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    Rolling Jubilee →

    A bailout of the people by the people

     

    Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits.

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    Okay, this is hella cool to me.

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #occupy wall street  #ows  #people's bailout  #money  #debt 
    How Occupy Wall Street Tried To Co-Opt The Million Hoodie March →

    ladyatheist:

    I participated in the #MillionHoodies march in New York City’s Union Square this past Wednesday, March 21st. When I arrived I noticed a lot less hoodies than I thought I was going to see. I assumed this was simply because of the warm weather. There was still an enormous crowd of people there to deal with the tragedy that was Trayvon Martin.

    With chants of “We are the 99%” and signage to that effect as well, I was a little thrown off. I thought the purpose of this march was to bring awareness to the death of a young boy. Soon after the march started confusion was all around. Which way were we marching? Who was leading the charge? After we walked a few blocks members of the Occupy section of the march started running down the street knocking down trash cans. I was told later that some attempted to knock down police barricades and police scooters used to guide the marchers. I immediately became uncomfortable because that’s not what I signed up for. I wanted to speak out against injustice—just causing general destruction wasn’t on my agenda. Soon some Occupiers started chanting “F**k the POLICE,” one young white male wearing skinny jeans and a Justin Bieber haircut started yelling “THIS IS WAR, WE WANT WAR!” To which a hoodie-clad young black adult said “Hey, uh we don’t really want war, why don’t you tone that down. I’m about to graduate college in a few months.” The white male kind of laughed and kept moving forward yelling something else.

    At various points in the march, as organizers tried to make statements, they were drowned out by Occupiers chanting whatever they saw fit at the time. It didn’t matter if there was a full-on people’s mic happening, they would attempt to push things their way. I asked Daniel Maree, one of the organizers of the #millionhoodies march what he thought of the co-option by Occupy and their actions.”Honestly,” Maree replied “I feel like this is what happens when these emotions build up and they go unchecked and you know, injustice continues, you get it boiling over like this. I’m just happy nobody got hurt.” And while Occupy did help swell the ranks of marchers, I found their actions unacceptable.

    This isn’t simply about emotions. This is a consistent streak within certain sections of Occupy. Their goal isn’t a specific action within our current system. Often they want to make a point, show that they’re movement is doing things. In DC, their goal was to get arrested. In NYC, they seemed less concerned with marching for Trayvon and more concerned with occupying as much space as possible with whatever issue that would gather folks to their cause. Occupying.

    When Occupy Wall Street first got the national spotlight they were so worried about the co-option of their message, yet they have no problem co-opting others. A couple of Occupiers recognized me and asked if I noticed some of the nonsense that was happening. I said yes and one of them explained that after this march and two months of working with Occupy, she and her friends no longer wanted to be associated with them.

    Every time I attempt to have a conversation about issues within Occupy, I’m told that there are no leaders, and that some people do crazy things, but “that’s not OCCUPY.” I grow weary of actions without consequences and disrespect without anyone being held responsible. Just because a movement did some good doesn’t mean that it’s infallible. Occupy chapters have serious issues and there have been serious discussions about its relations with women and people of color. With incidents like what occurred on Wednesday, I see a clear reason why people of color don’t flock to the movement.

    We don’t have enough privilege to carry us through it.

    The bolded is so important. OWS is not infallible, perfect, or free from criticism. I’m beyond sick of people vilifying people who dare to criticize the movement. Occupy Wall Street is fundamentally flawed. You can’t keep putting your fingers in your ears and ignore the problems the movement has with racism and sexism.

    wowow. Shame on you, OWS.

    (via womanistgamergirl)

    — 2 years ago with 124 notes
    #ows  #occupy  #occupy wall street  #trayvon martin  #million hoodie march 
    A Black Woman Who Occupied Wall Street: Why She Won't Be Going Back. →

    anticapitalist:

    The days I spent at the Occupy Wall Street action in the park were harrowing to say the least. The racism is rampant. There is no regard for the need to factor in black issues or empowerment nor is black leadership in actuality encouraged or welcome, even though they claim it is. There are many white men there are very domineering, controlling, demeaning, sarcastic, condescending and do not make black women feel safe, welcome, empowered, appreciated or protected. They have no regard for black people or women.

