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#OccupyWallStreet is the Rise of the 99% PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:00

What is #OccupyWallStreet? #OccupyWallStreet is the Rise of the 99% This statement is ours, and for anyone who will get behind it. Representing ourselves, we bring this call for revolution. We want freedom for all, without regards for identity, because we are all people, and because no other reason should be needed. However, this freedom has been largely taken from the people, and slowly made to trickle down, whenever we get angry. #OccupyWallStreet has Demands, The Demands of #OccupyWallStreet are being voted upon.

 Speak up!

 

 

SPEAK UP! No longer shall you be silenced! YOU have a way to olet your voice be heard. YOU are the 99%, chances are if you are reading this, you know at least 10 people that know nothing of the #Occupy movement, and do not understand how they are being taken advantage of, feeding a system which is broken and not sustainable. Democratic, republican, liberal, conservative, tea party, whatever you choose, the voice of the 99% will be heard!

speak up and be heard 

Paycheck to paycheck, volunteer servitude, unjust war, profiteering, corporate greed, poverty, and a loss of liberty, all are reason to awaken to 99%. The streets of New York, and cities all over the United States will be filled with the chants of the #OCCUPY movement "Show me what democracy looks like, This is what democracy looks like" "Whose street? Our Street" "Show me what Hypocrisy looks like, this is what Hypocrisy looks like" Please see the Video created by a member of the 99% within the article. Share, Tweet, +1, anything you can to get at least 10 of your friends to be aware that they are the 99%, that they need to know about a #occupy in their local are, and that WE THE PEOPLE will not let this injustice stand!

#OccupyWallStreet is the Rise of the 99% We are the 99% and here is our story....

 

We Are the 99 Percent

THE 99% IS A LOT!!!
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We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.

Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?

 

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I cashed in my 401k to pay the rent. 

I cashed in my 401k to pay the rent. 

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My salary was cut in 1/2  a year ago.
            My husband is under-employed and has been laid off twice in the last two years.
            My stepson just went to jail for 10 years.  We he couldn’t find a job, he sold drugs to feed his kids and keep a roof over their heads.
            My 19 yr old still lives at home.  We can’t afford college, and make what someones deems to be “too much” for any assistance.  He busts his ass working construction in the Florida son and considers himself lucky.
            My father in law lives with us too, who can afford Senior Care?  He sits in a chair all day, alone, while we work.
            Life is a stressful struggle daily.  We want opportunity, not handouts.  We need jobs.
            We are the other 99%
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My salary was cut in 1/2  a year ago.

My husband is under-employed and has been laid off twice in the last two years.

My stepson just went to jail for 10 years.  We he couldn’t find a job, he sold drugs to feed his kids and keep a roof over their heads.

My 19 yr old still lives at home.  We can’t afford college, and make what someones deems to be “too much” for any assistance.  He busts his ass working construction in the Florida son and considers himself lucky.

My father in law lives with us too, who can afford Senior Care?  He sits in a chair all day, alone, while we work.

Life is a stressful struggle daily.  We want opportunity, not handouts.  We need jobs.

We are the other 99%

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30th September 2011

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I am NOT lazy.  I did NOT make bad choices.  My home was HUMBLE and well below my means.  My credit was impeccable.  I waited until my mid 30’s to even THINK about having children.  I got a college education.  I HAD a savings account.  I was solid “upper-middle-class”…I’m worried, I’m scared, I’m angry as hell that my children’s future is so bleak.  This is NOT “right”, this is unacceptable in a country such as the US.

I am NOT lazy.  I did NOT make bad choices.  My home was HUMBLE and well below my means.  My credit was impeccable.  I waited until my mid 30’s to even THINK about having children.  I got a college education.  I HAD a savings account.  I was solid “upper-middle-class”…I’m worried, I’m scared, I’m angry as hell that my children’s future is so bleak.  This is NOT “right”, this is unacceptable in a country such as the US.

