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The US news media currently ignores most events and protests associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Activists from across the nation will be gathering in Sacramento, California on July 31st, to prove that the campaign which started in New York City in 2011 is still an effective, inspired movement to promote social, economic and environmental justice.

Occupiers will be joining together to celebrate their long term mission to push for political change. They plan to network with other US and foreign activists, and they say they will continue to educate themselves on a wide range of issues affecting the United States and the world.

The Occupy movement has gone international, with active groups on every continent except Antarctica. From Paris to Melbourne, people are demonstrating against the status quo and calling for a more conscious and compassionate global culture.

Previous national conferences were held in St Louis and Philadelphia. This year many of the same themes will be explored, including the injustices caused by economic inequality, the prevalence of government/corporate corruption, the problem of student debt, new attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples, and the dangers of fossil fuels and their impact on global climate change.

These are only a few of the topics that will be discussed during Nat Gat 2014 (http://natgat2014.net http://interoccupy.net/...).

Workshops and forums will be held by activists from Move to Amend and Code Pink.
http://interoccupy.net/...
(http://movetoamend.org  http://codepink.org.)    

Other activities will include anti-racism training, and panel discussions on Native American sovereignty, labor issues, and immigrant/refugee rights.

Nat Gat 2014 organizers are planning workshops on the following topics:

1) A Homeless Bill of Rights; 2) Proposed Robin Hood Tax; 3) The National Fight Against Home Foreclosures; 4) Campaigns For Media Reform; 5) How To Do Video Livestreaming; and 7) Jesus As A Radical Economic Activist.

Participants also plan to present a film screening, create political street theater, and stage a musical memorial. They will also sponsor a spoken word/poetry event.

Nat Gat 2014 has its own Youtube channel. There will be an online component to the conference which will allow for interactivity with people following the proceedings on the world wide web.

On August 1st Occupy activists in Sacramento will participate in a protest rally against home foreclosures.

Most mainstream political consultants and media pundits in the US were critical the original Occupy Wall Street movement. They claimed that OWS had been rendered ineffective due to the activists' refusal to form an organized political party during national elections.  

Surprisingly, activists in Detroit have now put out a call for Occupy movement candidates to run for local political office. This group calls itself the After Party.

The After Party are also promoting the idea of holding local community forums to address many of the same issues that will be addressed at the Occupy National Gathering in Sacramento. (http://afterpartyusa.org).

Originally posted to Mark Taylor-Canfield on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 12:44 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  The movement will never die (6+ / 0-)

    Until inequality goes back to normal and until Citizens United is overturned by a constitutional amendment the fight will go on.  During the Occupy events of 2011 many people met for the first time and exchanged ideas and got to know each other.  We now know we have common ideals and we are not alone.

    Wish I could go to Sacramento.  I was there recently with 99 Rise and the March for Democracy.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action. UID: 9742

    by Shockwave on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 01:15:46 AM PDT

    •  Hear, hear (0+ / 0-)

      One quick comment: I don't think overturning Citizen's United should be the end of Occupy, because before that decision, money was still a problem, as well as social inequality, low wages, corruption in politics. These problems have been ongoing for ages.

      What is "normal" inequality? Inequality is never normal. That was the message implicit in the horizontal approach to organizing: occupy rejected the entire basis of inequality in its basic form of organizing.

      "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." - Michael Bakunin (Economic Left/Right: -10.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.79)

      by ZhenRen on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 09:54:48 AM PDT

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  •  The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund reminds... (7+ / 0-)

    ...us that the reality of the matter around the entire Occupy Wall Street movement had/has very little to do with any bogus claims of a "failed agenda" by those that participated in it, and that oppression of OWS was/is very much about the hundred(s) of millions of dollars our government spent surveilling and oppressing it (although most "critics" try not to remind us about those inconvenient truths, even here)...


    2011 Gov’t Report Confirmation: DHS, Banks Gathered Key Intel On OWS From Daily Kos,
    Other Sites

    bobswern
    Daily Kos
    Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 03:38 PM EDT

    If you’ve been following the myriad stories regarding our ever-increasing surveillance state and our government’s deliberate and massive suppression of virtually all forms of social activism and protest within our totalitarian “free” society, then you may have read, over the past 24 hours, about the latest breaking news – this time from The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund – concerning their publication of two documents obtained via their Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) demands of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), in this article: “New Documents Reveal: DHS spying on Peaceful Demonstrations and Activists.” (Kossacks joanneleon and joe shikspack provided links to this story, yesterday, in their posts HERE and HERE, respectively.)

    However, since these latest, just-uncovered DHS documents comprise more than 500 pages of details regarding countless, egregious actions by our government -- directly in conjunction with Wall Street, literally, at their side, as I noted in THIS post on December 30th: “Guardian, Smith, et al: ‘Banks deeply involved...in integrated, corporate-state OWS repression’" – I thought I’d draw the community’s attention to the top of page 99 (a big h/t to Pam Martens at her Wall Street On Parade blog) of the first of these two DHS documents obtained by the PCJF, this week.

    As you’re about to see, while numerous blogs and even a few MSM outlets pointed to Daily Kos as being at the forefront of the left blogosphere’s support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, when it first surfaced back in September 2011, as of the past 48 hours, we’re learning that it’s now officially confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security, Wall Street (itself), the FBI, and just about anyone else wearing a badge in our country looked to this community for the latest intelligence on the OWS movement, as well.

    Here’s a still image from top of page 99 of the DHS document (provided in its entirety, farther down, below) from THIS OCTOBER 4th, 2011 POST and MAP by Kossack Chris Bowers.

    DHS Report (Page 99 screen capture)
    And here’s the opening excerpt from the PCJF article…
    New Documents Reveal: DHS spying on Peaceful Demonstrations and Activists

    Monitoring Peaceful Demonstrations and Activists as a Matter of Policy
    Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
    April 2, 2013

    Government documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) through its FOIA records requests reveal that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency created after the September 11 attacks under the rubric of combating terrorism, conducts daily monitoring of peaceful, lawful protests as a matter of policy.

    Functioning as a secret political police force against people participating in lawful, peaceful free speech activity, the heavily redacted documents show that the DHS “Threat Management Division” directed Regional Intelligence Analysts to provide a “Daily Intelligence Briefing” that includes a category of reporting on “Peaceful Activist Demonstrations” along with “Domestic Terrorist Activity.” (p. 68)

    The PCJF has obtained thousands of pages of documents pursuant to its Freedom of Information Act demands and made them available for public viewing. The newly obtained  documents show coordination and intelligence monitoring by the DHS, the FBI, the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies of “Occupy-type” protests.

    The documents show the routine use of Fusion Centers for intelligence gathering on peaceful demonstrations as well as the use of DHS’ “Mega Centers” for collection of surveillance information on demonstrations…

    And, here are the complete DHS docs…

      FOIA Docs: DHS Spying on Peaceful Demonstrations and Activists 1 by LeakSourceNews

      FOIA Docs: DHS Spying on Peaceful Demonstrations and Activists 2 by LeakSourceNews

    Apparently, social activists peacefully expressing their former constitutional rights -- with Daily Kos being a blog at the forefront of peaceful social activism in the blogosphere, since the community regularly delivers the news of these types of efforts—are considered to be the enemies of the comprehensively corrupt and captured state.


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    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 03:41:36 AM PDT

    •  Spying on peaceful people is by far the (1+ / 0-)
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      safest thing to do. Also attacking innocents, the unwary, because they are less likely to fight back.

      True, it is all a waste of time and money. However, in the grand scheme of things, I prefer spying to building missiles and bombs. Even if they are put in storage, they are hazardous to life on earth. Spying is relatively benign.

      •  Yes, in this country, hollowing out the middle... (1+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis

        ...class and oppressing the impoverished is a very peaceful government undertaking these days. But, it's not an "either-or" situation. It's amazing how our government manages to walk and chew gum when it puts its status quo, hive mind to it.

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 09:35:57 AM PDT

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  •  OWS vs. the American Dream (2+ / 0-)
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    as human civilization advanced thro’ agriculture, the stone age, iron age, industrial revolution, atomic energy --  the cost of this tech advance was untold human suffering.

    when “western civilization” reached the new world, it’s organized violence followed.  what also followed was the revolutionary idea of “human rights.”  this idea has inspired countless millions to attempt to institutionalize justice.

    the “American Dream” means different things to different people.  to some it’s a  million dollar condo on 5th AVENUE, to many it’s a 5 bedroom house with a big green lawn in some suburb, or success as an investor or banker.  

    or as of recently, the comparative few of us whose “American Dream” is solar power and smaller families in a sustainable economy.  while that number is growing, it is aggressively countered by corporate interests for the sake of wealth.  the most effective countermeasure is the corporate mass media.  

    “Power is a function of organization.”  right now, same as throughout all time, human sociopaths have gained power by means of a hierarchy of support, either by coercion or brainwashing to which humans are very susceptible.   we are pack animals, and evolved to adhere to strict order, which first gave us dominion over other animals, and finally over nature itself.

    the first order of business of OCCUPY needs to be finding a way to challenge corporate media, to stop the brainwashing.  but without effective organization, OWS  will have a tough time empowering itself to become a collective force.  the open internet could be tool for creating the needed level of organization for achieving critical mass.

    the idea of “critical mass” plays here too, that in any aggregate of individuals, once a certain density is reached, a new set of options is opened up.  for human culture, i suspect one of these is to install a new “American Dream” based on institutionalized justice and a sustainable economy.

    •  Sounds like you're advising Occupy (1+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis

      to become just like the system it opposes:

      we are pack animals, and evolved to adhere to strict order, which first gave us dominion over other animals, and finally over nature itself.
      We don't really have dominion, we just arrogantly think we do. Nature will kill us in the end with global warming.

      Occupy's strength [was?] that it did not emulate the hierarchical social structure, but an egalitarian non-hierarchical organizational model that reflected its core values. Organizations must reflect their own aims and goals in how they operate day to day. If we must emulate those we oppose to succeed, then we've already lost the argument.

      "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." - Michael Bakunin (Economic Left/Right: -10.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.79)

      by ZhenRen on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 10:01:38 AM PDT

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  •  Cool! Thanks for the news! (3+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, Shockwave, blueoasis

    Interesting topics, too.

  •  Hurrah for Occupy! (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    Why am I just hearing about this now?  I know about the Restore the Delta Protest today and the Disclose act on the 6th but totally missed the occupy event where and when?

  •  Regarding this: (0+ / 0-)
    Most mainstream political consultants and media pundits in the US were critical the original Occupy Wall Street movement. They claimed that OWS had been rendered ineffective due to the activists' refusal to form an organized political party during national elections.  

    Surprisingly, activists in Detroit have now put out a call for Occupy movement candidates to run for local political office. This group calls itself the After Party.

    As a person who went the first Occupy meeting in Portland, and was involved from the outset, I won't support Occupy becoming part of the political apparatus of the state.

    Ignore the critics who keep complaining about Occupy's direct action vs political action. Staying out of the corrupt political game that fails by design was Occupy's strength, not its weakness.

    Occupy is a horizontal movement, while political action (electioneering) is vertical. Not exactly compatible, something I think most Portland Occupiers would understand.

    "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." - Michael Bakunin (Economic Left/Right: -10.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.79)

    by ZhenRen on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 09:37:12 AM PDT

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