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#OCCUPYHOMES

We reclaim our property.

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Last week, tens of thousands of protesters at #OCCUPYOAKLAND shut down the nation's fifth largest port in a tremendous show of strength for the movement. It was a rare victory. Less well known is that a few hours later, a bit after midnight, a small number of occupiers may have stumbled across the movement's next great tactical breakthrough.

Walking amongst the crowd on its way to the port, a certain strident militancy was obvious in the way that people, some carrying shields, marched proudly forward. The tense mood quickly turned to joyousness once it became clear that the Oakland Police were not going to stand in the way. Multiple layers of human barricades were spontaneously formed within the port by roving musicians, some amplified by bike-powered speakers, whose indie music magically congregated people at tactically key intersections. A line of thirty vets in uniform protected the flank while elsewhere civilians set up fencing to secure the roads. Free water was brought in on #OCCUPYOAKLAND trucks and everywhere food was being shared with new friends. Most remarkable about this revolutionary moment is that it felt so easy.

Throughout the day, there had been talk of escalating #OCCUPY from being a movement to take the squares into a movement to reclaim foreclosed space. The tantalizing idea of turning bank-owned, dormant buildings into radical housing, squats and community spaces floated amongst the encampment. That night, a small group of occupiers took the initiative and reclaimed a nearby building that was once the Traveler's Aid Society, a non-profit that aided the homeless but had closed after cuts to government funding. "We had plans to start using this space as a library, a place for classes and workshops, as well as a dormitory for those with health conditions," they explained in a communique.

The state response was swift and ferocious: "hundreds of police officers, armed to the hilt with bean bag guns, tear gas and flashbang grenades" quickly suppressed the expansion of the movement while the corporate media ensured that the nation would awake to context-less stories of violence. But, as the protesters pointed out, this over-reaction betrays that they may have stumbled across our greatest strength. Isn't it strange that "the city spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect one landlord's right to earn a few thousand every month... whereas the blockade of the port – an action which caused millions of dollars of losses – met with no resistance"? Why did "the attempt to take one single building, a building that was unused, meet with the most brutal and swift response"?

While #OCCUPYWALLSTREET digs in for the winter at Zuccotti, with twenty military-grade tents costing upwards of $20,000, the rest of the movement is looking with trepidation towards the cold nights ahead. Let's learn from the people of Oakland for they have found a very simple and elegant solution: we move indoors, we reclaim foreclosed space.

Every city in America, even the richest areas, have empty storefronts and houses whose tenants have been evicted while their bank owners keep the spaces unused. Each of these empty buildings is a potential #OCCUPY, a future squat inviting us, waiting for us to come.

In a speech at #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, the philosopher Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak urged the movement to not let mere "survival count as enough of a victory." Her point was simple and profound: we do not win by hanging on. We win by continuing to innovate and escalate our myriad attacks until the beast of consumer-capitalism falls to its knees.

Micah White

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Liberty 427

This pointless mob mentality is being see by the general public for what it is: an intrusion on the freedoms and liberties of those who see this crowd as nothing more than an ignorant group of mal contents who have, thus far, failed to articulate what their objective is. All they are interested in is making the lives of those around them as miserable as they can. If OWS really is interesting in challanging the source of this country's problems, they should congregate around the White House.

Anonymous

i already replied to the rest of your post in a lengthy reply above, but i missed the last sentence--that is a great idea and i fully concur--and occupation of dc--more like a shutdown of dc--would be awesome. see--even you have a place in our community!

Anonymous

i already replied to the rest of your post in a lengthy reply above, but i missed the last sentence--that is a great idea and i fully concur--and occupation of dc--more like a shutdown of dc--would be awesome. see--even you have a place in our community!

Liberty 427

This pointless mob mentality is being see by the general public for what it is: an intrusion on the freedoms and liberties of those who see this crowd as nothing more than an ignorant group of mal contents who have, thus far, failed to articulate what their objective is. All they are interested in is making the lives of those around them as miserable as they can. If OWS really is interesting in challanging the source of this country's problems, they should congregate around the White House.

Liberty 427

This pointless mob mentality is being see by the general public for what it is: an intrusion on the freedoms and liberties of those who see this crowd as nothing more than an ignorant group of mal contents who have, thus far, failed to articulate what their objective is. All they are interested in is making the lives of those around them as miserable as they can. If OWS really is interesting in challanging the source of this country's problems, they should congregate around the White House.

