One year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street is the same day the Obama administration effectively reinstates the NDAA.
”“Obama has refused to restore habeas corpus. He supports the FISA Amendment Act, which retroactively makes legal what under our Constitution has traditionally been illegal — warrantless wire tapping, eavesdropping and monitoring directed against US citizens. He has used the Espionage Act six times against whistle-blowers who have exposed government crimes, including war crimes, to the public. He interprets the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force Act as giving him the authority to assassinate US citizens, as he did the cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. And now he wants the right to use the armed forces to throw U.S. citizens into military prisons, where they will have no right to a trial and no defined length of detention.”
[Also happy one year, everyone! They’ve shot, jailed, interrogated and spied on us. Passed legislation to scare us. Threatened and lied to us, but still there are people on the streets, people refusing to back down from what they know is right! Cheers to everyone who’s made a stand for change (in whatever capacity) Stand Up Fight Back!]
Photo source: http://rt.com/usa/news/occupy-wall-street-anniversary-318/
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Anonymous asked: why should occupy wall st not call itself an occupation?
An occupation is possession or settlement of land or property. I have a problem with it being called an occupation because in the United States (and Australia, and many other places all over the world) someone forcefully came in and started their own occupation in the name of ‘exploration’. This occupation caused wars, genocide, eradication of traditional beliefs, climate problems, diaspora and is the root cause of many of the social inequalities we still see today. This occupation was illegal and morally reprehensible and has never been properly dealt with. To start a movement based on this idea when you have a history of an occupation in your country that destroyed the lives of generations of people is pretty tactless, to say the least. I have not once heard anything of the original occupation mentioned by the ‘99%’ of people who are now doing the “occupying”. I haven’t heard anyone mentioning that they’re on indigenous land, or talking about race at all. I realize the idea of the 99% is about the economic state the US is in now, but we didn’t get to this point by being compassionate American citizens who care about our country and the world. People of color who are faced with racist attitudes every day, racist attitudes that stem from the initial occupation that we never really talk about, happen to be huge part of our society, and if they are not always allowed certain opportunities that in turn has a serious ffect on our economy.
The founding of America was an occupation. Don’t align yourself with all that craziness if you’re not even willing to talk about it.
If this is like some, “black people taking back the n-word thing” and they’re trying to call it an occupation to bring back the power to the people who deserve it and make peace with their troubled past, cool.
Acknowledge what occupation is then.
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"There's a difference between an emotional outcry and a movement," said Andrew Young, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a strategist during the civil rights movement and served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. "This is an emotional outcry. The difference is organization and articulation." "The messaging is directed at working people," he said. "Both the tea party and Occupy Wall Street are arguing that something needs to change. The question is, What is the source of the problem?"
HEY EVERYONE, QUESTION:
Specifically to those of you in the States (but please give me your opinion about the response globally) - I’m not really sure where I stand on the Occupy Wall Street thing. I’m definitely proud to see people from the country I live in stand up and join together but something doesn’t seem right.
Revolution is never this easy. And non-violence requires serious discipline, sacrifice, and a re-evaluation of basically everything you believe in.
Will the Occupy Wall Street movement simply fizzle out, or do you think it will make serious change/will it last?
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