Occupy Wall St. and Everywhere to Stop U.S. Wars for Empire!
...this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.
Find an occupation near you at occupytogether.org
We in The World Can't Wait express our enthusiastic solidarity with the morally and physically courageous youth of Occupy Wall Street and all others now forming occupations in their cities. They have not resigned themselves to accepting the way the world is, but are boldly exposing the towering crimes and audacious lies of this nation’s financial and political elites. They are righteously demanding that it all end and in doing so, enduring brutal attacks by police and the corporate media’s malign neglect.
These actions are an extremely welcome development and a gust of fresh air in the suffocating and poisonous atmosphere that the major parties, the Tea Partiers, and their billionaire sponsors have been propagating and imposing, in this, the "land of the free."
We call on all people to stand with these path-blazing youth and those oppressed by our government, here and around the world. Put your energies, your funds, your thoughts, and your bodies on the line to give voice to the most exploited, ignored, and oppressed who have suffered under the U.S. government's economic, military, and social crimes here and around the globe.
The future is unwritten, which one we get us up to us.
by Elaine Brower and Jill McLaughlin
Early in September, Obama and the Democrats, who have carried forward some of the very crimes so hated under Bush, will gather at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC to affirm, bless, and continue US aggression around the world and unjust policies at home.
On Tuesday February 28, an array of notable voices of conscience spoke publicly in support of Occupy. In New York's Union Square, 450 gathered at the "F28 Stand with Occupy - Don't Suppress the Occupy Movement" rally and then marched to Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park) from which Occupy Wall Street was evicted almost four months ago. Professor Noam Chomsky sent a video message to the rally.
Actor Susan Sarandon said that Occupy "opened up a very public debate... and it exposed brutal practices of suppression. The rally was kicked off by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary, the well-known folk group from the '60s) exuberantly taking the stage and singing, accompanied by his daughter Bethany Yarrow.
March 14, Wednesday, 7pm
Revolution Books NYC
146 W. 26th Street (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
Author reading with World Can't Wait Steering Committee member Dennis Loo on his new book:
Globalization and the Demolition of Society
Professor Loo explores how free market fundamentalism creates a global situation where governments must increasingly rely on secrecy, deception, surveillance, fear and force to maintain control.
by Joe Scarry
Yesterday afternoon, Occupy Chicago sprang back to life at LaSalle and Jackson. It was wonderful to turn the corner onto Jackson and hear the drums and the chants!
The occasion was a nationwide day of action to STOP! the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. Chicago was one of the major action centers, and the Chicago action was unanimously endorsed by Midwest Antiwar Mobilization, Cangate, and others. The February 28 action was widely publicized on places like Twitter (#F28); high-profile endorsements included a video message from Noam Chomsky.
I learned three things on #F28:
No Rubber Bullets - No Beatings - No Tear Gas - No Mass Arrests - Drop All the Charges Against Occupiers!
This is a lesson which has been learned by people throughout history and around the world, including throughout the Middle East now, and must be understood by people in this country as well.
A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement
Tuesday, February 28 • Union Square – NEW YORK CITY
All Across the Country
Make February 28 a day of Mass Action
to Stand with the Occupy Movement Against the Suppression!
The repression of the Occupy movement must not stand. Act.
by Debra Sweet
World Can't Wait is supporting the Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. It's not only the barricades and batons, constant surveillance, mass arrests, and escalating charges against occupiers. It's the fact that these occupations have been pushed and beaten from public squares, and squeezed into the margins.
Don't wait for "something" to happen in the spring. Join the F28 actions now:
Make Tuesday F28 a Day of Mass Action Everywhere; Stand with Occupy. STOP the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!
On Saturday, January 28, more than 1,000 Occupy Oakland demonstrators staged a march to occupy a city-owned building in downtown Oakland, California that has been vacant for the last six years—and transform it into a community center.
This powerful show of the continuing strength and defiance of the Occupy movement was met and brutally assaulted by hundreds of Oakland police, who repeatedly attacked the protesters, penning them into small spaces and shooting tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds into crowds. Throughout the day, people showed great courage and defiance in the face of these brutal attacks.
By the end of the day more than 400 had been arrested.
by Joe Scarry
A national call went out just a week ago for a National Day of Action to resist U.S. war against Iran. Will the Occupy movement be the leading voice saying "No Iran War!" ?
Some people might argue that the problem of preventing the newest U.S. war is not squarely within the area of concern of Occupy. I would argue that, in fact, there is no one better-positioned to take up this resistance than the biggest group of people in the U.S. who have gotten first-hand experience of U.S. government threats and repression.
It is not a coincidence that legislation that aimed at both Iran and at the Occupy movement was signed into law on New Year's Eve.