Forum Post: BREAKING NEWS: Hijacking Occurring Every Day in the Same Location. Authorities not solving crime due to their role in it.
Posted 3 years ago on Dec. 31, 2012, 11:43 a.m. EST by therising
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In case you haven't noticed, corporations have hijacked our government. The richest 1% and their minions are ruining our environment, wrecking our economy and stealing our children's futures all in the name of profit. These corporatists are buying candidates and elections at the local, state and national level, quietly ramming legislation through state legislatures (see ALEC) and rigging laws for their benefit. They're pushing austerity measures, using their ownership of the mainstream media to convince us that services for the poor and middle class need to be cut even as the richest 1% are growing ever richer (they hold over 30% of the wealth now. See this link re the austerity lie: http://occupywallst.org/forum/a-message-to-all-the-well-meaning-democrats-and-re/ ). The 1% and their minions want all the benefits of our system to come their way. This is nothing but a massive underhanded transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1% and we can't let them get away with it.
On top of that, the 1% and their minions are pushing through all sort of laws and provisions that systematically limit dissent and they're coordinating with local, state and federal authorities who are illegally monitoring nonviolent peaceful protesters exercising their first ammendment rights.
What the hell is going on here?
We have great republic. The founders designed an excellent system, but it has been temporarily hijacked. Through consumerism, those same corporatists who have stolen our government have invaded our minds and made us feel like isolated separate individuals instead of part of a community.
Enough is enough. It's time to push back harder than we ever have before. We need to engage in nonviolent direct action of all kinds to raise awareness, unseat these corporate hijackers and restore our great republic. In this way, we can enjoy our lives as individuals and also thrive as part of a community.
This is a damn good country. And there's no way we're going to let a bunch of nihilistic self serving misguided corporatists run it into a ditch to further enhance their wealth. For every one of them, there are 99 of us. We can win this.
The proven tactic of nonviolent direct action of all kinds will expose the injustice and underhandedness for all to see. Strikes, boycotts, sit ins, walk outs, marches, teach ins, street theater, writings, blockades, ....It's time. We have the power -- check out these 2 links! http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-dont-see-the-power-we-have-in-our-hands-to-tran/ AND http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-have-the-power-to-turn-this-world-around-this-o/
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." ~ Gandhi
We're not fighting against the government. We're fighting to put up guardrails to unseat the corporate hijackers in order to RESTORE our government. To win, we're going to have to create a lot of nonviolent tension to bring injustice out into the light.
We the people can't be afraid of the word tension. Nonviolent tension can be transformative and good.** The following is from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail":
"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. . . I am not afraid of the word 'tension'. I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. . . The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. . ."
To bring the corruption into the light of day it will take relentless nonviolent actions small and large. As the movement continues to gather steam, multiple gatherings of 800,000 or more in DC and NEW YORK are possible. We need to be RELENTLESS in our push. Here's what the call to action for one Washington, DC nonviolent protest might look like (just an example):
We should take the following action in late spring 2014 to allow time for planning, laying groundwork and buildup:
We should make the 8 demands BELOW very publicly at a press conference a few days after arriving in DC. When laying out these 8 demands, we should give a clear deadline of 30 days for a firm written commitment with signatures from at least 60% of members of House and 60% of the members of the Senate to pass these bills by the end of the year. If this commitment on the full slate of demands is not met by midnight on the 30th day (which it won't be) we should be prepared to non-violently block access to all or part of the Capitol complex the next morning by traditional proven non-violent tactics. The purpose is to bring the leaders of the House and Senate to the negotiating table.
KEEP IN MIND: There are always entrances because there is always a point where people who work there have to leave the public street and enter secure space. We should focus our non-violent direct action and civil disobedience on those entrances no matter where they move them because these are, by definition, always accessible.
8 DEMANDS FOR CONGRESS
CONGRESS PASS HR 1489 ("RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT"http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1489 ). THIS REINSTATES MANY PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT that were repealed in the 90's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act . Most economists believe the repeal of this act directly contributed to the severity of the financial crisis of 2007–2011.
USE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCIES FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis
CONGRESS ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION which essentially said corporations can spend as much as they want on elections. This law should also restore the "Fairness Doctrine".
CONGRESS PASS a revised version of THE BUFFETT RULE ON FAIR TAXATION SO THE RICH AND CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE & CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOP HOLES AND ENACT A PROHIBITION ON HIDING FUNDS OFF SHORE.
CONGRESS COMPLETELY REVAMP THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION and staff it FULLY at all levels with proven professionals who get the job done protecting the integrity of the marketplace so citizens and investors are both protected.
CONGRESS PASS SPECIFIC AND EFFECTIVE LAWS LIMITING THE INFLUENCE OF LOBBYISTS AND ELIMINATING THE PRACTICE OF LOBBYISTS (including ALEC) WRITING LEGISLATION THAT ENDS UP ON THE FLOOR OF STATE LEGISLATURES AND CONGRESS.
CONGRESS PASSING "Revolving Door" LEGISLATION ELIMINATING THE ABILITY OF FORMER GOVERNMENT REGULATORS TO GO TO WORK FOR CORPORATIONS THAT THEY ONCE REGULATED. So, you don't get to work at the FDA for five years playing softball with Pfizer and then go to work for Pfizer making $195,000 a year.
ELIMINATE "PERSONHOOD" LEGAL STATUS FOR CORPORATIONS. The film "The Corporation" has a great section on how corporations won "personhood status". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SuUzmqBewg . Fast-forward to 2:20. It'll blow your mind.
The list of 8 items above is NOT an end all be all, of course. But those things will get the corporate foot off our neck long enough to allow us the breathing room to go further towards the root of the problem. Also, I absolutely agree that we need to push with all kinds of protests of all sizes today, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. I'm not suggesting at all that we do nothing between now and 2014, just as I'm not suggesting summer 2014 protests will take care of everything. We need thousands of protests small and large and we need to push from inside the system and outside the system using all nonviolent means at our disposal.
The list above only focuses on one aspect. We of course ALSO need to push back on the civil liberties front (see NDAA), environmental fronts, economic justice front, poverty / income disparity / wealth disparity, workers rights, food safety, healthcare and so much more. We can bring about a fundamental shift if we band together as the 99% and push. We just have to realize we have more in common than we have separating us. We have squabbled amongst ourselves for too long while corporatists have slowly hijacked our republic, damaged our environment, wrecked our economy and stolen our children's futures. It's time to push back.
Once we realize we have more in common than we have separating us, we'll be able to make decisions from a position of unified strength instead of demands from a position of divided weakness. There's nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Here's another part to work on too, something that will get to the very root of the problems we are having : GOOD NEWS http://occupywallst.org/forum/new-view-why-gun-control-peace-treaties-campaign-f/ ).
Check out this short quote from John O'Donohue: http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-have-the-power-to-turn-this-world-around-this-o/
We can't sit on the sidelines. Remember, Martin L. King, Jr. didn't let us off the hook at all. He once said this:
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few."
Check out these 4 award winning documentaries** -- INSIDE JOB, THE CORPORATION, WHY WE FIGHT & MANUFACTURING CONSENT.
We can do this. Gandhi knew the process quite well. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” - Gandhi