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Browsing Archive: October, 2011

SURVEY: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Posted by on Monday, October 31, 2011,

Whether you support the Occupy Movement in person or in spirit, this survey is for you. This confidential survey is being conducted by the Message Working Group of Occupy Philadelphia. The goal is to accurately portray the diversity of the Occupy Movement and to let your voice be heard!

To participate, click on the following: Why I Occupy


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THE POWER OF THE KOCH BROTHERS: The Koch Occupation of Washington

Posted by on Monday, October 31, 2011,
The tycoon duo, Charles and David Koch, have been behind an underground campaign to swing the balance of U.S. political power to protect the interests of the wealthy.  These multi-billionaire energy tycoons have spent over $50 million on campaigns to influence financial regulations in favor of Wall Street speculators, to impede the implementation of a fair tax and health care reforms, as well as to tear down the science of climate change and prevent the enactment of clean energy policies.
 
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Oakland Cop Throws Flash Grenade Into Crowd Helping Injured Protester

Posted by on Thursday, October 27, 2011,




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POLICE ATTACK Peaceful Protestors in Oakland

Posted by on Wednesday, October 26, 2011,


In the video below, Oakland California Police in riot gear fire flash grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets at a group of 1,000 peaceful demonstrators outside of City Hall on 14th St and Broadway on October 25th. The demonstrators were protesting the violent police assault on the Occupy Oakland encampment earlier that day that resulted in several protesters having bones broken and one protester hospitalized due to injuries from a police assault.  Among them were veterans carrying Veteran...
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OCCUPY MOVEMENT GARNERS MORE SUPPORT than the Tea Party

Posted by on Tuesday, October 25, 2011,

According to a new Pew Research/Washington Post poll, nearly 40 percent of Americans support the
Occupy Wall Street movement. In contrast, only 32 percent of Americans support the Tea Party movement. Conversely, while 44 percent oppose the Tea Party movement, just 35 percent oppose the Occupy movement.

Politicians jockeying for the Independent vote in 2012 may want to take note that more Independents support the Occupy Wall Street movement than do not: 43% support the movement and 35% are oppo...
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HERMAN CAIN: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Posted by on Wednesday, October 19, 2011,
Only the wealthy would benefit from GOP Presidential Primary Candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan.

The Tax Policy Center has released its analysis of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, and it finds that the only people who would benefit from it are those making more than $200,000 a year. Everyone else, especially the poor, would pay more. And the middle class would now have the highest effective federal tax rate.

Those making $1 million a year or more would get a tax cut of nearly $500,000, a 15% change...
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CONSENSUS (Direct Democracy)

Posted by on Sunday, October 16, 2011,
A look into the "HOW' of the Occupy Wall Street movement.





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OCCUPY WALL ST: Too Big to Ignore

Posted by on Saturday, October 15, 2011,










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SEVEN of the Biggest Economic Lies

Posted by on Wednesday, October 12, 2011,
Robert Reich, Chancellor Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; and Author of 13 books, including his most recent best-seller, "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future:, dispels some of the prevalent myths regarding our economy in this brief, easy to understand video.  Reich served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.  Reich has argued that a nation's co...
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THE POWER of Super PACs and Shell Corporations

Posted by on Monday, October 10, 2011,
Comedian Stephen Colbert had previously created his own "Colbert Super-PAC" to lampoon the recent Citizens United decision, in which the Supreme Court removed restrictions on corporations to spend on behalf of candidates. Still working to make a point about how lax the nation’s campaign finance rules are after the Citizens United, Colbert created a shell corporation at the end of September, appropriately named Anonymous Shell Corporation, to funnel money into his Super PAC. Doing so ensures...
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BANKS GONE WILD: Understanding History is key to Understanding Occupy Wall Street

Posted by on Monday, October 10, 2011,
This short video explains four reasons behind the Occupy movement.

