Occupy, Wall Street and elsewhere


Occupy Wall Street demonstrators

From AMERICAblog in the USA:

#OccupyWallStreet is mainstream

By Myrddin on 10/11/2011 03:00:00 AM

There is another big difference between #OccupyWallStreet and the Tea Party: The #OccupyWallStreet demands are popular and mainstream.

Demanding the end of an unfunded tax cut for the rich when there is concern about the deficit is a mainstream position. Demanding that the government out the interests of ordinary people ahead of Wall Street bankers is a mainstream position.

Until #OccupyWallStreet the idea of increasing taxes for the rich was not even open for discussion. The GOP had said that they would not allow any tax to rise under any circumstance, they also said that the biggest problem facing the country right now was the deficit. So as far as the establishment media was concerned the only possible option that could be considered was which entitlements to cut.

I don’t want to let the GOP steal my pension to give the Koch brothers another tax cut.

Less than a month ago the establishment media was telling us that cuts in Social Security and the end of Medicare for the under 50s was a foregone conclusion. That story line seems to have been completely cut.

As the anti-Wall Street protests against social inequality and the tyranny of the financial oligarchy spread across the US, a new study released Monday documents the devastating decline in working class living standards over the past four years: here.

Over 1,000 Jews gather at Wall St. for Alternative Kol Nidre: here.

The protest movement against social inequality and unemployment has spread to every region of the United States: here.

The anti-Wall Street occupation in lower Manhattan has now entered its fourth week. This past weekend saw an increasing number of visitors and sympathizers filling Liberty Park to capacity as the protests spread to scores of other cities around the country and internationally. The WSWS spoke with protestors who described the lack of jobs, crippling debt, attacks on vital social services, and the dismal prospects for the future driving them to join the protests: here.

Hundreds rally in Toledo, Ohio: here.

Student march backs Occupy Boston: here.

Several hundred people rallied in Washington DC Saturday as part of the anti-Wall Street protests. Protesters staged a march around noon, and then held a General Assembly: here.

A letter from Charlotte, North Carolina on the anti-Wall Street protest: here.

How is Occupy Wall Street Including Folks of Color? [Reader Forum]: here.

Hugo Chavez Endorses OccupyWallStreet: here.

Britain: Health Bill must be stopped! – say thousands of demonstrators on Westminster Bridge: here. And here.

5 thoughts on “Occupy, Wall Street and elsewhere

  1. From: Emma Ruby-Sachs – Avaaz.org

    Subject: The World vs Wall Street

    To: “mig_europe@yahoo.com”

    Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011, 7:32 PM

    Dear friends,

    Thousands of Americans have taken over Wall Street — joining a global movement from Madrid to Jerusalem to take back democracy from corrupt interests. If millions of us stand with them, we’ll boost their spirits and show the media and leaders that this is no fringe movement. Click below to sign the petition – every signature will be counted on a giant live counter in the middle of the Wall St. occupation:

    Sign the petition!
    Thousands of Americans have non-violently occupied Wall St — an epicentre of global financial power and corruption. They are the latest ray of light in a new movement for social justice that is spreading like wildfire from Madrid to Jerusalem to 146 other cities and counting, but they need our help to succeed.

    As working families pay the bill for a financial crisis caused by corrupt elites, the protesters are calling for real democracy, social justice and anti-corruption. But they are under severe pressure from authorities, and some media are dismissing them as fringe groups. If millions of us from across the world stand with them, we’ll boost their resolve and show the media and leaders that the protests are part of a massive mainstream movement for change.

    This year could be our century’s 1968, but to succeed it must be a movement of all citizens, from every walk of life. Click to join the call for real democracy — a giant live counter of every one of us who signs the petition will be erected in the centre of the occupation in New York, and live webcasted on the petition page:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?vl

    The worldwide wave of protest is the latest chapter in this year’s story of global people power. In Egypt, people took over Tahrir Square and toppled their dictator. In India, one man’s fast brought millions onto the streets and the government to its knees — winning real action to end corruption. For months, Greek citizens relentlessly protested unfair cuts to public spending. In Spain, thousands of “indignados” defied a ban on pre-election demonstrations and mounted a protest camp in Sol square to speak out against political corruption and the government’s handling of the economic crisis. And this summer across Israel, people have built “tent cities” to protest against the rising costs of housing and for social justice.

    These national threads are connected by a global narrative of determination to end the collusion of corrupt elites and politicians — who have in many countries helped cause a damaging financial crisis and now want working families to pay the bill. The mass movement that is responding can not only ensure that the burden of recession doesn’t fall on the most vulnerable, it can also help right the balance of power between democracy and corruption. Click to stand with the movement:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?vl

    In every uprising, from Cairo to New York, the call for an accountable government that serves the people is clear, and our global community has backed that people power across the world wherever it has broken out. The time of politicians in the pocket of the corrupt few is ending, and in its place we are building real democracies, of, by, and for people.

    With hope,
    Emma, Maria Paz, Alice, Ricken, Morgan, Brianna, Shibayan and the rest of the Avaaz team

    SOURCES

    Unions, students join Wall Street protesters (Businessweek)
    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9Q6CA3O0.htm

    Spanish youth rally in Madrid echoes Egypt protests (BBC)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13437819

    Anti-austerity protesters block Greek ministries (Reuters)
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/greece-idUSL5E7L40BV20111004

    Occupy Wall St – online resources for the occupation
    http://occupywallst.org/

    Occupy Wall St primer (Washington Post)
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/occupy-wall-street-a-primer/2011/08/25/gIQAbX7oHL_blog.html

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  2. Our Koch Brothers Exposed video investigation has discovered something so tragic it will haunt Charles and David Koch for years to come.

    Is a Koch Industries factory getting away with murder?

    While the brothers wage war against safety precautions, every day their factory is dumping millions of gallons of wastewater into streams that flow near a small rural town in Arkansas.

    “The Koch brothers are killing me and my family,” Norma Thompson, a Crossett, Arkansas resident told us during our investigation. She’s lived near the Koch brothers’ mill for 39 years.

    Journey to Arkansas, watch her story and take action to help her stop the Kochs.

    In many ways, the Koch brothers personify what’s driving people young and old to fight money in politics, occupy Wall Street and protest in the streets. People are rising up and have identified the overwhelming corporate influence on democracy as a corrosive stain that harms the rest of us.

    Our latest video reflects this as we follow the money and prove the Koch brothers buy a system that makes them richer at the expense of everyone else. Through political donations, think tanks and front groups, the Koch brothers are able to weaken safety and oversight laws, which leaves communities like Crossett, Arkansas behind to suffer.

    We can stop the Koch brothers from poisoning towns and cities. Local community leaders in Arkansas have volunteered to hand deliver messages directly to Charles and David Koch.

    Will you post a comment Arkansas residents can use to stop the Koch brothers?

    Yours,
    Robert Greenwald
    and the Brave New Foundation team

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