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How To Occupy

How To Occupy
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Occupy movement hand signals Occupy movement hand signals, grouped by function. Example signals[edit] Diagram of Occupy movement hand signals used in London 2011. Twinkles and down twinkles are referred to as a "temperature check". They indicate if a group is getting close to consensus. Twinkles are also known as "sparkle" or spirit fingers.[13] Origins[edit] In addition to commonalities with various sign languages, and cultural gestures, these or similar hand signals have been used by other groups and events prior to the Occupy Wall Street protests. See also[edit] References[edit] Cell Phone Guide for Occupy Wall Street Protesters (and Everyone Else) Occupy Wall Street has called for a global day of action on October 15, and protesters are mobilizing all over the world. In the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement has already spawned sizeable protests in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Austin, and other cities. Several of these movements have faced opposition from their local police departments, including mass arrests. Protesters of all political persuasions are increasingly documenting their protests -- and encounters with the police -- using electronic devices like cameras and cell phones. 1. Think carefully about what’s on your phone before bringing it to a protest. Password-protect your phone - and consider encryption options. Back up the data on your phone. 2. Maintain control over your phone. Consider taking pictures and video. 3. Remember that you have a right to remain silent -- about your phone and anything else. 4.

Spokes Council Proposal Matt Lepacek Sorry for the spam but this is important Hi, I’m Matt from Open Source, Internet, Global Revolution-Livestream, I’m one of the technical people here and I really need you to ignore the length of this letter and still read it and even click on the link to the product I am discussing here. In Open-Source we have readily available tools that can be factored into the problem of our growing GA, to facilitate further brainstorming about the SC model solution. These tools are a system of quick-voting and polling tools both physical (paper) and electronic. A number of ideas have been tossed around including a) handing a printed ticket with unique serial code to each attendant to identify their unique votes for the session so that the system can not be manipulated by people not in attendance. b) a phone system that users can dial into to vote using touch-tone and voice response c) a smartphone / iphone / android application for quick voting e) all of the above

Street artist Street artist in Place du Tertre, Paris A street artist is a person who creates their art or craft in public, most usually on streets, for monetary reward. Some artists also sell their art or craft. Artists include portrait artists, caricatures), artists who replicate famous paintings on the street itself or on large canvases, hair braiders, friendship bracelet makers and many others. The term 'street artist' is sometimes used more broadly to mean any persons involved in street performance or busking. Street artists receive monetary reward for their art or craft either by donations being given in a hat, bottle or can or by the selling of their art or craft to the public. Street artists can be seen throughout the world. In New York City, street artists have an advocacy group that has won numerous Federal lawsuits on their free speech rights. [2] An example of a caricature, a popular form of street art See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

Hands up, Toronto One of the more charming aspects of the Occupy movement is the protester’s doggedness to communicate with each other in a different way from, say, the boardroom. In New York, demonstrators in Zuccotti Park were barred from electronically amplifying their voices. No megaphones or bullhorns, no problem. They invented “the people’s mic.” At twice daily meetings, every sentence uttered by a speaker is repeated in unison by the group, carrying the message to the very back. Here in Toronto, occupiers camped out at St. Participation is, after all, what the Occupy movement is all about. Enter a sea of twinkling fingers. Quirky hand signals have sparked curiosity (and mocking) from many peering down the rabbit hole into the demonstrations. What has been described as jazz hands — and wiggling or twinkling fingers — signifies agreement. In New York, the sign for disagreement is twinkling fingers pointed downward. A strong objection comes in the form of a block, forearms crossed to make an “X.”

For the Fracture of Good Order “Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children….” These were Father Daniel Berrigan’s words when he was on trial in 1969 for a draft board raid in Catonsville, Maryland. He and eight others had entered the draft board office during business hours, removed draft files (against some resistance from the staff) and then burned them out front with homemade napalm. At the time, there were many who construed this as an act of violence and, given the denunciations of property destruction emerging out of Oakland today, there are many in our current day who would undoubtedly agree. But Berrigan and many of the others who carried out draft board raids were principled pacifists and did not understand the destruction of draft files as an act of violence. Disruptive, disturbing, provocative? There are no easy or simple parallels between the destruction of draft files in the 1960s and the breaking of bank windows today.

Media - Please direct all inquiries and requests for interviews to Here's the link to the [Occupy Boston press kit] View an archive of official Press Releases. Tell us why you Occupy. Media Support for your Working Group The Occupy Boston Media WG has "dissolved." For suggestions and resources for Doing your own media work, for your event. [OB Press List] [Blog Access List] (Last updated 5/24/12) [Calendar Admin List] Below is useful information from the Media WG. External Community Generated Occupy Boston's Media Working Group Mission Statement The Occupy Boston Media Working Group works to document and publicize the occupy movement with the intention of fostering growth therein. Our mission statement in each of these spheres is as follows: (A) To maintain the blog as well as the official Occupy Boston social media channels (e.g. (D) To facilitate the use of the above channels by other Occupy Boston working groups, caucuses, and related affinity groups. Contact

