Occupy the World

October 16, 2011

Photo by AFP Getty Images Karen Bleler
America is awakening from its grass roots. People across our nation are rising up to protest the economic inequality, corporate greed, interference of corporations in our government, and the ineptness of our elected leaders.  People are fed up with the rising costs of health care insurance with its shrinking benefits; foreclosures; the burden of high interest loans, and our non-representation in Washington, DC.

The protests began over a month ago in NYC and are expanding daily. There are now demonstrations in 1,500 cities across the world. Over 100,000 protesters took to to the streets of Rome, Italy where violence broke out and destructive riots ensued. Other protests took place in Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Yesterday Occupy Wall Street in New York City marched to Times Square after protesting outside a branch of JPMorgan Chase Bank urging people to close their accounts. Demonstrators urged Americans to transfer funds to a bank that supports the 99%. A small group of Occupy Wall Street members left the protest to occupy a branch of Citi-Bank where they were arrested.

Occupy Washington, DC camp ©2011 W. L. Doromal
Occupy Washington, DC, "protests for an American Revolution" joined thousands of cities across the globe in protesting those in power who fail to hear our voices. From their website:
October 15th is an International Day of Action. We call on all those in DC to join with our brothers and sisters of the 99% from around the world and with those in our country for a global protest against those in power who refuse to hear our voices.

OccupyDC will participate by coming together at 9am this Saturday in McPherson Square, home of OccupyDC. We will march on the banks!

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT TO MCPHERSON AT 9AM, PLEASE JOIN US AT FREEDOM PLAZA AROUND 12NOON or THEREAFTER ON THE NATIONAL MALL…

We will then move on to The National Mall at just after noon to join our friends: the workers of the unions and those who fight in the civil rights movement; on their march to honor Dr. King, before returning back toward McPherson where more actions will be planned.

As Cornel West pointed out: Dr. King would want a REVOLUTION, not a statue.
What better way to honor him, than giving him one?

Solidarity!
Washington, DC has two major groups: Occupy Washington, DC and Stop the Machine, but it appears that the groups are working to merge.

Washington, DC protesters have had an impact in sending their message. On Tuesday protesters were arrested at the Hart Office Building where they unfurled banners saying, "People for People" and "End War Now".  Protesters upset a hearing of the Armed Services Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on Thursday and plan more protests at Congress.

One protest sign read, "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out." Most Americans who are struggling to survive embrace that view. The Bank of America branch in Dupont Circle closed early Saturday to avoid conflict.

Washington, DC's Occupy movement joined thousands at the Washington Mall who were participating in Al Sharpton's march for Jobs, Justice and Education.

Sharpton told the crowd, “If you can’t get the jobs bill done in the suites, then we will get the jobs bill done in the streets.”

The Occupy Orlando movement brought out the most protesters in our city's history and it is growing. Police made the protesters keep moving during the night or "face arrests." I am participating in this movement to take back our country.

Soon the protests will be impossible to ignore. Americans and citizens world-wide demand to be represented. The politicians who have ignored voice of the people for years, will now be forced to listen.

14 comments:

the teacher said...

The tea party was a joke founded in racism. This movement seems to be gaining steam but the issues are a bit scattered and the party lines are muddled. I expect to see something better than marches and parades, I would like to see, or expect to see, a middle class tax revolt. The goal could be to return to a more protectionist society and protect those jobs at home. Made in China doesn't have the same ring.

Any movement of that sort will be against immigration reform though as the middle class and poor citizens, including all unions oppose adding new citizens with so many out of work. You can never please everyone.

Wendy Doromal said...

Ron. the unions are a huge force behind the Occupy movements. I am a member of local, state and national unions including the NEA, AFT and AFL-CIO. Our union leaders lead the march yesterday in Orlando. We are gaining members daily. Why? Because corrupt government officials want to silence us and we will not be silenced. We have a huge increase in membership as elected Republican leaders threaten to restrict collective bargaining rights if we don't have over 50% membership. We are aiming for 100%. Teachers, fire fighter, policemen and other public servants are fed up and are uniting to become stronger than ever. I have never heard of a union that opposes immigration reform. Union members are informed and know that we need aliens to take the jobs Americans refuse to fill whether they or out of work or not. We are united in supporting immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented aliens and yes, of course we support the same for the legal, long-term foreign workers. Those who act against legal workers who spent 10, 20 30 or more years of their lives working on US soil because they have no US relative will be truly vilified in the pages of history. Let them take their place with other racists, supporters of disenfranchising major segments of society and those who support unequal and unjust legislation and reform.

As documented on this site, the teachers' unions, AFL-CIO and all major unions denounce the Arizona, Alabama and similar laws that make the lives of immigrants and children hell.

Wendy Doromal said...

Oops -forget to put in this link:http://www.examiner.com/immigration-in-tucson/occupy-tucson-protest-set-to-begin-saturday
that shows that immigration reformists are involved in the Occupy movement. I have contacted some of the major national organizations to inform them of the plight of the foreign workers.

Anonymous said...

It's your blog, but perhaps best to stick to immigration issues instead of taking sides on a bunch of other things -- and potentially alienating your readers.

Anonymous said...

CNMI, officials Legislatures,
Judiciary and Executive

"SOLD OUT"


Nobody talks for long term legal
"GW"
Governor off island for China, to invite investors, but Chinese "GW"
"NO Job, Go Home" "???????????????"
I don't understand, THIS

Wendy Doromal said...

