We are the 99% – Occupy Everywhere

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Dear friends,

It is time for us to wake up.  We are living through a monumental crisis, which translates as a rare moment of opportunity in the world. Western industrialized nations are being cannibalized by the financial monster we ourselves created. It is not enough to idly sit by and witness the fall of an empire when we, the people, are the collateral damage of economic collapse.

It is time to OCCUPY.

Let’s take inventory:

In the United States….

  • 14 million Americans are unemployed, and 24 million can’t find fulltime employment
  • 50 million can’t go to the doctor when they are sick because they can’t afford health insurance
  • 47 million are living in poverty and need government assistance to eat food
  • 15 million owe more on their house than it is worth
  • Fewer than half of families (47%) can afford to send their kids to college and, yet, 78% say they are willing to take out large loans to fund higher education, with nearly 40% of those federal loans in default after 15 years of repayment

How did we get here?

Noam Chomsky sums it up nicely:

“Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also ‘too big to jail’.”

We are the 99% 

We are old, young, middle-aged, black, brown, yellow, white, male, female, republican, democrat, libertarian, environmentalist, anarchist, independent, and all pissed the fuck off because we think that….

We, too, are too big to fail.

The good news is that it looks like something is about to break—the centre cannot hold—opening the space for a necessary transformation and a total rethink of global economic affairs.  But in order for change to happen, we all need to be present for it. There is no time for apathy. Get off Facebook. Turn off your televisions. Grab your family and your friends, go outside and OCCUPY.

Awareness fuels the action that will forge our new reality, and the action is OCCUPY.


This is a call to action:

On October 15th, in two days, there will be global demonstrations in 869 cities in 71 countries around the world participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement that started nearly a month ago in New York City.

Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless, grassroots series of peaceful demonstrations protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on democracy, and the absence of legal repercussions behind the recent global financial crisis.

One of the central objectives of the movement is for President Obama to ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence that big business and the wealthiest 1% of Americans has on U.S. laws and policies. The idea is that if we can restore democracy in America and a belief in People over Profit, we can fix the inequity and  injustice that plagues our country.

“The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.” –Noam Chomsky

Join the worldwide protest:

United For Global Change – World Wide Protest, Oct 15th, 2011

Occupy Peru – Sprinter Life’s protest effort. Friend us here – Click here

Occupy Together

Occupy Wall St.

Occupy Seattle

Occupy Philadelphia

Occupy Boston

Occupy Los Angeles

Occupy Chicago

Occupy Austin

Occupy Tokyo

Occupy Europe

Occupy Columbia

Occupy Denmark

Occupy Okupacja Ploska

Occupy Winnapeg

Occupy Baltimore

Occupy Arcata

Occupy Brazil

Occupy San Francisco

Occupy San Diego

Occupy Berlin

Occupy Kansas

Occupy Philippines

Occupy Oakland

Occupy Flagstaff

Occupy Mexico

Occupy San Antonio

Occupy Worcester

Occupy Portland

Occupy Portland 2

Occupy Miami

Occupy Fort Lauderdale

Occupy Florida

Occupy Eugene

Occupy Denver

Occupy Detroit

Occupy Delaware

Occupy Madison

Occupy Maui

Occupy Ashville

Occupy Atlanta 

Occupy Buffalo

Occupy Long Beach

Occupy California

Occupy Santa Cruz

Occupy Charotte

Occupy Salt Lake City

Occupy Dallas

Occupy North Dakota

Occupy Washington DC

Occupy Costa Mesa

Occupy Backerfield

Occupy Berkley

Occupy San Jose

Occupy Eureka

Occupy New Zealand

Occupy Germany

Occupy Houston

Occupy Hawaii 

Occupy Indianapolis 

Occupy Iowa 

Occupy Italy 

Occupy Jacksonville 

Occupy New Jersey 

Occupy Kentucky 

Occupy Las Vegas 

Occupy Nebraska 

Occupy Nashville 

Occupy Quebec 

Occupy Releigh 

Occupy Reno

Occupy Puerto Rico 

Occupy Venice 

Occupy Yakima

 There are more joining every day. This is WORLDWIDE. Get off the sidelines.  

GO OUT AND PROTEST – LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

 

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Comments

  1. Sprinter Life, you guys ROOOOCCCKKKKK!

    • I have lived in Mexico for 6 years and am appalled at the disaster that has befallen my beloved Mexico–all for the greed of a not a few bankers and insurance companies. I can’t imagine how the rest of the world has been affected. And yet the Wall Street types are not in jail; in fact, they are continuing to make money from this disaster. Same old, same old.

      The lack of government controls was the biggest reason for the economic problems the world now faces. On the other hand, do you want government to control every facet of our society? I think not since I am more of a Libertarian than anything. Another problem that lead to this disaster was the greed of people like you and me. People who were taught, through propaganda by the banks, that everyone DESERVED a house of their own, whether they could afford it or not. Or that a 125% mortgage was not greedy but justified (we deserve this). What economic sense does that make? NONE!! But when you have Wall Street types making gobs of money from the mortgage failures, what can you expect? Can you imagine the moral issues that arose from making money from other people’s misery? I doubt morals were even considered. And therein lies the conundrum. How do you legislate morality(other than the obvious like cold-blooded murder) without loosing most freedoms we think we now enjoy?

