occupiedwallstjournal

Saturday, Feb. 4
Oakland Solidarity March
5pm - South Lawn
Indianapolis State House

Sunday, Feb. 5
Occupy the Super Bowl!
12pm - South Lawn
Indianapolis State House

Occupy the Super Bowl!

Occupiers, Labor Unions Join With NFL Players to Oppose Attacks on Workers

INDIANAPOLIS 2/3 - Indiana Occupiers, labor rank-and-file, organizers and activists will  Occupy the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, IN Saturday and Sunday to protest the passage of union-busting Right to Work legislation.

The occupation is in solidarity with trade unions across Indiana, including members of the National Football League Players Association.

“This isn’t an attack on the Super Bowl or those who plan to attend,” says Greg Lambert from the Occupy Nomads and Occupy Indiana. “It’s an attempt to stop a war against working people being waged by Governor 1% Daniels, and the corporations and banks who buy and sell America’s politicians. This is a life-or-death struggle for the people of Indiana, we have to use this opportunity to tell our story while the country has its eyes on our state.” 

On Saturday February 4th, Occupiers and their allies will gather at the south lawn of the Indiana Statehouse, at 5 p.m. to rally and march in support of Occupy Oakland.

A direct action event will take place at noon Super Bowl Sunday on the south lawn of the Indiana State House in Indianapolis, where Wednesday Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law HB 1001 attempting to dismantle union power and workplace democracy in Indiana.

More than 15,000 workers seized the State House Wednesday to try and stop Right to Work.

Sunday’s event will use the State House as a people’s stage to rebuild solidarity and resistance.  The event will be non-violent and geared towards all audiences including fans attending the New England Patriots-New York Giants football game.  Organizers especially invite out-of-state guests to Indiana to come and see the real effects of Right to Work on workers’ lives so they might go home to warn their brothers and sisters of its consequences.

“Right-to-Work takes away our livelihoods, and further degrades the rights of workers which have been under attack since the day they were signed into law,” says Tracy Lubbehusen from Occupy Indiana. “If the people of Indiana and their families were not desperate, we would not be taking to the streets in these numbers. What are you supposed to do when your elected officials refuse to put people first?”

“We wonder how Mitch Daniels and the other 1% politicians attending the Super Bowl will feel when they see Unions, Occupiers, and other people they claim to represent standing together against attacks on worker’s rights,” says Rachael Perrotta, a participant in Occupy Chicago. “Even the NFL Player’s Association has condemned Right to Work. Our movement is growing more cohesive, entering into a new phase of coordinated organizing with our allies in labor.”

Occupy Purdue, a participant in Sunday’s direct action, is in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement, which empowers real people to create real change toward a more equitable society. Occupy Purdue invites all non-violent people to join.

Occupy Indianapolis seeks to get corporations out of the American political system. and stands in solidarity with the Global Occupy Movement. Occupy Indianapolis invites all people of peace to join us.

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resembledensemble:

New York, NY, February 1, 2012 – Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Occupy Wall Street, a caucus of the NYC based Occupy Wall Street movement, announced today that it will protest a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Gala honoring Goldman Sachs on Saturday February 4, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria.

In contrast to the $650 a plate Gala, the Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Caucus will host a “Guerrilla Potluck” on the sidewalk outside of the prestigious hotel at 50th Street & Park Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Queer Caucus: 1. Condemns HRC for honoring Goldman Sachs, 2. Calls upon HRC to adopt a strategy of Full Equality by 2014, and 3. Demands that HRC create a transparent process that includes the grassroots.

Read more here.

99serbia

1. THE STRATEGY OF DISTRACTION

An essential element of social control is the strategy of distraction, which is to divert public attention from problems and important changes decided by the political and economic elites. Through the technique of flooding, constant distractions and trivial information the mind becomes more docile and less critical. The strategy of distraction is also essential in preventing mass interest in science, economics, psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics. “Keep the public busy, busy, busy, with no time to think; back on the farm with the other animals.(Quoted in the text Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars).

2. CREATE PROBLEMS AND OFFER SOLUTIONS

This method is also called “Problem-reaction-solution.” They create a problem, a “situation” to cause some reaction in the audience, so that this becomes the norm of the measures you would accept. For example: ‘let us intensify urban violence, or organize bloody attacks, so that the public becomes more accepting of the laws and policies that are detrimental to their freedom’. Or: create an economic crisis in order for the public to accept as a necessary evil the annulment of social rights and dismantling of public services.

