It is now 2 years on since the day when hundreds gathered at Zuccotti Park. Now the issue has grown from income inequality to the police state and a unilateral war that has no backing from Americans.
I WILL NEVER FORGET.
Protest groups across the country are gearing up for May Day protests on Wednesday. In New York, Occupy Wall Street has posted a schedule for the day, kicking off with young workers marching from Bryant Park in solidarity with the Transport Workers Union. Occupy says it plans to visit the offices of union busters and companies with whom the TWU members have contract disputes.
At around noon, protesters will then go on an “immigrant worker justice tour,” in order to highlight the daily struggles facing immigrants and workers in New York City. Activists will visit several workplaces in midtown to “demand an end to exploitation of immigrant workers” with the march ending at Senator Schumer’s office for a speak-out on what real immigration reform looks like.
Occupy has also scheduled an event to “Save The People’s Post Office” where protesters will meet at the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 14th Street and First Avenue. I previously have written about the fake USPS budget crisis and how our pro-privatization Congress refuses to allow the Post Office to save itself.
The evening will culminate with a rally for labor and citizens’ rights at City Hall, a May Day People’s Assembly at Foley Square and a memorial for Kimani Gray, the Brooklyn teenager slain by the NYPD, at Zuccotti Park. Protesters plan on addressing racial profiling under stop-and-frisk, full legalization for immigrants, an immediate end to deportations, the injustices of the 1 percent and the devastating consequences of austerity.
Nationally, May Day protests have already attracted the attention of authorities. FBI agents in Seattle and Olympia have reportedly been showing up at people’s houses, schools, workplaces and even favorite jogging routes to question individuals about their May Day plans.
The agents were mostly chummy with the people they contacted. As one woman talked to agents, another housemate described their manner as “jokey and flirty—I almost thought they were gonna ask her out!”
Flirty or not, they identified themselves as members of the FBI’s domestic terrorism unit. Apparently, the vandalism of May Day 2012, and the potential demonstrations on May Day 2013, are terrorism investigations. (Which, frankly, seems to me like a grave insult to anyone from Boston to NYC to Kandahar who’s been a victim of, or lost a family member to, actual terrorism.)
In one case yesterday, the agents reportedly turned up at a public park to intercept two joggers. The joggers said “no, thanks” and went home. About 20 minutes later, the agents reportedly showed up at their house.
This highly invasive behavior by authorities isn’t unusual. In 2012, the NYPD raided activists’ homes before the annual protests. At the time, the National Lawyer’s Guild said it was aware of at least five instances of the NYPD’s paying activists visits, including one where the FBI was involved in questioning.
Ayn Dietrich, a spokesperson for the FBI, would neither confirm nor deny anything about the visits to theSeattle Stranger. However, she did say, “We do all kinds of routine activities throughout the state on any given day. If we have people out there, it could be community outreach, emergency response, or investigative work…. We sometimes knock on doors when there’s an issue of a missing child. We’re around the community, especially with ethnic minority groups, to let them know they can come to us to report hate crimes.”
It’s ironic Dietrich specifically mentioned ethnic minority groups, given that they’re doing some of the most serious planning around May Day, specifically in fighting for immigrant rights, legalization and an end to deportations. In California, large protests are expected because some undocumented immigrants and their supporters view this as their best chance in many years for immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Reporter David Olson writes that many grassroots immigration activists are unhappy with key elements of the Senate immigration bill, such as the thirteen-year wait for potential citizenship for undocumented immigrants, which Olson says many view as “excessive,” and a trigger mechanism in the bill that makes a path to citizenship dependent on the implementation of stringent border security measures.
Though there is considerably less press coverage of this year’s May Day in comparison to last year’s events—when activists were still coming down from the frenzied energy of the Occupy movement’s apex—now is actually the time when the most exciting grassroots workers’ actions are taking place. Fast food workers in New York City and Chicago have shown innovative ways non-unionized workers can fight for living wages and demonstrated for workers everywhere that labor rights aren’t just for a select sect, but rather for everyone who has ever worked for a day’s wages.
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An hour or so ago #Twitter started to buzz with word of arrests coming from the Occupy Wall Street event located around #Zuccotti Park and #Trinity Church. In watching live video stream #NYPD seems to be pulling random people from the crowd and off the sidewalk and putting them into police vans. They are using mega phones and a large #police presence to push the marchers out of the streets. Watch live #stream from two sources on the street.
It sounds like 15-20 people have been arrested so far although there are no official numbers from NYPD as of yet.
For #video from earlier this evening watch Occupy Eye
A model of a Reaper Drone is pushed past the Duke Energy building as activists marched in the Coalition to March on Wall Street South, a 3-mile march Sunday, September 2, 2012, to spotlight Charlotte as the United States’ second-largest financial center, behind New York. Activists stopped in front of the headquarters of Bank of America and Duke Energy as they took to the streets in downtown Charlotte, site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
The West failed in the face of critics: #Assange, #Anonymous, #Occupy - who rests with the system is declared the offender and has to fear for his safety. - #OpESR
Julian Assange is a refugee . But he does not escape from the law. But against what is wrong. He knows what it could bloom. Assange has humiliated America. It will have no mercy when it will get hold of him. And the extradition to Sweden, before the WikiLeaks founder now wants to protect, would be the first step on a long journey that could with a sentence of a few hundred years end in some windowless hole of an American high-security prison.
