Articles tagged direct action
Posted 8 months ago on Nov. 20, 2013, 10:34 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Seattle City Councilmember-elect Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant
told Boeing machinists her idea of a radical option, should their jobs be moved out of state.
“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night.
This week, Sawant became Seattle’s first elected Socialist council member. She ran on a platform of anti-capitalism, workers’ rights, and a $15 per-hour minimum wage for Seattle workers.
On Monday night, she spoke to supporters of Boeing Machinists, six days after they rejected a contract guaranteeing jobs in Everett building the new 777X airliner for eight years, in exchange for new workers giving up their guaranteed company pensions.
Now Boeing is threatening to take those jobs to other states.
“That will be nothing short of economic terrorism because it's going to devastate the state's economy,” she said.
Sawant is calling for machinists to literally take-possession of the Everett airplane-building factory, if Boeing moves out. She calls that "democratic ownership."
“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don't need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” she said.
Sawant says after workers “take-over” the Everett Boeing plant; they could build things everyone can use.
“We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.
Sawant says she was referring to “drones” when speaking of war machines. Still, she says even as they work on the lines, building airplanes daily, she believes Boeing workers are under siege.
“Workers have to realize, they have more power than they think,” she said.
Original story from KIROTV
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Posted 8 months ago on Nov. 18, 2013, 9:06 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
The following were the words spoken by Reverend Billy (in the video above) that might have gotten him up to a year in jail time, if we do not act.
We are in the midst of a mass extinction at this time. I ask you to think of your own children. I am the father of a three year old and I’m worried about the kind of world that my daughter will inherit. Please protect life, protect the earth. Take your money out of J.P. Morgan Chase or work inside the bank to change the values system of this bank. It is the largest bank in the United States by assets, but it is also the top bank in the world for financing industrial projects which poison the atmosphere with co2 emissions.
Who caused Hurricane Sandy?
Chase bank did, if anybody did. Rise up against the corporations that are poisoning the atmosphere. It’s up to you and to me, only we can do it.
Somebody give me a “Change-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!
Are you alright? Is no one angry?
You are angry, in the white shirt, I can tell.
Sign Rev. Billy’s petition, and check him out on stage in NYC while he is still a free man.
Stay tuned to http://www.revbilly.com/
or write a nice email to the Honorable Cy Vance, Jr. to let him know what an upstanding citizen the Reverend is, and how he lights up culture and society with his presence.
Posted 8 months ago on Nov. 14, 2013, 3:53 p.m. EST by occupyalerts
graffitti is not a crime,
If you care about art, community, and resistance against gentrification in New York City, please come out this Saturday at 3pm to support 5 Pointz, an "outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building". 5 Pointz have shown support for Occupy Wall St from the beginning, so let's show them what solidarity means!
Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/601512509885626/
Read more about the 5 pointz eviction battle
THE CALL FOR SUPPORT FROM 5 POINTZ:
We are reaching out to any and all supporters of 5 Pointz, now is the time!
We need your support, we need to show the city that art has value and money is not greater then culture. This fight is bigger then graffiti, bigger then a building, its about preserving something priceless, a piece of history and a monument know over to the world.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
SATURDAY 11/16/13 RALLY
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED! COME ONE COME ALL THIS SATURDAY!!!!
We are asking you to come out and rally with us. If you love 5 Pointz, show us on Saturday. We need a big crowd. Please come out to show your support and hear more about REAL STRATEGIES TO SAVE OUR MONUMENT. The future of 5 Pointz is within OUR CONTROL!
Peaceful gathering and art from 3-4.
Speakers from 4-5.
Please invite friends and spread the word
We are also asking you to download and sign the landmark from and email it ASAP at email@example.com
This is vital, if you can not make it Saturday, please take a few minutes of your time and fill out the form and send it our way. The only way the city knows how much we care are by the numbers. Please download, sign, and email back.. 5 Pointz is by the people, for the people.. We need our people to step up now..
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Thank you for your continued support..
The 5PTZ family!
Posted 8 months ago on Nov. 13, 2013, 12:14 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
If you want to participate in the Black Friday actions to protest working conditions at WalMart go to: http://blackfridayprotest.org
If you are a Walmart worker involved in organizing and you need financial assistance, please contact us.
