Posted 2 weeks ago on Nov. 20, 2013, 10:34 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Seattle City Councilmember-elect Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant
told Boeing machinists her idea of a radical option, should their jobs be moved out of state.
“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night.
This week, Sawant became Seattle’s first elected Socialist council member. She ran on a platform of anti-capitalism, workers’ rights, and a $15 per-hour minimum wage for Seattle workers.
On Monday night, she spoke to supporters of Boeing Machinists, six days after they rejected a contract guaranteeing jobs in Everett building the new 777X airliner for eight years, in exchange for new workers giving up their guaranteed company pensions.
Now Boeing is threatening to take those jobs to other states.
“That will be nothing short of economic terrorism because it's going to devastate the state's economy,” she said.
Sawant is calling for machinists to literally take-possession of the Everett airplane-building factory, if Boeing moves out. She calls that "democratic ownership."
“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don't need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” she said.
Sawant says after workers “take-over” the Everett Boeing plant; they could build things everyone can use.
“We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.
Sawant says she was referring to “drones” when speaking of war machines. Still, she says even as they work on the lines, building airplanes daily, she believes Boeing workers are under siege.
“Workers have to realize, they have more power than they think,” she said.
Original story from KIROTV
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Posted 3 weeks ago on Nov. 18, 2013, 9:06 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
The following were the words spoken by Reverend Billy (in the video above) that might have gotten him up to a year in jail time, if we do not act.
We are in the midst of a mass extinction at this time. I ask you to think of your own children. I am the father of a three year old and I’m worried about the kind of world that my daughter will inherit. Please protect life, protect the earth. Take your money out of J.P. Morgan Chase or work inside the bank to change the values system of this bank. It is the largest bank in the United States by assets, but it is also the top bank in the world for financing industrial projects which poison the atmosphere with co2 emissions.
Who caused Hurricane Sandy?
Chase bank did, if anybody did. Rise up against the corporations that are poisoning the atmosphere. It’s up to you and to me, only we can do it.
Somebody give me a “Change-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!
Are you alright? Is no one angry?
You are angry, in the white shirt, I can tell.
Sign Rev. Billy’s petition, and check him out on stage in NYC while he is still a free man.
Stay tuned to http://www.revbilly.com/
or write a nice email to the Honorable Cy Vance, Jr. to let him know what an upstanding citizen the Reverend is, and how he lights up culture and society with his presence.
Posted 3 weeks ago on Nov. 14, 2013, 3:53 p.m. EST by occupyalerts
graffitti is not a crime,
If you care about art, community, and resistance against gentrification in New York City, please come out this Saturday at 3pm to support 5 Pointz, an "outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building". 5 Pointz have shown support for Occupy Wall St from the beginning, so let's show them what solidarity means!
Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/601512509885626/
Read more about the 5 pointz eviction battle
THE CALL FOR SUPPORT FROM 5 POINTZ:
We are reaching out to any and all supporters of 5 Pointz, now is the time!
We need your support, we need to show the city that art has value and money is not greater then culture. This fight is bigger then graffiti, bigger then a building, its about preserving something priceless, a piece of history and a monument know over to the world.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
SATURDAY 11/16/13 RALLY
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED! COME ONE COME ALL THIS SATURDAY!!!!
We are asking you to come out and rally with us. If you love 5 Pointz, show us on Saturday. We need a big crowd. Please come out to show your support and hear more about REAL STRATEGIES TO SAVE OUR MONUMENT. The future of 5 Pointz is within OUR CONTROL!
Peaceful gathering and art from 3-4.
Speakers from 4-5.
Please invite friends and spread the word
We are also asking you to download and sign the landmark from and email it ASAP at email@example.com
This is vital, if you can not make it Saturday, please take a few minutes of your time and fill out the form and send it our way. The only way the city knows how much we care are by the numbers. Please download, sign, and email back.. 5 Pointz is by the people, for the people.. We need our people to step up now..
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Thank you for your continued support..
The 5PTZ family!
Posted 3 weeks ago on Nov. 14, 2013, 10:43 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Please support Jeremy Hammond tomorrow in NYC.
Join the Facebook event and bring your best sign by 10 a.m to the U.S. District Court, on Pearl Street between Bowery and Centre to show the world that it is time to evolve. Hacktivism is not a crime. Hacktivists need to be honored for the work that they do and the way they are changing society.
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Jeremy Hammond accepted a non-cooperating plea deal earlier this year for the charges against him, which we consider, to be in the public good, rather than something that should be seen as illegal.
His sentencing will be on 11/15/2013 at 10am. He could receive 10 years in prison although we are hoping for much less. We have a postcard event in place for Jeremy and now would be a great time for you to join the event and send a message of solidarity to Jeremy. We will meet at Foley Square as we have for all of Jeremy's hearings so that we may walk together in solidarity to the courthouse at 500 Pearl Street. We need your help and your support so please plan to be there if at all possible.
