“As an active duty airman married with two kids. I qualified for food stamps, even though I was living on base. I would have been one of the 47% the GOP classifies as a freeloader even though I was serving my country in Desert Storm. If you w…
A demonstration in solidarity with Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond occurred last night at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where he is temporarily being held. Just two weeks ago, the 28 year old was sentenced to 10…
Want a side of wage theft with your favorite holiday dish? The restaurant Dirty Bird uses it in the special sauce.
Join us today to support a cadre of fast-food workers who are standing up for their rights — and the rights of millions acros…
The era of a New York City run by and for the 1% is coming to a close and it’s time for us to take to the streets and demand Bloomberg and his friends get out of the way.
Join with community activists, union members, students, teachers, fast food workers, faith leaders and many others for a massive citywide mobilization in Foley Square. We are demanding the Robin Hood Tax, universal pre-K for all children, good wages for all workers, affordable housing, quality healthcare, an end to inequality and the tale of two cities and the start of One New York that works for #AllOfUs. We are not broke, we are twisted, and all the resources are in front of us, if the 1% will agree willingly to step away from their hoarding in favor of a sustainable world.
When: Thursday December 5th at 4pm
Where: Foley Square, Manhattan, NY
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/359450277532091/
We have done a lot of work in battling the propaganda of the 1% and raising issues of inequality, but it is not enough. This is why we continue the work that brought us to Zuccotti. We continue to fight and raise our voices with the 99% of this city who are tired of the greed of big corporations, Wall Street, and the rest of the 1%.
It is our hope that we will serve as an example for the rest of the world. We want New York City to be the model for communities in which class war is carried out in lack of funding for education, racial profiling, food insecurity, and lack of housing.
For too long working people have been disregarded. But this is our moment. Last month we made our voices heard and our message was clear. We want an end to the tale of two cities. We want a New York that works for all of us.
Hey all you messengers, wildcats and dreamers,
What is our one demand?
It’s been two years since a bunch of us scraggy homegrown neo-anarchists took Zuccotti and sparked Occupy Wall Street. All across the world everyday people still remember…
Solidarity to those working in restaurants, Amazon-fulfilment centers, retail departments and Black Friday binge fests. May those at the top profit no longer. May we learn once again to be human together. May a new Jubilee come, from the peop…
Without capitalism, there could be no undue influence of money in politics. Without capitalism, trade would be truly free. Without capitalism, the financial sector would be an embarrassing relic of the past, a warning to future generations. Without capitalism, there can be no neoliberalism.
Anticapitalism is the true big tent. Whether or not you think the reforms proposed and enacted by various Occupy-related groups (like StrikeDebt, Occupy Sandy and the Occupy Card) will fix the systemic problems of capitalism, they are campaigns worth supporting. They provide temporary relief to people who need the most and allow us to experiment with alternatives. This is a good thing. But we can’t let a good treatment distract us from a cure. Without addressing the underlying cause of capitalism, these problems will only get worse.
Globalization will continue to send jobs overseas. Technology will continue to automate human labor and obsolete the professions of millions of workers who will have no choice but to adapt. But for those who can’t adapt to the new economy, the sentence under capitalism is death. This is because capitalism denies the necessities for human survival (like food, housing, and health care) to those unable to sell themselves to corporations. Even in times of plenty when you’d think we’d have to work less and less.
The end of capitalism means the beginning of your new life – a life where your home cannot be taken from you by force to maintain the bottom-line of a multi-billion dollar company that pays less in taxes than you; a life where you own your future; a life where politics represents you. The end of capitalism means the life you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have. The end of capitalism means freedom.
The 1% owned the mainstream American political system long before the Supreme Court upheld Citizens United. The 1% oppressed the global 99% long before “free trade” agreements became the norm. The 1% used the financial sector to swindle the people long before Dodd-Frank was repealed, long before the Federal Reserve.
It is important that as we oppose the institutions that capitalism has created to oppress us, that we oppose capitalism as well. If we allow ourselves to be held hostage by the symptoms of our disease we will never find our way to the cure. The cure, as we knew and demonstrated two years ago, is revolution.
Two years after Occupy Wall Street was founded we are still here, and so are our problems. Take the street, take your jobs, take back your money, take back your power. Organize.
A full year after Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern seaboard, we can begin to glean valuable insight into the community-led relief network that sprung up in response, also known as the Occupy Sandy network. In late October 2012, as the “Superstorm” was approaching, Occupy Wall Street participants focused social media and interpersonal networks in preparation. By the following morning, the group had already begun to use social media and network-based communications to amplify the relief efforts in some of the the hardest-hit communities across New York City and New Jersey.
