Occupy Wall Street: 99% Protest For an American Revolution

October 5, 2011

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For three weeks Occupy Wall Street and 99%, a movement of young people, members of the middle class, human rights activists and the unemployed have orchestrated a series of protests against corporate America and Wall Street. They have had it with the wealthy who dictate our country’s political agenda in Washington, DC. They have experienced police brutality and witnessed hundreds of arrests as they closed the Brooklyn Bridge to traffic last week.

Today 15 or more of the nation’s largest labor unions are joining the protesters on Wall Street. The movement is spreading like wildfire to thousands of cities across the U.S. ­– from Boston to Hartford to San Francisco to Orlando, the middle class, the poor and the unemployed are taking to the streets. The protesters are fed up with a useless, do-nothing U.S. Congress, self-serving politicians, greedy financial institutes and corporations who have bled the American citizens dry. People who lost their homes and jobs are taking to the streets. Students are taking to the streets, educators are taking to the streets, union members are taking to the streets and cheated workers are taking to the streets. People who want a return of democracy are taking to the streets.

College students will join by walking out of classes at 12:00 noon across the country.

As one signs reads, "The 99% may have fallen asleep for a while, but we are awake now." This is a movement that will only grow as the rage of the 99% spills to the streets.

From CNN:
Yes, there are a wide array of complaints, demands, and goals from the Wall Street protesters: the collapsing environment, labor standards, housing policy, government corruption, World Bank lending practices, unemployment, increasing wealth disparity and so on. Different people have been affected by different aspects of the same system -- and they believe they are symptoms of the same core problem.

Anyone who says he has no idea what these folks are protesting is not being truthful. Whether we agree with them or not, we all know what they are upset about, and we all know that there are investment bankers working on Wall Street getting richer while things for most of the rest of us are getting tougher. What upsets banking's defenders and politicians alike is the refusal of this movement to state its terms or set its goals in the traditional language of campaigns.

That's because, unlike a political campaign designed to get some person in office and then close up shop (as in the election of Obama), this is not a movement with a traditional narrative arc. As the product of the decentralized networked-era culture, it is less about victory than sustainability. It is not about one-pointedness, but inclusion and groping toward consensus. It is not like a book; it is like the Internet.

Occupy Wall Street is meant more as a way of life that spreads through contagion, creates as many questions as it answers, aims to force a reconsideration of the way the nation does business and offers hope to those of us who previously felt alone in our belief that the current economic system is broken.
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12 comments:

the teacher said...

The American worker will demand a return to protectionism in the job market as the world economy continues to decline and Americas financial place in it slides.

Expect tougher immigration laws and tariffs on imported products. We will also see a steep reduction in aid to an overpopulated third world. Third world nations will see increased starvation and revolutions. This depression has only just begun.

Anonymous said...

"Expect tougher immigration laws and tariffs on imported products. We will also see a steep reduction in aid to an overpopulated third world. Third world nations will see increased starvation and revolutions. This depression has only just begun."

Steep reduction in aid to third world NMI also?

the teacher said...

PS HR 1466 has moved forward to the floor and expected to pass on a voice vote.

Wendy Doromal said...

Ron
Too bad the CNMI delegate lacks the courage to introduce a bill to grant permanent residency to all of the legal, long-term foreign workers. I am going to Washington to find some members who will introduce legislation in response to the DOI report as mandated by law. HR 1466 is not a response to that report. It leaves out 12,000 legal workers and provides a pathetic continuance of the status quo -an apatheid-type, disenfranchised status. It contains provisions that mirror the post-Civil War Black Codes. It is shameful and un-American. I have already spoken to people in the House and Senate who agree that all of the legal, long-term foreign workers should be granted permanent residency status!

Sablan and his cosponsors will one day be remembered for this bill that mocks our country's principles and ideals -especially those "immigration champion" co-sponsors who introduced or co-sponsored legislation to grant 11 million illegal aliens permanent residency and want nothing for 12,000 dedicated legal workers and a continuance of the broken CNMI disenfranchised status for 4,000 others. Let this be their legacy!

Anonymous said...

careful what you wish for....almost 3600 bills have been introduced this year, only 330 have been voted on in the house and senate. 7 failed to pass, 305 only passed one chamber but not both and died, and 20 passed both chambers and have been enacted into law. This is .5% of bills that actually make it all the way through. I am sure enough reps will try to amend this bill and with a Republican majority if anything it will get watered down even more if it makes it out of the house at all.....very unlikely...then we will have nothing until the next election is over.....in the meantime a lot of people who could have been helped will be out of status and ineligible for any change.....if they are still around......you can win the battle and lose the war.....ideology sometimes has to give way to practicality........most succesful activist know that....

Wendy Doromal said...

9:21 Any successful activist never gives up. Any successful activist sticks to his/her principles and plods on. Any successful activist cannot be tricked into giving up by comments that imply that there is no chance to meet the goals. How many people told us that PL 110-229 would never be signed?

A lot of people -THE MAJORITY -are screwed by Kilili if HR 1466 passes. What about the long-term legal workers who have foreign born spouses and children? What about foreign workers who are gay or single? I will never cast aside basic principles and justice to support a bill that will harm the majority! If people want to make excuses for supporting it, go ahead, I won't

the teacher said...

You are right, the bill "provides a pathetic continuance of the status quo -an apatheid-type, disenfranchised status.".

But if you had seen the looks on the faces of the Jr High students giving each other high 5s when the rumor spread quickly that 1466 had moved forward...it would have been tough to speak against it.

Anonymous said...

Teacher

were the kids who were foreign-born high 5ing too?

Anonymous said...

AMEND AMEND AMEND! forget the green cards grant citizenship!

the teacher said...

Noni 5:32,you said "teacher, were the kids who were foreign-born high 5ing too?"

No I guess not. Are you now blaming me because a foreign national child whose parents aren't working may not be allowed to stay? Does anyone think unemployed aliens should stay in the NMI? I understand green cards give the right to travel but that isn't on the table. There is no bill offered that would change that. This bill hasn't even passed yet.

Anonymous said...

teacher I'm not blaming you, but why you are putting US kids above alien kids? You do that in your classes? why you dont care that we're left out. You dont know aliens with US wife or kid is gonna stay under the bill and so many dont have jobs? Why aren't you asking green cards to be put on the table? Why you don't ask for the bill to get fixed?

Anonymous said...

The teacher said, "Does anyone think unemployed aliens should stay in the NMI?" Why yes, teacher. Rep. Sablan and the other bill signers think that unemployed aliens should stay in the NMi as long as they have a US relative. That's what the law does. Let's Boni and other jobless OCWS with US citizen relatives stay. Why do you think they supports it?