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:

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 

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.

ThinkProgress rounds them up:

Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]

• The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]

• Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]

• The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]

• Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]

• For every one job opening, there are four people looking for work. [Source]

• Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]

• 2.65 million seniors saved an average of $569 on prescriptions last year thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Source]

• “In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]

• Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]

• Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]

• The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]

• One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]

• 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]

• In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]

• 50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]

• More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]

• Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americans dropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

wearethe99percent
"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing."
"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"
Through the Looking Glass

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

Through the Looking Glass