For reference, The
Glass-Steagall Act was established in 1933 by Congress and repealed in 1999. The Glass-Steagall Act  (introduced and sponsored by Democrats) was enacted during the Great Depression to avoid a similar crisis in the future. The act prohibited commercial banks from collaborating with full-service brokerage firms or participating in investment banking activities. It protected bank depositors from the additional ...
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A GLOBAL FINANCIAL TSUNAMI

Posted by on Friday, October 7, 2011,
The following video is the second of a four-part investigation of the financial Meltdown. Part 2 examines how an epidemic of fear caused banks to stop lending, triggered protests and led to industrial action. (Part 1, MELTDOWN: The Men Who Crashed the World, is posted in an earlier blog entry on this site.)





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WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO OCCUPY WALL STREET?

Posted by on Friday, October 7, 2011,


Protesters at Occupy Wall Street on October 5th, answer the question:  What brought you here today?

Roger Lattanzil, Computer Programmer
"I’m here to try and make sure that business and government stay separate. It sickens me that our own leaders, our own government is so bought out that I owe $120,00 for college, everyone around me is laid off, and computer-programming jobs are going to India. You can’t win, they never stop, no matter how hard you try. I want my government back. Business s...
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‘RETROACTIVE RECUSAL’ of Justice Thomas

Posted by on Thursday, October 6, 2011,
Rep. Louise Slaughter and other members of Congress are exploring the failure of Justice Clarence Thomas to disclose that his wife made millions of dollars from clients whose cases were decided by the Supreme Court. Slaughter revealed on “Countdown” that she’s exploring “retroactive recusal” in cases like Citizens United, which would nullify Thomas’ vote and overturn the ruling.






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I AM THE 99%: A SLIDESHOW

Posted by on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,
Citizens share their photos in support of Occupy Wall Street via the Virtual March on Wall Street. You can add your photo, or send a message in support: Go to:  http://www.civic.moveon.org/occupy/





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A CALL TO SEPARATE BUSINESS & STATE

Posted by on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,
For your consideration: In order to ensure a continuation of our Democratic Republic, is it time for a constitutional amendment to take the money out of politics?



*The police are arresting anyone that uses a megaphone or any voice amplifying device. This is why the crowd were repeating what was being said so a wider audience there could hear what he had to say.



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SAVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Posted by on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,
Below are the key points of the "Contract for the American Dream" created from the ideas of over 125,000 Americans who gathered online and in their communities. Who better to present those ideas than the people whose future depends on them?

Critical Steps to Get Our Economy Back on Track

1.  Invest in America's Infrastructure
2.  Create 21st Century Energy Jobs
3.  Invest in Public Education
4.  Offer Medicare for All
5.  Make Work Pay
6.  Secure Social Security
7.  Return to Fairer Tax Rates
8.  End ...
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VIRTUAL MARCH on Wall Street

Posted by on Monday, October 3, 2011,

There will be a Virtual March on Wall Street beginning this Wednesday, October 5, to show support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.  The online event is being organized by MoveOn.org.  Those interested can sign up HERE to participate online.



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DECLARATION of the Occupation of New York City

Posted by on Monday, October 3, 2011,
General Assemblies Statement:  As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to t...
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BOSTON Action

Posted by on Monday, October 3, 2011,
The weekend of September 30th, marchers rallied and took to the streets of Boston, Mass., to protest the banksters.  Over 3,000 people carried colorful banners and banged drums to confront the nation's largest lenders for their role in the economic crisis.  The march and civil disobedience action signals a growing popular outrage at the big banks, and comes as Bank of America announces their new policy of charging customers an annual $60 fee for using their debit cards.  The bank has a...
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OCCUPY WALL STREET: The Movement

Posted by on Monday, October 3, 2011,

A Scene from the 1960's?  Think Again. September 24th, 2011 in NYC.

Right now the budding movement appears to be hampered by lack of clarity and media indifference...not to mention heavy-handed police.





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MELTDOWN: The Men Who Crashed the World

Posted by on Monday, October 3, 2011,
The following video is the first of a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that led to financial collapse.

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