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#14798
Re: OWS update...mis-step by OWS 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 263
It is certainly my intent to be as supportive as possible to the OWS movement, which has generally operated and conducted itself in a stellar manner. However, at the same time, I don't think it does any good to gloss-over what appears to be a clear tactical error.

OWS hit U.S. ports today, specifically the port in Oakland which puts a considerable amount of money into the coffers of Goldman Sachs...so far, so good.

However, in "disrupting operations" at the port, note the comments by a representative of the longshoreman's union:

"...Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the San Francisco-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union, criticized organizers for not consulting the union.

“For longshore workers, it could mean a day without pay or a dispute with the company over whether or not workers will be paid,” Merrilees said in a Dec. 7 telephone interview.

“You can’t have a small group of people issuing declarations about what other people ought to do with regard to giving up a day’s pay or closing their workplace,” Merrilees said. “They could alienate workers and turn them against the very movement that is the best chance we have to make our country more equitable and just.”
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Understand that the Teamsters are an example of a blue-collar union which very likely WOULD HAVE cooperated with the protest - if consulted in advance. Instead, they have driven at least a temporary wedge between themselves and a segment of the working public.

And note how the propagandists LEAP at the opportunity to engage in their divide-and-conquer rhetoric. Such public relations blunders like this MUST be avoided - or it simply makes it too easy for the propaganda machine to distort and discredit what is being accomplished by this ESSENTIAL protest movement...


"Goldman Sachs Moneybags Top Target of Occupy Protests at West Coast Ports"


www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-12/goldma...est-coast-ports.html

Occupy Wall Street protests spread to U.S. West Coast ports as demonstrators tried to halt shipping operations and cut into profits at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), which owns a stake in the largest cargo-terminal operator.

Protesters rallied in Oakland and Long Beach, California, and Portland, Oregon, early today as workers attempting to move goods vented frustration. The Oakland port was operating with “sporadic disruptions” caused by protesters blocking truckers, said Isaac Kos-Read, a terminal spokesman.

“I have bills to pay at home,” said Mark Hebert, a long- haul truck driver for C.R. England Inc. in Salt Lake City who was stranded at the Oakland port with 36,000 pounds of Kansas beef bound for Asia. “These people say they represent the 99 percent. They don’t represent me.”

The Occupy protesters say they want to highlight the plight of average Americans who have suffered from home foreclosures and soaring unemployment rates as the largest U.S. banks have recovered after the 2008 financial crisis. Their slogan, “We are the 99 percent,” is a reference to economist Joseph Stiglitz’s research that found the richest 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the wealth.

Union representatives say today’s protests will hurt the port workers through lost wages.
Not Welcome

Demonstrators today plan to disrupt the largest U.S. and Canadian container ports -- Los Angeles; Long Beach, and Vancouver -- as well as Anchorage, Alaska; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; Portland; San Diego and Oakland. The economic value of containerized cargo at West Coast ports is about $705 million a day, according to Martin Associates in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a consulting firm.

Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the San Francisco-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union, criticized organizers for not consulting the union.

“For longshore workers, it could mean a day without pay or a dispute with the company over whether or not workers will be paid,” Merrilees said in a Dec. 7 telephone interview.

“You can’t have a small group of people issuing declarations about what other people ought to do with regard to giving up a day’s pay or closing their workplace,” Merrilees said. “They could alienate workers and turn them against the very movement that is the best chance we have to make our country more equitable and just.”
Lost Wages

In Portland, officials closed the gate to the largest of four terminals, said Josh Thomas, a port spokesman.

“There will be lost wages, lost shifts, delays,” Thomas said today in a telephone interview.

Outside the Port of Long Beach, protesters chanted “Shut down the port.”

In New York, about 250 protesters congregated at the southeast corner of Goldman Sachs’ headquarters on West Street near the World Trade Center. Police cordoned off the front of the building, admitting only those with identification.

Some demonstrators donned squid hats and carried squid sculptures made of umbrellas and papier mache, a reference to Matt Taibbi’s 2009 article in Rolling Stone magazine labeling Goldman Sachs a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.”

