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99% Spring Action Training

We're at a crossroads as a country. In recent years, millions have lost their jobs, homes have been foreclosed, and an unconscionable number of children live in poverty. We have to stand up to the people who caused of all this and confront the rampant greed and deliberate manipulation of our democracy and our economy by a tiny minority in the 1%.

Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring.

In the span of just one week, from April 9-15, 100,000 people will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.

We'll gather for trainings in homes, community centers, places of worship, campuses, and public spaces nationwide to learn how to join together in the work of reclaiming our country through sustained non-violent action.

Will you rise with us and join a 99% Spring action training?

Click here to sign up for a 99% Spring action training in your area

From a Change to Win email:

Our nation's greatest steps forward have come when everyday people stood up and took courageous, visionary, morally compelling direct action--from the struggle to secure the vote for women, to the strikes that built power for workers and unions, to the civil rights movement. Now we need to create that kind of change again in America.  

We need an economy that works for all Americans, not just the ones at the top. It's time to create change so that the American economy starts working again for people who work for a living.  

This has a very good group of sponsers.  Many unions and other activist groups, including, among others, the Change to Win union federation, UAW, Jobs With Justice, UNITE-HERE, SEIU, Greenpeace, MoveOn, and National Domestic Workers Alliance.  It's real (or it can be if we make it real).  

The following organizations have called for a 99% Spring.

Jobs With Justice, United Auto Workers, National Peoples Action, National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn.org Civic Action, New Organizing Institute, Movement Strategy Center, The Other 98%, Service Employees International Union, Rebuild the Dream, UNITE-HERE, Greenpeace, Institute for Policy Studies, PICO National Network, New Bottom Line, United Steel Workers, Working Families Party, Communications Workers of America, United States Student Association, Rainforest Action Network, American Federation of Teachers, Leadership Center for the Common Good, UNITY, National Guestworker Alliance, 350.org, The Ruckus Society, Citizen Engagement Lab, smartMeme Strategy & Training Project, Right to the City Alliance, Pushback Network, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Progressive Democrats of America, Change to Win, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Campaign for America’s Future, Fuse Washington, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Citizen Action of New York, Engage, United Electrical Workers Union, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Alliance for a Just Society, The Partnership for Working Families, United Students Against Sweatshops, Presente.org

MoveOn.org Civic Action is hosting the online event registration process but is not responsible for the content or programming of the trainings or for the planning or organization of any specific actions. The 99% Spring is a collaborative effort between many organizations to train over 100,000 Americans in the basics of nonviolent direct action—not an electoral campaign.

Solidarity!  The 99% has to work together for real change in this rigged system.  

Originally posted to TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, In Support of Labor and Unions, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Dream Menders, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  Tip Jar (131+ / 0-)
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    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 01:50:44 PM PDT

  •  that's an impressive list (23+ / 0-)

    such demonstrations of the numbers of americans awake and energized has got to be scary to those who think they've got the public beguiled between the msm, the bad food, the various fears, their "pills", the vicarious sex, etc.

    we here on kos are only a small percentage, but the reality of the many who have little interest in politics but have had to downgrade their expectations and lives, that's the reality that makes them interested in activism, and we should be able to count on their support

  •  Rise up and what ? (2+ / 0-)
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    probusinessdem, rcnewton

    Rise up and whine ?  Or vote out Republicans.

    One of these two choices will matter.

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:28:29 PM PDT

    •  What an simplsitic and ignorant comment. (34+ / 0-)

      Electoral politics is not all there is, but you might note that these groups play a big role in electoral politics.

      I wonder if you would have told MLK Jr. that demonstrations were whining?  

      Politics is far more than voting every few years.  In fact, Occupy played a big role in changing the narrative and helping Obama, although helping Obama was not its purpose.

      Nothing in the 99% rise up precludes voting.  

      So stop insulting key allies, like me.

      I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

      by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:40:00 PM PDT

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      •  I don't speak for EarTo44, but I suspect that what (2+ / 0-)
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        the comment is asking is what does 99% Spring intend to do to elect better Democrats?  If that's not 99% Spring's intention, then why should Kossacks be at all interested?

      •  Gene Sharp said of Occupy (4+ / 0-)

        in an interview with aljazeera on Dec. 6, 2011, "I think they need to study how they can change the things they don't like." If you study elections, you'll find that single-issue voting has been highly effective. There is no Teddy Roosevelt to lead a campaign against plutocracy- his movement's legislation was eroded in Citizen's United and is expected to get a nail in the coffin in American Tradition, the Montana case refusing to follow CU. The amicus brief and argument coming up in the Supreme Court provide an opportunity for a national debate where plutocracy has few defenders. Money in politics also has few friends among voters, who could be organized online to vote against any candidates- on the example of the old Anti-Saloon League- not pledged to pass game-changing, comprehensive legislation getting money out of politics. The leading legal website proposing a legislative strategy is moneyouttapolitics.org.

        •  Strategic Nonviolent Action attacks the pillars of (6+ / 0-)

          support for tyranical power.

          It is much more comprehensive an approach than the snipet you quote from Sharp, though at least from that interview he does seem to have fallen into the MSM trap of believing that OWS will be useless and unhelpful without a very specific agenda.  http://www.aljazeera.com/...

          Many of us would argue that the agenda of restoring America (both its democracy and its economy) to the 99% out of the hands of the 1% is sufficient agenda and a message that will support all the plethora of specific agenda items long pursued but rarely achieved by the parties and organizations that most often criticize OWS.

          And the one thing OWS has done that is essential to a SNVA approach to change is to give tangible evidence that there is still power in the hands of the people (if they choose to use it.)

          How that power should be used (beyond the restoration of the Nation to the 99%) is a secondary question.  

          But without the basic change in the public's attitude that change is both necessary and within their power to achieve (not merely by electing someone who campaigns on change but by personally getting and staying involved to see that the committment to change is honored and achieved over what we know are huge obstacles of entrenched wealth and power) - without that preconditional change in perspective and conduct - none of the other wonderful agenda items can be achieved.  

          A good resource for the "study" suggested by Sharp is from someone he has worked with and mentored in the past:  

          On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: Thinking About the Fundamentalsby Robert Helvey (free pdf download of book)

          On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict delves into the question of how to build a strategy for nonviolent struggle. Covering a variety of topics--such as ways to identify a movement's objectives, preparing a strategic estimate for a nonviolent struggle, and operational planning considerations--this publication contains insights on the similarities between military and nonviolent strategy. It represents a major new contribution to this field of study. Additional topics covered in the book include psychological operations and propaganda, contaminants that may affect the efficiency of a nonviolent movement, and providing consultations and training for members of movements and organizations.

          Other resources are available here.

          Corporations: The Collective Bargaining Units for the 1%.

          by Into The Woods on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:50:23 PM PDT

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          •  The subject was elections. nt. (1+ / 0-)
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          •  It seems to me (2+ / 0-)
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            that a number of legal avenues should also be available to the 99%.  What about our anti-trust laws?  Clearly, industry level lobbying violates the collusion parameters.

            Certainly our Constitutional Rights have been severely eroded by the Patriot Act, a number of laws which invade our privacy, agencies that step outside their bounds, including municipal police forces.

            I'd like to see the people rising up, but there is no reason they can't be doing it with a bunch of subpoena's in hand.

            Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

            by Gustogirl on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:05:39 PM PDT

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    •  Rise up and inform... (16+ / 0-)

      and inspire others to rise up. Corporatists rule by dividing the rest of us/U.S so we need to "undivide."

    •  Let me help you out, son. (20+ / 0-)

      Many People only vote when/if they think it matters.

      The problem we have in this country is that too many folks don't think it matters. So they trudge off to work for 7.50/hr five days a week and do telemarketing for 8/hr on the weekends to try to scrape by. They don't vote.

      Sometimes they do vote but the vote for the asshole who waves a bible at them because he's "gotten values". What they don't know is that that bastard wants to
      Abolish the minimum wage.

      So no. The way you get people to vote is to meet them at their issues. Get them to get involved in issues that matter to them. So they can better discern how to vote and have a concrete motivation for doing so.

      Or have you not read a history book in your life?

    •  Rise up and whine... (0+ / 0-)

      probably about all the "sharps" laying around in the camps or whether people who aren't camping deserve the same rights as the campers in the 99% movement. That's what I saw the most in the OWS protests. And maybe whether or not to have goals completely un-unified goals espoused by each person present. That was the Seattle experience.

      I want to see the training materials that are going to be used. They're sure to be great...

      The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

      by probusinessdem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:20:17 PM PDT

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      •  Convincing the people of the futility of efforts (9+ / 0-)

        is a standard technique of the 1%.  

        It has worked well for years.  

        Why would we expect them to stop trying to convince us that all our efforts are futile and all our allies dishonorable or feckless?  

        Corporations: The Collective Bargaining Units for the 1%.

        by Into The Woods on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:54:15 PM PDT

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      •  You must have attended a different Occupy (5+ / 0-)
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        I live in Seattle and I appreciate your un-asked for concern, condescension, delusions and and demands for those things you haven't earned...

        I want to see the training materials that are going to be used. They're sure to be great...
        Fuck off, troll.

