Common Enemy Links Keystone XL and Occupy Wall Street Protests

 

The time has come for members of the 99% to realize we have more in common than we think. For years, Americans have been divided over the issues that matter the most: conservation, climate change, civil rights, education, health care, reproductive rights, etc.

What people often fail to realize is that the forces pushing back against progress on these issues are all rooted in corporatism.

Granting corporations the right to make unlimited financial contributions to our political system means the government is no longer accountable to the people — it’s accountable to the 1% who fill its pockets with money and its agenda with self-serving legislation.

As climate activist Bill McKibben states in the video below, it’s time for the environmental, labor, climate and Occupy Wall Street movements to stand united against this corporate takeover of our country. As Tar Sands Action puts it on its website, “#occupywallstreet and the Keystone XL — One Movement, One Goal”

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40 comments

W. C
W. C9 months ago

Thanks.

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William C
William C9 months ago

Thank you for the article.

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Robert O.
Bob B6 years ago

To someone in the middle (not left or right) most people commenting here sound like lunatics, or well on their way to being one.

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Gene Sengstake
Gene Sengstake6 years ago

That we allow a company like TransCanada to come into our country and do whatever they want - is not the “American way”. The XL pipeline is being supported by some officials in state/federal governments that really don’t give a damn about the environment. It is within their power to stop this ill-construed project in it’s tracks - but big oil has it’s means of intimidation. The dirtiest oil on the planet and the inevitable rupture of pipelines carrying it will probably rule the day - cheap energy (and profits) at any cost. Even though organizations like Bold Nebraska are doing everything they can to stop the pipeline - even trying to simply change the routing so it doesn’t pass directly over the Ogallala aquifer - chances are it’s probably going to be forced down our throats as is - the “deals” have already been made - - - All one can do is stand back and wonder - why a country with so much potential - seems to be slowly but surely going to hell in a handbasket - - -

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Charli S.
Charlotte S6 years ago

To all who believe we can not succeed, remember that back in the 1700's no one had ever achieved Independence from England. WE DID IT THEN AND WE'LL DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

After all what do we have to lose? The way things are going we are going to end up as little more then slaves to the PTB'S. We have to win for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

If we put as much effort into this movement as we do voting for American Idol we can't fail!

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Charli S.
Charlotte S6 years ago

I wonder if the politicians have come to the understanding that this is the end for career politicians and "THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY"!!!! I think they have because I've heard they're going to start "cleaning up the parks" that the protestors have been sleeping in. I think they are going to start striking back with "health regulations", cleanups and safety regs.
We must not be quiet.
As a Hippie in the 70's I wear my scars proudly. I still have a dip in skull where a policeman hit me with his baton. We need to stay peaceful no matter what. Remember the flower in the rifle was one of the most powerful images of the anti war movement in the 60/70's.
We can win back our government.

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Dorota W.

I hope soon the protest will be named "Occupy the World"

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Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

It is a lost cause. I wish ordinary people could succeed in spite of the greed of the eklite--but the elite have conquered us an installed a brutral dictatorship we can NOT defeat.

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Beverly G.
bev g6 years ago

Judith E . u right.

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Beverly G.
bev g6 years ago

Mercedes L..---- 'Here, here'

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