Occupy Wall Street and beyond

This video from the USA is called Noam Chomsky Addresses Occupy Boston Protesters.

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: “I’ve never seen anything quite like the Occupy movement in scale and character, here and worldwide. The Occupy outposts are trying to create cooperative communities that just might be the basis for the kinds of lasting organizations necessary to overcome the barriers ahead and the backlash that’s already coming. That the Occupy movement is unprecedented seems appropriate because this is an unprecedented era, not just at this moment but since the 1970s”: here.

Occupy Wall Street protesters denounced New York Governor Cuomo for his refusal to extend the “millionaires’ tax”: here.

Occupy Oakland, occupyoakland.org: “We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%. We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city. All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them”: here.

Federal Judge Threatens Oakland Police Department With Court Takeover Over Ongoing Abuses: here.

If It Bleeds, It Distracts: Police Brutality Threatens Occupiers’ Bodies – and Message. J.A. Myerson, Truthout: “Perhaps it is the excitement of footage that resembles urban warfare which tempts so many reporters into pursuing the ‘protesters vs. police officers’ narrative. However, the primary effect of highlighting it is to distract from the focus of the protest, says a 22-year-old protester from Boston calling herself ‘Mom’: ‘Not only does it detract from our anti-fraudulence message; every time we have to answer questions about it, it takes away from what we came here to do, which is protest against greedy, scheming corporations'”: here.

Susan Galleymore, Truthout: “One single bicycle – and many pedaling people – powers Occupy San Francisco’s media center: three laptops, a handful of cell phones and wi-fi hotspots. It is fitting that, on the day when as many as 5,000 protested outside Wells Fargo Bank, something as simple, sustainable and ubiquitous as a bicycle video-streamed and communicated the goings-on to the rest of the country and the world”: here.

Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog: “A combination of police crackdowns and bad weather are testing the young Occupy movement. But rumors of its demise are premature, to say the least. Although numbers are hard to come by, anecdotal evidence suggests the movement is growing. As importantly, the movement has already changed the public debate in America. Consider, for example, last week’s Congressional Budget Office report on widening disparities of income in America. It was hardly news – it’s already well known that the top 1 percent now gets 20 percent of the nation’s income, up from 9 percent in the late 1970s”: here.

3 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street and beyond


    When Timothy Geithner headed the New York Federal Reserve Bank (NYFRB) in 2008, it paid credit-default swaps clients of AIG the full dollar value on their contracts, even though the NYFRB could have almost certainly paid much less.

    In essence, according to a November 1 article in The New York Times, that means the likes of Goldman Sachs got a full taxpayer reimbursement for their risky investments gone sour, even though if AIG had been allowed to collapse, the 16 Wall Street AIG “clients” would have likely gotten much, much less – if anything – through bankruptcy proceedings.

    Geithner and the NYFRB appeared to treat Wall Street “Master of the Universe” risk takers as deserving of having their bets fully covered by the house – meaning the American taxpayer.

    As The New York Times notes about the just-released Government Accounting Office (GAO) report:

    Federal Reserve officials in Washington expected that the New York Fed would negotiate discounts with those companies since, without the government’s intervention, they might have received far less.

    An analysis commissioned by the New York Fed recommended concessions around $1.1 billion to $6.4 billion….

    Although the NYFRB offered the GAO many justifications for the generous AIG client payouts under Geithner, “the Fed’s actions contrast with the agreement that European governments, led by Chancellor Angela Markel of Germany, secured from some of the same institutions in October to accept discounts of up to 50 percent on their holdings of Greek debt,” according to the Times.

    Furthermore, even if an AIG client would only have lost 1 percent on the original value of the credit-default swaps, the NYFRB reimbursed that firm 100 percent of that value, according to the GAO.

    The GAO report notes, as the Times reports, “the expressed willingness of some of the companies to accept smaller payments. In one case, when a company offered to accept a smaller amount of money, officials at the New York Fed responded that they had decided to pay the full amount of the debt, the report said.”

    Normally, when a firm can no longer meet its debt obligations, it files for bankruptcy and a judge oversees heavily discounted settlements on the dollar, if there are any remaining assets.

    But the GAO report reveals that, once again, under Geithner and Hank Paulsen (Bush’s Treasury secretary during the Wall Street crash – and former chair and CEO of Goldman Sachs), if you are a “Master of the Universe” financial firm, your risk is socialized and covered 100 percent by the American taxpayer.

