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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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Anonymous

The "enemy" is your dictator. Your dictator is corporate America. It may not be a single person or entity, but it is inately evil just the same. Why do you need one person to pin this on? Once an uprisal comes, the guilty will know who they are. Simple steps to take: don't shop big box stores, all the money you spend is more important than who you vote for. You only get one vote, you have hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend. Think of every dollar you spend as a vote. A vote for big business and corporate rule, or your local business person that contributes to the community. Don't go to walmart, shop at thrift stores, be an informed consumer, don't buy clothes from companies that have brutal working conditions in third world countries, RESEARCH YOUR BRAND CHOICES!!! Nestle kills babies. Kimberly Clark clear cuts ancient forests that are holding in our carbon emissions. Don't elect anyone from the main two parties. I am Canadian, but have lived in the states for many years on and off. It is not much better up here, but we at least have more parties to choose from. We split our government. "Democrats" and "Republicans" need some competition, and I am not talking about the "Tea Party" who is worse than both with their ignorance. There needs to be a people's party. The "Independant" vote needs to have a real ground swell. There need to be other parties formed, working class people. The biggest weapon you have against the current political parties is a numbers game. Democrats and Republicans ALWAYS fold to lobbyists, bis business, big Pharma, etc. For every politician in Washington, there are 20 lobbyists, think about that...Think Globally, act locally. Organize within your community, then collaborate with other communities. In this technilogial age, there are no barriers. A leader amongst the defiant will emerge. There is no way that the next JFK or MLK is not amongst us, their voices just need to be heard. There have been no grassroots movements in the states for years. My generation, I am 28, seems to be apathetic, uninterested. We need to light a fire. This is our future,our children's future, and the future of our planet that is on the line. I am not going down without a fight. DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!

Anonymous

The "enemy" is your dictator. Your dictator is corporate America. It may not be a single person or entity, but it is inately evil just the same. Why do you need one person to pin this on? Once an uprisal comes, the guilty will know who they are. Simple steps to take: don't shop big box stores, all the money you spend is more important than who you vote for. You only get one vote, you have hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend. Think of every dollar you spend as a vote. A vote for big business and corporate rule, or your local business person that contributes to the community. Don't go to walmart, shop at thrift stores, be an informed consumer, don't buy clothes from companies that have brutal working conditions in third world countries, RESEARCH YOUR BRAND CHOICES!!! Nestle kills babies. Kimberly Clark clear cuts ancient forests that are holding in our carbon emissions. Don't elect anyone from the main two parties. I am Canadian, but have lived in the states for many years on and off. It is not much better up here, but we at least have more parties to choose from. We split our government. "Democrats" and "Republicans" need some competition, and I am not talking about the "Tea Party" who is worse than both with their ignorance. There needs to be a people's party. The "Independant" vote needs to have a real ground swell. There need to be other parties formed, working class people. The biggest weapon you have against the current political parties is a numbers game. Democrats and Republicans ALWAYS fold to lobbyists, bis business, big Pharma, etc. For every politician in Washington, there are 20 lobbyists, think about that...Think Globally, act locally. Organize within your community, then collaborate with other communities. In this technilogial age, there are no barriers. A leader amongst the defiant will emerge. There is no way that the next JFK or MLK is not amongst us, their voices just need to be heard. There have been no grassroots movements in the states for years. My generation, I am 28, seems to be apathetic, uninterested. We need to light a fire. This is our future,our children's future, and the future of our planet that is on the line. I am not going down without a fight. DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!

Anonymous

Don't mean to spam, but i figured there were elements here willing and understanding.

If you believe that humans are cultural and that their culture is typically partially imppacted by their natural environment, then cultivating healthy space for buffalo, a species deliberately attacked to destroy other humans is essential.

https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2027

Anonymous

Don't mean to spam, but i figured there were elements here willing and understanding.

If you believe that humans are cultural and that their culture is typically partially imppacted by their natural environment, then cultivating healthy space for buffalo, a species deliberately attacked to destroy other humans is essential.

https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2027

Anonymous

a lack of respect for "all our relations" is precisely what is wrong with the corporate-fascist power structure that needs to be removed.
we don't just need to stand up for ourselves, we need to stand up for all living beings against the tyranny that designates all as "products" to be consumed or "consumers" who consume-not people who live and love and create and dance and play etc.

look what they do now to the wolves and the buffalo, to the ndns in the peruvian rainforest and the tops of appalachian mountains-what they do to all our cousins is coming soon enough for us, if it hasn't already.

Anonymous

a lack of respect for "all our relations" is precisely what is wrong with the corporate-fascist power structure that needs to be removed.
we don't just need to stand up for ourselves, we need to stand up for all living beings against the tyranny that designates all as "products" to be consumed or "consumers" who consume-not people who live and love and create and dance and play etc.

look what they do now to the wolves and the buffalo, to the ndns in the peruvian rainforest and the tops of appalachian mountains-what they do to all our cousins is coming soon enough for us, if it hasn't already.

Anonymous

right on!!!

does anyone know if the April 6th movement has any relation to the april sixth assassinations in Rwanda which helped lead to massive amounts of violence over the past 15 years in central Africa?

One thing we have to think of differently here is necessitation of simple binary opposition, this is used to create antagonisms mutually beneficial to unjust, criminal, power holders and thinking in terms of 'foreign policy.' This is how they get people to look at other human beings as worthless. The world is diverse and will remain so.

i totally hear you on defining something to mobolize on. To me it has to do with fighting for the rights of others. Every time a human being is degraded or souless gunk gets sold as a way of being, interacting or life, this sparks mobolization. It's why there are 88,000 people signed in here. Those in Egypt have felt similar feelings..the alienation, the fragmentation, but when they started fighting for each other they moved, they are carving out a possibility... and for all the wealth that exists in this country, its clear that it is meaningless when you know what's going down.

This government is 14 trillion dollars in debt with 13 trillion spent in the past 30 years alone on a military largely used as the right arm of imperialists and transnational corporations. There is literally a murder industry.

An egyption named Ibrahim said this in a book I read:

"here's the thing I know: if I fight just for myself and my rights, then i'll never get them. only if and when I'm ready to fight for everyone's rights can I hope to have my full rights" ...

Social Justice is not an ideal, it is a practicality, environmental stewardship is not an ideal, it is a practicality. Billionairism, Corporatist indoctrination, murder for profit to terroriise people to maintain an unnatural supremacy is a sick ideal which as evidenced by the massive amount of devious effort to maintain such bancruptcy.

People aren't dreaming when they listen to their selves.

Ignorance and pestulant notions about peoples worth is a mobolization point for me.

We have some dangerous prevailing thoughts in this country regarding peoples as set aside for destruction and a planet that does not need to be cared for and an idea that suffering continuing for generations is acceptable.

Anonymous

right on!!!

does anyone know if the April 6th movement has any relation to the april sixth assassinations in Rwanda which helped lead to massive amounts of violence over the past 15 years in central Africa?

One thing we have to think of differently here is necessitation of simple binary opposition, this is used to create antagonisms mutually beneficial to unjust, criminal, power holders and thinking in terms of 'foreign policy.' This is how they get people to look at other human beings as worthless. The world is diverse and will remain so.

i totally hear you on defining something to mobolize on. To me it has to do with fighting for the rights of others. Every time a human being is degraded or souless gunk gets sold as a way of being, interacting or life, this sparks mobolization. It's why there are 88,000 people signed in here. Those in Egypt have felt similar feelings..the alienation, the fragmentation, but when they started fighting for each other they moved, they are carving out a possibility... and for all the wealth that exists in this country, its clear that it is meaningless when you know what's going down.

This government is 14 trillion dollars in debt with 13 trillion spent in the past 30 years alone on a military largely used as the right arm of imperialists and transnational corporations. There is literally a murder industry.

An egyption named Ibrahim said this in a book I read:

"here's the thing I know: if I fight just for myself and my rights, then i'll never get them. only if and when I'm ready to fight for everyone's rights can I hope to have my full rights" ...

Social Justice is not an ideal, it is a practicality, environmental stewardship is not an ideal, it is a practicality. Billionairism, Corporatist indoctrination, murder for profit to terroriise people to maintain an unnatural supremacy is a sick ideal which as evidenced by the massive amount of devious effort to maintain such bancruptcy.

People aren't dreaming when they listen to their selves.

Ignorance and pestulant notions about peoples worth is a mobolization point for me.

We have some dangerous prevailing thoughts in this country regarding peoples as set aside for destruction and a planet that does not need to be cared for and an idea that suffering continuing for generations is acceptable.

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