#occupywallstreet

wespeakfortheearth:

1) Spread the word — there’s something going on. People have started a movement — they’re occupying Wall Street. Hundreds of people have been camped out in lower Manhattan for four days!

2) If you’re in New York and can only spare a little time or money: bring American flags, cardboard, markers, water, etc. down to Liberty Park.

3) If you’re in the New York area and have a day, a morning, an afternoon, go down there. The weather appears to be holding. Take the day off and just go. I know it sounds hard to believe but you will be heard. This is an open general assembly effort and you will get your say and be a real participant.

4) If you are a little ways from NYC, organize foursomes to go to NYC for the day. It will cost you the train/bus/car fare. Take nothing but some food and water and your body.

5) Too far to get to NYC? Sign this petition and I will read your name and comments in Liberty Park this week, I promise. Break Up Goldman Sachs Now!

6) Be subversive against the big money interests wherever you are and encourage others to do the same. Don’t give the banksters 4 percent of every purchase you make with a credit or debit card — use cash. See: UseCashMovement

7) Be subversive: max out your credit card on large ticket items and return them the next day. (This one is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.)

8) Move your money from a big bank to a credit union.

9) Picket a local branch of a bank. When the press asks you what the heck you think you’re doing, tell them it’s in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

10) Send food to the protesters in Liberty Park through a New York friend or go to the live stream chat for information on local eats that will take your order. (Yes, you’ll have to use your credit card, big spender!)

11) Do you know anybody who knows anybody who knows a writer, a celebrity, etc. who will show their face at the protest? Get to them now.

Bonus Support Idea 12) Spread the word again, and repeat!

#OWS Daily Roundup: September 23

» There is a big march scheduled for tomorrow at noon! This will mark the first week of occupation, and the beginning of week 2. Stay tuned to Twitter and the Livestream for the latest info. «

Now, on to today’s news:

  • Yesterday morning, the Labor Group organized an interruption of a Sotheby’s art auction on the Upper East Side. The action was taken in solidarity with union art handlers who are subject to a de-unionization campaign by Sotheby’s during contract re-negotiations. The video and backstory is available here. Needless to say, the participants at the auction didn’t appreciate the interruption, but the occupiers message was received LOUD and CLEAR!
  • A list of current needs was uploaded. If you can spare anything at all, bring them to Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park), Manhattan NY 10006 -or- ship them to UPS Store 118A, Fulton St #205, New York NY 10038
  • A benefit concert was planned for October 6th. This event will “broaden outreach and awareness of the movement through arts and entertainment, and provide a convergence space for artists, activists, peacemakers, healers and the spiritual community.” The Concert Committee requests that any artists/entertainers who would like to help contact them directly (info in the linked article above).
  • The Food Fund for the occupation, which has raised nearly $17,000 to date, is being converted into a General Fund. Contributions are being solicited here. Furthermore, Occupy Wall Street has acquired a “fiscal sponsorship” through the Alliance for Global Justice. This will allow funds to be accessed more easily for upcoming events and for supplies.

From the General Assembly:

And BIG news from around the country: cities across the US and Canada continue to organize solidarity marches and even more occupations! Many have been planned for October 6th. If you cannot participate in #OCCUPYWALLSTREET in New York, you are all encouraged to visit this website to see where your local event will be. Currently, occupations in Chicago and San Francisco have already begun!

(via jcook818)

#OWS Daily Roundup: September 22

Quite a busy night at Wall Street! Several marches occurred this evening, and more will be taking place later tonight, according to certain Twitter feeds.

  • Perhaps the most active point occurred when a large group of Troy Davis marchers joined up with occupiers at Liberty Plaza, and the two groups made an impromptu march on Wall Street.
  • Attendance for tonight’s marches and assemblies was in the 1,000 to 2,000 range.
  • Six people were arrested by NYPD after the above action, prompting another march toward the first precinct jail to demand information on those being held. Police presence was heavy throughout the evening along the march routes, as well as at Liberty Plaza. The Media Centre is requesting that people call the NYPD and request the occupiers be released.

Other news from the camp:

  • More groups of occupiers arrived in Liberty Plaza this morning, and the feeds were flooded with reports of people making their way towards New York to participate in the occupation.
  • Comedian Lee Camp came to Liberty Plaza and performed to entertain the occupiers.
  • At this evening’s General Assembly, members of the PSC city university professors union arrived to show solidarity with the occupiers, and the President of the union made a speech to the assembly.
  • A communiqué was released this afternoon by the General Assembly.

And elsewhere: news of solidarity demonstrations in cities across North America being planned, and separate occupations being organized in Chicago, Arizona, Ohio, Florida and California.

(via jcook818)

MSM Watch: September 16th
jcook818:

2 - 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.)

jcook818:

2 - 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.)

jcook818:

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.)

jcook818:

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.”