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How Occupy Wall Street Really Got Started


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: usa, politics, Occupy Wall Street, Koch Brothers, millionaire moguls, u.s., news, government, freedoms, economy, news, u.s. )

Cal
- 1129 days ago - motherjones.com
Meet the international activists who lit the fuse for the populist protest movement that's sweeping the world.



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Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7:36 pm
And to think that if the republicans would have only abandoned their self-righteous greed, and if they would have done what was best for the PEOPLE (for once) instead of their corporate overlords, and if they had rolled back the Bush-era tax cuts on the rich, we might have missed all this fun. If everyone paid had to tighten their belts instead of just the working class, there probably would not have been any protests because we'd have more than $6 Trillion added to our budget and we could instead be working on increasing jobs in manufacturing and fair trade with a low unemployment rate. We could have trimmed the budget some more and could have grown jobs. But instead the rich kept their nice fat wallets in their pockets and the burden shifted to the workers. The republicans defended their filthy rich contributors who own them and they dug their heels in to defend their philosophy that the rich should pay nothing and the workers should pay for everything. At the same time, the rich and republicans want to eliminate social security, medicare, and all the programs the workers depend on for our very survival. Republican propaganda will lead you to believe almost anything to try to control the rise of the workers and to return all of us to the roll of "sheep" obeying our republican masters who are puppets of the rich elite. Not happening.

The best organizers in the world could come and try to start a revolution. If the people are happy, we would just laugh. But the people are angry and tired of being stepped on and tired of being enslaved to the rich. It doesn't matter where the spark came from . The fires are lit, and WE THE PEOPLE want this revolution! WE WANT OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR NATION BACK under our control and not under the control of corporations.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7:42 pm
Noted , thanks .
 

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 8:48 pm
Their quest for ever more wealth blinded them to the fact that those they were taking the wealth from were becoming restless and unhappy. Like Dan said, starting a revolution where people are even moderately happy is next to impossible, but it is very easy when the masses are unhappy and feel they are getting a raw deal.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 6:45 am
Yes Ralph. And we are definitely getting a raw deal.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 9:46 am
Viva La Revolution!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 11:59 am
Everything has a beginning, thanks.
 

Robyn Crysel (0)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 11:59 am
a big thumbs up for dan w!!!!!!!!
i totally agree!!!!
 

Fantina f. (50)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 12:31 pm
thanks
 

Carlene V. (203)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 2:57 pm
Dan W could only send one star, you deserve 100's. Right on with everything you said!
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 3:40 pm
Wall Street greed versus a Communist invasion in a rowdy protest. If they bring out the guillotine, we repeat the French Revolution. I don't care much for either side in that Wall Street mess.
 

Claudia O. (73)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 3:49 pm
I agree with Dan. What is best for the people is what must be done. Take this movement into your own hands. Each of us can do something to make life better for our fellow citizens. We have the power....let's get it working!
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 6:13 pm
This is not that different from how the War of Independence started. Our Founding Fathers got together and talked about the problems and how best to solve them, The British (the EITCo and other British interests) escalated bringing the 13 colonies to the brink of war. Not unlike what the privately funded, Wall Street purchased, white shirts and corrupted beat officers in the NYPD and other cities, decided that escalation was the solution.
That plan did not work out for the British in 1776 and it will not work for Wall Street and their cronies in Congress in 2011.
Movements for freedom always face strong opposition from oppressors, but in the end, the oppressors lose when the majority are motivated.
 

JM A. (176)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 8:17 pm
THE TRUTH HAS BEEN ALONG TIME COMING, I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR DECADES ALONG WITH MANY FRIENDS. I HOPE SOMETHING GOOD COMES OF IT. WITH FINGERS CROSSED & HOPES UP!
 

