Saturday, September 17, 2011

Call to join Saturday Wall Street Protest

Dear patriots, rabble-rousers, revolutionaries,

On Saturday thousands of us will occupy Wall Street. We will wave our signs, unfurl our banners, beat our drums, chant our slogans … and then we'll get down to business and hold several people's assemblies to decide what our "one demand" will be.
Shall we demand that President Obama reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act; outlaw flash trading; impose a 1% tax on all financial transactions?
These are good ideas but not very energizing.
How about we demand the revocation of corporate personhood?
Feels a bit too abstract. Many Americans don't fully grasp what's at stake with this one. And besides, even if he wants to, President Obama cannot deliver this immediately. In the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling, a reform project like this requires a constitutional amendment that would take a few years and a whole movement to achieve.
We could demand Obama set up an American Democracy Reform Commission tasked with ending the monied corruption in Washington? Or perhaps a Presidential Commission to rethink the American banking system?
Most Americans know that Washington is awash with corporate money and undue influence and would like to see democracy vibrant again. And most would also love to see the "too big to fail" banks broken up, downsized and made to serve the people, the economy and society again. A demand along those lines just might capture the public's imagination.
What if, try as we might, we just can't come up with only one demand? Well, then maybe we can decide together on an END THE MONIED CORRUPTION OF AMERICA MANIFESTO – a rousing compendium of our most urgent demands. And on the seventh day of our occupation we publicly deliver our manifesto to the White House and to the American media, letting Obama know that we won't leave Wall Street until he responds.
If thousands of us hang in there day after day, week after week, we may be able to create a spectacular revolutionary experience that fires up the public imagination and eventually maneuvers Obama into doing something that he has so far not had the guts to do: agree to a bold, decisive stroke against the financial corruption of America. Now that would get the American people behind us and cheering us on from coast to coast.
If we can achieve that, the sky will be the limit … further demands will follow and a new America will be born.
On Saturday, our Tahrir moment begins … strength, courage, nonviolence!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anonymous urges followers to occupy Wall Street on 17 September.Phil Muncaster, V3 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:28 CDT. //Online hacktivist collective Anonymous has lent its support to a global campaign to simultaneously occupy the major financial centres of London, New York, Madrid, Paris and other cities, on 17 Sept. in peaceful protest. Anonymous tweeted from its @anonops account with the hashtag 'OCCUPYWALLSTREET' and linked to a poster urging its followers to assemble at the financial heart of the US, with the caveat: "Bring Tent."
The S17 campaign was kick started by anti-consumerism organisation Adbusters, which claims that it is "surging ahead internationally". "Simultaneous occupations of financial districts are now being planned in New York City, Madrid, Milan, London, Paris and San Francisco. With a bit of luck, this list of participating cities will expand," Adbusters said in a blog post. "If we can pull together just the right mix of non-violence, tenacity and strategic smarts, S17 could be the beginning of the global revolution, we've all been dreaming about for so long ... wouldn't that be lovely." Anonymous also released a video urging its followers to join the peaceful protest, stating that "the abuse and corruption of corporations, banks and governments, ends here". The campaign is another example of the online group becoming increasingly involved in offline methods of protest, most recently evidenced by its support for a protest against the tactics of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transport (Bart) agency. As part of its continuing efforts Anonymous posted semi-naked pictures of a man claimed to be Bart spokesperson Linton Johnson, alongside his personal mobile number and email address. "If you are going to be a dick to the public, then I'm sure you dont mind showing your dick to the public.... Umad Bro? #Bartlulz," said the accompanying text.
#occupywallstreet .... #Sept17 #usdor