If you want to support the workers by paying for essential living expenses, please consider buying the snazzy "Team #WalmartWorkers" tshirt, printed and fulfilled by the OWS Screenprinters.
Support a Striker
If rebranding is more your thing, check out this site for ideas.
If you still need to be convinced this is a good idea, read what Robert Reich wrote last year about the action to understand why strikes are actually good for the economy. Yes, a very good thing is about to happen.
One of the strikers we are currently supporting sent the following to explain why he is dedicated to pushing through for dignity and respect in his workplace:
"I've been living and working southwest of a large Midwestern city. Nearly every available job opportunity at all the temp agencies I applied to were within the warehousing industry and - with the holiday season approaching - one of the first jobs available was at the Walmart warehouse loading and unloading freight. Working in a warehouse doing hard manual labor for $10 an hour with no steady hours puts workers in a precarious situation - basic living expenses such as rent & utilities, gas, food, car maintenance pile up and my co-workers and I never know how many hours we're going to get on our next shift. Sometimes I'll get a call the night before telling me the department I work in has been shut down for the entire weekend. Breathing in the air in the dusty trailers made me sick with congestion after each shift. You can only do back-breaking work with no health insurance for so long, which is why the companies are often able to get away with it - the staffing companies at the warehouses treat their employees like they're disposable and when one employee can't take it any more, they find someone else to take his or her place.
These circumstances are exactly why we needed to organize our co-workers and fight back to win improvements. People move from job to job at warehouses in the area with no benefits and no security is no way to make a living. We started a petition and asked our co-workers to sign it demanding basic improvements with respect to our working conditions: job security, respect, consistent work schedules, safety improvements, and an end to discrimination and retaliation. We delivered the petition and faced retaliation.
We need support to be able to take these kinds of risks if we're going to make any changes. We can't continue this race to the bottom and continuing to organize for improvements now will show people that you can fight back and win at work, leading the way for unionization. But unionization isn't the end goal. Even with a union, it is important to continue to engage members, push for a more democratic union, and hold the elected leaders accountable to the interests of the members. An organized workforce in WalMart paves the way for raising industry standards in retail and warehousing, but that doesn't mean we want to see more Walmarts in neighborhoods in every city and town in the country just to have an organized workforce.
I don't want to win further environmental and economic degradation through unionization of the world's largest employer and the potential push by a union with the intention of growing membership through the company's expansion. I do want to win through an organized workforce, the opportunity to have protection against the employer's intimidation and retaliation that we are currently experiencing and an adequate recourse of action. Looking beyond the shop floor, a unionized and organized workforce also holds potential to improve standards in other countries - from baggers working exclusively for tips at Walmart retail stores in Mexico to the conditions of the factories in China.
Organizing within our globalized economy holds huge potential for improving the lives of millions of people across the globe, but this opportunity must be taken with the right intentions."
Posted 9 months ago on Oct. 23, 2013, 4:43 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
This video is a call to action released in support of the Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance being held in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Oct. 26, the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act. Formed in June 2013, the StopWatching.us coalition is comprised of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum demanding that Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.
A diverse cast of media, academic, political and legal figures and truth-speakers unite in the video to sound the alarm over unconstitutional government surveillance. The full list, in order of appearance, includes:
- Daniel Ellsberg, “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower
- Phil Donahue, television talk-show pioneer
- US Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee
- David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress
- Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor and activist
- Oliver Stone, director of The Untold History of the United States and Nixon
- John Cusack, actor and activist
- Wil Wheaton, actor and writer
- Molly Crabapple, artist and writer
- Jesselyn Radack, U.S. Department of Justice whistleblower and national security and human rights director at the Government Accountability Project
- J. Kirk Wiebe, NSA whistleblower
- Mark Klein, AT&T whistleblower who revealed the telecommunications company’s collaboration with the NSA in collecting customer data
- Thomas Drake, NSA whistleblower
- Cindy Cohn, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Dan Choi, LGBTQ activist and Iraq War veteran
- Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School
Thomas Drake and Daniel Choi will also speak at the rally, which begins with a march from Columbus Circle to the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. StopWatching.us will also deliver more than 500,000 signatures opposing the NSA’s mass surveillance to Congress. The coalition is calling for a full Congressional investigation of America’s surveillance programs, reform to federal surveillance law, and accountability from officials responsible for hiding this surveillance from lawmakers and the public.
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