Lionel G. (4)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 8:45 pm
Don't forget our founding mothers. Abigail Adams was John's conscience and every bit his equal, goading him on to craft a just government. Without her we might not have had a Declaration of Independence. The Occupy movement rightly focuses on economic inequality driven by the Teabagging GOP in their Great Leap Backward to feudalism. The political fulcrum of the Jasmine Revolution in the U.S. is the coup d'etat that overthrew our constitutional democracy, beginning in 2000 with Bush v Gore and was sealed and delivered in Citizens United, by our fascist Supreme Court majority. BTW, when is W Bush going to give us back the three trillion dollars he cost us? We need to keep this movement non-violent, as if Doctor King were looking over our shoulders.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 10:22 pm
I don't completely agree with crediting that group although they certainly played a part. I credit the collective consciousness of many many people who felt this rising and began urging protests then everyone jumped in at the synchronized timing, just as it had to be. This is what THE GREAT SHIFT is about, a sudden boiling point reached in human consciosness. We reached the hundredth monkey earlier. Now the excitement will begin. Buckle your seatbelts.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 10:27 pm
Dad you deserved a star but i couldn't send another yet!
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 11:22 pm
When I was in grade 12 a very long time ago, the history course of study was called 'The Anatomy of a Revolution' based on the book of the same name by Crane Britton. It was a study of the similarities of primarily the French Revolution, the American Revolution and the Russian Revolution. What is happening today fits right in place with these three --- an uprising of the common person against the repressive rule of kings and queens; against the basic rights of civility of law, access to food and shelter, and fair taxation. Where these revolutions were nationalistic and very specific to a region, this revolution is not owned by one society but is owned by a global society. But the ultimate source of the revolution is the same --- the repressive rule of corporate kings and queens, the banksters and large corporations, and the political hacks that do their bidding like the Berlosconis, Boehners, Cantors, Harpers, Camerons etc. There are too many to name them all. While the French lost their heads quite literally with the use of the guillotine, the king and queen were overthrown --- Marie Antoinette's famous line 'let them eat cake' comes to mind. The current French motto was born during the Revolution --- (LEF) Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. The American Revolution saw its violence too with the Revolutionary War where the English King George III was defeated by the American Continental Army and militias with the help of the French who were still stinging from their defeat in Québec, Louisiana and Europe by the British in the 7 Years' War in 1760. The Russian Revolution, being much more recent, came mainly near the end of WWI in 1917 and resulted eventually in a communist state --- again, over-throwing aristocracy for workers' rights. The Arab Spring I believe is part of this global revolution as it too is a rising up for reforms and freedoms. Unfortunately, it involves violence, particularly in Yemen, Syria, and Libya with more limited violence elsewhere. While the first three involved war, I would hope that in most of the world there would be no war but rather a collective meeting of minds. It is time that the corporate kings and queens, the banksters and large corporations, and the political hacks that do their bidding, participate in reform of the economic systems for fairer taxation and economic equality, for the sustainability of the planet and its resources..
 

june t. (66)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 12:33 am
noted. thanks Cal
 

Carol Traxler (5)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 5:56 am
The beginnings of another American Revolution!
 

Rita White (55)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 6:59 am
thanks
 

Robert S. (115)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 6:51 pm
Late afternoon evening @ OWS today 10_20_11 Enjoyed unloading trucks of food today. feeding the masses of people who stay or just stop by. Spirit very high. Great feeling to help somehow, since marching was not in my legs.

10_20_11 Arrest coaching.

A little mountain music 10_20_11

M. Moore comes by to encourage us again 10_20_11


March against Fracking
 

Ruth R. (219)
Thursday October 27, 2011, 10:37 pm
Excellent article-- a group of activists thinking about how to solve the worlds problems. a general assembly of people -- all equal-- to think about what to do about the challenges effecting the U.S.A. and/or the world. Thanks for the posting.

Other Thoughts:
1.) Please let the people be peaceful. The first thing to learn and do: that i see is that the people need to peacefully and assertively express themselves and know exactly what to do before they go to visit or occupy for a time.

2.) The second thing: is that people can organize and go build their own lives and the lives of others by joining together to live on land or sea -- so that each person may eventually own their own , and live sustainable organic gardening and organic farming, raise houses and barns for each person and family.

3.) The third thing: If the people stay on wall- street too long, they are wasting their time-- unless they know exacting why they are staying and have some kind of plan of action.

4,) ONE MOST IMPORTANT THING: change can happen in a pre-organized one(1!) day sit-in when with peaceful talks and signs to the leaders and non-leaders.

5.) People know who they are, how long to stay, when to leave for a while, and when to return to occupy, if to return to occupy. A person may have something to say, and then it may be time to go on with their life and create their own job, so let them People do not need to feel pressured into this movement -- because there are other ways to say what needs to be said.
 
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