ right to videotape police officers performing their duties in public, police appear to have violated the policy.

Scott Cover sent us the link to this video he shot from his cell phone in the wee hours of Saturday morning in rainy Federal Hill. Cover said he happened upon police officers arresting a man outside a bar and decided to record the scene.

(Cover said he was prompted in part by remembering recent news coverage about the new video policy, which was released just ahead of a Monday federal court hearing in the case of a man filming an arrest at the 2010 Preakness Stakes.)

In Cover’s video, the officers can be heard telling him, forcefully, to leave. A female police officer crosses the street to approach him, with what appears to be pepper spray in her hand, warning him that “you’re going to go to jail.”

A little ounce of rage is born every single time I see a blatant and shameless injustice and/or abuse of power. We wonder why so many minorities (more often targeted by police and witness to/personally exposed to the injustices in this “land of the free”) are filled with rage and disenfranchised?

I can guarantee from personal experience, when you live everyday feeling like a second class citizen, witnessing official violations of policy and justice, you lose all respect for the policies and procedures expected of you. (Note: this is different from losing respect for justice - you can have a moral compass while having no respect for the system that enforces laws).  You want us to pay equal taxes, respect the laws of the land, when we are treated like second-class citizens and those in power fail to respect the laws of the land? Such a system will not survive long.

Look at a parent-child relationship. Children stay in-line out of fear or respect. If you lose your child’s respect by failing to follow your own rules and/or by applying your rules with unfairness or brutality, that child will start to ignore your rules, rebel from your authority, and make attempts at correcting the imbalance. Beat your child into submission, you MIGHT maintain control of their actions (for now), but you will have created an enemy of their spirit and plant a seed of bitterness that can have so many long-term negative effects. 

A government’s failure to follow its own rules or apply those rules justly is asking for revolt. Nature has a way of re-balancing itself.

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thepeoplesrecord:

Socialism is undoubtedly something that is regaining popularity and visibility in our society. Unfortunately, most of us (at least in the US) have no fucking idea what socialism is because our capitalist government has done a hell of a job framing socialism as something that it is not. I think all revolutionaries should invest a significant amount of time trying to understand socialism. This video does an alright job of laying out the most basic moral argument for socialism. 

Here are some helpful articles for understanding socialism: 

Things socialism is not:

1) Stalinism

2) Anthing Obama has ever done or ever will do

3) Sweden (a social democracy where the workers still don’t control the means of production) 

If you’re hungry to learn more, I implore you to read “The Meaning of Marxism”. It is an intelligent, accessible break-down of Marxist ideas. You can buy a digital copy for $9 on Amazon. 

singularsociety

singularsociety:

Connected (2011) Trailer - HD Movie

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Shlain’s love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future. Equal partsdocumentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprisingties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring ourindependence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.


citizen-earth

Adam Carolla: I just heard today that, in California – before the economy fell apart – I think it was the top 1% of taxpayers paid for 50% of the taxes that came in here, in California. That’s 1% paying for 50%. Not good enough? Not good enough? I understand some people have more than others. That’s always gonna be there. Even…Y’know, we started off, this evening, talking about the auto show and about how the crazy competition just led to these crazy crazy cars. And I know, sometimes, it goes astray but, for the most part, it’s the best system we have. And, trying to get the top 1% to pay for the top…bottom 55% – or to pay-in 55% – that’s not the angle that’s used. The angle’s: worrying about what the fuck the other 50% are doing, not what the top – who is already paying *way* more than their fair share – is doing.

My response: The Occupy Movement is not about getting the top 1% to pay more in taxes. It is about ending government corruption and restoring political power to the people. But, since Mr. Carolla brought this up, it should be noted that top 1% of wage earners in the US pay 38% of federal income taxes. I don’t see how this could be controversial, considering that they earn much more than the average worker. CEO pay in the US, for example, is on average 475 times higher than the average salary.  It is important to note that these statistics only apply to wage earners. The wealthiest .1% of Americans largely increase their wealth through capital gains rather than wages - earning over 50% of all capital gains income in the US - and they only pay 15% tax on this money. This gives the .1% a 25% share in total national income, the largest income disparity of any industrialized nation.