    Women are being molested in the park and there is no real viable system in place to handle it without the need for police intervention. There are white supremacists groups running around there. There are people smoking drugs there even though it puts the entire action at risk and even after being told that the General Assembly had consensus on the fact that there should be no smoking of cigarettes as they are not only a health hazard to everyone and gives support to the tobacco companies, but also a potential fire hazard, people continue to smoke with no regard for their fellow protesters.

    There is a constant marginalization of women and I was even verbally and physically imposed on and threatened by a white man who was up in my face with his fingers pointing in my face because he wanted to dictate to people what he thought they should do. When I spoke up and said that he and two other white men are not supposed to dictate to everyone what should happen but that the decision should be made through consensus he got angry. He proclaimed that he called the meeting, as if that is somehow relevant. He also got angry because I as a black woman told him that he was wrong for trying to dictate to people. Not only that but I also offered to facilitate after other people didn’t step up as things were confusing and out of control. There was no complaint about my facilitation and we actually got down to there being three points to vote on after hearing everyone voice their opinion after I did. Of course another white man felt that he was the one who should be facilitating so I said “fine you do it” but I also asked if there was a woman who had facilitating training as well and the men started to all say why does it matter if its a woman?

    After they began to facilitate, everything got out of control, the group split off into factions and there was no more cohesiveness. The man who called the meeting subsequently came over to me as I was standing on the side having a conversation with two people. He took a very domineering stance and was standing with his face right in front of mine pointing his fingers at me telling me that I will never facilitate again and he was in charge. I barely heard what he was saying as all I kept saying to him was “back up.” He was threatening and I could see that he wanted to actually hit me. I threw my bag on the ground and said come on if you want to throw down. Then people pulled us apart. He might have been able to hit me but I would have given him a run for his money. I was so angry and when a black man I met there came over I was telling him what happened. Another white guy steps in between us and proceeds to explain to him what happened in order to protect the other white man. I told him he is in no position to explain to anyone what happened to me and he is being rude. The arrogance of these men is just unbelievable! The black man and I walked down the street together and he calmed me down.

    This is the type of thing that goes on, but its okay and sponsored because within the confines of this movement, white people are still acceptably in charge, arrogant and superior. In other words, you can have all of the experience in the world as an organizer, activist or facilitator but if you are not a white man then its a problem. If you are a white man, even though you don’t have any experience, don’t know how to run a meeting (which I saw happen several different times), are not very bright and don’t even know how to be an organizer, its acceptable and fine, even if the meeting isn’t fruitful and doesn’t result in anything.

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    (Source: anticapitalist, via womanistgamergirl)

    — 2 years ago with 192 notes
    #racism  #politics  #occupy wall street 

    kateoplis:

    “Swarming Lower Manhattan tonight in unarrestable numbers is the only thing you’ll do more important than voting.” — @georgelazenby

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    (via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 336 notes
    #ows  #occupy Wall Street 
    fuckyeahfeminists:

Occupy Rape Culture

On Friday, Occupy Wall Street created a 16-square-foot “safe house,” designed to shelter up to 30 women.  This is a start.  However, how about setting up “safe spaces” AND placing the onus on men to stop sexual violence?  According to feminist activist, Deanna Zandt, “getting the men not to rape [the women]” is a better starting point.  I concur. Columnist, Katha Pollitt, put all of this in perspective when she recently asked, “Can you imagine hetero MEN having to set up a safe space to protect them from women and LGBT?” No.  Most of us can’t.  Too many of us have been wired to see men as predators and women as princesses needing protection, the latter of which doesn’t always have a happy-ending.  Something’s got to give.
Women need safe spaces because we live in a rape culture that makes sexual occupancy permissible anywhere.  Destruction of the latter needs to happen yesterday—and not as a leverage against Occupy protestors (or here), but as a requirement of human dignity.  Economic and gender justice go hand in hand.  While Occupying Wall Street and other locales, Occupy Rape Culture simultaneously.


#occupyrapeculture
Let’s make this happen.

    fuckyeahfeminists:

    Occupy Rape Culture

    On Friday, Occupy Wall Street created a 16-square-foot “safe house,” designed to shelter up to 30 women.  This is a start.  However, how about setting up “safe spaces” AND placing the onus on men to stop sexual violence?  According to feminist activist, Deanna Zandt, “getting the men not to rape [the women]” is a better starting point.  I concur. Columnist, Katha Pollitt, put all of this in perspective when she recently asked, “Can you imagine hetero MEN having to set up a safe space to protect them from women and LGBT?” No.  Most of us can’t.  Too many of us have been wired to see men as predators and women as princesses needing protection, the latter of which doesn’t always have a happy-ending.  Something’s got to give.