        "What have you done for me, lately?" ~ Lady Liberty

        by ozsea1 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:16:46 PM PDT

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        •  Let me link you to their website... (0+ / 1-)
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          joe wobblie

          Let's look at goals first:

          Occupy Seattle is currently in the process of working on both local proposals and collaborating with the national Occupy movement to create a clear and cohesive outline of the concerns, goals and solutions that are central to the movement.
          Yay! Clear and cohesive, coming soon! And then anyone with an account is asked to vote on goals. My personal favorite is this one:
          delete me
          Next, let's turn to the GA minutes. First off, nice running 300 pages of text. I get bored before I run into anything of value. Sounds like complaints of police brutality. Posing giving media the finger. Need for more water to extinguish your symbolic torches. Here are some of the most telling quotes:
          do we have quorum?
          was well-advertised, so if people had strong objections, should have come out tonight; if people are uncomfortable voting, maybe we should vote on voting before voting
          Yeah, let's vote on voting... to see if we have enough people to... vote. I wish I was there to laugh in that guy's face.
          Swan Eagle
          Has camped four nights: three last weekend, one this weekend.
          Trying to set up grandmothers' peace camp
          concerned about crack, methamphetamine, heroin, and violence that erupts nightly
          not safe here for children, not safe for many people
          last night, angry person came out with baseball bat; her daughter tried to break it up
          (rapidly left GA while yelling)
          facilitator: this comes up every GA; let's keep it on topic
          Yeah, you guys are going to change the world.... Just shut the fuck up, and let those of us not fucked up on crack, methamphetamine and heroin (and that aren't prone to violence) work on improving the world. You're giving progressive people an awful image. I personally resent it.

          The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

          by probusinessdem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 09:35:25 PM PDT

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          •  So occupy deals with the real world (2+ / 0-)
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            and the real world has dope and some hope. You, on the other hand just want it to go away. Why?

            You're giving progressive people an awful image. I personally resent it.
            If you are progressive, then I might want to be socialist cause you are stinking up the place something awful.

            Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

            by glitterscale on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 10:02:42 AM PDT

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            •  Your views are unrealistic (0+ / 0-)

              The segment of the population that is addicted to hard drugs and is violent will never have a significant voice in how things are run in a civil society. The 90% who do not engage in such activities will see to that. This is a democracy, and some factions (particularly the factions that are unproductive and/or impose costs on the rest of us) lose in that environment... which, of course, belies the whole concept of a lower 99% united. Some of those people at the bottom deserve the bottom as a consequence of their own choices. And some of us in the middle realize that.

              Also, read through the rest of those GA minutes. What percentage of the GA minutes would you say deal with devising strategy in changing status quo? I'd say 10%, with the other 90% being internal meta waste. Progressive people can do better than that.

              The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

              by probusinessdem on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 10:46:01 AM PDT

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              •  It is interesting that you have started (2+ / 0-)
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                joe wobblie, blueoasis

                with dKos 3/3/12, and yet I get the notion that you have studied us. You think you know the rest of us. You are SURE that you are smarter than the rest of us. And yet, something is missing.

                Yes the GA minutes will say just about anything. A lot of us have been to GAs and are either thrilled, chilled or plain bored with them, but they are a mechanism that Occupy uses. As a Bostonian man said, "it is pure direct democracy". We get stupider and sillier things said in congress and the Senate. Hell, you want stupid just watch the clown show over in GOP land.

                But none of what you say addresses any of the issues we are faced with today. Occupy may not have "demands", something that just drives the ptb bonkers, but they have ways of pointing out the injustices and breaks in the system.

                We have so much discussion that needs to be done about every aspect of our society. Because it will not stand very much longer as it is,   do we want bandaids, casts, braces, chemo? It feels to me you are arguing for a lobotomy by denying usj the right to think about all of it. But that is just my opinion. I would appreciate very much that if you are gonna be a neighbor here on dKos you try to remember that lording it over us isn't gonna win you hearts and minds. If you are gonna be one of us, BE one of us. Have some imagination along with your talking points.

                Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

                by glitterscale on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 05:10:38 PM PDT

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                •  This is about the 5th time I've had to address (0+ / 0-)

                  this, becaues length of time at DKos is considered greatly important to the arguments I write apparently...

                  I changed user names recently because my previous name can be used to identify me in RL. I've been on DKos since mid 2006. I came during the Kerry-Bush election cycle. And as such, I don't feel the need to conform to your group think.

                  I was relatively quiet when OWS first came about, but after witnessing six months of abject failure, I'm through with the pleasantries.

                  The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

                  by probusinessdem on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 05:55:04 PM PDT

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                •  Casting pearls before swine (3+ / 0-)
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                  My Dearest glitterscale, IMHO, you are waisting your precious acumen battling the obnoxious and incorrigible...

