growfoodraisehell:

Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners make one new public garden every week.  Some have been destroyed by the city, others remain and are sprouting vegetables.  We have had run ins with park staff who are confounded by our activities and threaten us with police who never show up.   We do this to make people rethink notions of food, of where it comes from, of who produces it.  We do this to make people rethink the use of space and the concept of property.  We do this to make people rethink the concept of labor versus employment.  We do this so you will do it to.
growfoodraisehell:

Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners make one new public garden every week.  Some have been destroyed by the city, others remain and are sprouting vegetables.  We have had run ins with park staff who are confounded by our activities and threaten us with police who never show up.   We do this to make people rethink notions of food, of where it comes from, of who produces it.  We do this to make people rethink the use of space and the concept of property.  We do this to make people rethink the concept of labor versus employment.  We do this so you will do it to.
growfoodraisehell:

Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners make one new public garden every week.  Some have been destroyed by the city, others remain and are sprouting vegetables.  We have had run ins with park staff who are confounded by our activities and threaten us with police who never show up.   We do this to make people rethink notions of food, of where it comes from, of who produces it.  We do this to make people rethink the use of space and the concept of property.  We do this to make people rethink the concept of labor versus employment.  We do this so you will do it to.
growfoodraisehell:

Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners make one new public garden every week.  Some have been destroyed by the city, others remain and are sprouting vegetables.  We have had run ins with park staff who are confounded by our activities and threaten us with police who never show up.   We do this to make people rethink notions of food, of where it comes from, of who produces it.  We do this to make people rethink the use of space and the concept of property.  We do this to make people rethink the concept of labor versus employment.  We do this so you will do it to.

growfoodraisehell:

Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners make one new public garden every week.  Some have been destroyed by the city, others remain and are sprouting vegetables.  We have had run ins with park staff who are confounded by our activities and threaten us with police who never show up. 

We do this to make people rethink notions of food, of where it comes from, of who produces it.  We do this to make people rethink the use of space and the concept of property.  We do this to make people rethink the concept of labor versus employment.  We do this so you will do it to.

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From Occupy Wall Street in Sydney, Australia
—-Adam Henry @viewofadam 

From Occupy Wall Street in Sydney, Australia

—-
Adam Henry
@viewofadam 

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leftish:

This is WHY WE OCCUPY - via PunkBoyinSF

megara-the-unicorn:

Okay, so I keep seeing people on the OWS tag bitching about the protests, saying that because most of these people have a roof over their heads and can eat every day, they’ve no right to complain.

That’s not the point.

Stats like these are the point:

Look at those numbers and tell me it…

thingsyouknownow:

Maybe it’s time for some 21st century Robin Hoods!?

Charlie Chaplin final speech in The Great Dictator

Instantly Iconic Photo of the Day: 84-year-old former school teacher Dorli Rainey is helped away from the scene of an Occupy Seattle protest at Westlake Park after being doused with pepper spray.

Rainey was among dozens of protesters hit with the “less-than-lethal agent” after refusing to move from the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street following a march of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

Rainey, a longtime presence in local politics, wrote The Stranger an email afterward, saying she stopped by the protest on her way to a public meeting on a transportation issue.

“Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out,” she wrote, “especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech.”

Her email continues:

Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters.

She credits an Iraq vet with saving her from being trampled. “In the women’s movement,” she concludes, “there were signs which said: ‘Screw us and we multiply.”

Video of the incident below:

[seattlepi / slog.]

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dionthesocialist:

And it’s shit like this that I don’t really think people understand. While you’re supporting the gutting of food stamps, medicaid, and other social programs, you’re legitimately committing people to die. 

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occupywallstreet:

thestateofunlimited:

(NEWSER) – The “Occupy” movement has spread a lot further than Wall Street—as have the arrests. Protests inspired by the ongoing anti-big business demonstrations in New York took place in cities across the US yesterday, including Los Angeles, Portland, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Houston, and Washington, DC, and organizers say this could be just the beginning. There were arrests throughout the country, too: The Sacramento Bee reports that about 19 protestors, who were sitting in front of the entrance to Cesar Chavez Park, were arrested shortly after midnight.

Around the same time in San Francisco, cops busted up a camp outside the Federal Reserve Bank building, dismantling tents and arresting one protester who allegedly assaulted a cop, reports the Chronicle. In Los Angeles, KTLA reports that 10 protesters were arrested yesterday afternoon after refusing to leave a Bank of America branch, where they were among those who tried to cash an oversize $673 billion check made out to the “people of California.” But the fresh arrests haven’t been limited to California. On Wednesday night, 25 people who refused to break down their camp in a Seattle park were arrested, reports KIRO.

Emphasis mine, because that’s awesome.

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laisidhiel:

This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night, around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days: 1) A declaration of demands. 2) Principles of Solidarity 3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group. This is a living document. you can receive an official press copy of the latest version by emailing c2anycga@gmail.com.

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

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 nonhuman 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 supposed to be 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 in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive 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!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

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