I lost a child to the Occupy movement.

itsallgone:

Just thirteen days ago I was eight months pregnant.

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There are no word to describe the outright RAGE I feel having read this.  

These officers should not be surprised when they become targets… just sayin’.

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dokterduke:

robertreich:

Stop the Austerity Train Wreck!

 The biggest question right now on Planet Washington is whether the congressional supercommittee will reach an agreement.

 That’s the wrong question. Agreement or not, Washington is  on the road to making budget cuts that will slow the economy, increase unemployment, and impose additional hardship on millions of Americans.

 The real question is how to stop this austerity train wreck, and substitute the following:

 FIRST: no cuts before jobs are back – until unemployment is down to 5 percent. Until then, the economy needs a boost, not a cut. Consumers – whose spending is 70 percent of the economy – don’t have the money to boost the economy on their own. Their pay is dropping and they’re losing jobs.

 SECOND: Make the boost big enough. 14 million Americans are out of work, and 10 million are working part time who need full-time jobs. The President’s proposed jobs program is a start but it’s tiny relative to what needs to be done. It would create fewer than 2 million jobs. We need a big jobs program – rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, and including a WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps.

 THIRD: To pay for this, raise taxes on the super-rich. It’s only fair. Never before has so much income and wealth been concentrated at the very top, and taxes on the top so low. Go back to the 70 percent marginal tax we had before 1980. And include more tax brackets at the top. It doesn’t make sense that any income over $375,000 is taxed at the same 35 percent, even if it’s a billion dollars. And tax all sources of income at the same rate, including capital gains.

 FOURTH: Cut the budget where the real bloat is. Military spending and corporate welfare. End weapons systems that don’t work and stop wars we shouldn’t be fighting to begin with, and we save over $300 billion a year. Cut corporate welfare – subsidies and special tax breaks going to big agribusiness, big oil, big pharma, and big insurance – and we save another $100 billion.

Do you hear me, Washington? Do these four things and restore jobs and prosperity. Fail to do these, and you’ll make things much, much worse.

After watching the video and reading this piece, I’m curious. How much better would our economy be today if the government had mailed checks out to each citizen who paid taxes the year before instead of giving bailouts and cheap loans to the criminals that caused all of this trouble? Divide those trillions of dollars among the people. Let’s assume 250 million of the 300 million people living in the USA in July of 2008 were eligible. That would have been a check for approximately $8,000 each.  

I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but stop to think about the possibilities.  Even if everyone blew the money on mindless shopping sprees, the money would have gone right back into the economy and filtered its way to the banks.  I believe a large number of people who were smart enough to realize that trouble times were coming, or those who had already been hit by lay offs, would have used that money to reduce their debt or put it into savings to give themselves a little protection from the rough seas ahead.  This, again, would have put that money right back into the hands of the banks.

By choosing this method, the corporations and banks that were failures would have failed and gone bankrupt.  Perhaps some would have even gone to prison because their crimes would have been even more apparent to the average man.  The rest of us would have been a little better off and the economy may have rebounded from the spending and decrease in personal debt.  Instead, the banksters in our government decided to give all that money to their friends and former employers at the failed companies and handed the rest of us the bill.

I am sure some people will say I am over simplifying the issue, but at the same time, I think they are over complicating the issue… possibly intentionally.

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Cast your vote.

"EpicStep is offering to put up a giant billboard loudly proclaiming our message. We can vote on the city, we can upload/vote on the final ad copy, and… we get our very own FREE BILLBOARD. We need a minimum of 20K VOTES for EpicStep to fund our billboard. However, if we hit 100K VOTES, EpicStep has agreed to purchase the ad space on a massive billboard right in the heart of Times Square!"

misery218:

an ordinary hero…

misery218:

an ordinary hero…

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crosscrowdedrooms:

It’s proved impossible for me to get this shot of former Philadelphia Police Cpt. Ray Lewis being arrested, published anywhere.  I was adamantly rebuffed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, NYT, local NY papers, and Newsweek, before even looking at the photograph.  One of the only published photos of this paradoxical and intense event is located here at the NYC Observer:

http://www.observer.com/2011/11/former-philadelphia-police-captain-ray-lewis-arrested-ows/

But now, I get it. People want to go someplace for at least five minutes where no one is trying to bleed you or sell you something. It may not be a real model for anything, but it’s at least a place where people are free to dream of some other way for human beings to get along, beyond auctioned “democracy,” tyrannical commerce and the bottom line.