In the days and weeks that followed, Occupy Sandy helped create and connect a complex, nimble, and oftentimes haphazard relief network. Donation centers, mutual aid hubs, open-source needs assessments, and volunteer assignment systems sprung to life, seemingly overnight. Drawing on the strengths of network-based organizing, these efforts were often more effective than the work of traditional, top-down aid organizations like the Red Cross.
One of the tens of thousands of people who came together to make this network thrive was Sofía Gallisá Muriente, who spent the last year organizing in Rockaway Beach. Listen to her share her experiences from the effort and her thoughts about the future promise and latent perils that the Occupy Sandy network now faces.
Organizing during disasters is becoming an increasingly important role of the social justice movement, particularly as climate change threatens to wreck havoc upon nations and people who are the least responsible for the pollution and exploitation of the earth. Today, tens of thousands of residents of the Philippines are organizing to survive amidst the devastation wrought by the most recent typhoon. So-called elected leaders refuse to address this crisis, evidenced by the utter failure of last week’s climate summit in Warsaw. Since politicians and the powerful continue to work for the fossil fuel industry, we must work for the people — both to slow climate change by forcing an end to consumption and fossil fuel burning, and to organize survival networks that protect ourselves and our fellow humans against the climate genocide.
As this talk demonstrates, this work has already started. Now, we must amplify it.
The Walton Family is collectively worth over $150 billion USD. Most of us struggle just to keep $150 dollars in our bank account, so it’s hard to comprehend how much money that really is! Yet all of that $150 billion is divided amongst just 16 people. What if we distributed that money to the 2,000,000 global employees of Walmart? Is that too radical? If you don’t think those people have earned the money, we could nationalize it instead. The Walmart fortune could be divided amongst the twenty seven countries in which they do business, granting each a settlement of $5.5 billion.
Look at the population of ten areas where you can find Walmart stores:
- United States: 314 million
- Argentina: 41 million
- Brazil: 199 million
- Chile: 17 million
- China: 1.3 billion
- Canada: 35 million
- United Kingdom: 63 million
- South Africa: 51 million
- Zambia: 14 million
- India: 1.2 billion
We are talking about redistributing $150 billion from 16 people to a pool of 2.3 billion people. We’re serious. The democratic systems we put in place to protect us from people like the Walton Family have failed. It’s time to try radical alternatives. We literally believe that the time has come to take from the rich and give to the poor.
Imagine what we could do if the United States had an immediate windfall of $5.5 Billion. Here are some examples:
Recover the $5 Billion Cut in Funding from the Food Stamps Program
Or we could…
Quadruple spending for the Small Business Administration From $1.4 Billion to $5.6 Billion
One of the biggest problems in the United States is the support needed for people to start new businesses. Instead of loans, why don’t we just give people money to establish new businesses? The secret to building our communities is not sending in a company from outside, but to invest in the people living there, their skills, their talents. And an added bonus? Generational family groups can stay together and give each other the support that is needed, instead of being separated by economics.
Or we could…
Quadruple the Spending for Americorps and other programs that work in our communities from $1.1 Billion to $5.6 Billion
We would finally have the resources to properly take care of our grandparents and treasured elders. We would finally have the resources to support the Americorps volunteer program, and thus, our communities.
Or we could…
Nationalize the Company
Walmart workers are mobilizing to take action on Black Friday in your area and they need you to support them directly, in the streets.
Can you join them and attend a direct action training? Companies throughout the world have followed Walmart’s example, creating low-pay, low-security jobs. We have all seen our friends, family and neighbors struggle as they are forced to take jobs they know can’t cover their bills. We’re all paying the price for the Walmart economy.
But there is hope for change. All around the country, Walmart workers are standing up. They have gone on strike in Dallas, Cincinatti, and Southern California to protest Walmart’s attempts to silence them by firing and disciplining those who stand up for their coworkers’ rights. They’re tired of looking their children in the eyes and having to explain why there’s no food in the cabinets while they work for one
of the most profitable companies in the world.
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, they’ll be holding protests to call
on Walmart pay a real wage of $25,000/yr for fulltime work and to end the retaliation against those who speak out.
Workers in YOUR CITY are planning to act. Making Change at Walmart is holding a quick course in how you can support them and mobilize for action. Can you attend a protest training this week to learn
how you can get more involved?
If you’re interested in supporting Walmart workers as they let companies know that
Walmart-style jobs aren’t good enough for our country, RSVP and
get more information.
