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I aim this thread to cover every and all moments of class warfare in the streets. This week it is NYC and the cops are experiencing a Chicago moment. They are rioting.

Please contribute posts, if so inclined.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/80-arrested-as-financial-district-protest-moves-north/?hp

Tere

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Thanks Tere, I've been reading about this too. Will provide some links as I find them.

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Please do, Chris. I thought of giving such links in the Waffle House thread. If anyone thinks I should I can. But this is a little different in nature.

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http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

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Global Revolution brings you live stream video coverage from independent journalists on the ground at nonviolent protests around the world. The team includes members of Mobile Broadcast News, Glassbead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia and the alt.media ninjas that brought you Terrorizing Dissent and Democracy 101 documentaries. Currently broadcasting from #OccupyWallStreet protests in NYC that began on Saturday, Sept 17, 2011. Please donate to equip our live video team:
http://tinyurl.com/occupywslive
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Thanks, Libra. I will go to the links when I get back to town next weekend. The board has mostly kept clear of politics except when it has come to environmental issues. But when I watch videos of young women getting corralled, then pepper sprayed by NYC police, that is a threshold moment. All politics are welcome here, providing they do not violate rules of TOS. Anyway, I know of no more political poet than Shelley, unless it be Dante, Lorca, list goes on.

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"Rewriting police vs. protesters" on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell:

http://thelastword.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/26/7978720-rewriting-police-vs-protesters
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"Poets Occupy Wall Street and Next Philadelphia"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/feliz-l-molina/poets-occupy-wall-street-_b_982430.html
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Public intellectual and Princeton professor Cornel West appeared at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest on Tuesday, the eleventh straight day of the demonstration.

He gave a speech during the General Assembly in Liberty Park applauding the “sweet spirit in this place” and denouncing “the greed of Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats who squeeze the democratic juices out of this country.”
 
“I am so blessed to be here,” West said. “You got me spiritually break-dancing on the way here. Because when you bring folk together, of all colors, of all cultures, of all genders, of all sexual orientations the elite will tremble in their boots. And we will send a message that this is the U.S. Autumn, responding to the Arab Spring.”
 
“Don’t be scared to say revolution,” he added.


Watch the video:

http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/09/cornel-west-at-occupy-wall-street-protest-the-elite-will-tremble/
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The Occupy Wall Street Library

The morning of day twelve of the Occupy Wall Street protest, a few people are waving signs and shouting slogans. Mostly, though, everyone is just hanging out. They take naps, play board games, and pick up books from the haphazardly organized library that occupies a bench on the side of Zuccotti Park.


Read more:

 http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/09/the-occupy-wall-street-library.html#ixzz1ZPDpxdpO
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thanks Kat, for these links. This disorganized
gathering may be coalescing into a movement...


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The following list of links was posted by Amy King at Wom Po:

http://lists.ncc.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind1109&L=WOM-PO&T=0&F=&S=&P=198708

* Join the Poetry@WallStreet on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/PoetryOccupyWallStreet/165905056828487

* Poets Occupy Wall Street and Next Philadelphia - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/feliz-l-molina/poets-occupy-wall-street-_b_982430.html

* "For Me, to write is no longer enough” - Poet on Occupy Wall Street - http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2011/09/for-me-to-write-is-no-longer-enough-ana-bozicevic-stops-in-at-rob-mclennans-12-or-20-blog/

* OccupyWallStreet - https://occupywallst.org/

* Sat., September 24th, 2011 - Footage on Wall Street - http://youtu.be/tLEIVMki0D8

* What Occupy Wall Street does Right - http://www.dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=563#.ToSD2gtP0Ek.facebook

* Commentary on Mainstream Media Coverage - http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/09/28/protests

* Commentary on Mainstream Media Coverage - http://www.thenation.com/blog/163626/abysmal-occupy-wall-street-coverage-rubbernecking-new-york-times

* Countdown with Keith ...: Michael Moore on support of Occupy Wall Street protest -- http://youtu.be/KrFQs5X-I1Y

* Occupy Philadelphia' joins 'Occupy Wall Street' effort - http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/comment/article/980233--occupy-philadelphia-joins-occupy-wall-street-effort

* Susan Sarandon lends star power to Wall Street protests - http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2011/0928/Susan-Sarandon-lends-star-power-to-Wall-Street-protests

* The Revolution Begins at Home: Join the Wall Street Occupation - http://www.truth-out.org/revolution-begins-home-join-wall-street-occupation/1317230496

* ‘Occupy Wall St.’ joins postal workers in budget protest - http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/09/occupy-wall-st-joins-postal-workers-in-budget-protest/

* Occupying--Not Rioting--Wall Street - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tracey-e-vitchers/occupyingnot-riotingwall-_b_980003.html

* Occupy Wall Street Protest Escalates On Eighth Day (VIDEO) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/24/occupy-wall-street-protes_n_979367.html

* NYC Transit Union Joins Occupy Wall Street - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/nyc-transit-union-joins-o_n_987156.html?ir=Impact

* Noam Chomsky on the Wall Street protests - http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/noam_chomsky_on_the_wall_street_protests/

* Occupy Wall Street to Publish Newspaper to Control Their Message - http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/146711/occupy-wall-street-to-publish-newspaper-to-control-their-message/

“Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also 'too big to jail.'” --Noam Chomsky

~~~

"We are your every day Americans, who are against the corporate greed that has plagued this country, and the politics who allow this greed to occur. We include teachers, college students, labor members, unemployed workers, and the other 99 percent. We are standing in solidarity with friends in New York City, and across the country." --Occupy Philadelphia


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Must see video of Eilizabeth Warren talking sense:

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you.

But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers that the rest of us paid to educate...Part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

http://www.youtube.com/user/LiveSmartVideos#p/a/u/0/htX2usfqMEs

They say conservatives are outraged by this video and that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh keep playing it over and over while pontificating about class warfare. I say, good, keep replaying the clip, because I think it will resonate with more people than it turns off.
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hey Kat,

I saw that clip, it went viral before Rush and Co. knew what hit 'em. This attempt to swift boat its meaning won't work. I'm with you, hope they keep playing it.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/01/1021769/-Nurses-and-Laborers-unions-support-Occupy-Wall-Street?via=blog_1

Chris

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This is good. Exactly what the thread is intended for. Please, all, share with the board what you got. Seems the media will be slow to respond to this particular ground swell. And not only on Wall Street.

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Got this from a FB buddy. What established media is ignoring.

http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

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http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/index_rtd.html?rc=tw

Sign up for the Virtual March on Wall Street
Join us on Wednesday to create a huge show of support for anti-Wall Street actions nationwide. Together, we'll add hundreds of thousands of voices expressing our solidarity with the protests at Occupy Wall Street and across the country targeting the bankers who wrecked our economy.

http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/

Join the Virtual March on Wall Street this Wednesday, October 5, to show your support for the Occupy Wall Street movement!

First thing Wednesday morning, we'll send the instructions for participating online.

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http://artforum.com/news/#news29107
Artists Join Forces With Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Los Angeles
10.04.11
Protestors flooded downtown Los Angeles this weekend, partially composed of activists participating in Occupy Los Angeles—a rally inspired by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York. Other marchers were partaking in the Trespass Parade, sponsored by the Getty Museum as part of the opening celebration for “Pacific Standard Time.”

Abby Sewell of the Los Angeles Times reports the groups coalesced, with marchers taking over the streets, some wearing T-shirts with pro-immigration slogans and others carrying anti-corporate signs. Parade organizers welcomed such sentiments, inviting artists and residents to take part in “community activism.” While police in New York have responded to the wave of anti-corporate protests over the past two weeks with violence, arresting hundreds of peaceful marchers, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said, “as long as the protesters remain peaceful, police have no plans to oust them.” Traffic in downtown Los Angeles was held up for the better part of the day.

In related news, Occupy Wall Street in New York has formed an official Arts and Culture Committee. Over the past fourteen days of protests, the group has explored ways activists can utilize art for the movement and ways that artists can contribute. Alexandre Carvalho, one of the organizers, told Liza Eliano of the website Hyperallgeric.com that “artists can contribute by sending links to their artworks, music, paintings to our Twitter feed #occupywithart.” The committee meets daily at 6 PM at the northwest corner of Zaccutti Park.

Additionally, Broadway Gallery has joined forces with NY Arts Magazine in efforts to raise money for Occupy Wall Street. Artists are encouraged to submit their work for sale. The works of selected artists will be posted on Broadway Gallery’s website. Proceeds will be donated to the artists and activists at Occupy Wall Street. The works of twenty-one artists are currently on view on the Broadway Gallery website with prices ranging from $1,000 to $12,000. The group hopes to continue the legacy of politically-bent artists and artistically-bent activists, “one thing that the Dadaists, Emma Goldman, Joseph Beuys, Martin Luther King, and Adbusters have in common is this: critical mass. Art can be a critical mass and a voice for change,” said NY Arts Magazine in the description of the project.


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http://nycga.cc/groups/committees/arts-culture-group/
 
Arts & Culture Committee has a Google Group, please join if you like to take part in the discussions online:
WALL STREET ARTS & CULTURE

http://groups.google.com/group/917-arts-and-culture

Members 174
Description To you gorgeous, artistic people -- we recognize the need for infusing political change with all forms of art. Institutions and social practices only change after the cultural basis of society has changed. Be creative, be daring; help us challenge Wall Street and build the PUBLIC CULTURE!
Language English
   
Access Only members can view group content
Only members can view group members list
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Group email 917-arts-and-culture@googlegroups.com


Contact:
arts_culture@nycga.net

Meetings:
Daily at 6pm
Northwestern corner by the bronze man sitting
Broadway and Liberty, NYC

 
 
 http://nycga.cc/2011/09/24/principles-of-solidarity-working-draft/
PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY – working draft
Posted on September 24, 2011 by NYCGA
What follows is a living document that will be revised
through democratic process of General Assembly
On September 17, 2011, people from all across the United States of America and the world came to protest the blatant injustices of our times perpetuated by the economic and political elites. On the 17th we as individuals rose up against political disenfranchisement and social and economic injustice. We spoke out, resisted, and successfully occupied Wall Street. Today, we proudly remain in Liberty Square constituting ourselves as autonomous political beings engaged in non-violent civil disobedience and building solidarity based on mutual respect, acceptance, and love. It is from these reclaimed grounds that we say to all Americans and to the world, Enough! How many crises does it take? We are the 99% and we have moved to reclaim our mortgaged future.

Through a direct democratic process, we have come together as individuals and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include but are not limited to:

Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions;
Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
Redefining how labor is valued;
The sanctity of individual privacy;
The belief that education is human right; and
Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source.
We are daring to imagine a new socio-political and economic alternative that offers greater possibility of equality. We are consolidating the other proposed principles of solidarity, after which demands will follow.

1 The Working Group on Principles of Consolidation continues to work through the other proposed principles to be incorporated as soon as possible into this living document.
This is an official document crafted by the Working Group on Principles of Consolidation. The New York City General Assembly came to consensus on September 23rd to accept this working draft and post it online for public consumption
You can leave comments here, or directly on the document (select text, then from the menu go to insert > comment, or press Ctrl+Alt+M)

This entry was posted in News, Official General Assembly news and tagged principles by NYCGA.


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http://www.occupytogether.org/

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Whatever your opinion of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest, the act itself highlights the importance of public space in cities today. The site of the protest, Zuccotti Park, isn’t actually a park, per se. It’s actually a privately owned public space, typically a concession made to the public by developers in order to obtain zoning approval to build higher or more than the code usually allows. It’s a corporatization of the public square of yore that’s somewhat symbolic of the larger systems the demonstrators are protesting. It also raises some questions about what’s allowable in a public space that’s technically not owned by the public. Legally, it’s a very gray area.

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal reports that the New York Police Department urged the owners of the park not to remove the demonstrators. The NYPD press office declined to comment on the legality of occupying the park, deferring to its owners, Brookfield Office Properties.

. . .

Brookfield has allowed this usage of its park, at least for the past 12 days. But if they wanted to kick everyone out, technically it seems they could. Probably.


To read the rest of the article, go here.



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For over two weeks, "the 99%" protesters have occupied Wall Street in an unrelenting, nonviolent campaign against the corporate takeover of our democracy.

As thousands march to Wall Street today in solidarity with the 99%, we are joining them in a nationwide virtual march of tens of thousands.

Check out the 99% photo stories below and the messages of support for the protesters. Then post one of your own. And remember to share this page with all of your friends and social networks—so they hear the real stories of the 99%.


http://civic.moveon.org/occupy/?id=31750-18013897-3TyfH9x&t=7
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"Seems the media will be slow to respond to this particular ground swell. And not only on Wall Street. "

The media is starting to respond, but many of the reports I've seen are mocking and disparaging. And I'm not just talking about Fox News but on CNN and to a lesser extent on MSNBC. It seems conservative protests like the ones the Tea Party holds are taken seriously, but liberal protests are made fun of by the mainstream media.
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Yes. Finally I am hearing it covered on NPR, but in no real depth. Also, labor unions are finally taking note. I am loving some of the soft, nonconfrontational tactics the protestors are employing. Police ban megaphones, for example. Somebody makes a statement, surrounding crowd repeats it with amplification. Time for the Democratic party to take a stand.

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http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/kyjo2/an_open_letter_a...

An open letter and warning from a former tea party movement adherent to the Occupy Wall Street movement. (self.occupywallstreet)

submitted 4 days ago by vaslittlecrow

[Updated 10/6/2011]

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The movement has spread.


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Taken from facebook. Love it when the enemy exposes its flanks.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150330657339475&set=o.145292382232714&type=1&theater

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http://reason.com/archives/2011/10/07/occupy-wall-street-beyond-the/singlepage
Occupy Wall Street: Beyond the Caricatures
Outsiders are criticizing a heterodox movement that they choose not to understand.

http://peopleslibrary.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/why-i-occupiedwallstreet/
Why I #occupiedwallstreet
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Thank you, Libra. For the first link especially. Posted on FB now.

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/09/1024636/-UPDATE:-OWS:-Take-this-video-VIRAL,-NOW!?via=siderec
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Good stuff. Thanks to all for the links. I'm glad the protests are starting to coalesce around a few central ideas, which can be carried forward and further developed as the American Fall turns into the American Winter. I hope the movement doesn't die out but comes back even stronger in the American Spring, Summer and Fall of 2012, which as we all know is a big election year.
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Chris, that is the best precis of the movement I've seen yet. If being smart and sharp is sexy, Elizabeth Warren is a knock out.

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