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A Million Man March on Wall Street

How to spark a people's revolt in the West.

Revolutions are not unplanned and leaderless events. Nor do they happen like ‘spontaneous combustion.’ The mass protests that have erupted in Cairo's Midan Tahrir square, and are close to toppling Mubarak's regime, were orchestrated by a handful of Internet savvy organizers known as the April 6 Youth Movement. For two years they planned, strategized, thought things through. Their first act surprised even themselves: in the wake of Tunisia, they called for a day of protest and 90,000 supporters showed up. It was this initial mass, backed by popular enthusiasm, that then propelled the uprising.

To this was added tactical education. A pamphlet entitled "How to Rise Up" was circulated in the days running up to the Friday protests on January 28. The pamphlet, which has been partially translated by The Atlantic, covers everything from what to wear, what march route to take and how to fight back against the riot police.

Could an uprising like this happen in America? Over 25 million folks are now unemployed, 2.8 million homes are in foreclosure while the investment bankers who brought this economic misery cynically reap obscene bonuses and rewards. Blatant corruption rules at the heart of American democracy. And with corporations now treated as people, big business money dictates who is elected to Congress and what laws they shall pass. America has devolved into a corporate state ruled by and for the megacorps.

What would it take for the people of America to suddenly rise up and say "Enough!"? A double dip recession? A crash on Wall St.? A war in the Middle East?

If we want to spark a popular uprising in the West – like a million man march on Wall Street – then let's get organized, let's strategize, let's think things through.

–Kono Matsu

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jeffhayes

i love the idea. it's almost too bad our regime is split amongst these big corporations, so we don't have a single person to oust. wall st is a great place to start... if i could find a way there, i'd march. egypt has inspired me. i find hope in the fact that so many people, who before didn't seam to have any political opinion, were out marching with the rest. it seams to me that no matter how uneducated our population seams to be about these matters, they are pissed off, very pissed off, that they are broke, while these billionaires make more billions

jeffhayes

i love the idea. it's almost too bad our regime is split amongst these big corporations, so we don't have a single person to oust. wall st is a great place to start... if i could find a way there, i'd march. egypt has inspired me. i find hope in the fact that so many people, who before didn't seam to have any political opinion, were out marching with the rest. it seams to me that no matter how uneducated our population seams to be about these matters, they are pissed off, very pissed off, that they are broke, while these billionaires make more billions

krissy2189

This article takes my pessimism away slightly. The only question is how to open the eyes of the people when most of the population are forcibly keeping them shut tight, or giving them away altogether...

krissy2189

This article takes my pessimism away slightly. The only question is how to open the eyes of the people when most of the population are forcibly keeping them shut tight, or giving them away altogether...

Anonymous

I am tired of living in despair. I am tired of the frustration of knowing that we SHOULD topple the pyramidal model of society, but that few have the courage to actually commit themselves to doing so.

If you are serious about organization and agitation, then I offer my service to that cause. My email is [email protected] My name is Derek, and I, like many, am incredibly frustrated.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara wrote in "Guerilla Warfare" that a Revolution creates its own support. If we get the Revolution started, it WILL gain support. Please, get in touch with me, and let us begin organizing. Thank you.

Anonymous

I am tired of living in despair. I am tired of the frustration of knowing that we SHOULD topple the pyramidal model of society, but that few have the courage to actually commit themselves to doing so.

If you are serious about organization and agitation, then I offer my service to that cause. My email is [email protected] My name is Derek, and I, like many, am incredibly frustrated.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara wrote in "Guerilla Warfare" that a Revolution creates its own support. If we get the Revolution started, it WILL gain support. Please, get in touch with me, and let us begin organizing. Thank you.

Anonymous

As I`ve been following this incredible story, I have been left with a feeling that I am missing something... until I realized what Egypt is asking the world. A dedicated group of individuals are uniting their voices as a weapon against injustice. In one story, I read that fighter jets repeatedly flew over thousands of people who screamed for peace as the jets flew lower and lower, deafening the crowd. They did not run. They did not cower. They united. In another story, I read about people wanting Egypt united around a cause of freedom rather than religion or ethnicity. Countless stories such as these should inspire all of those, in all parts of the world, to unite against oppression and corporate greed.

As I write this, I ask myself what I`m waiting for. I am tired of working with children who are hungry and starved for love. I am frustrated by social programs that are inadequate to meet the needs of the people they were created to protect. I would love to read more stories about events that do not include misery,environmental catastrophe, human rights violations, mass genocide, rape, torture, etc. I am bored of conversations that repeat the same rhetoric of change without action to make those same dreams a reality.

I sit back... And I don`t know what I`m waiting for... The few measly possessions I own have no value in comparison to human life and the freedom to provide for oneself and one`s family with adequate provision for health and well being. From the sounds of what I`ve read, the Egyptian people are fighting to make their dreams reality... I am inspired by their courage and dedication to justice.

Anonymous

As I`ve been following this incredible story, I have been left with a feeling that I am missing something... until I realized what Egypt is asking the world. A dedicated group of individuals are uniting their voices as a weapon against injustice. In one story, I read that fighter jets repeatedly flew over thousands of people who screamed for peace as the jets flew lower and lower, deafening the crowd. They did not run. They did not cower. They united. In another story, I read about people wanting Egypt united around a cause of freedom rather than religion or ethnicity. Countless stories such as these should inspire all of those, in all parts of the world, to unite against oppression and corporate greed.

As I write this, I ask myself what I`m waiting for. I am tired of working with children who are hungry and starved for love. I am frustrated by social programs that are inadequate to meet the needs of the people they were created to protect. I would love to read more stories about events that do not include misery,environmental catastrophe, human rights violations, mass genocide, rape, torture, etc. I am bored of conversations that repeat the same rhetoric of change without action to make those same dreams a reality.

I sit back... And I don`t know what I`m waiting for... The few measly possessions I own have no value in comparison to human life and the freedom to provide for oneself and one`s family with adequate provision for health and well being. From the sounds of what I`ve read, the Egyptian people are fighting to make their dreams reality... I am inspired by their courage and dedication to justice.

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