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I am 38 years oldI bought a homeLost my joband now I work 3 jobsin order to make what I did 10 years ago
            and I am a “Lucky One”
            I am the 99% 

I am 38 years old
I bought a home
Lost my job
and now I work 3 jobs
in order to make what I did 10 years ago

and I am a “Lucky One”

I am the 99% 

30th September 2011

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I am 23 years old.I’ve been working and supporting myself for five years.My wages are being garnished for an ambulance ride.I AM THE 99%

I am 23 years old.

I’ve been working and supporting myself for five years.

My wages are being garnished for an ambulance ride.

I AM THE 99%

30th September 2011

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I am part-time faculty. Come spring semester, my department will replace me with graduate students. I am looking for more courses and making contacts, but I can’t sleep for worrying about how I will provide for my son, who has cerebral palsy and needs his single mom to do everything she can to make sure that he will not want. 
            I am strong, but I have limits. 
            I am the 99%.
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I am part-time faculty. Come spring semester, my department will replace me with graduate students. I am looking for more courses and making contacts, but I can’t sleep for worrying about how I will provide for my son, who has cerebral palsy and needs his single mom to do everything she can to make sure that he will not want. 

I am strong, but I have limits. 

I am the 99%.

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There needs to be change. 

There needs to be change. 

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I am the 99%
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I am the 99%

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30th September 2011

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My father passed away in 2009. My mother makes 10$ an hour (for a job that she has been at for 7 years), and quickly lost the house that my brother and I have fond memories in. I can’t help her because I live 80 miles away and can’t find another job in the vicinity.
            My family and I are the 99%!

My father passed away in 2009. My mother makes 10$ an hour (for a job that she has been at for 7 years), and quickly lost the house that my brother and I have fond memories in. I can’t help her because I live 80 miles away and can’t find another job in the vicinity.

My family and I are the 99%!

 

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"In the past two years I have:

Been foreclosed by B of A after paying on a house of 13 years

Had to drop out of college and cancel my dreams

Lost my gf of two and a half years

Watched as my parents got divorced and moved away

Quit my minimum wage job where the cooks were lowest paid in the state

Decided to fight for freedom and not the American Dream

I am the 99%"

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"I have a degree; an Associates of Arts. I stopped there, because I’d nearly exhausted the savings my parents had for me. And by 2008, I’d seen just how far a degree would get me: deep in debt. with little chance to every pay it back. A degree has become little more than pricey slips of paper, mocking us from their frames and envelopes. It took me three and half years to get that slip of paper. I’m one of the lucky ones, with no debt.

 

But I also have no job. And no dreams, no this is slowly becoming a living nightmare. I had a minimum wage job, in another city, but I couldn’t support myself on $7.94 an hour. We had barely been getting by on two paychecks. Now I’m back in with mu parents, living off their generosity and my own meager savings. I’m applying to every job I can find out here. But so few places are actually hiring, and I am over-educated or under-experienced for nearly all of them. Or both.

 

I played by the rules. I got good grades, went to college, and got a degree. I graduated in 2009, to no prospects. Nothing for me. Fast food joints don’t even call me back.

 

I feel HOPELESS. I’m already depressed, untreated. I often find myself thinking of suicide, because I see no future for me. At all. The current reality depresses me more than anything else. There is nothing here for me to work towards. Nothing substantial for any of my friends either.

 

My best friend is pregnant with their first child. At 7 months pregnant, she lost her job. She has since been rehired, but her insurance won’t pick back up for another 45 days. She’s due in 2 weeks. His family is well off, but they’re not rich. They help, but they can’t support them completely on the medical bills.

 

So is that what we’re supposed to do now? Live off our parents? All of our parents are stuck as well. They’re torn between their own daily expenses and retirement funds, or supporting their grown children. Again. That is not a desicion they should be forced to make.

 

We all played by the rules, and we were robbed blind.

We sat back in blissful ignorance, and let them do this to us.

We are the 99 percent.