Housing Justice Academy in New Jersey
Seattle City Councilmember-elect Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant
told Boeing machinists her idea of a radical option, should their jobs be moved out of state.
“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night.
This week, Sawant became Seattle’s first elected Socialist council member. She ran on a platform of anti-capitalism, workers’ rights, and a $15 per-hour minimum wage for Seattle workers.
On Monday night, she spoke to supporters of Boeing Machinists, six days after they rejected a contract guaranteeing jobs in Everett building the new 777X airliner for eight years, in exchange for new workers giving up their guaranteed company pensions.
Now Boeing is threatening to take those jobs to other states.
“That will be nothing short of economic terrorism because it’s going to devastate the state’s economy,” she said.
Sawant is calling for machinists to literally take-possession of the Everett airplane-building factory, if Boeing moves out. She calls that “democratic ownership.”
“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” she said.
Sawant says after workers “take-over” the Everett Boeing plant; they could build things everyone can use.
“We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.
Sawant says she was referring to “drones” when speaking of war machines. Still, she says even as they work on the lines, building airplanes daily, she believes Boeing workers are under siege.
“Workers have to realize, they have more power than they think,” she said.
The following were the words spoken by Reverend Billy (in the video above) that might have gotten him up to a year in jail time, if we do not act.
We are in the midst of a mass extinction at this time. I ask you to think of your own children. I am the father of a three year old and I’m worried about the kind of world that my daughter will inherit. Please protect life, protect the earth. Take your money out of J.P. Morgan Chase or work inside the bank to change the values system of this bank. It is the largest bank in the United States by assets, but it is also the top bank in the world for financing industrial projects which poison the atmosphere with co2 emissions.
Who caused Hurricane Sandy?
Chase bank did, if anybody did. Rise up against the corporations that are poisoning the atmosphere. It’s up to you and to me, only we can do it.
Somebody give me a “Change-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!
Are you alright? Is no one angry?
You are angry, in the white shirt, I can tell.
Stay tuned to http://www.revbilly.com/
or write a nice email to the Honorable Cy Vance, Jr. to let him know what an upstanding citizen the Reverend is, and how he lights up culture and society with his presence.
If you care about art, community, and resistance against gentrification in New York City, please come out this Saturday at 3pm to support 5 Pointz, an “outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building”. 5 Pointz have shown support for Occupy Wall St from the beginning, so let’s show them what solidarity means!
Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/601512509885626/
THE CALL FOR SUPPORT FROM 5 POINTZ:
We are reaching out to any and all supporters of 5 Pointz, now is the time!
We need your support, we need to show the city that art has value and money is not greater then culture. This fight is bigger then graffiti, bigger then a building, its about preserving something priceless, a piece of history and a monument know over to the world.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED! COME ONE COME ALL THIS SATURDAY!!!!
We are asking you to come out and rally with us. If you love 5 Pointz, show us on Saturday. We need a big crowd. Please come out to show your support and hear more about REAL STRATEGIES TO SAVE OUR MONUMENT. The future of 5 Pointz is within OUR CONTROL!
Peaceful gathering and art from 3-4.
Speakers from 4-5.
Please invite friends and spread the word
We are also asking you to download and sign the landmark from and email it ASAP at [email protected]
This is vital, if you can not make it Saturday, please take a few minutes of your time and fill out the form and send it our way. The only way the city knows how much we care are by the numbers. Please download, sign, and email back.. 5 Pointz is by the people, for the people.. We need our people to step up now..
Thank you for your continued support..
The 5PTZ family!
Please support Jeremy Hammond tomorrow in NYC.
Join the Facebook event and bring your best sign by 10 a.m to the U.S. District Court, on Pearl Street between Bowery and Centre to show the world that it is time to evolve. Hacktivism is not a …
If you want to participate in the Black Friday actions to protest working conditions at WalMart go to: http://blackfridayprotest.org
If you are a Walmart worker involved in organizing and you need financial assistance, please contact us.
If you want to support the workers by paying for essential living expenses, please consider buying the snazzy “Team #WalmartWorkers” tshirt, printed and fulfilled by the OWS Screenprinters.
If rebranding is more your thing, check out this site for ideas.
If you still need to be convinced this is a good idea, read what Robert Reich wrote last year about the action to understand why strikes are actually good for the economy. Yes, a very good thing is about to happen.