Adam Carolla: There’s something that’s come up in this country, that didn’t used to exist, which is: envy. And it’s a big issue. And it *was* understood, back in the day, and we are empowering…we now are now dealing with the first wave of participation trophy – “my own fecal matter doesn’t stink”, “empowered”, “I feel so fucking good about myself”, “everybody’s a winner, there’s no losers” – we’re dealing with the first wave of those fucking assholes. 

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It is interesting how Oakland PD’s policy handbook says that police are not to enter a group of people to pull people out for arrest. I wonder if NYPD has a similar policy. Anyone have a link to NYPD internal policy for conduct and procedure?

withaheadlikeawolf:

I will never get over the fact that the same tactics that were used by the Civil Rights movement, are now branded as “Violent.”  The excesses of force will never end, but we will never forget.

dreamrimbaud:

Police arrest my brother Zelig Stern at Occupy Wall Street this morning 

NATIONWIDE

Several Occupy sites holding rallies, marches and events in solidarity with Veterans Day today.

Occupy Atlanta
Today, Friday November 11, 2011 Occupy Atlanta will host a Veteran’s Day Brunch at 12pm in Troy Davis/Woodruff Park. United States veterans will be sharing their stories and experiences about how their military service has shaped their lives. At 4 pm, there will be a march to Bank of America where Occupy Atlanta will symbolically foreclose on the bank and gathered veterans will foreclose on the war.


Occupy Columbia, SC
[Huffington Post report] Republican presidential candidate and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called protesters who interrupted her speech Thursday “ignorant” and “disrespectful,” while at a Veterans Day parade in Columbia, S.C. Friday. About 10 minutes into a foreign policy speech on the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C. Thursday, protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement interrupted her, using call and response. “You capitalize on dividing Americans, claiming people that disagree with you are unpatriotic socialists,” said the protesters, according to Mount Pleasant Patch. After local police escorted them out, Bachmann said, “Don’t you just love the First Amendment?”

Occupy Cal (Berkeley)
[CBS San Francisco] Protesters in the burgeoning “Occupy Cal” movement at the University of California at Berkeley continued to congregate outside Sproul Hall Thursday after demonstrations on Wednesday drew thousands and resulted in dozens of arrests. At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, demonstrators remained on Sproul Plaza, waiting for the General Assembly meeting at 6 p.m., though no tents were pitched on the lawn outside of the administration building.

Occupy Charleston
[Mediaite] During a campaign stop in South Carolina, Michele Bachmann became fully drowned out by a crowd of unruly Occupy Charleston protesters who unleashed the human microphone on her.

“Mic check!” chanted the crowd of rowdy Occupiers. “This will only take a minute! We have a message for Miss Bachmann….Blaming people that disagree with you…Calling them unpatriotic socialists! This does not help the American people!” According to NBC News, the protesters lambasted Bachmann for saying she was a “grassroots candidate” while accepting money from conservative super PAC group, Americans for Prosperity. Watch video: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/michele-bachmann-faces-off-against-occupy-charlestons-human-microphone/

Occupy Dallas
Occupy Dallas Applies for Restraining Order Against City’s Eviction Threat

[CBS Dallas] Occupy Dallas took their defense to the courtroom Wednesday, seeking a temporary restraining order against the city’s ultimatum that they clean up their campgrounds by Saturday at 5 p.m. or face eviction.

On Tuesday, City Manager Mary Suhm and First Assistant City Attorney Christopher Bowers sent a stern warning to the group, threatening to sever Occupy Dallas’ settlement agreement with the city if it didn’t correct a number of violations.

That settlement allows the protestors to set up an encampment in a grassy area to the south of City Hall, and without it, police will move in and remove tents and “other obstructions” that protestors set up on city grounds.

Occupy DC
[McClatchy]

Wednesday afternoon, Occupy D.C. protesters held a mock hearing on how to create a fair economy for most Americans — a contrast, protesters said, to Capitol Hill hearings that they said work to enrich the nation’s top 1 percent of earners. Protesters staged Wednesday’s event on Pennsylvania Avenue’s Freedom Plaza to coincide with ongoing meetings of the so-called congressional “supercommittee,” a bipartisan panel of lawmakers charged with creating a plan by Nov. 23 to cut the federal debt over the next decade. At Freedom Plaza, some speakers talked about Social Security and health care, while others spoke about the military budget and U.S. foreign policy.

