50,000 from all over the world are marching on Chicago, 80 more are holed up in lower Manhattan, planning the final stages of their protest tomorrow, others are putting the finishing touches on a planned march and rally in Portland, Oregon. Occupy is not alone; Jobs with Justice, Oregon Fair Trade, and other organizations are planning rallies against government corruption, free trade income redistributing treaties and the massive redistribution of income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent that the corrupt federal government has engineered during the last thirty years.
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The Occupy Movement has been out of the news lately. Now it’s back. They’re planning a protest against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which critics say has undue influence on US lawmakers. There’s a reason it’s called the American Legislative Exchange Council. The council and or its members most likely exchange money for legislative favors, all under the table, of course. Wink. Wink. It’s that simple.
Are We Near the End of the Era of Crony Capitalism? The Government Policies That Redistribute Income from the 99 percent to the 1 percent
Posted in "John Hively", corruption, culture, Economics, Economics, recession, Federal Reserve, Politics, Recessions, the Rigged Game, Uncategorized, tagged Class war, Occupy Movement, Ravi Batra, Ronald Reagan, war against the middle class on Jpm1000000pmThu, 26 Jan 2012 12:11:14 +000012 10, 2010 | 1 Comment »
The war began with a savage legislative assault by President Ronald Reagan. Working people voted for him as he slaughtered their livelihoods, starved their schools, bankrupted their nation, laid the foundation for mass corruption and destroyed the retirement accounts of the elderly. Now the Occupy Movement has come to challenge Reagan’s legacy. How did we get here?
“Are We” A poem by Shawn Sorensen written about his visits to Occupy Portland and the Night the Evil Mayor Evicted the Main Encampment
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Occupy Movement, Occupy Portland, Occupy wall street, poem, Poetry, Protest, Shawn Sorensen, Woody Guthrie on Jpm1000000pmSat, 14 Jan 2012 21:13:27 +000012 10, 2010 | 1 Comment »
to occupy this park
below corpulent clouds, drum beats and falling
leaves eviction notice a cold night
for democracy thousands bundle and chatter
and wait for ghosts
in uniforms and riot gear
helicopter thunder she tells me
the movement needs large, wool blankets
needs warm tea
for shaky hands
this young woman said a baby came
drugs and alcohol passed away
old skin dissolved into new
and she has her cause
as young as she is not numb
for democracy, five senses
into parks living among drumbeats
and falling leaves, living as frost
starts into fingers
is the baby sleeping
are we moving somewhere
The sure-fire way to find occupations in small cities is to head for the center. After leaving Philadelphia on our Occupy America tour, we drove an hour north to Allentown. Pennsylvania’s third-largest city at 118,000 residents, Allentown has been weathered by years of deindustrialization in the steel, cement, and textile industries that once made it an economic powerhouse.
Where do the occupiers come from? According to the press, most of us seem to be drug addicts, petty criminals, the unemployed and young. Of course, according to the press, some of us are good people. Anyway, click the link below to see who they are. Many thanks to Shawn Sorensen for bring this to my attention.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Citizen's United, Constitution, First Amendment, Occupy Movement, Occupy wall street, supreme court on Jpm11000000pmSun, 27 Nov 2011 17:51:12 +000011 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
by Robert Reich
Sunday, November 27, 2011
A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum: It was hijacked.
According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech, and corporations are now people.
Yet when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances – clubbed, pepper-sprayed, thrown out of public parks and evicted from public spaces.
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision last year ended all limits on political spending. Now millions of dollars are being funneled to politicians without a trace.
The limits were eroding even before Citizens United. For years, large corporations have been flooding Washington with lobbyists who bundle individual contributions into a formidable war chest, bankrolling more and more lawmakers’ campaigns.
“We are the 99 percent” is a great slogan. It correctly defines the issue as being the middle class versus the elite (as opposed to the middle class versus the poor). And it also gets past the common but wrong establishment notion that rising inequality is mainly about the well educated doing better than the less educated; the big winners in this new Gilded Age have been a handful of very wealthy people, not college graduates in general. See the complete story below by clicking on the link.