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#OCCUPYWALLSTREET Update

Can we on the left learn some new tricks?
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET update

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Hey you rebels, radicals and utopian dreamers out there,

We are living through a rare crisis and moment of opportunity. Western industrialized nations are now being masticated by the financial monster they themselves created. This is triggering a mood that alternates between angry denial and sudden panic. It looks like something is about to break, opening the space for a necessary transformation and a total rethink of global economic affairs. Events are playing perfectly into our September 17 occupation of Wall Street.

So … can we on the left learn some new tricks? Can we head off to lower Manhattan with a fresh mindset and a powerful new demand?

Strategically speaking, there is a very real danger that if we naively put our cards on the table and rally around the "overthrow of capitalism" or some equally outworn utopian slogan, then our Tahrir moment will quickly fizzle into another inconsequential ultra-lefty spectacle soon forgotten. But if we have the cunning to come up with a deceptively simple Trojan Horse demand … something profound, yet so specific and doable that it is impossible for President Obama to ignore … something that spotlights Wall Street's financial capture of the US political system and confronts it with a pragmatic solution … like the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act … or a 1% tax on financial transactions … or an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the corporate corruption of our representatives in Washington … or another equally creative but downright practical demand that will emerge from the people's assemblies held during the occupation … and if we then put our asses on the line, screw up our courage and hang in there day after day, week after week, until a large swath of Americans start rooting for us and President Obama is forced to respond … then we just might have a crack at creating a decisive moment of truth for America, a first concrete step towards achieving the radical changes we all dream about unencumbered by commitments to existing power structures.

So, let's learn the strategic lessons of Tahrir (nonviolence), Syntagma (tenacity), Puerta del Sol (people's assemblies) and lay aside adherence to political parties and worn-out lefty dogmas. On September 17, let's sow the seeds of a new culture of resistance in America that fires up a permanent democratic awakening.

See you on Wall St. Sept 17. Bring Tent.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

Read the original listserv that got #OCCUPYWALLSTREET rolling.



Bulletin from New York:

A second General Assembly (GA) was held Tuesday, August 9. About 175-200 people attended. The main things that were discussed were why people wanted to participate in #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, how the GAs should be organized, and what the message or demands of the occupation should be. Additional committees were formed and either met after the GA or scheduled future meetings, including website, media and culture committees. One problem we are wrestling with in all these areas is how to set up some kind of framework for 9/17 ahead of time so that we can provide food for people, convene the first GA smoothly, and begin thinking about why we are there, while leaving the process open so that everyone who participates on 9/17 can have a voice in shaping what this action will be about. The other big issue is, unsurprisingly, how to deal with the police. This is one area where some kind of pre-established framework is definitely going to be necessary, because if we don't have a plan for avoiding mass arrests the occupation will not survive its first day. There's still lots of work to be done, but we're off to a good start and we've got over four weeks to get everything ready.

Thanks to Doug S. from New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts for this update.

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Ronin

Why not bring down the government and corporate control with experimental radical hacktivism? that way things are direct from the people. Those who choose to exercise their rights to do what they wilt, which is after all the sum of all law.

The kraken lives beneath the tides, and when the storms come there no place to hide.

10 years of foreign wars and this 'anonymous' dude is talking about appealing to the right and honorable mechanisms of control which have stripped liberties and imprisoned us in the chaos of the early 21st century, perpetual warfare, the designs of the pantomine democracy to feed the greed of the oligarchs while they laugh-scoff off our ignorance and naivete. No rest for the wicked, no peace for the ones who label us as others. Guerilla war tactics and strategy of the survivors, the exodus of the liberated, rise of the digital emancipation from the chains of oppression and endemic industrial disease. Rise against the oligarchs and the perpetual war state. The arms traders and the covert drug runners employed by the failing empire state. The paradoxical spiral tightens around the false center of a crippled smack addled uncle sam. Scamming and fleecing the sheep for all they are worth. Amidst the herd lurks the wolf pack in disguise.

Liberation will never come without the sacrifice of the ill-labeled ones. Time will be the judge, not the butchers who conceal the truth from the youth and plague our future with radiation, poisoned food, and zombie concept ideations.

Where are you without your profile? Who are you now? Shell system collapse under the krakens tentacles, speak now the truths unknown to you in muffled murmurs echoing through the space of never sound. Coveting the disease of wealth and desire. Hiding behind the veil of illusion, the cause of suffering for the masses, plastic surgery raked in $10 billion dollars last year...

Tell us who be robbing dis hood? -annyofus

Ronin

Why not bring down the government and corporate control with experimental radical hacktivism? that way things are direct from the people. Those who choose to exercise their rights to do what they wilt, which is after all the sum of all law.

The kraken lives beneath the tides, and when the storms come there no place to hide.