3. THE STRATEGY OF GRADUALISM

To make an unacceptable measure acceptable, gradually apply enough pressure, drop by drop, for a few consecutive years. It is in such a way that new, radical socioeconomic conditions (neoliberalism) were imposed during the 1980s and 1990s the minimal state, privatization, insecurity, flexibility, mass unemployment, wages that do not ensure decent incomes, many changes that would have given rise to a revolution if they had been applied all at once.

4. THE STRATEGY OF DEFERENCE

Another way to accept an unpopular decision is to present it as “painful and necessary”, in order to win over public acceptance at that time. It is easier to accept a future sacrifice than an immediate sacrifice. First of all, because the measure is not used immediately; secondly, because the public, the masses, always have the tendency to expect naively that “everything will improve tomorrow” and that the sacrifice required may be avoided. This gives more time to the public to get used to the idea of change and accept it without resignation when the time comes.

5. ADDRESS THE PUBLIC AS YOU WOULD A LITTLE CHILD

Most ads targeted towards the general public use discourse, arguments, characters with especially childish intonation, often targeting frailty, as if the viewer were a creature of very young age or mentally impaired. The more you try to fool the viewer, the more childish the adopted tone. Why? “If one goes to a person as if she had the age of 12 years or less, then, due to suggestive quality, the other person tends, with some probability, to respond or react without much thought as a person 12 years old or younger would (see “Silent Weapons for quiet wars “)

6. APPEAL TO EMOTIONS RATHER THAN REASON

Make use of Emotional response’ is a classic technique to cause a short circuit on rational analysis and finally the critical sense of the individual. Moreover, appealing to emotions opens the door to the unconscious and makes it easier to implant ideas, desires, fears and doubts, compulsions, or induce behaviors…

7. KEEP THE PUBLIC IN IGNORANCE AND MEDIOCRITY

Make sure the public is incapable of understanding the technologies and methods used to control and enslave. “The quality of education given to the lower social classes should be as poor and mediocre as possible so that the gap of ignorance between the lower classes and upper classes is and remains impossible to achieve for the lower classes (see ‘Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars).

8. ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO BE COMPLACENT TO MEDIOCRITY

Make the public believe that being stupid, vulgar and uneducated is fashionable, while at the same time suffocate culture, science and art that do not conform to the norm.

9. REINFORCE SELF-BLAME

Make the individual believe that he/she is the culprit of their own misfortune and make them doubt their intelligence, their abilities, or their efforts. So, instead of rebelling against the economic system, the individual devalues and blames himself, which generates a depressive state, the purpose of which is to stifle action, and without action, there is no revolution!

10. UNDERSTAND INDIVIDUALS BETTER THAN THEY UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES

During the past 50 years, rapid advances in science have generated a growing knowledge gap between the public and the dominant elites. With biology, neurobiology and applied psychology, the “system” has enjoyed a sophisticated understanding of human beings.. The system has gotten better at knowing the common folk than what he knows of himself. This means that in most cases the system has a greater control over individuals than what the individuals have over themselves.

mochente

Thank you! Perfectly on point with my previous post. Nice analogy.

fralcon:


You don’t take your car in because it’s making a funny noise, and hand the mechanic an orderly list of bolts to remove and belts to tighten and computer variables to check. The man who wants to be in a position to enact the reforms required should come to the table with a list of credible actions based on responsible research, and not expect it to be handed over by the constituents.

This is important to keep in mind when people ask why Occupy itself doesn’t have a detailed how-to for fixing all the problems. That’s not their job, and they are angry because the people who have that job are dropping the ball.

grimwomyn

grimwomyn:

In Los Angeles, protestors are being offered “free speech” corporate programming in exchange for their charges being dropped. All they have to do is pay $355. Yup, that is the price of free speech. Why don’t you give a call to the people who run “Justice Associates” and let them know what you think of this idea.

