Where's the Revolution? - by Mark E. Smith

The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to many major cities. But no matter how big it gets, it is a protest, like Tahrir Square in Cairo, not a revolution like those in Cuba, Venezuela, and pre-NATO Libya. The Occupy protesters are demanding that the government listen to them; they are not demanding a new government. They are demanding that the system be responsive to the 99% instead of only to the 1%, but they are not demanding a new system. Worse, some of those now getting maced, beaten, and arrested for protesting Obama's fiscal policies, will vote for him in 2012 because they'll believe that the other candidates are more evil than Obama. 

Even the best and the brightest among the protesters, those who know US history like Michael Moore and Medea Benjamin, don't understand that our Constitution is a counterrevolutionary document that established a plutocracy rather than a democracy or a republic http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1085 and stubbornly cling to the false beliefs that protests brought about civil rights or ended wars. We have fewer civil rights and more people of color needlessly imprisoned in the US than before the '60s, and the Viet Nam war ended only because the Vietnamese won, overran Saigon, and kicked us out, not because of protests.

When protests get too big to handle, oppressive governments make a few concessions to convince people that they've won and should go home, and once the energy has been drained from the movement, the concessions are rolled back and government becomes even more oppressive than it was before. SCAF, the ruling military council in Egypt, is more oppressive than Mubarak was. The US has more wars now than we did under Nixon and Johnson. Nixon and Johnson never dreamed of anything as oppressive as the world's biggest prison population, Homeland Security, the Patriot Act, five simultaneous wars of aggression based on lies, torture as US policy, and extrajudicial killings. The only thing that massive protests brought about in Egypt and the United States has been greater oppression.

For five years now I've been advocating election boycotts, but very few people listen. Instead they continue to vote to legitimize the government, and then they protest it. Why protest a government that you have already legitimized and authorized to suppress civil dissent? Why can't people see how self-defeating that is? http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1172

The protesters do have a unifying demand, that government represent the 99% instead of just the wealthy 1%. But how many understand that only a socialist government could do that, and that our plutocracy, as established by the Constitution, was deliberately designed to do the opposite?

Government programs like COINTELPRO have eliminated this country's potential leaders. Those who weren't murdered or forced into exile, languish on death row or have been discredited and marginalized. Those who survived are the second-rate, the ones who call for temporary reforms instead of revolution, the ones who prefer to work within or protest the system rather than overthrow it.

Our problem in the United States isn't a particular administration or its policies, but a Constitution written to ensure that the rich would always rule. And unless we have a real revolution that ousts our oligarchy and replaces it with a  revolutionary government and a Constitution that vests power in the hands of the people rather than in the hands of the rich, it doesn't matter how many people protest, nothing is going to change.

Yes, I support Occupy Wall Street, just as I supported Tahrir. But I don't look to it for change. Protests don't make things better, they make things worse. What we need in order to bring about change is a revolution, and it can be a non-violent revolution like an election boycott that takes legitimacy away from the government and restores power to the people. As long as even half the people in the US are willing to delegate their power to a government they know will not represent them, nothing is going to change.

In October the protests will spread to Washington, D.C. Some of the organizers there, like S. Brian Willson, advocate noncompliance by means of forming alternative local economies (urban gardens, collectives), not paying taxes (which is easily and legally done if you don't earn enough money to be required to file), and not voting. But the majority just want Washington to listen to them. And unless they happen to have a few million dollars for campaign donations, they can protest 'til the cows come home, but Washington's only reaction will be to increase Homeland Security's crowd control budget. 

Many of my friends and many people I respect and admire will be at the protests. I will not. Now that the US military has several batallions devoted to the dominance of cyberspace, the phrase "keyboard warrior" isn't as disrespectful as it used to be, so I'll be right here at my keyboard, helping to raise awareness and social consciousness, helping to raise bail money, and helping in any other way that I can, but at age 71, I will not expend my last life's blood on a protest--give me a revolution or count me out. I don't want the government to listen to me. It can't lead, it can't follow, so it is time for the US oligarchy to get the fuck out of the way and let power be restored to the people, where it should have been vested in the first place.

Even protesters say that, "the people united, will never be divided." It is time that the people understood what they're chanting and unite to change the system, instead of wasting time and energy trying to get an undemocratic form of government to respond to the will of the people. It cannot and will not--that's why it has to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting pic from Occupy San Diego

http://twitpic.com/6ws4az

I really don't think the sign on the right is about us, but one never knows.  ;)

 

Democrats testing their power.

I guess it isn't enough for them to have had control of the White House and Congress, they want control of everything and everyone. Somebody just posted a statement to a local Democratic Party mailiing list which included the following:

 

I was there yesterday and it was amazingly awesome. In the past, I've organized a number of demonstrations, rallies, marches, etc. and this is not anything like what us "old-time" activists have done. This time it's about everyone's issue and it worked. But now that we've got everyone's attention, I think it's time to test our power.
 
I suggest we issue a statement with a specific goal: tell Congress to pass the Obama Jobs Bill. It achieves 2 of our  issues: jobs and taxes.

I posted this response:

Those who have been to an Occupy San Diego General Assembly know that we decide what to do by consensus, and then we do it, instead of asking Congress and the President to make our decisions for us and hoping that they'll do anything. 

 
I've heard several people at Occupy San Diego and seen Tweets from Occupy Wall Street stating explicitly that we will not allow ourselves to be co-opted by Elect Democrats operatives the way the peace and anti-war movement was. Once the Democrats got their people elected, they completely forgot about the peace and anti-war principles and simply vanished, leaving us with more wars than we had under Bush and not a peep of protest out of them. Obama and Congress had their chance to lead, and they've been, according to about 80% of those polled, going in the wrong direction. They had their chance to listen to the people and instead they said openly that they will not allow public opinion to influence policy decisions. Since they cannot lead and will not follow, it is now time for them and their billions of dollars in corporate funding, their Wall Street appointees, advisors, lobbyists, and stock portfolios, and their empty promises, to get the hell out of the way.
 
We the 99% are learning, practicing, and building direct democracy, because "representative democracy" ended up representing only the 1%. We want to ensure our own safety and happiness, because our government is only interested in the safety and happiness of the 1%, their big donors. We want money out of politics and politics out of the hands of the 1% and their puppets. 
 
If you wish to make a proposal to the General Assembly, you have to be able to state what your proposal is, why you think it is a good idea, and how we could implement it. A proposal to ask Congress and the White House to do something would have to be accompanied by reasons you think that they would bother to listen to us when they never have in the past, and ways you think we could get them to listen. Somebody, maybe even me, is going to ask you why you didn't just do that before and save us all this trouble, and will probably point out specifically many of the ways in which you tried and failed. And if something is given to us by the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, or any other grantor, it can be taken away at a later date by that same grantor in the same way that all the banking regulations enacted after the Great Depression have been deregulated since then, leading to this current economic crisis. We aren't asking the rich and powerful for favors, we are taking back our country back from the rich and powerful because we know that we the 99% can do a much better job. Unless your proposal demonstrates an awareness of what we're about, it is not likely to gain consensus.
 
You are welcome to come to the General Assembly and try testing your power, but you're likely to find that we are not going to support power grabs and control freaks. You are also welcome to come to the General Assembly and vote on anything and everything anyone brings up. Once you've had a taste of having a real voice on issues, rather than an uncounted vote for people you can't hold accountable, of being listened to and heard rather than just being tolerated, and of having as much power as anyone else, you might find that you like it. If so, perhaps you might consider no longer trying to test your power over us, and instead joining us so that together we can take power away from the 1% and restore it to ourselves, the 99%, where it rightly belongs.
 

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The Democrats, the Republicans, the Ron Paul folks, and every other political party is trying to wrest control of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and trying to register voters. But people have been expecting them and are fully aware of their old dirty tricks. They are the agents of the 1%, they are the people trying to keep Wall Street in power. They will not succeed. Here's a link to Keith Olbermann reading the Occupy Wall Street demands:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8o3peQq79Q

I don't think the political party rats are going to have much success.

Every time I see their Tweets, I respond with a link to my article about why we shouldn't vote. I wonder if any of them will ever begin to understand.....

 

I've predicted a Democratic Party takeover by November

 

Just for the Occupy movements in California. I don't know what will happen elsewhere, but the California Democrats are determined to co-opt the Occupy Wall Street movements here and there doesn't seem to be any effective resistance to them. 

My guess is that in places where the movement can't be as easily co-opted as California, it will be violently suppressed. 

That's how things appear to be shaping up to me. I could be all wrong. 

