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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: https://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: https://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: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/playjazz/ (2016-02-09)
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  • MAY 18 GLOBAL #LAUGHRIOT - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Do not pursue an enemy who simulates flight We ve heard persuasive arguments on all sides Some occupiers say the movement should lay chase and go for OCCUPYCAMPDAVID against all odds a month of tree sits lockdowns and nomadic encampments in the woods and nearby Thurmont Others believe it s best to up the ante with OCCUPYCHICAGO an even bigger mobilization beginning with the May Day General Strike Still others advocate an unpredictable everywhere at once global insurgency of anarchic swarms throughout the month of May When Ben Ali first attacked then tried to hide from his people he was toppled When Mubarak refused to negotiate and tried to beat his people back into line he was deposed Now the White House and the G8 are repeating the mistakes of last year s autocrats first they try to scare us with tough talk of repressive anti Occupy ordinances crowd suppression technologies and paramilitary policing then they make a hasty retreat to the safety of Camp David The world s leaders flee from us so what do we do Maybe we just laugh at them On May 18 the day the G8 leaders meet in Camp David why don t we the people of the world have a LAUGHRIOT Let roars of laughter rise up from towns and cities everywhere at the spectacle of the world s leaders trying to crisis manage the economy from behind closed doors and razor wire fences Laughter is one of the most powerful tactical weapons of memewar it signals supremacy and loss of fear So let s pull off the greatest comedy of howling flash mobs riotous street parties and hysterical pranks the world has ever seen May 18 could be a monumental tipping point an ahahaha moment when the people of the world have

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/may-18-global-laughriot/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Showdown in Chicago - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    1 50 000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago set up tents kitchens peaceful barricades and OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month With a bit of luck we ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen And this time around we re not going to put up with the kind of police repression that happened during the Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago 1968 nor will we abide by any phony restrictions the City of Chicago may want to impose on our first amendment rights We ll go there with our heads held high and assemble for a month long people s summit we ll march and chant and sing and shout and exercise our right to tell our elected representatives what we want the constitution will be our guide And when the G8 and NATO meet behind closed doors on May 19 we ll be ready with our demands a Robin Hood Tax a ban on high frequency flash trading a binding climate change accord a three strikes and you re out law for corporate criminals an all out initiative for a nuclear free Middle East whatever we decide in our general assemblies and in our global internet brainstorm we the people will set the agenda for the next few years and demand our leaders carry it out And if they don t listen if they ignore us and put our demands on the back burner like they ve done so many times before then with Gandhian ferocity we ll flashmob the streets shut down stock exchanges campuses corporate headquarters and cities across the globe we ll make the price of doing business as usual too much to bear Jammers pack your tents muster up your courage and prepare

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/showdown-in-chicago/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #D17 Time to assemble once more - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    assemble and he brings his friends You tell him to be quiet and he starts a mic check You raise your baton in one hand and squeeze the trigger on the pepper spray canister in the other You curse this kid s existence because deep down you know you ll have to go through it all again and even worse you think he might be right The discourse of our world is shifting Today is the three month anniversary of Occupy It s a time to reflect to celebrate to think about what has been achieved already and about what s coming up next From pole to pole from East to West people are rising up It started in Tunisia it moved to Egypt then to New York and now there are rumblings in Russia and the Far East Let s celebrate our successes and dream up new offensives Out in the streets in our homes as we occupyxmas and as we hibernate for the winter let s take this day to revel in the birth and ongoing life of our movement And as we brainstorm this winter what do you see happening in the next stage Share your thoughts

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/d17-time-to-assemble-once-more/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #OCCUPYXMAS kicks off Nov 25/26 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Black Friday bargain at Super Target and Macy s Occupy gave the world a new way of thinking about the fat cats and financial pirates on Wall Street Now lets give them a new way of thinking about the holidays about our own consumption habits Lets use the coming 20th annual Buy Nothing Day to launch an all out offensive to unseat the corporate kings on the holiday throne This year s Black Friday will be the first campaign of the holiday season where we set the tone for a new type of holiday culminating with OCCUPYXMAS As the global protests of the 99 against corporate greed and casino capitalism continues lets take the opportunity to hit the empire where it really hurts the wallet On Nov 25 26th we escape the mayhem and unease of the biggest shopping day in North America and put the breaks on rabid consumerism for 24 hours Flash mobs consumer fasts mall sit ins community events credit card ups whirly marts and jams jams jams We don t camp on the sidewalk for a reduced price tag on a flat screen TV or psycho killer video game Instead we occupy the very paradigm that

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/occupyxmas-kicks-off-nov-2526/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Our Existential Moment. - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    cold now and how it will be used to clear any encampment again But there must be something like a people s library and kitchen A physical heart More soon Must find money and charge my phone Winning at last winning at last thank God Almighty we are winning at last Our movement is living through an existential make or break moment This is a tactical way of looking at it When Tunisia rose up Ben Ali scoffed when young people occupied Tahrir Square Mubarak resorted to paternalism and then mob violence in Syria Assad s troops fire daily into the crowds And on Tuesday a military style assault on Zuccotti Park news blackouts tear gas closed airspace an LRAD sound cannon was carried out in the dead of night to take out our movement s spiritual home For many weeks we had a kind of magic going for us we held the high ground we stuck doggedly to our Gandhian ways and blindsided the cynical world with our optimism our camaraderie our nonviolence our determination to forge a different kind of future With nothing more than twinkling fingers mic checks mutual respect and hope for the future we sparked a global democracy moment the likes of which the world had not seen since 1968 But New York s billionaire Mayor decided to snuff us out We wanted a Tahrir Moment an American Spring and he attacked us in the middle of the night while we slept These kinds of attacks on peaceful protestors did not work in Tunisia not in Egypt they are not working in Syria right now and wake up Bloomberg Co they are not going to work in America either This assault has stiffened our resolve Now begins the second visceral canny militant phase of our

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/our-existential-moment/ (2016-02-09)
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