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.
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.
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…
A sign I saw in Washington DC’s Freedom Plaza read “The Beginning is Near!”. It’s obviously a play on the paranoids’ “the end is near” theme.. but it was wrong.
The Beginning is HERE!
This morning on the show, I told about my trip to DC to participate in the Take Back the American Dream conference, sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, Rebuild the Dream, and MoveOn.org, plus the Stop the Machine – Create a New World October2011.org occupation of Freedom Plaza. I was straddling both worlds of the progressive movement to change this country for the better…
I spoke with Greg Basta of NYCC (New York Communities for Change) , who has been working with the folks at Occupy Wall Street to help grow the movement, and bring organizations to help grow the movement. Follow some of the actions planned in NYC in the coming week on their facebook page: facebook.com/beyondMay12.
I also got hold of Kevin Zeese, one of the October2011 organizers, still at Freedom Plaza in DC, intent on continuing the occupation, even after their permits expired last night at 10pm. We spoke about the peaceful protest, Thursday’s events and march (in which I participated), the agent provocateur who created the conflict at the Air & Space Museum on Saturday, and what they’re planning going forward. I also asked him about their fear of being “co-opted” by establishment progressives.
Although I don’t agree with Kevin on that last part, I am quite supportive of what they are doing. I just believe there’s room for all of us on this side in this fight for what’s right.
In hour two, Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars joined me for our weekly “Fools on the Hill” segment, in which we recap the Sunday (and other) talking head shows. This week, she brought us this:
One of the things that I find so disheartening about living in this country at this particular time is the triumph of stupidity over knowledge. There’s a whole lot of stupidity happening on the Sunday shows and sadly, the media—whom the public expects to inform—contributes to the stupidity constantly.
For example, David Gregory proves his complete lack of worth as host of Meet the Press in an interview with Paul Ryan. Ryan pulled some interesting facts out of his P90Xed posterior—that the House has passed “dozens” of jobs legislation that the Senate refuses to consider– which makes no sense if you think about it even a little, yet David Gregory completely abdicated his responsibility to exercise a little journalistic skills and ask Ryan to explain.
Sometime the truth isn’t what even the media wants to hear. On the new Fox Channel show “The Five”, they agreed that it’s just terrible that Sesame Street has created a new Muppet character to introduce the concept of food insecurity in a prime time special. I mean, who wants children to be aware that some of their classmates may be going to bed hungry and malnourished? That might make them empathetic and they’ll be less likely to be Fox News viewers.
As the Perrys and Palins fall by the wayside in the Republican primary race, the other candidates are jockeying around, trying to find frontrunner Mitt Romney’s weakness. It appears that Romney’s faith may be that Achilles’ heel. After Pastor Robert Jeffress told John King that he couldn’t—as a God-fearing Christian—support a Mormon candidate like Mitt Romney, because Mormonism “is a cult,” Candy Crowley used that as a launching off point to question fellow candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann if they agreed that Romney was not a Christian. Way to kneecap your candidate ahead of the general election, folks.
Surprisingly, the only host that actually practiced some halfway decent journalism was Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday. “ Wallace asked Rick Santorum about his pledge to revoke the revoking of DADT. Wallace reads a quote to Santorum about “using the military for a social experiment” and asks him if he agrees with the sentiment. Santorum says that he basically does and then Wallace tells him it’s a quote from a 1941 treatise regarding racial integration. Santorum then has to backtrack and say that the difference is that homosexuality is a “learned behavior”. Uh huh…all science to the contrary, but hey, let’s not let that bother us.
Finally, we had one of our own on the news shows this week…finally. Jesse LaGreca, better known as Ministry of Truth on DailyKos, was on “This Week” to give his perspective on the Occupy Wall Street protests. And he stood toe to toe with the inane stupidity that is Village wisdom from George Will and made him and the whole status quo protectors look pathetic. If we have enough time, Van Jones and Naomi Klein were on “Up with Chris Hayes” to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests and for all their talk of lack of message clarity, Jones reminds DC and Wall Street that the protesters have the MORAL clarity.
“I Lost My Job, But I Found An Occupation” – That’s one of the many creative signs I saw at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC at the start of the October2011.org – Stop the Machine, Save the World occupation.
This action has been in the planning stages for a few months now. I was one of the original signers of the pledge that reads
“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”
Well, we are still in Afghanistan, and I was in DC. I was in the picture at the top of the page (that’s me, near the bottom of the bottom circle in the % sign), and I took lots of pictures, video and taped some interviews. We’ll hear the interviews this week on the show… and here are the video highlights: