Activists at Occupy Wall Street have issued a call to thousands of protesters across the US to reoccupy outdoor public spaces to mark the movement’s three-month anniversary.
The Occupy movement has stalled in recent weeks after a wave of evictions swept away a raft of encampments, including the largest in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York. On Wednesday, it suffered a fresh blow as police in riot gear cleared Occupy San Francisco camp on the orders of the mayor, who had been sympathetic to protesters, while Occupy Boston lost legal protection against eviction.
Organisers said they hoped the call to reoccupy on the 17 December would galvanise and grow the movement.
Amin Husain, a press spokesman for OWS, said: “We know that occupation empowers people and eliminates fear. It permits individuals to assert themselves as political beings even although the system doesn’t represent them.” […]
In a piece published this week in the first issue of Tidal, a magazine published by the Occupy movement, Judith Butler, academic and feminist theorist at the University of California, Berkeley, spoke of its importance.
Butler said: “When bodies gather together as they do to express their indignation and to enact their plural existence in public space, they are also making broader demands. They are demanding to be recognised and to be valued; they are exercising a right to appear and to exercise freedom; they are calling for a liveable life.
“These values are presupposed by particular demands, but they also demand a more fundamental restructuring of our socio-economic and political order.”
Follow this link to find several LiveStream channels devoted to documenting various Occupations around the world.
“…CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead…”
This needs to be seen so we can be prepared.
Occupy The Green - 1:00pm-5:00pm, SUNY Geneseo College Green
We ask that you occupy the SUNY Geneseo College Green November 17th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in solidarity with the National Day of Action taking place across the U.S. This will be an opportunity for citizens of the Geneseo community to come out and see what the Occupy movement is all about and to show your discontent with the injustices we face. Facebook event ; MoveOn.org event
The 1% And Our Society- 5:30pm-7:00pm, SUNY Geneseo Fraser Building Rm 202
Join the Sociology Club for an open and frank discussion on wealth disparity in the United States and what it means to our government, infrastructure, society and ultimately, ourselves. We will be discussing the topic from an objective perspective, and relating it back to us and how the issue affects our livelihoods. Facebook event
“Higher Question?” - 7:30pm, MacVittie College Union Ballroom
Activities Commission and the Contemporary Forum will host Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus and their provoking lecture, Higher Education? This lecture takes a critical look at the undergraduate education system regarding tuition costs, public vs. private school, and the illusion of collegiate superiority. Facebook event
For the full details on all of our November 17th events, visit our Nov 17th page
I’m a Stanford graduate and high school valedictorian. I have no health insurance and am getting a Master’s party because I need the loan money for food and rent.
I’ve applied to hundreds of jobs in my field. Employers always say the same thing: “Amazing background, but we’ve had budget cuts and lay-offs.”
I have major depressive disorder and can’t afford meds or therapy, even though I was labelled a suicide risk in the past.
My mom has heart disease and goes off her meds because she feels guilty to ask her daughter for money. She barely eats.
We = 99%
People & Power - The Koch Brothers
An in-depth explanation on the influence of money in politics by taking a look at the practices of the Koch Brothers by Al Jazeera English.
OWS Has Transformed Public Opinion
For the first time since the Great Depression, the majority of Americans favor wealth distribution
Open Letter To That 53% Guy -
An incredibly thoughtful response to a Marine who distinguishes himself as the 53%, self-described as: “Those of us who pay for those of you who whine about all of that… or that… or whatever.”
Thanks to kotbt for the suggestion!
The U.S. shows its hypocrisy by accusing ‘tyrants’ of human rights abuses while not owning up to supporting dictators.
I’m 29, I have 2 Bachelors degrees and a highly specialized Master’s degree, and I’m working part-time for $8.50 an hour at a job I enjoy but has nothing to do with any of my training. I work 4 small side jobs that barely bring in anything, so I can’t afford rent. Luckily, my parents were able to buy me an old mobile home so I could live on the family land rent-free. I have student loan debt of $65,000 that’s fortunately in deferment for now because I’m on the income-contingent repayment plan, but when my income improves my payment will skyrocket. I have old credit card debt I’ve been trying to pay off for years, but I’ve been told repeatedly that I’m overqualified and underexperienced for any job I can apply for so I can only make the minimum payment. I haven’t had health insurance in 4 years, but I’m lucky to not have any major health problems yet and I don’t have children to worry about.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a roof over my head, food in the cupboard, stable health, and a job I enjoy that has room for advancement but is tied directly to the local economy so it won’t get better until people can spend more. I’m very fortunate to have what I do but furious that I have no control over my economic future, no matter how hard I work.
I am the 99%.
Poor Taste - Top Foreclosure Firm Throws Homeless-Themed Halloween Bash