And we are sick of playing by these Greed-driven rules."

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Over the weekend during the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, 80 protesters were arrested, reportedly innocent protesters were maced, and allegations flew over police brutality. But where is the national coverage examining what activists allege was a crackdown on peaceful protesters? Where is the honest discussion and coverage of what these people are protesting in the first place? And for missing that simple question in a prominent way when the protests and arrests are literally going on in your own backyard during a time of record inequality, poverty and unemployment in this country.

Watch the video Below

For more details or to contact organizers in New York, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

occupy wall street flyer

Money, it has been said, has taken over politics. In truth, we say, money has always been part of the capitalist political system. A system based on the existence of have and have nots, where inequality is inherent to the system, will inevitably lead to a situation where the haves find a way to rule, whether by the sword or by the dollar.

 Update on the #mainstream news #FAIL and obvious #corporatecorruption....  #occupywallstreet #WINNING

 

We agree that we need to see election reform. However, the election reform proposed ignores the causes which allowed such a system to happen. Some will readily blame the federal reserve, but the political system has been beholden to political machinations of the wealthy well before its founding.

We need to address the core facts: these corporations, even if they were unable to compete in the electoral arena, would still remain control of society. They would retain economic control, which would allow them to retain political control. Term limits would, again, not solve this, as many in the political class already leave politics to find themselves as part of the corporate elites.

We need to retake the freedom that has been stolen from the people, altogether.

What is #OccupyWallStreet?

 

  1. If you agree that freedom is the right to communicate, to live, to be, to go, to love, to do what you will without the impositions of others, then you might be one of us.

  2. If you agree that a person is entitled to the sweat of their brows, that being talented at management should not entitle others to act like overseers and overlords, that all workers should have the right to engage in decisions, democratically, then you might be one of us.

  3. If you agree that freedom for some is not the same as freedom for all, and that freedom for all is the only true freedom, then you might be one of us.

  4. If you agree that power is not right, that life trumps property, then you might be one of us.

  5. If you agree that state and corporation are merely two sides of the same oppressive power structure, if you realize how media distorts things to preserve it, how it pits the people against the people to remain in power, then you might be one of us.

This channel will feature live streams from global non violent revolution spreading across the globe, with the first broadcasts from Wall Street Occupation in NYC that will start on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The channel will also feature live stream from solidarity protests and events in Spain, Greece, France, Belgium, Iceland and other places around the gblobe Live Video Reports and Content about the Global Revolution which started with the North African Spring, and is extending to every country around the World.

And so we call on people to act

  1. We call for protests to remain active in the cities. Those already there, to grow, to organize, to raise consciousnesses, for those cities where there are no protests, for protests to organize and disrupt the system.

  2. We call for workers to not only strike, but seize their workplaces collectively, and to organize them democratically. We call for students and teachers to act together, to teach democracy, not merely the teachers to the students, but the students to the teachers. To seize the classrooms and free minds together.

  3. We call for the unemployed to volunteer, to learn, to teach, to use what skills they have to support themselves as part of the revolting people as a community.

  4. We call for the organization of people's assemblies in every city, every public square, every township.

  5. We call for the seizure and use of abandoned buildings, of abandoned land, of every property seized and abandoned by speculators, for the people, for every group that will organize them.

We call for a revolution of the mind as well as the body politic.

 

Call (877) 881-3020 for Help & Directions

Published 2011-09-16 05:30:46 UTC by OccupyWallSt

We've just set up a toll free number so people attending the occupation can receive simple directions and help. There's no pesky robots or queues at the moment, your call will go directly to a volunteer. If you can't get through or it hangs up, it probably means all volunteers are busy so try again five minutes later. This service is also anonymous—your caller id will not appear on our volunteers' phones.

The number is: (877) 881-3020

For general inquiries, please email the NYC organizers at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I'd like to thank our volunteers and a recent generous donor to the telecom fund for making this service possible <3

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Orientation Guide

Published 2011-09-15 07:41:38 UTC by OccupyWallSt

The final Occupy Wall Street Orientation Guide has just been released. This is a MUST READ for all who plan to attend the occupation this Saturday.