JUSTICE ASSOCIATES
Deborah B. McKinley, Esq. | President
354 S. Spring St., Ste. 212
Los Angeles, CA 90013
ph - 213 628 9930
fax - 213 628 9910
dmckinley@ajacorp.com

McKinley Lay Group, LLC | Georgia Bar #506773
3423 Piedmont Road, Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA 30305
ph - 404 841 8480
fax - 404 841 8481
deboral@mckinleylawgroup.com

mochente

fralcon:

Facing deep spending cuts, the Department of Defense, including Secretary Leon Panetta, and military-industrial trade associations have complained that tightening the U.S. security budget will cause greater unemployment. And even while toeing the (dubious) conservative line that government spending cannot create jobs, right wingers like Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) insist thatmilitary spending must stay high to keep unemployment from increasing.

But a new study (PDF) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, highlighted by economist Dean Baker shows that, contra the conservative talking point, non-military spending can create more jobs than money going to defense programs. The study’s authors, economists Robert Pollin and Heidi Garret-Peltier of the Political Economy Research Institute, used statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources to deduce how many jobs are created by public spending in various arenas. Among them, military spending was the lowest, creating fewer jobs per billion dollars spent than even consumer-oriented tax cuts.

occupiedwallstjournal

An Occupy Movement Conversation

Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ Pace University

All across the movement people are discussing where we go from here. We believe it’s time to create space for these conversations to come together.  Where have we come? Where are we going?  What potential do we have as a national and international movement?  What are our strengths and weaknesses?  How can we continue to grow?

We’d like to take advantage of the space available at Pace University (1 Pace Plaza*) on Sunday December 18th, from 2:30pm to 7:00pm, to hold the first installment of an ongoing process of collective reflection on the movement.  This will be a facilitated event, a space for sharing our visions and assessing where we are.  We hope to have people from every working group and all across the movement.  Please join us!!! Your voice is critical.

Pace requires that everyone register for access to the building, which we can do here www.occupyunconference.net or in person day of (you do not have to use your real name).  

Thanks, everyone!  Here’s to a movement that grows stronger in 2012.

chaosnewsinc

“A 138-strong wealthy group launches appeal to congress to “do the right thing” for the sake of the nation.

Nearly 140 millionaires have asked a divided US congress to increase their taxes for the sake of the nation.

“Please do the right thing, raise our taxes,” the entrepreneurs and business leaders wrote to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders on Wednesday, noting that they benefited from a sound economy and now want others to do so.

The letter was signed by 138 members of “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength”.

The group was created a year ago during a failed bid to persuade congress to end tax cuts for millionaires enacted under Obama’s predecessor, the Republican George Bush.

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, reporting from Washington DC, said the group is now making the same request of a 12-member congressional “super committee”, which is struggling to reach a bipartisan deal to cut the deficit by at least $1.2tn over the next decade in order to help put the nation on sound financial footing.”More from AJE

Posted 22 minutes ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 1:11 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

November 17 Day of Action:

  • Over 30,000 People Rally in New York City (NYPD estimated 32,500), including organized contingents of workers, students, and other members of “the 99%”
  • Actions in at least 30 cities across the country and around the world
  • Commemoration of 2-Months Since Birth of the 99% Movement, Festival of Lights on Brooklyn Bridge
  • Blockade of all Entry-Points to NYSE; hundreds participate in nonviolence civil disobedience
  • Sense that a powerful and diverse civic movement for social justice is on the ascent

Tens of thousands took action Thursday, November 17 to demand that our political system serve all of us — not just the wealthy and powerful. The NYPD estimated tonight’s crowd at 32,500 people, at the culmination of the day of action. Thousands more also mobilized in at least 30 cities across the United States. Demonstrations were also held in cities around the world.

"Our political system should serve all of us — not just the very rich and powerful. Right now Wall Street owns Washington," said participant Beka Economopoulos. "We are the 99% and we are here to reclaim our democracy."

New York led the charge in this energizing day for the emerging movement. In the wake of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s predawn raid of Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square, 1:00am Tuesday morning, thousands of people throughout the five boroughs and the greater region converged to take peaceful action. Following Bloomberg’s action, the slogan “You can’t evict an idea whose time has come” became the new meme of the 99% movement overnight. The mobilization today proved that the movement is on the ascent and is capable of navigating obstacles.

The day started at 7am with a convergence of a few thousand people on Wall Street. All entry points to the New York Stock Exchange were blockaded. ‘People’s mics’ broke out at barricades, with participants sharing stories of struggling in a dismal and unfair economy.