      I think we must get back to basics–like the Constitution. And less government. And a free market. I’m done ranting now–I think.

      Pat in Chapala, Mexico

  2. I can’t believe that not a single person was arrested from the financial collapse a couple years ago. Those guys may be above the law, but they are NOT above the 99%. Lets take it to them!

  3. Anonymous says:

    You guys are sooo naive… You need to study some history.

    If you took all the money in the world and divided it evenly amongst everybody, within a year !% would own most of it again. There is nothing wrong with wealth. Instead of trying to make everyone poor you should be trying to make everyone rich.

    What we really should be concentrating on is making sure that everyone in the world has clean water and enough to eat, as well as some protection against those who would bully them.

    • Anonymous,
      Where did we talk about dividing up the worlds money? Did you actually read this post?

      We’re talking about the biggest heist in history. We’re talking about being PISSED off about crooked CEOs who got bailed out and then walked away with HUNDREDS of millions in bonuses, that WE PAID FOR. We’re talking about the fact that NOBODY was held accountable for any of it, because they frikin OWN THE GOVERNMENT. We’re talking about the fact that Bank Of America and other huge corporations paid less than ONE PERCENT in taxes last year, yet took huge amounts of tax payer money.

      You say there is nothing wrong with wealth, and I actually agree with that. But there is something VERY FUCKING WRONG when less than 1% has ALL THE WEALTH and they use it to BUY THE GOVERNMENT.

      That’s what we’re talking about Anonymous, so don’t throw that “naive” bullshit out on this thread. We see it clear as day.

      Respectfully,
      TREE

    • Hey Anonymous,

      You bring up a great point. If, hypothetically speaking, we evenly divided all the money in the world, we would wind up with just as much inequity and injustice, maybe not in a year, but eventually for certain. Why? Because the system is broken. That is precisely what we are talking about. Unless we change the way things work, then the crimes perpetrated in recent history by corrupt financial institutions, ranging from bribery and insider trading and market manipulation, to backroom dominance of government and the usurping of the regulatory structure from within, will only happen again, as you unawarely noted in your comment above.

      As for being concerned about people having clean water and enough to eat, WE ARE! That is precisely why we want to fix a system that facilitated a decade of unparalleled thievery and corruption, with tens of millions entering the ranks of the hungry thanks to artificially inflated commodity prices, and millions more displaced from their homes by corruption in the mortgage markets.

      It seems to me, anonymous, that you are the one that is dangerously naive.

  4. Here’s something that is not stated in your article – that the US Government dismantled the rules and regulations that helped keep “the too big to fail banks” from occurring. They tore that apart with the help of Greenspan and Bernanke. Our representatives are as culpable as Wall Street. (Most Secretary of the Treasury come from Wall street and helped in the repeal of the Glass – Steagall Act)
    In the mean time, since 2007, the FED and the treasury have funnelled trillions to the banks interest free.
    The government also gave Billions to Libya before we started bombing them.
    The “to big to fail banks”, the government collusion to allow them to expand has bastardized the meaning of capitalism.
    This and allowing corporations to be a “person” with no accountability to anyone or more people in the corporation. These also have caused a bastardization of capitalism.
    A true capitalist is one who takes chance in the market place with a new product of concept. He makes the money or looses the money through his/her actions with the company.
    With the laws as they are today, the ideas of starting a business with a large corporation buying it out if it turns out to be a good idea is the goal.
    Corporations are not into anything for the long haul. It is short term profits and a quick glance into the future of no more than 1 to 2 years.
    This is not true capitalism. It is a micro wave technique that has taken over everything.
    Governments will not look more than a term into office, if it affects the next election, “kick the can down the street” and hope someone else will take care of the problem.
    We have much to change – corporations are NOT people, they are run by the 1% – it is true throughout large companies.
    Term limits within government need to be enacted.
    Retirement for those that serve in government need to be changed.
    Capitalism is the solution – it puts responsibility on the individual.
    Government is to be of service to make that possible, and NOT to interfere with regulations that stifle that.
    Tax overhaul needs to be done.
    People within government and corporations need to be held accountable as individuals, and not hide behind shields of government exceptions and corporate law.
    (Hank Paulson cannot be charged with any wrong doing during the economic crisis of 2007 – 2008 – one of the rules that was enacted during that time. Same thing with Ben Bernanke)
    (Corporation CEO’s and CFO’s hide behind the “company” and are never held personally responsible for “corporate misdeeds”
    More government as touted by many within the “occupy groups’ is NOT the solution. All one has to do is look at history.
    I think the man with the cleanest and most honest answers to many of the problems with in the US is Ron Paul. I’m not saying he is the answer, but his ideas are sound, and he out of all the people running has the best ideas.
    Less government, more accountability of leaders within corporations – IE Personal responsibility – would go along way in evening out the playing field for us 99%’s.
    Good article Stevie.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

    • John, I agree with a whole lot you said above. Thanks for posting. TREE

    • Hey John,

      Thank you for posting. I, too, agree with just about everything you said, with the exception of “Capitalism is the solution – it puts responsibility on the individual. Government is to be of service to make that possible, and NOT to interfere with regulations that stifle that.” I have no trust in capitalism. Still, l’m wary of most alternatives, but I still think that we can do a whole lot better than of what we even imagine today.

