occupy wallstreet

“You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike
milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these
things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the
well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those
apples.”

Animal Farm, George Orwell

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Q: you have an audience here of occupy wallstreet, what do you want to say to them?

A: I want to say thank you for breaking through the silence, thank you for starting a movement but you have a long way to go. this enemy of ours is not just wallstreet, it’s a whole culture. it’s a way of looking at us and valuing ourselves and each other and how you are going to move beyond challenging wallstreet, how you are going to move to become apart of a solution is not going to be easy. you have to do A LOT of thinking, you have to look at how you yourselves have becomes part of this culture, you have to look at how many of you would be happy to become part of wallstreet and become part of the corporations if they gave you jobs. it’s a long road ahead because you have an opportunity to create something new that’s based on completely different values but you’re going to have to be thinking about values and not just abuses. 

we MUST keep these words in focus as we continue to practice visionary organizing! until we deal with the trouble within us, we will only reproduce that which we are fighting desperately to transform. 

As far as the Occupy Movement goes, people are overemphasizing how it “has no objective.” That’s not the point– Occupy is about restoring heart back to the Left and bringing the American Progressive Movement back to the forefront after it collapsed in the crackdowns following 1968. It is about refusing to be ignored and reminding policymakers that the Left is still a force in the American conscience, and that its soul is reflected in the ambitious idealism of kids currently occupying U.S. cities.
—  Bilal A Canada 

[all this occupy -insert city name here- stuff is.. just wow. my city is in the lead for how many protesters are participating. jeeeesus. its kinda cool but at the same time.. im afraid to go downtown! they are EVERYWHERE! im afraid im gonna hit someone when i go pick up my mom from work…. i like the idea behind this movement.. i just dont like that im afraid of it at the same time.]

Belittling those who have the fortitude to actually stand up for OUR rights, YOUR rights is unacceptable. Liberal hippy bitching? Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin would be considered the forefront of the  “loud-mouthed hippy bitching” if they were alive today. The media portrays events worldwide in a light favoring their agenda. It takes work to understand what is actually happening here and abroad.

If you are not upset about the ever expanding government, the international banking cartels, and the soaring inequality among nations and now here in the United States, maybe you should put down your super-duper smart phone for just a moment and PAY ATTENTION and READ! Educate yourself about the National Defense Authorization Act and legislation passed under the Obama administration! Pay attention to the actions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization! Make use of the internet while it’s still relatively uncensored!

Putting your fingers in your ears and saying la la la to our rights being decimated right in front of our eyes is not going to make world governance and a police state come any less quickly…wake UP! A citizen in a democracy has the obligation to rise up! Dissent is the greatest form of patriotism! Talk about the role of the US in foreign policy! Try to understand why the entire world HATES the United States government (they do not hate the citizens, they hate the GOVERNMENT)! Stop listening to the media who is literally ALL controlled by 6 multinational corporations! (General Electric, Walt Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Viacom, CBS)

Or just sit there, judge others who are taking action if you like…watch reality tv shows, buy the latest greatest video game, smartphone, movie, gadget or illicit or prescription drug and numb and distract yourself until you can convince yourself that our future and your children’s future and your childrens’ children’s future no longer matter.