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There will be a Virtual March on Wall Street 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.   First thing Wednesday morning, they will send the instructions for participating online.

Boston Action

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 also ramped up foreclosures on distressed homeowners in recent weeks, despite receiving $4.2 Billion in tax refunds from the U.S. government this year.  The action was organized by the Right to the City Alliance, an urban movement for economic justice, and is part of a rapidly growing movement to hold Wall Street accountable.  For more information go to http://www.takebackboston.org/.

Meanwhile, 800 marchers were arrested in NYC at the Brooklyn Bridge for blocking the roadway, were given citations and released.

Below is video from the Take Back Boston event.



General Assemblies Statement
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City


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 the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.



They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
#occupywallstreet

MELTDOWNThe Men Who Crashed the World
The following video is the first of a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that led to financial collapse.


 



OCCUPY WALL STREET:  THE MOVEMENT
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.