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Occupy Our Homes has BofA shaking: Keep it up!

From ZeroHedge: While the general media may be ignoring the latest peculiar twist on the “Occupy” theme, or in this case the ““, Bank of America is taking it quote seriously. As a reminder, “Tuesday, December 6th is the National Day of Action to stop and reverse foreclosures. The Occupy Homes movement is holding actions around the country in support of homeowners and people fighting to have a home. Find an event near you and join in our day of action tomorrow!. There are actions happening in over 20 cities … Continued


Idea for the vigil

I’ve been out of town the past week and a half, so I don’t know if this is already happening. I think it would be pretty cool and symbolic if the vigil had a flame that was kept going by the volunteers, a sort of eternal flame, if you will.  We could call it the flame, the “Flame of the 99%”. A statement of purpose or even a flame committee could be created with the sole responsibility to keep the flame going and burning. This would be a completely symbolic … Continued


Our efforts should be so that we cease to be

We’re all Tom in Bruce Springsteen’s words in “The Ghost of Tom Joad” Now Tom said “Mom, wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries Where there’s a fight ‘gainst the blood and hatred in the air Look for me Mom I’ll be there Wherever there’s somebody fightin’ for a place to stand Or decent job or a helpin’ hand Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free Look in their eyes Mom you’ll see me.” 8465


Question to the non-“non-violent” folk

What is be the consensus regarding the idea leadership? From what I understand, anarchism is the absence of a central government, and is “true” democracy in that power circulates horizontally rather than “trickles down”, to use an odious term. Does this scale down to the group level? Let’s say you had this scenario: someone new comes along and suggests all these brilliant tactical actions, or any actions. Would that person be accepted as a leader? If not, how would s/he fit within a flat power structure? Just wondering.   8461


The New Common Sense

This has been linked to but not posted. Let’s get a conversation going about this. Could Occupy Oakland stand behind this document? How could Occupy Oakland support the New Common Sense? Shall Occupy Oakland be the first Occupation to sign this document? Food for thought (after those yummy Thanksgiving leftovers!) In Unity, THE NEW COMMON SENSE A Declaration of INTERDEPENDENCE, born of necessity, from and for the collective conscience of the “99%” to and for the oligarchic “1%” of the United States of America. SUMMARY SECTION I: The Right to … Continued


Where the rubber hits the road: Taking back Occupy’s past from the 1%

That the Occupy movement has been talked about in the mainstream media and that at least a third of Americans support it is a huge victory in itself. The Occupy movement is far from a fringe movement or a fad. Let’s put it this way, about 45 years ago, the counterculture in the United States really took off. People are still talking about it and its effects were profound in our society. Just ask any hard-core conservative. My cousin Robbie will tell you that everything went to hell thanks to … Continued


The One Percent Solution

Business groups dominated by representatives from large corporations lobbied for the crackdown on Occupy Oakland. By Robert Gammon During the past few weeks, numerous people and organizations called for the second police raid on Occupy Oakland. Among the loudest and most influential voices demanding the crackdown were the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and two Oakland business groups. They contended that the City Hall encampment was bad for downtown businesses, especially small ones. The chamber and the business groups also purported to speak on behalf of small businesses in downtown. … Continued


Banks cost Oakland more than protesters

Last week, Design Action sent out a letter to the Oakland City Council, some local businesses, and to local newspapers, in support of Occupy Oakland. The Oakland Tribune published the Op-Ed today (11.15.11) with the headline: “Banks cost Oakland more than protesters” We are a downtown local, cooperatively-owned and managed small business, and residents of Oakland. We are in support of the movement of the 99% and of Occupy Oakland. We believe the Occupy movement is democracy in its highest form. We believe that Oakland should lead the way in … Continued


An article & a separate survey prove that #OccupyOakland does NOT have negative impact on downtown small business

Businesses and Protesters Occupy a New Oakland Downtown Posted on November 8, 2011 by Jaime Omar Yassin The General Strike of Wednesday November 2, 2011, was an epic day for Oakland. But what would have gone down in history as one of the largest ad hoc mobilizations in history was later derailed by an outrageously violent police response to the occupation of a building adjacent to Frank Ogawa Plaza and concurrent vandalism to some businesses in the immediate vicinity. Since then, one of the issues most reported on by media in … Continued


Time for R&R

Hi everyone, While I’m saddened about the raid yesterday, I think 18 mayors gave us all a great opportunity for all of us occupiers and allies to collectively breathe, rest and think about our next move. I urge everyone to think outside the box and think outside the camp. Our struggle is more than a physical occupation. Camping is indeed a tactic, as Jean Quan knows. I personally would like to see in Oakland the resurgence of the social programs the Black Panther Party created, such as the Free Breakfast … Continued