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Forum Post: >>> We Must Occupy Congress! <<<

Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 15, 2011, 3:58 p.m. EST by Wressnigg (1) from Mt Vernon, WA
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Ever since the start of OWS I have pondered and questioned the effectiveness of protest. Of course this very skepticism has caused more drama than needed. My point all along has been that while we battle the cops in hopes to “occupy” and have our voices be “heard,” Wall Street and Congress are both rolling right along like nothing ever happened. Though I do believe the OWS movement is a good thing, I do not believe that the protests themselves will move the hands of the 1%. The changes the people want are changes Congress will not sacrifice their wealth for; therefore, the people must BECOME the hands and literally occupy the seats that move the government: OCCUPY CONGRESS.

I hope that the majority of protestors realize that Wall Street isn't ever going to sacrifice their money for the good of the people either. We can’t starve them of their money because they control every industry up to the food we eat. And if we starve ourselves in hunger strikes, they wouldn’t even flinch. This is always why I've said the movement needs even more organization. If we banned together and paved the way for WHO WE should elect into congress, the people could quite literally change congress instead of waiting for congress to change itself.

There are big fees to run for congress and senate, but if OWS organized the runners and supplied the finances via donation, we could really get somewhere.

Qualifying candidates only need to be at least 25 years old and a resident of their State for 7 years. So theoretically, within the next decade or less, the "99%" could eventually vote in a bunch of young middle-class representatives who could possibly eventually change the way financial institutions work...

Congressmen:

Representatives and Delegates serve for two-year terms, while the Resident Commissioner serves for four years. Elections for representatives are held in every even-numbered year, on Election Day the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. By law Representatives must be elected from single-member districts by plurality voting.

Senator:

Senators serve terms of six years each (Article 1 Section 3 Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States); the terms are staggered so that approximately one-third of the seats are up for election every two years.

Elections to the Senate are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years, Election Day, and coincide with elections for the House of Representatives.[17] Senators are elected by their state as a whole. In most states (since 1970), a primary election is held first for the Republican and Democratic parties, with the general election following a few months later. Ballot access rules for independent and minor party candidates vary from state to state. The winner is the candidate who receives a plurality of the popular vote.

If we have enough people in this movement and if we work as one, not only can we achieve great things PAST having our voices be heard, but we can BE the action the makes the change. Not only should we occupy Wall Street; we should also occupy congress, the senate, the governors, the State AND Federal level of Government. We can do this, we can be the change, we have the voice, we have the collective power, we just need the brave few to step up and lead and create the system that will guarantee that the right people get elected.

WE ARE THE PEOPLE! WE ARE THE 99%!

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[-] 1 points by gjarvi (63) 11 years ago

Speaking of Congress, they are holding hearings on Internet Piracy and Censorship. PLEASE read the bills and then follow the links below to sign the petition from Avaaz.org. This vote can change the course of this movement in an instant! Today, Congress is holding hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does, consider what it might do to the movement.

  1. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c112:1:./temp/~c11236Uzo7::
  2. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas

Avaaz.org: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet_us_c?cl=1394746968&v=11170

American Censorship.org: http://americancensorship.org/thanks/index.html?action_id=2527402&akid=.830229.IUJ_3E&form_name=act&rd=1

[-] 1 points by LetsBeReal (1) 11 years ago

I think we should vote many people in office out of office. You don't have to be only 25 years old though to be a good candidate! But people want to be indifferent about voting, and so many don't investigate or research whom they are voting for either! Well, that's part of why we are in the rough patch we are in lately, in the United States. We've voted in some buffoons in the last decade or so, or even worse, crooks who just steal our money but yet, get the right to hold public office! This all needs to end, and if it doesn't start to end quickly, I can see our country going down the tubes like Greece and Italy has lately...

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[-] 0 points by d3athmarch (0) 11 years ago

I agree, in protesting "Wall Street" there is no clear concise goal..Which is why people are getting sick of the camps in their parks..Why not go after the people who gave those banks the bail out money? The people who spit on the idea of a FREE MARKET.

[-] 0 points by Wressnigg (1) from Mt Vernon, WA 11 years ago

No one else has a opinion on this?

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[-] -1 points by raines (699) 11 years ago

Congress is already occupied,................Frank, Pelosi, Kerry, Waters, Barbara Lee, Conyers, Rangle etc.

[-] 1 points by Wressnigg (1) from Mt Vernon, WA 11 years ago

you are pessimistic to the idea of the right people occupying the seats of congress?

[-] 0 points by raines (699) 11 years ago

who do you consider to be the "right people"?

[-] 0 points by Kickinthenuts (212) 11 years ago

Who put them there? Votes are the only power you have over these people.

[-] 0 points by raines (699) 11 years ago

Who put them there? The same nitwits that voted for 0bama.

[-] 0 points by TheAX (11) 11 years ago

those people are not going to save you. They are in politics for their own personal gain.

[-] -1 points by raines (699) 11 years ago

Really?

[-] 1 points by TheAX (11) 11 years ago

Yes really! Do you have evidence to the contrary? Pelosi was one of the biggest abusers of the insider trading scandal that is going on right now.

[-] 0 points by raines (699) 11 years ago

I know that she is. I was being sarcastic. Frank and Dodd should be in jail for Freddie and Fannie.

[-] -1 points by raines (699) 11 years ago

Is this what your controllers ( soros, van jones, acorn) have told you to do? You're being used,.......hence the term "useful idiots".

[-] 0 points by Wressnigg (1) from Mt Vernon, WA 11 years ago

No... what do you suggest we do, run around in the streets complaining about how we are being treated unfairly and beaten by the cops? Yeah, have fun with that one... where's the effectiveness? They say it's a social movement, not a "political" movement... bullshit. We are all politicians, deal with it and use it to your advantage.