Anonymous

your negative words and poorly articulated ideas point to your own ignorance. you obviously have not been to any of the occupations otherwise you would have learned for yourself how amazingly brilliant some of these people are--not all--i will agree there are some people within our group who are not here for the same reasons most of us are, but you will find these people in regular society as well--probably in about equal percentages even. you seem to be a prime example of that idea. maybe you should come out and see what is really going on rather than forming opinions based on what fox news tells you to think. we also have not failed to share our objective(s)--it is very simple--at this point, we are simply raising awareness of the issues our country (and the world) is facing--people losing jobs, homes, families broken up by financial distress, people(CHILDREN) without food or heat, failing education systems, crumbling infrastructure, etc. and meanwhile we have a government that serves at the behest of large corporations that can buy their own set of laws, leaving them virtually above the law to do whatever they want. our REPRESENTATIVES no longer represent us--they represent the highest bidder. they lie, cheat, and steal--they will tell us whatever we want to hear, then go do whatever they want to do when in office. they are more concerned with profits than people. it is time for this to change--WE (the occupiers) are PEOPLE TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE. we are not asking for government handouts. we are actually more interested in the government butting out--its corruption, notorious bureaucracy, senseless waste, combined with the ultimate greed and power hunger of the top members of the economic ladder have left the rest of us so far behind that we dont even need them. we are building independent communities in sustainable, renewable, environmentally friendly, inclusive, harmonious ways. we are building a new democracy--any proposals made to our general assemblies (meetings of ALL our members) must pass with 9/10 consensus (9 out of every 10 people must agree) before the proposal is acted upon--if it doesnt reach consensus, it is not enacted. one person=one vote. unlike our current system which leaves the door open to corruption by allowing one person to make a decision for thousands of other people and that persons decision many times is based on who has paid him the most. also--we do not have a solution--that is why our objective is to simply raise awareness at this point--everybody needs to educate themselves on the problems our society is facing and what the fundamental cause(s) of those problems are. then we can start to work out a solution--a solution enacted by the people, for the people, and of the people. educate yourself, my friend. check this out for a start http://www.nycga.net/resources/declaration/

Anonymous

your negative words and poorly articulated ideas point to your own ignorance. you obviously have not been to any of the occupations otherwise you would have learned for yourself how amazingly brilliant some of these people are--not all--i will agree there are some people within our group who are not here for the same reasons most of us are, but you will find these people in regular society as well--probably in about equal percentages even. you seem to be a prime example of that idea. maybe you should come out and see what is really going on rather than forming opinions based on what fox news tells you to think. we also have not failed to share our objective(s)--it is very simple--at this point, we are simply raising awareness of the issues our country (and the world) is facing--people losing jobs, homes, families broken up by financial distress, people(CHILDREN) without food or heat, failing education systems, crumbling infrastructure, etc. and meanwhile we have a government that serves at the behest of large corporations that can buy their own set of laws, leaving them virtually above the law to do whatever they want. our REPRESENTATIVES no longer represent us--they represent the highest bidder. they lie, cheat, and steal--they will tell us whatever we want to hear, then go do whatever they want to do when in office. they are more concerned with profits than people. it is time for this to change--WE (the occupiers) are PEOPLE TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE. we are not asking for government handouts. we are actually more interested in the government butting out--its corruption, notorious bureaucracy, senseless waste, combined with the ultimate greed and power hunger of the top members of the economic ladder have left the rest of us so far behind that we dont even need them. we are building independent communities in sustainable, renewable, environmentally friendly, inclusive, harmonious ways. we are building a new democracy--any proposals made to our general assemblies (meetings of ALL our members) must pass with 9/10 consensus (9 out of every 10 people must agree) before the proposal is acted upon--if it doesnt reach consensus, it is not enacted. one person=one vote. unlike our current system which leaves the door open to corruption by allowing one person to make a decision for thousands of other people and that persons decision many times is based on who has paid him the most. also--we do not have a solution--that is why our objective is to simply raise awareness at this point--everybody needs to educate themselves on the problems our society is facing and what the fundamental cause(s) of those problems are. then we can start to work out a solution--a solution enacted by the people, for the people, and of the people. educate yourself, my friend. check this out for a start http://www.nycga.net/resources/declaration/

Anonymous

the answer is:
shrink the government
shrink the government budget
shrink the taxes to feed the obese government
let government stop borrowing
let people keep more of what they earn
let people be free of government parasite
let people make their own choices what they do with their own money
let People be responsible for their well being - not government

Government = people.
You want something? There is nobody out there to give it to you. You are your own government. You are source of your own wealth, nobody else.
You need school for your own children? Go and build it for your own money!
You need a teacher for your own children? Go, earn money, find any teacher you want and pay him/her!
You need a doctor? Go, earn your own money, find any doctor you like and pay him!
You want anything? Go, make your own money and get what you need. Don't beg! Earn it!
Don't ask somebody else to provide for you! It ain't but your own responsibility!

Just like I don't ask you to pay my bills, don't ask me to pay yours!!!

Government doen't have its own money - the only honest way for any government to have money is by taxing. So, if "government " pays, that means I pay! And I am not 1%. I am regular guy who pays you OWS to get free money. Screw you!

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