                  ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

                  by joe wobblie on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:07:43 PM PDT

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        •  Bravo, ozsea1! - Spot on! (1+ / 0-)
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          Once again, for good measure,  Fuck off, troll.
             "A lion does not bicker with dung beetles." - joe wobblie

          ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

          by joe wobblie on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 12:05:12 PM PDT

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      •  Your concern is noted. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:31:21 PM PDT

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        •  Back to sqare one. (0+ / 0-)

          I want the 99% to set up goals, and then figure out how to achieve them.  IN most cases those protecting the 1% and wall street, are Republicans.  ( In most cases)  
          What should happen, is we, me, I , and the 99% should focus on who is in office, who is protecting t he 1% Who is protecting wall street, who is protecting blue cross, who can be voted out, and who should be voted in.

          After hanging out for 4 or 5 weekends (  I have a job) I can only say, my opinion was I saw a ship without any direction, or specific goals, or ways to achieve those goals.

          What I truly feel is those who don't want the 99% to turn into a force are those cheer leading "We don't belong to any party"  "WE are just here to make some noise and bring attention"  

          I don't feel that is the best use of this.  I feel we should start to gather information, and start to pick and choose who we want to vote out, and who would best replace those.  It's not difficult.

          So.  I am sticking with my original question.
          Rise up and what ?
          Whine?
          or
          Vote ?

          " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

          by EarTo44 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:54:23 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah you don't want people (1+ / 0-)
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        to be awake aware and really awed by their own power. That might really upset the corporate applecart.

        Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

        by glitterscale on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:57:17 AM PDT

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      •  Training materials (1+ / 0-)
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        I want to see the training materials that are going to be used. They're sure to be great...
        - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - probusinessdem
        What do you think of training materials along these lines?

        -

        "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

        by Sean X on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 11:36:48 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah, those are pretty good. (1+ / 0-)
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          Unfortunately, OWS has shown resistance to many of the key approaches outlined in these materials.

          Specifically:
           - Steps Toward Making a Campaign
           - Consensus Decision Making

          The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

          by probusinessdem on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 03:38:40 PM PDT

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          •  A recent diary, (0+ / 0-)

            "How to Survive a Plague": As ACT UP Turns 25, New Film Chronicles History of AIDS Activism in U.S.

            had only a few people briefly comment and got only seven recommendations. Meanwhile, I saw hundreds screaming in outrage in endless diaries over racism and the horrible murder of a child.

            Quickly copying some snippets that caught my eye when I read it:

            story of people organizing, marching, lobbying

            really a story about strategy and about activism

            on the development of Act Up, how and why the different tactics were used, and on whom.

            establishes a paradigm for activism. And I thought the title kind of stretched its arms around larger issues or more issues than just AIDS activism.

            —how we attacked AIDS, not how AIDS attacked us, and what it takes to do that and what it takes to come up with just the desire or the thought that you could do that, and then how to refine your techniques along the way to actually make a difference.

            I had hoped to see some discussion of those ideas and the topic of organizing for change below the diary.

            I'm past (what used to be considered) retirement age, with some understanding of the world, but awed by the powerlessness I have to change the trajectory of the "things" which seem important, whether they be internet discussions, the drift of a community, or national and international issues.

            What comes to mind is a piece by Chris Hedges... I thought I was remembering a single sentence in it that I would quote here, but as I re-read and search for it, that doesn't seem to be working, so I'll quote the final paragraphs:

               
            ... The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of its immortality. It can never be conquered. The more stupid, the more senseless, the more helpless it may seem, the vaster it is. Evil is impotent before it. The prophets, religious leaders, reformers, social and political leaders are impotent before it. This dumb, blind love is man’s meaning. Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness. But if what is human in human beings has not been destroyed even now, then evil will never conquer.
            To survive as a human being is possible only through love. And, when Thanatos is ascendant, the instinct must be to reach out to those we love, to see in them all the divinity, pity and pathos of the human. And to recognize love in the lives of others, even those with whom we are in conflict—love that is like our own. It does not mean we will avoid suffering or death. It does not mean that we as distinct individuals will survive. But love, in its mystery, has its own power. It alone gives us meaning that endures. It alone allows us to embrace and cherish life. Love has the power both to resist in our nature what we know we must resist and to affirm what we know we must affirm.
            It seems that is the torch best employed to light the path as we strive to organize and change our environment.

            -

            "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

            by Sean X on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:18:56 PM PDT

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  •  Rec this up, all those who support #OCCUPY (22+ / 0-)

    it is the next step for everyone who is determined to yank the reins of power away from the 1% and turn our nation back into a functioning Democracy.

