OCCUPY WALL STREET TOGETHER!

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!

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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24 Responses to OCCUPY WALL STREET TOGETHER!

  1. Darlene says:

    Great post, Jack. I wish I were young enough to take to the streets. There will be a protest in Tucson and I would so love to be there.

  2. That is a good post, and a very worthy subject. Michael Moore has been on the scene there this week, and told about it on MSNBC. Lawrence O’Donnell did a very strong condemnation of the incidents of unprovoked brutality by police supervisors (not rank-and-file cops). That helped generate enough pressure that the NYPD has changed its denial routine to saying it will investigate.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      S.W.,
      Those are positive developments indeed. F— the mainstream media! If everyone instead will visit and scour the websites I have posted, they will find an abundance of well-reported accounts.

  3. oso says:

    Jack, thank you – for this post, and for your decency and fighting spirit. God bless those young people, the MSM and the general public’s been trashing them as indifferent for years. Well they’re not are they!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thank you, Oso. I think the mainstream media have become a form of fantasy, or outright insanity. What they report is often fiction, and what they DON’T report would fill many many volumes.

    • Kudos to MSNC for reporting on Occupy Wall Street, and Keith Olbermann, too. I’ve seen interviews (different interviews on different programs) with the two young women who were treated to pepper spray by that fiendish bully cop supervisor. Both victims were as decent, poised and reasonable as could be. They were also sensible and very articulate. It was amazing, because they had reason to be angry and vent. I was very impressed by both of them.

  4. RezChica says:

    Very very nice. I depend on blogs, facebook, and twitter to see wth is even happening, can’t see it on the news.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      RezChica,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for making that very true comment. It’s getting pretty bad when we can’t even trust our news sources for a full and accurate account of what’s really happening, isn’t it?

  5. I don’t think I could say it any better than Oso, Jack. Thank you for consistent fight!

  6. Krell says:

    You’re the best Jack. People have had enough and I can’t think of a better way to get the message out than what we are doing. Thank you Jack.

  7. Joe hagstrom says:

    Unbelievable. Peaceful demonstrators protesting corruption are being arrested while the bankers that bundled crap loans as AAA securities, damn near driving our economy into depression are not only still free, but collecting huge salaries. these scum beat the system by not taking bounses anymore, but raises.

    I’m sending a donation to the address you provised Jack. This is absolute bullshit and the msm doesn’t even talk about it.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Excellent, Joe! I am so encouraged by the breadth and depth of this effort! I myself am planning on taking part in our own OCCUPY MINNESOTA protest next Friday in downtown Minneapolis at the Federal Reserve Bank. We in the middle class have HAD ENOUGH of this upper elite condescension and arrogance, and the more of us who take part in these peaceful demonstrations, the better! We’ll show the astroturfed Tea Party what a REAL protest movement is all about! And we’ll show the lethargic 1% that we in the 99% are no longer going to put up with their bullshit! This is the start of something very big and revolutionary.

  8. Tom Harper says:

    Great post. I hadn’t heard of Occupy Together until just this morning. I’ve got that site bookmarked. This movement is growing, and there’s nothing Wall Street and their “media” stooges can do about it.

  9. infidel753 says:

    I must admit to finding this movement a little baffling. What are its goals? I know what they’re against, but what specific things do they hope to accomplish, and how are these actions supposed to help accomplish those things?

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Infidel753,
      Thank you for your comment. This movement is still taking shape, and that is why a number of their goals appear undefined and unclear, as do their specific policy recommendations. But the fact that they are taking an activist stand AGAINST war and economic inequality is a good start. That is why I encourage supporting them and why I will do so. I am confident they will evolve into a very beneficial social, political, and economic force.

  10. Hello Jack,
    This is just history repeating with the current example of these street protest that ended badly for the Middle Class marchers.

    By the 1930’s the U.S. economy had plunged into the worst depression in U.S. history. The 1929 stock market crash which marked the beginning of the Great Depression ushered in a period of immiseration for virtually the entire working class. By 1932 it was estimated that 75 percent of the population was living in poverty, and fully one-third was unemployed. And in many places, Black unemployment rates were two, three, or even four times those of white workers.

    But the richest people in society felt no sympathy for the starving masses. They had spent the previous decade slashing wages and breaking unions, with widespread success. By 1929, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) had lost a million members.

    With the onset of depression, they banded together as a group to oppose every measure to grant government assistance to feed the hungry or help the homeless. Most employers flatly refused to bargain with any union, and used the economic crisis as an excuse to slash all wages across the board. But in so doing, they unleashed the greatest period of social upheaval that has ever taken place in the United States.

    When faced with working-class opposition, the ruling class responded with violence. Police repeatedly fired upon hunger marchers in the early 1930s. In 1932, for example, the Detroit police mowed down a hunger demonstration of several thousand, using machine guns. Four demonstrators were killed and more than 60 were injured. Yet afterward a city prosecutor said, “I say I wish they’d killed a few more of those damn rioters.”

    In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt granted workers the right to organize into unions in Section 7(a) of the National Recovery Act, and workers rushed to join unions. But everywhere the employers put up violent resistance. In 1934, when 400,000 East Coast textile workers went on strike to win union recognition, the bosses responded with a reign of terror, provoking one of the bitterest and bloodiest strikes in U.S. labor history.
    In the South, the ruling class unleashed a torrent of racism and anti-communism, while armed mobs attacked strikers. The Gastonia Daily Gazette ran “Communism in the South. Kill it!” as a front-page headline. Employers distributed anti-union leaflets that read, “Would you belong to a union which opposes White supremacy?”

    In Gastonia, North Carolina, National Guardsmen joined by armed strikebreakers, were ordered to “shoot to kill” unarmed strikers. Without warning came the first shots, followed by many others, and for a few minutes there was bedlam. Striker after striker fell to the ground, with the cries of wounded men sounding over the field and men and women running shrieking from the scene.

