Anyone who has been at Occupy Wall Street rallies or Occupy rallies across the US (or in Canada!) and has photos/stories they might want to share with a larger audience, or intends on going to a rally in the near future and taking pictures, can get in touch with me via ask box or email. I’d be interested in posting some of them here. (Unfortunately I can’t do anything nice like pay you for this.)
For Zhounder.tumblr.com who has zillions of amazing shots of Occupy Philly.
“We The People Have Found Our Voice” - by Iva Radivojevic and Martyna Starosta
True story - I almost yelled “mic check” in a meeting yesterday. That would not have gone well.
“For every person on the street non-violently protesting, there are scores more at home who (either through distance or circumstance) find that they are unable to be there. This does not mean that you cannot help.
In fact, you are needed. We are all needed.
To beat these Goliaths, we are going to need all the slings we can get.
This group aims to give all of you who cannot be on the streets the tools to help the cause from wherever you are. Your support is greatly needed.
We are going to focus, on overflowing the mailboxes of our government and our media with focused mass mailings. You can find the first assignment on the NOTES page. A form letter is even provided for you if you need it. You need only follow the directions and spread, spread, spread the word!
This first letter will be sent en masse on MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th.
Let’s knock down some giants.”
Why is it easier for you to believe that 150 million people are lazy and stupid than 400 people are greedy and malicious?
Justin Adkins, a transgender activist and Assistant Director Of The Multicultural Center at Williams College, was arrested as part of the Occupy Wall Street protest on October 1 at the Brooklyn Bridge. In a statement released to the public Adkins details his mistreatment by the NYPD because of the fact that he is a transgender man.
Read more at the link.
Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them. They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
_*These grievances are not all-inclusive._
All of the above.
Occupy Wall Street: 9/27/11, by vincemie
Shit. This speaks a truth that twists my mind every day. It’s the reason j work two jobs and go to school. It’s the reason I average 4 hours of sleep at night. And what the fuck is it actually for???
Is america’s acceptance for income inequality reaching critical mass? Cause I’ve been sick of this shit for years…
I have a chronic illness, so I work from home. My income is 1/3 of what it was in 2008.
My husband works full time for a company he hates, who treats him like an indentured servant and pushes cheap products from foreign markets. He can’t sleep, can’t quit and has no other opportunities.
In 2008, we were donating to the local food bank. Now we need their help to feed our three kids.
We regularly are forced to borrow money from our friends and family just to cover our basic living expenses. We live without television, eating out or any entertainment.
Our children are usually hungry, but they won’t starve-we hope.
What we pay for health insurance would provide the food we need, but we can not survive without the health insurance.
We can’t afford car insurance, so my husband will probably lose his driver’s license, but can’t afford not to drive to work.
We rely on charity to feed our dog, since we can’t afford to buy food for him and the children.
We make too much money to qualify for public assistance, but not enough to provide our needs.
We can’t afford to go to college to raise our skill level and worry that even if we did, we would only incur more debt we can’t pay.
We do not own a credit card or a house. Our car is 20 years old, falling apart and costs us a fortune in gasoline just to get my husband to work.
I am worth more to my family dead than alive.
We are the 99%.