Posted 8 years ago on Aug. 31, 2013, 1:14 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
The “No War With Syria” movement denounces the complete disregard of the government of the United States for the will of the American people as reflected in the government's decision to start yet another war. The movement in no way support the actions of the Assad regime, but we recognize that US intervention will instigate more violence and suffering in Syria. As the U.S. is already hurting from a recession and perpetual wars, becoming involved in Syria will only create further destabilization in the Middle East and strip the people of the United States of desperately needed resources. The “No War With Syria” movement recognizes that the only the American people can stop U.S. intrusion in the Middle East, just as only the people of the Middle East can stop their own internal struggles.
We call on everyone to join us in saying no to yet another U.S. invasion. We recognize that peace cannot be reached through bombs, drone attacks, and murder; peace is created through compassion and forgiveness, which must come from within. Please join us as we gather across the country to begin a campaign to stop the United States government from invading Syria.
Posted 8 years ago on Aug. 29, 2013, 5:08 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Robin Hood Tax
Below is a list of events happening on the second anniversary of OWS. Need help planning your S17 event? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BALLET ON THE BARRICADES
Free ballet barre at the bull. No experience necessary. Get the word out about #S17
Fridays at 5pm
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S17 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF OWS – ALL DAY ACTIONS DEBRIEF
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7a – 10pm
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S-17 ACTION IN SUPPORT OF FAST FOOD WORKERS@MCDONALD’S (LOCATION TBA)-LABOR OUTREACH COMMITTEE OF OWS
Details and location TBA
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S17 PEOPLES EXCHANGE
Bring food, clothing, books, and ideas to share.
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S17 WORLDWIDE CALL TO ACTION. A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE. THE BIRTHDAY OF THE REVOLUTION.
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OCCUPY S17: TAX WALL STREET, PASS THE ROBIN HOOD TAX
On September 17th we demand that Wall Street pay for its crimes! The Robin Hood Tax is a financial transaction tax that takes .05% of all financial transactions and puts that money towards essential social services like health care, student debt, global health, AIDS prevention and more.
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Posted 8 years ago on Aug. 24, 2013, 9:54 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Marching on Washington,
Martin Luther King
Cornel West spoke on Democracy Now recently about issues that should be remembered at the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that coincides with the Million Hoodies March for Justice on August 24th, 2013.
Brother Martin would not be invited to the very march in his name, because he would talk about drones. He’d talk about Wall Street criminality. He would talk about working class being pushed to the margins as profits went up for corporate executives in their compensation. He would talk about the legacies of white supremacy.
Liberal reform is too narrow, is too truncated. And, of course, the two-party system is dying, and therefore it doesn’t have the capacity to speak to these kinds of issues.
There’s no doubt that the vicious legacy of white supremacy affects the black upper classes, it affects the black middle classes. But those kinds of stories hide and conceal just how ugly and intensely vicious it is for black poor, brown poor. If that’s the case, why hasn’t the new Jim Crow been a priority in the Obama administration? Why has not the new Jim Crow been a priority for Eric Holder? If what they’re saying is something they feel deeply, if what they’re saying is that they’re—themselves and their children have the same status as Brother Jamal and Sister Latisha and Brother Ray Ray and Sister Jarell, then why has that not been a center part of what they do to ensure there’s fairness and justice?
Well, the reason is political. Well, we don’t want to identify with black folk, because a black president can’t get too close to black folk, because Fox News, with their reactionary self in so many instances, will attack them, and that becomes the point of reference? No. If they’re going to be part of the legacy of Martin King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker and the others, then the truth and justice stuff that you pursue, you don’t care who is coming at you. But, no, this black liberal class has proven itself to be too morally bankrupt, too hypocritical, and indifferent to criminality—Wall Street criminality, no serious talk about enforcement of torturers and wiretappers under the Bush administration. Why? Because they don’t want the subsequent administration to take them to jail. Any reference to the hunger strike of our brothers out in California and other places, dealing with torture? Sustained solitary confinement is a form of torture. And we won’t even talk about Guantánamo. Force-feeding, torture in its core—didn’t our dear brother Yasiin Bey point that out, the former Mos Def? God bless that brother.
We must never tame Martin Luther King Jr. or Fannie Lou Hamer or Ella Baker or Stokely Carmichael. They were unbossed. They were unbought. That Martin was talking about a beloved community, which meant that it subverts any plantation—Bush’s plantation, Clinton’s plantation, Obama’s plantation—and the social forces behind those plantations, which have to do with Wall Street, have to do with multinational corporations. And we’re going to focus on poor people. We’re going to focus on working people across the board. We’re going to talk about the connection between drones, which is a form of—a form of crimes against humanity outside the national borders. We’re going to talk about Wall Street criminality. We’re going to talk about how we ensure that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters have their dignity affirmed. We’re going to talk about the children.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a free black man. He was a Jesus-loving free black man. Will the connection between drones, new Jim Crow, prison-industrial complex, attacks on the working class, escalating profits at the top, be talked about and brought together during that march? I don’t hold my breath.
But Brother Martin’s spirit would want somebody to push it.
And that’s part of his connection to Malcolm X. That’s part of his connection to so many of the great freedom fighters that go all the way back to the first slave who stepped on these decrepit shores.
Posted 8 years ago on Aug. 21, 2013, 12:02 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Today, Pfc. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for the heroic act of exposing US war crimes. The following is a list of #Manning protests happening this afternoon and evening:
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Posted 8 years ago on Aug. 20, 2013, 10:25 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
WHAT: the Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: decolonize the 99%. It’s the second annual gathering of the Occupy movement and allies—the first was in Philadelphia June 30 to July 5, 2012. We promise a full-bodied 5-day event with emphasis on the colonization of this country by corporations—an important public event with creative activism, parades, and, most importantly, the People being heard. NatGat2 is a place for the movement of affinity to regroup, debrief, and regain strength after the brutal crack-downs on the encampments in 2011 and targeted legislative repression and unprecedented spying by NSA on US persons.
WHEN: August 21-25, 2013
WHY: A fundamental right, essential to a representative government, is the right to peacefully gather to petition the government for redress of grievances. We activists are still working for a better world. Dozens of active Occupys and allies have endorsed and will be sending representatives. Hundreds of Occupys all over the United States and from around the globe—e.g. Occupy San Francisco to Occupy Sandy to Occupy Sydney, Australia—will gather in solidarity and share strategies to strengthen the global network that was born in Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011.
HOW: will people get there? There is a Sharetribe site to sign up or offer a ride—or housing, or just about anything NatGat-related. Donations are accepted here.
WHERE: The City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Where will they sleep? Sleepful Protests in Public Spaces is our custom; it is legal in Kalamazoo. However, there are other options. The Lamplighter Inn in Comstock on the border of Kalamazoo will be our #1 site in the evenings. (They say it’s haunted!)
*UPDATE: The Venue for the Natational gathering has changed. Most activities will now take place at the Kalamazoo Peace Center at the Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur St.
WHAT will be accomplished? NatGat strives to be decisive, each day will end with a General Assembly on the subject of the day, then a draft, will be turned over to writers to turn into art to be posted and published shortly after.
Only complete (r)evolution will do,
List of hyperlinks
Main website http://interoccupy.net/natgat2/
Occupy Vision Statement https://www.facebook.com/notes/occupy-pensacola/vision-statement-from-occupy-national-gathering-july-4-2012/266965306741611
*What is decolonization? What is Decolonization and why does it matter
Sleepful Protesting http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/05/occupy_kalamazoo_protestors_do.html
YouTube Teaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfMwe36wJec
History August 2013