Updates from Occupied America

October 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm (Indigenous, Peoples' Assemblies) (, )

Occupy Wall Street Protests Head Into Third Week, Spread to More Cities:

Infoshop News (October 1, 2011) — The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City continue to grow after two weeks. They’ve braved bad weather and police brutality. A march this afternoon took thousands of protesters to the Brooklyn Bridge. Reports are coming in that the police are arresting people.

The Occupy movement has spread to other cities, including Chicago, Miami, Kansas City and Denver. The protests are now getting widespread media coverage.

Breaking News

  • New York: Protest enters third week
  • New York: Around 700 arrested this weekend.

More news

*As Wall Street protest enters 3rd week, movement gains steam nationwide
*Getting A Boost From Unions And Online Tools, Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global
*Occupy Seattle protests against corporate America
*Inside Occupy Wall Street: A Tour of Activist Encampment at the Heart of Growing Protest
*Wall St. protesters shut down Brooklyn Bridge
*Wall Street Protest Starting to Look Like Egypt
*Wall Street protests spread to other cities
*Economic protesters gather at Los Angeles City Hall
*Occupy Wall Street protests grow amid Radiohead rumour
*NYC: Wall Street protesters march on police
*‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protests Spread Across the Country

Local Occupy Events

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IWW Endorses Occupy Wall Street:

On behalf of our union, the General Executive Board of the Industrial Workers of the World sends our support and solidarity to the occupation of Wall Street, those determined to hold accountable our oppressors.

This occupation on Wall Street calls into question the very foundation in which the capitalist system is based, and its relentless desire to place profit over and above all else.

When 1% of the ruling class holds the wealth created by the other 99%, it is clear that the watchwords found in our union’s preamble, “the working class and the employing class have nothing in common”, ring true more than ever.?The IWW does not follow a business union model. We believe that the working class and the employing class have nothing in common and we don’t foster illusions to the contrary.

Throughout the world, from Egypt to Greece, from China to Madison, Wisconsin, working class people are starting to rise up. The IWW welcomes this. We see the occupation of Wall Street as another step – no matter how large or small – in this process.

Occupy Wall Street: Volunteers of America

The Occupy Wall Street happening has managed to make me feel both old and young at the same time.  Old, perhaps, because I am, and because I am not out there sleeping in the streets, staying up half the night, having fun, discussing politics and philosophy, drinking wine, and doing who knows what else.  Old, because I have grown cynical while these “kids” are still full of hope and power and passion and all that being young is.  It makes me feel young because despite it all I relate so well to it, the birth of something new without the machinations  of the old old and old new lefts.

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2 Comments

  1. Viola Wilkins said,

    Don’t be fooled by the complaints that the Occupy Wall Street movement hasn’t got a clear set of demands. Everybody in a position of power knows exactly what the people want. They simply don’t want to acknowledge it. Because, one issue at a time, the demands all boil down to one thing: we don’t want you running the world any more. You’re bad at it. Your motives are evil. The future you imagine is a vision of hell. – DG

    Twitter…
    @OCCUPYMELBOURNE
    #OCCUPYAUSTRALIA

    OCCUPY TOGETHER
    http://www.occupytogether.org/

    OCCUPY MELB FB PAGE
    http://www.facebook.com/occupymelb

    SYDNEY…
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Sydney/153514104742550?sk=wall

    BRISBANE…
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Brisbane/104200033022305?sk=info

    PERTH…
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/OccupyPerth/119982941440960?sk=info

    ADELAIDE…
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138387406259689

    ADBUSTERS
    http://www.adbusters.org/

    OCCUPY WALL STREET
    https://occupywallst.org/

    For more information, use social media, youtube, vimeo, the occupy together website, individual blogs!

    The mainstream media is ignoring what is going on, you won’t find any info let alone balanced info through mainstream sources, which are mostly controlled by vested interests who support corporate influence over representative democracy.

  2. Ross Wolfe said,

    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!

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