The Occupy Wall Street movement has close to $300,000, as well as storage space loaded with donated supplies in lower Manhattan. It stared down city officials to hang on to its makeshift headquarters, showed its muscle Saturday with a big Times Square demonstration and found legions of activists demonstrating in solidarity across the country and around the world.
Could this be the peak for loosely organized protesters, united less by a common cause than by revulsion to what they consider unbridled corporate greed? Or are they just getting started?
EpicStep, a kickstarter-esque website that crowdsources funds for billboards, has pledged to pay for an Occupy Wall Street billboard if 20,000 people vote for it on their website. People can vote on the design and city where it will be built, and if enough people vote, EpicStep will fund it. If 200,000 people vote, they will buy ad space for two Occupy Wall Street billboards in Times Square. We spoke with one of EpicStep’s founders, and they told us that they approached Occupy Wall Street with the idea and “they loved it.” So far, the campaign only has 694 votes, but there are 29 days remaining.
Indigenous views on
OccupyingDecolonizing Wall Street
“We don’t need more occupation – we need decolonization and it’s everyone’s responsibility to participate in that because COLONIALISM AFFECTS EVERYONE. EVERYONE! Colonialism also leads to capitalism, globalization, and industrialization. How can we truly end capitalism without ending colonialism? How does doing things in the name of “America” which was created by the imposition of hierarchies of class, race, ability, gender, and sexuality help that?”
The ‘United States’ is only possible because of its still imperial-colonial relations with Native peoples.
What ‘Wall Street’ and the U.S. have become — an imperial-colonial power over the world’s economics and the laws that protect it — is a direct legacy of the fraud and violence committed against Native nations.
Perhaps those who now claim to OCCUPY WALL STREET in the name of reforming America’s economy could remember their history and call it something else. Wall Street is, after all, already an occupied territory.”
via Tequilia Sovereign
**I am full solidarity with the occupy protests/actions, but I cannot simply forget the history of colonialism that has poisoned and continues to disease so many peoples, Indigenous or not. **
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Similar to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City, people in Seattle have taken to the streets to protest corporate greed, lobbyists, and America’s economic situation.
What started last Saturday as a small protest with 20 people at the Federal Building downtown has now transformed into a makeshift tent village at Westlake Park with over 60 people spending the night in tents. Using Facebook they announce their needs —tarps to rainproof tents, food, tape, signs, and whatever else is needed to run a demonstration.
Initially the encampment was allowed in the park but organizers are reporting that they have received orders from the city to leave the park.
Albert Postema brought food from his farm in Snohomish to support the protesters. “All day all week,” he said when asked how long he would stay at the demonstration, his voice hoarse from yelling all day. He participated in the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and decided to help with a similar protest here in Seattle.
Organizers are hoping the Seattle version of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement will continue to grow.
Here are photos from the Occupy Seattle protest at Westlake Park.
- Joe Dyer