    Mark Karlin,
    Editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout


  2. NYC Labor Against the War

    11.1 Occupy Wall Street Report:
    All Out With Oakland on 11/2

    “We call for a general strike around the country, and around the world, because we know that the wealth of the 1 percent is produced by the work of the 99 percent.”
    Oakland Activists Regroup and Call for General Strike


    General Strike & Mass Day of Action
    Liberate Oakland
    Shut Down the 1%
    General Strike & Mass Day of Action
    called for by Occupy Oakland

    Occupy Oakland General Strike and Mass Day of Action Press Conference, 10/31/11: video : Indybay
    Speaking at the press conference were Tim Simmons; Louise Michel; Boots Riley of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club; Cat Brooks of the ONYX Organizing Committee; Clarence Thomas of the ILWU Local 10 and the Million Worker March Movement; Nell Myhand of Causa Justa/Just Cause, Crystallee Crain, teacher at DeAnza College and the College of Alameda; Javier Armas, former Oakland teacher; Elaine Brown, SEIU member and former chairperson of the Black Panther Party; and Glenn Turner, a Telegraph Avenue shop owner.

    Anti-Wall Street protesters may close down Oakland, while Teamsters picket 2nd port
    ‎”All over the world people are marching in solidarity with and looking to Oakland,” Riley said. “People are looking at Oakland, California. You know why? It’s become clear that some people in the United States have made a radical, militant connection between capitalism and labor.”

    Oakland Activists Regroup and Call for General Strike
    “We call for a general strike around the country, and around the world, because we know that the wealth of the 1 percent is produced by the work of the 99 percent.”

    Former Marine’s injury spurs vets to join Occupy movement
    ‎”We’re hearing from 80-year-old former Marines,” says Carter, who served two tours in Iraq. “Scott Olsen was willing to put himself on the line, so a lot more people are willing to take a more visible role.”


    Wednesday: we’re marching in New York in solidarity with Occupy Oakland General Assembly call to action
    4PM – Student Convergence at Washington Square Park
    5PM – Gathering at Liberty Plaza
    6PM – March
    Hope to see you there.

    November 2nd: NYC Endorsers of National Day of Action in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland and in Defense of the Occupy Movement Nationally
    Participating groups and individuals in New York City (list in formation): CWA District 1, Brooklyn General Assembly, New York City All Student Assembly, New York City Labor Against the War, Labor for Palestine, Occupy the DOE, Marvin Holland (Political Director, TWU Local 100)*, Christine Williams (Executive Board Member, TWU Local 100)*, Charles Jenkins (Second Vice Chair, Line Equipment and Signals, TWU Local 100)*, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, Virtual Boricua, Luisa’s Liberation Artists Making Action, East Harlem Preservation, Michael Letwin, (Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325)*, UAW Region 9A.

    Calls to action on November 2
    Among the first expressions of support for Oakland was a call by the Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street in New York to make Oakland’s November 2 call a national day of action in solidarity with Occupy Oakland. The Occupy movement in New York knows the importance of solidarity from the thousands of unionists, students and other activists who mobilized October 14 to stop city officials from evicting the encampment Liberty Square.

    New York City Chapter: Veterans of the 99% Call to Action | Iraq Veterans Against the War
    November 2nd, march with us in support of the 99%. If you’re unable to come to New York, organize veterans in support of the 99% at your local occupations.

    Support Locked Out Teamsters at Sotheby’s Nov.2nd & Nov.9th
    Despite record profits Sotheby’s had demanded replacing Teamster jobs with temporary workers, wage and benefits decreases and has Locked out the workers from even bargaining.


    Occupy Wall Street: Another world is possible
    Obama’s rightward shift since taking office has alienated many former supporters, helping to fuel the ‘Occupy’ movement.

    Race and Occupy Wall Street
    The Occupy movement is clearly unifying. Centralizing racial equity will help to sustain that unity. This won’t happen accidentally or automatically. It will require deliberate, smart, structured organizing that challenges segregation, not only that of the 1 percent from everyone else, but also that which divides the 99 percent from within.

    ALBANY: A Seeming Loss by Cuomo to Occupy Wall Street Group
    The Cuomo administration’s plan to oust Occupy Wall Street protesters from an Albany tent city they call Camp Cuomoville failed.

    ATLANTA: Occupy Atlanta Arrests
    Occupy Atlanta stands up to overwhelming police forces. The strength and committment these people have shown should be a reminder to all… freedom isn’t free. It’s time to take a stand! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!

    DC: OccupyWashingtonDC.org Endorses Call for General Strike in Oakland, CA
    “General strikes are used around the world when government’s do not respond to the needs of workers. The Oakland action is a precursor to potential national strikes if the economic and political elites do not heed the message of the Occupy Movement.”