    * * *
    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
    -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.
    * * *
    "A Better World is Possible"
    -- #Occupy

    by Angie in WA State on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:29:30 PM PDT

  •  the more the merrier (16+ / 0-)

    once protests get big enough, the usual methods of shutting them down don't work.

    additionally, if we win big in november, we will need to have an organized and motivated mass movement to make sure dems don't just screw us again and claim their platform promises aren't politically feasible. we need to make sure that we're ready to make them uncomfortable from inauguration day, and keep the pressure on until they deliver.

    •  Exactly right on both points. (8+ / 0-)

      I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

      by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:49:38 PM PDT

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    •  we need to hire... (2+ / 0-)
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      mdmslle, oceanview

      lobbyists and write legislation and buy off staffers so we can get their bosses to introduce and pass our legislation. the game is what it is. We have to learn how to play.

      The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

      by jbou on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:55:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Or change the game (8+ / 0-)

        through massive direct action AND massive electoral action (voting in better Dems)

        I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

        by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:02:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  our advantages aren't in money (5+ / 0-)
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        so we'd be better off applying the advantages we do have - numbers, votes, real world expertise, closer personal ties to actual voters, nothing to lose relative to the plutocrats - to motivate the pols, through mass action, strikes, creative protest, organized voter blocs, primary challenges, etc.

        and yeah, we can occasionally pool our money and make a difference, but generally it's not where our strength lies. moving the terms of interaction to our strengths makes us more effective.

        •  you have to ask is that effective? (1+ / 0-)
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          In today's world gathering the masses and focusing them on getting legislation into law is damn near impossible unless you have a seat at the table, and we don't have a seat at the table.

          So called Democratic Liberals laughed at Kucinich and now he's gone. So called Democratic liberals laughed at Feingold and now he's gone. We don't have fighters in DC willing to have our backs if we hit the streets and change some minds. It isn't like politicians are afraid of protest. Protesters have been marginalized and the media lacks any depth so we don't get coverage enough to make a difference on public opinion when we protest.

          I am convinced that the only way to make some legislative change is to get people to give money and work the system the way all the others do.

          I want to put my theory into practice. I want to take something a decent portion of us agree upon and write some legislation about it, hire a really good lobbying firm, hire some pr people and go to work getting the legislation into law and see if it can be done.

          We have seen over the last 20 years that protesting is futile. It is time to try something else.  

          The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

          by jbou on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:22:09 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  the way people protested in past decades is futile (4+ / 0-)
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            but that is not the same thing as saying that all protest, and all direct action, are futile. it just means we need to try different methods.

            our strength is in our numbers. there are many ways to leverage that, and we should be working on exploring as many different ones as possible. paying lobbyists is how the left approached things for the past several decades as well, and it got us well-paid DC-based interest group orgs but fuckall in terms of progress.

            creativity is called for. let's explore all options.

      •  Let's (1+ / 0-)
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        become their staffers and them.

  •  Zzzzzzzzzz (4+ / 0-)

    Spring sprung weeks ago and still no uprising.

    Maybe this means there really won't be one.

    Frank Luntz: "Occupy is having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”

    by DeanObama on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:50:06 PM PDT

    •  I think you miss the point or (12+ / 0-)

      did you only read the title?

      I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

      by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:55:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I saw a lot of boilerplate ... (3+ / 0-)
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        ... about how Occupy will do this and will do that. However, six weeks of warm weather (aka spring) have passed, and still no actual action.

        If that changes, then good ... but my confidence is not assured.

        Spring has sprung and Occupy is not to be found. The predictions have proved false. Game over.

        by DeanObama on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:17:06 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  This is not Occupy. (8+ / 0-)

          This is inspired by Occupy and Madison Wisconsin.  There may well be overlap, with Occupy people also choosing to be involved in this, but this is not Occupy per se.  There are common aims to some degree between the movements.

          Rising up means building a movement.  Some in Occupy (or some here) appeared to expect revolution soon.  That seems uinlikely.  But movements for change can and do happen and they can have an impact.  Hopefully this will do so.  

          I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

          by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:22:13 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Occupy has aims? (2+ / 3-)
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            Hidden by:
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            I mean, other than to occupy bridges and fuck up traffic for the 99%?

            OWS lost. They had a window when people were listening to them. They revealed themselves as people who are not just unable to set out strategic objectives and goals, but unable to even see the need for them. That's what people saw.

            Good luck with the rebranding. I hope you identify objectives first...

            The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

            by probusinessdem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:27:22 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  please go back to the republican (6+ / 0-)

              Party.  Your fear of real Democrats and working people is apparent.  You can kiss the asses of the 1% all you want, but all you'll get is a brown nose.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

              I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

              by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:49:56 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I've never been in the Republican Party... (2+ / 0-)
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                So at the very least, your comment should read "Please go to the Republican Party."