The allegations in Sweden against Julian Assange there are questionable. It’s about the suspicion of rape in minor cases, and to sexual assault and harassment. Assange denies the allegations, called a smear campaign.
“Taz” recommends Assange, the message to leave and to be extradited to Sweden and know perfectly well: “If the allegations prove to be unfounded, he is a free man” We can congratulate our colleagues at the Dutschke-Straße to the fact that they still have such confidence in the rule of law.
Doubts about the rule of law
There are good reasons to doubt that this idea of the rule of law. Who is this law in the way can be prepared for a lot: Corporal Bradley Manning , probably the most important source for WikiLeaks was spent ten months in solitary confinement. Pillows and sheets were denied to him for a while. He had to leave his clothes at night and in the morning to take multiple naked outside his cell. Physical exercises in the cell were banned him. The light was on constantly. That is the rule of law.
The law is clear: It is forbidden to publish documents on national security. It is forbidden to break into the databases of credit card companies. It is forbidden to occupy public land road. And because all that is prohibited is the matter with Assange, Anonymous and Occupy simple: See, accuse pass sentence.
And by the way: It is actually forbidden to sing in a Russian Orthodox church punk prayers.
The law protects not always work right, we see how the Americans do in their wars neither their own nor otherwise entitled. We see how our society has become a hostage to the greed of the criminal actors in the financial centers. We do not tolerate that the institutions that are supposed to protect the welfare of the many from access by the interests of the few, are bypassed or ignored. And we abide, like those who are opposed rebel pursued by security forces and criminalized.
The trust is broken
It is not in our system, provided that the people take matters into their own hands: “We have parliaments and courts, that the rule of law,” said “time” co-editor Josef Joffe did when WikiLeaks, the State Department files was published.
But torture in Abu Ghraib , the waterboarding in CIA prisons, the Mow down unarmed civilians in Afghanistan - much of what the United States has in recent years brought into dangerous proximity to the unjust regimes in the Middle East, to China and the defunct Soviet Union , came to light because people like Julian Assange did not rely on “Parliaments and courts.”
Our system will people every few years to vote - and then silence.
The system - which is not a left folklore phrase from a seventies Suhrkamp anthology, but really cool. After the WikiLeaks publications have MasterCard and Visa denied the donation processing for the organization and Amazon has withdrawn the WikiLeaks made available server capacity. Just like that.
The system is determined by its network of power and interests, and it is held by the majority opinion, the implied that everything is in order. But the order is broken. The trust has been broken.
Start making your plans today to come to Charlotte on September 2 for the March on Wall Street South!
Nearly two dozen organizing centers — including 9 in North Carolina — have been established in more than 15 states across the South and the U.S. These centers will bring people to Charlotte to raise a people’s agenda for jobs and justice as the Democratic National Convention prepares to meet.
Can’t find one near you? Sign up to become an organizing center to help bring folks from your area to the March on Wall Street South and the other actions being planned before and during the DNC.
In the first part of a new interview series, historian and philosopher Noam Chomsky talks to Gary Younge about the significance of the Occupy movement in the US and how it will affect the upcoming presidential election in November
• The director’s cut: watch a full-length version of the interview here
CPE supports and stands with the Occupy movement. We have produced this resource which we hope will be useful for activists who are fighting for an economy for the 99% – one that is just and sustainable.
Economics for the 99% Booklet/Zine (downloadable pdf)
Economic Timeline and Narrative (downloadable pdf)
This booklet is intended for distribution to activists in the Occupy movement. It is designed to serve as a resource for anyone working in any of hundreds of ways in that movement: organizing, writing, teaching, discussing with neighbors, protesting to build a more just and sustainable economic system.
This 15-part booklet presents a coherent analysis that is developed step by step for the reader. It starts by addressing major economic problems — by no means the complete list! — and looking at their dimensions and their roots in the economic system. It then introduces some economic alternatives — visions of a different kind of economy. The booklet includes a timeline of the period since 1900 and an accompanying narrative.
The booklet can be used as a complete resource in itself or as a source of short leaflets on individual topics. Each numbered section was designed to be usable on its own, to be copied or emailed to those interested in the particular topic; they may be copied and distributed freely.
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Chris Hedges on the State of Journalism - #Philadelphia #OWS #Occupy #OpESR #Realness ~
At an Occupy event in Philadelphia, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange runs into Pulitzer Prize journalist Chris Hedges and gets his take on the state of journalism today.
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Occupy movement says Stockton isn’t doing enough to inform homeless of alternative places to go for help, shelter