Never forget, as the late Walter Karp explained in Indispensable Enemies, the job of the Republicans (and nowadays also the Tea Party and the Libertarians) is to represent the political right, and the job of the Democrats in the political good cop/bad cop team is to co-opt the political left so that there can't be any effective resistance to the political right.

Here in San Diego I see almost no dissent from electoral politics as usual--everybody is going to go along to get along, except for a handful who will insist on being bought out and can be bought cheap.

The majority of people here want the system to listen to them and want to be part of the system, they don't want to change the system. They are going through the motions of direct democracy in their General Assembly because they think it will help them organize so that they can make demands on the current system, not because they want a different and better system. 

A lot of people want jobs, and as I just Tweeted, there are plenty of jobs because our system is heavily reliant upon prison labor, but first people will have to do civil disobedience in order to get arrested and sent to prison where they can compete for those jobs.

Maybe I've been out in the sun too long. Spent most of the day, from about eleven a.m. to almost four p.m. at Occupy San Diego talking with people, and didn't find one willing to reject our current system just because they know it is totally corrupt. They want to demand that the system reform itself, which it might do for a short while, as happened after the Great Depression, but without a total change of system, the devastating boom-and-bust cycles of capitalism will continue, as will the genocides that capitalism needs to obtain resources for the big corporations that fund and run our government.

I just got the most amusing email from the Committee to Reelect Alan Grayson. He wants to be sent back to Congress because while he was in Congress the government gave $16 trillion to the banks and he wasn't able to stop it because he didn't know about it. If Congress doesn't know what the government is doing, it isn't really part of the government, is it? It is just pretending to be part of government. Why can't people see that?

I don't know if I'll be going back for General Assembly tonight or tomorrow. Mostly they're just debating how they will debate. I think it's a given that they'll eventually reach consensus on a majority rule rather than a true consensus procedure, to make it easier for the Democrats to take over. And the Democrats, who believe themselves to be good people doing what is best for the country and everyone else, are blending in and staying low key so that their takeover won't be obvious (except to me, as I've been expecting it and happen to have overheard some them planning it). Time for my nap. 

 

 

 

 

Just when I was losing hope.... here comes David Rovics

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b_zveHUF04&feature=colike

 

I can't imagine that the Democrats and other voters here in San Diego would ever allow anything that subversive to be sung. They're probably making plans right now to drown it out or have the cops move in before anyone could sing the line about voting not changing anything. But the song is out there and they can't undo that now. David Rovics rocks!

That didn't take long.

The cops are brutalizing the Occupy movements all over the country, synchonized to be after the evening news.

The cops in Boston not only drove out the Occupy encampment, but they brought garbage trucks and destroyed everyone's property instead of confiscating it. They also beat up a group of Veterans for Peace. Police attacks reported in Seattle and many other cities. 

California is mostly an exception because the Democrats are certain that they can co-opt the movement here so it isn't necessary.

I had one Democrat tell me today that California has direct democracy, and theoretically we do, to some extent, but in reality money still controls everything. We can get up a referendum, but we have to have enough money to not only get all the necessary signatures, but also to buy mainstream media time to counter the propaganda that the corporations will spend millions on to defeat our referendum. We can recall State level politicians, but the ones who usually get recalled are the good ones, not the bad ones, because the big money spends millions to get the good ones out of office. Direct democracy doesn't work if corporate money is allowed to buy it.

 

 

Webster Tarpley on Occupy Wall Street

 

 

Mere Protest is for Wimps; Revolutionaries Are Into Taking Power — How Occupy Wall Street Can Create a General Strike to Dump Obama

 

http://tarpley.net/

He's right. Neither Egypt nor Occupy Wall Street are at all revolutionary--they're merely reformist. They're about reforming government, not taking power over government. But unless the people have power over government, government cannot be reformed, as any temporary reforms will quickly vanish and be replaced with even greater repression.

As the violent repression increases, people become angrier, but they don't seem to understand that the only way to bring about change is through revolution.
 
Here in California, because people still believe that we have a democratic form of government and that voting can bring about change, there is no need for violent repression--the people who think that they are protesting Wall Street are actually voting for continued rule by Wall Street. But Tarpley misses the mark when he speaks of dumping Obama--Obama is just one of many Wall Street puppets and easily replaced. Obama is just another Mubarak, another puppet of Zionist, capitalist, imperialist power. It is the system that has to change and merely changing the figureheads only makes things worse.
 