If you have the means to print this guide, please make as many copies as you can to hand out to friends and others in your community who plan to attend.

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Occupy Wall Street Flyer

Published 2011-09-15 06:31:41 UTC by OccupyWallSt

Here's the latest flyers which were graciously contributed by New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts. Print and distribute everywhere!

For more details or to contact organizers in New York, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

occupy wall street flyer

Click here for the poster above in PDF form.

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Print and online media

Published 2011-09-14 09:22:55 UTC by drew

Want to get the word out? Download these fliers to print or distribute digitally:

Print fliers (PDF) - Here are a number of 8.5" x 11" fliers, some full page other quarter page. Pick the one you like, print it and give it out.

Online fliers (PDF) - Full color fliers, distribute them however you'd like!

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Lead up to occupation

Published 2011-09-13 09:18:36 UTC by OccupyWallSt

There is a lot going on this week in the lead up to September 17th. First off, for some inspiration check out all the solidarity movements around the world.

Meetings & Training:

  • USDOR is hosting non violent civil disobedience training Friday @ 6:30. See the details and location on the calendar page or on USDOR calendar.
  • There will be a Tactical Committee Meeting Wednesday, 7pm Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
  • There will be Art & Culture meetings Tuesday and Thursday to discuss activities. Learn more on the calendar page
  • Time's Up will be hosting critical mass style ALL NIGHT rides though the Wall st. area. Meet at Tompkins sq park at 7pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (9/16-18) to join the ride. More info on their calendar page
  • There is an event for NY Students Rising September 16, Friday 5:00pm Hunter College
  • NYC General Assembly calendar
  • There will be a Open General Assembly September 17th, Saturday 3:00pm at Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Resources:

Important stuff:

  • HOTLINE FOR ARRESTS September 17, National Lawyers Guild: (212) 679-6018. If you will be at the action write this down on your arm. It was recommended to call them if you hear of an arrest or if you are arrested

Things you can help with:

More to come... Please add your information in the comments! remember you can create nice links like so: [link text](url)

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#OCCUPYWALLSTREET will begin @12pm at Bowling Green Park, NYC

Published 2011-09-13 01:53:07 UTC by OccupyWallSt

Music, arts, and orientation guides will greet you at 12pm in Bowling Green Park on Saturday. Bowling Green Park is in the financial district of Manhattan.

More details soon.

Question about OccupyWallStreet? Wondering about the plan for Sept. 17th? Out-of-town and want to be in-the-loop? Email organizers from NYC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Where to Order Food to Help the Occupation

Published 2011-09-13 03:27:57 UTC by chris

Several people have asked: if I can't make it to New York City for the occupation, but still want to help, what can I do?

One of many answers is to support those who are at the occupation on Wall Street by calling various delivery places in the area and having food sent to the site. Not only will you be providing food to hungry people, you will also be supporting local establishments as opposed to corporate chains. A list has been compiled of several pizzerias, health food places, and delis around the occupation area from which you can call and order food. The list can be found at here.

Finally, for those who ARE able to make it to the occupation, there will be food available that we will have bought through your generous donations. However, we'd also like to ask that people bring a little bit of food themselves, enough that can theoretically be shared with at least three people. Not only will it help us hold out for longer, it will go a long way in helping you get to know each other a little better as well.

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Why?