      We need to start thinking way outside the box.

      Also, I don’t think that ‘more government’ is an objective/demand of most of the Occupiers. Most people simply want accountability/inditement on the part of the financial institutions, reform in terms of tax laws (i.e. make the wealthy fairly contribute to greater society), regulations to prevent future injustices (such as the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act), and, most importantly, the eradication of corporate influence (money and lobbyists) on democracy.

      I hope someday we can have a couple beer and talk “If I ruled the world….” I always appreciate your perspective!

  5. Alreight, you motivated me. I’m going out Saturday. Thanks for all the info and links. Where are you guys now anyway? Your gps page looks like you’ve moved again.

  6. Paul Lyttle says:

    SHUT UP AND SEND SURF PICS!!!!!!

    • Paul,

      #1 – we’re at Chicama. We arrived last night. This is without a doubt the best wave I have ever seen. The rides are no shorter than 5 minutes in length. At the end of it, you have a 20+ minute walk back up the beach to the start of the point. Its fucking insane.

      #2 – get your fucking ass out there and protest on Saturday

      #3 – if you send me a picture of you protesting these cock sucking bankers and lobbyist, I’ll send you pictures of Chicama, along with an invitation to come visit.

      Simple as pie.

      ps. please excuse the bad language. I’m pissed.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ll be happy if they just put one of those idiots is jail

  8. Teri Hogan says:

    Right on!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I wrote my last comment in a bit of a hurry so I’ll add a few more things. Besides studying some history you need to learn some economics. Wall Street is not the enemy. Were it not for wall street and our banking system you would not be living the wonderful life you lead. You would not have that beautiful truck you call home, nor would you have computers or the interweb to post on. You would prolly be living on a hardscrabble farm toiling from dawn until dusk just to produce enough to survive on and maybe barter a bit with your neighbors.

    Sure there’s been some abuse and our government watchdogs were either asleep at the wheel or turning a blind, corrupt, eye, but overall the system works pretty well so let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

  10. Well I must say, (Ed Grimley)
    for the past 30 – 40 years the U.S. economy has been a big pyramid scheme, get rich quick, watch the guy on late night T.V. Buy real estate with NO MONEY and then sell at a profit to someone stupid who then sells it to someone at a profit and shit, WE ARE ALL RICH
    On it went, refinance your home buy more STUFF. Nobody was buying a home, they were speculating and trying to realize the American, not owning a home but superficial wealth.

    Don’t you remember all the smiling face testimonials “I bought five houses with no money at all and now I am selling those houses and I have a new Ferrari”. It doesn’t take a genius to know what’s at the end of the end of the pyramid but it created jobs, lots of jobs all in the pyramid game.

    The banks went along for the ride and our government sanctioned it with give-away loans backed by FANYMAE and GREEDYMAC. Then the bankers sold all those (never to be paid) loans to the next one in line on the pyramid.

    I don’t think this needs thinking outside the box.
    Look around the world today ( lots of countries) look at their economies, housing supply and health care systems. The models to follow are all there in plain sight and some are quite good.

    Of course this is considered anti American because if they have a heath care system that does not solely exist for making a profit they are SOCIALISTS and we are not allowed to look at their system.
    If a heath care system’s sole existence is to make a huge profit (as ours do) it will not be an affordable heath care system.

    So, that said…….. I recommend finding a nice beach, some low rent, a great wave and enjoy.

    Rick

    • Okay deal! We found a nice beach, low rent, a great wave….so now I think you and Lilly should come to Peru and ‘Occupy’ with us. What better way to protest the system than to drop out for a while 🙂

  11. This is Huge inPortland, Demonstrators have been camped out on 2 city blocks for over a week, marked vehicles abound, arrests are being made. ME and the girls might get arrested on Saturday, well , I know Emma will.

  12. Anjali Mahoney says:

    Good luck! My boys are home today!!! I like the Yeats analogy! The second coming is one of my favorite poems!! Miss you!

  13. Dont forget about Nicaragua! Occupy Managua, here we come! Aaron and I will be there next week. Keep it up in Peru!

    • Hells yeah!!!! You guys rock! I’m stoked you guys are representing on the road! Now hurry up and catch up with us…I gotta bottle waiting 🙂

  14. Superb blog

  15. So what ever happend to the Occupy movement? Fizzled out, since most occupiers couldn’t articulate what they were protesting. I guess they got a job or returned to their parents house.

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