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  • How You Can Help #OCCUPYWALLSTREET - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a movement they re occupying Wall Street Hundreds of people have been camped out in lower Manhattan for four days If you re in New York and can only spare a little time or money bring American flags cardboard markers water etc down to Liberty Park If you re in the New York area and have a day a morning an afternoon go down there The weather appears to be holding Take the day off and just go I know it sounds hard to believe but you will be heard This is an open general assembly effort and you will get your say and be a real participant If you are a little ways from NYC organize foursomes to go to NYC for the day It will cost you the train bus car fare Take nothing but some food and water and your body Too far to get to NYC Sign this petition and I will read your name and comments in Liberty Park this week I promise Break Up Goldman Sachs Now Be subversive against the big money interests wherever you are and encourage others to do the same Don t give the banksters 4 percent of every purchase you make with a credit or debit card use cash See UseCashMovement Be subversive max out your credit card on large ticket items and return them the next day This one is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook Move your money from a big bank to a credit union Picket a local branch of a bank When the press asks you what the heck you think you re doing tell them it s in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street Send food to the protesters in Liberty Park through a New York friend or go to the live stream chat

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/how-you-can-help-occupywallstreet/ (2016-02-09)
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  • A Call for Reinforcements - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    bring justice to the bankers but the New York police thwarted their efforts locking down the symbolic street with barricades and checkpoints Undeterred protesters walked laps around the area before holding a people s assembly and setting up a semi permanent protest encampment in a park on Liberty Street a stone s throw from Wall Street and a block from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Three hundred spent the night several hundred reinforcements arrived the next day and as we write this the encampment is digging in for a long term stay OCCUPYWALLSTREET has been established in Zuccotti Park which has now been renamed Liberty Plaza With Liberty Plaza liberated and acting as a base in the financial district the indignados have been sending out raiding parties to nearby Wall Street and beyond Bravo to those courageous souls in the encampment on New York s Liberty Street Every night that OCCUPYWALLSTREET continues will escalate the possibility of a full fledged global uprising against business as usual Now it is crucial for everyone from all over the world to flock to the encampment Call in to work sick invite your friends and hop on a bus or plane to

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/a-call-for-reinforcements/ (2016-02-09)
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  • A Tahrir Moment on Wall Street - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    they can stop them ABC News reports that even though the demonstrators don t have a permit for the protest the New York Police Department says that they have no plans to remove those protesters who seem determined to stay on the streets Organizers on the ground say We re digging in for a long term occupation Now the world is watching and wondering Could this be the spark of a Tahrir Moment in the USA OCCUPYWALLSTREET was inspired by the people s assemblies of Spain and floated as a concept by a double page poster in the 97th issue of Adbusters magazine but it was spearheaded orchestrated and accomplished by independent activists It all started when Adbusters asked its network of culture jammers to flood into Lower Manhattan set up tents kitchens and peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months The idea caught on immediately on every social network and unaffiliated activists seized the meme and built an open source organizing site A few days later a general assembly was held in New York City and 150 people showed up These activists became the core organizers of the occupation The mystique of Anonymous pushed the meme into the mainstream media Their video communique endorsing the action garnered 100 000 views and a warning from the Department of Homeland Security addressed to the nation s bankers When in August the indignados of Spain sent word that they would be holding a solidarity event in Madrid s financial district activists in Milan Valencia London Lisbon Athens San Francisco Madison Amsterdam Los Angeles Israel and beyond vowed to do the same There is a shared feeling on the streets around the world that the global economy is a Ponzi scheme run by and for Big Finance People everywhere are waking up to the realization that there is something fundamentally wrong with a system in which speculative financial transactions add up each day to 1 3 trillion 50 times more than the sum of all the commercial transactions Meanwhile according to a United Nations report in the 35 countries for which data exist nearly 40 per cent of jobseekers have been without work for more than one year CEOs the biggest corporations and the wealthy are taking too much from our country and I think it s time for us to take back says one activist who joined the protests last Saturday Jason Ahmadi who traveled in from Oakland California explained that a lot of us feel there is a large crisis in our economy and a lot of it is caused by the folks who do business here Bill Steyerd a Vietnam veteran from Queens said It s a worthy cause because people on Wall Street are blood sucking warmongers There is not just anger There is also a sense that the standard solutions to the economic crisis proposed by our politicians and mainstream economists stimulus cuts debt low interest rates encouraging consumption are false options that will not

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/a-tahrir-moment-on-wall-street/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #OCCUPYWALLSTREET Orientation Guide - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    one demand is agreed upon by all Check out the full schedule of events A leaked bulletin from the New York Police Department reveals that they expect at least 5 000 and maybe even 20 000 people to swarm Wall Street tomorrow That just might be enough for us to pull this off A telephone support line has been set up by occupywallst org For directions or help call 877 881 3020 to speak with a local activist For legal advice or to report an arrest call the National Lawyers Guild at 212 679 6018 Democracy Now Bloomberg News the Washington Post and CNN covered OCCUPYWALLSTREET today The CNN article is a good summary When asked about the occupation the mayor of New York City responded People have a right to protest and if they want to protest we ll be happy to make sure they have locations to do it As long as they do it where other people s rights are respected this is the place where people can speak their minds Anonymous says they will release their new hacktivism tool at 7am in solidarity with OCCUPYWALLSTREET While Michael Moore and the rest of the mainstream left continues to be largely silent about OCCUPYWALLSTREET American rapper Lupe Fiasco has been vocal in his support Lupe has vowed to donate 50 tents to the occupation and has written a poem celebrating our efforts President Obama will be in New York City at a private 38 500 per person fundraising event on Monday September 19th starting at 5 30 p m at 820 Park Avenue Maybe we can go there and invite him to join our people s assembly For those who cannot attend one of the many solidarity events happening in Milan Madrid Valencia London Lisbon Athens San Francisco

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/occupywallstreet-orientation-guide/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Hey President Obama ... - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling a reform project like this requires a constitutional amendment that would take a few years and a whole movement to achieve We could demand Obama set up an American Democracy Reform Commission tasked with ending the monied corruption in Washington Or perhaps a Presidential Commission to rethink the American banking system Most Americans know that Washington is awash with corporate money and undue influence and would like to see democracy vibrant again And most would also love to see the too big to fail banks broken up downsized and made to serve the people the economy and society again A demand along those lines just might capture the public s imagination What if try as we might we just can t come up with only one demand Well then maybe we can decide together on an END THE MONIED CORRUPTION OF AMERICA MANIFESTO a rousing compendium of our most urgent demands And on the seventh day of our occupation we publicly deliver our manifesto to the White House and to the American media letting Obama know that we won t leave Wall Street until he responds If thousands of us hang in there day after day week after week we may be able to create a spectacular revolutionary experience that fires up the public imagination and eventually maneuvers Obama into doing something that he has so far not had the guts to do agree to a bold decisive stroke against the financial corruption of America Now that would get the American people behind us and cheering us on from coast to coast If we can achieve that the sky will be the limit further demands will follow and a new America will be born On Saturday our Tahrir moment begins strength courage nonviolence

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/hey-president-obama-2/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #OCCUPYWALLSTREET Tactical Briefing - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Madrid last month when the Spanish government tried to stop people from gathering in the Puerta del Sol site of the people s encampment All day long 300 police officers kept the square hermetically sealed off even closing the Sol metro station one of the largest and most important in the city When the protesters realized they couldn t take the square they quickly dissolved into a dozen side streets and regrouped on a number of key locations For hours now protesters have been blocking all the main traffic arteries in the city center Tens of thousands of indignados have brought Madrid to a complete standstill in a spontaneous and defiant bid to reclaim Puerta del Sol The mass protest is now reported to be headed back towards Sol for a second time in another attempt to take back the square Jérôme E Roos If the police block us temporarily from occupying Wall Street then let s turn all of lower Manhattan into our Tahrir Square Let s sing our songs in the lobby of Goldman Sachs and in Chase Manhattan Plaza let s wave our signs outside the SEC and the Federal Reserve let s convene our people s assemblies around the Charging Bull statue at Bowling Green and if need be let s set up our encampments in nearby Battery Park and other places until we re ready to walk into Wall Street again Anything can and will happen this Saturday That s the beauty of it Ultimately the only thing that matters in how many of us turn up eager to be a part of a spontaneous creative swarm and determined to bring the financial fraudsters to justice Bring signs flowers food and a revolutionary mood and a commitment to absolute nonviolence in the Gandhian tradition for

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/occupywallstreet-tactical-briefing/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #OCCUPYWALLSTREET Less Than Two Weeks Away - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    peaceful encampment hold a people s assembly to decide what our one demand will be and carry out an agenda of full spectrum absolutely nonviolent civil disobedience the likes of which the country has not seen since the freedom marches of the 1960s From our encampment we will launch daily smart mob forays all over lower Manhattan peaceful creative happenings in front of Goldman Sachs the SEC the Federal Reserve the New York Stock Exchange and maybe even if we can figure out where they re being held at the sites of Obama s private 38 500 per person fundraising events happening somewhere in Manhattan on Sept 19 and 20 Our strategy will be that of the master strategist Sun Tzu appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend march swiftly to places where you are not expected With a bit of luck and if fate is on our side we may be able to turn all of lower Manhattan into a site of passionate democratic contestation an American Tahrir Square We will do all this with peace in our hearts Our unshakable commitment to nonviolence will give us the spiritual strength we need to inspire the nation and to ultimately triumph in the weeks and maybe months of struggle that will unfold after September 17 for the wild Culture Jammers HQ occupywallstreet org occupywallst org Reddit Facebook PS Last week Anonymous endorsed OCCUPYWALLSTREET with a video that attracted over 70 000 views The Department of Homeland Security has warned the nation s bankers to be prepared Corporate owned media is taking notice Yesterday a columnist for MarketWatch com posted a rousing portrait of what may now unfold Listen closely This is not another internecine political squabble These revolutionaries are pushing America back to its roots You sense

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/occupywallstreet-less-than-two-weeks-away/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Does the American Left have the guts to pull this off? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    you are sitting tight because much of the nation is cheering you on Al Jazeera and the BBC are beaming your struggle to a captivated world and the tension is building for Obama It feels much like it did in Tahrir Square moments before Mubarak caved You ve never felt so alive And while this may seem like a local challenge to Wall Street bankers New York City commuters and Mayor Bloomberg the real threat is much bigger and culturally deeper a challenge to every Senator and Representative in Washington to their wealthy campaign donors financing their reelections to Washington s high priced special interest lobbyists to every overpaid CEO in Corporate America to all the Super Rich on the Forbes 400 list of billionaires to Fed Chairman Bernanke and to President Obama Listen closely This is not another internecine political squabble These revolutionaries are pushing America back to its roots You sense they re drafting a new Declaration of Independence driven by the same powerful motivations as the 57 original signers who wrote Whenever any form of government becomes destructive it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government Back in 1776 King George III was the destructive force far away Today greed is the corruptor from within One Simple Demand shared by revolutionaries worldwide Yes they want their democracy back The 99 that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 The Arab Spring tactic has proven itself effective in forcing governments to bow to the will of the people We believe this tactic can also work in America All we have to do is show up in large numbers block traffic not turn into a violent mob and most importantly We shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met But is that enough What do they really want It s unclear Initially Adbusters wrote It was our one simple demand that Barack Obama must ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence that corporate money has over our representatives in Washington Our one simple demand is stop the monied corruption at the heart of our democracy Great They don t just want to overturn the Supreme Court s Citizens United decision that gave corporations First Amendment rights They have a much bigger goal End the corrupting influence of all money in all elections But another ineffective commission Forget it Waste of time They re made up of self interested insiders That would never satisfy the demands of these radicals And if Obama did appoint a commission it d just be a ploy to delay and disburse angry revolutionaries Worse commissions never tackle the key issues And they will never pass any real reforms in today s hostile political arena where the GOP automatically rejects everything the president proposes So expect a much different novel and culturally disruptive one simple demand

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