Posted 8 months ago on Dec. 12, 2013, 4:48 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
(why public transportation is dangerous)
Train experience today - I was talking with my fellow commuters about the NY Post cover, we had a collective sigh and head shake over Mandela's funeral and the Post's front page image focusing on Michelle Obama's "jealousy" at Obama's "flirting."
Right after that, a black dude walks in to do a speech. And he does not ask for money. He says he is speaking to get over his fear of public speaking, he says he's rich and does not need our money. He says that he is there to tell us that we all have a light, a greatness inside of us and we can all do grand things like end apartheid as Mandela helped to do. He said that we are all working jobs that strip away our souls and we need to seize that part back.
Politics aside, we were a bunch of surprised commuters, the guts on this dude. Conversations evolved as people started talking about their inner painters, singers, playwrights, activists that we've ignored for our wage work. One dude said, "you know, I was in this car for a reason."
Now that's what I call remembering Mandela, when you can use a persons' life to remind us that we all got magic in our hands, even if we don't always use it as it should be used. Cynicism about Mandela is good, but today, I'm ok with me and my fellow commuters having a little glisten.
Posted 8 months ago on Dec. 7, 2013, 2:27 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
"As an active duty airman married with two kids. I qualified for food stamps, even though I was living on base. I would have been one of the 47% the GOP classifies as a freeloader even though I was serving my country in Desert Storm. If you work full time and are unable to make a living for your family that is the fault of the company not the worker."
Is nationalization of companies really that bad of an idea?
(image via Occupy Posters)
Posted 8 months ago on Dec. 4, 2013, 11:21 a.m. EST by occupyalerts
A demonstration in solidarity with Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond occurred last night at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where he is temporarily being held. Just two weeks ago, the 28 year old was sentenced to 10 years in federal detention for cyber crimes. Amongst other high-profile breaches, he leaked confidential intelligence data to Wikileaks from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. Many consider Stratfor to be a "shadow CIA" operating under even less regulation and oversight than a government entity.
Demonstrators brought various instruments, pots + pans, and their voices to make noise loud enough to be heard within the walls of the detention center. An activist collective called The Illuminator projected messages of solidarity on the bleak walls of the prison. "Free Jeremy Hammond!", "Solidarity with all Hacktivists!", and images of the infamous Guy Fawkes mask lit up the night. Prisoners raised fists from their windows and flicked lights on and off in a show of appreciation.
For more information about Jeremy Hammond, refer to:
His Wikipedia Page
His Official Defense Network Page
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Posted 8 months ago on Dec. 3, 2013, 10:08 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Want a side of wage theft with your favorite holiday dish? The restaurant Dirty Bird uses it in the special sauce.
Join us today to support a cadre of fast-food workers who are standing up for their rights -- and the rights of millions across the United States. Like so many others, twenty one workers at the New York City restaurant Dirty Bird worked for years and years under unsafe, exploitative, and dishonorable conditions under abusive management who stole thousands of dollars from their wages each year. Finally, they decided that together they would demand better treatment and to be paid what they were owed.
Instead of justice, they were all fired at the same time. Now the workers have filed a lawsuit against the owners of Dirty Bird demanding justice -- and they are asking for you to stand up with them.
When: Today (12/3/2013)
Where: Dirty Bird, 204 West 14th St. between 7th & 8th Aves
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Today is the moment to stand in solidarity with workers, who are rising up against the injustice of low-wage slavery in staggering numbers. Thousands of people protested at Wal-Marts across the country last week on Black Friday. Workers at more than one hundred fast-food chain stores are currently planning a one-day strike. These workers are on the frontlines of the abuse and violence that capitalism has created, in which global corporations make billions of dollars even as their employees live on food stamps.
This system exploits not only the working poor in this country, but also U.S. imperialism and domination. All of the fired workers at Dirty Bird are immigrants who were forced to come to this country because the United States has imposed crushing economic injustice upon their own lands. Yet, once they arrived here, they were discriminated against because they were immigrants.
Harvest of Empire - Official Trailer
The exploitation of one is an injustice against us all. We will no longer tolerate this disregard for our own humanity.
Posted 8 months ago on Dec. 2, 2013, 9:26 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
The era of a New York City run by and for the 1% is coming to a close and it’s time for us to take to the streets and demand Bloomberg and his friends get out of the way.
Join with community activists, union members, students, teachers, fast food workers, faith leaders and many others for a massive citywide mobilization in Foley Square. We are demanding the Robin Hood Tax, universal pre-K for all children, good wages for all workers, affordable housing, quality healthcare, an end to inequality and the tale of two cities and the start of One New York that works for #AllOfUs. We are not broke, we are twisted, and all the resources are in front of us, if the 1% will agree willingly to step away from their hoarding in favor of a sustainable world.
When: Thursday December 5th at 4pm
Where: Foley Square, Manhattan, NY
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/359450277532091/
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We have done a lot of work in battling the propaganda of the 1% and raising issues of inequality, but it is not enough. This is why we continue the work that brought us to Zuccotti. We continue to fight and raise our voices with the 99% of this city who are tired of the greed of big corporations, Wall Street, and the rest of the 1%.
It is our hope that we will serve as an example for the rest of the world. We want New York City to be the model for communities in which class war is carried out in lack of funding for education, racial profiling, food insecurity, and lack of housing.
For too long working people have been disregarded. But this is our moment. Last month we made our voices heard and our message was clear. We want an end to the tale of two cities. We want a New York that works for all of us.
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