Published 2011-09-13 02:58:46 UTC by chris

Contemporary society is commodified society, where the economic transaction has become the dominant way of relating to the culture and artifacts of human civilization, over and above all other means of understanding, with any exceptions being considered merely a temporary holdout as the market swiftly works on ways to monetize those few things which stubbornly remain untouched. Perhaps the most pernicious aspect of this current setup is that it has long ago co-opted the very means of survival within itself, making our existence not an inherent right endowed to us by the simple fact of our humanity but a matter of how much we're all worth -- the mere act of being alive has a price tag. Some pay it easily. Others pay for it with their submission. Others still can't pay it at all. Regardless, though, like cars, TVs and barrels of oil, our lives are commodities to be bought and sold on the open market amid the culture of ruthlessness and desperation that has arisen to accommodate it. This is the natural consequence of a society built around entities whose purpose it is to always, always minimize costs and maximize profits. It is the philosophy of growth for the sake of growth, the same ideology that drives a cancer cell. An economy in a steady state is not healthy. It needs to expand, constantly, perpetually.

Of course, nothing can expand forever. The second law of thermodynamics tell us this much at least. But that doesn't mean the market won't try. It's not enough that a soft drink becomes the dominant soda, it must become the dominant beverage, period. It's not enough that people build some things out of a certain material, it must be the only thing anyone ever builds anything out of, ever. It's not enough to make pills for the ailments from which people already seek relief, pills must be made for problems that people didn't even know existed until a commercial told them to ask their doctors about it. We all know this course is not sustainable, but there will be great damage done before this point is reached.

The people coming to Wall Street on September 17 come for a variety of reasons, but what unites them all is the opposition to the principle that has come to dominate not only our economic lives but our entire lives: profit over and above all else. Those that do not embrace this principle: prepare to be out-competed. They will lose the race to the bottom and the vulture will swoop down to feast. It is indicative of a deep spiritual sickness that has gripped civilization, a sickness that drives the vast deprivation, oppression and despoliation that has come to cover the world.

The world does not have to be this way. A society of ruthlessness and isolation can be confronted and replaced with a society of cooperation and community. Cynics will tell us this world is not possible. That the forces arrayed against us have won and will always win and, perhaps, should always win. But they are not gods. They are human beings, just like us. They are a product of a society that rewards the behavior that has led us to where we are today. They can be confronted. What's more, they can be reached. They just need to see us. See beyond the price tags we carry.

And if they are gods? Then we shall be Prometheus. And we shall laugh as we are lashed to the stone to await the eagle.

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US Day of Rage's Tactical Plan for Sept 17th

Published 2011-09-09 01:41:36 UTC by OccupyWallSt

US Day of Rage, a group participating in the September 17th occupation of wall street, has just released a tactical plan and "HowTo" for holding a legal and nonviolent demonstration in New York City. Their plan clarifies many legal concerns that have been raised and offers a viable strategy for holding a prolonged occupation. This information can be found on their website:

NYC & Nationwide Official Occupation and Tactical Plan for #horizontal #mesh-protest #Sept17 #occupywallstreet #usdor

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Nine Arrested & Released Without Charge in Occupy Wall Street Test Run (Video)

Published 2011-09-08 04:30:31 UTC by OccupyWallSt

On Thursday, Sept. 1st, a small group of demonstrators were met with police intimidation while performing a peaceful and legal occupation of a public sidewalk on Wall Street for a single night. Nine were arrested for disorderly conduct and later released without charge. One demonstrator was held for 24 hours because he was unable to provide proof of residency.

This demonstration was intended to serve as a one night test run for the September 17th occupation using the "legal encampment" strategy. According to a federal court ruling in 2000, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City. (METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]). The demonstrators of Bloombergville also employed this tactic for an occupation that lasted a few weeks.

Despite fully obeying the law, demonstrators were still met with police harassment and intimidation. This event serves to remind us that we're living in a police state with absolutely no respect for the right of the people to peacefully assemble and exercise their constitutional free speech. But we will not be scared away or deterred. This abuse of authority by the NYPD only serves to strengthen our resolve and reinforce our belief that corruption and injustice in America must be fought.

More will be coming September 17th.

 

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Ten days until #OCCUPYWALLSTREET

Published 2011-09-08 02:53:49 UTC by OccupyWallSt

http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/occupywallstreet-less-two-weeks-away.html

Hey you jammers, dreamers, patriots and revolutionaries out there,

Our occupation of Wall Street is less than two weeks away … do we have it together?

The perpetrators of the massive financial fraud have been allowed to slip quietly from the scene and continue business as usual. Our elected representatives in Washington have become so tightly intertwined with the financiers and bankers that public accountability has all but vanished.

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is all about breaking up that cosy relationship between money and politics and bringing the perpetrators of the financial crash of 2008 to justice.

On September 17, 20,000 of us will descend on Wall Street, the iconic financial center of America, set up a peaceful encampment, hold a people's assembly to decide what our one demand will be, and carry out an agenda of full-spectrum, absolutely nonviolent civil disobedience the likes of which the country has not seen since the freedom marches of the 1960s.

From our encampment we will launch daily smart mob forays all over lower Manhattan … peaceful, creative happenings in front of Goldman Sachs; the SEC; the Federal Reserve; the New York Stock Exchange … and maybe even, if we can figure out where they're being held, at the sites of Obama's private $38,500 per person fundraising events happening somewhere in Manhattan on Sept. 19 and 20.

Our strategy will be that of the master strategist Sun Tzu: "appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected."

With a bit of luck, and if fate is on our side, we may be able to turn all of lower Manhattan into a site of passionate democratic contestation – an American Tahrir Square.

We will do all this with peace in our hearts. Our unshakable commitment to nonviolence will give us the spiritual strength we need to inspire the nation and to ultimately triumph in the weeks and maybe months of struggle that will unfold after September 17.

for the wild, Culture Jammers HQ

occupywallstreet.org / occupywallst.org / Reddit / Facebook

PS. Last week Anonymous endorsed #OCCUPYWALLSTREET with a video that attracted over 70,000 views. The Department of Homeland Security has warned the nation's bankers to be prepared. Corporate owned media is taking notice. Yesterday, a columnist for MarketWatch.com posted a rousing portrait of what may now unfold:

"Listen closely. This is not another internecine political squabble. These revolutionaries are pushing America back to its roots. You sense they're drafting a new Declaration of Independence, driven by the same powerful motivations as the 57 original signers who wrote: 'Whenever any form of government becomes destructive … it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government.' Back in 1776 King George III was the destructive force far away. Today greed is the corruptor, from within."

S17 occupations of financial districts are also being planned in Milan, Madrid, Valencia, London, Lisbon, Athens, San Francisco and hopefully many other cities still to be announced. S17 could well be the catalyst that ushers in a new global economic order.

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September 3rd General Assembly at Tompkins Square Park

Published 2011-09-02 02:13:57 UTC by OccupyWallSt

The next meeting of the NYC General Assembly will be held this upcoming Saturday at the same time and location:

Saturday, September 3rd · 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Tompkins Square Park (map)
7th St. and Avenue A
New York, NY

Please check our calendar page for information about other events and sub-committee meetings.

For further details please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The 99 Percent Project

Published 2011-08-29 09:01:23 UTC by chris

Hi there,

One thing we were thinking of going as part of the buildup to Sept. 17 is the 99 Percent Project. It's a promotion that we're hoping will pick up some more steam as we get closer to the occupation date that will highlight the various ways that a society which prioritizes the upper 1 percent is having a deleterious impact on, well, everyone else. It's a way to focus the message and really bring the human side to the fore by calling attention to the real human costs of our current economic setup. Here's how we're hoping it will work:

we are 99 percent, occupy wall street

1) People will take a picture of themselves with a sign. The sign will describe a problem that the person is going through, such as:

"I am a student with $25,000 in debt."

"I am a homeowner who just got foreclosed upon."

"I am someone with thousands in medical bills and no insurance."

After below that, a single line:

"I am the 99 percent."

And, below that:

"Occupy Wall Street -- Sept. 17."

