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  • Soft Regime Change in America - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Spark a Wildcat General Strike HOW I FEEL AS A UNITED STATES MARINE ABOUT WHAT OCCURRED IN OAKLAND The OCCUPY movement is entering an ominous new phase Police attacked OCCUPYOAKLAND on Tuesday with tear gas rubber bullets and flash grenades Scott Olsen a two time Iraq war veteran was critically wounded in the assault Graphic pictures of an unconscious Olsen his skull fractured being carried by fellow protestors to safety have reverberated from Zuccotti to Cairo and escalated the movement On Wednesday three thousand protestors reclaimed the square reestablished their encampment and held a general assembly that called for a General Strike We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2 2011 we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1 All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them There are signs of occupations in other cities taking up Oakland s call A tantalizing possibility hangs in the air Could a wildcat general strike spread across the nation Are we witnessing the first clues of how a soft regime change might begin in America occupywallstreet org occupytogether org Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Hey G20 Here Comes

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/soft-regime-change-in-america/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Hey G20, Here Comes #ROBINHOOD - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    see a soft regime change in America and a resurgence of the political left worldwide As winter approaches many occupiers will dig in for the long haul Others will decamp until spring and channel their energy into myriad projects Many of the big ideas for rejuvenating and reenchanting the world that have been swirling around the left for the last 20 years will pick up steam From revoking corporate personhood to de commercializing the cultural commons to separating money from politics to the birth of a True Cost Party of America we are entering a sustained period of boots on the ground transformation And every now and again we will have a worldwide blast reminiscent of the global march against the Iraq war eight years ago The next of these blasts could happen as early as this Saturday when ROBINHOOD strikes the G20 Imagine a few million people rising up and sending a message to the G20 leaders meeting November 3 4 in France This austerity vs stimulus debate you ve foisted on us doesn t mean a damn thing It s obvious you have no idea how to get us out of this economic mess you put us in So now we are telling you what we want a radical transformation of casino capitalism we want you to slow down fast money with a 1 ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades ROBINHOOD marches have already been announced in over a dozen cities Bring it up at your general assembly then create some edgy Robin Hood graphics for the world to digest and let s march out there millions strong this Saturday Let s leverage the G20 This could be the first great upheaval of the financial regime and the first delicious fruit of our movement for

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/hey-g20-here-comes-robinhood/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #RobinHood Global March - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    more than you know People are digging into Act One of the long Spring Its now time to amp up the edgy theatrics deviant pranks subversive performances and playful détournements of all kinds Open your insurrectionary imagination Anything from a bottom up transformation of the global economy to changing the way we eat the way we get around the way we live love and communicate be the spark that sustains a global revolution of everyday life As the movement matures lets consider a response to our critics Lets occupy the core of our global system Lets dethrone the greed that defines this new century Lets work to define our first great demand OCTOBER 29 ROBINHOOD GLOBAL MARCH This is a proposal for the general assemblies of the Occupy movement Eight years ago on February 15 2003 upwards of 15 million people in sixty countries marched together to stop President Bush from invading Iraq a huge chunk of humanity lived for one day without dead time and glimpsed the power of a united people s movement Now we have an opportunity to repeat that performance on an even larger scale On October 29 on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France let s the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1 ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades Let s send them a clear message We want you to slow down some of that 1 3 trillion easy money that s sloshing around the global casino each day enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world Take this idea to your local general assembly and join your comrades in the streets on October 29 for the wild Culture Jammers HQ occupywallstreet org 29october

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/robinhood-global-march/ (2016-02-09)
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  • A Movement is Born - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    across America threatening to morph into a full fledged national movement Channeling the nonviolence of the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the bottom up collective decision making of the Spanish acampadas we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy This Saturday OCCUPYWALLSTREET enters its third week be there at Noon and stay for the weekend or be at one of the 50 fledgling occupations now being organized across the land Our people s democracy movement is about to get three mighty boosts On October 6 a few thousand of us will swarm the capital and OCCUPYDC Find out the plan at october2011 org On October 15th the movement goes global check it out at 15october net Then on November 3 and 4 we have something special in mind for when the G20 leaders meet in France Time to live for the wild Culture Jammers HQ occupywallstreet org occupywallst org occupytogether org PS Our movement needs more edgy theatrics maybe we should tar and feather the Charging Bull or burn an effigy of Lloyd Blankfein Send your wild ideas to email protected To get a sense of the visceral mood at OCCUPYWALLSTREET check out the daily dispatches from OccupyTVNY

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/a-movement-is-born/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Come Support the Occupation at Noon in Liberty Plaza - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    We the people are finding our voice realizing that yes we can revive our democracy It is beautiful It is an achievement And it has the potential to grow into something even more wild and wonderful over the next few weeks and months This Saturday at noon at the people s assembly in Liberty Plaza there will be a celebration of our incredible first week Last Saturday 5 000 people flocked nonviolently to Wall Street this Saturday there will be 10 000 And then in the weeks that follow we will swell to 50 000 and maybe even to 100 000 by mid October Wouldn t that be something For those who cannot make it to Wall Street s liberated space why not organize OCCUPYCHICAGO OCCUPYDALLAS OCCUPYSANFRANCISCO OCCUPYBOSTON and OCCUPYDC This is the perfect moment to expand our movement into financial districts iconic sites of economic power and branches of Bank of America everywhere According to PBS Newshour 45 percent of young Americans aged 16 to 29 don t have a job Economists are talking glumly about a lost generation but they ve got it wrong We re the generation that pulls off the second American Revolution This Saturday at

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/come-support-the-occupation-at-noon-in-liberty-plaza/ (2016-02-09)
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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: http://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: http://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: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/a-tahrir-moment-on-wall-street/ (2016-02-09)
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