One of the strikers we are currently supporting sent the following to explain why he is dedicated to pushing through for dignity and respect in his workplace:
“I’ve been living and working southwest of a large Midwestern city. Nearly every available job opportunity at all the temp agencies I applied to were within the warehousing industry and – with the holiday season approaching – one of the first jobs available was at the Walmart warehouse loading and unloading freight. Working in a warehouse doing hard manual labor for $10 an hour with no steady hours puts workers in a precarious situation – basic living expenses such as rent & utilities, gas, food, car maintenance pile up and my co-workers and I never know how many hours we’re going to get on our next shift. Sometimes I’ll get a call the night before telling me the department I work in has been shut down for the entire weekend. Breathing in the air in the dusty trailers made me sick with congestion after each shift. You can only do back-breaking work with no health insurance for so long, which is why the companies are often able to get away with it – the staffing companies at the warehouses treat their employees like they’re disposable and when one employee can’t take it any more, they find someone else to take his or her place.
These circumstances are exactly why we needed to organize our co-workers and fight back to win improvements. People move from job to job at warehouses in the area with no benefits and no security is no way to make a living. We started a petition and asked our co-workers to sign it demanding basic improvements with respect to our working conditions: job security, respect, consistent work schedules, safety improvements, and an end to discrimination and retaliation. We delivered the petition and faced retaliation.
We need support to be able to take these kinds of risks if we’re going to make any changes. We can’t continue this race to the bottom and continuing to organize for improvements now will show people that you can fight back and win at work, leading the way for unionization. But unionization isn’t the end goal. Even with a union, it is important to continue to engage members, push for a more democratic union, and hold the elected leaders accountable to the interests of the members. An organized workforce in WalMart paves the way for raising industry standards in retail and warehousing, but that doesn’t mean we want to see more Walmarts in neighborhoods in every city and town in the country just to have an organized workforce.
I don’t want to win further environmental and economic degradation through unionization of the world’s largest employer and the potential push by a union with the intention of growing membership through the company’s expansion. I do want to win through an organized workforce, the opportunity to have protection against the employer’s intimidation and retaliation that we are currently experiencing and an adequate recourse of action. Looking beyond the shop floor, a unionized and organized workforce also holds potential to improve standards in other countries – from baggers working exclusively for tips at Walmart retail stores in Mexico to the conditions of the factories in China.
Organizing within our globalized economy holds huge potential for improving the lives of millions of people across the globe, but this opportunity must be taken with the right intentions.”
Here’s the document that’s going to break the internet and destroy your career: http://wikileaks.org/tpp/
For those of you who don’t know the #TPP is an international trade agreement that is being written for Disney so Mickey Mouse doesn’t go into the public domain. Mickey Mouse is still worth billions and Disney is fighting tooth and nail to keep copyright restricted so it protects only the rich and powerful.
Public domain is the status of most media made more than 70+ years ago. It’s why we can put an Albrecht Dürer print on a magazine cover or play Beethoven in any media without having to pay anyone.
The whole point of copyright is to protect innovation. If you spend 10 years developing something, like a cartoon mouse for instance, you should have the sole right to sell that mouse until you recoup the development cost. This prevents a competitor from making a copy of your work and selling it for less (because they have no R&D budget to make up).
What is happening now is that rich and powerful organizations are extending copyright well past any reasonable time line.
Disney is destroying the very thing that allowed them to thrive. Nearly all of their early works are taken from past works that were in the public domain (Snow White, etc.)
Think about it, Star Wars will probably NEVER be in the public domain. If you want to make a fan fiction, sell prints of a sick ass tie fighter print, or use any of the names or events in the movie for anything you have to pay Disney. If they don’t like what you’re doing, they can take it down.
Further more, let’s say you post a video of a cop beating the shit out of a protester while people sing the imperial march song in the background. Well that’s copyright material now, so Disney can pull that video off line.
The rich are, once again, fucking you and you’re just going to let it happen?
Please take a moment to donate directly to on-the-ground organizations.
It’s been nearly a week since Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest hurricane in a generation, battered the Philippines, leaving unimaginable devastation in its wake. According to initial estimates, over 10,000 people dead, millions more shelterless and struggling to survive, as other storms threaten to wreck havoc on the archipelago.
The hurricane comes just three weeks after a 7.2 earthquake brought down buildings and infrastructure in central Philippines. As the international aid industrial complex sluggishly awakens from its slumber, hundreds of on-the-ground grassroots organizations are doing much of the heavy lifting, providing aid to hardest hit areas, places in which the government and international relief organizations are visibly absent.