Kevin Zeese, an organizer of Occupy D.C., said protesters weren’t stuck on political labels. “We are going to be critical to Democrats as well as Republicans,” he said. “We are hearing about the cuts, but they are not going (to be) the main cuts on military or increase the tax for the 1 percent.”

Occupy Denver
Denver PD Tells Occupy Denver to Remove Personal Items from Park

In the early morning hours of November 11, 2011, Denver Police delivered a message to Occupy Denver:

It is illegal to place any encumbrance on the public right of way… The failure to remove items so ordered is a criminal offense; the maximum possible penalty for which is up to one year in the county jail and/or up to $999 fine. PLEASE REMOVE ALL PERSONAL ITEMS FROM THIS AREA. If personal items are not removed immediately, you may be subject to an order of removal at which time all items will be subject to removal by the Denver Police Department.

Occupy Eugene
[KEZI] They’ve already moved and made it their home, but on Wednesday Occupy Eugene protesters got permission from the city to camp at the Washington-Jefferson Park. The Eugene City Council approved an exception to a city ordinance against camping. For now, protesters have until December 15 to camp in the park. The council voted 4 to 2 on a code exemption that’s dividing council members.

Occupy Harvard
There were about 20 tents in front of the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard Thursday afternoon, but there wasn’t much activity because of the rain.

Reporters weren’t allowed in because they don’t have Harvard identification, which is the only way guards will let people in now.

“The amount of security is definitely overkill,” one student told WBZ NewsRadio.

The protesters say Harvard represents the one-percent that controls the nation’s wealth.

Occupy Homes
A loose-knit coalition of activists known as “Occupy Homes” is working to stave off pending evictions by occupying homes at risk of foreclosure when tenants enlist its support. The movement has recently enjoyed a number of successes. We speak with Monique White, a Minneapolis resident who is facing foreclosure and recently requested the help of Occupy Minneapolis. Now two dozen of its members are occupying her home in order to stave off eviction.

Occupy Nashville
[Yahoo News] Tennessee Governor Bill Haslamwill ask prosecutors to drop trespassing citations against anyone arrested last month in Occupy Nashville economic protests, his office said on Thursday. Police arrested 55 protesters over consecutive nights in October for violating an overnight curfew on a plaza at the foot of the state Capitol building and other public areas, but the arrests ran afoul of judges. The curfew, which was supported by the Republican governor, was initiated about three weeks into the group’s occupation of the plaza. Nashville Night Court Commissioner Tom Nelson told troopers there were no grounds for the arrests, and after misdemeanor criminal trespassing citations were issued, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ordered a temporary halt to the arrests.

Occupy Oakland
After a fatal shooting near the Occupy Oakland encampment on Thursday night, Mayor Jean Quan called for an end to the protest. Hours after the shooting, the mayor said at a news conference: “I’m calling on the campers to please leave voluntarily tonight.” But Shake Anderson says the incident has nothing to do with Occupy Oakland, Shake, an Occupy Oakland organizer who has slept at the camp since it was erected exactly a month ago told reporters, “The person on the ground was not part of the occupation. I can verify that.” “This is a street incident. It happens all the time.” Thursday’s shooting in the center of the debated camp comes a day after a group of Oakland city and business leaders held a news conference demanding the removal of the encampment, saying that it has hurt downtown businesses and has continued to pose safety concerns. Many protesters fear police will eventually move forward with another early morning raid to remove them.

In other news from Occupy Oakland, veterans will lead a march against police brutality Friday at 4pm. The march will start with a press conference and rally with an update and statement from wounded veteran Scott Olsen at Oscar Grant Plaza starting at 4pm.

Occupy Portland
Now that they face a deadline to leave two downtown parks by 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the members of Occupy Portland must decide what’s next for the movement. So far, protesters appear divided between relocating peacefully to other city parks or manning the barricades. Gathering Thursday in front of City Hall, demonstrators passed around a bullhorn asking for solutions to the group’s dilemma — triggered by an ultimatum from Mayor Sam Adams to clear the two small squares of the tents, tarps and hundreds of people ensconced there since Oct. 6.