They can then submit this photo through the link on the left ("Get Known") and have it appear on the tumblr located at http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/. As you can see, we're still looking for submissions, so if any of you have a camera and a piece of cardboard and want to let people know why it is YOU'RE frustrated with the 99 Percent world we seem to be living in, make a submission and let your voice be heard.

Once again, it's at http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

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Organizers' Weather Report: Hurricane can't stop the organizing!

Published 2011-08-28 02:17:17 UTC by debordwalk

The hurricane approached and preparations were completed, activity of the residents of New York City began to dissipate. Traffic was slow and sparse and there was a lack of pedestrians, even for a rainy day in New York City. Downtown Manhattan had been entirely evacuated by 5 pm, the subway system closed at noon; even the parks closed due to hurricane conditions, forcing the postponement of the New York General Assembly scheduled at 5pm in Tompkins Square.

And yet, even as the residents' activities curtailed and slowed, the activity of the organizers increased in direct proportion to the shut down. Each one of us, sheltered in our individual apartments, focused our efforts and solidified our plans. Hurricane or not, the occupation of Wall Street will not be stopped.

From People who Plan to Occupy Wall Street! (aka PPOWS!)

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Aug 27 General Assembly Cancelled

Published 2011-08-27 09:16:56 UTC by OccupyWallSt

The August 27th meeting of the NYC General Assembly has been cancelled.

Tompkins Square Park and the New York public transit system have been shut down due to hurricane conditions.

This meeting might be rescheduled early next week. We will post the time and date as soon as consensus has been reached on the mailing lists.

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Food Committee needs YOU!

Published 2011-08-25 03:12:00 UTC by chris

Hi everyone,

My name is Chris and I am a member of the Food Committee. Last night I went over, in exhaustive detail, where we are as far as getting people fed. I won't recount everything here, frankly because I'm right about to go to bed, but you can read the post here:

https://occupywallst.org/forum/logistics-food/

I figured I'd make a new post, because I don't want this to get lost at the bottom, but the Food Committee has just set up a WePay account where we are currently accepting donations. Any support would be great.

https://www.wepay.com/donate/99275

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Anonymous joins #OCCUPYWALLSTREET

Published 2011-08-24 02:44:39 UTC by LupeFiascoConcert

Source: Adbusters

Hey jammers, dreamers, patriots,

Anonymous has just released a video communique endorsing #OCCUPYWALLSTREET. Using language from our first Tactical Briefing, the video calls on protestors to adopt the nonviolent Tahrir-acampadas model. On the 17th of September, it says, "flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months … Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices."

See also signs of support for S17 on Anonymous's Twitter and websites.

 

Meanwhile S17 is surging ahead internationally. Simultaneous occupations of financial districts are now being planned in New York City, Madrid, Milan, London, Paris and San Francisco. With a bit of luck, this list of participating cities will grow.

If we can pull together just the right mix of nonviolence, tenacity and strategic smarts, S17 could be the beginning of the global revolution we've all been dreaming about for so long … wouldn't that be lovely.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ
occupywallstreet.org

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FDR's 1944 State of the Union Address, better known as the Second or Economic Bill of Rights

Published 2011-08-20 12:36:46 UTC by agnosticnixie

In 1944, for his state of the union address, president Franklin D. Roosevelt presented a social and economic program which would have expanded on the original bill of rights. Most of it was a radio address, as he had the flu, but part of it was filmed (the footage was found recently). Similar programs are found in modern constitutions, and part of it would inspire the universal bill of rights. Obviously, it didn't pass. FDR would die barely a year later, and this would die with him. Their inspiration can be found in the writings of enlightenment philosophers, already, but also in early socialist thought, up to the current day.

As an example, the language and the rights used could be found in the principles of the old french socialist party, who had formed the government before WW2, and whose principles would end up being part of the preambles of the 4th and 5th republics' constitutions, but also in the, admittedly symbolic, soviet constitution of 1936. These sentiments were repeated in the modern constitutions of Peru, Spain, Finland, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

The speech

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”[2] People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.

