The Jaded Prole

A Progressive Worker's Perspective on the political and cultural events of our time.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Occupation Goes Global

I've been on the street daily with the local Occupation but today it goes global. This burgeoning movement of the dispossessed majority is reaching critical mass. Though still in it's infancy, activists are learning from each other, the young from the old, the old from the young. This is an awakening to the reality of capitalism as a failing system and that awakening is reflected beyond the growing number of activists by a 53% public approval rating.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Who are the 99%?

We are, we are beyond anger, and we're taking it to the streets!
Believe me, my story would echo the rest. Though I manage a not-for-profit-press it is truly non-profit. I lost my last job over three years ago and with it my insurance, I'm over 55 and have a hernia that limits what I can do. Meanwhile the economy is comatose, jobs are disappearing and increasingly degrading and low-wage and the richest are getting richer by the day. Our country has been taken over by a venal corporate oligarchy and is headed toward fascism. In short, capitalism is killing us. It's run it's bloody course and has nothing left to offer but distopian feudalism and death -- on a global scale. Join the occupations, the time has come to crush the beast!

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

What follows is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

* They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
* They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
* They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
* They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
* They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
* They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
* They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
* They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
* They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
* They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
* They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
* They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
* They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
* They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
* They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
* They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
* They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
* They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
* They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
* They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
* They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
* They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
* They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Occupations Spreading

Organize an occupation in your area and link up. We are the 99%. We know we've been had by a corrupt economic system and its time to act in our own class interests. It's time to dis-empower the corporate oligarchy and to build a better world that puts the common good first.