Some chanted slogans including “Everybody pays their tax, everyone but Goldman Sachs,” and “Take the ax to Goldman Sachs.”

Los Angeles

Los Angeles protesters circulated a flier -- “Occupy the Ports! A Day Without Goldman Sachs!” -- featuring a caricature of Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein steering a ship loaded with bags of money. The company is part-owner of Carrix Inc., whose SSA Marine provides cargo handling services as the largest U.S.-owned container terminal operator.

Andrea Raphael, a spokeswoman for the New York-based Goldman Sachs, the fifth biggest U.S. bank by assets, declined to comment on the protest.

The port protests are the latest action taken by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which formed in New York in September to denounce large financial firms that received taxpayer-funded government rescue packages. The protesters initially erected tent camps from New York to San Francisco that have since been dismantled by police.

Protesters from Occupy Oakland last month shut down the fifth-busiest container handler in the U.S. Maritime operations there yield $8.5 million in economic activity daily, according to Kos-Read.
Carrix Stake

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners bought a 49 percent stake in Carrix Inc., a Seattle-based transportation company, in 2007. Carrix owns SSA Marine, which has more than 125 operations worldwide, including in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Mexico, Chile and New Zealand.

“GSIP is primarily made up of pension plans of workers in the United States and Australia, and those groups hire money managers to manage their pension funds,” said Bob Watters, senior vice president at Seattle-based SSA Marine.

“I think they haven’t done their research,” Watters said of the demonstrators in a Dec. 8 telephone interview. “If they had, they would understand that we are a union operation, we support union workers, family-wage projects and make investments to increase those job opportunities.”

Goldman Sachs, the most profitable securities firm in Wall Street history before converting to a bank in 2008, received $10 billion from the U.S.’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, created in 2008 after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. to avert a collapse of the U.S. financial system. Goldman Sachs has since repaid the funds with interest.
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#15094
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#Occupy2012 New Year’s Eve Celebration


What is your New Year’s Revolution?

2011 was a year of awakening. The cry for economic justice rang loud and clear. The power of a people’s movement shook the world. And it is only the beginning.

It’s time to kickoff Occupy 2012!

For New Year’s Eve tonight, come celebrate with thousands in support of justice for the 99% at Liberty Square in Lower Manhattan. Bring your New Year’s resolutions to share and reaffirm your commitment to carrying the movement into the New Year. There will be music, arts and crafts, food, dancing, and performances. Bring your noisemakers to join in the fun!

At the New Year, we will raise our voices to the 99%! At Midnight the party goes mobile!

It all starts at 10 PM in Liberty Square.

Hope to see you, your friends, and your family there!

More info:
New York City General Assembly Event Page
Facebook Event Page

Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%. For more info visit www.occupywallst.org
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#15283
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This is more like it !!

[from my e-mail]


Occupy Wall Street Honors the Spirit Of Dr. King With Year’s Largest Action
Hundreds Gather for Global Candlelight Vigil at Historic Riverside Church


New York, NY: Religious leaders, artists, and members of the Occupy movement will unite globally on January 15th, 2012 to honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At 6:30 p.m. hundreds of Occupy Wall Street activists will assemble on the steps of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue) and at 7:00 p.m. begin a massive candlelight march to nearby Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive). The group will join additional feeder marches and members of the community at Riverside Church for a candlelight vigil and celebration renewing King’s message of peace, justice, and equality for all, regardless of race or economic class. The action will culminate in an assembly featuring performances and speak-outs from artists, celebrities, religious leaders, and activists. Performances by Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Stephan Said, and Kozza Olantunji, as well as many more, will complement the inspirational words of Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Yoko Ono, Russell Simmons, Reverend Stephen H. Phelps, Daisey Kahn, Norman Siegel, Sumumba Sobukwe and Malik Rhasaan.

“Poverty, an issue to which King showed increased focus in the years just before his death, finds its way into the darkest chapters in American History. Dr. King sought to shine a light of justice against those dark chapters of war, repression and racism, our candles symbolize that light,” says Abigail Keegan of Occupy Wall Street.


