Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today is a National Day of Action!!! Celebrate 2 Months of This Profound Social Movement for 99% of the World's People!!!

From Democracy Now!

National Day of Action Kicks Off Third Month of OWS

Protests are being held across the country today as part of a national day of action marking the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here in New York, organizers have been distributing posters reading "Shut Down Wall Street! Occupy the Subways! Take the Square!" The massive day of action comes just two days after New York police raided the Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square and tore down the encampment. On Wednesday, the Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy addressed Occupy Wall Street protesters at the Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square Park.

Arundhati Roy: "The Occupy movement has joined thousands of other resistance movements all over the world in which the poorest of people are standing up and stopping the richest corporations in their tracks. Few of us dreamed that we would see you, the people of the United States, on our side, trying to do this in the heart of empire."

95 Arrested at Bank of America in San Francisco

In San Francisco, 95 protesters were arrested on Wednesday after occupying a Bank of America branch in the financial district. The demonstrators pitched a tent inside the branch before they were detained. The action came as part of an Occupy march through downtown San Francisco to denounce tuition hikes and budget cuts at University of California schools.

This third headline is related of course, but somewhat detached from the OWS movements. However, it goes to shows that as unfortunate as it is, President Obama is just another face in the crowd of so called leaders of hegemony and empire. With so much happening on the ground at home, with so many of the poorest people, the 99%, those who need the most assistance calling for help at home right now, why is energy being placed on establishing a permanent military presence in Australia? Why? Because that's what empires do, especially when they're worried about an impending change in the guard that is inevitable, and arguably has already happened...

U.S. Establishes Permanent Military Presence in Australia

The Obama administration has unveiled plans for a permanent military presence in Australia. Starting next summer, the U.S. will deploy 250 marines for six-month tours, eventually reaching a force of 2,500 troops. Speaking before the Australian parliament, President Obama said the U.S. military presence in the Pacific is "here to stay."

President Obama: "So here’s what this region must know. As we end today’s wars, I have directed my national security team to make our presence and mission in the Asia Pacific a top priority. As a result, reductions in U.S. defense spending will not—I repeat, will not—come at the expense of the Asia Pacific. My guidance is clear, because we plan and budget for the future. We will allocate the resources necessary to maintain our strong military presence in this region. The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay."

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

How Can This Brutality Against Non-Violent Protesters Be Tolerated?

Courtesy of:

Almost forty University of California students were arrested and dozens of others suffered bruises and abrasions following a police crackdown on an attempted encampment at a local plaza on Wednesday.

“We had the tents set up for about a half an hour when the police decided they wanted to shut down the camp,” student protester Erick Uribe recalled in an interview with RT. “What the students did is they set up a human wall around the tents. Soon after that, the police approached with full force in riot gear, with batons. We had no intention to move, but they jabbed some of us repeatedly in the stomach, pulling people onto the floor and arresting them.”

Hundreds of protesters had gathered at the town’s Sproul Plaza to protest against tuition fee increases and public education funding cuts.

Following the line of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland, they planned on setting up an encampment.

While the police had allowed them to use the Plaza as a gathering spot at any time, camping out was strictly prohibited.

University officials addressed the crowd offering a compromise, but were given a negative response. After that the police pushed their way through the human chain and took the tents down by force, prompting a reaction from the crowd.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Remove Dams from the Klamath River Now!

This is a clear example of a multifaceted land-use conflict that connects issues socially, economically, politically and environmentally. It also speaks to justice driven holistic sustainable land-use policy that ultimately promotes peace and well-being for all affected parties.

From EPIC:

Tell the Secretary of the Interior to Remove Dams on the Klamath River Now!

Comment Deadline: November 21, 2011

Dams on the Klamath River must come down to restore Coho and Chinook salmon runs to their historic spawning grounds. Right now, the federal government is considering a proposal to remove the dams beginning in 2020. It is critical that government officials hear from you now to advance the restoration of the Klamath River. Please take a moment to submit your comments before the deadline of November 21, 2011. We encourage you to be original, and consider EPIC’s key points to include in your comments.

Follow this link to Take Action Now!

EPIC encourages you to include the following points in your comments:

1. I support the immediate removal of all dams on the Klamath River and its tributaries.

2. I also support the restoration of all historic wetlands and marshes in the upper Klamath basin, including Lower Klamath Lake, Tule Lake and Upper Klamath Lake.

3. The restoration activities must also improve conditions for salmon on the Scott and Shasta Rivers.

4. In addition, I demand that an absolute minimum flow of 1,300 cubic feet per second at the Iron Gate gauge be established for the dry season. The National Marine Fisheries Service has required a minimum flow at Iron Gate pursuant to biological opinions to comply with the Endangered Species Act, and therefore the Secretary should include a minimum flow for fish.

5. Lastly, the Secretary of Interior should ensure that more water from the Trinity River stay within the watershed so that increased water flows in the dry season to assist salmon migration in the Lower Klamath River.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and Occupy Everywhere (OE)

It's almost surreal. Massive grassroots movements have been sprouting up all over the U.S., even internationally, and the people's collective voice is being heard. It's about the 99%, not just the top 1% the capitalist system serves. People are pissed, and finally it seems the proletariat's are rising up against the bourgeoisie.

The movement has grown, starting in Wall Street, the center of the capitalist state, but they have spread far and wide. However, the police state continues to attack peaceful, nonviolent protesters. This link,

will bring you to the story of Scott Olsen, a 24 year old Iraq war vet who was shot by police in Oakland and brought to the hospital with a fractured skull. He was protesting peacefully.

Ultimately this link,

will get you up to speed on what's been happening, where/why, and how you can get involved. An economic system designed for the top 1% to thrive while it feeds off of the bottom 99% supporting everything else is completely unsustainable. It always has been and always will be. But to those with the wealth and power, who have benefited from the system for so long, why would they want to equalize and relinquish power? There are no safeguards from an environmental or social perspective when such a overarching system is in place to serve so little that wield such power. Read these links, learn, get educated, and whether you find yourself on the street tomorrow, or writing an opinion piece to your local paper later tonight, locate what moves you the most about this movement and act. There's a revolution brewing, and now more than ever, we need help from any and every direction!!!

In Solidarity,

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