Cross the Brooklyn Bridge ● Show Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street Movement
Friday, OCTOBER 7, 2011
4 p.m. - Rally @ Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn
5 p.m. - March across the Brooklyn Bridge
6 p.m. - Rally with demonstrators at Liberty Plaza, Manhattan
To SHOW SOLIDARITY with the protestors of the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement, the HAITIAN COMMUNITY will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to Liberty Plaza.
The same BANKERS and CAPITALISTS who are driving North American working people into poverty, debt and homelessness have IMPOVERISHED HAITI for decades.
In APRIL 1990, OCTOBER 1991, AUGUST 1997 and MARCH 2000, Haitians have made a TRADITION of marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest racism, coup d’états, and police brutality. In 2011, the tradition will continue as the Haitian community shows its solidarity with the thousands rising up against capitalist greed and crisis. END the UN military occupation of Haiti! NO to reestablishing the coup-making Haitian Army! NO to Bill Clinton’s Interim Haiti Recovery Commission ! Let the people OCCUPY WALL STREET !
The March Is On The Move! The People Are Beautiful!
Foley Square is electric, can you feel it? There is a wind blowing here. The sun in shining here. People are angry and smiling and beating drums and making speaches. There is a pavilion where the Union leaders are speaking, but more importantly there are human megaphones dotted throughout the park expressing their desires, their own methods for radical change in America. We are all here for different reasons, but we know we are all facing the same direction, and we are all marching together. This is only the beginning. Ocuupy Wall Street is part of it, the Unions are part of it, their members are part of it. Go outside and shout from where ever you are, SHOUT THAT YOU ARE FREE! SHOUT BECAUSE YOU’RE! SHOUT BECAUSE YOU ARE THE 99%! THE 1 % ARE LOSING THEIR GRIP.
I have been following the Occupy Wall Street protests for a while. And for the past couple of days, I have been seriously thinking of heading to New York to participate. The visit is likely to be in mid-to-late October or early November.
While I plan to spend my days at Liberty Plaza Park, it is not possible for me to camp out there at night due to a chronic back condition. So I’m looking for a reasonably-priced place to stay for a week.
1. The place should be clean, have an attached bathroom, and in a safe neighbourhood.
2. It should be close to a subway station and not more than a 45-60 minute ride from Liberty Plaza Park.
3. It should be independent accommodation, not a guest room in someone’s house as I will probably be coming and going at odd hours. I wouldn’t mind guest accommodation if it’s with someone who is active in the protest himself/herself.
4. It should have a wireless internet connection.
5. I am obviously looking for something that is reasonably-priced but am not on a shoestring budget.
6. If someone else is looking for something similar, I would be happy to share and split the costs.
Please let me know if you know of such a place or where I can find one online. I am already looking on www.airbnb.com and www.tripadvisor.com. Please leave your responses in comments or email me at bonnarookie at gmail dot com. Thanks in advance.
Tomorrow one of the largest protests the US has seen in YEARS will occur to contest the corruption of the Monetary System and of Wall St. If you’re in the NYC area come support the Occupy Wall St. and Occupy Together 3pm. Liberty Square.
Community/Labor March to Wall St against Corporate Greed and the Big Banks Wed, October 5, 4:30pm – 7:00pm | Foley Square, Centre St & Duane St New York, NY 10007 to Zuccotti Park (Liberty Plaza)
Union members and community members impacted by the economic crisis have been demanding that Wall Street and New York’s wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes. Let’s march down to Wall Street to welcome the protesters and show the face of New Yorkers hardest hit by corporate greed.
It’s time to stand together, and continue what was started in Wisconsin!
Note, this MARCH IS LEGAL, meaning that the necessary permits have been obtained.
Evil Capitalism/Evil Socialism A Common False Argument Explained
Capitalism in itself is just the converse of labor, labor wouldn’t exist without capital and capital wouldn’t exist without labor. The fracturing of labor from the equation and creation of the false struggle between the two is what created Fascism on the one hand and Socialism on the other. There is a middle ground where both sides exist with equanimity and that is the single goal of a truly freemarket, and there is nothing wrong with a market free and in balance with the realities of the needs of the whole populace.
An inborn egalitarian ethos, a human drive toward reciprocity, in a fully functioning free market these ideal aspects of human nature would flourish. In its converse the winner take all corporatist ideal that 1% of the population can control 99% of the population leads to cutthroat competition between all individuals.
