Articles tagged direct action
Posted 4 months ago on Nov. 26, 2013, 3:55 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Without capitalism, there could be no undue influence of money in politics. Without capitalism, trade would be truly free. Without capitalism, the financial sector would be an embarrassing relic of the past, a warning to future generations. Without capitalism, there can be no neoliberalism.
Anticapitalism is the true big tent. Whether or not you think the reforms proposed and enacted by various Occupy-related groups (like StrikeDebt, Occupy Sandy and the Occupy Card) will fix the systemic problems of capitalism, they are campaigns worth supporting. They provide temporary relief to people who need the most and allow us to experiment with alternatives. This is a good thing. But we can't let a good treatment distract us from a cure. Without addressing the underlying cause of capitalism, these problems will only get worse.
Globalization will continue to send jobs overseas. Technology will continue to automate human labor and obsolete the professions of millions of workers who will have no choice but to adapt. But for those who can't adapt to the new economy, the sentence under capitalism is death. This is because capitalism denies the necessities for human survival (like food, housing, and health care) to those unable to sell themselves to corporations. Even in times of plenty when you'd think we'd have to work less and less.
The end of capitalism means the beginning of your new life - a life where your home cannot be taken from you by force to maintain the bottom-line of a multi-billion dollar company that pays less in taxes than you; a life where you own your future; a life where politics represents you. The end of capitalism means the life you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have. The end of capitalism means freedom.
The 1% owned the mainstream American political system long before the Supreme Court upheld Citizens United. The 1% oppressed the global 99% long before “free trade” agreements became the norm. The 1% used the financial sector to swindle the people long before Dodd-Frank was repealed, long before the Federal Reserve.
It is important that as we oppose the institutions that capitalism has created to oppress us, that we oppose capitalism as well. If we allow ourselves to be held hostage by the symptoms of our disease we will never find our way to the cure. The cure, as we knew and demonstrated two years ago, is revolution.
Two years after Occupy Wall Street was founded we are still here, and so are our problems. Take the street, take your jobs, take back your money, take back your power. Organize.
Posted 4 months ago on Nov. 21, 2013, 4:49 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Walmart workers are mobilizing to take action on Black Friday in your area and they need you to support them directly, in the streets.
Even Ashton Kutcher gets it.
Can you join them and attend a direct action training? Companies throughout the world have followed Walmart’s example, creating low-pay, low-security jobs. We have all seen our friends, family and neighbors struggle as they are forced to take jobs they know can’t cover their bills. We’re all paying the price for the Walmart economy.
But there is hope for change. All around the country, Walmart workers are standing up. They have gone on strike in Dallas, Cincinatti, and Southern California to protest Walmart’s attempts to silence them by firing and disciplining those who stand up for their coworkers’ rights. They’re tired of looking their children in the eyes and having to explain why there’s no food in the cabinets while they work for one
of the most profitable companies in the world.
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, they’ll be holding protests to call
on Walmart pay a real wage of $25,000/yr for fulltime work and to end the retaliation against those who speak out.
Workers in YOUR CITY are planning to act. Making Change at Walmart is holding a quick course in how you can support them and mobilize for action. Can you attend a protest training this week to learn
how you can get more involved?
If you’re interested in supporting Walmart workers as they let companies know that
Walmart-style jobs aren’t good enough for our country, RSVP and
get more information.
Show Your Solidarity While Supporting the #WalmartStrikers
#BlackFriday Practical Protest Techniques: Using Your Body and a Few Simple Tools
Posted 4 months 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
full infographic here
Posted 5 months 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 5 months 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!