12:56

Huh? You said, "It's your blog, but perhaps best to stick to immigration issues instead of taking sides on a bunch of other things -- and potentially alienating your readers." Occupy movement directly impacts this issue. It is a rage against the US Congress that has made the people rise up to protest. That rage includes inaction on immigration issues, waste of tax payer money and other issues that directly impact the foreign workers who have no voice. You should know that I am not writing for "readership numbers."

Actually, I am considering closing this site to the public and allowing foreign workers and those who support their rights only to participate here.

the teacher said...

Wendy, yes I see huge union involvement in the Occupy movement, but unions in OH, MI, PA, and throughout the former industrial belt are strongly against immigration reform because they have such high unemployment and they have watched so many hundreds of thousands of jobs move to China and Mexico. No politician will hear the subject for fear of losing their own election.

Workers here haven't been too unified on a position and with Kilili's bill on the floor, it may be a better strategy to encourage a FAS type status with travel. The problem with parole in place here is that there are no jobs, so the next best thing is an ability to travel to seek work. This would please almost every worker and given the small number into the US mainland, it may be something the US may consider. The problem now is that Guam is sooo opposed to it, but bright minds could perhaps overcome that obstacle.

Kilili's bill would be wonderful for so many and I thought it was looking great, but it is not a done deal. It looks good now because there is no opposition, but if there were, it may not pass.

Anonymous said...

Re 12:56, Wendy if you close this site to the public it will be a great loss. Even if some do not agree there are also many that find this site enlightening and the information gained is very helpful.
Even though I do not always totally agree on some of your points, this site is the first of three that I religiously open first thing in the morning (no matter which location I may be in) to get up to date info that is not available elsewhere. (Tribune and MV being the other in that order)

I can read and feel your disappointment in your recent update on your trip to DC.
In many ways the US Govt. elected is a mirror to the incompetence and bigotry that has/is plaguing the NMI

Your disapointment is understandable but, as you acknowledged, there are other areas that need improvement that you and others can/will work on.
One of the main things now it to close the back door and to try and stop the status Quo of abuses from the past under the new Fed regs. and to protect the CW that will remain here and any others that may be brought in.

Try to relax and get your emotions back together then continue on your mission.
You have to power to just block out unwanted commenter.
Good luck to you.(I hope you understand what I am trying to convey)

Wendy Doromal said...

Thanks 8:26 I do understand what you're saying. I was thinking of closing it to the public so I could communicate more directly with the guest workers and spare them (and myself) some racist and inappropriate comments. Of course, you are correct in saying that I can just delete them and I do delete many. Just did...

Even if I make the site private I will continue to help the workers. Hope you understand my points.

Anonymous said...

You're not going for readership numbers, but you're going for promoting the cause of the CNMI's CWs. And whether you like it or not, trying to create political change in a democracy is by definition a popularity contest. So not caring about your popularity means not caring about your effectiveness. It's a little bit like what Kilili said: do you want a realistic bill that passes, or an unrealistic bill that fails?

Wendy Doromal said...

8:39 Good point...

Anonymous said...

Back off critics! Occupy is a human rights movement (http://gothamist.com/2011/10/16/jimmy_breslin_occupy_wall_street_is.php)
and is supported by people who demand democracy and justice. Of course, Wendy is supporting it. Geesh do you pick, pick, pick on everything ? Leave her alone already.

Wendy Doromal said...

Ron, you said, ” I see huge union involvement in the Occupy movement, but unions in OH, MI, PA, and throughout the former industrial belt are strongly against immigration reform because they have such high unemployment and they have watched so many hundreds of thousands of jobs move to China and Mexico. No politician will hear the subject for fear of losing their own election. You are incorrect. Unions in every state support immigration reform.

The AFL-CIO in Ohio
"Too many employers like a system where our borders are closed and opened at the same time -- closed enough to turn immigrants into second-class citizens, open enough to ensure an endless supply of socially and legally powerless cheap labor.” (sounds like the CNMI)

From Ohio: State Labor Federation Endorses FREEDOM Act Proposal for Immigration Reform: ” A busload of FLOC union tomato workers from Oak Harbor, Ohio took the floor of the AFL-CIO state convention with FLOC president Baldemar Velasquez and won the state federation's endorsement for the FREEDOM Act proposal for immigration reform. This show of support comes at a critical moment in the national movement for immigrant rights.”

From PA: Steelworkers Outraged Over Arizona's Shameful Immigration Bill

From United Auto Workers: “The UAW strongly supports the DREAM Act. The legislation also has outspoken support from Gen. Colin Powell, and its passage was recommended by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to help the military “shape and maintain a mission-ready All Volunteer Force.”

Google and you will find dozens of examples for each state where unions support immigration reform. I may do a post on this someday.

the teacher said...

I Googled this Wendy and found mixed opinions, but I know blue collar towns are voting with the GOP and one reason is immigration(one well known GOP member saying "if you try passing green cards or citizenship for aliens in this county, you may not get one vote"). I would hope both sides think reform will happen but what reform may look is as wide as the spectrum. Union members understand nine percent unemployment and that reform could mean more competition and lower wages, and unions in Ohio are aware that 400k jobs were sent to China in a 4 year period. If the President tries to sell immigration reform in Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and PA before the election, he will lose the Presidency. And I support both, meaning reform and the President.