    PORTLAND: Occupy Portland has deep roots in the city’s history
    In 1919, the Portland Workers, Soldiers and Sailors Council, modeled after the “Soviets” of the Russian revolution, brought over 500 to the square to protest the jailing of Dr. Marie Equi for her opposition to U.S. intervention in the European war.

    RICHMOND: Are You F-ing Kidding Me? Police Use Bulldozers To Break Up Occupy Richmond

    ROCHESTER: Occupy evicted in Rochester
    Occupy Rochester is calling on Mayor Richards to drop all charges against the Rochester 32 and allow Rochester activists to continue occupying Washington Square Park round-the-clock. A large march from Washington Square Park to City Hall (and back) is planned for the national day of action in solidarity with Occupy Oakland on November 2. Occupy Rochester is uniting the community around the slogan, “We are the 99 percent, and we will not be silenced.”


    Death Row Inmates Wait Years Before Execution
    It is only on the back end — on appeal and in other postconviction proceedings — that the legal system, at great length and expense, starts to examine seriously whether particular death sentences were actually warranted.

    Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees say military officials reading privileged mail
    The motion cannot yet be read in full because it is undergoing a security review.

    Police Torture in Chicago
    An archive of articles by John Conroy on police torture and related issues.

    Brooklyn Detective Convicted of Planting Drugs on Innocent People
    “Anything goes in the never-ending war on drugs,” he said, “and a refusal to go along with questionable practices raise the specter of blacklisting and isolation.”


    EGYPT: Egyptians protest over blogger’s arrest
    Egyptians are mobilising in support of Alaa Abd El Fattah, a blogger and activist who has imprisoned for 15 days after refusing to recognise a military court.

    EGYPT: Revolution in a Cairo Hospital – Interview with Mohammed Shafiq
    Dr Mohammed Shafiq, President of the Independent Union of Workers in Manshiet al-Bakry General Hospital, talks about the struggle of health workers to build independent unions and bring about a revolution in Egypt’s health system. The union was founded in the wake of Mubarak’s overthrow and led a revolution of its own within the hospital, ousting the old corrupt management and organising a democratic election for a new manager.

    FRANCE: OWS protest turns on G20 summit in France
    Thousands of anti-capitalists have arrived in Nice on the French Riviera to protest against corporate greed ahead of the G20 summit in Cannes. International activists are urging leaders of the world’s top economies to focus on people not finance.

    NEW ZEALAND: Occupy Dunedin protesters won’t budge
    Dunedin protesters taking part in the global Occupy movement are refusing to budge from the city’s Octagon.

    TORONTO: Solidarity with Occupy Oakland and the General Strike!
    Occupy Toronto will be marching in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, and in solidarity with the Oakland General Strike!

    U.K.: St Paul’s suspends legal action against protesters – live coverage
    Cathedral splits from Corporation of London, which plans to serve Occupy London camp with eviction order


    We need you to join The Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street
    We are members of over 30 trade unions and labor groups who have come together in support of the goals of Occupy Wall Street.
    OccupyStream – All Occupy Wall Street Streams and IRC – Live Revolution

    Occupy Together
    Welcometo OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.

    We Are the 99 Percent
    Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?

    Reports of Occupy everywhere

    PLEASECIRCULATE WIDELY: If you are arrested at an Occupy Event, call the National Lawyers Guild: New York City: (212) 679-6018 Los Angeles: (323)696-2299 Washington, DC: (202) 957 2445 Chicago: (773) 309-1198 San Francisco: (415) 285-1011 New Orleans: (504) 875-0019 Baltimore: (410) 205-2850 Minnesota: (612) 656-9108 Michigan: (313) 963-0843 Portland: (503) 902-5340 Boston: (617) 227-7335 Pennsylvania & Delaware: (267)702-4654 Idaho: (208) 991-4324Be very sure to write the applicable phone number in PERMANENT marker somewhere concealed on your body, protected from the elements. Do NOT assume you will be able to retrieve the number from a phone or a notebook. It is very likely you will be stripped of all your belongings.

    What To Do If You’re Arrested at an Occupy Protest – Disorderly Conduct Laws

    The resistance continues at Liberty Square and Nationwide!

    Donate Money to #occupywallstreet

    NYC General Assembly
    The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet

    People of Color / #OccupyWallStreet
    Created in response to the lack of racial diversity at #OccupyWallStreetwith the purpose of developing critical consciousness within the movement and extending its reach to include those most affected by the current crisis. It is open to all who identify as people of color.

    Occupy Wall St.: Immediate Needs


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