Bravo!!

WOW...that was a GREAT!!  I am so glad you shared that Folkie...

When OWS grows large enough to clog every street and I believe it will....well...what will happen?

 

 

FINALLY DOCS!

I am watching Democracy Now currently...and finally...I am seeing Doctors protest.  As the "healing" class....these are exactly the people who need to be getting out there and protesting.  Cause if the Docs aren't going to care about the economic status of their patients...thats a no-good Doctor to me.  I say this as a now newly laid off healthcare worker.  300 laid off at the healthcare system I had worked for.  In my specialty area, all 6 of us were laid off as part of the 300. 

Here's the link.  http://www.democracynow.org/  at the 33 min and 30 second mark.

I think Many, Many, Many Docs from around this country need to get out of their cozy cubicles, right now, and march for a while WITH their patients.  Us!  And if they aren't willing to do that...they do not deserve their titles or any amount of respect due to their lack of recognizing, diagnosing, what ails us.

OMG Turtle--do you have any job prospects?

This is one hell of a time to get laid off. 

Yes, I agree that doctors need to be out there with the nurses and the rest of us. Many doctors are really fed up with being corporations or working for corporations and would prefer to be doctors.

 

prospects

Seemingly, you would think I do....but the reality is becoming that in my specialty area, physical therapy, it would appear that the assistants are being dumped overboard.  Assistants only carry an Associates degree.  As I look at who is able to keep their jobs and who are being tossed....we find an interesting trend emerging...those of us with lesser degrees are losing our jobs, despite the fact we cost the system less to keep on board.

The people who are keeping their jobs..they are good people.  And they are smart too.  And they genuinely feel very heartfelt emotion regarding the people who are being laid off.  I do not question their sincerity.  Yet, and however, as long as the employed bachelor, Master and Doctor degreed people stand on the sidelines and WATCH the monster chew up its own vitality...then I am very Very afraid of good people.

Prospects?  There are job postings listed on variouus websites...have I heard back from them? That woubld be a negative. 

Yeah, Folkie, all this time we've known each other, I have had the good fortune of being employed.  I guess its time for me to fight, too.  Not just comment...but fight.  Make noise.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you still in contact with the others who were laid off?

I'm thinking that you might be able to get together and form a cooperative to offer the same services, but working for yourselves rather than for a company or corporation.

You have the experience and references, and you all know what you're doing. Physical therapists in your area have undoubtedly worked with some of you and know you. Why not form a collective and contact them directly? Or find ones who aren't part of a corporation? Or offer your services as a subcontractor? Looking for a job is probably a waste of time, but creating jobs isn't. Maybe you guys could find a space to rent and have physical therapists work there and use your help? I don't know a darned thing about it, but you do. What is and isn't possible? With all the licensing and regulations it is obviously difficult to find a niche, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. A Physical Therapy collective seems as useful as any other type of collective. You offer a service people need and you don't give the profits to a corporation. Successful collectives have better pay and benefits for their owner/workers than for-profit corporations do.

 

Minorly in contact

The landscape for homecare is very much regulated, wirh costly bonds, licensing requirements and other beauracracy.  My license requires additional Supervisor signatures for practice.  Years ago, a friend told me I need to go down to the State legislature and get some of those sign offs removed...not sure if I could have really gone very far with that...but now it is apparent that changes in rules are currently dismantling my professional track. 

Contact your contacts.

They may be able to contact others.

A bunch of laid-off people working together has the power to form a collective. 

It is possible, working together, to find ways to work within the law but outside corporate management.

Maybe you'd end up doing something totally alternative that wouldn't require using your licenses.

The first step is to get together and brainstorm. You said these are intelligent people. That means they know what the situation is, know what they have to offer, and know what people need and want. It probably wouldn't be the same things that corporations do, because the goal of corporations is to make profits, not to use people's skills and talents for the benefit of others. The goal of collectives is to serve the community including the members of the collective in ways that are beneficial for all, not just for a wealthy few.

You are the "human resources" that corporations exploit and discard at will. You can find ways to act collectively, cooperatively, and humanely as humans, not as commodities. 

If any of the others are half as smart as you are, you will succeed. But you have to work together to form a cooperative rather than a competitive model. Not each out for themself, but everyone together for everyone.

