Sunday, October 2, 2011

Before you click away from my blog today....

You should know ....

...that JPMorgan Chase, two days ago, GAVE the New York Police Department 4.6 MILLION DOLLARS to go after the  #Occupy Wall Street participants and stage mass arrests.  And you think "they" aren't scared?   If you have a Chase credit card, cancel it.  All vendors take checks.  It just takes a little longer when you order anything online. is the first official statement from Occupy Wall Street and it explains why the group was formed.
What follows is the first official statement released by Occupy Wall Street. It was voted on and approved on Thursday night:
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

Or, summed up by a chant today: "We're young, we're poor, we're not gonna take it any more!"
Daily Kos has become a Mothership for The Movement.  I highly recommend you go to the following link and read the stories
According to one source, Veterans' groups in NY and DC are joining the fray.  Rallies and marches will be held this coming week October 5th and 6th.  Several Unions are also joining and will be marching with the protesters this coming week, along with the veterans and will be lending expertise in organizing. The Electrical Union workers, the Teamsters, IWW, TWU, United Federation of Teachers, Verizon's 38,000 members, NYC transit workers union...all are supporting Occupy Wall Street.

This is not going away, folks.  It is gaining traction rapidly.  Yesterday I began watching the Live Feed at around 9:00 a.m.  At that time, there were perhaps 2,300 viewers.  By 3:00 p.m. there were 22,000+.  To track the live feed go to and click on Occupy Wall Street

1 comment:

  1. In 1995, Studs Terkel published "Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who’ve Lived It." Another of his famous oral histories, the book dealt with the struggles for rights and living wages in the early 20th century. I remember thinking at the time that the rights, wages, and benefits that so many fought and died for were being steadily chipped away by business and big money. I had the uneasy feeling that all of these battles would soon be fought again. It looks like the struggles have now begun. Blessings on the young people who are taking up the challenge. May you be inspired by all who went before.