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This week the Social Progress Index was released and it reveals a consistent pattern that we see – the US is in rapid decline and heading for long term stagnation and decay. While the overall wealth of our nation is growing, enough so that every family of four would have close to $200,000 per year if the wealth were equal, it is all going to the top, as the wealth divide continues to expand.

1humanNomi Prins, author of All The Presidents’ Bankers, tells the hundred year history of the collusion between the Big 6 Banks and presidents and shows that the results are more destructive now than ever before. If we ever needed a Popular Resistance, the time is now. And that means you!

There is a lot going on, so find a place to plug in and do what you can. The World Wide #WaveOfAction started last Friday with actions across the country.New York City, in particular, has gained new energy from the Wave.

Stop Watching Us!

Today, actions are taking place from coast to coast to protest spying and shut down fusion centers. Click here to see if there is one close to you.

We all know the NSA is watching us and now Glenn Greenwald has exposed that they are controlling the media message too.  However, the tide is beginning to shift. A European Court of Justice recently ruled in favor of protecting individual’s privacy. And now hundreds of groups are calling for policy makers to establish laws in accordance with the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. The ACLU is offering a new tool that may be helpful; it allows you to see a compilation of NSA documents.

1spyingThe EFF explains the depth of surveillance through fusion centers, local places where 17 intelligence agencies meet. They say fusion centers satisfy “one of the biggest dangers of the surveillance state: the unquenchable thirst for access to the NSA’s trove of information by other law enforcement agencies.” And to show how extreme this thirst has become, the Detroit News reports that a very safe area, White Lake Township, has one of two dozen local police forces that used Department of Homeland Security (our taxes) dollars to purchase a super-secret cell phone tracking device called Hailstorm that they don’t even understand!

The anti-drone movement is also escalating its tactics, growing and seeing some success. The list is long so we will only highlight this one: the EU passed a resolution calling for a ban on the use of drones for extrajudicial killings. Contrast this with the recent US District Court refusal to rule on the legality of drones being used for the extrajudicial murder of an American citizen and his 16 year old son. It appears that the President is above the law.

jr_kpk_full-770x433This is a week of drone actions at Creech Air Force Base. In Afghanistan, huge portraits are being used to show drone operators that “people are not bug splats,” as they are called by the operators.

On another note, in Maine this weekend, veterans are holding a conference to discuss their state’s role in the Asian Pivot. This is very timely to counter the propaganda because Gen. Chuck Hagel is on tour to portray the pivot as humanitarian and the US military as an “agent of mercy” in times of climate change-induced conflicts and disasters.

Stand Up for Your Rights!

Not 1 More protest at White House changing 'Yes You Can'All sorts of actions happened this week in which communities stood up for a broad range of rights. Of particular note is the escalation of pressure on Obama to stop deportations. Last weekend, events were held in more than 70 cities and in front of the White House where protesters say they will hold a constant presence until the deportations stop. How is the US responding?  In the middle of the night, one of the organizers of a hunger strike was deported. This retaliation is shameful!

nyc_school_protest_bannerGraduate student assistants who are trying to organize to protect their rights at the University of California have also faced growing retaliation including recent arrests for striking. And the struggle to stop the corporatization of education is heating up after a recent week-long conference of teachers, students and parents in Denver. The group called United Opt Out is standing up to forced testing that is being used to punish teachers and close schools.

Thousands of students in Brooklyn are refusing to take the tests and teachers there are united in calling “for the elimination of the high-stakes nature of standardized tests.”Hundreds of teachers and families also protested in New York City after learning that the passage of sweeping protections for charter schools would result in the eviction of students with special needs.

Students are also fighting for their future by pushing hard to end the era of dirty energy. In Massachusetts, hundreds of Students for a Just and Stable Future walked out of school and marched to the state capitol calling for divestment from fossil fuels. And pressure from students and alumni at Harvard has started to move the administration towards divestment, though more pressure is needed for real results.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.02.28 AMIndigenous peoples are leading the fight to stop the extreme extraction of fuels. Will Falk describes the long history of Native Americans working to save the planet and calls on all settlers to join them.


Here are three ways that anyone can get involved:

  1. Support the Sioux who are blockading a tar sands pipeline and stopping a power plant that will provide electricity to the pipeline from being built.
  2. Join us on Earth Day to launch the Clean Up the Mines project.
  3. Join the 5th annual Tar Sands Healing Walk.

There is a lot more going on to stop dirty fuels and move to clean renewables. Share what you are doing with Popular Resistance.

1mercyAnd now that the ACA deadline has passed, the call for single payer is getting louder. Labor unions are being urged to take a stronger stance because the ACA is designed to accelerate the race to the bottom in health benefits and will worsen inequality. An economist makes a strong case that the ACA is the best that can be achieved within a market-based health system and it is woefully ineffective and unacceptable. If you are refusing to buy private insurance, as we are, you can join us in telling the President that we need Medicare for all. And we highly recommend bringing this play about health care, “Mercy Killers,” to your community to stimulate the discussion we need to be having about whether health care should be treated as a commodity or a public good.

Resistance is growing

We have a huge task ahead of us – to stop the ravages of predatory capitalism and build alternative systems that are based on justice, democracy and sustainability. We are facing historic crises in many areas.  But still, we are optimistic because we see positive signs.

World Bank land and water grab protestThose involved in the struggle for a living wage see that fight as part of the bigger struggle for worker rights for all workers and for creating a democratized economy. Those involved in work to protect water are organizing the largest international gathering ever to share best practices in restoring watersheds and more. Farmers in Africa and other countries affected by land grabs are organizing a global campaign, Our Land Our Business, to take on the World Bank, and those of us in the United States have a crucial role to play in it because the World Bank meetings are held in Washington, DC and the bank is dominated by the US and western governments.

There are many signs that another world really is possible. In his new book, The Energy of NationsJerome Leggett  describes amazing things that are already happening and “outlines five key critical factors which – depending entirely on our choices – could serve to challenge the status quo and speed the transition to new paradigm.” Let’s do it!


Occupy Wall Street ... keeping the dream alive.

We are returning. Next Friday April 4th @3pm Gather at Zuccotti Park for a March on Wall Street. @5pm Federal Hall, Then we will Return to our Park.  It is time to begin the #waveofaction.  The global spring has begun. RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1431836847059773/

We are returning. Next Friday April 4th @3pm Gather at Zuccotti Park
for a March on Wall Street. @5pm Federal Hall,
Then we will Return to our Park. It is time to begin the #waveofaction.
The global spring has begun.

Art adds vitality and energy to advocacy; and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels and in their hearts
conveying what cannot be sa
id with mere facts.

Source: http://www.creativeresistance.org/iconic-ows-poster/

Source: http://www.creativeresistance.org/iconic-ows-poster/

We had been covering art as part of our reporting on the movement at Popular Resistance, but it wasn’t enough. There has been so much artistic activism that we decided it needed to be highlighted with its own website, Creative Resistance.org. It is a place where community members, activists and activist artists can connect and inspire each other. We encourage everyone to find ways that art can be incorporated into your actions and into the work in your community.

Art Builds Commitment, Community and Movement

One goal of public protest is to pull people to the movement in order to grow into a mass movement that cannot be ignored.  Activist art turns a protest into a spectacle, from a turn-off to a turn-on, from an event ignored to one that is widely reported. The protest becomes art itself. If done well and with intention, it will draw people to the movement.

For example, before a protest or other event, a community art build can be organized where people involved in advocacy create art together,

We’re very excited to announce our latest project,CreativeResistance.org, a showcase for activist art. It is designed to spur your creativity and encourage you to  incorporate art into your work in educating and organizing people. We’ve covered activist arts on Popular Resistance, but with CreativeResistance.org the many artists involved in the movement have a place to share work, find each other and inspire everyone.

One of the amazing things about the impact of art is that it hits people at a deeper level than facts and expert opinions.  It reaches the heart and emotion; it creates unpredictable reactions as Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock describes and new ways of seeing the reality around us. Art can be transformative in ways other tools can’t.  As Tatiana Makovkin, one of the people responsible for CreativeResistance.org says, “The nonverbal emotional messages embedded in symbols, color, melody and rhythm, are intuitively received. Creativity is outside of control and ‘dangerous.’ The act of creating is subversive.”

You don’t have to be an artist to use CreativeResistance.org in your activism.  The page is searchable by issue so if you are working on a specific issue – healthcare, corporate power, fracking, youth, racism and so much more – you can find great art specific to that issue.  You can incorporate what you find into your writing, into memes for social media, protests or in whatever way you communicate. Art can sharpen your message and turn a protest into a spectacle action that can’t be ignored as the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and so many others have done.

And, as Tatiana says “Art breeds more art, and cross-pollination erupts in a volcano of inspiration.” We’d love to see a growing positive spiral of art in the movement for social and economic justice because we know it will increase the impact of our actions.

We also know that an art spiral will result in people coming together to make art.  We’ve watched the beauty of monthly Art Builds in Seattle organized by our colleagues at the Backbone Campaign and others. Communities come together to make art that shows the vision of the future they want – a clean energy environment, everyone with access to healthcare, an end to war and poverty.  When people make art together – neighbor to neighbor, parent with child – it creates community bonding and deep commitment to our work. Imagine community art builds across the country.

Please get involved, let people in your community know about Creative Resistance and urge artists to submit art. The site includes music, visual art, poetry, performance art, animation, puppets and protest signs.

We also want to make sure you check out the relaunch of our economic democracy website, ItsOurEconomy.US. The site provides fact-based analysis of the current economy and its shortcomings; and describes the potential of economic democracy, a new economy where people work together to solve community problems, wealth is shared equitably and people have greater control over their economic lives.

Economic democracy is sweeping the nation with increasing worker and consumer cooperatives, land trusts being put in place to provide affordable housing, new forms of money as people rethink how money is created and used and new decentralized sustainable energy systems as the country breaks the choke-hold of the carbon-nuclear economy.

It is an exciting time to understand the potential for a new economy based on democratic and human rights principles. We hope that ItsOurEconomy.US helps all of us to understand the potential for an economy that serves all of us and what economic democracy will look like.

So much of what we do is about justice.  So many of the current systems related to finance, healthcare, jobs, prisons, global trade, elections and more produce unjust results. But, injustice also comes at the personal level.  In recent weeks Popular Resistance has highlighted the case of Cecily McMillan, a New York occupy activist who was knocked unconscious by New York police and suffered seizures after she reacted to one of them brutally grabbing her breast from behind.  We’ve highlighted the case because Cecily is now facing felony assault charges and a potential 7 year prison sentence, even though she was the one who was assaulted.

It is an absurd case that brings shame to the NYPD and we have been urging the New York district attorney to drop the charges.  Many of you have joined us in emailing and tweeting District Attorney Cyrus Vance.  If you haven’t, you can do so here.  I hope you will share this page with everyone you know so we can continue to flood the DA with messages of support for Cecily. He needs to know people are watching how he pursues this prosecution.

There was some potential good news in Cecily’s case this week.  Her lawyer, Martin Stolar who has handled many cases involving protests in New York City, filed a motion for the personnel file of the police officer involved. This is a motion that is usually routinely denied, but this week we learned that Cecily’s case has been postponed and instead there will be a hearing on this motion on March 19.  The motion in this case is more serious because we already know about some unethical and abusive behavior by the police officer that undermines his credibility.  His credibility is important because he is the sole witness to what occurred, of course, he is a witness because he is the one who abusively grabbed Cecily’s breast from behind.

We want to urge people to take action to help Cecily and get these unjust charges dismissed.  Here’s what you can do:

-         Tell NY District Attorney To Drop The Charges Against Cecily

-         Visit the Justice for Cecily campaign website

-         And, sign this Avaaz petition

Finally, here is a meme you can copy and share throughout your social networks. When you do, tell people to visit: http://www.popularresistance.org/drop-the-charges-against-cecily/ and urge them to join you in taking action for justice.

Finally, today is the one year mark for John Kiriakou’s 30 month term in prison.  John is the only person in government to go to prison for the illegal U.S. torture program.  He was imprisoned because he was the first to acknowledge the use of waterboarding by U.S. officials in illegal torture interrogations.

Prison officials have been mistreating him, punishing him for talking to the media and reneging on a deal to send him to a halfway house.  When he talks to the media he comes back to find his cell has been torn apart by guards. His cellmate’s areas are also turned into a mess, and one cellmate suspects they are trying to turn the inmates against John with these actions.  Now there are threats of “diesel therapy,” that is when an inmate is moved from prison to prison so no-one can contact him or provide support.