I admit both the “free market” of rugged individualism and the “free market” of egalitarianism are both Utopian, but all philosophy exists within a vacuum.
I am here because I do not have a voice in any other forum in our political system. I am hear because no-one I have ever voted for has won except one time and when that happened they didn’t do any of the things they said they would in their campaign. I’m tired of only having 2 choices, neither of which I believe to be honest.
I’m tired of being yelled at by my neighbors because the media tells them I am evil. I’m tired of money being the foundation of our political system. I am tired of struggling to make ends meet when I have a job and being blamed and accused of being lazy when that job lays me off or when I have the courage of my convictions to leave an unethical and abusive workplace. I am tired of walking past first class to go to my seat in the back and being leered at and judged by all those that were allowed to board first (this is a metaphor.) I am out here freezing and damp with a lot of people whom I don’t agree but who maintain the common goal that the system is broken.
I’m 40 years old. I have a college degree. I’ve worked in Financial and Technology Recruiting. I’ve been laid-off 3 times in my working career. I’m currently unemployed. I’ve been looking for a job for 1 year, 7 months, 22 days. I can’t count the resumes I’ve sent nor the interviews I’ve been on. I’ve worked as a laborer, an assistant, a caterer waiter, I’ve planted trees and mown grass. I don’t know how I’m going to pay the rent through December. DO NOT TELL ME TO GROW UP AND SURE AS SHIT DON’T TELL ME TO GET A JOB! I AM THE 99%!
People in the U.S. are sold the idea from kindergarten that if you go to college you will get a job and have that elusive American Dream, indoctrination works! And, most employers DO scoff at people without a degree no matter how self educated and talented they are, ask anyone in the silly profession of “human resource management.” It is a political and financial windfall for lending institutions to levy every citizen with massive accumulated debt by the age of 20.
Education needs to be free, there should be free trade school options for the less academically inclined. There should be an apprenticeship option for talent, aptitude, and interest at the high school level. If everyone could follow a path that aligns with their innate talents and interests we would have a much more egalitarian economy. And maybe we might even be happy sometimes.
It’s not about which system works best, this battle of ideologies is what keeps the 99% fighting each other instead of recognizing the common enemy.
The imbalance that has occurred through-out Europe is a direct result of flailing Multinational Banks dismantling economic systems worldwide. This is not the direct fault of democracy either of the “socialist” variety as in Europe or the theoretically “free market” variety people claim we have in the U.S. It is the fault of Concentrated Wealth and the disproportionate influence that concentration has over political systems. Because these financial institutions were allowed to become larger than most national economies these problems express throughout the world in every form of government
When we learn to stop blaming the victims we can come together regardless of ideology and stand against the concentration of unlimited global power by Multinationals.
“Throughout the night it became clear that they wanted my fellow protestors to think that I did something criminally wrong. That I had done something different from them. That I was not just a peaceful protestor exercising my rights on that bridge. That I deserved to be handcuffed to a railing in the side of the precinct with violent criminals. Everyone seemed to wonder why I had been separated. When other officers chatted amongst themselves about why I was separated, one officer suspected aloud that I was a “ringleader”. The woman officer stood a few times outside the glass wall with the door open as male officers asked about me. It appeared that she told them that I was transgender as they gawked, giggled and stared at me.”—Transgender ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protester Segregated, Humiliated by NYPD During Arrest, Detention. Read his statement in full.
If you have been down to Wall Street, we would love to hear about your experience, even if you only went down there for an hour. What you felt, saw, and heard adds many dimensions to this movement, and allows the people to feel solidarity with it. We are the 99%, and sometimes that’s said so often that it remains a number - a percentage - but, it’s good to keep in mind, that 99% means people. It’s every one of us.
Even if you haven’t been to Wall Street, please reblog to get the word out that we are accepting stories, especially since corporate media has been ignoring this mass movement, we have to do all that we can to bring people together.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM TWO WHITE MEN TO #OCCUPYWALLSTREET
We—two white men—write this letter conscious of the fact that the color of our skin means we will likely be taken more seriously. We write this knowing that because people of color are thought to be too biased to speak objectively on issues of race, our perspective in this context will be privileged. We write this aware of the history of colonization, genocide, and slavery upon which this country stands, which has created this oppressive reality.
We write this letter to the organizers and participants (ourselves included) of #OccupyWallStreet out of great love for humanity and for the collective struggles being waged to save it. We write this letter because of our support for this nascent movement, in the hopes that with some self-reflection and adjustment, it may come to truly represent “the 99%” and realize its full potential.