Through the course of the day, at least 200 people were arrested for peaceful assembly and nonviolent civil disobedience, included City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, City Council Member Jumaane Williams, Workers United International Vice President Wilfredo Larancuent, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry, SEIU 1199 President George Gresham, CWA Vice President Chris Shelton, CWA Vice President , Fr. Luis Barrios of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization-IFCO, retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, and many others.

"All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited," retired Police Captain Ray Lewis said. "As soon as I’m let out of jail, I’ll be right back here and they’ll have to arrest me again."

57-year-old bond trader Gene Williams joked that he was “one of the bad guys” and said supportively, “The fact of the matter is, there is a schism between the rich and the poor and it’s getting wider.”

At 3:00pm, thousands of students converged at Union Square in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. They held a teach-in to discuss their concerns about the prospect of a lifetime of debt and economic insecurity. They held a student General Assembly and marched en masse to Foley Square.

The rally at Foley Square was electric. It was remarkably diverse in participation, across race, religion, gender, and age. As the rally concluded, thousands of participants walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, holding up lights — for a “festival of lights” to mark two months since the birth of the “99% movement”. (November 17 marks two months since the start of Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square.)

"I worked hard and played by the rules, but when budget cuts hit last year I lost my job as an EMT and now I’m about to lose my family’s home," said Bronx resident Carlos Rivera. "I’m sitting down on the Brooklyn Bridge today because it’s not fair that our taxpayer dollars bailed out big banks like my mortgage holder, Bank of America, but they refuse home-saving loan modifications for struggling families like mine. It’s time banks and the super wealthy paid their fair share and Congress helped people get back to work."

Our will was only emboldened by Mayor Bloomberg’s heavy-handed attempt to eradicate Occupy Wall Street; our brutal eviction from our homes at Liberty Square has strengthened both our resolve and our legitimacy. Together, we raised our voices to declare: “No to evictions! No to the 1% that profits from our collective impoverishment.” We showed the world we are not a fringe group of naive idealists—we are truly a people’s uprising embodying the revolutionary spirit of economic justice, mutual aid, and participatory, consensus-based democracy. We are the 99%.

And the world responded. 

Protestors across the United States occupied our most tangible symbols of oligarchic neglect: bridges—essential public infrastructure the 1% has blithely let decay:

  • Los Angeles, CA: protestors peacefully shut down a bridge into the financial district. 16 were arrested.
  • Portland, OR: the Steel Bridge was occupied
  • Detroit, MI: in one of the cities hardest hit by foreclosures and evictions, 1000s marched across the 2nd Ave Bridge
  • Washington, DC: protestors demonstrated in support of increased infrastructure projects on the Key Bridge
  • Philadelphia, PA: 1500 people marched on the Market St Bridge where at least 25 people were arrested during a nonviolent sit-in.
  • Miami, FL: over 2,000 people gathered under the overpass at Jose Marti Park.
  • Hartford, CT: 200 people blocked the entrance ramp to 1-84, with 10 arrests
  • Houston, TX: 500 prosters blocked the Travis Street Bridge with at least 12 arrests.
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Protestors blocked Greenfield Bridge
  • Baltimore, MD: Howard Street Bridge was occupied.
  • More bridges were blocked in: St. Louis, Milwaukee, Great Falls, Minneapolis, Kalamazoo, Augusta, Saginaw, Cleveland, Richmond, Iowa City, and countless cities across the country! 

And across the world, the people of Canada, Japan, the UK, Spain, Germany, Greece, and elsewhere organized unprecedented solidarity actions, proving beyond doubt that Occupy Wall Street is, and is increasingly becoming, a truly global revolution.

To echo one protest sign: "The World Is Not The Same Anymore."

Bloomberg and his NYPD may have taken Liberty Square for now, just as the banks have taken the homes and livelihoods of thousands across the world. But today, we proved that the spirit of Occupy Wall Street and the will of the 99% is stronger than ever. They, the 1%, cannot evict an idea whose time has come!

Yes, the whole world is watching. But more importantly: the whole world is waking.

Over 30,000 take Foley Square, Brooklyn Bridge.