                But aside from that, I would like to remind you that criticism of OWS is not the same thing as criticizing progressive ideals. If you want to talk about my fear, my fear is that this ineffective multi-headed going-nowhere OWS beast will become the poster boy for liberal people everywhere. What OWS needs to recognized is that shit doesn't just happen. It has to be strategically planned. OWS skips over the phases of consensus building, setting strategic goals, and building action plans to achieve those objectives. If OWS is the leading liberal voice, you can expect zero progress (but you will get a lot of yelling, so... yay!).

                The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

                by probusinessdem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:06:43 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  I can't be sure if... (1+ / 0-)
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                  you are blindly displaying your ability to do that which you accuse others of

                  ...skips over the phases of consensus building, setting strategic goals, and building action plans to achieve those objectives. If OWS is the leading liberal voice, you can expect zero progress (but you will get a lot of yelling,...
                  or if your strategic goal is to disrupt OWS or diarys supporting it, and you are carrying out your action plan with your talking points to achieve those objectives.

                  It seems like you are yelling at people here, and yet you say it is an ineffective approach. Makes the reader think you are here just to fuck things up.

                  "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

                  by Sean X on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 11:16:47 AM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

            •  Occupy Lost? What a huge 'tell' (3+ / 0-)
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              TomP, ozsea1, elwior

              It changed the story line.  It gave people something to be excited and energized about.  It gave the public evidence that a grassroots movement outside of a political party could be organized to gain attention and focus the public view on issues that were otherwise being widely ignored.  

              It redirected the discussion to focus the public on the dispqarity in wealth and power between the 1% and the 99%.  

              If the branding and framing of the OWS is what you define as a loss, I'm hoping we keep losing for a long, long time.

              On the other hand, my guess is that comment is more wishful thinking than objective observation.  

              Corporations: The Collective Bargaining Units for the 1%.

              by Into The Woods on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:00:31 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Yeah... we should all be soooo greatful for (0+ / 0-)

                OWS's huge success in "changing the story line." How did that changed story line translate into jobs? less income inequality? higher wages? improving the lives of real people? Oh, it didn't? Yeah. That's why I don't give a shit.

                Also, you drained what little excitement existed in this tantrum, making it harder to energize people in the future. You've cried yourselves out, and the banks are putting you to bed. You lost.

                And you don't even realize it.

                The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

                by probusinessdem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 09:40:29 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

            •  Trolling (4+ / 0-)
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              I mean, other than to occupy bridges and fuck up traffic for the 99%?
              I was patient; now you're just spouting rigthwing squawking points...

              "What have you done for me, lately?" ~ Lady Liberty

              by ozsea1 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:19:40 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  No, I'm speaking about trying to get from (0+ / 0-)

                downtown Seattle to UW for school (so I can be a productive member of society) when OWS protestors are blocking my (as a taxpayer) fucking bridge.

                You're pissing off the top 85% with that shit.

                The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

                by probusinessdem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 09:42:51 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

            •  Sigh. (1+ / 0-)
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              probusinessdem

              Occupy did change the national conversation in late 2011, and it has disempowered the GOP to some extent. It did energize the left and provided some training to the next generation of activists. It also got the big banks to roll back their ATM fees scheme.

              However, occupy was crippled by Mayor Bloomberg when he cleared out Z-park on Nov 5. Also, I think the California pepper-spraying incident finally taught the police to realize that violating occupiers' civil rights only encouraged more demonstrations.

              Occupy does not influence the naional dialogue anymore. Unless it or its succesors can do something as bold as what they started on Sept 17, they will become nothing more than a game-show trivia question.

              Spring has sprung and Occupy is not to be found. The predictions have proved false. Game over.

              by DeanObama on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:22:29 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  it'ssucessors? (2+ / 0-)
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                blueoasis, elwior

                So no movements at all? That is a silly position.  Many people have been fighting the great class stratification for years.  It is not going to stop until the gross disparities end.

                I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

                by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:27:58 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

            •  There's a rule here against dickishness in someone (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              TomP, labwitchy

              else's diary.
                 You are a guest, and you need to be a WHOLE lot more courteous than reflected in this comment.

              "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

              by elwior on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:16:48 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  probusinessdem - here is some advice (3+ / 0-)
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              TomP, chipmo, labwitchy

              You have been registered here less than a month. Conservative Democrats are allowed here although the site is progressive. However, if you push your conservative views in people's noses you will likely be tossed. Be respectful and thoughtful in your comments, understanding that the audience will not share most of your views.

              "let's talk about that"

              by VClib on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:41:46 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

  •  I saw this a couple days ago. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm (secretly) glad to see it. I want to see more organization around the movement than OWS is going to have (it seems). I know it sounds fucked up, but i agree wholeheartedly with the president: this really is a do or die moment for the working class in this country. If we don't win, we more than lose - we're lost. The 1% have virtually everything they need to return us to the guilded age. This movement needs direction, goals, purpose, organization and a plurality. And resources to move the thing along and reach typically apolitical people.

