Statement from Occupy Wall St

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I received this in my email this morning from a mailing list I'm on called NationofChange. I endorse this message smiling

Dear Readers,

What follows is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

* They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
* They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
* They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
* They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
* They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
* They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
* They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
* They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers' healthcare and pay.
* They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
* They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
* They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
* They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
* They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
* They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
* They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
* They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
* They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people's lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
* They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
* They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
* They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
* They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
* They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
* They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government ontracts.*

To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

NationofChange has been an unfiltered media resource for the Occupy Wall Street movement even while the mainstream media has ignored, censored, and undermined the progress of the people.


Sounds great. More power to

Sounds great. More power to them. Lets hope it is and it stays grass roots. Unlike those tri-cornered(?) nit -wits.

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admittedly the lack of any mention

of the undue influence israel has on the US is a bit of a concern

"Never believe anything until

"Never believe anything until it is officially denied" (E.F. Stone? i think)

"Soros spokesman Michael Vachon said that Soros has not "funded the protests directly or indirectly." He added: "Assertions to the contrary are an attempt by those who oppose the protesters to cast doubt on the authenticity of the movement.""

as a side note, in the article there is this comment-

"Soros, 81, is No. 7 on the Forbes 400 list with a fortune of $22 billion, which has ballooned in recent years as he deftly responded to financial market turmoil. He has pledged to give away all his wealth, half of it while he earns it and the rest when he dies."

Is it just me or is there something deluded and totally grandiose about this?

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clinging to some naive optimism

So even if Soros is a funder, is it not possible that the people might still claim this movement? Or does the funding guarantee control? And if things don't work out to the benefit of the masses, aren't they at least learning & laying a template and blueprint for the next time around?

"French economist Thomas Coutrot, co-head of the ATTAC movement seeking alternatives to market-ruled policies, said the indignant movement had a healthy “allergy” to being represented by any person or group."

I know, I know, rawstory is a zionist tool... but that doesn't mean every word is untrue, does it?
If nothing else at least these guys are stirring the pot and not idly accepting the inequality that's been delivered by well heeled thieves.

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I have been having the same thoughts, torn between knowing that big money and the PTB's will be actively trying to co-opt and steer the movement and hopeful this is the start of a process to bring these fuckers down. I think both you and James makes a good point that even if this doesn't work or it gets derailed, people will learn and adjust their tactics for next time. More importantly it is spreading awareness. It is creating human to human connections worldwide. As one example, I followed some of the livestream reporting that was happening between the protesters in New York and the protesters in Greece. What was noteworthy to me was the real human connections that were made. That they were finding common ground and were caring about one another. At that time, there were thousands of people on line (via the live chat) that witnessed/participated in these events. I think the human capacity to care and feel empathy is a very powerful force. It is one that will not be understood by the psychopaths in charge because they lack emotional intelligence. They will underestimate it's potential to create change because they only know to do what has worked for them in the past.

The other thoughts I have are some not very well defined musings (and not directed at anyone in particular) and a question which I will throw into the mix. I hope that the information we have gathered and shared about the nature of the evil the OWS protesters are actively confronting doesn't lead us to be overly cynical or dismissive about what they/we can achieve. (Perhaps I shouldn't presume others have these same feelings because I am struggling with them. You all may have it sorted out! If you do let me know cause I need help. smiling ) Anyways, we (our small gaggle of bloggers ), individually and collectively have knowledge that could be used to help them/us be successful. While I think it is good for us to share and learn from each other and I am deeply appreciative of the countless hours so many have dedicated in the pursuit of truth, what else could I/we do to outreach and to make a difference? Certainly, it wouldn't be helpful to just dump all of what we know on people who are not ready to accept the information. And I know the information is 'out there' for anyone to discover; it's just that it is such a really large pill to swallow, I don't imagine many are actively seeking it or even know to look for it.

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horse water

it's weird but everyone has to find and live their own version of the truth. we know what we have learned but others feel they have learned the opposite. And the vast majority in between has no idea of what's gone on and is not really interested in even focusing their brains onto these subjects. We can't force others to care. We can't even lead the horses to water, let alone get them to drink, all we can do is put lots of water out wherever we can and the horses that are thirsty for knowledge will find it.
But seeing the reaction of "occupiers" to mr friend's 9-11 signs and to those wishing to call attention to issues related to Israel, gives me pause about their movement.
ok i need some sleep, what will i call this comment's subject.?

hi NJT

I posted that link because i thought the bullshit was funny. You'll have to pardon my strange mood at the moment.

My guess is that the OWS was a genuine protest to start with and still is but "the money" is trying to move in and steer it. One way to discourage some people from joining is to promote it as a Soros or similar affair. And maybe they are pumping money into it. But even if it was planned by Soros or the Einstein Institute, frankly, i think they are playing with fire and don't know what else to do about the growing and easily predictable dissatisfaction.

