Posted 5 years ago on July 19, 2013, 12:55 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
day of action
MILLION HOODIES UNITES WITH THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION IN 100 CITIES!
“Justice for Trayvon” National Day of Action Vigils in 100 Cities outside of Federal Court Buildings Saturday, July 20th – 12 Noon
Sabryna Fulton and her son, Jaharvis will join Reverend Al Sharpton in New York, Saturday 7/20 at 1 Police Plaza at 12pm.
The vigils, taking place in 100 cities, will be a call to action pushing for federal charges against George Zimmerman leading up to the Saturday, August 24 March on Washington.
Join our celly: text @TMAlerts to 23559.
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Posted 5 years ago on July 18, 2013, 9:20 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
day of action,
sex worker rights
What: Rally to demand justice for murdered sex workers and an end to all policies criminalizing sex work
Social Media: #JusticeForJasmine #JusticeForDora #StigmaKills
NYC info: NYC Solidarity Protest for Slain Sex Workers
Global Facebook event
More info on cities across the world: jasmineanddora.wordpress.com
On July 19th, 2013, people are gathering in over 35 cities across the globe to protest against violence against sex workers.
Following the murders of Dora Özer and Petite Jasmine on the 9th and 11 of July 2013, sex workers, their friends, families, and allies are coming together to demand an end to stigma, criminalisation, violence and murders. In the week since the two tragedies occurred, the feelings of anger, grief, sadness and injustice – for the loss of Dora and Jasmine, but also for the senseless and systemic murders and violence against sex workers worldwide – have brought together people in more than 35 cities from four continents who agreed to organise demos, vigils, and protests in front of Turkish and Swedish embassies or other symbolic places. JOIN US on Friday the 19th at 3 pm local time and stand in solidarity with sex workers and their loved ones around the world! Justice for Dora! Justice for Jasmine! Justice for all sex workers who are victims of violence!
As the sex trade becomes an ever more important part of how neoliberal economies handle the poorest and most marginalized, violence against sex workers – particularly against transgender and immigrant women – has become a tragic epidemic. Please join us this Friday, where we will be rallying in solidarity with sex workers all over the world to commemorate two women, Dora Özer and Petite Jasmine, who brutally lost their lives last week in Turkey and Sweden.
Photo from San Francisco International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, 2010
For more information & background see below...
Posted 5 years ago on July 18, 2013, 3:29 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Politicians being bought and sold by Wall Street is nothing new. Most readily sell their souls in exchange for campaign dollars, hoping to win tough races. But what about those who are in safe seats, who sell of their morals off to the highest bidder anyway?
Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, recently came under fire by her own hometown paper for courting big Wall Street money. An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Daniel Bice, “Wall Street support puts Gwen Moore on hot seat,” pointed out that while Moore represents the poorest district in Wisconsin, she has been leading the charge on behalf of Wall Street when it comes to deregulation. It points to her support of HR 1256, a bill that recently passed the House of Representatives that makes it easier for Wall Street to dodge new rules by simply moving risky derivatives trades overseas. Consumer groups nicknamed it the "AIG Bailout Certainty Act," because AIG was taken down by derivatives they sold out of a small office in London, but was still bailed out 100 cents on the dollar by U.S. taxpayers.
And, you guessed it, Rep Moore is being rewarded handsomely for her efforts. The Sentinel reported, “Moore's campaign fund took in more than $83,000 from the banking and finance industries in 2011-'12, with her leadership committee receiving $15,000 more — meaning she received more from these special interests than any other Wisconsin rep except U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, long a darling of Wall Street.”
Rep Moore was very bothered by this exposure of her corporate capture. So bothered, she drafted a defensive letter to the editor in response. In it, she insists that she is “painfully aware of the poverty level in my district.”
But is she? It was, after all, Wall Street deregulation that led to the financial crisis, which cost the country $12.5 trillion and left 46.2 million Americans in poverty, the largest number recorded in the 52 years the Census has tracked poverty. And the impact was even worse on communities of color. Rep Moore's district is 44% Black or Hispanic. But it was Wall Street's boundless appetite for risk and mortgage-backed securities was responsible for eliminating 66% of the wealth in Hispanic households and 53% of the wealth from Black households between 2005 and 2009.
The predatory lending that savaged communities of color was no accident. Bank of America paid $335 million to settle with the Department of Justice for charging higher fees to over 200,000 Black and Hispanic borrowers than they did to non-Hispanic white borrowers of the same credit profile. Wells Fargo settled with the Department of Justice for $175 million over equally discriminatory practices. Wall Street looked at communities of color and saw an opportunity to rip their faces off. So why is Rep Moore working so hard to make life easier, and more profitable, for these Wall Street firms?
Another bill that Rep Moore championed, HR 992, allows banks to hold almost any kind of risky derivative in the same part of the bank where depositor funds live. It also happens to make the cost of doing business substantially cheaper for Citigroup. So it should come as no surprise that Citigroup wrote the bill. If Rep Moore is concerned with the poverty in her district, why would she want to make life easier for Citigroup? In 2007, the NAACP sued Citigroup and Ameriquest (which was later acquired by Citigroup) for discriminating against Black borrowers by steering them into higher interest, subprime loans while giving more favorable loan terms to white borrowers. Assisting a company with a history of such blatant profiteering and exploitation is nothing less than a biting slap in face to Rep Moore’s constituents.
