The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread around the world in recent days. It has led to clashes with police in Melbourne, violence in Rome and massive protests. Protests in the U.S. have even shown hints of conflict in recent days.
China is watching developments carefully and doesn’t want the movement to spread to its nation. An Occupy China Facebook page has already sprung up, along with other chatter on the topic.
The latest development: Chinese authorities have blocked phrases with the word ‘Occupy’ on the popular Chinese microblog Sina Weibo, China Digital Times reports.
“As a Chinese internet company, we will continue to abide by Chinese laws and regulations,” a Sina spokesman said earlier this year.
The following phrases are among those blocked, per China Digital Times:
Occupy Beijing, Occupy Shanghai, Occupy Guangzhou, Occupy Xi’an, Occupy Chongqin, Occupy Tianjin, Occupy Urumqi, Occupy Lhasa, Occupy Changsha, Occupy Wuhan, Occupy Nanchang, Occupy Fuzhou, Occupy Nanjing, Occupy Dalian, Occupy Hangzhou, Occupy Harbin, Occupy Chengdu, Occupy Kunming, Occupy Hohhot, Occupy Haikou, Occupy Zhengzhou, Occupy Changchun, Occupy Shenyang, Occupy Xining, Occupy Lanzhou, Occupy Taiyuan, Occupy Yinchuan, Occupy Shijiazhuang, Occupy Jinan, Occupy Nanning.
Good.is senior editor Cord Jefferson wrote on the significance of the ban: “A good rule of thumb for life is that if the Chinese government is against it, you’re probably doing something right.”
In Los Angeles, the occupation has the support of city and local officials:
(Los Angeles) passed a resolution voicing support for the (Occupy L.A.) movement. (Organizer Matt) Rolufs was thrilled when city officials said that Occupy Los Angeles had inspired them to move forward on a policy initiative to demand accountability from big banks.
While protesters in other cities have battled with the police, Los Angeles is letting around 700 people spend the night on city hall’s lawn even though it’s against the law. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa even handed out ponchos to campers during a rainstorm. But the city council went even further in its resolution by urging implementation of a proposal known as the Responsible Banking program because it would address some of the protesters’ concerns.
And in Albany, they don’t… but they get help from unexpected places:
In a tense battle of wills, state troopers and Albany police held off making arrests of dozens of protesters near the Capitol over the weekend even as Albany’s mayor, under pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, had urged his police chief to enforce a city curfew.
The situation intensified late Friday evening when Jennings, who has cultivated a strong relationship with Cuomo, directed his department to arrest protesters who refused to leave the city-owned portion of a large park that’s across Washington Avenue from the Capitol and City Hall…
“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” the official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”
A city police source said his department also was reluctant to damage what he considers to be good community relations that have taken years to rebuild. In addition, the crowd included elderly people and many others who brought their children with them.
We’re making progress.
We’ve shifted the conversation, for sure. Unemployment, plutocracy and corporate greed are under as much public scrutiny as ever, as far as I can tell. That’s only the beginning, though.
As paradigm shifts go, I like to think they come from a conversation shift massive enough to change the public consciousness. Whether we are on our way to doing that is highly subjective.
It is worth mentioning, though, that the manifestations of direct democracy that have emerged from the occupy movement, like the General Assemblies, have - at the very least - the potential to change the way our society views democracy and -most optimistically - are a framework for future civil discourse.
Our short term goals are to change the national conversation. Our long term goal is a widespread paradigm change.
This blog is dedicated to uniting various left factions around the world, and coming together to challenge the divisions among us that have allowed neoliberals and capitalists to control the direction of society for decades. I know that this is a huge task, but the more conversation we have, the better chance we have at bringing people together for real action today. My philosophy is that you can be revolutionary while demanding the social reforms that help people in everyday life.
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For those of you who are interested, a link was posted earlier this week to this site, which purports to be a working group of the New York City General Assembly (aka Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park).
The site proposes a national convention to take place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 2012, and if the demands listed in a “petition of grievances” are not adopted in a reasonable time, that Occupy Wall Street would propose independent political candidates to run for office in 2014.
This group has not been approved by the General Assembly, nor do they speak for the will of the General Assembly at this time. Anyone concerned with the things they are demanding are encouraged to give them your feedback.
the fact that this has over 1,000 notes, most of them liking this stupid comment is sad. occupy wall street is about change is it not? for people who want to bring about change, they should realize that people themselves can change. that people do make mistakes. not all mistakes should be forgiven but the support for this dumb comment is just scapegoating. there is no reason to label someone as a “capitalist” or dear god, — “capitalist symbol” — to project that frustration and hatred onto a class of people.
take a look at revolutionary china during the 1930’s and the anti-rightist movement.
its dangerous to label people, to scapegoat them, and to project your hatred onto them. demanding change is fine. hating on those who have inadvertently profited from consumerist society is not. reform is fine. genocide is not. get it straight.
i realize that this may not represent the majority of the occupy wall street movement. but it is upsetting that such a comment garnered such widespread support.
p.s. utopias and egalitarianism do not and will not exist. as demonstrated by brazilia.
I’ll set your complete misunderstanding of the idea of “scapegoating” aside. (Lol, it wasn’t me who decided to make him a symbol of capitalist consumerism, I’m pretty sure it was him!)
But seriously, if all you are going to do is to get dragged to the protest for a photo op, than leave a few minutes later to go shopping at luxury boutiques with your celebrity friends, you should expect to be called out for how ridiculous you behave.
And I hardly think that Kanye West has just “inadvertently profited” from the consumerist society — he encourages it, in all of his songs and on all of his albums. You make it sound like he’s dragged into the lifestyle he lives. He’s the last person that needs to be apologized for.