10 years of foreign wars and this 'anonymous' dude is talking about appealing to the right and honorable mechanisms of control which have stripped liberties and imprisoned us in the chaos of the early 21st century, perpetual warfare, the designs of the pantomine democracy to feed the greed of the oligarchs while they laugh-scoff off our ignorance and naivete. No rest for the wicked, no peace for the ones who label us as others. Guerilla war tactics and strategy of the survivors, the exodus of the liberated, rise of the digital emancipation from the chains of oppression and endemic industrial disease. Rise against the oligarchs and the perpetual war state. The arms traders and the covert drug runners employed by the failing empire state. The paradoxical spiral tightens around the false center of a crippled smack addled uncle sam. Scamming and fleecing the sheep for all they are worth. Amidst the herd lurks the wolf pack in disguise.

Liberation will never come without the sacrifice of the ill-labeled ones. Time will be the judge, not the butchers who conceal the truth from the youth and plague our future with radiation, poisoned food, and zombie concept ideations.

Where are you without your profile? Who are you now? Shell system collapse under the krakens tentacles, speak now the truths unknown to you in muffled murmurs echoing through the space of never sound. Coveting the disease of wealth and desire. Hiding behind the veil of illusion, the cause of suffering for the masses, plastic surgery raked in $10 billion dollars last year...

Tell us who be robbing dis hood? -annyofus

Annyofus?>>

I am a conceded narrow minded shallow consumer concerned with my self and my Iphone for my Ilife, living in Iworld, excluding what I don't want from my profile, I do not need to know about 10 years of foreign wars paid for by my self, I am concerned with cheap deals on chinese made consumer goods which will help to destroy north america for future generations of transnational corporate slaves to manufacture the earths death.

Like concentration camps building munitions to carry out the final solution, we play the game with cheery smiles and fake hello's. Oh Im doing just fucking fine. The problems are mine, oh yes, all mine. They have pills for that son! they got pills for everything that ails the young, the old, the sick, and the dying, 3 treasures of wisdom hidden in our lifes learning denied through the vacuous constructs of the artificial arms of the beast.

Where lurks the kraken in the void? does it not yearn for its destruction? The death of P a n, heralds no horns, but still we run them into the liver of the void being incarnation and call him a crucified bastard son. The life of buddha in the eyes of the ignorant, what a waste. The cannibals and barbarians, the hordes of interbred neanderthals looking for their come upence in a world of ironic self denial in the service of placid false images hiding away our true heinous nature only to be released upon by the pressure of the overlords in the times of their choosing, for purposes of their knowing. Tragic its true, but it will probably happen to you,and me, and eye and us. To true for most to trust, fears tend to abject the statistical norms and replace them with facsimiles of broken half action under paniced breathes and palpitating beats. Who's gonna fight for our future and the truth to be known? the blood for oil campaigns are not the stuff of warrior saints but of the minions of the pain christ suffer lord. The molting disgust of a world deranged by 2000 years of suffering and denial. Big shifts, large vision 2020-Annyofus???

Annyofus?>>

I am a conceded narrow minded shallow consumer concerned with my self and my Iphone for my Ilife, living in Iworld, excluding what I don't want from my profile, I do not need to know about 10 years of foreign wars paid for by my self, I am concerned with cheap deals on chinese made consumer goods which will help to destroy north america for future generations of transnational corporate slaves to manufacture the earths death.

Like concentration camps building munitions to carry out the final solution, we play the game with cheery smiles and fake hello's. Oh Im doing just fucking fine. The problems are mine, oh yes, all mine. They have pills for that son! they got pills for everything that ails the young, the old, the sick, and the dying, 3 treasures of wisdom hidden in our lifes learning denied through the vacuous constructs of the artificial arms of the beast.

Where lurks the kraken in the void? does it not yearn for its destruction? The death of P a n, heralds no horns, but still we run them into the liver of the void being incarnation and call him a crucified bastard son. The life of buddha in the eyes of the ignorant, what a waste. The cannibals and barbarians, the hordes of interbred neanderthals looking for their come upence in a world of ironic self denial in the service of placid false images hiding away our true heinous nature only to be released upon by the pressure of the overlords in the times of their choosing, for purposes of their knowing. Tragic its true, but it will probably happen to you,and me, and eye and us. To true for most to trust, fears tend to abject the statistical norms and replace them with facsimiles of broken half action under paniced breathes and palpitating beats. Who's gonna fight for our future and the truth to be known? the blood for oil campaigns are not the stuff of warrior saints but of the minions of the pain christ suffer lord. The molting disgust of a world deranged by 2000 years of suffering and denial. Big shifts, large vision 2020-Annyofus???

Anonymous

Seriously? Haven't you? Haven't you organized, and rallied, and written, and pleaded, and marched, and locked down, and been civil? Haven't you been civilly disobedient, Haven't you seen the news?

Anonymous

Seriously? Haven't you? Haven't you organized, and rallied, and written, and pleaded, and marched, and locked down, and been civil? Haven't you been civilly disobedient, Haven't you seen the news?

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