“These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. ‘The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.’” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City


Riverside Church has been an intersection of faith and social justice in the greater New York metropolitan area for over 170 years. At Riverside in 1967, Dr. King gave his historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech. On King’s birthday and in the spirit of his vision for racial and economic equality, peace, and non-violence, activists will return to Riverside in solidarity with others holding candlelight vigils from California to Cairo; New York to New Orleans; Germany to Nova Scotia, to unite our world in a global movement for systemic change.

This candlelight vigil kicks off more than 24 hours of Occupy Wall Street-organized events and actions including a march on Monday, Jan. 16th at 9am from the African Burial Ground to the Federal Reserve Bank for a rally for economic justice. For more information about the January 15th action visit j15global.org
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#15417
OWS becomes "Occupy Washington" 2 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 263
[from my e-mail]


AMERICA OCCUPIES THE CAPITAL


#Occupy Brings Democracy to DC
January 17 at 9 a.m.
Capitol Hill

Washington, DC—On January 17 Americans from across the nation and the world will assemble in the shadows of a broken system to participate in real democracy.

At 9 am on the opening day of Congress, Occupy Congress will convene for a day of action against a corrupt political institution. Actions include a multi-occupational General Assembly, teach-ins, an OCCUParty, a pink slip for every congressional “representative” and a march on all three branches of a puppet government that sold our rights and our futures to the 1%.

This is an illegitimate system. Around half of the nation’s population doesn’t participate in electoral politics. More than 6 million Americans who want to vote are disenfranchised, including the entire populace of the District of Columbia. There is consensus that we are on the wrong track and that our “leaders” do not have our interests at heart.

All “elected” officials bought their way into gerrymandered seats with Wall Street money. These bankers’ henchmen have shown themselves both unwilling and unable to take on the tremendous, systemic issues in our country, our place in this world.

In the face of this endemic corruption, the Occupy movement is about organizing locally to discuss and change these problems from the ground up. We came to show the 1%’s Congress what democracy looks like.

Our nation, and our world, is in crisis and our “elected” officials have failed us. They refused to hold their bankrollers—Wall Street—responsible for the financial crimes that bankrupted our nation and destroyed the global economy. This last legislative cycle was the least productive in recorded U.S. history; 90% of the country disapproves of these “elected” officials.

We refuse to accept the grim future that Wall Street’s cronies have designed. We refuse to be the 1%’s captive citizenry. We stand together to show that the 99% are creating a better world.

The 99% will no longer be complacent. Our many voices will be amplified on the steps of Capitol Hill. We shall have a nation by, for, and powered by the people once again. We are building it.

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#OccupyCongress is a part of the Occupy movement, which began with Occupy Wall Street on Sept. 17, 2011, in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District. #Occupy is a people powered movement that has spread to sustained occupations in hundreds of cities in the United States and actions in thousands of cities globally. #Occupy is fighting back against the corrosive power major banks and multinational corporations have over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest depression in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Italy and the UK, and aims to expose how the richest 1% are writing the rules of the global economy and the laws of the land, imposing an agenda of neoliberalism and economic inequality that is foreclosing on our future.
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#15601
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To the forum,

I'm reading an article in Rolling Stone magazine, titled "Casualty of the Occupation". It's a story on Scott Olsen, the Marine injured in Oakland by police there. Scott Olsen is currently 24 yrs old. Two deployments to Iraq.

There were a few items, things that were said, that I thought were interesting:

- "It was sometime during his initial deployment ("pump", in Olsen's militarese) that he began to experience his first pangs of doubt about the war. Fox News constantly played in the chow halls, but the cheerleading Olsen heard from the pundit generalissimos didn't jibe with the utter purposelessness of what he'd been witnessing on the ground".

A friend of his (name Shepard) at the Occupy Oakland, had an observation:

-"In the Navy, where he served for six years, Shepard had been a computer tech, and he say's that's part of his attraction to Occupy. He simply couldn't believe the amount of money being wasted overseas. "It cost $16 million to redo the computers in my little section", he says. "They spent $300 million on my ship alone. And that's one ship in a huge navy."

I know there's many stories about the military. These are just a couple of items from young men that are not even about the story, but reveal a few things. It's in these "little" observations we can put together an accurate and larger picture of the military industrial complex.