I think GOOD summed it up well:
Nobody is saying the privileged 1 percent doesn’t belong at the Occupy Wall Street protests. In fact, seeing plutocrats standing shoulder-to-shoulder with homeless people in the fight against inequality makes the movement even more accessible and powerful than it already is. What OWS doesn’t need is everyone who’d like to be seen as a populist jumping onboard for a photo opportunity before leaving to go buy $500 jeans. Lip service and deceit is what got us into this mess in the first place.
My attitude might change if he, you know, put his money where his mouth is in many respects, and renounced the wasteful lifestyle and habits he has. Then maybe I’ll agree with you that “people can change.” Sorry buddy, there’s been no change here whatsoever.
P.S - I’m not sure what utopia has to do with having a more economically just society. “Social equality? You must be talking about utopia! How unrealistic!” Go read a book.
Need to learn more about this.. I know banks are shite but well if they went how exactlly would we all get our money ok? I’m on benefits what they goin to do make me go and get it in an envelope? Don’t think so some how.
Hey! You have a great option in your local credit union. It’s like a bank, but they are organized so the profits go back into managing the union itself — and anything extra gets sent back to the members (i.e. you). No shareholders or CEO bonuses to bother with, and any monthly fees or charges there are are often much less than at a bank.
Find one near you!
According to some people, using a meme on a protest sign is a sure-fire way to show that you aren’t serious, and therefore the establishment will ignore you outright.
But a movement using signs that claim Obama is a socialist Nazi Antichrist who wants to take our guns away gets you a front-row seat at the table of ‘serious’ national discourse.
Anything sound a bit wrong with that? Its almost like the other guys would have been taken serious regardless. Hmm, wonder who was behind that.
Submitted by ClimateAdaptation:
Thanks for your feedback.
To be successful, OWSers need to step up and run for office. OWSers need to spend more energy writing and calling their senators. OWSers need to attend public hearings on bills they care about. OWSers need to vote more often.
None of these things are happening.
I continuously offer advice to my readers how to engage politicians, help write bills, and support policy changes. And I’ve given examples of how this is an effective way to change environmental policies. It’s not glamorous. It’s slow and takes a lot of effort. But it works.
If OWSers don’t engage in the political process, they will fail. This isn’t condescension. It’s a reality check. My advice, as I wrote in my post, is to engage politicians asap or suffer an embarrassing failure.
Best of luck,
In other words:
Oh please oh please if you can find it in your hearts, please try to rape the planet a little less and murder its natives in a more convenient way.
Engagement in the political process can come when there is a legitimate democracy to represent the real will of the people, rather than the will perceived by capitalist-reinforced consciousness. Otherwise, fighting for the change we really need in this “democracy for corporations” will be worthless.
If you have concerns, suggestions, opposing views to anything that happens concerning #OWS, the people that really need to hear it are at your local General Assembly. There are a lot of ideas whizzing around, all of them still up in the air. If you hear something you don’t like, don’t be afraid to lend us your voice. EVERYONE is welcome, and priority is often given to traditionally marginalized groups.
This is the beauty of the democratic process we have embraced. Don’t be afraid of it, use your voice and together we can make our own revolution!
I appreciate your feedback. I’m going to include this Grace Lee Boggs quote because it gets to this point even though she isn’t directly addressing the political system.
“You’re gonna have to do a lot of thinking. You have to look at how you yourselves have become part of this culture. You’re gonna have to look at how many of you would be happy if you could become part of Wall Street, and become part of the corporations, if they would give you jobs. There’s a long road ahead, because you have the opportunity to create something new, that’s based on completely different values. But you’re gonna have to be thinking about values, and not just about abuses.”
The goal is not to make people choose between the Occupy movement or a Democrat or a Republican. The goal is to transcend all of that typical bullshit and build something new. Issuing some concrete demands while making it clear that the list isn’t exhaustive may be okay (but I can see some serious faults) but running candidates begins to limit our power to a rigged electoral system. We don’t ever want politicians making decisions for us, even if they have a dream platform.
It’s been said many times in different ways but the message is the same: all power to the people, all power to the soviets, all power to the general assemblies.
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And some of us feel that participation in the established political process, be it through a party or as independents is completely useless at best and corrupting and reactionary at worst.
The fastest way to kill this movement will be to put candidates on a ballot. If reform was going to happen from the inside, it would have happened by now. The system is irrevocably broken and the goal of #OWS must be to make the 99% of the country that is not benefiting from the status quo aware of that fact.
The financial system is broken
The political system is broken
The electoral system is broken
The Congress is broken
The White House is broken
Change will not come from within any of these institutions. To have any lasting effect upon this county #OWS can not and must not attempt the folly of trying to affect reform from within. Such efforts will fail and destroy the only movement that has offered a serious challenge to established power in the last half century.
Again, the whole ‘independent candidate’ thing was put on there as a backup plan. That is only contingent on other methods not working. Seems a bit backwards to me, but I see no harm in acting radically outside the system, but working electorally where we can, as long as the demands stay static.
Personally, I agree with you, but I’m waiting to see how it plays out before I make a judgment about it.
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fuck that. many of us are entirely uninterested in party politics at all. what is so beautiful about this is the “all power to the people” aspect of the way it is organized. third party candidates already support most of these demands
The declaration specifically mentions that the candidates will be “independent.” No mention of a party being established at all. I agree with your opinion — I’m not sure a party would be the best idea at this point.
I don’t know if this is a legitimate working group of the GA; the first I heard of it was through the media, so take it as a grain of salt. It wouldn’t be the first time someone launched a site claiming to speak for everyone… I have a message in with the GA and I’ll post a correction if necessary.