Posted 8 hours ago on Nov. 17, 2011, 4:41 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Foley Square

At 3PM, thousands of students, workers, and other supporters gathered in Union Square chanting “Shut the city down!” and using the People’s Mic to share stories of how banks and corporate greed have impacted the 99%. Simultaneously, Occupiers took to multiple subway stations in all five boroughs. The day of action culminated when the student strike, labor unions, and various OWS groups took over a number of streets in Lower Manhattan on their way to Foley Square before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Students chanted “CUNY should be free!” and “Student Power!” as they took to the streets along 16th and 5th Avenue, shutting down traffic and leaving police powerless to respond. Police attempts to erect barricades along 5th Avenue failed to block the march, as banners reading “OCCUPIED” were seen along New School buildings.

Huge crowds marched down Broadway toward Foley Square to join another large contingent of labor unions and fellow Occupiers. Despite a massive police presence and helicopters circling overhead, protestors took Foley Square, as marchers converged and supporters poured from the subways. Over 30,000 joined as one, marching across the Brooklyn Bridge, and proving to the world that an idea whose time has come cannot be evicted. The 1% might steal our homes, but they cannot steal our truth.

Live Updates

  • 8:40 pm: People’s Assembly currently happening on Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge; several hundred others are returning to Liberty Square
  • 8:23 pm: There is now a people’s library, a marching band and a projector on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to @occupywallst people on the ground
  • 8:05 pm: SEIU President Mary Kay Henry being arrested at the Brooklyn Bridge
  • 8:00 pm: City councilor Jumaane Williams may have been arrested at the foot of Brooklyn Bridge
  • 7:54 pm: General assembly held at 8 at the Korean War Memorial Park, just past Brooklyn Bridge.
  • 7:52 pm: From @John Harkinson, thousands of people with music, signs, honks of support. Everything peaceful.
  • 7:30 pm: The column marching on Brooklyn Bridge stretches about a mile long. Fromhttp://www.emergencystream.com/video_streams/NY/NYC3/a.html
  • 7:22 pm: chant: “we are unstoppable, a new world is possible!”
  • 7:15 pm: a massive banner reading “Occupy Wall Street” was dropped from the overhang of the pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge in full view of traffic; hundreds of cars seen honking in support
  • 7:09 pm: A Light Show on Brooklyn Bridge is projecting “99%”, “Occupy Earth” “we are winning” and other slogans of support on the side of the Verizon Building. Followed by “Happy Birthday OccupywallstNYC” Reported by @occupywallst
  • 7:06 pm: Police scanners estimate the crowd at 32,650 people. Reported by @jstetser
  • 7:01 pm: Entrance of Brooklyn Bridge City Hall station closed.
  • 7:00 pm: One source gives around 2,000 protesters on Brooklyn Bridge
  • 6:44 pm: https://twitter.com/?photo_id=1#!/AnalectFilms/status/137290008620052481/photo/1 - Taking Canal St.
  • 6:42 pm: http://twitpic.com/7fjlrc - On the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • 6:35 pm: From TheOther99, reports of NYPD intimidating the press, told Tim Pool he would have his press card revoked if he was arrested.
  • 6:30 pm: City Hall is locked down, from @JoshHarkinson
  • 6:15 pm: 20,000 marching towards Brooklyn Bridge from Foley Square, chanting “Whose Bridge? Our Bridge!”
  • 5:30 pm: #OWS shuts down Canal St.
  • 5:25 pm: NYPD cavalry begins to be appear on Centre Street.
  • 5:16 pm: 90 Fifth Avenue occupied by students from Pratt, Columbia, NYU, Hunter pic.twitter.com/lBNwUwpJ
  • 5:07 pm: more police sirens heard headed toward Foley
  • 5:00 pm: chant: “Bloomberg beware, Liberty Square is everywhere!”
  • 4:57 pm: thousands more run south on 7th Ave, evading NYPD barricades to meet Union allies and thousands more who are continuing to mass at Foley Square
  • 4:53 pm: Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC Council member who was arrested during raid on Liberty square, spotted at Foley
  • 4:52 pm: marchers headed from west end of 14th after cut off by police barricades
  • 4:47 pm: 5th ave has been shut down!
  • 4:42 pm: thousands outmaneuver Billionaire Bloomberg’s publicly funded private army at 14th and 5th ave and head West on 15th
  • 4:40 pm: music and chants can be heard emanating from Foley Square
  • 4:32 pm: as other marches continue heading down Broadway and from Liberty Square, 7th and 6th st are reported to have been taken by protesters
  • 4:26 pm: Foley reported full of protestors, NYU students still on their way; other feeder marches (including from Liberty Square) also en route
  • 4:26 pm: face off between marchers and a small number of police who are trying to prevent access onto 5th Ave
  • 4:13 pm: headed toward Foley Square, thousands of students and friends stream out of Union Square and into the streets chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

OWS is calling upon you to participate in an international day of direct action on November 17 in celebration of the the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

If your city is participating in the mass action and not listed below, please send me a message and I will add the details (submit links, ask will not allow for links).

