Posts tagged occupy Wall Street
Posts tagged occupy Wall Street
VOTE YES. Don’t let Fox “News” get away with trying to disprove our efforts. Fuck Fox. Literally fuck them so much with a cactus. I am so over these rich idiots spewing their venom and feeding it to the masses.
Let’s tumblr bomb this shit.
What “Wall Street” and the U.S. has become — an imperial-colonial power over the world’s economics and the laws that protect it — is a direct legacy of the fraud and violence committed against Native nations.
Perhaps those who now claim to OCCUPY WALL STREET in the name of reforming America could remember their history and call it something else (see Racialicious’ post on the importance of language in opposition). Wall Street is, after all, already an occupied territory. As are all of U.S. land holdings in northern America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.
Decolonize the opposition!
THANK YOU OMIGOD someone said what I didn’t have words to say. Replacing one occupation with another is NOT liberation!!!
An Open Letter to Wall Street, by William Rivers Pitt on Truthout
Read the whole letter here. This is the one of the best summaries of the Occupy Wall Street protests I’ve seen.
we know that V for Vendetta is a poor poor guide for organizing for long-lasting revolutionary change, right?
(i find it unsurprising that both #OccupyWallStreet and #anonymous both utilize them, both two “movements” that don’t seem to have spent much time…
The masks dont represent Guy Fawkes, or his cause.
The mask as used by Alan Moore in his comic book wasn’t a symbol used to express solidarity with a centuries-old sectarian struggle, the mask represents something known as ‘propaganda of the deed.’
Propaganda of the deed was the belief that symbolic revolutionary acts would inspire the masses to rise up against the prevailing order. In blowing up the English parliament, Fawkes hoped to inspire his fellow Catholics to rise against the reformation of the Church of England. Moore’s character V does the exact same thing, as does Anonymous.
no, but thank you for proving my point. “inspiring” people with “spectacle” so that THEY can then do the hard work of organizing is the extent to which these “movements” have thought about their own organizational strategy. and that is not how long lasting change occurs.
Boldness added. So-treu’s point is one that I haven’t learned enough to articulate as well, but that I’ve learned enough to see in practice. I think that’s what has mainly been bugging me when I hear people talk about general strikes or mass parties or “mass” anything. And the idea has bugged me when I’ve gone to union meetings about the recall elections in Wisconsin or about generating dues payments. Considerations are made for the media and/or for the election cycle, but actual organizing strategy never enters the conversation.
The way the masks were used in V for Vendetta the movie was one of the things that really really bothered me in how different it was from the book. I can’t honestly remember the book too clearly now, and don’t have a copy anymore. But I was mad that in the movie, there needed to be a physical symbol for people to revolt, and that it had to be started by an individual and trickle down to everyone else before they would think to revolt, rather than something that they inherently were compelled to do and had laid the groundwork for. It just seemed too much like something being started and led by an individual; this isn’t how it was in the book, but I can’t remember clearly how it did happen in the book.
So it kind of seems like Occupy Wall Street is a bit like the movie-version of the spreading of that idea, coming from an individual and with no groundwork or plan for what to do next. And that could be okay, but it is not likely sustainable.
What I’m interested in is finding ways that we can do movement building that is sustainable and diverse and that isn’t dependent on individual leaders. Cause leaders sell out, or are in it for themselves all along, or just otherwise drop the ball. I can’t do what Anonymous does, so if I want to get behind their movement I have to trust them to represent me; and yet they did some racist and gender-repressing shit over the BART protests.
I’m just trying to figure out what to make of Occupy Wall Street, without just being a hater. I want to see this diversify and last, and as has become my main measuring stick these days, I’m not too interested in it until it is relevant to, accountable to, and representative of my students.
Personally, I think that occupy wall street as an action is pretty awesome. However, while I think that we should def. support them and possibly do acts in solidarity, but simply protesting will not be a sustainable answer. I agree with feministdykeslut when she says that she wishes that the occupywallstreet folks would take an anti-capitalist stance. I know that not all of them are probably left leaning, I know that the financial situation leaves a lot of room for folks all over the political sliding scale to be pissed and do something. However, it is quiet clear that the system does not work. That continuing capitalism will not work. And it has been said by those who live in the heart of the economic trade (i.e. folks that trade at wall street and other places) that this economic system will fail soon any way.
It is in our interests for each community to figure out what it’s issues and needs are and what is the way that is best to address those issues and needs. I think that it is good to go out and show your dissatisfaction with what’s going on, but at the same time it’s still like you’re appealing to those people in current positions of power to do something to fix what’s going on. To fix the system.
I personally believe it would be best to have a diversity of tactics, appeal to them if you want. I think this system is going down… and it would be much more adventagous in the long run to get together in our communities and figure out the best way to meet our own needs without the help of the system. That way there is something in place should/when it fails.
And do we even HAVE comprehensive data on American Indian poverty? Cuz unemployment on reservations is basically the rule, not the exception. I mean, it’s why they were even created in the first place…
If you look it up you can find it, but you won’t find it on easy-to-find statistics pages like you will for the four races listed above. So no, it’s not comprehensive. Be prepared to search and search and search. Here’s a small sampling of what I was able to find after much searching.
According to the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, unemployment on the Navajo Reservation was 43.3% in 1998. As reported in the 1990 Census, unemployment on the Navajo Reservation was 27.9%; in Arizona, the rate was 7.1%, and in New Mexico it was 7.9%. In Gallup, the unemployment rate for Indians was 12.0%; for all Gallup residents, it was 5.8%.
In the barren grasslands of Ziebach County, there’s almost nothing harder to find in winter than a job. This is America’s poorest county, where more than 60 percent of people live at or below the poverty line. At a time when the weak economy is squeezing communities across the nation, recently released census figures show that nowhere are the numbers as bad as here — a county with 2,500 residents, most of them Cheyenne River Sioux Indians living on a reservation. In the coldest months of the year, when seasonal construction work disappears and the South Dakota prairie freezes, unemployment among the Sioux can hit 90 percent.
In the 1990 U.S. Census, Indian residents made up 18.5 percent of the total population of Fremont County. The low income of households on the Wind River Indian Reservation meant that they contributed only 8.5 percent of the county’s total household income. In the 1990s, Fremont County has been one of Wyoming’s more economically depressed areas. Its 1989 per capita income was 80 percent of the state average. Fremont County consistently has the state’s highest rate of unemployment, much of which can be attributed to the exceedingly high unemployment of persons living on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
I’m willing to bet that with the current economy the unemployment rate has gone up. I’d actually be incredibly surprised if it hasn’t. (And please don’t try the whole ” but casinos!” argument. There are very few tribes that have an extremely successful casino.)
Thanks for finding all this! I was just copying from the data I was able to find, so there were definitely holes. Such as, yeah, none of the data included indigenous people.
Thanks so much for finding this!!!
In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the “free” Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.
oh fucks no!
What the fuck.
Christina Gonzalez speaks to RT America about Occupy Wall Street.
Ending corporate personhood would be pretty important. And I might be biased but forgiving student debt and restructuring the education system would be pretty effective.