The Failure of the Occupy Movement or the Emergence of a Living Systems Organization I got done chatting with a colleague this morning, who went on a bit of a rant about the failures of the Occupy movement. Their comments were similar to ones I’ve seen in the media – lack of apparent leadership, lack of specific demands. Of course, I’ve also seen several cogent arguments that this is something ‘different,’ and the people are well aware what they’re angry about, and are figuring out how to level the playing field. (see Wall Street Isn’t Winning – It’s Cheating, by Matt Taibbi; Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it by Douglas Rushkoff, and his followup Occupy Wall Street beta tests a new way of living; the youtube video of Mark Ruffalo, or for some cold hard stats – Here Are Four Charts That Explain What The Protestors Are Angry About or The Shocking, Graphic Data That Shows Exactly What Motivates the Occupy Movement.) I personally am rather inspired by many potentialities in the movement. But, what we DO have in the Occupy movement is a petri dish. –>>>other:
CHARTS: Here's What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About... The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are gaining momentum, having spread from a small park in New York to marches to other cities across the country. So far, the protests seem fueled by a collective sense that things in our economy are not fair or right. But the protesters have not done a good job of focusing their complaints—and thus have been skewered as malcontents who don't know what they stand for or want. (An early list of "grievances" included some legitimate beefs, but was otherwise just a vague attack on "corporations." So, what are the protesters so upset about, really? Do they have legitimate gripes? To answer the latter question first, yes, they have very legitimate gripes. And if America cannot figure out a way to address these gripes, the country will likely become increasingly "de-stabilized," as sociologists might say. In other words, in the never-ending tug-of-war between "labor" and "capital," there has rarely—if ever—been a time when "capital" was so clearly winning.
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.
In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends. But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Saturday, it was clear that it had turned into much more than that. The idea started with Jim Black, a resident of Chagrin Falls, a close-knit village in Cleveland's eastern suburbs that is part artist colony and part bedroom community. Black posted the email to a group of his friends. "Let's show our support for one of our local businesses," he wrote. Although his email referred to the idea of a "Cash Mob" or the notion to "Occupy CF Hardware," he really had no political agenda. It was just a way to thank Chagrin Hardware's owners for a beloved shop that has been a fixture in the village since 1857. "These are good people who needed our support," Black said. Black's note was forwarded and forwarded and forwarded again. The store has seen its share of tough times.
The Propaganda Posters of the 1% Banks and governments own all the money and power thus controlling society and they will do absolutely anything to keep it that way, To top it off we are now paying off there huge debt again, as planned -not a mistake. To be honest I have very little hope for society especially when people are trying to do something about this whether it the right way or not but still trying, only to be met with total denial from all sides. As history has has told us, people only do something when its all or nearly too late and we are close to that point and even have an opportunity that will soon be gone. I consider the polar bear already extinct and in some ways I don’t think people even deserve the polar bear. I don’t know how many jobs they are getting but that 95% statement sounds like fluff, when indeed the whole planet is crashing, less jobs all round. Nice posters Benjamin Star, did you make them?
