1 - Post this EVERYWHERE. Preferably in New York.
(Note: This idea actually came from the US Department of Homeland Security. I do not claim it as my own.)


1 - Post this EVERYWHERE. Preferably in New York.

(Note: This idea actually came from the US Department of Homeland Security. I do not claim it as my own.)

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.”

And there’s a lot to be angry about [nowadays]… But I don’t think that people know what to be angry about. What has been created by this half-century of massive corporate propaganda is what’s called ‘anti-politics.’ So, anything that goes wrong, you blame the government. Well there’s plenty to blame the government about, but the government is the one institution that people can change and effect by participation without institutional change. That’s exactly why all the anger and fear is directed against the government. It has a defect: it’s potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect, they are pure tyrannies, so you want to keep them invisible and focus all anger on the government…

The government is exactly what Dewey described it as, the ‘shadow cast by business over society.’ If you want to change something, change the substance, not the shadow.

Noam Chomsky, “Class War: The Attack on Working People”

Let’s set the focus back on the ones really responsible for the problem. Change the substance and #OCCUPYWALLSTREET September 17th!

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.)

Strategically speaking, there is a very real danger that if we naively put our cards on the table and rally around the “overthrow of capitalism” or some equally outworn utopian slogan, then our Tahrir moment will quickly fizzle into another inconsequential ultra-lefty spectacle soon forgotten. But if we have the cunning to come up with a deceptively simple Trojan Horse demand … something profound, yet so specific and doable that it is impossible for President Obama to ignore … something that spotlights Wall Street’s financial capture of the US political system and confronts it with a pragmatic solution … like the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act … or a 1% tax on financial transactions … or an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the corporate corruption of our representatives in Washington … or another equally creative but downright practical demand that will emerge from the people’s assemblies held during the occupation … and if we then put our asses on the line, screw up our courage and hang in there day after day, week after week, until a large swath of Americans start rooting for us and President Obama is forced to respond … then we just might have a crack at creating a decisive moment of truth for America, a first concrete step towards achieving the radical changes we all dream about unencumbered by commitments to existing power structures.

So, let’s learn the strategic lessons of Tahrir (nonviolence), Syntagma (tenacity), Puerta del Sol (people’s assemblies) and lay aside adherence to political parties and worn-out lefty dogmas. On September 17, let’s sow the seeds of a new culture of resistance in America that fires up a permanent democratic awakening.

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

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.