#OccupyWallStreet has shown itself to be a potent force. The movement—which we consider ourselves part of—has already won great victories. New occupations spring up across the continent every day, and the movement for true democracy and radical social change is gathering steam worldwide.
According to the main websites associated with #OccupyWallStreet, it is “one people, united,” a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions,” and an “open, participatory and horizontally organized process.” In other words, it professes to be the universal protest against the greed and corruption rampant in our society, open for anyone to join and shape.
But a quick survey of the movement so far shows that that the good intentions outlined do not reflect the reality of the situation. There is indeed an organizational structure and a core group that makes leadership decisions in #OWS (and we think this is a good thing). They are the media team at the media command center, the committee facilitators and the people who have been actually occupying the park for the past three weeks. One only needs to take a good look around to see that the leadership and the core group—which has managed to attract enormous national and international media attention—is overwhelmingly white (and largely male), and as a result the voices and perspectives of #OccupyWallStreet reflect that reality more generally.
Luckily, some people who have felt excluded or erased from “the 99%” have spoken up, alerting us to the notion that the anti-corporate occupation in Liberty Park may not be as welcoming to all as its image of consensus-bound activists, non-hierarchical structure, and free food has suggested to many (see http://bit.ly/q9q10C;http://bit.ly/oABMbQ; and http://bit.ly/oTBcfs for some examples).
One striking example of the marginalization of non-white voices within the movement was seen at the march on Friday against police brutality. Because this march was organized by activist groups in conjunction with #OWS, it was by far the most diverse rally yet. But towards the end of the march, when organizers were speaking to the group at One Police Plaza, a black woman near the speakers was clearly agitating for her voice to be heard. Despite the line of white people speaking before her, a white #OWS organizer spoke to the crowd and informed them that within a few minutes, the march would be over and everyone should leave peacefully. Of course, that meant that as soon as he was finished speaking everyone got up to leave. As the black woman (the lone black voice speaking in a march against police brutality) got up to speak, her voice was lost because by that point no one was paying attention.
In this case, the marginalization was not intentional: a PSA was made to inform people to ensure the rally’s peaceful closure. But most racial marginalization is indeed “unintentional.” In this case the silenced black woman was going to speak about her close relative, who was killed by police. She was the only person speaking with a personal relationship to police brutality at a level almost unimaginable to the people occupying Zucotti Park, and her voice was not heard.
This unintended marginalization is occurring daily at #OWS. We know this may be hard for some people to understand. Of course, who could expect us to understand what it is like to be reminded of your skin color every time you leave your home? Who could expect white people to understand that the spaces we feel so comfortable in may feel exclusive or even hostile to people of color? After all, we are never told; we are not forced to learn that our skin color is related to our social status; and we are not taught black and brown history, so many of us do not know how we got here—and cannot imagine it any other way.
But as Audre Lorde wrote, it is not the responsibility of the oppressed to educate the oppressors about our mistakes. White people may not be to blame for the privileged position we occupy, but we must be accountable for the liberties and benefits we enjoy at the expense of our black and brown brothers and sisters.
We would like to add our voices to the chorus of constructive critiques coming from communities of color. We believe the white people of #OccupyWallStreet need to understand something: the feelings of economic insecurity, political powerlessness, and lack of support that have brought so many of us to the protests at Liberty Park have been lived by many of the people of color in this country for centuries. Without an active effort to address racial issues from the core of #OccupyWallStreet, the protest will fail.
The People of Color / Unified Communities working group at #OccupyWallStreet was created on October 1, 2011. Their e-mail is email@example.com, their website is pococcupywallstreet.tumblr.com and they meet every Sunday at 3pm in Zucotti Park. Let’s be truly revolutionary allies and firmly support them to bring a racial analysis to the core of one of the most potent people’s movement in our country today—before it is too late.
Solidarity in action! Way to go TWU. The transit workers’ contract is up January 15th and they got sold a shitty contract last time around. We all need to be prepared to return the solidarity and stand with them when the time comes.
The Transport Workers Union will go to court Monday to try to stop the city from forcing bus drivers to transport Wall Street protesters arrested by the NYPD, the Daily News has learned.
The union, whose leaders voted last week to support the protesters, said police brass commandeered three MTA buses to transport many of the 700 demonstrators arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday.
Union President John Samuelsen called ordering bus drivers to drive prisoners ‘a blatant act of political retaliation.’