    I'm going to look into it. I doubt I'll have time to train but I'm glad to see this happening.

  •  Awesome!! I've been waiting to hear (7+ / 0-)

    that the OWS movement was back this spring and here you are Tom to give me the good news!

    Now, I just wish I were young again, or young enough, and healthy, and able to join this movement. I wish we'd gone this way in the late 60's--that was when I had energy!

    Now I will happily cheer you all on! With great thanks to you for taking on this fight of the most basic problem we face. For without change, without removing the plutocracy, things will never change, global warming will continue to disastrous consequences, and you all will be in a world of hurt and pain.

    So get going, all able-bodied people sign up! Now!

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:15:36 PM PDT

  •  Hope so since evil rich are winning nt (3+ / 0-)
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    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:16:52 PM PDT

  •  Well, I hope so. But I am not so sure about the (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TomP, Words In Action, elwior

    camping out part. Protests are effective only when someone is inconvenienced. And camping out in public parks doesn't do that very well. IMO, of course.

    I think we are entering, perhaps have entered, the first phase of a long drawn out struggle and there is no guarantee the good guys (us) will prevail. We're so divided, after all. The Trayvon Martin story is a perfect example of this. Again, IMO.

    I found this article by Paul Craig Roberts, http://www.counterpunch.org/....

    I think he has it right. The American Empire, as empires normally do, steal resources. Only our Empire is stealing from its own citizens. We are the mark.

  •  I've been hearing that Occupy will start (4+ / 0-)

    again in Spring. Well, it's spring. And quite a warm one. Where are they? This is an interesting event though, could be quite useful.

  •  Transforming Into A Potent, Powerful, Permanent (3+ / 0-)
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    Force to be reckoned with.

    I like where this is headed.

    This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: [http://www.myspace.com/beetwasher]

    by Beetwasher on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:46:34 PM PDT

  •  On May 1st there will be a lot of action (7+ / 0-)

    M1GS

    The General Strike will be the rebirth of the OWS movement.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:54:53 PM PDT

  •  What is the agenda? (1+ / 0-)
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    rcnewton

    Is there a list of demands we can look at?

    I'd participate, but my local Occupy turned into a movement dedicated to street fights with police, and that is it. Most of the more mainstream folks quit participating.

    What will Occupy Spring be working FOR?

    After I see the list, I will consider re-engaging.

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:00:15 PM PDT

    •  All I know is what I (5+ / 0-)

      have in this diary.  Take care.  

      This is not Occupy Spring.  It is a movement of unions and other activist groups to train people.  It is "inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the Madison Wisconsin movement against Walker.  

      It is highly unlikley that this movement will turn into street fights with police.

      There may be overlap between folks who supported Occupy and other folks.    

      I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

      by TomP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:03:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Shut up. (1+ / 0-)
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      greendem

      You aren't helping.

      Stop with the list of demands, and what could be accomplished, and how to achieve these goals, and who to vote out of office.  Stop it.  Stop it.. Stop it.

      We just wanna hang out and whine.

      " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

      by EarTo44 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 08:02:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Raises that now oft repeated question (0+ / 0-)

    when is an event an occupy event and when isn't it.

    The OWS should come up with guidelines for associating with people who are having events, benefits, etc. on behalf of occupy/the 99%, etc.  IMHO, it's actually the Occupy movement not to associate with suitable benefits and other kinds of events at this point.

    "A Republic, if you can keep it."

    by Publius2008 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:11:59 PM PDT

    •  it's actually harming the occupy movement (0+ / 0-)

      I meant.

      "A Republic, if you can keep it."

      by Publius2008 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:15:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Christ, you OWS people can't even decide when (0+ / 0-)

      events are yours or not?

      The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

      by probusinessdem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:42:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Undergoing a Persona Identity Crisis? nt (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        TomP, elwior, labwitchy

        Corporations: The Collective Bargaining Units for the 1%.

        by Into The Woods on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:07:23 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  You're a republican who (0+ / 0-)

        looking for a party that's not trashed.  STFU.

        The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

        by chipmo on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 10:56:46 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  No, I'm a life-long Democrat who has views (0+ / 0-)

          more in line with the 80% of Democrats who aren't socialist and understand a bit about how the world works. Look, the proof is in the pudding. It's been 6 months. What tangible difference have you made? I don't see any.

          Also, I can't find a poll about OWS approval/disapproval since November, but at that time, approval was 33% and disapproval was 45%. And the trends were negative. The public is against you, and you can't build a populist movement without, you know, being popular. The reason you're not popular is that you spent your first 6 months being ineffective at even defining your mission. OWS is a steaming pile of nothing, and everyone but OWS knows it.