    Women need safe spaces because we live in a rape culture that makes sexual occupancy permissible anywhere.  Destruction of the latter needs to happen yesterday—and not as a leverage against Occupy protestors (or here), but as a requirement of human dignity.  Economic and gender justice go hand in hand.  While Occupying Wall Street and other locales, Occupy Rape Culture simultaneously.

    #occupyrapeculture

    Let’s make this happen.

    — 2 years ago with 173 notes
    #occupy wall street  #rape culture  #safe space 
    futurejournalismproject:

Virginia Police Arrest Photojournalist Documenting Occupy Richmond Crackdown
Ian Graham, who was shooting for RVA Magazine, explains via the magazine’s Web site:

I was there to photograph the police dissemble the occupation, and therefore what many call the trampling of the first and possibly second amendments. The people assembled in a (literal) public square, were paid lip service to by local authorities, and on the last morning of October, the local police were forced into thuggery by an order from on high. Again, I was not at Kanawa Plaza to make a political statement, I wanted to take some pictures… and instead, I got arrested for crossing the fucking street. The official charge is of trespassing. There were people on both sides of the crosswalk where I was arrested, and none of them were arrested. But none of them had cameras, either.

Image: Screenshot from a CBS video of Ian Graham getting arrested.

    futurejournalismproject:

    Virginia Police Arrest Photojournalist Documenting Occupy Richmond Crackdown

    Ian Graham, who was shooting for RVA Magazine, explains via the magazine’s Web site:

    I was there to photograph the police dissemble the occupation, and therefore what many call the trampling of the first and possibly second amendments. The people assembled in a (literal) public square, were paid lip service to by local authorities, and on the last morning of October, the local police were forced into thuggery by an order from on high. Again, I was not at Kanawa Plaza to make a political statement, I wanted to take some pictures… and instead, I got arrested for crossing the fucking street. The official charge is of trespassing. There were people on both sides of the crosswalk where I was arrested, and none of them were arrested. But none of them had cameras, either.

    Image: Screenshot from a CBS video of Ian Graham getting arrested.

    (Source: futurejournalismproject, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 237 notes
    #occupy wall street 

    Finally made it over to Liberty Square today!

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #occupy wall street  #ows  #liberty square  #protesters 
    thedailywhat:

Occupy Wall Street News Update of the Day: The NYPD may be attempting to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement by employing an extremely shady tactic: Encouraging “lawbreakers and lowlifes” to link up with protesters at Zuccotti Park.
According the the New York Daily News, a physical line has been drawn between the pretenders and the honest-to-goodness demonstrators, with the “real” 99 Percenters occupying the east side of the park, and the “stragglers” setting up camp on the park’s west side.
“The west-side anarchists are in 70s-punk costumes,” reports the Daily News’ Harry Siegel, “and to the extent that they have discernible politics, many of them would be more fairly described as nihilists.”
Siegel says that the freeloaders — who are mostly there to take advantage of the free food and supplies provided by legitimate activists — have been known to start fights and engage in open-air drug sales, to the detriment of the movement.
Two “drunks” Siegel spoke with claim they were “encouraged” by NYPD officers to “take [their illegal activities] to Zuccotti.” Members of the Community Affairs Working Group say they’ve heard similar accounts.
The New York Department of Correction has denied outright the rumor that it was sending newly released prisoners to Zuccotti Park, and an NYPD spokesman responded to the Daily News story by saying, simply, “it’s false.”
Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street protesters were forced to weather their first significant storm over the weekend without any generators, as the dreaded “snowtober” pummelled the city with record-breaking flakes.
Any grumbling, though, was drowned out by the sounds of merriment and musical instruments giving the howling winds a run for their money:

Further Reading/Viewing: OWS organizers have officially filed the necessary paperwork to trademark “Occupy Wall Street”; protesters marched down Wall Street dressed as heroes and villains as part of an event dubbed the Occupy Halloween parade. Check out some snapshots from the festivities below: 



[nydn / salon / gawker / observer / gothamist.]

    thedailywhat:

    Occupy Wall Street News Update of the Day: The NYPD may be attempting to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement by employing an extremely shady tactic: Encouraging “lawbreakers and lowlifes” to link up with protesters at Zuccotti Park.