( Matt Taibbi How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests | Politics News | Rolling Stone )

Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street "bat-signal" projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march

stefanoblack:

Oh my god, this is so beautiful - the 45-year-old guy who coordinated the OWS Bat-Signal last night speaks about the process of getting it together.

The woman whose apartment he used wouldn’t take any money, saying “This is for the people.”

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anonymissexpress:

Was sent me as a suggestion to watch. Interesting … (Official Trailer) THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take? (by ThriveMovement)

This looks awesomely interesting.

Please listen to this woman.

glitterandstrangerock:

This elderly woman survived the Nazi’s, has fought for our rights and took pepper spray to the face for the 99 percent please please listen to her interview and take what she has to say to heart.

I truly feel that she doesn’t want us young ones to go through the shit she has had to endure in her life.

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Welcome to Occupy Washington DC, as seen by me

sicilianoccupier:

My name is Sarah. I’m currently living in the rainy, chilly, and buzzing center of Washington D.C. on Freedom Plaza. I’m living in a tent, protesting corporate rule in politics, declaring solidarity with people being oppressed all over the world, and existing in a tight community of around 70 people who are dedicated to changing the world, if it means battling coporate heads, constant media scrutiny (often inaccurate, which I know surprises most people reading this), and the case of some seriously crippling sniffles.

In this community, we have participation from students to professionals to homeless. All of us have, in one way or another, learned “marketable” new skills, be it speaking to the media, cooking, weatherproofing, or security watch. I myself went from a research-fanatic 26-year-old woman who has suffered from unemployment woes to a kitchen assistant, enthusiastic interviewee for many media outlets, security watchgirl, and legal observer during protests. I’ve developed a stronger sense of justice, an international awareness of the crises across the globe, and a more experienced voice that protests, speaks out and connects with people from every corner of society. I’m a representative of millions of people who want to be here but cannot.

Currently, I’m sitting in a drafty tent in wet clothes and soggy shoes writing this, hoping to have it read by people everywhere, even in warm, comfy rooms while snuggled in a soft robe with toasty slippers. We at these occupations are not lazy, unwashed bums that want to be handed life for free, like the media likes to portray us. We are a part of the 99% of people who are not benefitting from coporate Capitol Hill and coporate Wall Street. We speak out for everybody, not just in this country, but around the world, that closes their eyes dreaming of peace and security. From Oakland to Boston to Wall Street to Gaza, we’re here for peace and equality.

hertechnicolordreams:

My friend just got back from Occupy Amsterdam, where he took a picture of this flyer, and shared it with me. Powerful message!

hertechnicolordreams:

My friend just got back from Occupy Amsterdam, where he took a picture of this flyer, and shared it with me. Powerful message!

think-progress:

Watch former Bush official Karl Rove flip out at protesters: “Who gave you the right to Occupy America?”

Dear Turd Blossom,

First off.. F U.  Secondly, WE are TAX PAYING AMERICANS, and it is only by CONSENT that you and your ilk are given any sort of authority to govern this country.  WE are sick of paying for wars that you and your buddies think are so cool, just because it will make you a little more coin to add to your already mountainous piles of coin pillaged from the AMERICAN TAX PAYER.  WE are sick of you and your ilk speaking about social programs as if those who benefit from said programs are not AMERICANS.  WE are sick of you and your ilk thinking that you can get away with treason, theft, and murder simply because you have piles of coin you stole from the PEOPLE OF AMERICA and THE WORLD.  Frankly put sir, WE REVOKE OUR CONSENT to be governed by the likes of you.

Crawl back into your weasel hole, and shut the fuck up.  WE have the RIGHT TO OCCUPY because this is OUR GOD DAMN COUNTRY.  WE might have forgotten that for a while, but WE are awake, and WE are aware, and WE are NOT GOING BACK TO SLEEP just because that would make you and your ilk more comfortable. The only thing you are welcome to do at this point is FUCK OFF.

Sincerely,

WE the PEOPLE

Surprise, Homeland Security Coordinates #OWS Crackdowns

Remember when people were freaking out over the Patriot Act and Homeland Security and all this other conveniently ready-to-go post-9/11 police state stuff, because it would obviously be just a matter of time before the whole apparatus was turned against non-Muslim Americans when they started getting complain-y about the social injustice and economic injustice and income inequality and endless recession and permanent unemployment? That day is now, and has been for some time. But it’s also now confirmed that it’s now, as some Justice Department official screwed up and admitted that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated the riot-cop raids on a dozen major #Occupy Wall Street demonstration camps nationwide…

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