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Walmart Advises Against Unions

Posted 3 months ago on Jan. 21, 2014, 11:25 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: labor, capitalism, walmart

Join Team #WalMartStrikers

While the Waltons enjoy a life of epic luxury and entitlement, resting in the top 20 of wealth holders in the planet, the #WalmartStrikers are fighting for food at the table, sick days, and $15 dollars an hour (at the very least).

Last week, we introduced for public perusal a few of the training materials for Walmart managers. Missing in those slides, were some key talking points.

What does a loyal manager do if a Walmart Associate asks about the big bad union?

If you are a Walmart worker and you want to be involved in organizing your workplace, contact Making Change.

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A-Anti-AntiCapitalista!

Posted 4 months ago on Nov. 26, 2013, 3:55 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: occupy, capitalism, direct action, street

Without capitalism, there could be no undue influence of money in politics. Without capitalism, trade would be truly free. Without capitalism, the financial sector would be an embarrassing relic of the past, a warning to future generations. Without capitalism, there can be no neoliberalism.

Anticapitalism is the true big tent. Whether or not you think the reforms proposed and enacted by various Occupy-related groups (like StrikeDebt, Occupy Sandy and the Occupy Card) will fix the systemic problems of capitalism, they are campaigns worth supporting. They provide temporary relief to people who need the most and allow us to experiment with alternatives. This is a good thing. But we can't let a good treatment distract us from a cure. Without addressing the underlying cause of capitalism, these problems will only get worse.

Globalization will continue to send jobs overseas. Technology will continue to automate human labor and obsolete the professions of millions of workers who will have no choice but to adapt. But for those who can't adapt to the new economy, the sentence under capitalism is death. This is because capitalism denies the necessities for human survival (like food, housing, and health care) to those unable to sell themselves to corporations. Even in times of plenty when you'd think we'd have to work less and less.

The end of capitalism means the beginning of your new life - a life where your home cannot be taken from you by force to maintain the bottom-line of a multi-billion dollar company that pays less in taxes than you; a life where you own your future; a life where politics represents you. The end of capitalism means the life you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have. The end of capitalism means freedom.

The 1% owned the mainstream American political system long before the Supreme Court upheld Citizens United. The 1% oppressed the global 99% long before “free trade” agreements became the norm. The 1% used the financial sector to swindle the people long before Dodd-Frank was repealed, long before the Federal Reserve.

It is important that as we oppose the institutions that capitalism has created to oppress us, that we oppose capitalism as well. If we allow ourselves to be held hostage by the symptoms of our disease we will never find our way to the cure. The cure, as we knew and demonstrated two years ago, is revolution.

Two years after Occupy Wall Street was founded we are still here, and so are our problems. Take the street, take your jobs, take back your money, take back your power. Organize.

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Get Capitalism Out of Politics by Joining the #MarchAgainstCorruption

Posted 5 months ago on Nov. 2, 2013, 1:57 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: capitalism, March, March Against Corruption

Today, thousands of anti-corruption activists and organization will be participating from San Diego to New York City, Miami to Minnesota, Canada to Brazil, and Bangladesh to the United Kingdom. Today, people will be in the streets in more than 70 cities around the world.

The March Against Corruption is a worldwide effort to eradicate the corrupting influence of capitalism in public policy making. This November 2nd is a first of many worldwide days of action.

Recently, Richard Wolff wrote, "The economic aim of both major US political parties is, in the end, the same: to protect and reinforce the capitalist system." It is time to stop working to support this economic system that does nothing but devalues our relationships and our communities as our resources are sucked into the pockets of the 1%.

http://www.marchagainstcorruption.com https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstCorruption
https://twitter.com/CorruptionMarch
https://www.facebook.com/PeopleOverPolitics

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#S17 Action Schedule

Posted 7 months ago on Sept. 17, 2013, 12:40 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Wall Street, capitalism, #S17, transpacific partnership

Mass actions are happening today in NYC on Occupy's second birthday. All are welcome to participate. For assistance getting to the action or getting involved, please call our help line at (516) 708-4777.

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#S17: Our One Demand Is To End Capitalism

Posted 7 months ago on Sept. 16, 2013, 9:59 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: capitalism, #S17, TPP, ows

On September 17, 2013, the second anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Movement, tens of thousands will come together across the country and the world to honor the most important and influential social movement in generations. As we exchange stories about the past and ideas for the future, we will be opposing a number of the 1%’s toxic attempts to siphon even more of our money and power away from us. The Trans Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement, the undue influence of money in politics, and the lack of accountability in the global financial sector will be just a few of our targets. But, as we attack these symptoms it is necessary that we remember the disease: capitalism.

Pyramid of the capitalist system

Without capitalism, there could be no undue influence of money in politics. Without capitalism, trade would be truly free. Without capitalism, the financial sector would be an embarassing relic of the past, a warning to future generations. Without capitalism, there can be no neoliberalism.

Anticapitalism is the true big tent. Whether or not you think the reforms proposed and enacted by various Occupy-related groups (like StrikeDebt, Occupy Sandy and the Occupy Card) will fix the systemic problems of capitalism, they are campaigns worth supporting. They provide temporary relief to people who need the most and allow us to experiment with alternatives. This is a good thing. But we can't let a good treatment distract us from a cure. Without addressing the underlying cause of capitalism, these problems will only get worse.

Globalization will continue to send jobs overseas. Technology will continue to automate human labor and obsolete the professions of millions of workers who will have no choice but to adapt. But for those who can't adapt to the new economy, the sentence under capitalism is death. This is because capitalism denies the necessities for human survival (like food, housing, and health care) to those unable to sell themselves to corporations. Even in times of plenty when you'd think we'd have to work less and less.

The end of capitalism means the beginning of your new life - a life where your home cannot be taken from you by force to maintain the bottom-line of a multi-billion dollar company that pays less in taxes than you; a life where you own your future; a life where politics represents you. The end of capitalism means the life you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have. The end of capitalism means freedom.

The 1% owned the mainstream American political system long before the Supreme Court upheld Citizens United. The 1% oppressed the global 99% long before “free trade” agreements became the norm. The 1% used the financial sector to swindle the people long before Dodd-Frank was repealed, long before the Federal Reserve.

As we come together on #S17 it is important that as we oppose the institutions that capitalism has created to oppress us, that we oppose capitalism as well. If we allow ourselves to be held hostage by the symptoms of our disease we will never find our way to the cure. The cure, as we knew and demonstrated two years ago, is revolution.

Two years after Occupy Wall Street was founded we are still here, and so are our problems. On September 17th, and every day - take the street, take your jobs, take back your money, take back your power. Organize.

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