To me (and i haven't read extensively on it) it seems like the Egyptian protests in some ways. Though there are marked differences. They are the same in that there are forces trying to steer it for their own agenda and there are many people aware of this and are determined to keep or wrest control of it and are not going to hand over their power to just any committee or spokesperson.

So i think it is a good thing. Even if it gets derailed, there are enough people wise enough to the politics and will broadcast what went wrong and so the next one will be better 'armed' to deal with the subversives with money.

It is what people take away from this that is important. Protests are about raising awareness and either way that is what is happening. It may not be prefect but awareness is growing through this and that is why i (and others) say the ptb are playing with fire if they think they can publicize this and not end up making a rod for their own back.

Chickens are coming home to roost and sooner or later they will land on just the right perch.

Even if those that think this is designed to descend into chaos are right, tptb are still playing with fire because an outgrowth of that will be people organising and supporting themselves. They'll have to and once they've tasted self reliance, they ain't gunna go back in the corral. What happens when people twig that the teevee is not their friend because of the skewed reporting of events that they have been to?

So i think that probably everyone is right to an extent but that is not going to matter in the end. What matters is that the movement grows (and that looks assured) and that people learn the truth or at least more of it from this public outpouring. On balance i think it is a very good thing.

Just like in Egypt, the people got a lot of concessions that others didn't think they would and it ain't over yet!

So thanks for posting on this, NJT. And keep piling on the links and commentary. BTW, that graph is a stunning summation of what is going on and what is being talked about. It doesn't get plainer than that!

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Some OWS links

US: New York - Zuccotti Park, A Photo Essay on A Political Movement and the Kindness of Strangers

"Although I doubt they are aware of ponerology in its deepest sense, it was great to see that for once, people are not distracted by petty differences.
In fact, I spoke with one of the community members at the info desk about whether they were aware of historic tactics regarding infiltration of various groups. He said they were quite aware of it from other protests in the past and they dealt with it by notifying the group - the use of networking - and being non responsive to what was said. They realized that they couldn't really throw those individuals out of the park but were under the impression of a few that might be suspect. It was gratifying to see and hear that they were aware of and on the lookout for such tactics. It was also heartwarming to see that quite a few 'elders' were there to school the younger ones. "

A Movement Too Big to Fail
"There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn. The faux liberal reformers, whose abject failure to stand up for the rights of the poor and the working class, have signed on to this movement because they fear becoming irrelevant. Union leaders, who pull down salaries five times that of the rank and file as they bargain away rights and benefits, know the foundations are shaking. So do Democratic politicians from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi. So do the array of "liberal" groups and institutions, including the press, that have worked to funnel discontented voters back into the swamp of electoral politics and mocked those who called for profound structural reform.

Global revolution: protests in 1,000+ cities — in videos
"Compiling this incredible list of videos was probably the single most exciting thing we’ve done since we started ROAR. When we set up the blog in August last year, we knew something was in the air but we never even dared to expect anything like this. Just 10 months after Tunis and Tahrir, this weekend we witnessed the globalization of the resistance: millions of people in 1,000 cities in over 80 countries on 6 continents uniting for global change. Brothers and sisters, we are making history. And we’re only just getting started!"

Madame Defarge

Hi McJ, from you link to "Too Big to Fail"-

Resistance, real resistance, to the corporate state was displayed when a couple of thousand protesters, clutching mops and brooms, early Friday morning forced the owners of Zuccotti Park and the New York City police to back down from a proposed attempt to expel them in order to "clean" the premises. These protesters in that one glorious moment did what the traditional "liberal" establishment has steadily refused to do--fight back. And it was deeply moving to watch the corporate rats scamper back to their holes on Wall Street. It lent a whole new meaning to the phrase "too big to fail."

There's a whole different mental space to this. They're not wanting changes. They are wanting these fuckers outta there.

I think i can hear Madame Defarge's knitting needles clicking together.

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Generally, I think the list is on target.

A few notes:

* They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices. - I am not for the mistreatment of animals, but let's worry about people first and animals later. Just seems to be an odd item on this list, IMO.

* They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right. - not sure I follow this one either. Did anyone force these students to go to school and take on huge debt to finance that? Education is a "human right"? Sounds more like equating a want for education and someone else footing the bill with a "right" to education.

let's worry about people first and animals later

if you do that, you will never worry about the animals.
A society is to be judged by how it treats its weakest members. Are not animals a part of our society?
I speak up for those who haven't the voice to speak for themselves. Why don't animals too deserve the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
Because they can't fight back against the people they deserve what happens to them?
No we should look out for the animals and see that they are treated "humanely" (ironic term).
my $2 (used to be 2c, but you know, inflation...)

"whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected." - Chief Seattle

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