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  • The Strategic Pincer - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    on in the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of people around the world who know in their gut that the future does not compute Now a new operational model is emerging the strategic pincer We attack the global financial system from above with big bang protests uprisings and revolts concurrently we attack the global financial system from below with hundreds of daily move your money actions at the 35 000 branches of megabanks worldwide The Bank of America has 6 200 branches Wells Fargo 6 600 JPMorgan Chase 5 500 Citigroup 1 300 Barclays has 4 700 branches in 50 countries Deutsche Bank 3 100 in 72 countries HSBC 7 200 in 85 and Goldman Sachs has over 70 offices worldwide in front of these outposts of global capital we pitch our tents bang our pots and pans hold our credit card cut ups we hand out pamphlets to the customers going in and out we engage them in passionate conversation and convince them to move their money we trigger a chain reaction and move 1 trillion away from the megabanks before yearend changing global banking for good With our strategic pincer we beat the shit out of

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/the-strategic-pincer/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Flash Encampments - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    revolution within Occupy The new tone was set on Earth Day April 22 in a suburb bordering Berkeley California when a dozen occupiers quietly marched a small crowd to a tract of endangered urban agricultural land cut through the locked fence and set up tents kitchens and a people s assembly Acting autonomously under the banner of Occupy without waiting for approval from any preexisting General Assembly Occupy The Farm was notable for its sophisticated preplanning and careful execution they even brought chickens that offered a positive vision for the future and engendered broad community support While encampments across the world were unable to re establish themselves on May Day this small cadre of farm occupiers boldly maintained their inspiring occupation for nearly four weeks In Minneapolis a core of occupiers have launched an Occupy Homes campaign that is unique for its edgy tenacity What is unusual in fact utterly unprecedented is the level of aggression and defiance of the law by these activists a spokesperson for Freddie Mac a U S corporation that trades in mortgages told a local paper Over the past week the city has tossed out protesters and boarded up the house only to see the demonstrators peel back the boards and use chains concrete filled barrels and other obstacles to make it more difficult to carry them away the article reports Last Friday police were so desperate to prevent a re occupation of the foreclosed home that they surrounded the house with 30 Minneapolis police officers with batons and over two dozen marked and undercover squad cars and a paddy wagon Occupiers responded by laughing and signing songs joyous in their struggle to elevate the home into an symbol of democratic resistance to the banks In its own sweet way our movement is now moving

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/flash-encampments/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Occupy's Spiritual Quest - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    evening of that long day The hundreds of riot police backed by armored personnel carriers and SWAT teams carrying assault rifles made no secret of their intention to sweep the plaza clear after all the good protesters scurried home making any reoccupation physically impossible It was the same on January 28 when plans for a large public building occupation were shattered in a shower of flash bang grenades and 400 arrests just as it was on March 17 in Zuccotti Park when dreams of a new Wall Street camp were clubbed and pepper sprayed to death by the NYPD Any hopes of a spring offensive leading to a new round of space reclamations and liberated zones has come and gone And with that Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland are now dead The task ahead of us in Oakland and beyond is to search out and nurture new means of finding each other We are quickly reaching the point where the dead weight of Occupy threatens to drag down the Commune into the dustbin of history We need to breathe new life into our network of rebellious relationships that does not rely on the Occupy Oakland general assembly or the array of movement protagonists who have emerged to represent the struggle This is by no means an argument against assemblies or for a retreat back into the small countercultural ghettos that keep us isolated and irrelevant On the contrary we need more public assemblies that take different forms and experiment with themes styles of decision making or lack there of and levels of affinity Most of all we need desperately to stay connected with comrades old and new and not let these relationships completely decompose Read the rest of the this article by anonymous West Coast anarchists at Bay of

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/occupys-spiritual-quest/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Globalization Of Laughter - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    leaderless all consuming non violent swarm If we can pull it off in the fierce tradition of Gandhi and MLK the next few days could become the spark the eruption the new spiritual home of our Spring offensive On a softer more aesthetic note the likelihood of a global LAUGHRIOT starting May 18 feels especially fresh and new imagine the globalization of laughter millions of people around the world decide to take a few minutes off from their usual routines get together with friends and pull off a global cascade of riotously laughing flash mobs transforming the flow of power from the heads of the elite to the bellies of the people At a time when our human experiment is buckling under austerity financial madness and eco angst there is something so ludicrous bizarre even insane about the eight most powerful people in the world trying to conduct the people s business to set things right from behind closed doors and razor wire fences A global LAUGHRIOT could break through the G8 s veneer of legitimacy and expose the Camp David Summit and our current capitalist model for the farce that it really is A global laugh in could be