OCCUPY WALL STREET (OWS)
7:00 Shut Down Wall Street
3:00 Occupy the Subways
5:00 Take the Square
This information and more at: occupywallst.org/action/november-17th
First: SHUT DOWN WALL STREET 
Second: Occupy The Burroughs 
Third: Celebrate two months of OWS by marching across the Brooklyn Bridge
All three events HERE 

(via occupiedworld who will be LIVE TWEETING/photographing on the ground via their twitter)
 

OCCUPY COLLEGES
Students across the country will gather together on November 17 to protest the rising costs of college education, and the diminishing quality in that education from universities. Students will strike by gathering in central locations throughout each school, or in solidarity at Occupy Wall Street.
More information at: occupycolleges.org


OCCUPY DC
March from McPherson Square at 2:30 to rally at Key Bridge. 

OCCUPY PORTLAND
Occupying steelbridge in morning 
Rally afterwards
Subsequently occupying banks
www.n17pdx.org
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=104127476368742

OCCUPY LOS ANGELES
1,000+ people to take over the street of Downtown, Los Angeles. Activists will meet at Bank of America Plaza at 333 S Hope St. and march to the corner of Figueroa and 4th St., where we will shut down the intersection.
www.occupylosangeles.org/?q=node%2F1970

OCCUPY BOSTON
Mass Uniting’s Jobs Not Cuts March & Rally at Dewey Square.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185521434866267

Prior to March @ FSU: Martin Luther King Jr, Stokely Carmichael, American Democracy, and the Search for Economic Justice: From the Civil Rights Movement to the Occupy Movement

OCCUPY MINNEAPOLIS
3:00pm Student Rally @ Northrop Plaza
4:00pm March onto the 10th Ave Bridge
5:30pm Rally on the Peoples’ Plaza (Government Plaza)
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189395914476438

INTERNATIONAL

Spain
A general strike of university students will be taking place in the following cities: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Palma, Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela, Murcia, Madrid, Valencia, Castello, Alicante, Zaragoza
17:00: Demonstration in Madrid
Place: From Nuevos Ministerios to Puerta del Sol Square
Call: Assembly UAM-CSIC / 15M
tomalafacultad.net
madrid.tomalaplaza.net/2011/11/08/17n-manifestacion-estatal-por-los-servicios-publicos

Belgium
Activists are mobilising for sit-ins at universities and schools to discuss the ongoing protests around the world, resist the increasing commercialisation of education and connect to the struggle on the global level.
ism-global.net/ghent_occupy_nov17

Germany
Massive student strikes, flash mobs, rallies, and other actions will be taking place in dozens of cities
ism-global.net/germany_education_strike_nov17

Live in a smaller city? Don’t know if your city is doing anything?

GO HERE, and plug in your zip code.

OR HERE.

Thursday
November 17th
International Day of Action

Facebook Event | Twitter #N17 | Direct Action Resources

On Thursday November 17th, the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we call upon the 99% to participate in a national day of direct action and celebration!

New York City

BREAKFAST: Shut Down Wall Street - 7:00 a.m.

Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It’s time we put an end to Wall Street’s reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.

LUNCH: Occupy The Subways - 3:00 p.m.

We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”.

  • Bronx
    • Fordham Rd
    • 3rd Ave, 138th Street
    • 163rd and Southern Blvd
    • 161st and River - Yankee Stadium
  • Brooklyn
    • Broadway Junction
    • Borough Hall
    • 301 Grove Street
    • St Jose Patron Church,185 Suydam St, Bushwick
  • Queens
    • Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
    • Jamaica Center/Parsons/Archer
    • 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights
  • Manhattan
    • 125th St. A,B,C,D 
    • Union Sq. (Mass student strike)
    • 23rd St and 8th Ave
  • Staten Island
    • St. George, Staten Island Ferry Terminal 
    • 479 Port Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond

DINNER: Take The Square - 5:00 p.m.