An Anon Folktale by Jeremy Hammond
In the beginning, the high seas of seas of the Internet were ruled by the imperialist White Hat fleets, who terrorized the people with sinister censorship networks and murderous remote-controlled weaponry. In this dystopian dark age of the Patriot Act, profiteering telecom companies, and banks "too big to fail," all hope was nearly lost. Much to the surprise of the corporate bootlickers, and government parasites, the people began to fight back, declaring the seas are free and can no longer be bought and sold. Rogue boats all over the world united, set aside their differences, hoisted the black flag of the rebellion, and opened fire on the Establishmentarian battleships.
Despite the supposed superiority of the Intelligence Industrial Complex, the white hats were out numbered and outsmarted. Using the enemy's own weaknesses against them, many ships were sunk and strongholds occupied. After many nighttime raids, the rebels leaked the plundered booty for all to share: many lulz were had pursuing the empire's secrets they had worked so hard to hide. Infuriated the Imperialists tried to crush the movement by building more prisons, passing harsher laws, and placing a bounty on the heads of the rebels. Thousands were rounded up, tortured, and threatened with being locked away in the dungeons forever.
But no matter how many were brutalized and kidnapped, they were not able to stop the coming insurrection; for every rebel captured, many more soon joined the rebellion, and the lulz boats continue to sail strong to this day. These songs of resistance were passed down to support the brothers and sisters of the resistance, who, in spite of the empire's threats and tricks, stood strong. And one day soon the capital buildings and prisons will crumble, the people will be free and our battle cry will be heard all across the seven proxies. for every rebel captured, many more soon joined the rebellion, and the lulz boats continue to sail strong to this day. These songs of resistance were passed down to support the brothers and sisters of the resistance, who, in spite of the empire's threats and tricks, stood strong. And one day soon the capital buildings and prisons will crumble, the people will be free and our battle cry will be heard all across the seven proxies.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Posted 3 weeks ago on Nov. 13, 2013, 12:14 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
If you want to participate in the Black Friday actions to protest working conditions at WalMart go to: http://blackfridayprotest.org
If you are a Walmart worker involved in organizing and you need financial assistance, please contact us.
If you want to support the workers by paying for essential living expenses, please consider buying the snazzy "Team #WalmartWorkers" tshirt, printed and fulfilled by the OWS Screenprinters.
Support a Striker
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If you still need to be convinced this is a good idea, read what Robert Reich wrote last year about the action to understand why strikes are actually good for the economy. Yes, a very good thing is about to happen.
One of the strikers we are currently supporting sent the following to explain why he is dedicated to pushing through for dignity and respect in his workplace:
"I've been living and working southwest of a large Midwestern city. Nearly every available job opportunity at all the temp agencies I applied to were within the warehousing industry and - with the holiday season approaching - one of the first jobs available was at the Walmart warehouse loading and unloading freight. Working in a warehouse doing hard manual labor for $10 an hour with no steady hours puts workers in a precarious situation - basic living expenses such as rent & utilities, gas, food, car maintenance pile up and my co-workers and I never know how many hours we're going to get on our next shift. Sometimes I'll get a call the night before telling me the department I work in has been shut down for the entire weekend. Breathing in the air in the dusty trailers made me sick with congestion after each shift. You can only do back-breaking work with no health insurance for so long, which is why the companies are often able to get away with it - the staffing companies at the warehouses treat their employees like they're disposable and when one employee can't take it any more, they find someone else to take his or her place.
These circumstances are exactly why we needed to organize our co-workers and fight back to win improvements. People move from job to job at warehouses in the area with no benefits and no security is no way to make a living. We started a petition and asked our co-workers to sign it demanding basic improvements with respect to our working conditions: job security, respect, consistent work schedules, safety improvements, and an end to discrimination and retaliation. We delivered the petition and faced retaliation.
We need support to be able to take these kinds of risks if we're going to make any changes. We can't continue this race to the bottom and continuing to organize for improvements now will show people that you can fight back and win at work, leading the way for unionization. But unionization isn't the end goal. Even with a union, it is important to continue to engage members, push for a more democratic union, and hold the elected leaders accountable to the interests of the members. An organized workforce in WalMart paves the way for raising industry standards in retail and warehousing, but that doesn't mean we want to see more Walmarts in neighborhoods in every city and town in the country just to have an organized workforce.
I don't want to win further environmental and economic degradation through unionization of the world's largest employer and the potential push by a union with the intention of growing membership through the company's expansion. I do want to win through an organized workforce, the opportunity to have protection against the employer's intimidation and retaliation that we are currently experiencing and an adequate recourse of action. Looking beyond the shop floor, a unionized and organized workforce also holds potential to improve standards in other countries - from baggers working exclusively for tips at Walmart retail stores in Mexico to the conditions of the factories in China.
Organizing within our globalized economy holds huge potential for improving the lives of millions of people across the globe, but this opportunity must be taken with the right intentions."