Nerd is my Gender

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.

(Source: nycga.cc)

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:

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.

I admit it - I’m in love with Nyan Cat.
(via Occupy Outer Space)

I admit it - I’m in love with Nyan Cat.

(via Occupy Outer Space)

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%.”

“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.”
Angie Jackson