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/the-globalization-of-laughter/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Tactical Turning Point - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    occupation of symbolic space Now exactly a year later a big question mark hangs over our movement because it is clear that the same tactics may never work again Spring re occupations have largely failed here in North America The May Day General Strike was stifled by aggressive preemptive policing that neutralized Occupy s signature moves In light of these challenges Saturday s May 12 rebirth of the indignados could be a tactical turning point Across the world authorities are using lawfare to piecemeal outlaw any tactic that we used last year In Spain there is an attempt to criminalize the use of the internet to catalyze nonviolent protests and occupations The International Business Times reports that this is part of a larger European move to punish those who use social media and instant messaging to organize and co ordinate street protests Canada wants to ban wearing masks at unlawful assemblies a legal designation often used to disperse nonviolent protesters Meanwhile Germany is taking a more direct route they have simply issued a decree banning the Blockupy anti bank protest in Frankfurt As in the U S when outlawing free speech and the right to assembly doesn t work authorities are increasingly using brutal paramilitary force The power of Occupy lies in its ability to harness the collective intelligence of our leaderless movement to tactically innovate We move at viral speed always one step ahead Fight fail fight again fail again fight again till victory When one tactical constellation fails we innovate spontaneously we play jazz Across the world indignados are preparing for a big blast on Saturday May 12 Some like Occupy London are planning to retake the squares and set up encampments Others have totally new tactics in mind Whatever happens let s learn from the indignados with

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/tactical-turning-point/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The May 2012 Insurrection - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of us pray dance sleep on Wall Street and in front of the Fed and if the Bloombergs of the world bring out paramilitary police to intimidate us we use our social media fire to call out 50 000 more occupiers and intimidate them right back In the week before the G8 and NATO summits we light the spark globally We occupy hundreds of squares in cities on every continent from Paris to Berlin Toronto to Athens São Paulo to Bucharest and beyond we up the ante with direct actions that paralyze capitalism For a few days maybe for a full month we act as if we already live in a world run by people not corporations Our movement goes geopolitical later in May We swarm Chicago and confront NATO We tell the military elites there to stop their saber rattling against Iran halt the global arms race and get behind what the majority of the people on Earth want a nuclear free world starting with a nuclear free Middle East that includes both Iran and Israel And then when the G8 leaders meet in Camp David we create a global spectacle the likes of which the world has never seen before millions of us individually in flash groups and en masse we burst out laughing at the lunacy of the eight most powerful political leaders on the planet thinking they can dictate the people s business from behind closed doors and barbed wire fences For one day we take over the global mindspace with a whirlwind of LAUGHRIOT jokes Like Why did the G8 chickens cross to Camp David Cuz they re on the other side haha We laugh our heads off on every news broadcast in the world May 1968 was the first wildcat general strike in history

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/the-may-2012-insurrection/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Battle for the Soul of Occupy - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    optation This counter strategy worked to kill off the Tea Party s outrage and turn it into a puppet of the Republican Party Will the same happen with Occupy Wall Street Will our insurgency turn into the Democrats Tea Party pet It s up to you to decide if our movement goes the way of Paris 68 the dust bin of could have been insurrections or something more daring more inspiring something not yet dreamed Will you allow Occupy to become a project of the old left the same cabal of old world thinkers who have blunted the possibility of revolution for decades Will you allow MoveOn The Nation and Ben Jerry to put the brakes on our Spring Offensive and turn our struggle into a 99 Spring reelection campaign for President Obama We are now in a battle for the soul of Occupy a fight to the finish between the impotent old left and the new vibrant horizontal left who launched Occupy Wall Street from the bottom up and who dreams of real democracy and another world Whatever you do don t allow our revolutionary struggle to fizzle out into another lefty whine and clicktivist campaign like has happened

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/battle-for-the-soul-of-occupy/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #PLAYJAZZ - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    No business as usual Into The Streets May 12 we intensify with three days of global action Jammers in London Lisbon Paris Marseilles Helsinki Cuzco Barcelona Quebec are already on board with more on the way We ll hold our assemblies hash out our demands and start building a parallel society that can sustain autonomous horizontal revolutionary communities outside of corpo consumerism we stop begging and we start creating we begin the change we want to see We scared the G8 away from Chicago and now some occupiers are planning OCCUPYCAMPDAVID a cacophonous carnival of tree sits lockdowns and nomadic encampments in the woods and nearby Thurmont Bon Voyage Others are upping the ante with OCCUPYCHICAGO a mobilization of anarchic swarms to shutdown the NATO summit And then one of the softer aesthetic moments of our Spring offensive could well be the LAUGHRIOT on May 18 the day the G8 leaders meet in Camp David There is something totally ludicrous absurd even insane about the eight most powerful people in the world deciding to do the people s business people behind closed doors and razor wire fences This veneer of legitimacy is our tragedy turned to farce As Aristotle observed to laugh is uniquely human Imagine the scene first a few hundred of us then a few thousand then millions of people across the world each in their own way some individually some collectively in flash mobs offices parks encampments all breaking out in uproarious laughter on May 18 This could be a delicious defining moment the day when the people of the world have a good laugh together and from that point on start thinking differently about how the world should be governed Then we get ready for our next big challenge How to Occupy the U S Presidential

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/playjazz/ (2016-02-09)
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