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I enjoy saying the Occupy movement has been around for centuries. They just keep reinventing themselves. Sometimes they are called the revolutionaries of change - other times they are called, The People.

This video was uploaded to YouTube just six months after Occupy began. Now heading into their third year, we can be thankful to the original Occupiers who set up residences in cities around the world. There is a better awareness of how one percent (1%) of the population is controlling the rest of us through greed and corruption. A change for the better is here, and more is forthcoming.

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Here is the YouTube link for those unable to view the above video. And here are some great screen shots.
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Special thanks: ABBA

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:46 PM PST.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal and Rebel Songwriters.

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  •  a "Million Mask March" sounds like an (1+ / 0-)
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    iffy proposition.  The potential for bad acters and false flags, let alone authoritarian hyper-vigilance and over-reaction is kinda frightening.

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:02:34 PM PST

  •  One of Occupy's founders, two years later: (16+ / 0-)
    Occupy Wall Street Founder David Graeber on the Movement's Future
    You don’t see us recovering from the financial crisis and the recession?

    When I talk to people who seem to know what they’re talking about—and this includes people in institutions like the Federal Reserve or the International Monetary Fund—everybody seems to think that nothing was actually fixed. They basically patched it up with Scotch tape, and in two to three years—probably two at this point—it’s all going to happen again.

    Were you disappointed that the Occupy Wall Street movement didn’t accomplish more?

    I’m personally convinced that if it were not for us, we might well have President Romney. When Romney was planning his campaign, being a Wall Street financier, a 1 Percenter, he thought that was a good thing. That whole 47 percent thing that hurt him so much was something the right wing came up with in response to our 99 percent.

    But in terms of changing the whole legislative political direction, I think that’s a lot to ask. We weren’t trying to push specific pieces of legislation. We were trying to create an environment where people could be heard. And I think we did that. We also tried to do something else, which was to create this culture of democracy in America, which really doesn’t have one. And that’s such a major task. The more fundamental the aims of a movement, the longer it’s going to take. We’re organizing in much more constrained and difficult circumstances these days, but it’s still going on. It’s just that people don’t report on it that much.

    Most people who warn about the potential of another economic crisis focus on how to prevent it. But you sound like you see it as an opportunity.

    Yeah. Well, you’ve got to make the best of a situation. It’s not going to be great. I mean, a lot of people are going to suffer. I wish they wouldn’t. But I don’t hear anybody coming up with particularly convincing reasons why it’s not going to happen.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:08:51 PM PST

    •  Oops, forgot link to quotes: (9+ / 0-)

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:09:47 PM PST

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    •  There are positive signs, but not from the (2+ / 0-)
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      perspective of the financiers. The only financial institutions gaining deposits are credit unions. The only financial institutiions increasing revolving credit outstanding are credit unions. The only entity increasing fixed rate consumer lending is the federal government, with student loans. Credit card rates are falling because people are refusing to use them as much as they did. There was a spike in the sale of foreclosed houses to new owners, but that has abated. The mortgage market is weak and housing starts are anemic. This should not be surprising since before the crash we had lots of homeless people and even more peopleless homes.
      The shadow economy keeps growing and is now estimated to be at $2 trillion annually. That's almost as large as the whole medico-industrial complex in 2004, when Howard Dean made health care an issue.
      Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Comp and soon the ACA are distributing dollars directly to users and producers of goods and services, outside of Congressional control.
      Congress has been rationing dollars.  They need to be prevented from doing that.

      •  The situation in Europe (6+ / 0-)

        Not so great.

        The student loan crisis, not so great, and some think it may be the next bubble to burst.  

        Banks too big to fail are still too big to fail.

