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The New American Revolution Began on the 17th September

Posted on the 19 September 2011 by Mikeb302000
17 September 2011 was the first day of "Occupy Wall Street" -- at least a thousand people were in the Wall Street district to protest. There are lots of tweets going on (#OCCUPYWALLSTREET and #takewallstreet). People are getting ready to sleep in the Wall Street district. The police were out in force, guarding all entrances to Wall Street, the famous bull statue, many banks in the area -- that was only the first day; could build over the next month. It is another sign of revolt building.
The website organising this event has the following statement:
We want freedom for all, without regards for identity, because we are all people, and because no other reason should be needed. However, this freedom has been largely taken from the people, and slowly made to trickle down, whenever we get angry.
Money, it has been said, has taken over politics. In truth, we say, money has always been part of the capitalist political system. A system based on the existence of have and have nots, where inequality is inherent to the system, will inevitably lead to a situation where the haves find a way to rule, whether by the sword or by the dollar.
We agree that we need to see election reform. However, the election reform proposed ignores the causes which allowed such a system to happen. Some will readily blame the federal reserve, but the political system has been beholden to political machinations of the wealthy well before its founding.
We need to address the core facts: these corporations, even if they were unable to compete in the electoral arena, would still remain control of society. They would retain economic control, which would allow them to retain political control. Term limits would, again, not solve this, as many in the political class already leave politics to find themselves as part of the corporate elites.
We need to retake the freedom that has been stolen from the people, altogether.
If you agree that freedom is the right to communicate, to live, to be, to go, to love, to do what you will without the impositions of others, then you might be one of us.
If you agree that a person is entitled to the sweat of their brows, that being talented at management should not entitle others to act like overseers and overlords, that all workers should have the right to engage in decisions, democratically, then you might be one of us.
If you agree that freedom for some is not the same as freedom for all, and that freedom for all is the only true freedom, then you might be one of us.
If you agree that power is not right, that life trumps property, then you might be one of us.
If you agree that state and corporation are merely two sides of the same oppressive power structure, if you realize how media distorts things to preserve it, how it pits the people against the people to remain in power, then you might be one of us.
And so we call on people to act
We call for protests to remain active in the cities. Those already there, to grow, to organize, to raise consciousnesses, for those cities where there are no protests, for protests to organize and disrupt the system.
We call for workers to not only strike, but seize their workplaces collectively, and to organize them democratically. We call for students and teachers to act together, to teach democracy, not merely the teachers to the students, but the students to the teachers. To seize the classrooms and free minds together.
We call for the unemployed to volunteer, to learn, to teach, to use what skills they have to support themselves as part of the revolting people as a community.
We call for the organization of people's assemblies in every city, every public square, every township.
We call for the seizure and use of abandoned buildings, of abandoned land, of every property seized and abandoned by speculators, for the people, for every group that will organize them.
We call for a revolution of the mind as well as the body politic.
I am not sure who well this event will be covered by USMSM since it threatens the status quo. It did cause the Toronto Star to ask "Is the Arab Spring Coming to America?" That's a good question can social media be used as a means for activating the dormant left wing the way it has been used in other countries? The tea party stands for the rich, not disaffected and imnpoverished youth--youth who have graduated from university with a pile of debt yet see no future.
One protestor, Lisa Fithian, said she's not part of any official group and that the “occupation” of Wall Street is the work of many people coming together for the same purpose and with the same message. "Wall Street is certainly the heart of why we're here. It's the corporations — the big banks in this country have been destroying this country, Overfees or high mortgages, student loans, the banks are touching every aspect of our lives."
She added that banks and the wealthy have taken money for their own interests and their own survival. “The people here are saying enough of that".
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