John needs our help.  On this page we provide you with a model letter to send to the Bureau of Prisons protesting John’s mistreatment.  And, we also provide John’s address so you can write to him.

We so appreciate the whistleblowers that risk their lives and freedom to get the truth out.  This week Chelsea Manning received the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence given out by retired US intelligence officials.  In response she put forward this acceptance statement that describes how the security state is undermining the Constitution. Another whistleblower, who won the award last year, Edward Snowden announced that Manning was this year’s winner in this video statement in which he criticized the increasing number of secret documents.

We also don’t want to forget whistleblowers Jerry Hammond whose ten year sentence feeds the flame of revolt; and Barrett Brown who is a journalist facing life in prison for reporting on Hammond’s released Stratfor documents. Finally, remember that Julian Assange has been living in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since August 16, 2012 to avoid charges that he fears could result in him being extradited to the United States to face espionage and other charges.  We find ourselves regularly referring to documents published by Wikileaks in a great deal of our work.  Wikileaks has produced more real news than all the corporate media in the United States combined.

There is so much to do at this moment in time. Our tasks include educating ourselves and others about what is happening and why, protesting and stopping injustice where we see it and creating alternative systems to meet our needs that are based on the values of the new world we are creating. Together we are making a difference.

community members, professional colleagues and others are invited to co-create. This process builds stronger connections within the community, deepens the understanding of the issue and provides a way for individuals to express their personal relationship to the issue.

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There is something for everyone to do in this movement for social, economic and environmental justice. Here are four opportunities. 
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1occupyThere is something for everyone to do in this movement for social, economic and environmental justice. Here are four opportunities. We hope that if you are not already plugged in, that you may find ideas here. This movement needs everyone and that includes you.

We’re very excited to announce our latest project,CreativeResistance.org, a showcase for activist art. It is designed to spur your creativity and encourage you to  incorporate art into your work in educating and organizing people. We’ve covered activist arts on Popular Resistance, but with CreativeResistance.org the many artists involved in the movement have a place to share work, find each other and inspire everyone.

1stopOne of the amazing things about the impact of art is that it hits people at a deeper level than facts and expert opinions.  It reaches the heart and emotion; it creates unpredictable reactions as Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock describes and new ways of seeing the reality around us. Art can be transformative in ways other tools can’t.  As Tatiana Makovkin, one of the people responsible for CreativeResistance.org says, “The nonverbal emotional messages embedded in symbols, color, melody and rhythm, are intuitively received. Creativity is outside of control and ‘dangerous.’ The act of creating is subversive.”

You don’t have to be an artist to use CreativeResistance.org in your activism.  The page is searchable by issue so if you are working on a specific issue – healthcare, corporate power, fracking, youth, racism and so much more – you can find great art specific to that issue.  You can incorporate what you find into your writing, into memes for social media, protests or in whatever way you communicate. Art can sharpen your message and turn a protest into a spectacle action that can’t be ignored as the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and so many others have done.

1seaAnd, as Tatiana says “Art breeds more art, and cross-pollination erupts in a volcano of inspiration.” We’d love to see a growing positive spiral of art in the movement for social and economic justice because we know it will increase the impact of our actions.

We also know that an art spiral will result in people coming together to make art.  We’ve watched the beauty of monthly Art Builds in Seattle organized by our colleagues at the Backbone Campaign and others. Communities come together to make art that shows the vision of the future they want – a clean energy environment, everyone with access to healthcare, an end to war and poverty.  When people make art together – neighbor to neighbor, parent with child – it creates community bonding and deep commitment to our work. Imagine community art builds across the country.

Please get involved, let people in your community know about Creative Resistance and urge artists to submit art. The site includes music, visual art, poetry, performance art, animation, puppets and protest signs.

1boafireWe also want to make sure you check out the relaunch of our economic democracy website, ItsOurEconomy.US. The site provides fact-based analysis of the current economy and its shortcomings; and describes the potential of economic democracy, a new economy where people work together to solve community problems, wealth is shared equitably and people have greater control over their economic lives.

Economic democracy is sweeping the nation with increasing worker and consumer cooperatives, land trusts being put in place to provide affordable housing, new forms of money as people rethink how money is created and used and new decentralized sustainable energy systems as the country breaks the choke-hold of the carbon-nuclear economy.

It is an exciting time to understand the potential for a new economy based on democratic and human rights principles. We hope that ItsOurEconomy.US helps all of us to understand the potential for an economy that serves all of us and what economic democracy will look like.

Cecily McMillan 2So much of what we do is about justice.  So many of the current systems related to finance, healthcare, jobs, prisons, global trade, elections and more produce unjust results. But, injustice also comes at the personal level.  In recent weeks Popular Resistance has highlighted the case of Cecily McMillan, a New York occupy activist who was knocked unconscious by New York police and suffered seizures after she reacted to one of them brutally grabbing her breast from behind.  We’ve highlighted the case because Cecily is now facing felony assault charges and a potential 7 year prison sentence, even though she was the one who was assaulted.

It is an absurd case that brings shame to the NYPD and we have been urging the New York district attorney to drop the charges.  Many of you have joined us in emailing and tweeting District Attorney Cyrus Vance.  If you haven’t, you can do so here.  I hope you will share this page with everyone you know so we can continue to flood the DA with messages of support for Cecily. He needs to know people are watching how he pursues this prosecution.

There was some potential good news in Cecily’s case this week.  Her lawyer, Martin Stolar who has handled many cases involving protests in New York City, filed a motion for the personnel file of the police officer involved. This is a motion that is usually routinely denied, but this week we learned that Cecily’s case has been postponed and instead there will be a hearing on this motion on March 19.  The motion in this case is more serious because we already know about some unethical and abusive behavior by the police officer that undermines his credibility.  His credibility is important because he is the sole witness to what occurred, of course, he is a witness because he is the one who abusively grabbed Cecily’s breast from behind.

We want to urge people to take action to help Cecily and get these unjust charges dismissed.  Here’s what you can do:

-         Tell NY District Attorney To Drop The Charges Against Cecily

-         Visit the Justice for Cecily campaign website

-         And, sign this Avaaz petition

1cecilymFinally, here is a meme you can copy and share throughout your social networks. When you do, tell people to visit: http://www.popularresistance.org/drop-the-charges-against-cecily/ and urge them to join you in taking action for justice.

Finally, today is the one year mark for John Kiriakou’s 30 month term in prison.  John is the only person in government to go to prison for the illegal U.S. torture program.  He was imprisoned because he was the first to acknowledge the use of waterboarding by U.S. officials in illegal torture interrogations.

Prison officials have been mistreating him, punishing him for talking to the media and reneging on a deal to send him to a halfway house.  When he talks to the media he comes back to find his cell has been torn apart by guards. His cellmate’s areas are also turned into a mess, and one cellmate suspects they are trying to turn the inmates against John with these actions.  Now there are threats of “diesel therapy,” that is when an inmate is moved from prison to prison so no-one can contact him or provide support.

John Kiriakou, John HundleyJohn needs our help.  On this page we provide you with a model letter to send to the Bureau of Prisons protesting John’s mistreatment.  And, we also provide John’s address so you can write to him.

We so appreciate the whistleblowers that risk their lives and freedom to get the truth out.  This week Chelsea Manning received the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence given out by retired US intelligence officials.  In response she put forward this acceptance statement that describes how the security state is undermining the Constitution. Another whistleblower, who won the award last year, Edward Snowden announced that Manning was this year’s winner in this video statement in which he criticized the increasing number of secret documents.

We also don’t want to forget whistleblowers Jerry Hammond whose ten year sentence feeds the flame of revolt; and Barrett Brown who is a journalist facing life in prison for reporting on Hammond’s released Stratfor documents. Finally, remember that Julian 1racismAssange has been living in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since August 16, 2012 to avoid charges that he fears could result in him being extradited to the United States to face espionage and other charges.  We find ourselves regularly referring to documents published by Wikileaks in a great deal of our work.  Wikileaks has produced more real news than all the corporate media in the United States combined.

There is so much to do at this moment in time. Our tasks include educating ourselves and others about what is happening and why, protesting and stopping injustice where we see it and creating alternative systems to meet our needs that are based on the values of the new world we are creating. Together we are making a difference.


The ‘Walmartization’ of the US economy has created a downward spiral in wages and destroyed small businesses and communities while heightening the wealth divide that is at the root of so many problems.

This week, we re-launched It’s Our Economy, a project dedicated to reporting on and assisting the growing movement for economic democracy. 

February marks the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt in Wisconsin. At that time, across the United States there were a series of protests against foreclosures, austerity and the unjust economy. It was the Wisconsin uprising, along with the Arab Spring and Indignado movement in Europe, that inspired Occupy, a revolt against an economic system – big finance capitalism – that is causing the corrupt, unfair economy; as well as against a government that serves the interests of the wealthiest before meeting the necessities of the people.

People often want to know what the movement for social and economic justice wants. Occupy Wall Street issued its Declaration of the Occupation of New York City which laid out a series of grievances. But, in addition to knowing what we oppose, we need to define what we stand for. If we do not like big finance capitalism, what would replace it?

1freedomDuring the organizing of the occupation in Washington, DC on Freedom Plaza, we developed a list of 15 core crisis issues that the country is facing and we outlined solutions to them. These solutions are supported by super-majorities of Americans who, polls show,  could rule better than the elites.

At the core of these solutions is creating an economic democracy agenda, building institutions that are controlled by and benefit communities while also protecting the planet. A democratized economy shifts political power away from concentrated capital to the public and further empowers people by meeting their basic needs for shelter , food, education, healthcare and work.

How do we get there?

Checkout the rest of the story... at:

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The NSA (http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/NSA
is watching us online and tracking who we call. These public officials are breaking encryption codes to access our most private communications. This inappropriate invasion of privacy is creating a climate of fear, chilling free speech and violating basic human rights.

And the NSA is conducts surveillance without meaningful oversight.

But a movement is building to change this. And we’re taking the next step.

On Sat., Oct. 26, thousands of people from across the political spectrum will unite in Washington, D.C., to say:  Enough is enough. We're not gonna take it anymore.
Stop watching us.

StopWatching.Us — a diverse coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and businesses, including the ACLU, Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, the Free Press Action Fund, FreedomWorks, Mozilla, the National Libertarian Party, reddit, Restore the Fourth, Thoughtworks,  RootsAction.org  — is organizing the biggest protest of the NSA’s surveillance programs to date. Will you join us? http://stopwatchingusrally.eventbrite.com


Endorsed by The Wordsmith Collection and Writingresource.org

A simplified explanation of the strategy to transform our society from a greedy plutocracy to a cooperative democracy, from our destructive path to a sustainable future, is that there are two simultaneous tracks – protest what we do not like and build what we want.  We call this “Stop the Machine-Create a New World.”  This weekly report usually focuses on the protest part of the resistance movement, but this week we will focus more on the people who are working to create the world we want to see.

It is not that there are no protest actions to report on. There continues to be a lot going on. Some examples among many that you will find at PopularResistance.org, include:

Snowden Moscow Airport- Updates on Edward Snowden including his attempt to leave the Moscow airport, which may have been blocked by Secretary of State John Kerry.  Also, how Snowden is driving the US security state insane and was recognized as an “American who tells the truth.” Related, we highlighted a propagandistic attack on Glenn Greenwald on a progressive website.

NSA spying updates including how Obama and Democrats teamed with Republicans to block efforts to stop NSA dragnet searches of Americans, as well as citywide surveillance in Oakland which may become a national model. Also a victory in New Jersey where the Supreme Court now requires warrants to track people using their cell phones.

- A successful challenge to TSA searches at airports by a young man who stripped down to his underwear and wrote the Fourth Amendment on his chest.

- Updates on Bradley Manning, who won a peace prize this week, as closing arguments began on Thursday after an unusual re-opening of the prosecutor’s case.  International protests are planned for the 27th.

1digTrayvon Martin updates which include nationwide rallies and a “walk for dignity”, a long-term occupation of Gov. Rick Scott’s office where protesters met with the governor about the Stand Your Ground law and Cornel West’s response to Barack Obama as well as related protests against police and urban violence.

- The escalation of environmental protests include Earth First!’s call to block supply lines for radical energy sources from tar sands, hydrofracking and mountain top removal, and reports on plans to party along the entire KXL pipeline route,  FBI surveillance of enviro-activists in Seattle, and a hydrofracking victory in Pennsylvania.

- Ongoing efforts to close Guantanamo which include protests at the first hearing in four years in which the Obama administration refused to participate;  solidarity hunger strikers calling for people to come to DC on July 30th; and a potential victory with parole-like hearings finally beginning at Guantanamo.

- Actions by low-wage workers including domestic workersGoogle security guardsWalMart workers, baseball concession workers and truckers.

1stu- Immigration protests including immigrants facing deportation who went back to Mexico then returned to the US as a protest, and ‘education, not deportation’ rallies.

- Native Indians planning an epic Hudson River journey to highlight the first treaty between natives and European settlers beginning on the 27th.

- International reports from TunisiaGreeceEgyptBrazilPakistanGermany,  Malaysia and Turkey.

It was a busy week. The under-reported revolts against the corrupt economy and dysfunctional government continue and grow.

We are all subjects of the American Empire. Whether we live in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East . . .  we are all under the thumb of neo-liberal capitalism and we are acting in solidarity to change our world. 
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We are all subjects of the American Empire. Whether we live in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East . . .  we are all under the thumb of neo-liberal capitalism that puts concentrated corporate power in control of our lives. For decades, American Empire and wealthy elite have forced privatization of resources in developing countries and austerity measures on public programs. Now, we are also experiencing these same policies in wealthier nations like the US and Europe.

All but the wealthiest are now members of the “Global South.” And, more and more people realize this. People from all over the world recognize that we must stand together in solidarity to challenge the tiny minority that dominates us.  The revolts in Turkey, Brazil, Europe, the Middle East and Asia – as well as in the United States – are all connected.


People across the world are standing up and demanding that government be responsive to them, not to the rule of money; that the economy be re-made so it serves all in a democratic and egalitarian way.  Progress is being made toward the world we want, every day, by millions of people around the world. You are not alone, you are part of a worldwide movement.

You are PopularResistance. http://stopwatchingusrally.eventbrite.com


OccupyWallStreet:  The revolution continues worldwide!
 

Inspiration is Contagious: Native Indians, Workers, Climate, Food and Torture Activists, and a Polar Bear

A group of Native American women are walking the length of the Mississippi river - 1,200 miles - to raise awareness about pollution. They carry a 1½ quart  bucket of clean water from the headwaters of the Mississippi which they plan to pour into the mouth of the river to show the her what she can be.

Climate Justice activists may be more powerful than we realize. The French energy company, Total, sold its 49% ownership in the Canadian oil sands to the Canadian energy company, Suncor, for a $1.65 billion loss. Why? The cost is getting too expensive and profits are going down. With all of the highly publicized tar sands spills recently in Minnesota, Arkansas and other states, people are seeing the environmental risks.  Since we know that the Alberta Tar Sands is the tipping point for climate change, shouldn’t corporations be held accountable for the climate disasters that will inevitably follow? Protest pressure is building. See here and here.

The hunger strike continues. Solidarity protests were organized last week by Witness Against Torture against the Guantanamo Bay prison. Guantanamo is an example of criminal injustice. The trial against the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program is exposing the practice of racial targeting by New York police. This week, one of the commanders caught on tape settled a lawsuit against him for $78,000.  We wrote an overview of the abusive criminal (in)justice system, “A Forest of Poisonous Trees.”

In New York City, low-wage, fast food workers walked off the job today in the largest-ever strike against the fast food industry which has virtually no unions. Workers are demanding that chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s raise their wages to $15 an hour and allow them to organize a union without retaliation. More than 400 workers, from 50-some stores, will participate in the surprise strike, doubling the size of their previous walkout and potentially shutting down several fast food restaurants for the day. Waging Nonviolence published an article that explained what it takes to organize a workplace.

 With the passage of the Monsanto Protection Act, which protects Monsanto’s dangerous GMO foods from litigation, more people are speaking out. The nation’s food supply, already in bad shape, will be put at greater risk as Congress gets more deeply in bed with the massive corporate criminal, Monsanto.

Seven thousand coal miners and their families protested in West Virginia against Peabody Coal which set up a sham corporation designed to go bankrupt and take the pensions and health care of workers with them by terminating the contract between the United Mine Workers Union negotiated with Peabody.

 Teachers are organizing to take back education from the corporations as part of the commodification of American youth. This weekend Occupy the Department of Education is holding a series of teach-ins in Washington, DC.

We’re reminded how important the corporate take-over of our culture is by an Occupy Barbie protest against a life-sized Barbie house that is opening in Berlin and planning a European tour. Haven’t we grown beyond Barbie as the symbol for women?



It’s not only corporations that pollute culture, white supremacists continue to do their dirty work. The KKK went to the black majority city of Memphis to protest the city changing the name of a park from a past Grand Dragon of their despicable organization. Thousands turned out to protest the KKK – as usual in these cases, more protesters than KKKers. Students, faculty and the university president at Towson University celebrated diversity in protest of a new unofficial white supremacist group, the White Student Union.

 This week we were reminded that we are part of a global movement, when 50,000 went to Tunisia for the World Social Forum; Medea Benjamin gives us a report.  A thousand people marched to where the fruit vendor set himself on fire in December 2010 and sparked not only a revolt in Tunisia but the Arab Spring and the Indignado and Occupy movements. They held a mass General Assembly at the spot. The World Social Forum issued a declaration which made many important points and described the work of all of us:

"‚ÄčTogether, the peoples of all the continents are fighting to oppose the domination of capital, hidden behind illusory promises of economic progress and the illusion of political stability."

We love this photograph of a one-person protest against artic drilling on the Moscow River near the Kremlin.  It shows that you don’t need a lot of people to effectively get out your message.  Will we see this on the Potomac?

 A few more people can do even more. These 8 families in Minnesota declared an eviction-free zone stating “We will no longer be held hostage by the financial institutions that crashed our economy.  We hereby declare our community a Foreclosure and Eviction Free Zone. We will not leave our homes until the following demands are met.”  They go on to list specific demands and conclude saying “We believe that safe, equitable, and affordable housing is a human right. We shall not be moved.”

 There are issues that unite all of us; perhaps the most important is the global corporate coup – the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  It is becoming more and more evident that no matter what issue you care about – financial regulation, food, healthcare, climate change, jobs and wages, the environment . . . – the TPP will undermine your work. The TPP should bring us together. And, it is a fight we can win.  The time to get active is now. There is strength in solidarity.

 Finally, we were reminded how the Occupy movement scared the power structure is of the people as more information was released about government efforts to suppress the movement, resulting in a variety of news reports.

 In peace and solidarity,
 Kevin, Margaret and October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC


Mobilize for Striking Fast Food Workers

Posted 2 minutes ago on April 4, 2013, 9:47 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:labor,nyc,solidarity,strike

Fast Food Workers Strike

via 99pickets.org:

Today, Thursday April 4 , over 400 fast food workers across NYC are starting a second wave of strikes for better wages and a union, marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Like the sanitation workers that Dr. King marched with in Memphis, these workers are standing up for dignity and respect for all workers.

Will you support these courageous workers by mobilizing your friends, family and colleagues to come out today and Friday?

1) Join a picket line starting at 11am. Key locations:

Wendy’s in midtown Manhattan, 259 34th St.
Burger King in Harlem, 154 E. 116 St.
Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn 425 Fulton St.
2) Come to the Fast Food Worker Justice rally at 5:30pm in Marcus Garvey Park (124th and Madison). RSVP here

3) On Friday April 5, walk the striking workers back to work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and the workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job. Sign up here; shifts are available throughout the day.

Post your photos and videos to Facebook and Twitter:
#fastfoodfwd

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Communique from the 99%

Posted 28 minutes ago on April 4, 2013, 9:21 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:debt,wearethe99percent

I am a female mechanical engineering student. Dean’s List student, even for Calc 3 and Dynamics. I have no co-signer for loans, so I am only eligible for enough to cover books and tuition. It’s taken me 5 years to complete 6 semesters because I run up my credit cards to pay for gas and food, and I can’t go back until I pay the balance down. My cards are currently completely maxed, and I fear that I am beginning to lose Calculus knowledge that I learned in 2005. My car is ready to break down at 130,000 miles, and my debt payments are $700 just for interest every month. I have been paying on and off between semesters and I still have $5000 to go before I even begin to pay the principal balance. I’m 25, live at home, and I bartend 50 hours a week. I want to design machines and energy systems that have a positive impact on our society, but I’m getting you HAMMERED and cleaning up after your party instead. I especially enjoy when people talk to me like an idiot because you got the wrong cheese on your burger. I know - I’m serving you dinner because I must be a stupid girl.

From: We Are the 99 Percent

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Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly

Posted 1 day ago on April 3, 2013, 8:17 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:global solidarity,tunisia,world social forum

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As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization. We affirm that decolonization for oppressed peoples remains for us, the social movements of the world, a challenge of the greatest importance.

Through the WSF process, the Social Movements Assembly is the place where we come together through our diversity, in order to forge common struggles and a collective agenda to fight against capitalism, patriarchy, racism and all forms of discrimination and oppression. We have built a common history of work which led to some progress, particularly in Latin America, where we have been able to intervene in neoliberal alliances and to create several alternatives for just development that truly honors nature.

Together, the peoples of all the continents are fighting to oppose the domination of capital, hidden behind illusory promises of economic progress and the illusion of political stability.

Now, we are at a crossroads where retrograde and conservative forces want to stop the processes initiated two years ago with the uprisings in the Maghreb-Mashreq region that helped to bring down dictatorships and to challenge the neoliberal system imposed on the peoples. These uprisings have spread to all continents of theworld inspiring indignation and occupation of public places.

People all over the world are suffering the effects of the aggravation of a profound crisis of capitalism, in which its agents (banks, transnational corporations, media conglomerates, international institutions, and governmentscomplicit with neoliberalism) aim at increasing their profits by applying interventionist and neocolonial policies.

War, military occupations, free-trade neoliberal treaties and “austerity measures” are expressed in economic packages that privatize the common good, and public services, cut wages and rights, increase unemployment, overload women´s care work and destroys nature.

Such policies strike the richer countries of the North harder and are increasing migration, forced displacement, evictions, debt, and social inequalities such as in Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the Spanish State.

They re-enforce conservatism and the control over women´s bodies and lives. In addition, they seek to impose”green economy” as a solution to the environmental and food crisis, which not only exacerbates the problem, but leads to commodification, privatization and financialization of life and nature.

We denounce the intensification of repression to people´s rebellions, the assassination of the leadership of social movements, the criminalization of our struggles and our proposals.

We assert that people must not continue to pay for this systemic crisis and that there is no solution inside the capitalist system! Here, in Tunes, we reaffirm our committment to come together to forge a common strategy to guide our struggles against capitalism. This is why we, social movements, struggle: Read More...

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South Minneapolis Grandmother Wins Loan Modification

Posted 1 day ago on April 2, 2013, 1:21 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:debt,occupy our homes

After a public pressure campaign through the Eviction Free Zone of Occupy Homes MN, Gayle Lindsey, a nursing assistant and grandmother in South Minneapolis, who was facing imminent eviction, has won a modification of her mortgage from M&T Bank. Her victory marks the seventh for Occupy Homes MN and the first in the Eviction Free Zone, a project that brings neighbors in the Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods together to refuse to leave their homes without a fair negotiation.

Lindsey, whose renegotiation came a month after her redemption period ended, is the first victory in “the Zone.” With the help of Occupy Homes MN, she organized a series of actions, community potlucks, and press appearances. Lindsey received a call, while sitting at her kitchen table, from an executive at M&T Bank. The bank offered to write her a new and affordable mortgage.

“It shows that Occupy Homes MN works,” she says. “I want to move on to more victories for the community.”

Broadly, it is time to embrace what has been set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The right to housing is the right to an adequate standard of living.

Stand up, occupy, and find a local group with which to organize through the Occupy Directory.

MayDay is coming. Are you ready?

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On The Anniversary of The Triangle Shirtwist Factory Fire: Lessons Learned?

Posted 1 week ago on March 26, 2013, 10:58 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:history,labor,triangle shirtwaist factory fire

The Great Hall at Cooper Union in lower Manhattan was packed, standing room only on this November 22nd, 1909 day. Garment workers from all over the city came to the same auditorium where Abraham Lincoln had denounced the proliferation of slavery nearly fifty years earlier. They were there to consider an industry-wide strike in support of the striking Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers. Union leaders (men) droned on for nearly two hours, when suddenly a 23 year old, immigrant union organizer named Clara Lemlich burst up onto the stage uninvited, and said, “I would like to say a few words.” She then turned to her audience and said, “I have listened to all the speakers and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in generalities. What we are here for is to decide whether or not to strike. I offer a resolution that a general strike be declared now!” Her peers were wildly supportive. She then led a modified version of an old Jewish oath, “If I turn traitor to the cause, I now pledge may this hand wither from the arm I now raise.” And so began what was soon known as The Uprising of 20,000. The next day, all over the city garment workers walked off their jobs, and met in Union Square Park for a solidarity rally. The eleven week strike saw over 700 arrests. Strikers were being beat by company-hired thugs, and prostitutes, and police often turned their backs, and in some cases even participated in the beatings. Finally it ended with a Peace Protocol, with the hundreds of clothing manufacturers making different deals with their workers. Many companies became union shops where only union workers could be hired. The owners of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory resisted, giving in to only modest wage and hour concessions. The unsafe, over-crowded conditions remained the same at Triangle with doors only opening inward, shabbily constructed fire escapes, a barrel of oil stored on the floor, cloth tailings that were not removed on a regular basis, and incredibly exit doors that were locked during working hours.

Then late in the afternoon on a beautiful spring Saturday (March 25th, 1911), while having tea with a friend near Washington Square Park a woman named Frances Perkins suddenly heard screams and sirens going off. She ran across the park and came upon the horrific site of seeing the first of 50-60, mostly women jumping out of the fire engulfed upper floors, of the ten-story Asch building. Triangle Shirtwaist occupied the 8th-10th floors. In the little more than a half hour that fire raged, 146 people died; 129 of them were women; Italian and Jewish immigrants mostly; the average age was 19, and the youngest, Kate Leone and “Sarah” Rosaria Maltese only 14. The bodies were brought to a covered pier on E 26th St so families could conduct the gruesome task of identifying their loved ones, if they could.

New Yorkers were gripped with an immense feeling of grief and mea culpa. A meeting was called on April 2nd at the old Metropolitan Opera House to see what could be done so that these young women did not die in vain. The meeting became tense as people from different socioeconomic groups started squabbling - that until a young, immigrant, union organizer, named Rose Schneiderman started to speak. She held her audience spell-bound with her angry, chastising speech. Decades later Frances Perkins who was in attendance said, “..Wonderful, what a speech she made.” After the meeting, and that incredible oratory, a safety commission was formed. Ms. Perkins became the lead investigator, and their mission expanded into looking at all aspects of factory life in the over 2,000 factories that were inspected in New York state. Over thirty new laws were passed, and many of them were emulated by other states.

At no time were the feelings of guilt and sorrow probably more evident than on a cold rainy April 5th day, when between 80-120,000 people gathered in and around Washington Square Park where a funeral procession was to begin for the victims of the fire. It was led by six horses pulling an empty hearse, followed by victims’ families, survivors of the fire, and garment workers from throughout the city. It is estimated that another 200-400,000 people lined the streets of the route towards, and up 5th Ave. This tragedy caused union enrollment to soar. People started to feel a sense of empowerment, and knew that there was strength in unity. Religious groups, community groups, unions, radicals, and reformers all banded together, putting aside their differences for the greater shared goal of improving people’s lives. And they did not ask for change, but rather they demanded it.

The social advancements in this era, and in the decades that followed were made possible by people who had courage and were willing to make tremendous sacrifices so that they, and their progeny could live a life with dignity. And it is undeniable that most of us and our loved ones, past and present benefited greatly from the pain that those people endured to secure those gains. What we have forgotten is that - it is a never-ending battle to keep what we had inherited. The crisis that we find ourselves in today begs the questions; Do we have an economic system that can be adapted to a sustainable world in which not only the environment is taken into account, but where the peoples’ well-being is considered more important than profits? And the next more important question is; Do we as a people possess the mettle that our ancestors had to make the changes that we must make? Well..

It was said, “The New Deal began March 25th, 1911,” and the woman who said that was the first woman Cabinet member, Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins - Yes that same Frances Perkins whose tea was interrupted on that fateful, shocking, life-changing day for her, all those years ago.

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“Every wave on the ocean that has ever risen up and refused to lay back down has been dashed on the shore, but it is the very purpose of a wave to rise up, once it rises up above the horizon it finally has the perspective to see that it's not just a wave, that it's a part of a mighty ocean. And the sharpest rock on the wildest shore can never break that ocean apart, they can never wear that ocean down, because it's the ocean that shapes the shore.”     Tim DeChristopher, March 3, 2011, after being convicted for an act of climate justice.

Tim DeChristopher’s words ring true as we look at the resistance movements that fight for justice – economic, social and environmental – against the corporate power that brings injustice on all fronts.  If you have not heard DeChristopher’s remarkable speech on the courthouse steps you can listen to it here. DeChristopher was briefly among the core organizers of October211/OccupyWashington,DC before he went to prison. He is due to be released from a halfway house this April.

We were reminded of DeChristopher’s wave this week when we published an article by long-time antiwar and anti-corporate power activist Mike Ferner.  Ferner was writing about another wave we should not forget, the global revolt against the invasion of Iraq. Thirty million people around the globe said ‘no’ to a war before it began.  The New York Times wrote the next day that there were two superpowers in the world, the United States and the people.  We did not stop that war, but history has proved us right.  We should know from that experience and so many others that the people can rule better than the elites.

We are now seeing waves of protest in so many areas on so many issues, as the recent issues of this newsletter have shown. People ask where has Occupy gone? If they look, they will see people fighting on so many critical issues: health care because 120 adults die every day in the United States due to lack of health care, housing because millions have lost their homes, millions of homes are underwater and hundreds of thousands are homeless, poverty and hunger which effect 45 million, challenges to the unnecessary austerity and corporate tax breaks being pushed in DC and on and on. On issue, after issue, people are making waves.

One wave that will take center stage this weekend is climate change.  The largest climate rally in US history will be held this weekend in Washington, DC, at the same time people are fighting on the front lines against tar sands in Utah, the Keystone XL pipeline in Oklahoma and Texas – where the Tar Sands Blockade is calling for a week of national actions from March 16-23. In Washington, DC yesterday 48 people were arrested outside the White House, including the executive director of the Sierra Club, which for the first time endorsed civil disobedience. The Boston Phoenix has an excellent article on climate being the new abolition movement, urging Americans who understand the threat it poses to embrace their radicalism. The article quotes Tim DeChristopher making points that apply to all of us working for peace, justice and ecology:

“Weeks before his sentencing, DeChristopher told Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell: ‘I'm a climate-justice activist. . . . We want a radically different world. We want a healthy, just world.’ But first, he said, ‘we need to get the fossil fuel industry out of the way. First we've got to overthrow the corporate power that is running our government.’ He understands what that requires. ‘It will involve confrontation and it will involve sacrifice.’
“At his sentencing, standing before the federal judge, DeChristopher concludes a long, eloquent statement that spreads across the Internet and galvanizes a growing climate-justice movement: ‘This is not going away. At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like. In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like. With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow. The choice you are making today is what side are you on.’”

DeChristopher points to the issue that unites us “corporate power that is running our government.” And, the choice we make every day: which side are you on? On every issue we face it the power of big business, often transnational corporations, which block progress and increase suffering and destruction.

People are standing up, getting organized and mobilizing.  This week we posted an occupy document, "The Activist's Handbook: 1000 Ways to Politically and Socially Activate Your Life." It is not just about protest and resistance. Fun should always be on the agenda as was shown at the Direct Action Fashion Show 2013 at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, an alternative to New York’s fashion week.  It is also about building an alternative economy as the people in Occupy Winchester, MA are exploring on March 9 – Community Reinvestment Day, including socially responsible investing, creating a public bank in Massachusetts and creating sustainable businesses. And, Occupy The Roads, which has traveled 25,000 miles visiting 149 cities has announced a plans to occupy retail space, loft apartments and offices, totaling 12,000 sq ft. in Southern Ohio.  This could become a great center for organizing. They are looking for people to participate – everyone has to be a serious worker to join.

Of course, protest and resistance are essential to creating the transformation we seek.  Here are two more protests we want to highlight: a monthly protest against drones outside the CIA headquarters and an ongoing protest against drones outside of the Hancock Air Force base near Syracuse, NY, which included a “War Crimes Indictment.”

 We are learning more and more about the extreme law enforcement response to the resistance movement. Documents from the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury show that police targeted activists merely because of their anarchist political views. In Charlottesville, VA the police finally shared video tapes, photos and other materials with Occupy Charlottesville, after fighting the release in court. Police say they will destroy the materials.  In Boston, the prosecutors avoided a trial by dropping charges against all occupy cases, much to the dislike of many occupiers who wanted their day in court. The police would not act this way, if we were not having an impact.

To remind us how long the arc of justice is, and how many waves of movements have advanced the cause of progressive justice, we close with commemoration of a birthday this week – the birthday of Frederick Douglas.  Douglas was one of the greatest social justice activists of our history for abolition of slavery, women’s rights and worker rights. His message of taking action is as true today as when he said it in 1857:

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

 There is no question that the future economy and government we seek will be defined by the struggle that gets us there.  This is the struggle of which we are all a part.

 In peace and solidarity,
 Kevin, Margaret and October2011/Occupy Washington DC


   BecausStop the Machine! Create a new World! October2011.orge a sustainable future depends on the people willing to see the truth for what it is,
                                   and for those to stand up in unison in order to make a difference.

                                                                               — Jake Edward Keli'i Eakin


The world is changing quickly as more people are waking up to face the neo-liberal assault that wants to privatize everything while simultaneously cutting public programs (imposing austerity) so that a few will profit and the things we need such as health care, housing, secure jobs and education are only for the wealthy.

Transnational corporations will stop at nothing to steal resources and land from people. In Canada, the government has passed a law that makes it easier to take and develop tribal land and in Texas, land is being seized for the Keystone XL Pipeline using eminent domain.

At the same time, resistance to these new realities is growing in size and courage.

This week, we are writing from Texas where we are supporting the brave and dedicated activists with the Tar Sands Blockade. We arrived yesterday to find a new treesit underway. Previously, activists had tried to block a portion of the pipeline from being built by sitting in trees for 3 months. TransCanada eventually built that portion of the pipeline by going around the treesit area. This time, an area was chosen for the treesit that was bordered by a highway and railroad so there would be no way to build around it.

Members of the Tar Sands Blockade worked together to get 2 people in platforms in 2 separate trees early yesterday morning. The platform was rigged so that disruption of any of the support ropes would result in the activist being spilled out to fall more than 50 feet. Several people were arrested while supporting the tree sitters. By evening, Texas police cleared a path to the trees and removed one tree sitter using a cherry picker. She was arrested as well.

This weekend, the Tar Sands Blockade is holding another training workshop to plan future actions. We encourage all to support the Tar Sands Blockade.

The new Idle No More movement is growing rapidly in Canada and throughout the world. It began with 4 women who were concerned about a new law that affected tribal land and water. Now there are so many actions being organized that it is hard to keep up with them. See this excellent video for an introduction to the movement.

And finally, the White House and Congress made their Grand Bargain which includes corporate subsidies and plans to cut our important social insurances later this year. These cuts are unnecessary and will cause real suffering, harm and death to our most vulnerable people. We will need to mobilize to fight these austerity measures.

In peace and solidarity,
October2011/Occupy Washington DC


A lot has been happening this week. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund released their FOIA request which they received heavily redacted. Shockingly, it reveals that the FBI did indeed monitor Occupy as a Criminal and Terrorist Threat and knew of plans to assassinate Occupy members .

Occupy Denver has put out a call to all available Occupiers to mobilize in Texas against the Keystone XL Pipeline during the week of January 7th. To register and for further instructions please read more here.

On January 9th, there will be a demonstration in Albany, NY against Fracking.

Also - please check out Occupy The NRA which has blossomed this week.

That's all until next week. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones from everyone at InterOccupy. We look forward to working with you to build a louder, stronger movement in 2013.

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SUNDAY 12/23 @ 4:15PM – HANDS ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE – A PUBLIC RESPONSE TO SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY MASSACRE – DEMAND GUN CONTROL REFORM NOW
Join Occupy the NRA TODAY Sunday 12/23 @ 4:15pm at the Brooklyn Bridge in memory of the victims of gun violence and in unity demanding gun safety laws now!Read More
   
MORE THAN 40,000 ZAPATISTAS MOBILIZE IN CHIAPAS
More than 40, 000 Zapatista support bases filed silently this morning in five Chiapas cities, which results in the most numerous mobilization of said organization since the Zapatista National Liberation Army’s (EZLN) armed uprising on January 1, 1994. Coming from the five Zapatista Caracoles in the Lacandón Jungle, Los Altos and the Northern Zone, the Maya peoples in rebellion (Tzeltales, Tzotziles, Choles, Tojolabales and Mames) and Zoques of Chiapas occupied the central plazas of Ocosingo, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Palenque, Altamirano and Las Margaritas; in each case, in complete silence.Read More
   
OCCUPY DENVER CALLS ON ALL AVAILABLE OCCUPY NETWORKS TO MOBILIZE AGAINST KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE JANUARY 7TH.
Join us for another mass action in Southeast Texas on Monday, January 7th, including a 3 day training camp leading up to the big event. Our trainings and events are open and include roles for everyone ready to defend our homes from toxic tar sands.Read More
   
PROTEST THE NRA PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012 AT 10AM ET
The NRA is having a press conference at 10:45 AM at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington DC. Their address is 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. We will gather in Pershing Park, across from the Willard InterContinental Hotel at 10:00AM. Please bring whistles, horns, pots, pans, and anything else that makes a whole lot of noise.Read More
   
(DE)OCCUPY HONOLULU RAIDED ONE DAY AFTER ORDER
One day after the Honolulu Courts ordered a Preliminary Injunction on the City and County of Honolulu, they began another raid cycle on the encampment. We expect that they will return on Thursday, December 20th at about 10:30am and we welcome the media to attend the raid.Read More
   
RALLY TO STOP FRACKING IN NY AT THE STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.Read More
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HURRICANE DISTRIBUTION CENTER BEING SHUT DOWN BY NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY
The 57th Street Action Center has been operating as the central emergency distribution hub for the Arverne Queens area at the Ocean Bay Apartment houses since Hurricane Sandy struck the NYC area. The center distributes food, supplies, medical, and legal services to those still living in unhealthy environments. There are still 10,000 people living without power in Rockaway alone and the action center is under the threat of being closed down by its landlord, the New York City Housing Authority.Read More
   
FBI DOCUMENTS REVEAL IT MONITORED OCCUPY AS A CRIMINAL AND TERRORIST THREAT
FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.Read More
   
OCCUPY THE NRA RESPONDS TO FACEBOOK SITE TAKEDOWN
After reaching more than 1 million people in 4 days, Occupy the NRA’s Facebook page was shut down Wednesday morning “permanently”, without warning or explanation. The story was picked up by a reporter from The Nation Magazine and went viral on social media throughout Wednesday. Facebook restored access to Occupy the NRA’s page, with limitations, shortly before 5:00pm, again without explanation.Read More
The political theater surrounding the fiscal cliff charade once again reminds us that there are solutions to all of the crises that we currently face. The problem is that the 'looting class' ignores them and continues to place corporate greed above human needs. Dennis Trainor, Jr of "American Autumn" produced this short piece highlighting the "99% Deficit Solution." (Click on ad to see full size) He calls on President Obama to do what is right for the people, but we aren't holding our breath. And neither are the people of Occupy Chicago who are setting up a "Durbinville" today to protest austerity measures.

Students at Cooper Union in New York are taking bold actions to stop the school from charging tuition for the first time ever. At this time, 11 students are occupying the clock tower where they have been since Monday. The students are fighting for those who come after them and recognize that their struggle is part of the global struggle for free higher education. They are using the color red as did the students in Quebec.

The Egyptian Revolutionaries have intensified their struggle. The new President, Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, recently took steps to grab greater power and is trying to push through a new constitution that denies basic rights such as the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press. The media has responded in solidarity by holding strikes and protesters surrounded the Presidential Palace starting two days ago. We spoke with Mokhtar Kamel, President of the Alliance of Egyptian Americans (North America) on Monday. Our thoughts are with the revolutionaries who are suffering serious injuries and deaths. 

And we are inspired by the new phase of the Spanish Revolution. They are calling for economic disobedience and have produced a new guide, "No Pagamos" (We Won't Pay). People are coming together in their local General Assemblies to use their resources to meet their needs together. 

We wish a great big Happy Birthday to Occupy Our Homes and congratulate them for their tremendous efforts to protect people from fraudulent lenders and keep them in their homes! They are celebrating with a national day of action.

Please remember the people of Occupy Sandy in New York and New Jersey. They still have needs for volunteers and donations. Visit their online hubs to see what you can do! And see what the NYPD are saying about their work.

In peace and solidarity,
October2011/Occupy Washington, DC

 

Who's afraid of the Occupy Movement?... Clearly, the Plutocracy is.

Why else would every corporate media outlet from one coast to the other publish “1 year on, Occupy is in disarray, spirit lives on” on the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street? And why else would the Obama administration request an ‘Emergency Appeal’ of Judge Katharine Forrest’s permanent injunction last week of the section of the National Defense Authorization Act that permits indefinite detention?

The United States is awake and the movement to end corporate control of government and end the resultant wealth divide is alive and well. From the Chicago Teachers Union strike to the recent actions to stop Monsanto and the Tar Sands Pipeline to the activities celebrating the birthday of OWS, the people of this nation are rising up and it is beautiful. And the Occupy Movement is there either leading the way or supporting from behind.

Please visit October2011.org to see coverage of the anniversary actions, including excellent analysis of and commentary on the movement, and more!

And visit InterOccupy.net to see the numerous hubs that have been created there to organize actions locally and nationally and to educate about specific issues. And education is key to build a strong movement.

OccuCards are a great tool for education. Visit the OccuCards website to see the two new cards that they published. One is on ALEC, done in collaboration with the Center for Media and Democracy, and the other is on the Republicrats. They’ve also created a new Monsanto card specifically for Prop 37, which would require labeling of foods that are genetically engineered. This card is FREE to all people in California (you only pay shipping).

From now until Election Day, you are invited to participate in Occupy the Debates. You can add your voice by completing the online survey and then instantly reviewing the results. The results will be sent to candidates for response and their answers will be posted. You can organize events in your area (check the website to see what others are doing). Watch for our upcoming national organizing call on InterOccupy.

And you can watch the first debate with us on October 3rd. We’ll have informed commentators to unspin the spin and tell you what the candidates and their Corporation on Presidential Debates (no, it's not a commission) left out. You can join us in real time to add your comments and ask questions. Mark your calendar now for October 3 and we’ll send more details in the next update.

We try to keep you up to date. If there is something we’ve missed, please let us know at info@october2011.org. And if you’ve missed an update, they are now archived on the website. And please forward this newsletter to everyone you know.

The spirit of Occupy is thriving in the United States and around the world! We will be silent no longer and we will work for a world that is peaceful, just and sustainable.

In solidarity,
October2011.org/Occupy Washington DC



  Last week the Republicans made it official, plutocrat Mitt Romney will be their nominee. He will be running against President Barack Obama who has surrounded himself with Wall Street and big business interests after they funded his path to the presidency.

Commentators are saying the only potential game changer is the presidential debates. In fact, Romney has taken time off from the campaign to prepare for the debates. But, the truth is the debates are choreographed by the two parties in a written agreement and are nothing more than joint press conferences controlled by the phony debate commission. The commission is not an official entity, rather it is a corporaton created by the two parties and funded by the big corporations.


We are collaborating with Occupy Denver to Occupy the first debate and hope you will participate in the national People's Dialogue by organizing Occupy the Debates activities in your community. People across the country are having conversations in their communities about the issues that concern them and the solutions they want to see. Occupy the Debates will show the disconnect between the people’s concerns and the issues that will be discussed at the tightly controlled “debates.” 

You can get involved by
setting up your own event and Occupy the Debates will provide support.  Take this survey and share it widely! Results of the People's Dialogue and survey will be given to all of the candidates for response. These responses will be posted on the Occupy the Debates website prior to the election so that voters will know where the candidates stand on issues that are of concern to the people.

Forward this email throughout your community, make these two videos viral by sharing the video above and this excellent video that explains the history of presidential debates and how they became corrupted when the two parties created a corporate-funded, two-party controlled debate corporation.  Also, let people know about the Occupy the Debates Facebook page and follow our twitter @OccupyTheDbates.

These debates are a great opportunity to bring your community together and discover your common concerns.  This is a critical step to organizing your community.  If you want to get involved contact us and we’ll provide resources to help your organizing. Contact us at info@occupythedebates.org.

Of course, Occupy the Debates realizes that within the current political structure, which is dominated by corporate power and concentrated wealth, lawmakers will not adequately address the many crises faced by the nation and the planet. Thus we will continue to protest, to educate and organize and to build alternative sysytems that place human needs over corporate greed.

There are still a few slots available for this weekend’s Occupy the Trans Pacific Partnership training and protests. We have excellent national trainers coming in including Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign and Kim Marks of Earth First! and Rising Tide North America. Space is limited and running out. This recent report indicates how “free trade” (really corporate trade) agreements cost the U.S. jobs and spread poverty and environmental damage around the world. Buses are available from New York, Washington, DC and Baltimore this Sunday. If you want to attend the Baltimore training or join the bus from Baltimore write info@october2011.org – reply now as only limited space remains.

The
October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC site is covering the protests at the Democratic National Convention. Here are photos from the first actionsOf course the Democratic Convention is a continuation of the influence peddling free-for-all that began in Tampa at the Republican Convention, also covered here. And during the Republican Convention, Hurricane Isaac battered New Orleans. OccupyIsaac is providing relief to those affected by the hurricane.


Finally, on this Thursday, September 6th join actions across the country in support of Bradley Manning.  For the latest blockbuster news in the Manning case read “Manning’s torturous confinement controlled by top military Lt. General at the Pentagon” and see why dismissal of all charges is the only result that will serve justice. Actions are planned at Obama campaign offices in more than thirty cities.

Check the October2011.org website for reports on events that are happening around the country. And share your news with us too!

In Solidarity,
October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC

P.S. Today at 3:30 pm (EST), Kevin Zeese will be on
Al Jazeera English's "The Stream," in a dialog and debate between #OWS & #TeaParty. The other guest will be Max Pappas of Freedom Works. We will be looking for common ground and at our differences. Very transpartisan.


  There are many types of summer camps. Did you know that there is one that is specifically for adult males who are part of the .1%? It’s called Bohemian Grove and for over one hundred years, that’s where rich men have gone for two weeks every July to play (central activities are to drink a lot of alcohol and urinate wherever they like) and make business deals. This year, Occupiers got together with other social justice groups in “Occupy Bohemian Grove: Expose the 1%” and held a day of action just outside the entrance to the camp where they spoke about issues of importance to the 99%.


Occupy Bohemian Grove was joined by the Fukushima Mothers who occupied Tokyo earlier this year and who spoke about the importance of abolishing nuclear power.  The recent Diet Commission report found that the Fukushima disaster was entirely man-made and nuclear engineers/activists say it could happen in the US where we have 23 plants with the same faulty design. Last week, over 100,000 protesters marched against nuclear power in Tokyo.

This week marks the one year anniversary of the imprisonment of Salt Lake City environmental activist, Tim DeChristopher, who helped organize the Occupation of Freedom Plaza with others from his organization, Peaceful Uprising. Tim was arrested for a civil resistance action against the illegal leasing of land in Utah for oil and gas exploration.  ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), a corporate tool for climate injustice, will be holding its conference in Salt Lake City and Peaceful Uprising is planning a week of actions there. This weekend activists will gather in Washington, DC for Stop the Frack Attack – rally and lobbying to end fracking, and OWS is organizing against a pipeline in New York and New Jersey. And there will be a week of actions led by RAMPS to shut down a coal mining operation in southern West Virginia.

Occupy Albany and other Occupy’s from across the country are organizing around the student strike in Quebec to highlight barriers to education, austerity policies and the privatization of public universities. As they do in Montreal, they are wearing red and banging pots and pans. You can learn more about student protests at the InterOccupy.net student debt campaign hub.