    According the the New York Daily News, a physical line has been drawn between the pretenders and the honest-to-goodness demonstrators, with the “real” 99 Percenters occupying the east side of the park, and the “stragglers” setting up camp on the park’s west side.

    “The west-side anarchists are in 70s-punk costumes,” reports the Daily News’ Harry Siegel, “and to the extent that they have discernible politics, many of them would be more fairly described as nihilists.”

    Siegel says that the freeloaders — who are mostly there to take advantage of the free food and supplies provided by legitimate activists — have been known to start fights and engage in open-air drug sales, to the detriment of the movement.

    Two “drunks” Siegel spoke with claim they were “encouraged” by NYPD officers to “take [their illegal activities] to Zuccotti.” Members of the Community Affairs Working Group say they’ve heard similar accounts.

    The New York Department of Correction has denied outright the rumor that it was sending newly released prisoners to Zuccotti Park, and an NYPD spokesman responded to the Daily News story by saying, simply, “it’s false.”

    Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street protesters were forced to weather their first significant storm over the weekend without any generators, as the dreaded “snowtober” pummelled the city with record-breaking flakes.

    Any grumbling, though, was drowned out by the sounds of merriment and musical instruments giving the howling winds a run for their money:

    Further Reading/Viewing: OWS organizers have officially filed the necessary paperwork to trademark “Occupy Wall Street”; protesters marched down Wall Street dressed as heroes and villains as part of an event dubbed the Occupy Halloween parade. Check out some snapshots from the festivities below: 

    [nydn / salon / gawker / observer / gothamist.]

    (Source: thedailywhat, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 704 notes
    #occupy  #occupy wall street 
    Chemical bomb thrown into Occupy Maine encampment →

    cognitivedissonance:

    From The Portland Press Herald:

    Portland police are looking for the person who threw a chemical bomb at the Occupy Maine encampment in Portland during the early morning hours today.

    Sgt. Glen McGary said police responded around 4 a.m. today to an explosion in Lincoln Park at Congress and Pearl streets.

    Though no one was injured, McGary said the homemade bomb, which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container could have caused serious injury.

    Occupy Maine’s press release:

    Early Sunday morning, around 4am, the members of the Occupy Maine camp at Lincoln Park woke up to a loud explosion. Witnesses who were awake said a car driving by slowed down, and lobbed an IED over the fence. Within a few seconds, it exploded. The blast reportedly lifted a table about a foot off the ground. The table generally requires 2 people to lift and move. The target was the center of camp where the overnight security team was. 

    One witness said this type of bomb could have caused a lot more damage if certain things were added and a lot of campers are fearful of another attack. Thankfully no one was injured last night but police investigators were on scene for 2 hours to identify the chemicals used and to try to find out who is responsible.

    The suspect car is said to be a Silver 4-Door Sedan from the late 80s-mid 90s and possibly a Toyota or Nissan and if you have any more information, you are encouraged to contact the Portland Police Department at 207-874-8575.

    #OccupyMaine Media Team
    OccME.Media@gmail.com

    This is completely horrifying and could have seriously injured anyone in the vicinity. Let’s get the word out and help bring the bomber(s) to justice. Remember, those occupiers are your fellow citizens. They’re people, okay? Real people who can be hurt or killed by actions like this. Bombing a group of protesters is terrorism. Period.

    Be safe out there, folks. 

    (via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

    — 2 years ago with 115 notes
    #occupy wall street  #occupy  #news 
    nationalpost:

Graphic: Follow the tweets of the Occupy movement The Occupy movement began with a single tweet from Adbusters and has grown to more than 550,000 Twitter posts from around the world. Take a look to see where the hotspots are.

    nationalpost:

    Graphic: Follow the tweets of the Occupy movement
    The Occupy movement began with a single tweet from Adbusters and has grown to more than 550,000 Twitter posts from around the world. Take a look to see where the hotspots are.

    (via socialistexan)

    — 2 years ago with 934 notes
    #occupy  #occupy wall street  #activism  #protests