Use the Puerta Del Sol guidelines: http://takethesquare.net/2011/07/31/quick-guide-on-group-dynamics-in-peoples-assemblies/

Even two or three people using those guidelines have more power to bring about change than a single person acting alone.

Once you form and own a collective, you can't be fired and everyone has an equal stake in ensuring success. Otherwise, even if some of you manage to find new jobs, in this declining economy it is just a matter of time before you're laid off again. The certificate isn't what makes you valuable, YOU are what makes you valuable.

 

Reported 1,500 at Occupy San Diego

I dropped by and it looked like over a thousand to me, so that seems about right.

Thought about going back for the General Assembly meeting tonight, but probably won't. Very little gets done when there are only a hundred people--it there are several hundred it will go on and on forever. I'll just keep checking the website and Twitter for updates. 

The food people are accepting stuff that isn't organic, so I'll probably bring them some veggies tomorrow.

Quite a few people with their own agendas, but they won't be able to get a consensus, so they're harmless.

 

Occupy San Diego is fucked.

Last night I only stayed for a short while, but this evening I managed to stay for a few hours. The meeting probably went on for several hours more, but that was all I could take.

Anyway, we had some guests, two or three people from a local Jewish congregation. The site originally planned for Occupy San Diego, the downtown Civic Center, happens to be the place where they are having their Yom Kippur services. They explained that Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the year for Jews, they expect about 5,000 people, and that they'd really appreciate it if we found someplace else for our protest. Several people spoke in favor of respecting older traditions, which really rubbed me the wrong way as I thought we were there to try to bring about change. 

The Jewish visitors had already met with the Security Committee and reached an agreement, so the change of location was put to a vote. Most agreed, but a few people didn't. The first person who blocked the concensus said he thought that there was no reason both groups couldn't be at the Civic Center at the same time. We could simply remain silent during the Yom Kippur services and refrain from chanting until their services were over. The representative from the synagogue said that they would have elderly people there and that the police wouldn't treat us in the same way they'd treat the religious observers, to which I remarked, "I'm sure they won't," and got a few laughs. But what he really meant was that the cops were likely to beat and arrest us, and they might possibly mistake a Jew for one of us, so they had to remove our protest from the premises to prevent any Jews from getting hurt by mistake.

There were various attempts to get the few blockers to go along with the change, and a lot of people spoke about how we have to show respect for a 5,000 year old religion. A handful of us disagreed. Those in favor of the change said that the Jews were part of the 99%, and the representatives of the congregation said that they agreed with and supported our protest. That's bullshit. Judaism isn't just a religion, it's a patriarchal religion. Anyway, various people spoke for and against, it was put to a second vote, and again we couldn't reach concensus. When they finally took the third vote, the moderator said that the proposal we were voting on was to agree to change the location of the protest out of respect for....and that's when I spoke up out of turn and said, "Just to change the location." He heard me, picked up on it, and said that the proposal we were voting on was to change the location. We then reached concensus, with the people who were blocking abstaining from the vote rather than blocking it. By that time I would have joined the blockers if I had been asked to vote to respect people who believe in everything we are protesting against. They're not part of the 99%, they're part of the 1% that controls our government. Some individuals may be low income, but they are just as materialistic as the wealthier Jews, just as pro-war, just as racist, and just as hypocritical. I feel a little ashamed of myself for taking the real problem off the table so that concensus could be reached, instead of pressing the point, but I'm old and rather impatient.  

So now the plan is to meet at the park, march to the Civic Center, hang around about a half hour to tell people where the new location is, leave behind some signs and some people to direct latecomers to the new location, and then march to the new location. The security committee had chosen a new location, but they wanted it to remain secret, which is not in keeping with the transparent process everyone had agreed to. So that will also have to be voted on tomorrow evening, although I'm not really sure whether we'll be voting on where the new location will be or only on whether or not to try to keep it secret. Some people on the security committee said that they'd thought it might be a little safer if the cops didn't know ahead of time where we planned to be, but one of the older people there spoke up and pointed out that the cops undoubtedly had people present right then, if not at the security committee meetings, and probably knew more than we did. Tomorrow is the last planning meeting and the protest itself is the following day. 