And housing activists continue to organize. In Brooklyn, the renters’ strike continues with the support of OWS and in Portland, OR, a young man, Cameron Whitten, is in his eighth week of a hunger strike to pressure the city to do more about homelessness.

Organizing is underway for the next set of negotiations for the TransPacific Partnership, known as “NAFTA on steroids” because it gives private corporations greater power than governments. This next round of secret negotiations, which will be held in Leesburg, VA this September, is a critical one for those who oppose transnational corporate power to protest, prevent and expose. You can read more about the TPP in the Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit Report or here and here. If you are interested in participating in actions against the TPP, contact us at info@october2011.org.

And the six people arrested on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United are asking for support for their upcoming trial. They purposefully requested a jury trial in order to raise awareness of corporate personhood. Visit their Facebook page.

Finally, the October2011.org/OccupyWashingtonDC.org web site is constantly updating the events in Los Angeles where Occupy activists are challenging a development corporation that is pushing small businesses, minorities and homeless people out of a downtown area. Activists have been brutalized by police and arrested for writing messages with sidewalk chalk. They now accuse the LA mayor of committing the same crime for handing out sidewalk chalk to young children and encouraging them to write messages in the street and they are filing complaints against the police.
 
There continues to be lots of Occupy actions across the United States.  We provide you with the updates since the corporate media does not cover these activities. Indeed, many think that since the encampments have disappeared Occupy is finished, despite constant activity.  The visibility of the encampments is missed by many.  We have heard of many tactics for visibility around the country, e.g. "Pop-Up Encampments" -- day long events where Occupy can show what it stands for and bring people into the movement, roving encampments and neighborhood GA's.  We would like to hear reports on these so we can share them with others.  We hope others are trying short-term encampments of a few days to a week, perhaps with a permit.  We need to continuously find ways to build the movement and being in public space is a tactic we should not leave behind.  Send your experiences to info@october2011.org and we will share them.

In solidarity,
October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC.org
 
P.S. Coming up soon, watch for Occupy election activities including planning around the two major party political conventions and the four presidential debates. Send us your ideas on how we can Occupy the Elections. Send to info@october2011.org.

As the summer heats up, so does Occupy. From coast to coast, Occupy is truly creative in getting the message out! Let’s take a quick tour.

We will start in Seattle where last week 
#MicCheckWallStreet dropped $5000 in small bills from a hotel window. The bills had the words “Money as speech silences us all. End Citizen’s United.” stamped on them. You can see the video here. To learn more and get involved in the work to end Citizen’s United, visit Move To Amend.

In Los Angeles, over the past 3 weeks 
11 Occupy LA activists have been arrested for writing chalk messages on streets. One activist had bail set at $75,000. This is happening despite the UN appeal to protect the rights of protesters and despite the fact that chalk has been ruled by courts in California not to count as graffiti and children routinely make chalk art without consequence. On a brighter note in LA, the very talented photographer, Annie Appel, who travelled the country documenting the Occupy Movement, has an exhibit of her powerful black and white photos on display in San Pedro until the end of August. Read about the exhibit here.

Occupy Denver, in addition to their twice weekly General  Assemblies and ongoing Social Forum, has started a monthly 
“Revenge of the Wage Slave” march against feudalism! The first one took place during ArtWalk and was a great success. This is a great action to emulate. They even included banging pots and pans like the Casseroles of Canada!

 

 On July 4th, 200 people at the Occupy National Gathering in Philly and more who participated online developed a Vision Statement. The purpose of the statement was to create a clearer idea of what kind of world people would like to create. You can read the statement here.

And finally, there is so much happening in New York that we can’t include it all here. We recommend that you read the 
OWS Updates. We want to highlight an action in which Occupiers joined tenants to protest the dangerous conditions in their building – power outages and electrical wiring that places them at risk of a deadly fire – which are not being addressed by their landlord.

We share these with you in the hope that you may get ideas for your own actions. It is important that we continue to reach out to our communities and develop creative protests that expose the truth about what is happening in this country. By shining the light of truth on activities, sometimes we can decrease or stop them. At the very least, more people will have greater awareness.

It is also important that we educate ourselves and work in our communities to build alternative ways of meeting our human needs. Paul Craig Roberts recently published an 
article that explains the collapsing US economy. We also want to share an article by Dmitry Orlov written in 2006 that questions how well the US will weather collapse of the American Empire. In many ways, we are in a worse position than those who experienced the crash of the Soviet Empire. These articles could serve as a call to action for communities to make plans to care for each other.

Finally, we would like to invite all who are interested in building a greater alliance between Occupy and Labor to contact us at
info@october2011.org. We are holding a conference call to discuss this alliance and to make plans to protest the TransPacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP will redefine globalization in ways that give transnational corporations greater power and ability to exploit people and the planet. You can learn more about the TPP at Global Trade Watch.

Please share what your Occupy is doing with us so that we can tell others.

In peace and solidarity,
October2011.org/OccupyWashingtonDC.org

We recently returned from the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia and we have a lot to share with you.

The energy at the #NatGat was tremendous. The gathering was a huge success due to the quality of the event. Hundreds of people came from all across the country to share information, ideas and creativity. 

The police presence in Philadelphia was high, with multiple law enforcement branches and their dogs stationed near the camp area and parks.  Mayor Nutter 
ordered the fire department not to share water with the occupation despite their previous agreement to do so. But the Occupiers let nothing stop them.

There were numerous tents in Franklin Square Park offering information, training, medical treatment and massage. There were marches and workshops. The General Assemblies were well-attended and informative; and sometimes entertaining with jugglers, dancers and a baseball game between the Tax Dodgers and the 99%.

One of the goals of the gathering was to create a 
Vision Statement about the world Occupiers want to create. We have not seen the final version yet, but we will share it with you when it is available. In the meantime, we urge you to read the newly-published “Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit Report: And Economy for People and the Planet.”It contains a history of the G8 as well as an inclusive economic alternative, information on the new secret TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and resources to learn more about models currently in use to build a bottom-up and participatory solidarity economy.

We learned about the updated 
InterOccupy website. The new website has more tools to assist Occupiers in connecting from all over the country to collaborate and organize. We encourage you to visit it and consider creating a ‘hub’ there.

We attended the first Veteran’s Peace Team (VPT) annual meeting where the mission statement was adopted and committees were created. Members of VPT will attend nonviolent protests when invited to provide a nonviolent presence that can interface with law enforcement. They are accepting applications and are allowing 20% of members to be civilians. If you are interested, contact us at info@october2011.org
.

Occupy events took place in other areas this past week too. Protesters took action against drone warfare at Hancock Air Field in Syracuse, New York. 
This video of the action is a useful guide to effective resistance. In Paonia, CO, a single person stood up to a tank owned by Bill Koch during a July 4th parade to protest the glorification of the military.

On a sad note, 
police shut down the 17-day-old occupy camp at Lakeview Elementary School in Oakland, CA. Parents and teachers were protesting the closing of 5 public schools (one is being converted to a private charter school) and had set up a Peoples’ Summer School.  The camp moved to a local park from which protesters marched to the home of the School Superintendent. We encourage you to read an article written by Terry Flowers on Facebook about the new OECD findings on education and inequality in the US.
 
And here’s a new term to add to your vocabulary: 
Bill Moyers explains ‘plutonomy’ – “an economic system where the privileged few make sure the rich get richer with government on their side.” We like to call them the ‘Looting Class.’

The Looting Class gained a major victory when Citizens United Chief Justice John Roberts switched partisan sides and upheld the Obama healthcare law.  This law puts corporate power even more in charge of health care and opens a new avenue to privatize Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security as 
Margaret Flowers, Sam Smith and John Stauber explain.

We do have some good news. If you haven’t seen it yet, October2011 organizer Dennis Trainor, Jr. created a feature length documentary explaining Occupy called 
“American Autumn.” You can watch it for free. It is an excellent tool for local movement building, outreach and education. Use it widely!

You can also see weekly programs on occupy actions across the nation and around the world at 
“Occupy Week.”  We are excited to announce that the ‘Real Democracy Now’ movement in Spain has had a huge victory: their campaign called “@15MpaRato” has succeeded in having the former head of Bankia, a Spanish bank that engaged in foreclosures and evictions, Rodrigo Rato, brought before the courts with charges of criminal conduct. Let's hope Occupy in the U.S. can do the same for the CEO's of JPMorgan, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and others who crashed the economy with so far un-prosecuted securities fraud.

And finally, if you need to buy books and want to both avoid Amazon and support social justice organizations, we encourage you to check out 
OccuBooks.

In peace and solidarity,
October2011/OccupyWashington,
DC


Thursday, June 28, the Supreme Court will announce their decision on the federal health law.

No matter what they decide, we will be there with signs that say “Medicare for all NOW!”

If the Supreme Court finds the individual mandate, that part of the law that forces people to purchase private insurance or pay a penalty, unconstitutional, then we say that the fastest way to solve the health care crisis is to drop 2 words, “over 65,” from the Medicare law and expand Medicare to everyone. We can then take time to improve Medicare such as making it more comprehensive and removing out of pocket expenses.

The majority of people in the United States, including doctors, support Medicare for all. We must no longer be the “silenced majority.” If we want an end to Wall Street health care, we must be in the streets, loud and persistent in our demand!

 

In the days ahead, there will be groups from the left and the right using this opportunity to advance their own political agendas. We believe in the principles of I.C.U.

· that we focus on the issue Independent of political party,
· that we are Clear about what will or will not achieve universal health care
· and that we are Uncompromising in our position that every person in the country should have access to the same standard of high quality health care.


These goals cannot be achieved until we get Wall Street private insurance out of our health care system and create a single payer publicly-financed health system, Medicare for all, in which most of our health care dollars are used for, well, health care (not insurance company overhead and profit). We urge you not to confuse Medicare for all with Medicare for some (the Medicare buy-in supported by groups like MoveOn).

We have an opportunity to save lives in this country and end suffering by immediately extending Medicare to every person. We hope that you will stand in solidarity with us either in front of the Supreme Court or in your community. Remember the simplicity of "drop 2 words!" Expand Medicare to every person NOW.

Because of the historic Supreme Court decision on the federal health law, this week we have been devoted to the issue of Medicare for all. We will provide more broad-based news next week. We hope you remember the p
ostal workers on hunger strike against postal service cutbacks. And we hope to see you in Philadelphia at the National Gathering next week!

In peace and solidarity,
October2011/Occupy Washington,DC


The US is being called out by the international community for its inhumane behavior. Two United Nations envoys have asked the US to respect the rights of Occupy protesters and to protect them. In a four page letter, they describe specific examples of abusive police behavior. The US has not responded.  US government officials often admonish countries like China, Iran and Egypt for the way they treat protesters, yet American companies, in collusion with the US government, sells them tear gas and other weapons used against dissidents. So far, rather than protecting our rights, federal officials secretly coordinated with law enforcement in the occupy crackdowns.

It appears that
law enforcement in the US has been preying upon vulnerable people in the Occupy Movement and entrapping them. The Cleveland 5 are potentially facing multiple life sentences.  A website has been created to support them. Some of the Cleveland 5 are members of Food Not Bombs, a group that will continue to be vital as the Senate voted this week NOT to restore $4.5 billion for food stamps. We will follow the cases in Cleveland and Chicago on October2011.org.
 
The Occupy Movement will continue despite these challenges. We know that facing the power of concentrated wealth, or the ‘Looting Class” as we call them, will not be easy but is necessary. Recently the corporate media have been claiming the Occupy Movement is dead.
Chris Hedges explains why this obituary is premature and how the Occupy Movement can succeed.
 
In truth, the Occupy Movement is global and growing.
Occupy Our Homes is saving families from eviction across the country. They are bringing communities together and empowering them to fight for their needs. This week, Deborah Harris, who describes herself as usually being timid, found her voice and used it to confront Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, when he attended a hearing with the Senate Banking Committee. Listen to this week's show on Clearing the FOG to hear more.
 
Jamie Dimon was confronted again yesterday by the coalition calling for a Financial Transactions Tax, known as the
Robin Hood Tax. Creative confrontations of this type are powerful tools used by nonviolent movements to expose the truth and ostracize those who are responsible for oppression.
 
Occupy members, students and their families are
occupying a public school in Oakland, CA to try and prevent the closure of five schools. Education is key to building a strong movement and taking action to shift power. OWS is holding a Summer Disobedience School. And Freedom Plaza occupant, Roya Brown, took the initiative to create an ongoing Social Forum in her home, Occupy Denver.
 
In New York, Occupy recently
marched to end ‘Stop and Frisk’. The ACLU released a new cell phone app that can be used to report Stop and Frisk police activity. Also in New York, those who were arrested for trying to occupy First Trinity Church property after Zuccotti Park was shut down went to court recently. Most of those who were arrested received sentences of community service, but Mark Adams is serving 45 days in jail. You can show support for him through this Tumblr site. If you are interested in posting something on the site, contact poetjo@gmail.com.
 
In Washington, DC, we are
preparing for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the health care law, the Affordable Care Act [sic]. At stake are the individual mandate, the Medicaid expansion and possibly the fate of the entire ACA. No matter what happens, we know that the ACA leaves tens of millions of people without coverage and tens of millions more with inadequate coverage while still allowing health care costs to skyrocket. The majority of people in the US favor nonprofit universal Medical Care for all. When the decision is announced we will head to the Supreme Court steps and will call for a simple solution: drop 2 words – “over 65” - from the existing Medicare law and immediately expand de-privatized Medicare to every person. This would provide a real foundation for a health system that can be improved. We ask you to join us by holding a solidarity action in your community.
 
And we ask you to
speak out for Julian Assange. Julian lost his appeal in the UK and is facing extradition to Sweden where he will likely be jailed, although he hasn’t been charged with a crime there, and then sent to the US to face serious charges. Tuesday he went to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to seek asylum. The London Police say that this means he has broken his bail terms, but Assange had little choice as his own nation, Australia, refuses to protect his rights. Call the Ecuadorian Embassy and thank them for taking Assange in. Urge them to grant asylum. The number is 202-234-7200. Please call now as a decision may be imminent.
 
Upcoming events


June 26: Premiere of “The American Autumn” produced by Dennis Trainor, Jr. at 7 pm in New York. Details are on this Facebook page.

June 30 – July 4: The
Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia.
 
Thank you for all that you do. Keep up the great work.  And thank you for supporting OccuCards. They raised $2,000 and so will produce ten new cards. 
OccuCards
are a great tool for educating about issues. Let them know if you have a subject they can address. We are urging them to create cards that educate about solutions too.
 
In peace and solidarity,
October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC


“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living." Gen. Omar Bradley

For this Memorial Day, we share two articles with you.
“Memorial Day: Pick Your Perversion” was written by Leah Bolger, current President of Veterans for Peace. The other is a speech given by Jay Wenk, a WWII Veteran and active member of Veterans for Peace. Both Leah and Jay were active in organizing and participating in the occupation of Freedom Plaza.

Here is some music that you might appreciate as you read this report from Chicago -  
Tom Morello and other musicians playing at the Chicago NATO protest standing with the crowd after the sound system stopped working.

On Saturday, May 19, members of Veterans for Peace attempted to deliver a letter to the NATO leaders in Chicago but were denied access. They had to leave their powerful letter, folded in an American flag, in the street outside McCormick Place. The veterans from wars dating back to WWII were ignored by both the NATO leaders and the press.

The protest against NATO in Chicago on Sunday was a strong one.  At least
15,000 people marched in a peaceful protest that culminated in a powerful ceremony by Afghan and Iraq War veterans.  Nearly 50 veterans spoke about their war experience and then returned their medals by throwing them toward the NATO Summit. The vets were supported by veterans from Veterans for Peace and VVAW who served as their security. (Photos of the day here.)

The police presence was deep at the march and throughout the city.  It would be fair to say that downtown
Chicago was militarized in response to the protest.  There were not a lot of arrests, but there was harassment of activists.  Journalists were a particular focus of police attention reminding us how important the citizen media is to getting out our message – and how the authorities know that preventing the message from getting out is important to protecting the status quo. Indeed, the media situation is likely to worsen because the current National Defense Authorization Act contains provisions to legalize state department propaganda developed for use around the world to now be used within the US (repealing the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948).

The first use of the NDAA’s provisions for support of terrorism were used in Chicago.  The three arrested have been
held in solitary confinement in all white “observation” cells where they are denied contact with each other or other prisoners and denied any reading or writing material.  This case deserves special attention of the democratized citizen media because its implications are important to all of us. The three youths are being prosecuted under support for terrorism and other charges.  The prosecution comes just after a New York federal judge stopped the use of the indefinite military detention provisions of the NDAA.

A police clash occurred after the medal ceremony when the protest organized by a coalition of groups was officially over.  There was a group of protesters who wanted to remain behind to try to get closer to the NATO meetings, which were about three blocks away.  The police had made it difficult for protesters to leave the area, funneling them through a narrow exit.  As a result some people who did not want conflict with the police were stuck in the melee. From
video tape of the event it seems that police were responsible for the escalation of the conflict, but there are mixed reports. The conflict has led to continued criticism of Black Bloc tactics undermining the message of the day, making the day more about conflict with the police than about the unjust and immoral wars as expressed by the peaceful protest and the veterans who returned their medals.

We have submitted Freedom of Information Act requests with various federal agencies about the terrorism arrests in Cleveland and Chicago and
whether this is part of a national strategy by the federal government.

Prior to the Chicago protest, we organized an
Occupy G8 People’s Summit.  At the summit we talked about issues like the Financial Transactions Tax on speculation by banks and investors.  This was part of a week of activities around the world in support of the tax.  The Summit also examined the illegitimacy of the G8 trying to make economic decisions for more than 190 nations and excluding the voice of civil society in the process.  Speakers at the summit spoke about how to build the international economy from the ground up so that it was a sustainable, clean-energy based economy where people worked together to meet human needs within the limits of the ecology of the Earth.

Click here to listen
to an interview with Jacob George, a veteran of the occupation of Afghanistan who participated in the NATO Summit Medal Ceremony, and Medea Benjamin who has a new and very thorough book out, “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.” We will send out a report and videos from the Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit soon. 

In peace and solidarity,
October2011.org/OccupyWashingtonDC


This is the week that world leaders, those who represent the Looting Class, meet at Camp David and in Chicago to discuss more economic and military policies that drive people and the planet into further decline. The good news is – the people have awoken and we will be there to let them know that we are watching and we do NOT agree with their policies.

The G8 leaders (without Putin who must stay home due to civil unrest) will meet in Camp David near Thurmont, Maryland.  

On May 18th in nearby Frederick, ItsOurEconomy and OccupyFrederick will hold our own Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit to put forth real solutions to the crises that we face. These solutions would end debt and poverty and protect people and the planet. Many of the solutions to be discussed at the Peoples’ Summit would set us on a path to meet the goals of the Occupy May Manifesto. You can see the full schedule of Occupy events in Frederick and Thurmont for the G8 here: People Organize to Protest G8, Present Alternative Economic View.

The NATO Summit begins in Chicago on Saturday, May 19th. That same day, representatives of Veterans for Peace, which has called for the end of NATO, will attempt to deliver their letter to NATO leaders calling for an end to war. We will march together on May 20th in downtown Chicago. The march and protests are being organized to be nonviolent events. If violence occurs, it will be coming from the national security state as a way to undermine the protest movement.

On Sunday night, May 20th, independent mediamakers will speak at the World Indie Media Gathering. This event is free and open to the public but they are asking that you RSVP by midnight tonight (sorry for the short notice) because of limited space. You can see who will be there and RSVP here.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers will speak at the Gathering. They have a new radio show called “Clearing the FOG: Speaking truth to expose the Forces of Greed” every Monday on WeActRadio where truth is our product and our motto is “Do something.” You can listen live online each Monday morning or find archived shows herePlease visit the Facebook page of the Clearing the FOG radio show and "like" it. The term “FOG” comes from Jack Balkwill, editor of LUV News. The October 2011 movement was first announced on LUV News and we recommend that you join this free daily online journal. 

There are a few articles from the past week that we want to highlight. David Lindorff has an excellent piece showing the White House, Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies coordinated the crackdown on Occupy -- and the machinations they went through to try and hide it. Author Ernest Callenbech, who died recently, left words of wisdom behind for us providing a realistic assessment of where we are and what we need to do. And Chris Hedges explores how the country is being cannibalized by corporations and what it will take to revolt against their power.  

This was also a week of international protest against austerity.  Election after election is showing that the people oppose austerity and people in the street are doing the same.  In Spain, tens of thousands mobilized; in Britain even 30,000 off-duty police joined the protest -- a critical sign of potential transition for our movement is when enforcement authorities join us. In the U.S. the 99 percent movement and Occupy have joined together for a series of protests at shareholder meetings. The big one in the last week was against Bank of America.

Please share with us what you are doing in your community. You can contact us at info@october2011.org.
 
In peace and solidarity,
October2011/Occupy Washington, DC

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The G8 Economic Summit fled Chicago to avoid protest, but organizers from multiple-Occupy’s and advocacy groups have organized several events to make sure the people’s voices are heard.

October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC.org has organized an Occupy G8 People’s Summit that will examine how to build a sustainable, democratized economy from the bottom up; the impact of the wealth divide on people’s well-being and on policy creation; and alternative economic structures that create a more democratic, sustainable economy.  The event, which will be held in the Frederick Public Library from 10 to 2 on Friday, May 18th will feature the voices of the 99% along with experts on the Robin Hood Tax, food, water and energy issues, trade agreements, the wealth divide and a democratized economy.  You can see the full schedule and details on the website of our partner organization, Its Our Economy.
 
The Frederick Occupy is organizing events in Frederick, Maryland, fifteen minutes from Camp David.  After the Summit people will march through downtown Frederick and will hold a “Counter-G8 Community Bloc Party” on Saturday, May 19th from 11 AM to 9 PM in Baker Park (band shell side) near 2nd and N. Bentz.   The event is inclusive of all ages for radicals and residents alike and will include live music, workshops, speakers, face painting and a truly free market.  You can see the details here.

Occupy Baltimore is organizing legal, non-violent protests on the public sidewalks in Thurmont, MD on Friday and Saturday (May 18th and 19th) from 8 AM until sundown on both days.  People are urged to bring signs, banners, folding chairs, food and drink.  Overnight camping is available nearby.  Thurmont is located just a few minutes from Camp David off of Route 15.  You can get details here.
 
Law enforcement has been very active in preparing for our actions. Authorities took the uncommon step of closing Cunningham Falls State Park at the request of the Secret Service. The Baltimore Sun described this as “highly unusual and may be without precedent.”   In addition, designated First Amendment areas that had been open for previous summits at Camp David have also been closed.
 
Please join us at these events. The whole world will be watching. We need to show the G8 and the world that we want an economy for the people, built from the bottom up not from the top down and that is democratic, sustainable and fair.
 
In Solidarity

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P.S. If you’d like to contribute to these efforts, donate here.
 

Here is a report on NOW DC from organizer and engineer Steve Chrismer: “The content of the Social Forum provides much of the intellectual frame work that we need to build upon in order to counter and influence the existing, seemingly impenetrable machine that is aligned against us.  Already we are seeing cracks in the foundation of that machine and ways to get inside.

“Did you know that it is possible to insert yourself between rocks that are vibrating at just the right frequency?  When looking for the optimum vibration frequency at work (for tools inserted into rocks) by shaking a barrel of rocks at various frequencies, I passed by it several times using swept frequency mode and never noticed that it existed.  Then I went back and increased the frequency by single digits from 0 Hz.  When resonance occurred (over a very narrow band centered at 35 Hz) the situation changed dramatically and as the rocks became "fluid" I was able to insert my hand and then my whole arm into the rocks which just moved away.  If you went slow enough the rocks flowed around you, not noticing your presence, and did not resist: go too recklessly fast and the rocks would resist.

“This is where Occupy is as a movement: only six months old and we are already noticing the weakness of solid walls that we have been banging our heads against.  We must increase our numbers, and more will join, but only as we continue to build and define the movement.  Pointing to the extent of the corruption is not enough and may only cause people to despair.  To weaken the pillars for power transfer requires that we study these cracks so that we can provide the needed energy to open them nonviolently and allow us all to pass through.”

To weaken the pillars that support the current power structure, we use both protest to expose the truth and education about building  alternative models to create the world we want to see. Both are happening at NOW DC!

We protested at the Occupy EPA “Protect the planet for a sustainable future march and rally” which featured Dr. Helen Caldicott and live Alpacas on March 30th. Over the weekend, NOW DC participants trained in peacekeeping with the Veterans for Peace and direct action with the Backbone Campaign. An action was held on Monday that successfully prevented a family from being evicted.


Last Monday, we also spent the day at the “Controlling the Corporations Conference” sponsored by Ralph Nader. The conference featured people who are working to end corporate rule and to create food security, free and fair elections, a democratized economy and more. The day was livestreamed and is available on the NOW DC website.
The first week of the NOW DC Social Forum was rich in content and conversation. Each workshop was scheduled for 90 minutes, but most extended a full two hours and participants needed reminding to stop and move to the next session. The second week starts on Tuesday, April 10th. It is free and open to the public. The schedule is visible here. Some sessions will be livestreamed.

On Thursday, we will join Leah Bolger, current President of Veterans for Peace, when she goes to court for her arrest in DC last November. Leah bravely stood alone in front of the members of the Super Committee and told them they were fraudulent and that we know how to fix the deficit. Leah will plead guilty for her action and so faces jail time. Of course, the real criminals will not be tried or be held accountable for their crimes against the people.

The OccuFest has been cancelled due to low turnout for NOW DC. The common theme we hear is that occupiers are busy in their local working groups and there is not energy for a mass mobilization in DC. We are planning for the “Occupy the G8 Peoples’ Summit” in Frederick, Maryland on May 18th and hope that tens of thousands will turn out in Chicago for the NATO Summit. We will continue to move forward towards justice.

In peace and solidarity,
October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC



Below is a letter from the collective at Mt. Rainer.  The people in this collective were formerly staying on Freedom Plaza but are now occupying a house in foreclosure, not only to protect it, but also to reach out to communities outside of downtown DC.  They are doing great work, as they describe below, and deserve your financial support.  Please donate to their work today.  You can donate now by clicking here.
In solidarity,
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
 
Dear Occupy Supporter:

As a direct offshoot of the determination, energy and idealism found in the occupation of Freedom Plaza in DC in 2011, we have formed the nucleus of a collective and occupied a house in foreclosure in Mt. Rainier MD.  From the ideas generated at October2011.org (in this case by Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and the others who organized the Freedom Plaza occupation -- kudos!), we decided -- Sergei Kostin, Scott Galindez, Leigh Tatum, Jonathan Nowland and Mike Sheffer -- that the next step for us was to advance the message of practical, persistent resistance to the Washington, DC power structure from Freedom Plaza into the neighborhoods, all the while working to re-imagine and re-create new forms of economy or economic exchange, new media and education outlets.  The mission of the house is simply to carry on the struggle with the same drive, the same demands -- and the same solutions! -- of the Occupy movement as a whole…

Unite!  Organize!  Educate!  Resist! and re-create the World...

We will advance with three broad strategies in mind.  First, to establish a cooperative business in order to fully support the collective financially and to create self-sufficiency and independence;  second, to establish independent news and education channels for the free dissemination of information uncorrupted by Corporate Statism; third, to commit ourselves to engaging in direct political actions of protest and active non-violent resistance against foreclosures.

In the last five weeks, we have been to teach-ins by Nadine Bloch of the Ruckus Society at the Institute for Policy Studies on affinity groups and the need to vitalize small, organized, dedicated political action-squads.  We have been to organizing sessions held prior to the formation of a new GA -- in this case Occupy Montgomery County.  We've made new connections at small meetings organized by folks determined to create new economic cooperatives and new local currencies to spur local business.  We've sponsored a teach-in in Mt. Rainer by Andrew Bratcher  on nonviolent communication skills.  We've been to the local cable-access station, as well as the one in DC, and we've created a plan for our first television show.  And our very first shifts at GLUT, the oldest food-collective in the DC area, begin this week.  

Last Saturday we held our first meeting with members of the Mt. Rainier community as a whole.  Our primary intention was to introduce ourselves, and then listen to what their concerns were.  Twenty people in all met for two hours identifying the concerns and needs of the community.  As a result, we decided the first steps were: 1) To strengthen our efforts to reach out into the community.  (Mt. Rainier is a progressive working-and middle-class neighborhood of whites, Latinos and African-Americans.); 2) To create local community gardens (and perhaps engage in a little guerrilla gardening); 3) To focus on the foreclosure crisis right here in Mt. Rainier and look for effective actions to take in resistance. This Saturday is our next meeting -- the second of many to come.

As many of you know, the Park Police decided to bar camping and sleeping in Freedom Plaza, and to close down McPherson Square almost entirely.  The ensuing crises meant that our efforts turned to helping meet the immediate needs of our comrades, and it's a large responsibility we continue to face by taking people in out of the weather, driving them to the doctors, bringing supplies, etc.  As a result we are late in getting out of the blocks on our primary projects.  We are now at the end of the month facing some bills we need to pay.  And we are asking for your help.

There is great energy in this house, great cohesion, and mutual support -- we respect each other; we like each other.  Great things will be done here.  But nothing more will be done without some immediate assistance from our brothers and sisters. The collective now numbers eight, including Javier Ocasio, Trish Carr and Tony Vanfossen.  The budget is $2,000/month.  Ongoing donations would be really appreciated. But right now we have three bills totaling about $950 that are due by next Tuesday.  These are bills in arrears that we assumed responsibility to pay in the agreement with the owner, who is in foreclosure.

Visit our Facebook bage for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/309179149129958/

Please donate today to support our work.  You can donate now by clicking here.

One way or another we will find a way forward.  Unite!  Organize!  Educate!  Resist!  and re-create the world...

Javier, Jonathan, Leigh, Mike, Scott, Sergei Tony, Trish
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We would like to begin with an expression of solidarity with Occupy Oakland, whose actions and intent have been inaccurately reported in the corporate media.  Their attempt to occupy abandoned space to use it for human needs on Saturday was met with intense police aggression resulting in injuries to peaceful protesters and 400 arrests. Occupy Oakland needs our support and help with bail money.  Please make a donation to them if you are able.

Following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, we can expect to see more repression of the Occupy Movement. In fact, the LAPD joined in military exercises in Los Angeles this past Saturday. And movement is being made to shut down the encampments in Washington at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square. So far the occupations remain. You can follow events  at OccupyFreedomPlaza.org.

Despite this, the Occupy Movement will live on. As we have heard, “You can’t evict an idea” and the Occupy Movement is an idea whose time has come. Plans to build the movement continue to more forward. This week, there will be a Peoples Prayer Breakfast organized by Occupy Faith in response to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Occupations from around the country are working together to plan the National Occupation of Washington, DC this spring. If your local occupation has not yet expressed solidarity, please bring the proposal to your General Assembly for consensus. And occupiers are encouraged to join in the planning. You can register for the conference calls are on InterOccupy.org every Sunday night at 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific.

NOW DC which will run through the month of April includes a NOW DC Social Forum from April 7 to 14. If you are interested in holding a workshop, you can read more about it and submit a proposal to workshops@NOWDC.org. We will greet Congress when they return to DC on April 16th with 2 weeks of direct action.

Many of you who were on Freedom Plaza at the beginning remember the tremendous positive energy that we shared as we took a visible stand against corporatism and militarism and for the creation of a new world that is peaceful, just and sustainable. This moment was captured in a painting by Herb Edwards and the painting is up for auction to support Freedom Plaza. It is currently on display at Bus Boys and Poets. If you would like to bid on it, please contact Dave Petrovich at NJSPOCH@aol.com for information. Bidding closes Feb. 15.

Or you can make a direct donation to help us continue to build this movement.


The second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Citizen’s United is tomorrow, Jan. 20th. Join OWDC for Occupy the Courts beginning at 11:45 on the steps of the Supreme Court for political theater created by the Backbone Campaign followed by a rally and protest. Actions are going on all over the country, so if you are not in DC, check the Move to Amend website to find an action near you.

As you may know, making clear corporations are not people, no longer treating money as speech and giving constitutional rights only to people are issues that are fundamental to the Occupy movement. We must build a movement strong enough to shift power so that a constitutional amendment ending corporate power can be enacted.

OWDC has expanded to two houses where occupiers are focused on working groups that are organizing specific projects. The NOW DC working group, located in the Peace House, is actively helping to plan the National Occupation of Washington, DC (NOWDC.org). Occupiers from around the country are welcome to join in the planning. Visit InterOccupy.org to join the Sunday night conference calls. Peace House occupiers are also working on Outreach and Education, scheduling teach-ins and movie nights. Check the Calendar to see the schedule.

Another OWDC house is in Mt. Rainier, Maryland where occupiers are working on Occupy the Economy and Occupy Media. They are putting together a proposal to create the first occupy co-operative business. If you would like to make a donation to support these projects, please donate on the OWDC website.

A group of occupiers who are staying on Freedom Plaza have chosen to stay there through the winter. If you would like to learn about their events or make a donation to support them, please visit their website.

Watch the Revolution Truth website for the podcast of a discussion with Michael Moore, Chris Hedges, Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Birgitta Jonsdottir and Jimmy Holvat on the Occupy Movement. Thank you all for your ongoing support.  2012 is going to be an exciting year of Occupy Power!

When we called for the occupation of Freedom Plaza in early June, we said this occupation would be “the beginning.”  We saw the occupation of Freedom Plaza as a tactic, much like a lunch counter sit-in or Freedom Ride during the civil rights movement. The Occupation was designed to educate and mobilize people for a much bigger and longer effort to end a government dominated by money and militarism and shift power to the American people. A few weeks before we began to occupy Freedom Plaza, Occupy Wall Street erupted, and other occupations soon followed. Occupation of public space was an idea whose historical time had come.
 
More than 1,200 Occupy camps sprang up quickly across the nation and the world.  The first months of this new movement profoundly shook the foundation of the 1% – almost instantly creating a new form of political power. This TIME “Person of the Year” protest movement, truly grown from the grass roots, handed the 99% some REAL political capital for the first time in decades and installed the Occupy Movement as a force to be reckoned with.
 
Shifting power to the American people requires much more than an occupation.  The Occupy Movement needs to build on four strong components – (1) non-violent protest and civil resistance, (2) non-participation in the existing corporate finance-dominated economy, (3) the development of concrete plans and policies to transform the corporate economy into a people's economy and (4) ending government dominated by money by shifting political power to the American people. Occupy Washington, DC says: no oligarchy, no plutocracy we want participatory democracy.  As we transitioned to winter we had many discussions on Freedom Plaza and among the web-community of Occupy Washington, DC.  We surveyed everyone on the Plaza to understand what their interests were.  These ideas and insights determined our next steps, described here:
 
1.       Continue to hold Freedom Plaza.  We have achieved a great deal through the occupation of Freedom Plaza.  We’ve shown how persons from different backgrounds, economic circumstances, races and political interests can live and work together; and form a community.  The encampment on Pennsylvania Ave. between the Congress and the Treasury/White House allowed us to reach thousands of people.  Our signs, newspaper – the Occupied Washington Post – and conversations with many Americans have spread the Occupy message.  We’ve carried out multiple protest actions in Congress, as well as at banks, the Chamber of Commerce and other locations.  We’ve held our own occupied super committee hearingand published a report to fix the economy, the “99%'s Deficit Proposal.”  This winter the number of people at the encampment will shrink but it will be available to expand as needed for actions like Witness Against Torture from January 11 to 20, the Occupy The Dream’s plans for the Federal Reserve on January 16, MLK Day, Occupy Congress scheduled for January 17 and Occupy the Courts protest against the Citizen’s United decision on January 20.  Freedom Plaza will continue to be a flagship for the American people to see that the occupy movement continues.
 
2.      The Peace House and Organizing National Resistance.  Approximately a dozen occupiers will move into the Peace House to work on organizing NOW DC (the National Occupation of Washington, DC) that begins on March 30. They will organize to bring occupiers from throughout the country to the nation’s capitol to show the breadth and depth of the Occupy Movement.  Peace House occupiers will work with occupations and others from across the country to build NOW DC. The creators of the Peace House, William Thomas and his wife Ellen Thomas, maintained and supported a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year 30 year protest of nuclear war on the north side of the White House. The disarmament vigil, founded on June 3, 1981, is courageously maintained by Concepcion Picciotto who joined Thomas a month after it began.  Picciotto will continue to use the Peace House when she takes breaks with Freedom Plaza occupiers filling in to continue the vigil. Volunteers at the Peace House will also work on local outreach and education in the greater DC community.
 
3.      Mt. Rainer House and Organizing Occupy the Economy and Occupy Media.  Another dozen occupiers will move into the Mt.%2