At 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country’s infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.

Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let’s make it as musical a march as possible - bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our “Musical” on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system.

Resist austerity. Rebuild the economy. Reclaim our democracy.

Portland

  • Occupying steelbridge in morning
  • Rally afterwards
  • Subsequently occupying banks

International Actions

Spain

General Strike

A general strike of university students will be taking place in the following cities: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Palma, Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela, Murcia, Madrid, Valencia, Castello, Alicante, Zaragoza

17:00: Demonstration in Madrid

Place: From Nuevos Ministerios to Puerta del Sol Square
Call: Assembly UAM-CSIC / 15M
http://tomalafacultad.net
http://madrid.tomalaplaza.net/2011/11/08/17n-manifestacion-estatal-por-los-servicios-publicos/

Belgium

Occupy University and School

Germany

Massive student strikes, flash mobs, rallies, and other actions will be taking place in dozens of cities: http://ism-global.net/germany_education_strike_nov17

Posters

N17 Direct Action

High-quality, print-ready versions (11x17, 15x24, 23x36) are available as a freely downloadable .zip file.

Let’s get these posters everywhere! The artist’s only stipulation is that they cannot be sold, only given away.

Props to r.black for his amazing work!

Anonymous asked:

How would you explain to someone in as short order as you can what the occupy movement is about?

This is my personal answer.

It is a symptom of a sick system. It is a growing community of informed and educated people who are no longer willing to be complacent in the face of blatant injustice and abuse of the people of this nation. We have spent years feeling alone, overwhelmed and powerless to bring change. Now we look around and can see we are not alone and we have people to talk about solutions with. We don’t have all the solutions yet, but we are starting a discussion. That is where brilliant ideas are born. 

In short order: It is like a game of musical chairs. We don’t have enough chairs for everyone, but we have enough for everyone to design a workable rotation in which everyone will have an adequate time to sit. And we go along harmoniously and cooperatively. Until this 1 asshole comes along and decides he wants his own chair (because he’s smart/strong enough to take it and keep it). So he does. People are angry, at first, but then they just continue on, each person taking a bit less time on a chair. But that 1 asshole decides he actually wants another chair, because he is smart/strong enough to take it and people clearly want them, so he now has power.  More chairs, more power. So he slowly takes more. And a few people join him when they see how successful he is and how no one is fighting him on it. Suddenly everyone looks around and realize we’ve lost a lot of chairs and it’s getting a bit more tiring only having a few minutes to sit. We start getting bitter and more aggressive with each other, the harmony begins to break down. Sitting over on a pile of unused chairs sit the asshole grinning. We go running, what can we do for a chair? Well, how about you make me lunch? Then I’ll let you have a sit. So on and so forth. Until a few people noticed that this system really sucked too. So they start demanding their chairs back and the system to be righted again and for that asshole to face some accountability for being so damn greedy and power hungry at the cost of everyone else.

Long story:

We have a growing number of grievances in America. Why? Because our government/economy is sick. They may be broad, but this sickness has touched many parts of our lives. We are not experts, we are not politicians, we are the People, and we’re waking up to a growing problem. We are occupying because we have lost respect for and faith in our legal and governmental systems to adequately represent us. We feel our votes are wasted, lobbying and letters ignored. Why? Because what power of voice does one man have against a corporation given personhood, an amoral corporate bank that is designed/motivated solely by profit? We have a system that allows those chair stealing assholes to continue to amass things at the People’s expense. These people have abused loopholes and common people’s ignorance, bribed and lobbied government with millions in order to have laws removed or passed in their favor, taken ownership of what we watch, what we eat, what artists we like, etc. in order to amass more and more profit using people and animals and our environment to an unconscionable level. Their profit-driven schemes have pushed down the standard of living, left wages stagnant, promote planned obsolescence/war/fear/manipulation tactics of money, supply, demand, etc.  And they keep doing it because corporations are raking it in by moving things overseas where they have no civil rights to protect wage enslaved children, by scaring us, by making us feel desperate and unwilling to speak up for fear of losing what little we have, by making us feel like we NEED something to survive or be happy, by pumping us with unnecessary drugs, by taking advantage of our desire to trust expert knowledge (do YOU know how complicated derivatives work? Do you know what is in the food you eat? I don’t, I just accept that someone out there is protecting me against some profit driven scheme that places a dangerous preservative in my food). Education is no longer a viable investment as most graduates can’t pay their loans for lack of jobs/enough salary. A huge portion of our population doesn’t have access to medical care, they are literally turned away. Another segment PAYS a lofty sum for insurance and then still foots most of the ridiculous bill.

