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Could Occupy catalyze a wildcat consumer revolt in May?

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Last week, occupiers in New York City chained open subway entrances and posted official looking notices inviting the public to ride for free. Their innovative action caused an immediate sensation in the Occupy movement suggesting that similar jams will be carried out worldwide in May.

Jammers explained that the fare strike was done to show the connection between the de-funding of public transportation and the financial takeover of democracy: "Instead of using our tax money to properly fund transit, Albany and City Hall have intentionally starved transit of public funds for over twenty years; the MTA must resort to bonds (loans from Wall Street) to pay for projects and costs ... more than $2 billion a year goes to debt service ... by 2018 more than one out of every five dollars of MTA revenue will head to a banker’s pockets." Union leadership agreed.

Authorities in New York City were swift to condemn, even going so far as to release surveillance footage of the occupiers calmly pulling off this audacious jam. It is no surprise that they are worried. This is perhaps the first time that the fare strike tactic has been successfully deployed in America and it is a sign that the I Don’t Pay movement which has been flourishing in Europe is finally leaping to North America. In Greece, jammers routinely occupy toll booths and public transportation entrances allowing everyone to pass for free.

As Occupy matures, it is beginning to learn a few new tricks. If Occupy adopts the I Don’t Pay movement’s fare strike tactic, we just might see May’s uprising snowball into a wildcat consumer revolt–a mass refusal to pay–the likes of which the world has never seen.

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Anonymous

It's bad/criminal for Joe Sixpack to steal but okay for elected, public offials to use laws and even change them to 'relieve' you of your money. Perhaps we should invent new words or use different ones to describe taking what is not yours. It's okay for some people to use force but not others - this is another paradigm that needs to change...

Anonymous

Why not go after the oil speculators?
Have Anonymous crash their network so they can't jack up the price of oil.

Anonymous

Seriously, what does any of this accomplish? This is just an idiotic prank that will spotlight how ill-conceived this "movement" really is. Free subway rides? Spare me. How does this relate to anything you want to achieve? It just comes off as another stupid and childish ploy.

MARK.CREEKWATER

DEAR FOLKS: I LOVE THIS SITE, BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO POST TO IT: WILL SOME-BODY PLEASE MOVE MY LONG POST, (BELOW), TO THE PROPER LOCATION ??
SINCERE-LY, MARK "TRUTH-SEEKER" CREEK-WATER DORAZIO, OCCUPY OAKLAND
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IT’S EASTER-MORN, A BIT BEFORE SUN-UP, A VERY-SPECIAL TIME, AS IT’S ALSO THE 3RD DAY OF PASSOVER, TOO, I THINK …
PASSOVER IS AN ANCIENT TRADITION, MUCH-OLD-ER-THAN THE LEGENDARY ”ESCAPE-FROM-EGYPT” STORY IN THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN BIBLE: ACCORD-ING TO THIS STORY,
DURING HIS YOUTH ”MOSES” HAD BEEN A SHEPHERD, IN THE AREA TO THE EAST OF EGYPT, INTO WHICH HE THEN, AS AN ELDER, LED HIS PEOPLE TO GET AWAY FROM A BAD SITUATION … WELL, SHEPHERDS ARE OUT-DOORS A LOT, AND SO THEY KNOW ABOUT MOTHER-NATURE’S NATURAL RHYTHMS + CYCLES: IT TURNS OUT THAT PASSOVER-TIME, —(IE, THE 3RD-WEEK OF THE MONTH-LY MOON-CYCLE)— IS THE ***BEST*** TIME OF THE MONTH TO GO LONG-DISTANCES IF YR WALK-ING !!
THIS IS BECAUSE IF U WALK ALL DAY, THEN SLEEP A WHILE + ARISE c. MID-NITE, THEN THE MOON IS, LIKE, ALMOST DIRECT-LY OVER-HEAD, SO U CAN WALK UNTIL SUN-UP, BY MOON-LIGHT …
I DIDN’T LEARN THIS FROM A BOOK: I LEARN’D IT FROM MANY-YEARS EXPERIENCE DO-ING LONG-DISTANCE WALKS ...
I’M DO-ING A LONG-DISTANCE, CROSS-USA WALK NOW: THIS IS MY 5TH MONTH ON-THE-ROAD: I STARTED IN OAKLAND,CA, AND AM NOW IN CHICAGO,IL: I GOT SOME RIDES, BUT MY LAST RIDE WAS IN TEXAS !! I’M AT MY SISTER-IN-LAW’s NICE SUBURBAN HOUSE NEAR CHICAGO,IL, WAIT’N FOR HER TO AWAKE, SO WE CAN HAVE BREAKFAST TOGETHER BEFORE I CONTINUE WALK’N … IT’s 4:30AM, IE, A BIT BEFORE SUN-UP, EASTER-MORN … IF NOT FOR BE-ING IN-DOORS, I WOULD PROB’LY BE WALK’N BY MOON-LIGHT RIGHT NOW, AS THERE’S A BEAUTY-FULL FULL-MOON OUT-SIDE …
THE PURPOSE OF MY WALK IS TO HAVE LOTS OF FUN, WHILE SUPPORT-ING OCCUPY AND SPREAD’N THE NEWs RE OUR SCHEDULED ”NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY” MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA DURING THE WEEK OF JULY 4: I HOPE TO SEE SOME OF U THERE !!
SINCERE-LY, MARK ”TRUTH-SEEKER” CREEK-WATER DORAZIO, BOUND FOR OCCUPY CLEVELAND’s WEEK-LONG MAY-DAY FESTIVAL (28 APRIL — 5 MAY) + DC + DE + PHILLY + GLORY !!

MARK.CREEKWATER

I STARTED WALK'N IN OAKLAND,CA, 26-NOV-2011: BY EASTER I WAS IN CHICAGO, PLAN'N TO WALK EVERY STEP THE REMAINDER OF THE WAY TO DC + PHILLY: I GOT SOME RIDEs, BUT MY LAST RIDE WAS IN TEXAS !!

Anonymous

if you want to drive the government of the united states to its knees get a million real working middle class tax payers to stop paying taxes for a year. this will be the shot heard round the world.

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