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If you thought Occupy was dead, you are wrong! The Jubilee is working! They are retiring medical debt of the 99%!

November 24, 2012 in Education, Occupy, Take Action


As of this moment, the rolling jubilee has abolished over $8.475,241 of debt!  Go to the Rolling Jubilee counter and by the time you get there, even more debt will be removed.  The more people who don’t have debt, the better off we all are.  Donate a few dollars if you can afford to.  The American you help will be you and your family.

I just checked in to see how the Rolling Jubilee is going and its ticker is ticking along. (Strike Debt is a coalition of Occupy members.  They buy debt for pennies on the dollar [using money that you and I contribute], but instead of collecting from the debtors, they abolish the debt. They cannot buy specific individuals’ debt—instead, they help liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. The effort began on November 15 with The People’s Bailout, a variety show and telethon in NYC. All proceeds will go directly to buying people’s debt and cancelling it.

Many Americans are drowning in debt to Wall Street for the basic things things we need to live, like housing, education, and health care. Even those of us who do not have personal debt are affected by predatory lending. Our essential public services are cut because our cities and towns are held hostage by the same big banks that have been bailed out by our government in recent years.

Debt keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid. Strike Debt has built a movement to challenge this system while creating alternatives and supporting each other. Their goal is to build an economy where our debts are to our friends, families, and communities — and not to the 1%.

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    The Homeless have a new way to make money: as tour guides

    January 29, 2012 in Occupy

    Der Spiegal reports that the homeless have a new way of earning a living: As tour guides. Perhaps the leaders of the Occupy Movement can learn from their European cousins examples.

    “Wilding, who has strawberry blonde hair and alert eyes, earns money by selling the homeless magazine “Big Issue,” and with tours through the London Bridge area. It is a new type of walking tour, with the homeless explaining the city through their own eyes. Places that the tourists would normally just walk by take on new meaning. Every park bench and every bridge offers up a host of anecdotes. Even the delicacy paradise, the London Borough Market, which every good travel guide recommends, is shown in a new light.

    “This is where I used to sleep sometimes,” says Wilding as she points to a corner of the marketplace. “In the morning, the market traders would make me a cup of tea.” A few corners further on, in front of an Asian chain restaurant, she points to waves in the concrete on the floor. “They put them up to stop us sleeping there,” she says. And even the park benches in the Lucy Brown Gardens were retrofitted to keep the homeless away — by putting a third armrest in the center.”

    More at Der Spiegal

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      Invest in bio fuels lately? If so you also invested in a cycle of death.

      January 17, 2012 in Foreign Affairs, Occupy

      La Isla – A Cycle of Death (In English) from Tierra Unida on Vimeo.

      The video above focuses on the community of La Isla de Viudas (The Isle of Widows) outside of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, but it is a powerful introduction to a much larger global issue. Sadly, the stories shared are in no way isolated or limited to this area. Throughout the sugarcane industry in Central America child labor is rampant, widows from this disease far too common and young workers will likely not escape their fate, many will perish as their fathers have.

      None of the usual causes of CKD have been linked to this new form of the disease and no adequate treatment exists for those affected making it a death sentence. Worldwide cases of CKD often correspond with hypertension and diabetes; however, research concludes that no correlation between these traditional causes has been made in this context.

      Getting sick often means losing your job as companies attempt to distance themselves from responsibility by testing and then firing sick workers. With the need for labor still present workers enlist with subcontractors.  When they are finally too sick to work their sons illegally work in their place. Despite the legal age being 18 for this type of work, in Nicaragua boys as young as sixteen are now coming down with the disease, their hope for a better life dashed.

      This cycle of death ends futures and stymies any hope for meaningful development in the region.

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        Now it’s our turn to kick the neo-liberals out. Follow the lead of Argentina!

        January 17, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Occupy

        They all must go! ”Que se vayan todos”

        Francesca Florentini, in an article titled “Remembering the Social Movements that Reimagined Argentina 2001-2012″ tells us that if 2011 was an indicator, 2012 will be a year of further popular resistance to government austerity and a finance sector spun out of control.  According to Florentinin, “. .  the people of the woerld when faced with economic crisis and tired fixit schems are saying in near unison:  Now it’s our turn.”

        Though refreshingly new, these movements have a South America predecessor.  We can only hope that our outcome will be as happy as the one which the people of Argentina carved out for themselves.  In 2001 the people of Argentina put to end its nations destructive neoliberal policies (the same policies that are driving our nation into a ditch) and the forever changed their nation–for the better.

        And what has happened in the 10 years since the people had enough faith in themselves to wrest the control of their country from the 1%?  Ten years later the country is experiencing unparalleled economic growth.  It was the people with their unyielding protests during the 1990s and through the turn of the century that ultimately brought about the change.  The Unemployed, labor unions and the middle class took to the streets in the final months of 2011, uniting under the slogan “Que se vayan todos”  (They all must go.)

        As Florentini reports, “. . . It was a powerful indicator that the entire political system was broken, and that not just the president and the economic minister, but all of Congress had abandoned and sold out its people. In less than two weeks the country saw the popular ousting of five presidents. ”

        From a vacuum of political power and severe economic necessity, grew new political formations outside of traditional party politics. Hundreds of neighborhood assemblies came together to meet peoples’ most basic needs and create a space for local dialogue. Bartering clubs (with their own forms of currency) experimented in alternative economics, and workers of bankrupt businesses began to occupy and run enterprises on their own.

        Years of neoliberal policies had taken their toll on the Argentine people. Unemployment reached 17 percent in 1996 and infant mortality rate from 1995-97 was 20.4 (20.4 of 1000 infants would die before their first birthday). At the same time, the country had no social safety net or unemployment centers to help the poor subsist and find work.

        Mounted police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition into crowds, wounding hundreds and killing thirty. But the repression merely fanned the flames of popular resistance, and both the economic minister Domingo Cavallo and president De La Rúa resigned within 48 hours, the later being helicoptered away from the Casa Rosada. After three more presidents attempted to bring order to the situation, Congress appointed Peronist Eduardo Duhalde to act as an interim president. But political legitimacy was lost.

        But it wasn’t simply what Argentines jumpstarted after the crisis but how they did it that was so groundbreaking. Guided by principles of autonomy, equal participation, and democracy, these new formations were an implicit rejection of the hierarchies of the traditional political parties and private businesses that had so deceived the people.

        Neighborhood assemblies referred to themselves as “autoconvocados” (self-convoked) and made decisions using a consensus model in which all had equal say and majority voting was often a last resource. There was also a renewed sense of solidarity between classes, as assemblies in middle-class neighborhoods directed many programs to the poor and unemployed.

        With little doubt these movements have left their mark on Argentina. Though they may not have achieved all they had hoped, they pushed the boundaries of political imagination and showed the creative capacity of ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

        READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

        There is much work left to do in Argentina.

        Read about the recuperated enterprises that have turned out to be one of the most enduring projects to emerge from the crisis. Rather than laying off workers, 77 percent of these cooperatively-owned businesses have taken workers on, paying more than other companies in similar industries.

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          Just before Midnight, Occupy Wall Street Activists Retake Zuccotti Park

          January 1, 2012 in Occupy

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            Rural America Stands with Occupy Wall Street– Food Democracy Now!

            December 27, 2011 in 2012 Elections, Occupy

            On December 4, 2011, farmers and activists from across the country joined the Occupy Wall Street Farmers March for “a celebration of community power to regain control over the most basic element to human well-being: food.”

            The Farmers March began at La Plaza Cultural Community Gardens where urban and rural farmers addressed an excited crowd about the growing problems in our industrial food system and the promise offered by solutions based in organic, sustainable and community based food and agricultural production. This was followed by a 3-mile march from the East Village to Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

            This is what happens when farmers join with their urban allies – Together we are Unstoppable! Please join the movement and spread the word!

            TOGETHER WE CAN KICK OUT WALL STREET SHYSTER GOVERNMENT OUT IN 2012. WE ARE THE MAJORITY–NOT THEM!

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              The unsolvable dilemma: Putting the Occupy genie back in the lamp

              December 18, 2011 in Occupy

              The Occupy movement is now a genie that cannot be put back in the lamp. The biggest mistake the 1% and their media did was to ignore it for the first full week while it was being born.

              The more the 1% try to repress Occupy, the more apparent the police state that they call a “democracy” becomes and thus the more outraged the American public as they awaken to the truth of the USA and its plutocratic Wall Street run government.

              “No government can exist for a single moment without the cooperation of the people, willing or forced, and if people withdraw their cooperation in every detail, the government will come to a standstill.”
              –Gandhi     Thanks to Occupy, the number of Americans who realize this continues to grow.

              And while Occupy has certainly gone through growing pains, and will continue to do so, the adversity faced has only forced the movement to adapt and refocus.

              After their first eviction, Occupy San Francisco decided to occupy sidewalks around the downtown financial district (the original strategy for Occupy Wall Street before 17 September, I should add.) Can’t have an encampment? Adapt and take public sidewalks.   Read Occupy 2.0:  Persisting in a Police State

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              Read the following description reported by Patrick Meghan, a writer for the sitcom “Family Guy”. It is what he witnessed first hand at a peaceful sit-in that took place in Los Angeles:

              “When the LAPD finally began arresting those of us interlocked around the symbolic tent, we were all ordered by the LAPD to unlink from each other (in order to facilitate the arrests). Each seated, nonviolent protester beside me who refused to cooperate by unlinking his arms had the following done to him: an LAPD officer would forcibly extend the protestor’s legs, grab his left foot, twist it all the way around and then stomp his boot on the insole, pinning the protestor’s left foot to the pavement, twisted backwards. Then the LAPD officer would grab the protestor’s right foot and twist it all the way the other direction until the non-violent protestor, in incredible agony, would shriek in pain and unlink from his neighbor. It was horrible to watch, and apparently designed to terrorize the rest of us.”

