Friday, November 25, 2011

Economist Group Supports Occupy Wall Street Message

A group of economists who want to change the conversation about the current crisis have joined together to show support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Occupy Economics from Softbox on Vimeo.

Friday, November 18, 2011

An Explanation For Occupy Seattle Inconvenienced Grumpy University Bridge Commuters

                                                   Photo: DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The University Bridge is a gear of the machine that we put our bodies on yesterday. That would be me on the bridge in the yellow poncho in the photo above.

Occupy Seattle and the King County Labor Council's joint protest rally and march yesterday resulted in the direct action of blocking the University Bridge for several hours during rush hour. One of the purposes of the protest was to bring attention to the fact that jobs could be created if government would just approve a plan to repair crumbling infrastructure, like the University Bridge.

If you read any of comment sections of local news reports about the protest and University Bridge blockade you'd find lots of bitching from individual commuters that took this tone, "Who do these people think they are?" Or, "can't you see I'm not getting my needs met here because of the inconvenience of having to be detoured around the protest."

Please excuse us for inconvenience.

But there comes a time when just robo-voting for ineffective and corporate controlled politicians just won't do anymore. As citizens we feel that something dramatic has to take place to shake you from your sleep and day to day routine. When it's all over I'm sure you'll thank us for putting our "bodies on the gears, and the wheels, upon the levers" of the machine, as Mario Savio pointed out in his now famous 1964 speech about free speech and the right to assemble, which is the subject of the two videos below.

The protesters believe that the time has passed for us to continue to rely on the normal channels to bring about the change we feel is needed. The nation is at a crossroads. The destruction of our country's political institutions through corporate corruption, greed and incompetence must be stopped. Or there may not be a commute for you to get stuck in at all.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Live Streaming From #N17 Protest In New York

Live feed of Occupy Wall Street November 17th via WeAreTheOther99 Live

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet Calls For Nonviolent Solidarity On November 17th

Join Occupy Seattle's rally and march tomorrow at SCCC 2pm (see below) or Our Bridges Need Work - So Do We rally and march organized by the ML King County Labor Council. Looks like Occupy Seattle's rally and march will meet up with the Labor Council march at the Montlake Bridge  (Montlake Blvd NE & NE Pacific St.) around 4pm.

Oil And Gas Industries Should Take A Flying FRACK At A Rolling Donut

The truth about fracking from All Frack Up versus what the oil and gas companies would like you to believe. 

I want to upchuck every time I see one of these oil and gas industry commercials on TV pushing their homey bullshit version of the environmental impacts and need for fracking. 



'Occupy' Crackdowns Coordinated With Federal Law Enforcement Officials - What Does Obama Know And When Did He Know It?

To think I spent and entire year and a half of my life walking across the back-roads of several states in 2007 and 2008 to get Obama elected only to have his administration play a part in stomping on a citizen's right of assembly and free speech sickens me. News reports that the attacks and evictions of Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country by para-military police have been coordinated by the FBI and justice department is one big deal breaker.

So, the question is Mr. President what do you know about this and when did you know it?  Did you approve these coordinated attacks by the Justice Department, FBI and the Homeland Security apparatus on post 9/11 Patriot Act steroids that are in effect a direct attack on citizen's constitutional right of free speech and assembly?  If so, you can kiss my support goodbye.

Eviction of Occupy Wall Street From Liberty Plaza In Perspective

Excellent report by Real News on what effect the eviction of protesters from Liberty Plaza in New York could mean to the overall occupy movement.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Alexa O'Brien Founder Of US Day Of Rage Talks About NYPD Raid Of Occupy Wall Street

Alexa O'Brien of US Day Of Rage, one of the founding organizations of the Occupy Wall Street movement, is interviewed on Russia Today about raid of  Zuccotti Park in New York and the future of the movement. 

Aljezeera First MSM To Report On Raid On Occupy Wall Street NYC

American corporate media to busy talking about pedophile, Britney Spears not wearing panties.

A Day Of Imfamy For Occupy Wall Street

NYC Raid Comes 2 Days Before Planned '#N17' National Day Of Action Against 1%
"The timing of this late-night raid on Zuccotti Park may seem suspicious to many in the Occupy Wall Street movement. They were planning to hold a series of actions on Thursday, the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, including an attempt to close off bankers' access to Wall Street:"On the morning of November 17, we will shut down Wall Street. We will ring the People’s Bell, and initiate a street carnival in which we rebuild and celebrate the neighborhoods that the Wall Street economy has destroyed. Unions were also supposed to get in on the action, with a large rally planned for Foley Square. If those #N17 events go forward, they will certainly take on a different tone after tonight's eviction." -- Matt Sledge

Via: Huffington Post

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm Not A Pacifist, I'm A Pragmatist - The Occupy Movement Must Adhere To Nonviolence At All Costs

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." Thomas Edison 
It’s human nature for those who are suppressed to look at those who suppress them in a rather self-centered and myopic way. In doing so we become prone to adopt the same justification for violence that we claim defines our suppressors. We must practice higher ethics and awareness of the common good, which, if one considers it closely, rejects the tactics of and use of violence.