We join a social contract in our society. We pay taxes and control ourselves in exchange for protection from threats to our way of life. The government we have entrusted and empowered to protect us has been literally heisted by elite corporate monopolies - turning us into cogs in their working machines.

We have so many checks, balances, caps and regulations in our constitution and government to protect against the very concentration of power we are seeing today. By deregulating corporations, we opened up a new, evolved method of control and power concentration. This dangerous amassing of power is used against the People - by buying politicians through “contributions”, promises of jobs, lobbying money, etc., or by using their affluence to BECOME a politician. Once in power or having a politician in their pocket, they can actively seek to promote or shut down any law that serves their end goal, even at the cost of human livelihood, environment, or sustainability. 

 These are the people we “choose” to “represent” our voices and needs in government. 

One of the primary weapons being used against us is our ignorance. Lies spun as patriotic propaganda, media, banks, and govt telling people to be proud of their austerity (ironically as they roll in their own luxury). I mean, just step back and think about what we eat, see, hear (EVERYTHING IS TOUCHED BY ADS), where we work, our freedom at work, how free we actually feel at home to do what we want.  

People profit off of other people’s foreclosures and failures. It is more profitable to take business OUT of the country. It is more profitable NOT to find cures to diseases. It is more profitable to “create jobs” by going to war, than to seek innovative solutions to problems that sap our resources, e.g. innovate for green energy or building community/education for our people. 

People don’t like looking at the dirty people in the park, but they are people, who are dirty, sat in a park because they are so desperate for change. To think, that a tent city is a safer, judgement-free place for a homeless person to seek food, medical help, and companionship than in our “civilized” society. Thus, the sanitation problems, the crime, the homeless mecca that many occupations have become is not reflective of a devolution of our movement, but rather a MORE VISIBLE display of the existing sickness NO ONE WANTS TO SEE in this country. Well, now people are seeing it. You don’t like it? Help us change it!

And those of us not as destitute, we are privileged enough to know what being thankful means, but aware enough to see that things NEED to change, because not all of us are so lucky. And at the end of the day, after we all talk about hard work and being good people, that isn’t what decides who is taken care of is it? Innocent children wouldn’t be suffering every day if that were true. No, it is largely luck of the draw. Some people just aren’t able (physically, mentally, emotionally) to be “successful”. That’s a reality. Now the question is, do we come together as an evolved species and build a community that recognizes that everyone deserves equal access to things, even if we do not have equal abilities or circumstances, or do we ignore that problem?  The people supporting the Occupy Movement are tired of ignoring those problems and being complacent in the face of so much injustice (especially after being bred on ideals of fairness, equality, freedom and pursuit of happiness). 

A perfect highlight of this ridiculousness we’ve created, is that there are thousands of houses that sit empty and foreclosed while thousands of human beings are living out this winter in the cold. At the very root of it, it is absurd and makes you question what our system really serves. People? Really?

So maybe we have to make some compromises and sacrifices. We make them every day through structure, hierarchies, politeness and following rules and laws. We control so many of our thoughts and actions at work for fear of being fired. We already are willing to compromise certain of our luxuries - I’m not willing to work 70 hours/week, I’m willing to give up having a car let alone a boat. We all make those decisions, compromises and sacrifices when it comes to ourselves, our families, and our communities.  It will not hurt people to make a few more in the name of compassion and fairness. We have become such an individualistic society. If we look at history, the majority of problems occur due to extremism - black and white mentalities. Go so far toward collectivism that we lose freedom and individuality. Go so far toward individualism, that we lose community, harmony and equality. A balance is the symbol of fairness and justice for a reason. We MUST find this balance again.

So that is why we occupy – to create a visible presence. To create a medium for discussion. To give people a voice we feel we no longer have in a government that is failing to represent or protect us.  We do not ask anyone to share the same grievances or do the same things to show support. We do ask people to try to better educate themselves, ask questions, and join in on the discussion. We need solutions, we need your solidarity, we need your help. 

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.

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