              The irony is that this police goon has been so brainwashed that he is a willing patsy for  the 1% who would do the same thing to him if he were to get in their way.

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                Update on Occupy West Coast today in progress

                December 12, 2011 in Occupy

                Watch on live video in left column of If LizWere Queen website.

                The people are striking back against the economic apparatus of the 1%

                Portland is shut down and Long Beach Longshoreman did not show up for work today.

                The West Coast Occupy vow to extend the blockage if there is police violence today.

                Police in San Diego have just given protesters 5 minutes to disperse.  Veterans are now moving up  to the front of the group to protect the protesters.

                The whole world is watching.  It has been over 15 minutes now since police ordered dispersal and they haven’t made a move yet.

                Occupy have just erected a tent.

                The police are arming right now with less than lethal weapons.  The Occupy groups are moving close to the police because the police cannot use less than lethal  weapons with a range because they can kill people.  the police are now advancing.  Police have now warned that they will use Impact weapons, chemical agents and dog bites to disperse the crowd.

                One of the protesters talks to the police saying shame on you.  You are wearing the same Wall Street Uniforms that are supplied to the Egyptian police to brutalize their people.  You are wearing the same Wall Street Uniforms the police in Bahrain used to brutalize their people.  SHAME ON YOU. You are supposed to protect us.

                Now it appears the police have herded the protesters back to the parking  lot and now the police are leaving.

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                  12.12.11 Occupy strikes back

                  December 5, 2011 in Occupy

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                    The story of an Occupy Group in Brazil who are being murdered

                    December 5, 2011 in Occupy

                    They may not call themselves #Occupy. They certainly don’t use Facebook or the Internet to tell their story firsthand but the small band of the Guarani Kaiowa tribe are occupying a space that belongs to them and they are fighting fiercely and bravely against the 1% who have stolen from them.

                    Now hit men hired by wealthy Brazilian landowners brandish hit lists naming indigenous leaders.

                    Survival International reports that gunmen in Brazil are brazenly intimidating indigenous communities with a hit list of prominent leaders, following the high profile murder of Nísio Gomes last month.

                    Reportedly employed by powerful landowners in Mato Grosso do Sul state, the gunmen are creating a climate of fear to prevent Guarani Indians from returning to their ancestral land.

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                    HERE IS HOW NISIO GOMES WAS MURDERED A FEW WEEKS AGO IN NOVEMBER:

                    Nisio Gomes, a 59-year-old Indian chief and shaman of the Guarani Kaiowa tribe, was murdered by a group of heavily armed men in front of his community November 18, 2011.

                    Members of the community said that the gunmen ordered them to lie down on the ground. As Gomes’ son tried to intervene, Gomes was shot in his legs, arms, chest and head, reported FUNAI (National Indian Foundation).

                    The gunmen took the body of Gomes afterward. One child was shot with rubber bullets and three others were kidnapped by the gunmen. The 60-resident Guarani community, living in a camp in Brazil’s southern Mato Grosso do Sul state, had just returned this November after initially being evicted by ranchers.  A spokesperson from FUNAI said that the gunmen seemed to have been hired by ranchers who wanted to get the land from the Guarani.

                    “Everything indicates that ranchers, who want the land to raise cattle and plant sugarcane, hired the gunmen to get rid of Gomes, who was an outspoken defender of Indian rights,” added Renato Santana from the Indian Missionary Council, as quoted by The New York Times.

                    One percent of the population is said to control almost all cultivated land in Brazil and many indigenous people have been attacked over their ancestral lands, according to AFP.

                    “It seems like the ranchers won’t be happy until they’ve eradicated the Guarani. This level of sustained violence was commonplace in the past and it resulted in the extinction of thousands of tribes. It is utterly shameful that the Brazilian government allows it to continue today,” said Director Stephen Corry from Survival, an organization that fights for the rights of tribal people. Activists have said that the local police have not done anything to stop the violence against the indigenous community.

                    For now, the community members have sought refuge in the forest. However, this has not weakened their resolve to keep their ancestral lands. ”We’ll stay on the camp. We’ll all die here. We will not leave our ancestral land,” said one Guarani Indian, as quoted by the CIMI (Roman Catholic Indigenous Missionary Council).

                    Who will stand up for these people?  Certainly not the current crop of 1% representatives in Washington D.C.  Certainly not Barack Obama and the Wall Street sponsored Obama administration. He visited there earlier this year and brought along a bunch of Wall Street globalization supporters with him.  In several speeches he praised the government of Brazil.

                    Since that time we haven’t heard a peep from the White House regarding these crimes, nor the crimes of displacing the poor in the slums of Rio de Janeiro  so that the rich attending the Olympics games in 2014 and 2016 won’t have to look at the poor.  Apparently, if we are to judge by their silence, such actions are condoned by the Obama administration.

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