This week-end in New York City, more than 700 peaceful protesters were penned in and arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Additional Occupy Protests occurred in Los Angeles and Chicago, with more being planned and organized for next week.
As the song suggests, what we have here is a movement.
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It all started with Adbusters call to Occupy Wall Street (http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/occupywallstreet.html). After that, a small group then started OccupyWallSt.org and organized more then 2 weeks ago to make it a reality. It was just a little protest that started on Wall St. to protest against the greed and corruption of the top 1% richest Americans.
From OccupyWallSt.org – “We are unions, students, teachers, veterans, first responders, families, the unemployed and underemployed. We are all races, sexes and creeds. We are the majority. We are the 99 percent. And we will no longer be silent.
As members of the 99 percent, we occupy Wall Street as a symbolic gesture of our discontent with the current economic and political climate and as an example of a better world to come.”
Just 2 Weeks Ago
The occupation started 2 weeks ago, and it was absent from the FOX/Murdock News group and many conservative news sites and blogs. Rachael Maddow from MSNBC and Bill Mahar talked about it, but much of the mainstream media did not run much on it.
Well, nothing gets people out like one of their own being arrested, and the students, moms, teachers, and others arrested this weekend are part of the 99% of the US population who don’t earn more than $1 million a year.
After this week-end, even FOX had to start reporting it:
It All Started with Tea
The Tea Party started it, but I think Occupy will finish it. The Government (and the banks who have bought the politicians) is not happy about this Occupy movement. First, they refused them access to Wall Street, and stuck them in a park (Zuccotti Park). So, where are the constitutional Tea Party members now? They are supposed to be zealots when it comes to the constitution, yet I can’t find much from them about the arrests in New York.
The worst thing you can do is arrest people for protesting. Nixon fenced in the area across from the White House and illegally detained thousands. That did not work out so well for him; and in Chicago they thought they could beat and jail kids and shoot some in Ohio – none of which worked out well for the government. To quote the patriots from the days of Chicago – “the whole world is watching”.
The real news of Occupytogether.org is that the organizers really know how to work Social Media and are becoming very inventive at organizing peaceful protests. They are very good at getting their message out, and my bet is that the whole world will be watching, following and starting their own Occupy protests.
It is the government’s and the wealthy’s worst fear – the poor and the middle class protesting about income inequality and the corruption of the government.
The preliminary declaration of the occupation listing some of the grievance is posted at www.nycga.cc
On the site; I found ideas are being discussed for solutions to the problems listed. The process of creating the specific demands from solution ideas seems to be a Democratic Consensus via the websites forum. A Greek forum, but accessible by the whole planet and it seems to be organized very well in order to keep traditional politics out.
On the NYC live streaming video and chat, discussion about issues is encouraged, but partisan comments (specific parties and politicians) results in a swift boot out of the discussion. The site states that “moderators do not allow partisan comments or any incitement to violence, but ideas are welcome.”
See live video when available, and reruns other times at:
I believe one reason Occupy has snowballed is because they have been successful in keeping any special interest group from taking control of the site and organization. Their parliamentary procedures are impeccable – it is a truly Democratic decision-making process in how the organization and protests are organized and run. It makes people feel that their voice is being heard, not just in the streets, but in the organization as well.
So What’s IT really about?
The biggest issue facing the Occupy movement is the lack of a clear and coherent message, but that is not stopped similar efforts from popping up elsewhere in the United States. There are 34 organizations supporting Occupy movement currently.
The Boston Occupy website, (http://occupyboston.com/) lists many groups from unions to ethnic organizations to activist groups focused; on everything from foreclosure prevention to climate change to justice-related issues. The Boston Occupy, which held a festival and march Friday and Saturday and has targeted Bank of America in recent weeks and states on its website that its aim is to “stop their greed,” “fight for an economy that works for all of us” and “build cities that are democratic, just and sustainable.”
Occupy Chicago (http://occupychi.org/) for instance, entered its 10th day on Sunday, has a simple statement as its mission, “Occupy Chicago is here to fight corporate abuse of American democracy in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.”
The website of Seattle demonstrators (http://www.occupyseattle.org/) describes the nationwide Occupy movement as “a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions.”
An additional statement on the Seattle site quotes the New York Occupy site in referring to the sharp divide between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of society, “The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%,”
It is this message that really started it all, and if the movement is to quickly get stronger, their democratic and parliamentarian process taking place on their websites of defining the movements message – had better hurry up before the movement goes beyond the message.
So far, from what I can gather, the Occupy Movement is protesting about:
* The income discrepancy between the top 1% of Americans, and everyone else.
* Home foreclosures
* High Unemployment
* 2008 Bank bailouts
* Corporate greed
* Government corruption
* Money spent on our wars
The other big issue facing the Occupy Movement is the fact that they have not developed any solutions that they are pushing for. I can’t find any information on their sites that offer solutions to the issues/problems that they are protesting.
In order to get more people to join the movement and make it more mainstream, they are going to have to do the following:
1) Clearly define what they are protesting about, and get it down to a simple clear statement. Protesting about greed is not enough; it has to be more specific.
2) Make their message unified on all the Occupy websites and Social Media platforms
3) Once the Mission statement is clearly defined, they need to define a solution – a solution that they are protesting for, and who needs to make it happen
4) They need to do these things quickly before the movement looses focus, which will cause it to loose its energy.
The Occupy Wall Street site announced this morning that they unanimously voted it’s first official document for release, a declaration of why they are doing what they are doing:
It is a start. The site also declared that they are working on three more documents, that will likely be released in the upcoming days:
1) A declaration of demands.
2) Principles of Solidarity
3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group. This will be a living document.
Living In America
Things in America and the World are getting worse as populations increase and resources decrease. This is our future, and we as a people are going to have to deal with these facts and issues.
If done properly, this can be a peaceful process that can transform our society and government for the better – which is the hope I have, and is hopefully something that can become a reality.
Wake up America, it is time to do what our forefathers have done, and improve the system that they set-up for us.
For more information:
Occupy Wall Street Websites:
https://occupywallst.org/ – Mainsite
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144937025580428 – Facebook
https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyWallSt – Twitter
Occupy Movement Websites:
https://occupytogether.org/ – Main Site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street – Wikipedia page
http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/occupywallstreet – Original Adbusters site
http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution – Live video streams
http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/ – Photos
Occupy Movement City Websites:
http://nycga.cc/ – New York City
http://occupychi.org/ – Chicago
http://www.occupyseattle.org/ – Seattle
http://occupyboston.com/ – Boston
http://occupylosangeles.org/ – Los Angeles
Good Luck America!!