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A Movement is Born

As #OWS spreads across the country, people are realizing, it's time to live!

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Jammers, dreamers, rabble-rousers, revolutionaries,

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is thundering across America, threatening to morph into a full fledged national movement. Channeling the nonviolence of the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the bottom-up collective decision making of the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy.

This Saturday #OCCUPYWALLSTREET enters its third week … be there at Noon and stay for the weekend … or be at one of the 50+ fledgling occupations now being organized across the land.

Our people's democracy movement is about to get three mighty boosts:

  • On October 6, a few thousand of us will swarm the capital and #OCCUPYDC. Find out the plan at october2011.org
  • On October 15th, the movement goes global … check it out at 15october.net
  • Then, on November 3 and 4, we have something special in mind for when the G20 leaders meet in France.

Time to live!

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

occupywallstreet.org / occupywallst.org / occupytogether.org

PS.

Our movement needs more edgy theatrics … maybe we should tar and feather the Charging Bull … or burn an effigy of Lloyd Blankfein? Send your wild ideas to [email protected].

To get a sense of the visceral mood at #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, check out the daily dispatches from OccupyTVNY along with the mini-documentaries "We Are The 99%" and "Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution." Also, David Graeber's op-ed in the Guardian and Nathan Schneider's article in the Nation are worth reading.

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Anonymous

The above website has some analysis of our tactics so far. I think there are some good critiques in there, stuff we should all be thinking about. Though definitely what we've done so far is setting the stage for something big.

Anonymous

The above website has some analysis of our tactics so far. I think there are some good critiques in there, stuff we should all be thinking about. Though definitely what we've done so far is setting the stage for something big.

Anonymous

This is certainly a beautiful and unexpected event in history that could mean immense social change for our country, no doubt. Personally, I believe in what they are doing and in some ways wish I could be there right now. In other ways, though, I fear that there are many delusions in the air on Wall Street right now. It is exciting, it is sensational, it is popular, and all the stigma that goes with that has a reputation for creating in the minds of the populace the feeling that something monumental is about to occur. However, I do not believe we, as a movement, should let these intoxicating notions go to our head. We should not see this as a means to our immediate gain, but rather as an awareness rally, an introduction, an announcement of our arrival. This is not your run-of-the-mill protest. If this is done correctly, nothing will ever be the same again. It will have international effect. Therefore, the best thing we, as a movement, can do right now is educate ourselves and those around us, and get organized. Organization and knowledge are key. It may be the opponents view that we are uneducated about this, but there is no doubt that everyone out there knows exactly what's going on. It is important not to discriminate against this, because scrutiny in that sense, in THIS climate, is what make it seem like some sort of fashion show, some trend, which can only weaken the cause. In short, if you really want to enact social change do your homework and get involved in the movement in A VERY ACTIVE WAY!

Anonymous

This is certainly a beautiful and unexpected event in history that could mean immense social change for our country, no doubt. Personally, I believe in what they are doing and in some ways wish I could be there right now. In other ways, though, I fear that there are many delusions in the air on Wall Street right now. It is exciting, it is sensational, it is popular, and all the stigma that goes with that has a reputation for creating in the minds of the populace the feeling that something monumental is about to occur. However, I do not believe we, as a movement, should let these intoxicating notions go to our head. We should not see this as a means to our immediate gain, but rather as an awareness rally, an introduction, an announcement of our arrival. This is not your run-of-the-mill protest. If this is done correctly, nothing will ever be the same again. It will have international effect. Therefore, the best thing we, as a movement, can do right now is educate ourselves and those around us, and get organized. Organization and knowledge are key. It may be the opponents view that we are uneducated about this, but there is no doubt that everyone out there knows exactly what's going on. It is important not to discriminate against this, because scrutiny in that sense, in THIS climate, is what make it seem like some sort of fashion show, some trend, which can only weaken the cause. In short, if you really want to enact social change do your homework and get involved in the movement in A VERY ACTIVE WAY!

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