These organizations need support, not only because the storm has drastically strained their resources, but more importantly, because we recognize that for a relief effort to be effective it has to be led by the impacted communities. Help power the people lead recovery efforts currently happening on the ground by donating to National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). Besides doing valuable work to advance immigration reform in the United States and environmental justice, they work with a network of grassroots Philippine partners, to ensure that donations go directly to those most in need of help, information, and basic necessities. For years, NAFCON has carried out its overseas relief and rehabilitation efforts with partner organizations who maintain a proven track record of serving Filipinos communities with integrity and trust.
For more information check out Occupy Philippines:
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Today, thousands of anti-corruption activists and organization will be participating from San Diego to New York City, Miami to Minnesota, Canada to Brazil, and Bangladesh to the United Kingdom. Today, people will be in the streets in more than 70 cities around the world.
The March Against Corruption is a worldwide effort to eradicate the corrupting influence of capitalism in public policy making. This November 2nd is a first of many worldwide days of action.
Recently, Richard Wolff wrote, “The economic aim of both major US political parties is, in the end, the same: to protect and reinforce the capitalist system.” It is time to stop working to support this economic system that does nothing but devalues our relationships and our communities as our resources are sucked into the pockets of the 1%.
The biggest eyesore in New York is not the graffiti, argues Banksy, its under construction at ground zero.
As a visitor staying in New York for the past few weeks, one thing has become very clear to me, and I say this as a friend – you’ve got to do something about the new World Trade Center.
That building is a disaster. Well no, disasters are interesting. One World Trade Center is a non-event. Its vanilla. It looks like something they would build in Canada.
The attacks of September 11th were an attack on all of us, and we will live out our lives in their shadow. But it’s also how we react to adversity that defines us. And the response?
104 floors of compromise?
Remarkably for such a tall structure, One World Trade lacks any self confidence. How does it stand up without a spine? It looks like it never wanted to be built in the first place.
It reminds you of a really tall kid at a party, awkwardly shifting his shoulders trying not to stand out from the crowd. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a shy skyscraper.
It would be easy to view One World Trade Centre as a betrayal of everyone who lost their lives on September 11th, because it so clearly proclaims the terrorists won. Those 10 men have condemned us to live in a world more mediocre than the one they attacked, rather than be the catalyst for a dazzling new one.
Nobody comes to New York to bathe in your well-mannered common sense. We’re here for the spirit and audacity. Of which One World Trade has none.
Instead you have to look to the rooftops – to the chorus of precariously roller painted names and slogans crawling over the skyline like poison ivy.
This is the city’s true heritage – a city that made its name giving space to the mercurial and the brave.
One World Trade declares the glory days of New York are gone. You really need to put up a better building in front of it right away. Or better still, let the kids with the roller poles finish it off.
Because you currently have under construction a one thousand foot tall sign that reads – New York — we lost our nerve
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We’ve been busy these last few months, attending screenings, workshops, panels – and there’s more to come. Check out our upcoming events over the next two months, and please share widely. NOV 6-7 – VANCOUVER – MERGING MEDIA CONFERENCE – Panel discussions on emerging distribution + alternative financing, and a screening of OCCUPY LOVE. In [...]
This video is a call to action released in support of the Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance being held in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Oct. 26, the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act. Formed in June 2013, the StopWatching.us coalition is comprised of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum demanding that Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.
A diverse cast of media, academic, political and legal figures and truth-speakers unite in the video to sound the alarm over unconstitutional government surveillance. The full list, in order of appearance, includes:
- Daniel Ellsberg, “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower
- Phil Donahue, television talk-show pioneer
- US Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee
- David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress
- Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor and activist
- Oliver Stone, director of The Untold History of the United States and Nixon
- John Cusack, actor and activist
- Wil Wheaton, actor and writer
- Molly Crabapple, artist and writer
- Jesselyn Radack, U.S. Department of Justice whistleblower and national security and human rights director at the Government Accountability Project
- J. Kirk Wiebe, NSA whistleblower
- Mark Klein, AT&T whistleblower who revealed the telecommunications company’s collaboration with the NSA in collecting customer data
- Thomas Drake, NSA whistleblower
- Cindy Cohn, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Dan Choi, LGBTQ activist and Iraq War veteran
- Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School
Thomas Drake and Daniel Choi will also speak at the rally, which begins with a march from Columbus Circle to the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. StopWatching.us will also deliver more than 500,000 signatures opposing the NSA’s mass surveillance to Congress. The coalition is calling for a full Congressional investigation of America’s surveillance programs, reform to federal surveillance law, and accountability from officials responsible for hiding this surveillance from lawmakers and the public.