You only become like your enemy when you accept the idea that violence is somehow justified as part and parcel of civil disobedience. “In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence”, Cesar Chavez said. You also lose in the court of public opinion when you use violence in response to violence. The average American will sympathize with protest if they believe the protesters cause is just and the protester acts in a dignified way in making their point. One of the most powerful statements one can make is to demonstrate compassion and empathy for those who mean you harm.

I'm not a pacifist, I'm a pragmatist. 

Pictures of Martin Luther King or Cesar Chavez and countless others being arrested or enduring brutality yet accepting such treatment stand as timeless examples of how one should act when confronted with force. Their non-combativeness and silence demonstrates their righteousness and speaks volumes about their ideals and ethics. These images have endured because they appeal to the highest ideals of humanity. It appeals to a wider audience of people who maybe sympathetic to the cause and who also desire justice and true democracy.

On the other hand, anonymous Blackblock window breakers who cover their faces and run wild in the street attempting to spread fear with their ideological based brand of unfocused and pointless violence and property destruction are the antithesis of the nonviolent civilized citizen patriots who are exercising their constitutional rights of speech and assembly in the public square. In effect one act of violence by these individuals has the effect of reversing months of hard earned public support and sympathy for the movement.  

If it is really true that “the whole world is watching”, then one must demonstrate discipline in the face of police overreaction. Any thinking demonstrator realizes that being arrested or even brutalized by the authorities is part and parcel of a movement that challenges the power and authority of the entrenched oligarchy and the paramilitary police that protect them. It’s naive to believe you will not be arrested or brutalized by the police state when you question their authority. It you believe reacting violently in the face of this predictable response from the police is acceptable you only lower yourself to the level of those who feel justified in dishing-out such brutality.

In this country and around the world the battle the Occupy Wall Street movement is trying to win is not only in the streets but is also simultaneously taking place in the court of public opinion. As supporters and demonstrators who are involved in the movement we are called upon to demonstrate a higher standard of conduct and responsibility than what maybe required as an individual citizen. What you do and how you act from moment to moment speaks for the entire movement. Remind yourself that the occupy movement is not about you or even your inner-circle of misfits. We are not here to simply stir up trouble or create chaos. We are trying to change the world.

The goals of the movement must transcend our personal selfishness, ideology and politics. We are fighting for the 99% and in the broader sense humanity itself. At the root of this movement is the ideal of nonviolence and the power, eventual effectiveness and success of this movement will be compromised the moment we believe, based on superficial reasoning, that violence is somehow justified to achieve the change we desperately need.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Occupy Comics Kickstarter Campaign Will Raise Funds for Protesters

Adbusters created a really powerful image of a ballerina atop the Wall Street bull with protesters in the background, and that was enough to set this off”. Then Anonymous brought in the Guy Fawkes masks, and U.S. Day of Rage created more art challenging the relationship between Wall Street and Washington. So this is an art-inspired movement, and that’s part of what makes it so viral. It’s not intellectual, it doesn’t need a manifesto. People are banding together around an idea, rather than an ideology.”
"That’s the goal of the Occupy Comics Kickstarter project, launched Wednesday by transmedia studio Halo-8 and explained in the video pitch below. The plan is to graphically document the Occupy movement with the help of a roster of respected comics creators and artists, then funnel the proceeds directly to the protesters taking hits and making history for the 99 percent."
“Comics is at the root of this thing,” Halo-8 founder and Occupy Comics organizer Matt Pizzolo said in an e-mail to “Just look at Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta masks at every protest. A Guy Fawkes mask is now a more iconic image of street protest than a gas mask.”

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Graphic: Faceoff #OccupyWallStreet Vs The Tea Party

 Like we really care. But interesting never the less.

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Occupy Wall Street vs. Tea Party |
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Robert Crumb Lives Finds Inspiration In #OccupyWallStreet Movement

From somewhere in France reclusive Robert Crumb, the iconic cartoonist and artist, granted an interview to Mother Jones.

Among other things Crumb talked about his famous album covers and offered his thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
MJ: I read on your website that one reason for going to France was that you had become disgusted with America. What do you mean by that?
RC: Well, the corporatization of culture. We lived in inland California, the Central Valley, and we witnessed over a period of 20 years of this invasion of shopping malls and corporate businesses and everything, and it lost all of its old character. Any kind of authentic character that it had was rapidly getting lost. The expanding urban development was just horrible to behold.
MJ: Have you been following Occupy Wall Street at all?
RC: Oh yeah, it’s great stuff. I think they should stay there, and persist and persist until they have some effect. I don’t know what effect they can have. I was thinking about it last night, I was laying in bed, thinking, “Can this thing have any effect on the wealthy establishment?” They’re so entrenched, they’re so powerful. I don’t know if they even care that people go there and demonstrate. What will it take, an armed revolution? That’s violent, and I’m kind of against violence. Violence begets violence, and then you get leaders who are violent men. And you don’t want that. You don’t want some Stalin in there as your left-wing leader. But it’s a great thing to see. I kinda thought that the American youth were very complacent and indifferent about all that, or just didn’t know what to do. But somebody got this thing going.
Via: Mother Jones

Friday, November 04, 2011