Well, San Diego isn't much of a city for protests. The biggest one I ever saw here was a Mexican-American community May Day rally for immigrant rights a few years back, but that hasn't been repeated. We'll be lucky to get a few hundred people to show up. I'm glad that the protest won't be at the Civic Center, at least not at first, as it is not a good place. It is very easy for the cops to surround and it would be impossible for protesters to escape. Because it is the location of City Hall, it is unlikely that the City would tolerate an encampment there for more than a night or two at most. 

Anyway, I'll probably be going back to the meeting tomorrow evening, at least to try to find out where the protest might be, although I doubt if I'll join it. I didn't take their nonviolence training, as I'm not planning to get arrested. 

It was rainy this evening, so when I got to the park where the meetings usually are, there didn't seem to be anyone there. Then I saw three guys and when I walked over they told me that the meeting had been moved a few blocks away because somebody had donated an indoor venue--a spiritual and meditation group that is leaving because they can no longer afford their rent. I had brought along three extra pairs of gloves, so I gave them to the guys in the park and walked over to the new location with somebody else who showed up. About an hour later one of the guys returned the gloves to me, so I should probably bring the gloves to the encampment, if there ever is an encampment, because it gets chilly at night even in San Diego and some people probably won't be prepared for it. And I got a few of their new stickers. These don't mention a time or location, they just say, "We are the 99%... We will be silent no longer," along with their website URL occupysandiego(dot)org, and their Facebook and Twitter ID. We can be as loud as we wish online, but attempts to be vocal in public will probably be short-lived, barely visible, and mostly unheard.

Some of the organizers were berating themselves for not knowing it was Yom Kippur. Hey, I was raised Jewish and I didn't know it was Yom Kippur, so why should they know? This isn't a Jewish state (yet) and we have no obligation to observe religious holidays. 

 

 

 

Excellent Post Folkie

as well as your follow up to it.  I just can not agree more.  People have got to understand they HAVE TO withdraw their consent through an election boycott.

Now we have a Declaration of Independence

Here are the "finalized demands" of Occupy Wall Street, but they are not demands, they are a list of complaints, just like the Declaration of Independence drew up against King George. This new Declaration of Independence could, like the old one, be the start of a revolution. But it could also be co-opted as the old one was. Being nonviolent, the Occupy Wall Street movement does not have a policy that political party operatives "will be shot on sight" the way we do here on Fubar, but we're just a virtual site and they're in the real world and are not allowing political party operatives to use their movement to perpetuate politics as usual. So we have reached the stage of petitioning the tyrant for redress and have listed our grievances. Of course no tyrant could accommodate such petitions without ceding power, so it remains to be seen if the people will proceeed to the next step once our petitions have been denied. 

 

http://www.occupywallstreet.org

Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street - this statement was voted on and approved by the general assembly of protesters at Liberty Square: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City on September 29, 2011

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 nonhuman 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 supposed to be 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 in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive 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.
By: Erika Morningstar

The demands of Occupy Wall Street & other Occu-pies

 

I got an email from one of the organizing groups with Occupy San Diego stating that those who wish to join them next week should undergo training first. Sure, I'm going to run right out and ask people to train me in how to allow the cops to bash my head in, mace me directly in the eyes, and arrest me without me voicing the slightest protest, no less attempting to defend myself. NOT! 

 

The demands of Occupy Wall Street have been posted here: http://coupmedia.org/occupywallstreet/occupy-wall-street-official-demands-2009

 

Note that they are specifically making demands on government. Their demands on government boil down to asking government to give up the corporate funding that keeps it in power, give up the power that allows it to wage wars and suppress civil dissent, and to do this because people are asking nicely. 

 

I posted a comment at the end with the demands that I would like to see, but I don't know if my comment will be approved by the moderators:

 

 

A new Constitution that vests power in the hands of the people rather than in the hands of a plutocracy.
 
A Constitution that dissolves the representative government and establishes a direct democracy.
 
A Constitution that dissolves our legal system and replaces it with a justice system.
 
A Constitution that finally, once and for all, truly abolishes slavery, rather than leaving it as legal punishment for a crime. Imagine abolishing the death penalty except as legal punishment for a crime. Doesn't make sense, does it?
 
We the people must stop making demands on a repressive or nonresponsive government and establish a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
 
The first step toward doing this is to organize an election boycott and withdraw the consent of the governed from the current government, which only has about an 11% approval rating anyway.
 
Once the current government can no longer demonstrate the consent of the governed, we can hold honest elections and elect people like ourselves who aren't rich and who can be held directly accountable.
 
 
 
 

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