For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

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#OCCUPYWALLSTREET update from Adbusters

Published 2011-08-12 03:52:54 UTC by LupeFiascoConcert

http://www.occupywallstreet.org
http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/occupywallstreet-update.html

Hey you rebels, radicals and utopian dreamers out there,

We are living through a rare crisis and moment of opportunity. Western industrialized nations are now being masticated by the financial monster they themselves created. This is triggering a mood that alternates between angry denial and sudden panic. It looks like something is about to break, opening the space for a necessary transformation and a total rethink of global economic affairs. Events are playing perfectly into our September 17 occupation of Wall Street.

So … can we on the left learn some new tricks? Can we head off to lower Manhattan with a fresh mindset and a powerful new demand?

Strategically speaking, there is a very real danger that if we naively put our cards on the table and rally around the "overthrow of capitalism" or some equally outworn utopian slogan, then our Tahrir moment will quickly fizzle into another inconsequential ultra-lefty spectacle soon forgotten. But if we have the cunning to come up with a deceptively simple Trojan Horse demand … something profound, yet so specific and doable that it is impossible for President Obama to ignore … something that spotlights Wall Street's financial capture of the US political system and confronts it with a pragmatic solution … like the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act … or a 1% tax on financial transactions … or an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the corporate corruption of our representatives in Washington … or another equally creative but downright practical demand that will emerge from the people's assemblies held during the occupation … and if we then put our asses on the line, screw up our courage and hang in there day after day, week after week, until a large swath of Americans start rooting for us and President Obama is forced to respond … then we just might have a crack at creating a decisive moment of truth for America, a first concrete step towards achieving the radical changes we all dream about unencumbered by commitments to existing power structures.

So, let's learn the strategic lessons of Tahrir (nonviolence), Syntagma (tenacity), Puerta del Sol (people's assemblies) and lay aside adherence to political parties and worn-out lefty dogmas. On September 17, let's sow the seeds of a new culture of resistance in America that fires up a permanent democratic awakening.

See you on Wall St. Sept 17. Bring Tent.

for the wild, Culture Jammers HQ

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August 13th General Assembly at Tompkins Square Park

Published 2011-08-11 03:14:19 UTC by OccupyWallSt

The next meeting of the General Assembly will be held:

Saturday, August 13 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Tompkins Square Park (map
7th St. and Avenue A
New York, NY
Facebook Event
PDF Flyer

Please check our calendar page for information about other events and sub-committee meetings.

For further details please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Why this protest?

Wall Street is a huge contributor to the political machine, which in turns enables Wall Street’s corporate plunder of our nation. Both the Democratic and Republican parties set the bankster agenda because of the MONEY. When we at US Day of Rage speak of ‘taking the MONEY out of politics’, we have no choice but to focus on the sources of the MONEY.

Bought by hard and soft dollars, disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful interests have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to liberty and national security.

As Americans we may bang our head on other matters, but on this we surely agree. In a democracy: progressives; unions; conservatives; tea party; and unaffiliated Americans can govern and work things out. In a kleptocracy, controlled by the banksters, we cannot. We must stop their influence, their motives, and their tricks, from continuing to destroy our democratic republic, and together we can do it.

US Day of Rage (usdayofrage.org) demands that money be removed from the buying of politicians who feed the Wall Street beast. We demand that the resources of our nation no longer be used to coddle and benefit banksters and their minions. We demand that the US Government diligently reign in the parasitic destruction wreaked by Wall Street. We demand that our nation no longer be held hostage to ‘too big to fail’ banks. We demand that solutions be found that stop the Federal Reserve from stealing our future.

The American Revolution is alive and well. It’s a group of non-violent citizen nobodies who believe in the radical notion that Americans have a right to freedom of speech and the right to peaceable assembly, in deed the right to engage in politics through free and fair elections unsullied by disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful special interests that are destroying our democratic republic and preying on the resources and spirits of citizens.

 

 

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