OccupyStream - Live Revolution How To Occupy Occupy Sandy: Why Activists Are Working with NYC Mayor, Police Two hundred people were lined up at a hurricane relief center in a park in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday morning when three volunteers hoisted the banners of two enemy camps that had come together in an uneasy collaboration: the Occupy movement and the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. One of those helping hang the banners on white tents with duct tape was Red Hook resident Kirby Desmarais, 26, a band manager and volunteer with the local branch of Occupy Sandy, an effort launched the day after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the East Coast in late October. “I’m getting a little verklempt. This is a really big thing,” Desmarais said, looking at the two signs, using the Yiddish word for choked with emotion. Behind the tents, volunteers unloaded boxes of meals ready to eat from a six-wheel National Guard truck. (PHOTOS: Occupy Wall Street, One Year Later: Protesters Return to the Movement’s Roots) (PHOTOS: The Toil After the Storm: Life in Sandy’s Wake)
Occupy Wall Street – A Collection | STREET ART UTOPIA Photo by jamie nyc. Photo by david_shankbone. By Banksy. On Facebook. Photo by Tim Schreier. Photo by stanleyrogouski. Photo by jamie nyc. Photo byÂ sunsetparker. Photo byÂ magneticart. Photo byÂ magneticart. Photo byÂ R. Photo byÂ ljensenconsumer. Photo byÂ ljensenconsumer. Photo by thelushside. Photo by Elene De’ Mymm. Photo by jamie nyc. Photo byÂ waywuwei. Photo by edenpictures. Photo by sunsetparker. Photo by erika eve. Photo by stanleyrogouski. Photo by sam mullins. Photo by hunter.gatherer. Photo by Erik Fuller Photography. Photo by vincemie. Photo by blulaces. Photo by david_shankbone. Photo by occupywallstreet. â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€” From Alternet.org: “To be fair, the scene in Liberty Plaza seems messy and chaotic. Yet while many people support the occupation, they hesitate to fully join in and are quick to offer criticism. But what’s wrong with that? “Now, there are endless objections one can make. â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”
The Great American Bubble Machine | Politics News The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates. Invasion of the Home Snatchers By now, most of us know the major players. As George Bush's last Treasury secretary, former Goldman CEO Henry Paulson was the architect of the bailout, a suspiciously self-serving plan to funnel trillions of Your Dollars to a handful of his old friends on Wall Street. But then, any attempt to construct a narrative around all the former Goldmanites in influential positions quickly becomes an absurd and pointless exercise, like trying to make a list of everything. The Feds vs. Wall Street's Big Win
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.
5 Acts of Creative Disruption The shadow of corporate domination has never felt so powerful—but neither has the ingenuity of resistance. Here are five ways everyday people have brought national attention to some of our biggest corporate calamities. 1. In the spirit of the Occupy movement, protesters "mic checked" Scott Serota, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield, at a U.S. They stated that Serota was an "example of the one percent in the health care industry who ... influence the health bill to create more profit for health insurers at the expense of human suffering and preventable death." Reading from a prepared script, the lead was passed from one protester to another when the original speaker was escorted peacefully from the room. 2. In 2008, the Billboard Liberation Front, a San Francisco group responsible for defacing—or, in their words, improving—corporate messages on billboards, took on AT&T and the National Security Agency. 3. "Citizens of Walmart!" 4. 5.
Giving Direction To Occupy Wall Street Posted on October 12, 2011 in Articles The Article: My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters: Hit bankers where it hurts by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone. The Text: I’ve been down to “Occupy Wall Street” twice now, and I love it. The protests building at Liberty Square and spreading over Lower Manhattan are a great thing, the logical answer to the Tea Party and a long-overdue middle finger to the financial elite. But… there’s a but. Why? That, to me, speaks volumes about the primary challenge of opposing the 50-headed hydra of Wall Street corruption, which is that it’s extremely difficult to explain the crimes of the modern financial elite in a simple visual. No matter what, I’ll be supporting Occupy Wall Street. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. To quote the immortal political philosopher Matt Damon from Rounders, “The key to No Limit poker is to put a man to a decision for all his chips.”
How Paulson Gave Hedge Funds Advance Word Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stepped off the elevator into the Third Avenue offices of hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management LP in Manhattan. It was July 21, 2008, and market fears were mounting. Four months earlier, Bear Stearns Cos. had sold itself for just $10 a share to JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Now, amid tumbling home prices and near-record foreclosures, attention was focused on a new source of contagion: Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac, which together had more than $5 trillion in mortgage-backed securities and other debt outstanding, Bloomberg Markets reports in its January issue. Paulson had been pushing a plan in Congress to open lines of credit to the two struggling firms and to grant authority for the Treasury Department to buy equity in them. “If you have a bazooka, and people know you have it, you’re not likely to take it out,” he said. A Different Message At the Eton Park meeting, he sent a different message, according to a fund manager who attended. Stock Wipeout