Occupy San Diego
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has acknowledged that “Occupy San Diego” protesters who were arrested in late October had no choice but to relieve themselves while detained in buses and vans.

Police in riot gear arrested protesters at downtown encampments in Civic Center Plaza and Children’s Park on October 28. The 36 men were placed in a Sheriff’s bus and the 14 women were put in Sheriff’s vans.

Because there were no restroom facilities available for the arrested protesters, some of them had to urinate and defecate while detained in the vehicles.

Occupy San Francisco
Veterans against social inequality join Occupy SF

[SF Examiner] Richard Preston helped with the cleanup missions after the Vietnam War. He also was stationed in Germany and Pakistan, and served in the Gulf War. But for the past four weeks, the 53-year-old Army veteran has been at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco to stand with the national Occupy movement.

“I’m here because I have to be,” Preston said. “Both federal and state are messed up. They won’t even help their vets out. It’s not proper.”

Occupy Saint Louis
(KMOX) – There’s another twist to the Kiener Plaza occupation; at two o’clock this afternoon a former St. Louis County Police officer plans to deliver a speech about police brutality. The notification came in last night. The information is sketchy; the officer who will be making the statement is not mentioned but it involves a group calling themselves “Occupy Police Team & Officers of the 99.” The speech, according to the release will involve what the group calls history with St Louis Police and brutal tactics used against protesters by some departments. It will also include the officers own firsthand experience with police brutality. The goal according to the group is to call out Mayor Slay and put an end to what they call the planned raid 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Occupy Seattle
[Seattle P.I. report] The city’s price tag to monitor the entrenched Occupy Seattle protest ballooned to $529,609 this week, which includes last week’s pepper-spraying and arrests of protesters in Capitol Hill.

Much of that cost was for police overtime, but includes money for parks and facilities work related to the populist movement. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said managing Occupy Seattle has taken a “big chunk” of a police fund reserved for monitoring events. “It’s taken a big chunk of their reserve in this area, and if they go past it, they’ll have to figure out how to readjust their budget to deal with it,” the mayor said Thursday. Last week, Occupy Seattleites protested at a Chase bank in Capitol Hill and outside a downtown appearance by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Before the demonstrations, which included arrests and police pepper spray, the city’s cost was $486,051.

Afterward, it rose by $43,558 to hit the half-million mark. The money dates back to Oct. 1, when protesters set up at Westlake Park. They’re now encamped at Seattle Central Community College in Capitol Hill.

Occupy UC-Irvine
[OC Register] Chanting “Agitate! Occupy! Take back UCI!” in unison, about 400 students, faculty and other workers staged a noisy, expletive-laced rally Wednesday at UC Irvine to rail against steep tuition increases and what they see as a failure of the University of California to maintain an affordable public education system. The hour-long rally, inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, took place in an expansive outdoor quad opposite the campus’ Aldrich Hall administration building. It was sponsored by a labor union-backed group called ReFund California. Matthew Ikpa, a third-year sociology major at UCI, left, and Eunice Pak, a third-year biology major, hold signs that demand the UC board of Regents stops raising tuition fees until the country’s fiscal crisis has resolved and the U.S. job market stabilizes while speakers address a crowd in front of UCI’s Aldrich Hall administration building Wednesday. “We could have millions of students in the streets fighting for education,” UC Irvine economics major Cameron Joe, 21, told the demonstrators. “Our future is in jeopardy. … Stay true to the notion of equal access for all.”

Occupy Wall Street
[CNN report] Occupy Wall Street organizers are planning a Veterans Day rally and concert featuring folksinger Joan Baez in New York City on Friday, as the movement marks its 56th day. The Foley Square event, dubbed “Honor the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living,” marks the first time the Occupy Wall Street movement will hold a permitted event in New York, organizers say.

[Yesterday] Fitz and the Tantrums joined OWS Thursday before their sold out concert in NYC. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OpIQlDCh_w

WORLDWIDE

Occupy Montreal
[Occupy Colleges report] Tens of thousands packed Montreal’s streets Thursday to protest a tuition increase proposed by the government of Premier Jean Charest — an increase that march organizers said is tantamount to a declaration of war on students. Though exact numbers weren’t available, some estimates put the crowd at around 200,000.

ALLIED ACTION

Following protests by thousands of Occupiers, allied groups and concerned citizens, Keystone Pipeline has been delayed by President Obama until 2013. Read More: http://money.cnn.com/2011/11/10/news/economy/keystone_pipeline/?source=cnn_bin

TRAINING RESOURCES

TRAINING for TRAINERS in NYC Saturday!! This Saturday in New York there will be a two-day training session for trainers with a focus on trainer’s pedagogy, collective liberation/anti-oppression, community building/movement building and nonviolent direct action. On Sunday new trainers will fan out to do trainings around the city to train hundreds in one day! For more information or to sign-up, contact Lisa Fithian at fithianl@igc.org.

The Daily Occupation Report is compiled by Rebuild the Dream using information gathered from online news sites, Twitter, blogs and other sources of occupation-related updates. You are welcome to share this report and can download the Word document version at http://rebuildthedream.com/occupy-update.

If you have any questions, feedback or would like to contribute reports from your local Occupy site, please send them along with your contact and Twitter feed information to monique@rebuildthedream.com or lizbutlerdc@gmail.com.

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POSSIBLE RAID AND SHUT DOWN OF OCCUPY DENVER. REBLOG THIS

weoccupydenver:

From an email:

Gang -
I have intel from a source within the police department that OD is being cleaned out permanently. I believe him. I’m near the staging area right now and the wagons are moving in. I think we should start BEGGING for overnight occupation from every armchair activist tonight to see this through. This is a national police movement supposedly to push out all occupations.

OD is being taken down tonight.

citizen-earth

1. It names the source of the crisis.
Political insiders have avoided this simple reality: The problems of the 99% are caused in large part by Wall Street greed, perverse financial incentives, and a corporate takeover of the political system. Now that this is understood, the genie is out of the bottle and it can’t be put back in.

2. It provides a clear vision of the world we want.
We can create a world that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest 1%. And we, the 99%, are using the spaces opened up by the Occupy movement to conduct a dialogue about the world we want.

3. It sets a new standard for public debate.
Those advocating policies and proposals must now demonstrate that their ideas will benefit the 99%. Serving only the 1% will not suffice, nor will claims that the subsidies and policies that benefit the 1% will eventually “trickle down.”

4. It presents a new narrative.
The solution is not to starve government or impose harsh austerity measures that further harm middle-class and poor people already reeling from a bad economy. Instead, the solution is to free society and government from corporate dominance. A functioning democracy is our best shot at addressing critical social, environmental, and economic crises.

5. It creates a big tent.
We, the 99%, are people of all ages, races, occupations, and political beliefs. We will resist being divided or marginalized. We are learning to work together with respect.

6. It offers everyone a chance to create change.
No one is in charge; no organization or political party calls the shots. Anyone can get involved, offer proposals, support the occupations, and build the movement. Because leadership is everywhere and new supporters keep turning up, there is a flowering of creativity and a resilience that makes the movement nearly impossible to shut down.

7. It is a movement, not a list of demands.
The call for deep change—not temporary fixes and single-issue reforms—is the movement’s sustaining power. The movement is sometimes criticized for failing to issue a list of demands, but doing so could keep it tied to status quo power relationships and policy options. The occupiers and their supporters will not be boxed in.

8. It combines the local and the global.
People in cities and towns around the world are setting their own local agendas, tactics, and aims. What they share in common is a critique of corporate power and an identification with the 99%, creating an extraordinary wave of global solidarity.

9. It offers an ethic and practice of deep democracy and community.
Slow, patient decision-making in which every voice is heard translates into wisdom, common commitment, and power. Occupy sites are set up as communities in which anyone can discuss grievances, hopes, and dreams, and where all can experiment with living in a space built around mutual support.

10. We have reclaimed our power.
Instead of looking to politicians and leaders to bring about change, we can see now that the power rests with us. Instead of being victims to the forces upending our lives, we are claiming our sovereign right to remake the world.

music-fox

How the movement has already shaken up American politics, and where it should go from here.

Occupy Wall Street has already won, perhaps not the victory most of its participants want, but a momentous victory nonetheless. It has already altered our political debate, changed the agenda,…READ MORE AT THE LINK