    In Burlington, North Carolina, soldiers bayoneted five picketers in a group of 400, all of whom were wearing “peaceful picket” badges.

    In the North, the battle was no less violent, when National Guard troops occupied mill towns all over New England. Rhode Island’s Democratic governor declared that “there is a communist uprising and not a textile strike in Rhode Island,” and called the legislature into special session to declare a state of insurrection and request federal troops.
    Although the strikers fought back heroically, they lost the strike. Thousands of strikers lost their jobs; others were forced to sign pledges to leave the union.

    So in conclusion, people marching in the streets to protest the over lopsided representation in government and economic rewards verses the middle class and even the starving poor, has always been at the cost of arrests and death to those “Who Have Not.” The well off or “Who Haves” need not worry too much on physical harm unless they see the GUILLOTINE being pulled out.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello Engineer of Knowledge.
      I thank you for the thorough summary on prior labor struggles. There is much truth in what you present here, but I would not draw the conclusion that grassroots support for this current effort is doomed to failure. Certainly there will be arrests and violence’ there always is whenever the ruling class deels threatened. The only difference between now and then is that it is not only labor unions raising hell this time. Today, it is regular people from all walks of life standing up in defiance of the status quo. It is proof positive that corporatism is self destructive and actually benefits nobody, save for a few wealthy stockholders and their corrupt boards of directors. There are parallels between this uprising and the recent Arab Spring, and also with Gandhi’s nonviolent efforts to win independence for India. We know that both of these efforts yielded positive change, and I expect this current effort to do the same.

      Incidentally, in a not too distant post I will present info on the 1934 Minneapolis, MN truckers’ strike, which did turn violent and caused injury and loss of life on both sides. Hopefully the current demonstrations will not end up the same way.

  11. Hello Jack,
    I too think the conclusion that grassroots support for this current effort is not doomed to fail. I too had the thought and comparison of this outbreak of dissatisfaction was much like Arab Spring. Many have been shot and harmed in Egypt, Libya, Syria, etc. It is going to be a tough and hard fight and unless the “Haves” stop the lopsided economic rewards and come more in line with the middle class, the revolt will become more extreme, i.e. “Guillotine.”

    We can only hope that the non-violence aspect stays intact because it will be hard to keep one’s sanity when they are being pepper sprayed by an over zealous authority figure.

    Needless to say I will be looking forward to your Trucker’s posting.

  12. Ross Wolfe says:

    One of the most glaring problems with the supporters of Occupy Wall Street and its copycat successors is that they suffer from a woefully inadequate understanding of the capitalist social formation — its dynamics, its (spatial) globality, its (temporal) modernity. They equate anti-capitalism with simple anti-Americanism, and ignore the international basis of the capitalist world economy. To some extent, they have even reified its spatial metonym in the NYSE on Wall Street. Capitalism is an inherently global phenomenon; it does not admit of localization to any single nation, city, or financial district.

    Moreover, many of the more moderate protestors hold on to the erroneous belief that capitalism can be “controlled” or “corrected” through Keynesian-administrative measures: steeper taxes on the rich, more bureaucratic regulation and oversight of business practices, broader government social programs (welfare, Social Security), and projects of rebuilding infrastructure to create jobs. Moderate “progressives” dream of a return to the Clinton boom years, or better yet, a Rooseveltian new “New Deal.” All this amounts to petty reformism, which only serves to perpetuate the global capitalist order rather than to overcome it. They fail to see the same thing that the libertarians in the Tea Party are blind to: laissez-faire economics is not essential to capitalism. State-interventionist capitalism is just as capitalist as free-market capitalism.

    Nevertheless, though Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy [insert location here] in general still contains many problematic aspects, it nevertheless presents an opportunity for the Left to engage with some of the nascent anti-capitalist sentiment taking shape there. So far it has been successful in enlisting the support of a number of leftish celebrities, prominent unions, and young activists, and has received a lot of media coverage. Hopefully, the demonstrations will lead to a general radicalization of the participants’ politics, and a commitment to the longer-term project of social emancipation.

    To this end, I have written up a rather pointed Marxist analysis of the OWS movement so far that you might find interesting:

    “Reflections on Occupy Wall Street: What It Represents, Its Prospects, and Its Deficiencies”

    THE LEFT IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE LEFT!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Ross,
      I thank you very much for stopping by and for taking the time to offer these observations here. There is much truth to what you allege: that most do not understand the full global nature of modern capitalism, as well as its dynamics, and that Keynesian efforts to regulate or modify or control it won’t result in nirvana, merely a slightly-improved capitalism (which is kind of an oxymoron in itself). A visit to your website, which I have done and urge others to do soo, too, reveals you to be a well-educated, insightful, and deep-thinking person. A reading of the piece you linked up here underscores that. Without going into a doctoral-length dissertation to answer what you have presented, for the sake of brevity, I will simply state that in many aspects I agree with you. I will remind you, though, that neither Rome, nor great, widespread social movements as this one is shaping up to be, were built in a day. If you compare this to Gandhi’s drive for Indian statehood, or the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s (and before and after as well), I think you’ll be able to better understand and appreciate that what we have seen this far regarding this movement has only been the tip of a huge iceberg of dissatisfaction. It, too, has many facets yet to reveal. In short, before you dismiss it altogether, I would urge you to see what actually develops and do whatever you can to help guide it along the parameters you woukd like to see be developed. We cannot allow ourselves to be duped into adopting the TV-sitcom mentality that everything will always be clearly defined and that soon all will be well with the world within a short, finite time, because we know this will be an ongoing struggle. Thanks again for stopping by, and stay tuned…

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