By Jack Jodell, Sept. 29, 2011
I hereby join my brothers and sisters over at ROUNDTREE7 blog (http://www.roundtree7.com/) as well as like-minded individuals currently protesting corporate greed in New York City and all across the planet, in the call to OCCUPY WALL STREET TOGETHER!
Corporate America is quite literally destroying our country. It has corrupted our government and institutions. It is trying to disenfranchise much of the population it views as a threat, meaning students, minorities, the unemployed, and the elderly.
It uses the police to beat and pepper spray innocent, nonviolent demonstrators.It routinely ruins the environment, pollutes our air, lakes, rivers, and streams, has destroyed nearly the entire Gulf of Mexico with oil spills and very harmful chemicals, and has now turned our mainstream media into a misleading propaganda organ and purveyor of nonessential Hollywood gossip and rumor. It tries to bathe us constantly in ebtertainment so we will be uninformed and will simply always accepts what it wants us to accept. It does all of this because it is obsessed with profit, and will do whatever it can, regardless of any moral or ethical objection, to maximize that profit at all times. It has all but declared war on the nation’s poor, working, and middle classes with unfair tax structures and anti-labor overtures. It is pervasive and growing, and is therefore malignant by its very nature. IT MUST BE STOPPED!
With this new, ONGOING movement, we are fighting back! Through Facebook and Twitter, and in countless individual blogs as well, we are each uniting in our own way with those of like mind, each of whom believes corporations have too much power today, the rich should be taxed and pay their fair share, health care is a right for ALL, and not a mere privilege for those who can afford it, human needs and good jobs should come before corporate profit, the planet and its resources MUST be protected, money should be taken OUT of politics altogether, and we must end our very costly wars and bring our troops back home. New York City is currently being occupied with peaceful, nonviolent demonstrators and marchers, as are numerous cities around the world. For a complete, up to the minute listing of occupations currently begun and in progress worldwide, go to http://occupytogether.org/ for a complete rundown. For even more information, go to http://anonops.blogspot.com/ and to http://occupywallst.org/ as well. Scour each site for all the information you can, because this very real and very active movement is getting very little accurate mainstream media coverage.
Dr. Margaret Flowers, Ph.D, is a longtime physician activist who actively campaigns for universal free health care through a single-payer system. Join her, along with hundreds (and we hope THOUSANDS) of similar activists as they descend upon Washington, D.C. on OCTOBER 6th to protest not only corporate greed, but our continued reliance on aggressive warfare as a foreign policy option. For more details, please visit http://october2011.org/. You will be very glad you did.
A huge mass movement has suddenly sprung up everywhere. The protesters in New York are NOT wild-eyed eccentrics, kooks, or extremists. THEY ARE COMMON, EVERYDAY, ORDINARY PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU AND I. They have simply decided to take a stand against much of the greed and stupid policy decisions which have been plaguing the entire country and are threatening to destroy our prosperity. They are concerned, unemployed students saddled with huge amounts of student loan debt, displaced and worried workers, and good-hearted, well-intentioned citizens who are uneasy about how we are polluting and destroying our planet. They are even the elderly, concerned about proposed trims to Medicare and Social Security.
THEY ARE PART OF THE 99% OF US WHO ARE NOT WEALTHY BUSINESS OWNERS, OR BANKERS, OR ON THE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF MAJOR CORPORATIONS. THEY ARE US! The
OCCUPY WALL STREET marchers in New York are determined to stay indefinitely and effect change positively. They are in desperate need of warm socks, rain ponchos, plastic, nondisposable water bottles, and even baby diapers. Cash is also needed for those who can afford to send some (but please send money orders, or cash wrapped and disguised in cardboard or several layers of paper before sending it in an envelope to keep it from being stolen). These items can be delivered or mailed to:
THE UPS STORE,
RE: OCCUPY WALL STREET
118 A FULTON ST, #205,
NEW YORK, NY 10038
Please, people. Let’s do what we can to support these groundswell movements. They are of, for, and by YOU AND I. We are anonymous; we are legion; and we are growing daily. Do whatever you can to help us OCCUPY WALL STREET TOGETHER! This is a real effort, not some phony, falsely manufactured astroturf group like the Koch brothers and Dick Armey-financed Tea Party. Start a protest group to occupy YOUR city! Joining and helping the movement will help all of us, so do something starting TODAY!