Rep Moore ended her letter to the editor with the insistence that “my vote is not for sale.”
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
In the same letter, Rep Moore states that she is a “vocal advocate and champion on issues surrounding poverty and the needs of the hardworking families of Milwaukee.” But if Rep Moore and other politicians were truly concerned with fighting poverty, they would look at the complete picture. Fighting against austerity is simply an attempt to stop the bleeding. It helps Democratic politicians because it makes them look caring, and in tune with their constituents. But it’s nothing more than shoving a bandaid on a hemorrhaging wound.
The knife causing these wounds is Wall Street. Deregulating Wall Street devastated the economy, and now, the (false) answers proposed are austerity, bleeding the government dry, and allowing corporations to swoop in and charge us for basic needs and basic rights.
If Representative Moore were truly interested in fighting poverty, she wouldn’t just try and stop the bleeding. She would stop sharpening the knife.
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PS: We don't know for sure if she is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, but it would not surprise us.
Posted 5 years ago on July 16, 2013, 10:15 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
call to action,
Two years ago last weekend Adbusters published the original OWS blog post, and the first operational OWS campaign site was set up on reddit.com. Two years ago we began a campaign to announce that the people of the world were directly entering the global political narrative and that we have no intention of ever leaving. We are still here – battered & scarred we may be, but ‘Occupy!’ is still a vibrant global call for an exploited humanity. The time is ripe for revolution.
Greetings world. We are anonymous. We are the people.
Governments of the world: take this message as your last will and testament. The game is officially over. Social media has given birth to something new. Now it's time to set the record straight. This video is intended as that spark that gets delivered straight into the hearts and minds of the world. This video is an idea – a shared idea – so listen very carefully and make sure you are sitting down.
On the 5th of November 2013, Anonymous call for a day of global civil disobedience. This time we target all government facilities across the globe. Calling all free thinkers: the time for civil disobedience is now. This time it also seems unions from around the world are supporting this action. The lion sleeps no more. Ask yourself this: where will you be when we make history? November 5th, 2013. Worldwide. Now it's a vendetta. Now it's personal. Now it's time to occupy everywhere. It's time to throw everything we have at November 5th. It's time to relight the flame of protest until our demands are met. Now it's time for our brothers and sisters of the awakening to take to the streets. Austerity means war.
Here's to the dreamers, the one's that stand for human freedom, the Occupiers, the people that change things. It's about solidarity, but more than that, it's about the people, the people we meet, the people of the world standing together for a common goal. Concerned by numerous ecological and social problems, we stand united. As long as there are young and idealist people that share the views of ultimate human freedom, there will always be hope for the world.
We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. On November 5th, 2013: EXPECT US.
Posted 5 years ago on July 14, 2013, 10:42 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
- Was an honor student with a 3.7 GPA.
- Was accepted at a college on a full ride
- Was a volunteer of 600 service hours
- Was a devoted member of his church
- Was a loyal friend & a loving son
- Was an INNOCENT boy
No more divide and conquer. We stand for all. We stand in support of the family of #TrayvonMartin and his memory. He did not die in vain. He was the 99% with promise and potential. Capitalism and Racism legitimize each other. We need something brand new and we need it now.
Join one of the many actions against the unjust acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin today in over 40 cities. Come to express your sorrow, your rage, and your continuing demand for justice for Trayvon and beyond.
Albuquerque, NM: Civic Plaza
Atlanta, GA: Westend Park
Austin, TX: State Capitol
Baltimore, MD: War Memorial Plaza
Barcelona, Spain: Plaza Revolución
Boston, MA: Dudley Square, Roxbury
Burlington, VT: City Hall
Chattanooga, TN: Miller Park
Chicago, IL: Daley Plaza
Cincinnati, OH: Fountain Square
Columbus, OH: 375 South High Street
Dayton, OH: Courthouse Square
Denver, CO: 2pm in City Park
Detroit, MI: Grand Circus Park
Durham, NC: CCB Plaza
Fort Myers, FL: FGCU Campus Library
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Houston, TX: City Hall
Indianapolis, IN: 2PM, downtown on circle
Lansing, MI: Lansing City Hall
Las Vegas, NV: City Hall
Los Angeles, CA: Leimert Park & King and Crenshaw Blvds
Madison, WI: State Capitol
Memphis, TN: Memphis Police Department (meet Monday)
Miami, FL: Torch of Friendship, Bayfront Park
Milwaukee, WI: MLK and Vine
Minneapolis, MN: TBA, Monday
Nashville, TN: Downtown Courthouse
New Orleans, LA: Washington Square Park
New York, NY: Union Square
Oakland, CA: Oscar Grant Plaza
Newark, NJ: Market and Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA: Love Park
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Portland, OR: Peninsula Park
Poughkeepsie, NY: Mansion Square Park
Providence, RI: Central High School
Rochester, NY: Liberty Pole
Salt Lake City, UT: Federal Building
San Diego, CA: City Heights, across from Mid City PD
St. Louis, MO: St. Louis Justice Center
Seattle, WA: Westlake
Springfield, MO: Downtown Square
Syracuse, NY: 2pm at Onondaga County Courthouse
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