Street art John Fekner: Broken Promises/Falsas Promesas, South Bronx, 1980. The terms "urban art", "guerrilla art", "post-graffiti" and "neo-graffiti" are also sometimes used when referring to artwork created in these contexts.[1] Traditional spray-painted graffiti artwork itself is often included in this category, excluding territorial graffiti or pure vandalism. Artists who choose the streets as their gallery are often doing so from a preference to communicate directly with the public at large, free from perceived confines of the formal art world.[2] Street artists sometimes present socially relevant content infused with esthetic value, to attract attention to a cause or as a form of "art provocation".[3] Street artists often travel between countries to spread their designs. Background[edit] Germany's Berlin Wall (shown 1986) was a target of artists during its existence (1961-1989). Street art is a topical issue. Origins[edit] Early iconic works[edit] Groundbreaking exhibitions[edit]

Manifiesto 70647 ciudadanos han suscrito este manifiesto. ¡Únete! Somos personas normales y corrientes. Somos como tú: gente que se levanta por las mañanas para estudiar, para trabajar o para buscar trabajo, gente que tiene familia y amigos. Gente que trabaja duro todos los días para vivir y dar un futuro mejor a los que nos rodean. Unos nos consideramos más progresistas, otros más conservadores. Esta situación nos hace daño a todos diariamente. Por todo lo anterior, estoy indignado. Creo que puedo cambiarlo. Creo que puedo ayudar. Sé que unidos podemos. Sal con nosotros. Manifest (català) Manifesto (galego) Agiria (euskera) Manifiestu (asturianu) Manifesto (English) [[petition-1]]

The Human Chain as a Non-Violent Weapon One of the main weapons of non-violent uprisings are human chains. The latter's power is, as with all chains, its continuous physical form: a line of protesters interlocking arms and blocking the mobility of state agents. This is the breathing, striving material form of a collective body unified in its aim to wrest space from the control of the state. Paul Virilio wrote that “a place changes in quality according to the facility with which it can be crossed” (Bunker Archaeology, p.19). The pepper-spraying of protesters sitting on the ground with their interlocked arms at the UC Davis campus made apparent the physical and affective power of this bodily weapon. The images of the UC Davis police officer calmly pepper-spraying human bodies as if they were insects went viral because the most defining feature of the human chain is that it is defensive in nature (see this great piece by Rei Terada). Human chains have a long historical genealogy.

General Assembly - The General Assembly is a Occupy Boston wide meeting, held several evenings per week. General Assembly has three main sections: 1) Announcements - working groups and individuals have the opportunity to make announcements to the larger community, 2) Proposals - working groups and individual members can make proposals for the community to decide upon, 3) Individual Stack - an opportunity for members to share thoughts, opinions and feelings, relevant to Occupy Boston. General Assemblies are open to all Occuy Boston believes that every voice is equal, and the community has agreed upon a procedure to try to ensure that possibility. At this time, Occupy Boston uses (what some call) a modified consensus process. Calling it consensus is a bit of a misnomer, because votes are held at General Assemblies, and if a community is asked to vote, the community is not practicing consensus. Explore the archive of GA Minutes. Have minutes to post? Meeting Times Important Aspects People's Mic Temperature Checks

Street Art As Provocations To Change The World By Clément Bommel - September 2, 2011 I've always been attracted to the street art movement. Although I hate stupid tags without meaning, I have fallen in love with artists who open your mind while looking at their art, while providing beauty to the towns they work in. It all started with markers and spray cans years ago, but lately the street art movement has evolved; artists are getting more creative and are using a wide variety of tools and supports to open our eyes to the society in which we live! Here are two examples of powerful street art project: 1. The goal of Orion's project is to highlight both the extreme quantities of pollution coating the tunnels of São Paulo and the public’s carelessness towards it. Artist’s website: Video: 2. He says that the street is the largest art gallery in the world… And in this way, he can touch people that don’t go to museum. One of his most famous projects is called "face2face."

Grèce: Les indignés écoutent avec les oreilles, mais parlent avec les mains De notre envoyé spécialSur la place Syntagma d’Athènes, la démocratie réelle prônée par ses occupants implique des débats permanents. Toutes les équipes, les assemblées thématiques et plus encore, l’assemblée générale, y sont soumises. Mais il y règne une harmonie d’expression tout à fait étonnante. La première fois que l’on assiste à l’une de ces réunions quotidiennes, on croit à un jeu de mimes. Une personne parle, les autres l’écoutent sagement, mais ne restent pas inactifs, bien au contraire. «En démocratie réelle, c’est la main qui parle» Si la plupart des gestes sont simples à comprendre (lever de main pour demander la parole ou pouce baissé pour désapprouver), il y en a un bien particulier qui nécessite traduction. Ce geste bien spécifique est en réalité un applaudissement silencieux. Une origine indéfinie D’où vient ce geste? «Ils sont sensés nous représenter, mais personne ne les écoute alors ils prennent des décisions sans nous prévenir», poursuit l’architecte.

Occupy! Now What? « MADE IN AMERICA One can sympathize with the central message of the Occupy movement that economic inequality and injustice have gone too far (a message recently reaffirmed by the Congressional Budget Office’s report on inequality, the Census Bureau’s new report on poverty, and the Justice Department’s criminal complaints against financial operators) and still have the foreboding that things will not turn out well. Paul Stein/Flikr Street protest movements rarely turn out well. In recent American history, it seems that if protest movements have had any political consequences of note, they have undermined their purposes probably more often than advanced them. The ones that have celebrated victory have had strong organization, discipline, defined goals, and a clear strategy to attain those goals – all features seemingly lacking in Occupy. Success Stories A rare protest movement success story is the Civil Rights Movement, c. 1955-1965. Other Stories These are exceptions. What’s To Be Done? stanchaz: j-starr: