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Now this could just piss me off enough to go impolite.

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This from David Lau in the LA Book review about Occupy Oakland:

"Their next target: Whole Foods. New at the checkout line alongside the rare chocolate and digestible good conscience: a left-wing action against liberal PC consumerism. With a mix of white spray paint and paint balloons, the groupuscule hit up the front of supermarket with an enormous graffito: strike. They made their way to the large side windows of the store and after repeated attempts at bringing the window down, the right deviation’s “peace police” began chanting “peaceful protest” and did so threateningly enough to force the “Black Bloc” on to their next target. “Union busting is disgusting,” the left-wing demonstrators chanted back to them.


The current hegemony of “peaceful protest” has kept property destruction contained, but the growing sentiment on the march seemed to be: !@#$ it. Give me a rock, or better yet a dense D battery. “Though we wanted to pave the way for friendliness, we could not ourselves be friendly,” wrote Brecht. The rightist argument also goes that building occupations, property damage, and other radical tactics will only attract the cops and provoke an attack on the broader movement, necessarily limiting participation. First proviso: don’t misapprehend the police, an active rather then merely reactive force. They will come to building occupations and other attempts at expropriation in the middle of the night, when the crowd thins or tires, when they can maximize their comparative advantage in weaponry and discipline. In deep-blue-state California, repression is well organized. Second proviso: don’t forget the actual history of struggles, remembering only Martin Luther King Jr., while forgetting both Malcolm X and Robert Williams. Thus the left-adventurist subject — the product of conscious revolutionary study and mobilization — reared up in the crowd."

David Lau is the author of the book of poems "Virgil and the Mountain Cat (University of California Press). He co-edits Lana Turner: a Journal of Poetry and Opinion and teaches writing at UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College."

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If the protests go violent across the country, they will lose the support of the middle class, they will confirm the warnings for right-wing talking heads like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, etc., and they will likely get elected President Mitt Willard Romney.
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"U.C. Berkeley students trying to set up an Occupy encampment faced a violent altercation with campus police, who arrested seven protesters and tore down tents along the campus' Sproul Plaza Wednesday afternoon.

The police, wearing riot gear, clashed with students again Wednesday evening as they attempted to reestablish their camp."

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"Metaphorically speaking, our model of change is a process of metamorphosis. The time has come for a new social structure to emerge. The social substrate is ready to receive it. The old structure is disintegrating, living space for the new to form, feeding on it. The butterfly is already taking shape within the decomposing caterpillar. The caterpillar is the present-old world. The butterfly is the new world we are building. We are the agents of change. #occupy camps are the initial centers from which this transformation spreads, from which the new structure emanates."

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#Occupy as a Work of Art
Alison Leigh Lilly | November 13th, 2011

"This is how I’ve come to understand the #OccupyWallSt movement as it grows and spreads all over the country and across the globe. It is a political act that is also a large-scale, public work of art. It invites participation and contemplation. It articulates the fears, angers and griefs of a community during a time of upheaval and uncertainty. And it does this not through abstract philosophies or political punditry, but through the direct expression of movement, community, bodies, feet on the ground, hands in the air. There is nothing more concrete and specific than thousands of individuals huddling in tents night after night sharing warmth and food and stories together, or marching together in rallies of support, solidarity and protest."

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That is how I see it too, Libra. This is a groundswell. Winter's coming on. Parks will vacate, something establishment is counting on. Come spring OWS will be back. Guaranteed.

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The American People Are Waking Up! Occupy! Occupy!
 
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a webcast, from the street, of the protesters' perspective.
 
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Thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took to the streets around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they aren't ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police
 
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Find what brings you alive; and do it.
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layer texture to our view,
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Good links, Libra. Indeed occupy has changed the debate. Americans finally talking about wealth disparity, what has always been the core issue.

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Video of the raid on Zuccotti Park set to Frank Sinatra's version of "New York, New York:"

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Poet-Bashing Police
By ROBERT HASS
Published: November 19, 2011


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Good article, Libra, thanks for it,

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The origin of OCW:

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"November 30th MAG-Net Digital Dialogue: Winning the Arts and Minds of the 99Precent

Wednesday, November 30th Digital Dialogue Phonecast at 10am PST/1pm EST (Length: 60 minutes)
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This month's Digital Dialogue will feature the strategies that artists and arts & culture organizations have been using to amplify the growing 99Percent Movement. In the U.S., the hardest hit communities, historically disenfranchised people representing the 99%, have been organizing for many years to organize for racial, economic and social justice. These communities understand the power of arts and culture and have used it effectively in their organizing and movement building work. In the last six weeks, cultural workers and artists from these social justice, working class, immigrant and communities of color have worked hard to use these same platforms to unify the hearts and minds of the 99%. Arts and culture working groups have been springing up in virtually every local 99Percent actions. They have been engaged in a wide array of artistic mediums, everything from music, independent newspapers, videos, poster art, fine art, poetry, performance, theater and dance just to name a few.
Our call will feature some of these cultural workers and artists whose creative works have helped to inspire tens of thousands to come together to get involved in the Occupy Together movement.

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Help Publish the Declaration of Occupy Wall Street
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Media outlets have attempted to dismiss Occupy Wall Street as a movement without a message. This baseless indictment falls apart once you have read their declaration, and this is why we think it is so important to publish it and distribute it widely!

We are going to need your help to reach our goal of printing and distributing 100,000 copies!
This document is the first and only official declaration to come from the New York City General Assembly at Liberty Plaza, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. It is a summation of the grievances expressed by the occupiers, it is a call to action, and moreover it is a historic mile marker in the global fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, as transcribed and edited by Ryan Hoffman, Lex Rendon, and the Call to Action Working Group of Occupy Wall Street is a powerful reference for blossoming social struggles everywhere. In this second printing of 100,000 copies we will be including two other texts from the New York General Assembly,The Principles of Solidarity, and OWS' Statement of Autonomy, we also will be including a letter from the activists at Tahir Square to the Occupiers at Zuccotti Park. The Declaration of the Occupation, The Statement of Autonomy, and The Principles of Solidarity, are reflections of every voice amplified by the people’s mic at the NYC General Assembly at Liberty Square. You own this document. ...Everyone owns it.

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Andy StepanianAndy Stepanian is the cofounder of the Sparrow Project ([sign in to see URL]), a grassroots PR and creative consultation agency that champions activist endeavors and creative projects for social change. Andy also writes about activism and social justice for The Huffington Post. Andy has made appearances on Democracy Now!, has been featured in New York Magazine, The Nation, Arte TV, and WNYC. His creative work has been featured in Print Magazine.

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Keeping the voice alive

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Would Jesus Join the Occupy Protests?

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Thanks Libra, for the article and the introduction to this website. Much appreciated!

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Thanks, Chris. Have another:

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Report From OWS: The Global Conversation Begins
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OWS Puppetry Guild: Occupy the Holidays


Occupy the Holidays: The Occupy Wall Street Arts & Culture Working Group along with the OWS Puppet Guild are bringing a giant puppet & performance spectacle to the streets of New York City. Occupy the Holidays will showcase many different performance groups (masked performers, dancers, puppeteers, stilt walkers, musicians...) in a travelling piece of street theater as we tell the tale of Mayor Michael Bloomscrooge and his quest to find the best (and moste expensive!) gift this Holiday season.

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American Democracy: 1776-2011.


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NDAA Set To Become Law: The Terror Is Nearer Than Ever
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American Democracy: 1776-2011.

"It turns out that destroying the American democratic republic was easy to accomplish, historians will write someday. Simply get the three major cable news networks to blather on about useless bull**** for a few days, while legislators meet in secret behind closed doors to rush through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), and its evil twin sister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a clever name for an Internet censorship bill straight out of an Orwellian nightmare."

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These are chilling developments, Libra. Unthinkable almost. One senator has promised to filibuster SOPA when it comes up (Ron Wyden, I think) We need to provide a deluge of calls and e-mails, especially during the filibuster which, I believe, will be an old-fashioned, extended, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington type of deal. As to the [sign in to see URL],

Of course there are assurances the worst of it has been deleted or watered down. I'm not easily assured anymore,

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No, we ought not be easily assured. It appears that our so-called representatives are seriously working against our interests.
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The following is a list of major MASS ACTIONS that involve multiple occupations and already have significant planning in place. Consider these as opportunities for creative projects.

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Jan. 16, 2012 Occupy The Federal Reserve
Jan. 17, 2012 Occupy Congress - J17
Jan. 20, 2012 Occupy The Courts (Citizens United)
Jan. 20, 2012 Occupy Wall St. West
Jan. 22, 2012 Occupy The GAIM (Palm Beach, FL)
Feb. 5, 2012 Occupy The Superbowl
Feb. 12, 2012 Global Day of Creative Action - F12
Feb. 29, 2012 Shutdown The Corporations - F29
May 1, 2012 Occupy May 1st - General Strike
May 12, 2012 WorldrEvolution - 12.M
May 19, 2012 G-8 and NATO Summits, Chicago
Aug. 27, 2012 Occupy the RNC
Sept. 3, 2012 Occupy the DNC
 
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AMO provides the following: 1) Money to help cover artists labor and materials, 2) Publicity Support to amplify the impact of complete works or events, and 3) Distribution of finished works through our various channels. We are also growing the AMO website to serve as a hub to facilitate collaboration between artists, organizations, campaigns and others fighting for economic justice.


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Big thanks, Libra. This is ALL GOOD,

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This is the next step to keep the dream alive, however uncomfortable to some it proves.

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occupy may day

a call to create
On May 1, 2012, Occupy Wall Street and other groups will together organize a number of massive outdoor convergences, including a living, walking exhibition. People will flood the streets of New York City, looking towards a better world, looking at and participating in art. We ask you to seize this moment to spread the message of new possibilities, in any way you see fit.

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WHAT

Participate in massive, simultaneous public displays of art all over New York City and around the world on May 1, 2012.

On May 1st, Occupy Wall Street and our partners in the May 1st coalition and labor unions will bring tens of thousands of people into the streets to participate in a celebration of a better world. Performances and displays of public art will create a living, moving exhibition that will converge in three places at three different times during the day.

WHY

Create the world you want to see. On May 1st, we want to put the beautiful potential of that world on display, to encourage and excite others to work towards a new future.

HOW

Submit your idea here, and we will help you make it happen. Or, if you don’t need our help, please, go ahead, just do it.

We want to make this process as reciprocal as possible. If you have an art project ready to go, whether it is two-dimensional art, a performance or musical piece waiting for a public venue or audience, we would love to help you début it in the streets on May 1st. If you need supplies, space, special skills, printing, or volunteers for your project, we will work to help you find those resources. Please be specific when asking for help and resources. What do you need? How much? When?

WHO

You. We need you.

Right now: Spread the word, in every way you can. Help us open minds to new possibilities. Forward this call to create.
For May 1st: Dream something big and bring it to the world. We will help.
On May 1st: Show up. Celebrate with us.

Call for resources

Do you have access to free art materials, studio space, a great voice, dancing or musical skills, or experience documenting art? On May 1st, 2012, the creative community will take to New York City streets, reimagining the world through public art, music, performance, and spectacle, celebrating the beginning of a summer unlike the world has ever seen. They will need support. We are working to align artists’ needs with resources. Please submit a list of resources you can offer here.

Spread the word. Share your skills. Collaborate.

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Republican War Against Women – The Sleeping Tiger is Waking Up!
"Women and men who support women all over this nation are starting to stand up to the anti-woman movement and organizing themselves to make sure Congress and the religious right hear their voices. There is now a call to march: National March Against The War On Women. This march will take place April 28, 2012 in every state capital."

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I am so doing this march up in my state capital.
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Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the U.S. Response to Occupy Wall Street
 
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Excellent, Libra. Thank you for forwarding the info to the board. I should like to see this thread kept active and alive.

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