Thank You
Earl

PS- It's a interesting story about a current event (RS issue1149, Feb 2012).
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#15607
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Earl, two interesting themes you've identified:

1) The ordinary "grunts" in the U.S. army are not merely increasingly unhappy with the Army (as reflected by the sky-high suicide rate), but increasingly THINKING about whether their side is the "right side".

2) The military industrial complex CONSUMES vast amounts of a society's resources (financial and otherwise) while producing NOTHING of value.

Thus we have the absurdity where if you FORCED one of the idiot-propagandists to SPECIFICALLY identify the "strengths" in the U.S. economy there are only 3:

a) Oligarchs exploiting the cheap labour in China/India and then selling those goods back into our market to destroy our own employment/industries.
b) Servicing the war machine.
c) Heavily-subsidized agricultural producers.

Out of those three categories of "U.S. economic strength" (lol), only (a) is not TOTALLY destructive. That is, while the economic destruction is still intense, there is SOME social utility in having cheap consumer goods.

Conversely both (b) and (c) are WORSE than just "wasting money", they are malevolent spending which produces ZERO social benefits and LOTS of harm (broadly distributed).

This is why I laugh at ALL U.S. "statistics" which purportedly show "strength" in the U.S. economy. IF the number isn't a total lie, then it represents some part of the "FALSE economy", which rather than FUELING economic growth/development is actually PARASITIC.

Note that one of the reasons that Fascism ALWAYS has a short shelf-life as a form of oppression/government is because MOST of the society's capital is funneled into DESTRUCTIVE avenues. Thus this is why I use the term "Friedman Fascism" regularly - it is the economic "recipe" for the fascist destruction of any economy.
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#15613
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Occupy Wall Street Builds Momentum for Spring Resurgence: Launches 5-Week Bus Trip

Early Wednesday morning, nearly two dozen occupiers boarded a 24 seat conversion bus in Brooklyn. For the next five weeks, members of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) from New York City will be touring the Northeast to connect with other occupations.

“Interoccupy communications and face to face community building is a key step in growing solidarity in a global movement,” says Austin Guest, member of the OWS Direct Action group. At each stop along the trip, occupiers will share skills and knowledge with each other. By building relationships between occupations, occupiers are setting the stage for nationally coordinated actions.

The Occutrip will touch base in 16 northeastern cities including Providence, Boston, Albany, Buffalo, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, and Newark. Overall, 80 members of OWS are expected to participate.

To follow the trip visit the Occupy Bus Trip Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Wall-Stree...Trip/155444994569669
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#15621
"Occupy London" gets in UBS' face 2 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 263
Across the Atlantic they're making their displeasure with Banker Oligarchs felt as well...


"Occupy London Squat at UBS Puts Empty Buildings in Spotlight"

www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-27/occupy...gs-in-spotlight.html

Squatting -- the occupation of land and buildings by people who have no legal title to them -- has a long history in Britain. Participants in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 squatted on uncultivated acreage.

In 1946 thousands of homeless British occupied abandoned homes in London as well as empty military bases. A squatters’ advisory service publishes a guide to the practice of finding and living in unoccupied property. In London, Bristol, and Brighton, three of Britain’s big squatting centers, it’s never too hard to find a place. The government estimates 20,000 squatters live in Britain.

Now the British followers of the Occupy Wall Street movement are fusing old-fashioned squatting with the sophistication of 21st century protest, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its Jan. 30 edition. For more than two months before their peaceful eviction on Jan. 25, members of Occupy London lived and worked in a vacant building across from UBS AG (UBSN)’s London headquarters in the City. The squatters suspended banners from the windows proclaiming such slogans as “UBS You Owe Us” and “You Can’t Evict An Idea.”

The building belongs to UBS itself, which had been planning to renovate it. Until, that is, about 30 members of the London group entered the premises on Nov. 18, according to Pete Phoenix, a coordinator for what he calls the “Occupy UBS movement” and basically the house boss of the squat. The number of squatters subsequently rose to as many as 60.
Financial Literacy

They participated in discussion groups and gave lessons in financial literacy: A Jan. 7 meeting advised on how to investigate financial crime. Positive press clippings and slogans like “Homes Not Jails” were plastered on white walls. A pair of Eastern Europeans guarded the entrance. Occupy London members also offered tours of Canary Wharf, the metropolitan area’s most cosseted office complex, which the guide pointed out is situated in one of London’s most blighted boroughs.

British law considers squatting largely a matter for civil courts rather than criminal. That distinction makes it hard to evict squatters quickly. The Swiss bank’s extended efforts to expel the Occupy London squatters highlight the difficulties. Eventually, after much wrangling, a court issued an eviction notice and the protesters left. “The Bank of Ideas goes on,” said Sean Boyle, one of the squatters.

For homeowners, the cost of evicting squatters can spiral into thousands of pounds, said Alexander Ellis, a broker at Tullet Prebon Plc (TLPR), whose parents’ home in Bath, England, was once occupied by squatters.
Breaking and Entering

“It’s nothing more than legalized breaking and entering,” Ellis said in an e-mail. “Squatters normally break in to properties, often claiming that they found a door or window open, and live there for free while causing considerable damage.”

There’s still Occupy London’s Finsbury Square camp opposite Bloomberg’s London headquarters, an Occupy London camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral, and a squat at Old Street Magistrates’ Court. About a 15-minute walk north of the UBS building, the court has become another temporary home of members of the Occupy London group.

They are mixing there with Lithuanians: Since the expansion of the EU’s borders to the east, some Eastern Europeans have won the right to live in any member state. A 22-year-old Lithuanian man named Siggy gives a tour of the building. It’s been vacant for 16 years, he says, while showing a wood-paneled courtroom, the only one that isn’t in disrepair.
Blair, King

The courthouse is being used by Occupy London for a series of mock trials of Britain’s 1 percent. These began on Jan. 19, with “the case for and against the prosecution of Tony Blair,” in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The trial was streamed on the Internet: Blair was found guilty.

A trial on Jan. 21 seeking to assert the rights of shareholders against the management of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc was postponed in favor of a tour of West London’s hedge funds. The courthouse still sports its jail cells, and the squatters have reserved them for Blair, former RBS Chief Executive Officer Fred Goodwin, and Bank of England Governor Mervyn King.

Under pressure from the authorities, these squatters, too, may be leaving any day now. “There are a million empty buildings in the U.K.,” said Phoenix. “Why can’t some of them be used for homes, communities, or spaces for self-employed people?”
Wary Landlords

Though Occupy London is leaving some of their protest sites, landlords should be wary of future demonstrations, according to Akhil Markanday of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s Real Estate Disputes Group.

“I doubt this is the end of the saga,” said Markanday, a senior associate, by e-mail. “We are cautioning vigilance at this time and encourage landowners to review their property portfolios for those which may be at risk, such as those that are vacant or attached to open spaces.”

After the Occupy London movement loses momentum, the more traditional class of squatters will remain. Peter Myton, the operations manager for London-based Ambika Security, which protects vacant properties from squatters, says the company’s business has risen in the past year.

Should the government tighten housing subsidy laws, even more people could be pushed into the streets. At the same time, members of Parliament have discussed making squatting an act of criminal trespass.

“If people are desperate, and they’re desperate enough to squat, I don’t think criminalizing it is going to change anything,” Myton said.
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Kids, Parents, Teachers Occupy the Dept. of Education PEP Meeting Tonight!


When: Thursday February 9th, 5:30PM
Where: Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Pl (between Fulton and Dekalb) in Brooklyn
Transit: Near the Nevins 2/3/4/5 or the Dekalb B/D/N/Q/R

On Thursday, February 9th, the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) will hold an open meeting, and then a vote to close down dozens more of New York City’s public schools. The PEP is an un-elected 13-member body (the majority of whom are appointed by Mayor 1% Bloomberg) whose decisions dramatically affect the lives of the 99%.

No matter what impassioned students, parents, teachers or elected officials have said, the PEP has voted to close schools every time. By closing schools against the will of the people, it is clear that Bloomberg and his PEP want to privatize public education at the expense of us all.

“Entire communities in Bed-Stuy, in Harlem, in the South Bronx, in Midtown, in Coney Island have reached the tipping point of their allegiance to a failed education regime. The departure of each high-ranking school official stacks one more weight on the scales of justice. Teachers and parents won’t stand by as the Department pits school against school, community against community, charter against public, union against parent,” said Justin Wedes, an educator and activist from Brooklyn.

In October, the PEP walked out of the meeting, but the community carried on. Video of the walkout is available here:

Students, parents and educators from the 99%, invite you to join them in having a people’s vote on the school closings. PEP meetings are open to the public. Save our schools!
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#16414
Re: OWS update - 70 cities protesting 2 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 263
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70 Cities Nationwide Stand up to Corporate Greed and ALEC

National Day of Action to Resist the Selling Out of the 99%



On February 29th, concerned citizens, students, and occupiers in over seventy cities across the nation, including Occupy Wall Street (NYC), are standing up to the corporations and legislators involved in American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The biggest corporations in America, including ExxonMobil, Bank of America, BP, Monsanto, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart use ALEC to buy off legislators and craft legislation that puts corporate profit over the well-being of ordinary people. Responding to a national call from Occupy Portland, this will be the Occupy Movement’s largest coordinated action this year and will confront ALEC corporations in the cities in which they do business throughout the nation.

“ALEC, a registered nonprofit with a board of trustees that reads like a Fortune 500 list, allows corporate lobbyists to push legislation representing corporate interests,” said Dana Balicki of Occupy Wall Street. “Essentially, this is legislation laundering."

ALEC is comprised of state and federal government legislators and many of America’s biggest corporations. In ALEC task-forces and committees, lobbyists work directly with legislators to draft and advance cookie-cutter “model” bills that serve the interests of the corporations rather than people. ALEC is responsible for some of the most anti-democratic, repressive, and discriminatory legislation to pass through the halls of government. Wisconsin Act 10, attacking public employee unions, mirrors ALEC’s anti-union agenda and was introduced by Governor Scott Walker, an ALEC member from 1993-2002. Arizona’s widely criticized Racial Profiling bill (SB1070) also has roots in ALEC model legislation.

“The public is never informed that a group representing the most privileged people in America are drafting the legislation that disempowers the most vulnerable. The decisions affecting our communities should be made democratically, not through a corrupt system that hides the influence of the very corporations that benefit at our expense. ALEC is representative of a failed system in which profit and greed are dominant over everything else,” said David Osborn of Occupy Portland.

Actions in several of the cities responding to Occupy Portland’s call to Shut Down ALEC Corporations are listed below. For a full list visit bit.ly/alecactions:

Coordinated Southern California Action - (LA, Long Beach, Orange County and Riverside)
Actions will target one of the largest Wal-Mart distribution centers in the country in support of non-union warehouse workers.
Occupy Wall Street
Pop-up Occupation at Bryant-Park starting at 9am with teach-in with Matt Taibbi; March leaving Bryant Park at noon with creative actions targeting Bank of America, Pfizer, and Koch Brothers
Occupy Salt Lake City
Actions focusing on private prisons, racism, and anti-union aspects of ALEC including a Utah replica of Arizona’s SB 1070; Actions will include a Debutant ball in the capitol.
Coordinated Connecticut Action - (New Haven, Hartford, Darien, New London, Shoreline, Danbury and Willimantic)
Creative actions to target Pfizer and draw attention to the way in which it serves the interests of the 1% while ignoring the health and well-being of people, animals and the earth itself.
Occupy Portland
Rally at SW Ankeny and Waterfront at 11:30; March leaving at 1:00 with creative direct actions targeting ALEC corporations throughout the city.
Occupy Phoenix
There will be a rally at State Capitol focusing on union-busting and anti-immigrant bills then a march on Freeport McMoRam and "museum" style tour of ALEC corporations.
Stay up to the minute on twitter using #F29 and follow @F29pdx and see liveblogging from around the nation at shutdownthecorporations.org


Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%.

For more info www.occupywallst.org and nycga.net.
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