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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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Anonymous

What the Tea Party had was two things. The Koch Brothers. Of the wealthiest men in the world, they bank-rolled the whole "movement". They have created think-tanks, and institutes such as API (American Petroleum Institute) which not only have bogus science on climate change that they publish, but enough money in Congress to do anything and everything to forward the agenda of Big Oil. The grassroots movement is unfortunately real, now, as it was a farce initially. The Koch brothers own all of the Republicans driving the insane right, and plenty of Democrats as well in their pockets. We must take power from these ultra-elites and remove their influence in Washington. It is the only way to address the innumerable issues that our country faces due to a faulty Capitalist structure. One Demand. No more Corporate influence!

Anonymous

What the Tea Party had was two things. The Koch Brothers. Of the wealthiest men in the world, they bank-rolled the whole "movement". They have created think-tanks, and institutes such as API (American Petroleum Institute) which not only have bogus science on climate change that they publish, but enough money in Congress to do anything and everything to forward the agenda of Big Oil. The grassroots movement is unfortunately real, now, as it was a farce initially. The Koch brothers own all of the Republicans driving the insane right, and plenty of Democrats as well in their pockets. We must take power from these ultra-elites and remove their influence in Washington. It is the only way to address the innumerable issues that our country faces due to a faulty Capitalist structure. One Demand. No more Corporate influence!

Anonymous

Code, word, spirit, meaning.
Social media, information, conscience.
A global revolution is coming
A manifesto is being written by philosophers
That Karl Marx would be humbled by.
This world is awake.
Hegel’s world spirit no mistake.
The status quo will not prevail.
It will not be written on parchment.
It will not be argued or critiqued.
There will be no edits in Congress.
It will evolve in real-time on broadband.
It will flow from the lips of Kerouac.
It will ring true from the mind of Ginsberg.
It will be collective and zeitgeist.
A hive mind thinking in rhyme.
Immaculate in its conception.
And what will it say?
It will say that corporations are not people.
It will say that class warfare is apparent.
It will prove true the predictions of Marx.
Socialism has risen.
Capitalism has weakened.
Class struggle shall be circumcised.
Communism will ultimately prevail.
The capitalist hounds will be stripped bare.
Put in shackles and paraded in the public square.
For their personality will be judged psychopathic.
The Internet will be our reflective mind.
Corporations will be outlawed and jailed.
No group of people will ever be considered one.
No group of people will ever enslave another.
For we are all equals no matter what.
No matter what flag or logo is contrived.
Delete capitalism and all species will rise.
As we realize the potential of humankind.
When the greed of the individual is shattered
The bone is the spirit.

http://byronking.com/art/writing/the-bone-is-the-spirit

Anonymous

Code, word, spirit, meaning.
Social media, information, conscience.
A global revolution is coming
A manifesto is being written by philosophers
That Karl Marx would be humbled by.
This world is awake.
Hegel’s world spirit no mistake.
The status quo will not prevail.
It will not be written on parchment.
It will not be argued or critiqued.
There will be no edits in Congress.
It will evolve in real-time on broadband.
It will flow from the lips of Kerouac.
It will ring true from the mind of Ginsberg.
It will be collective and zeitgeist.
A hive mind thinking in rhyme.
Immaculate in its conception.
And what will it say?
It will say that corporations are not people.
It will say that class warfare is apparent.
It will prove true the predictions of Marx.
Socialism has risen.
Capitalism has weakened.
Class struggle shall be circumcised.
Communism will ultimately prevail.
The capitalist hounds will be stripped bare.
Put in shackles and paraded in the public square.
For their personality will be judged psychopathic.
The Internet will be our reflective mind.
Corporations will be outlawed and jailed.
No group of people will ever be considered one.
No group of people will ever enslave another.
For we are all equals no matter what.
No matter what flag or logo is contrived.
Delete capitalism and all species will rise.
As we realize the potential of humankind.
When the greed of the individual is shattered
The bone is the spirit.

http://byronking.com/art/writing/the-bone-is-the-spirit

Anonymous

Still looking for a donation section. If someone can help me find it, cheers.

I'm in Calif. and cannot make it, but would like to contribute.

Anonymous

Still looking for a donation section. If someone can help me find it, cheers.

I'm in Calif. and cannot make it, but would like to contribute.

Anonymous

Why not ask for a metal backing of currency, as opposed to inflation controlled money supply?
Why not ask for free and equal education?
Why not ask for food, shelter and clothes for everyone?
Why not ask for free healthcare for everyone?
Nowadays all these rather communistic ideals are very much in our reach thanks to exponential technological advancement.

Why only ask for redirection and mutation of corporate power as opposed to empowering the people?

However the goal is not as important as the way, and I hope the way will shine its light onto the shadow of untruthfulness.
Hence every human participating in this event has my utter and most respect.
If anybody knows about a donation website, please let me know, since I won't be able to travel from europe.

Cheers

Anonymous

Why not ask for a metal backing of currency, as opposed to inflation controlled money supply?
Why not ask for free and equal education?
Why not ask for food, shelter and clothes for everyone?
Why not ask for free healthcare for everyone?
Nowadays all these rather communistic ideals are very much in our reach thanks to exponential technological advancement.

Why only ask for redirection and mutation of corporate power as opposed to empowering the people?

However the goal is not as important as the way, and I hope the way will shine its light onto the shadow of untruthfulness.
Hence every human participating in this event has my utter and most respect.
If anybody knows about a donation website, please let me know, since I won't be able to travel from europe.

Cheers

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