As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

wearethe99percent
Go ahead and say that increasing taxes on the rich is “class warfare”.  It’s not like politics need to be reality-based or anything.
wearethe99percent:

My father joined the U.S. Air Force at age 18, learned a trade, and worked hard as a mechanic for 30+ years after that. His health failed and he could not afford treatment; his diabetes became worse and he was eventually disabled (and summarily dismissed by his workplace without a second thought). We lived in a car for two years while he sought benefits, and was denied many times. My mother worked since age 13 but had a stroke 5 years ago, paralyzing one arm. She is nearly blind in one eye and prone to seizures. Their combined disability income is not enough to pay for both rent and medicine. My father suffers with diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s, while my mother requires meds for heart disease and seizures. She still has to work under the table cleaning rich people’s houses with one arm, just so they can eat. We are the 99%. 

Go ahead and say that increasing taxes on the rich is “class warfare”.  It’s not like politics need to be reality-based or anything.

wearethe99percent:

My father joined the U.S. Air Force at age 18, learned a trade, and worked hard as a mechanic for 30+ years after that. His health failed and he could not afford treatment; his diabetes became worse and he was eventually disabled (and summarily dismissed by his workplace without a second thought). We lived in a car for two years while he sought benefits, and was denied many times. My mother worked since age 13 but had a stroke 5 years ago, paralyzing one arm. She is nearly blind in one eye and prone to seizures. Their combined disability income is not enough to pay for both rent and medicine. My father suffers with diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s, while my mother requires meds for heart disease and seizures. She still has to work under the table cleaning rich people’s houses with one arm, just so they can eat. We are the 99%. 

wearethe99percent
wearethe99percent:

My dad is unemployed due to disabilities obtained on the job.  He’s in need of health insurance but is NOT ELIGIBLE for Medicare because he could be covered on my mom’s health insurance. 
The problem is, if she adds him, she would OWE her job $$ each month and have no take home income.  The sole income upon which they rely. 
After 25+ years of happy marriage, my parents are considering DIVORCE just so he can be eligible for Medicare.
WE are the 99%.

As far as I know, divorce wouldn’t be enough.  He’d actually have to move to a different address as well.  Fuck the system.

wearethe99percent:

My dad is unemployed due to disabilities obtained on the job.  He’s in need of health insurance but is NOT ELIGIBLE for Medicare because he could be covered on my mom’s health insurance. 

The problem is, if she adds him, she would OWE her job $$ each month and have no take home income.  The sole income upon which they rely. 

After 25+ years of happy marriage, my parents are considering DIVORCE just so he can be eligible for Medicare.

WE are the 99%.

As far as I know, divorce wouldn’t be enough.  He’d actually have to move to a different address as well.  Fuck the system.

wearethe99percent
This is why we need to put more teachers to work permanently: for the economy and for our future.
wearethe99percent:

I am a teacher. You are able to read, write, do arithmetic and much more because of people like me. Each year, I am expected to take your children further than ever before with fewer materials and resources. I spend thousands out of my own pocket to educate your child. Due to budget cuts, I am also nurse, lunch monitor, counselor, and janitor. I spend long hours after school away from my family, grading papers and planning lessons. I am overworked, underpaid, and I am still told I do not do enough. I am the 99%.”

This is why we need to put more teachers to work permanently: for the economy and for our future.

wearethe99percent:

I am a teacher. You are able to read, write, do arithmetic and much more because of people like me. Each year, I am expected to take your children further than ever before with fewer materials and resources. I spend thousands out of my own pocket to educate your child. Due to budget cuts, I am also nurse, lunch monitor, counselor, and janitor. I spend long hours after school away from my family, grading papers and planning lessons. I am overworked, underpaid, and I am still told I do not do enough. I am the 99%.”

Correction: being inside a bank while engaging in protest can get you arrested.

Honestly, banks arresting people who are attempting to peacefully engage in bank business is complete bullshit.  But it’s also dishonest to act like the bank arrested them exclusively for the act of closing their accounts.  The truth is good enough.  We don’t need to twist it in order to make ourselves look better if we’re already in the right.

  1. Bring [battery] power
  2. Bring supplies
  3. Bring food
  4. Educate yourself and others on first aid*
  5. Contact local mayors and police chiefs
  6. Contact media outlets
  7. Show court room solidarity
  8. Support the general strike
  9. Blog, tweet, speak
  10. Educate yourself and others on the facts

*Everyone should experience be gassed at least once in their life (to whom it is not a health risk) just to know the power of mind over matter.  You will literally feel like you’re drowning.  You are not.  If they gas you, it’s because they’re trying to kick in your fight-or-flight response, so that they can have the advantage.  It takes incredible will power to remain calm, but is possible if you encourage each other and stay focused.  Also this: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118175515740251550869/albums/posts/5668538868318432594

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darkjez

darkjez:

thatprettyoddfeminist:

THIS is why i have trouble getting behind occupy wall street and other white-led movements. because despite how “progressive” people who lead them are, there is STILL rampant oppression within the movements. WOC are STILL silenced. and there is never anything done about it. if you like to think of white progressive as saints, it would seriously behoove you to read this article.

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A FEW CHOICE QUOTES FROM HER ACCOUNT:

  • “Women are being molested in the park and there is no real viable system in place to handle it without the need for police intervention. There are white supremacists groups running around there. There are people smoking drugs there even though it puts the entire action at risk…”

“There is a constant marginalization of women and I was even verbally and physically imposed on and threatened by a white man who was up in my face with his fingers pointing in my face because he wanted to dictate to people what he thought they should do. When I spoke up and said that he and two other white men are not supposed to dictate to everyone what should happen but that the decision should be made through consensus he got angry.”

  • “A black man I met there came over I was telling him what happened. Another white guy steps in between us and proceeds to explain to him what happened in order to protect the other white man.”

“White people are still acceptably in charge, arrogant and superior. In other words, you can have all of the experience in the world as an organizer, activist or facilitator but if you are not a white man then its a problem. If you are a white man…its acceptable and fine, even if the meeting isn’t fruitful and doesn’t result in anything.”

  • “I don’t know what the agenda of these white people are but their paternalistic attitudes, constant invalidation, smart remarks and repressive behavior toward myself and other black people is not productive nor is it liberating.”

“He said he doesn’t understand why black people are attacking him when he presents this to them and he has been attacked five times already that day. I told him that the fact that he doesn’t understand why he is being attacked, is all the more reason why he shouldn’t be in charge of an action like that. This is another example of the paternalistic attitudes that exists amongst these white people who think they are automatically in charge and not only that but are somehow in a position to articulate my oppression as a black woman for me.”

  • “I came away from this experience feeling unsupported, disrespected, maligned and even more oppressed.”

“This disgusting display of white superiority and male dominance exists throughout this OWS movement. The only bright spot in all of this was the newly formed Women Occupying Wall Street (WOW) group. These women were informed, supportive and concerned about the issues I and other women raised and also had been subjected to abusive behaviors themselves.”

Occupy Wall Street peeps need to get their shit together if they want to be anything other than more of the same oppression we’re already used to.

Please, people, you’re just making your cause look ignorant.

If you want to change the system, you need to know how it works first.

Something that might make an actual difference is opting out of most junk mail offers through dmachoice.org. The other thing to do is move your deposits away from bad actor banks and into a smaller bank that’s more responsive to the needs of the community it serves. Then, vote in your next election.

I used to worship the Invisible Hand of the market. Now I worship the torus!

I’m a bit disappointed that they left out the Moon Landing Hoax, but otherwise this is a great film for a nonreligious libertarian to feel like the one thinking person in a world full of sheeple.

Watch the full-length documentary here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap4YWtBZ3Wo or http://vimeo.com/32154293 

It’s true. I live with such an employee, and times are tough around here. He wasn’t one of the informants, because he’s afraid of being identified and losing his job, but it looks like he’s not the only one with such fears:

An employee called News 4 Tuesday afternoon, saying some fellow employees were going without medication, or wouldn’t be able to afford Thanksgiving meals because their most recent paychecks are several days late.

We went to two hotels to talk to employees.  Two, contacted by phone, who work at the Comfort Inn on Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End say they were supposed to be paid November 15th.  By November 22nd, there were still no checks.  They say it’s happened nearly every pay period for the last several months.

Two other employees at the Mayfair downtown gave a similar story.  One employee, when approached, said he didn’t want to give detail - but he couldn’t say he was paid on-time.  Another employee, off camera, said he doesn’t remember ever getting paid on time in the six or seven months he’s worked for the company.

All say they fear going public with their complaints because they worry about losing their jobs.

"I don’t want to lose my job.  At least I’m getting a check.  Yeah, it’s not on time.  It runs a week to two weeks late, but we do get it.  But, it’s difficult to find work," said an employee.

Complaints to the state don’t yield many results, according to an employee. 

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the Roberts Brothers don’t have any violations.  The state can fine a company for paying employees 16 days late (if those employees are paid semi-monthly). 

When asked, the employees News 4 spoke to said they are always paid before the 16 days.  
This week, they say they’re struggling with the holidays coming up.

"I have some friends of mine who can’t go out of town because they don’t have any money.  They can’t put food on the tables for their families for Thanksgiving."

A call to the Roberts Brothers office was not returned on Tuesday afternoon.  News 4 went to the office on North Kingshighway, but the front doors were locked.   A receptionist said the company would not comment.  She refused to take a message.  News 4 saw her hide under a desk when she saw a news camera through the glass doors.

As of Tuesday night, it’s unclear why the checks are late and when employees will be paid.

The 19-year-old pregnant woman at Occupy Seattle who was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly kicked in the abdomen by police has miscarried. I do not want to hear a single person blame her in any way. If that’s what you’re planning on, just don’t. She had her right to choose stolen from her. She was physically brutally attacked for committing no crime at all. She is a victim and anyone who pretends it was her “fault” in some way for being in a location where police are known to brutalize citizens needs to have a seriously intimate meeting with my fist.