          The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

          by probusinessdem on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 11:08:25 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  80% of Democrats (2+ / 0-)
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            don't understand how the world works.

            You are both sad and amusing.

            The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

            by chipmo on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 11:46:30 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Out of curiosity, what's your level of education? (0+ / 0-)

              Saying 80% of Democrats don't know how the world works is a pretty outlandish statement. That doesn't make it wrong, but typically people who make such claims fall into one of two camps - the highly educated or the delusional. I'm trying to figure out which you are.

              The whole point of society and what makes our species great is our capacity to mutually serve the needs of one another.

              by probusinessdem on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 03:50:36 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

  •  It only took (5+ / 0-)
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    ...a few thousand full-time, hardcore activists to prod the masses in the Vietnam-era protests. 100,000 guerrilla sages could raise a pretty righteous army of average Americans to storm the nation from shore to shore, kicking up the biggest fuss the USA has ever seen.

    It gives me a happy just thinking about it.

    The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

    by lotusmaglite on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:34:11 PM PDT

  •  I really hope they succeed (3+ / 0-)
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    I'll see if they have an event in my area at a time I can attend when not at work.

    Without a credible movement, we're not going to get any real change.  We'll just be stuck playing defense against constant nibbling at our last round of progress, the way we have pretty much my entire life.

  •  You, know, (3+ / 0-)
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    we might just win this time.

    I was pretty heavily involved in the movement in the 60s and 70s, to the point where I was under federal indictment and left the country.

    But, looking back, I realize that we were only talking to a privileged fringe of the 99%, primarily students, and that much of the core, the working class, sided against us and with the 1%.

    When I look at what has been happening since September, and at the alliances with all manner of community groups and organizations that my local Occupy has been putting together this winter, I see a real possiblity to do what Martin Luther King would have done had he not been gunned down for attempting it - unite the working class across racial and ethnic lines to fight for itself, and defeat the 1%

    We cannot win a war crime - Dancewater, July 27, 2008

    by unclejohn on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:58:21 PM PDT

  •  I wish OWS had a presidential candidate. (4+ / 0-)

    NOW SHOWING
    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:58:30 PM PDT

  •  Without a "Take Bankers' Money, Lose My Vote" (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ozsea1

    campaign, and one that ten million or so pledge to observe, what could possibly be done to change the power relations in DC?

    Maybe there is something, but vocalizing displeasure, even if done by 100 million people, isn't going to change the way things are actually done, imo.


    Today, if you exist... that's already suspicious.

    by Jim P on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:18:20 PM PDT

    •  But 100 million people vocalizing displeasure (5+ / 0-)
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      would provide a foundation on which more specific efforts could be based that could change the way things are done.

      Seed does nothing unless the ground is prepared.  

      Corporations: The Collective Bargaining Units for the 1%.

      by Into The Woods on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:09:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, it won't hurt. (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe we have to do something specific to disrupt business as usual. If 100M people complain, but the money still keeps flowing to the politicians, there could be cosmetic changes, rhetorical changes, but the same decisions in essence. And that would be a seed.

        But why not just go for the harvesting a garden?

        Force politicians to calculate if they want to win elections, or if they want Bankers' money. The exercise alone would tell us where their real values lie in any given case.

        Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive.


        Today, if you exist... that's already suspicious.

        by Jim P on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 10:15:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  if you live and breathe and work in this country, (5+ / 0-)

    you pay something back through taxes and your back-breaking work (usually) to this country. and that country should cover at a basic level your healthcare in return. instead of paying you back with worthless wars and oil subsidies and corrupt practice payoffs.

    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE RICH TO WANT SOMETHING BACK FOR YOUR TAX MONEY OTHER THAN WARS. search for "Go Back to Your Own Country. You're a Terrorist" - MORE U.S. GUN TERROR.

    by theChild on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:49:13 PM PDT

  •  Someday (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elwior

    we are going to learn that Occupy Wall Street wasn't as spontaneous a grass-roots movement as it might seem.

    This 99% Spring effort is the next step in a strategy, and keeps the class-warfare conversation alive in the months closer to the election.

    It's all too coincidental to believe it was mere coincidence.

    Now where is that multi-dimensional chess board?

    Kathleen Sebelius 2016

    by pvlb on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 06:57:55 PM PDT

  •  Stand Up For The 99%! (0+ / 0-)

    We must represent ourselves because the banksters and corrupt politicians certainly don't!

    No one else is going to speak for us!

    Solidarity Forever!

  •  "Rise like lions after slumber (0+ / 0-)

    In unvanquishable number,
    Shake your chains to Earth like dew,
    Which in sleep had fallen on you -
    YE ARE MANY - THEY ARE FEW!"

    Rise Like Lions

    "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

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