#occupywallstreet

Woohoo! Hitting the big media, finally:

“We need to get government back into the hands of the 99 percent, not the one percent,” Csapo said. “Right now, the law is currently written for the one percent, and we are seeing an incredible amount of wealth being extracted.”

“The aim is getting back to more of a participatory Democracy,” said Csapo.

The Occupy Wall Street website says “We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”

The original call to occupy Wall Street was put out by a group called Adbusters, which describes itself as a “global network of culture jammers and creatives working to change the way information flows, the ways corporations wield power, and the way meaning is produced in our society.”

The hacker/protest group Anonymous has also reportedly thrown its support behind the Sept. 17 protest.

What do you think: Is it a protest for protest’s sake? A social media experiment? Or a genuine expression of something more profound?

#OWS makes the news at The Daily Caller, a conservative media outlet, equivalent to The Huffington Post.

The protesters claim corporate influence has corrupted the country, and that their occupation of Wall Street and smaller demonstrations in other financial centers on Sept. 17 will get the message out.

“[O]ur representatives are bought by hard and soft dollars and we’ve created a system essentially, within our institutions, where disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful special interests can basically usurp and have our nation’s civil and military power,” Alexa O’Brian, founder of US Day of Rage, one of the organizing groups, told The Daily Caller.

According to another coordinating group, Occupy Wall Street, the plan is to use the Arab Spring as a model for change.

“When our leaders can no longer be trusted, it becomes the duty of the people to fight for social justice,” Occupy Wall Street explains on its website. “The Arab Spring tactic has proven itself effective in forcing governments to bow to the will of the people. We believe this tactic can also work in America.”

Inspired by the visceral potential of the Wall Street occupation, the Indignados of Spain just sent us word that on September 17th they too will set up camp outside the Madrid Stock Exchange. The surprise announcement, that their #TOMALABOLSA will join your #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, may embolden other cities as well. A rumor suggests the financial district of Paris may be next … or will it be Toronto’s Bay Street, Sydney’s Martin Place, or some yet to be chosen site in London?

(Note: this is an independent blog and is not affiliated with Adbusters. Their content is re-posted for outreach purposes only.)

Something is wrong.  We all know it.  We all see it.  We are subjected day after day, month after month to displays of absurdities and betrayals. We are subjected to a set of rules and regulations of governments and corporations which we had no say in the creation of.  We are subjected to the whims of those who hold power, those who live in a world different from ours.  A world where the worst sort of crimes are punished with inconveniences.  A day in court.  A bad news story.  A fine so small their bank account is hardly affected.  And we take this.  I take this.  Sure, I complain, you complain, but what good is our freedom of speech if it is not accompanied by action?  Sticks and stones may break their bones but mere words will certainly never hurt them.

We’ve tried begging, we’ve tried asking, we’ve tried hoping, all in vain.  The problems continue, ignored by those in power who focus on stupid little things by which they divide us.  But now we must say “No More!”  No more will we let the rich and the powerful control our lives.  No more will we let them dictate to us the ways that we interact with each other.  No more will we let them control the flow of information.  No more will we let them control the country.

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It’s going to take large popular movements to change this. And that can happen. It’s happened in the past. That’s why freedom and justice have expanded over the centuries. It’s never been gifts; it wasn’t gifts from the rich and powerful. These are things that were won, by the labour movement, by the women’s movement, by the civil rights movement, and by other rights movements. They’re won by popular struggle, then you move forward. But they’re never given as gifts, and they won’t be in the future.

Noam Chomsky

A great quote to keep in mind as we prepare to #OCCUPYWALLSTREET and work for change in a few weeks’ time.