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It all began in NYC’s Zucotti Square, aka Liberty Square, where a group of young people decided to Occupy Wall Street.

On 13 Jul 2011, the group Adbusters released this call: Occupy Wall Street!

In Solidarity, and as a response to this call, a planning group was formed [occupywallst.org], and an info sharing site established. The participation of every person, and every organization, that has an interest in returning the US back into the hands of it’s individual citizens is required.

Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation.

We, the people of the United States of America, considering the crisis at hand, now reassert our sovereign control of our land.

Solidarity Forever!

The first day of action was September 17 and the rest, as they say, is history!

As the occupations spread to other cities around the country, on Sept. 23, a new site was born: Occupy Together!

Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. As we have followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various live feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a site that would help spread the word as more protests organize across the world. We hope to provide people with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.

We will only grow stronger in our solidarity and we will be heard, not just in New York, but in echoes across the world.

For more information about us, the movement, and answers to questions, please check out our FAQ.

As of this writing, Occupy Together has occupations listed in 1,377 cities, and growing.  This is a real movement, formed by real people… and it’s all about change from the bottom up.

One rule for these occupations is to engage in peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience.  From the Occupy Wall St. website…

Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to infiltrate our peaceful movement to engage in violence. Such was the case Friday in Washington DC, where an asst. editor for the American Spectator rag agitated the guards at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to the point where they began spraying the peaceful protesters with pepper spray.

Noted criminal and bullshit video slanderer James O’Keefe tried to stir things up at OccupyWallStreet yesterday.  Our friend Jesse LaGreca wrote about the scene at Daily Kos (a post I recommend you read!) “James O’Keefe is an Absolute Coward! You got game, Skippy? Find me at #OccupyWallStreet” .

And last night in Boston, after Mayor Merino said that  Occupy Boston‘s welcome had worn out, the police went berserk, and brutally assaulted dozens of protesters, along with members of Veterans for Peace.

My friend Matt Filipowicz, a recent resident of Boston, was there.  He tweeted about it while it was happening, and joined me on the show this morning to give us his first hand account.

I also spoke with Leah Bolger, VP of Veterans for Peace, who remains at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.  She told us what she know of the Boston incident, and gave us the latest from the Stop the Machine october2011.org occupation which plans on continuing indefinitely.

I played audio of Chris Hedges’ speech in DC from Thursday night, and finished up the show with our weekly visit with GottaLaff of The Political Carnival.  We played her latest Blunt webisode – on Occupy Wall Street

 

And we talked about some of these stories too…

This is a revolution, not a reform. This is not a political movement, it’s a social movement.

How much right wing money is being spent to discredit Occupy Wall Street?

VIDEO- Fox’s Chris Wallace: Occupy Wall Street is getting more media coverage than it deserves

VIDEO: Eric Cantor, who must have selective memory, calls Occupy Wall Street protesters a “mob”.

Quickie: Ohio Barber Shot In Butt After Customer Drops Gun

Parolee James O’Keefe at Occupy Wall Street

VIDEO- Value Voters speaker: Major League Baseball prevented another 9/11

John Boehner threatens to withhold funds from Justice to force DOMA enforcement

Tomorrow morning, my guests include Marcy Wheeler of emptywheel.net and John Amato of Crooks & Liars.  And, of course, we’ll have the latest on the Occupation of our Nation!

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