        Reform? Not so great either.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:54:39 PM PST

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        •  The "problem" with our justice system is that it (0+ / 0-)

          is set up to respond AFTER an insult or crime has been committed. One-off events cannot be prevented. Also, malefactors can be forced to provide evidence against their own interest, but then that evidence can't be used to convict them of crime and exact punishment. This is one reason we permit/promote people setting up artificial bodies to engage in specific enterprise according to strict requirements that are established ahead of time. That's what, from a justice perspective, corporations are for. If they don't perform as specified, they are to be punished by being dissolved.
          Of course, that only works if the organizing criteria set by the authorizing bodies (state legislatures for most corporations) are sufficiently stringent and enforced to ensure compliance. Many corporations are chartered by states like Delaware and North Dakota because their standards are lax. One suspects that was also the rationale behind the relocation of Bank of America headquarters to North Carolina.
          Congress, which supervises the currency, which banks trade in, has some ability to determine how that currency is used. However, the Congress, in setting up the Federal Reserve aimed to create the illusion that it has no responsibility for the management of the currency, only the extent to which its use is taxed. What few regulations were in place seem to have been largely consistent with the Congressional interest in accommodating and currying their henchmen. Making sure that the public is/was well served was low on the list. So, when the banksters insisted that "regulation" was not serving them well, the laws were changed to accommodate them. And then they engineered another crash. Why? Because the bankruptcy of competitors in an opportunity for those left standing to pick up assets cheap, as Goldman Sachs people did from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. We are supposed to believe that $40 trillion simply disappeared. Either they disappeared into somebody's pocket or they didn't exist, as much as figments of the imagination can exist, in the first place.
          That the populace suffered because Congress refused to do justice by them and make them whole is another matter. IMHO, that's a consequence of the electorate having voted wrong in 2008 and now again in 2012. However, in the mean time, Some pieces of legislation have set up an new regime which aims to exact information about performance and procedure from financial enterprise (banks and insurance companies) in order to have a basis for mandating their compliance with public service standards aforehand. Repetitions can be prevented. Economic recessions are not part of a normal cycle. Economic recessions are engineered and warning systems can be set up to prevent melt-downs. Just because the damage is, for the most part, abstract, does not mean we shouldn't prevent it.
          Putting malefactors in jail satisfies the notion that punishing one person makes another behave. It doesn't work that way. Malefactors are malefactors because they are convinced they are able to outsmart everyone else. Some people being caught out merely represents a challenge to show they can "do better."

  •  I'm not going to lie - This video brought tears to (18+ / 0-)

    my eyes.

    I was in Raleigh, NC during the first few days of Occupy Raleigh, and it was one of the most exciting times of my life. I had never felt such unified solidarity. There was something very different and beautiful in the crisp October air. Activists, college students, veterans, women, men, children, union workers, elderly, professionals, homeless, yellow, black white, Liberals, Democrats, pro-choice, Conservatives, Republicans (they dwindled down a bit) - just a big beautiful mess of people from everywhere coming together to protest a world in need of change.

    I didn't sleep in the tents; I lived near by. But I'd be up with them all hours of the night talking about why we were gathering and waving to cars as they beeped driving by. People would bring beverages, pizza, snacks... and we were able to share the cause with the homeless. After months, we were dissuaded by city ordinances. We were not allowed to sit down or lay down. Arrests always seemed to be made when I was not there, else I'd have myself a nice little police record - and I'd be proud of it!

    I'm in another state temporarily, and many Occupy folks have put away their tents. The point was made. We got the attention. We brought awareness. And we're still trying to figure it all out, while moving forward.

    I'll never forget the sign,

    "Please excuse our chaos - we're rebooting the world."
    We are Occupy.

    "In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate." ~ Buddha

    by Leslie Salzillo on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:29:24 PM PST

    •  Lump in my throat, too (6+ / 0-)

      I will also never forget Una Spencer's diaries from the front lines of Occupy Boston.  Not only did she make you feel like you were there, she analyzed what was happening and gave us a tutorial in what the plus and minus aspects of "horizontal democracy" were.  I remember at the time commenting at one of her diaries and urging her to save all of her posts for a book.  Still hope that could happen.  Una?

      Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

      by jarbyus on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:12:54 PM PST

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  •  Leslie, just had a chance to watch the vid... (1+ / 0-)
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    Awesome, just awesome..all teared up.

    Thank you so much for this.

    Great way to kick start the day.

    Gonna use it every morning to beat back the blues!!!

    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 09:37:58 AM PST

    •  Oh JayRaye, your comment was a great way to (1+ / 0-)
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      kick off my day. I love the video as well. I'm surprised I've never seen it before!

      "In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate." ~ Buddha

      by Leslie Salzillo on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 11:45:06 AM PST

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