… “TWU Local 100 supports the protesters on Wall Street and takes great offense that the mayor and NYPD have ordered operators to transport citizens who were exercising their constitutional right to protest - and shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place.”
“We lined up several times, once facing a room full of cops working on whatever it is they were doing: typing on ancient typewriters, an ironic example of austerity, counting a pile of cash, chatting. As they collected our information, I heard the age of the woman next to me: sixty-one years old. We lined up again for mug shots with our arresting officers. After hours with our hands tied, our cuffs were finally cut off. In the photos, my group and our officer smiled playfully. I smirked with my head on his shoulder, and he actually put his arm around me for a second. We took the laces off our shoes and removed our belts, dropping all our belongings into brown paper bags. When we were lined up again, this time in front of the male prisoners, I talked to the man across from me, who shouted his phone number and told me to remember it. In the cell next to him was a Vietnam War veteran who had remained silent on the bus. He was locked up with two strangers, one of whom was a very young black man. He looked at us, so sad, and said “This shit is the worst, man.” The pain in his eyes, behind bars, was piercing. The whole thing felt like a time warp. What did we do to end up in a cage? But my experience behind bars was nothing like what the other prisoners — all people of color — must have experienced. Police gave us food and water from the vending machine (we paid), cigarettes (to great celebration), and McDonald’s. But mostly, the officers maintained a sense of humor, joking and taking our rowdiness with a grain of salt. We kicked the bars and toilets, “mic-check”-ed each other, and laughed loudly. If there were ever a party in a jail cell, it happened on Saturday night. These cops were on our side.”—"These Cops Were on Our Side": Report From AlterNet Staffer Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge | AlterNet
“Let’s get one thing out of the way. I’m not a Librarian. Being a Librarian requires years of study and training and experience and education. We’re so lucky to have our founder Betsy who is a Librarian, and for the amazing work of Mandy, also a Librarian, who drove all the way from Indiana today with her husband to help out and is continuing to work with us. But, when I spend a day sitting at the library with my name-tag on, helping our patrons and brothers and sisters in the movement and get so many questions from people I start to know what it must feel like to be a Librarian. Questions about everything. So, even those of us who aren’t librarians, but are working at the library have to learn to think like we’re sitting at the reference desk. And this is not the usual reference desk. Sometimes we’re working in the rain, sitting in a puddle, while being interviewed by a German reporter who got off the plane an hour ago, and talked at by a gentleman who insists one can stop the rain if you just point your finger at the sky and say firmly “dissipate!” all while a pigeon is poking around next to you and someone walks up and says: “Where is the poetry meeting?” – “Do you have any of the Wall Street Journal Occupation paper?” – “Can I buy this book?” – “What’s the march route?” – “Where is the bathroom?” – “When is Radiohead getting here?” – “I read there isn’t really a point here, what is this protest about anyway…?”—The People’s Library at Liberty Plaza has its own blog now
The movement Occupy Wall St., (OWST) is going onto its third week, and many are pleasantly surprised at how far this protest has come. Even the people who organized and worked months ahead of time to make this possible, didn’t anticipate the support and energy it has received. The atmosphere on the camp is hopeful, and even though the weather can be friendlier, the spirits are up. From the 700 pilots of ALPA protesting their dismal salaries to the 38,000 member strong MTA union planning a march on October 5, the collective display of our countries imbalanced living conditions are helping the OWST movement gain heavy momentum.
There are many working groups in the main headquarters, and although it can be overwhelming to figure it all out, the message is clear - everyone is tired and outraged at what this country has come to, politically and economically. The politicians have failed the 99% who vote for them, because they’re too occupied with serving the 1% funding them. Economically, the current financial institutions has failed to address the basic needs of any human. Despite the drive of many people to work and provide for themselves and/or their family, many are losing their homes and jobs due to circumstances completely out of their hands. The risky banking transactions, that were irresponsible and careless, are costing the 99% their livelihood, and people are angry. Sometimes it is difficult to put into words the many emotions one feels when thinking about the situation in this country, but when people get together who are feeling the same myriad of emotions as you, it can be a great relief, and also very empowering. The personal relationships I saw forming yesterday, and people interacting with anyone they came in contact with, without any reservations was like a breath of fresh air.
The people were singing, eating, and talking to people they’ve never met before, and everyone was listening to everyone. There was a real sense of community, and the reinforcement of the fact that we’re all in this together.