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#1318961 --- 01/19/12 04:11 AM Re: The Day After [Re: sands]
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Originally Posted By: sands
Someone forgot to tell the rat experts rats are excellent swimmers.
I knew that but realize the reporter doing the story showed his own ignorance while laughing at the DC City Council. I don't know why they couldn't kill them once they left D.C. I think the pest control will figure that out before the Rat Police catch them.

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#1321371 --- 01/30/12 02:12 PM Solidarity with Occupy Oakland [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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#SolidaritySunday with Oakland Marches in NYC and Across the US; Bank of Ideas Being Evicted in London

Jan. 29, 2012

As of 8pm EST, actions are currently happening or planned in response to extreme police violence used against Occupy Oakland yesterday in New York City, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, Oslo, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland, Tampa, Indianapolis, New Haven, Orlando, Jackson, Des Moines, Hollywood, Baltimore, Portland ME, Tulsa, Denver, St. Louis, Eugene, Nashville, and Detroit. We have also received word that the Bank of Ideas in London is being raided!

Update, 1/30: Click here to watch Livestream clips from several other cities. At least 12 people were arrested in New York. The protesters marched to the now-empty Charas / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center that was evicted ten years ago by a developer. According to the New York Times:

...a man wearing dark clothes and wearing no visible badge grabbed a woman by the arm and threw her to the ground. Uniformed officers arrested her and a second woman as other officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests. As they were led away in handcuff, the two told onlookers that they had done nothing to deserve being arrested. The woman thrown to the ground ... said that the man in the dark clothes had thrown her down after she told him not to push her.

This mic check was read before the march in Boston:

1) once again we are here for oakland a mighty city and a fierce ally in the international struggle for economic justice

2) yesterday our brothers and sisters moved to convert a vacant building into a community center to provide education health care and housing services for the 99%. Police responded with tear gas, flashbang grenades, rubber bullets, and mass arrests.

3) The city of Oakland has a longstanding policy of callous indifference when it comes to the needs of its community it has compounded this cruelty with a ruthless display of violent repression.

4) we also recognize that the corporate media has a vested interest in justifying violence against the occupation movement city councilman de la fuente referred to protesters as domestic terrorists

5) we ask you what is terrorism? we are 19 cities marching in unison in solidiarty with oakland is this terrorism? we seek to reclaim
the buildings left vacant while our families suffer is this terrorism? we seek to build a worldwide commuity where there have been only nations is this terrorism?

6) when the state is invested in keeping space empty the better to serve its billionaire masters we will act and when the police are bought and paid for by corporate leviathans we will fight

7) and when our children ask us what it is that we did when their future was threatened we will tell them that we occupied


Occupy Oakland Responds to Oakland Police Repression, Demands Accounting of Brutal Tactics, and End to Disinformation

Occupy Oakland's building occupation, an act of civil disobedience, was disrupted by a brutal police response yesterday. Protesters were met with baton strikes, shot with rubber bullets, and exposed to tear gas along the route. Police immediately issued denials that tear gas was used; however, as many victims can attest, it was used freely and without regard to safety of the diverse crowd, which included families and children.

Later, in a subsequent attempt to Occupy an abandoned building in downtown Oakland, Oakland police arrested hundreds of demonstrators. Many were reported injured as police used batons to herd protesters into a kettle in front of the YMCA.

The OPD and City have issued several false claims that need to be rebutted. OPD claim that there was no tear gas used, a fabrication easily refuted by video shot by protesters. Police also claim that several officers were injured by protesters—again, there is absolutely no evidence of this claim, which is made at every demonstration and subsequently proven to be baseless. Protesters kettled in front of the YMCA, fled into the building, aided, at first by employees there. They did so to escape police, herding protesters against the walls of the building with baton-strikes. As always, police justify their actions by claiming that protesters attacked them or are a danger to others. But there are no reported injuries to police from protesters; a wedding party felt so unthreatened by Occupy Oakland, that it continued to have a reception in an art gallery in the plaza throughout the night.

City Administrator Deanna Santana and Police Chief Howard Jordan have made their intentions clear in the press statement released on Friday night. They intend to manipulate the law to intimidate protesters, implying that acts of civil disobedience and freedom of assembly are criminal, and targeting assumed leaders regularly with unannounced warrants for invented charges.

These actions from the OPD come at a time when the city of Oakland is laying off hundreds of workers, and following millions of wasted dollars in similar brutal police actions.

Residents of Oakland will not continue to stand for this behavior and Occupy Oakland is undeterred by such repression. We will continue the Sunday portion of its festival at Oscar Grant Plaza at 12pm on Sunday. Please join us.


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#1321590 --- 01/31/12 04:20 AM Seattle occupier gets 'gay married' to building [Re: Ayuveda]
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Seattle occupier gets 'gay married' to 107-year-old building



An "Occupy Wall Street" protester in Seattle was so desperate to save a 107-year-old building from destruction that she decided to marry it Sunday afternoon.

According to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, Babylonia Aivaz made the unorthodox decision to go into wedlock with the "10th and Union" warehouse after hearing it would be replaced for a new apartment complex.

Aivaz fell in love with the warehouse in December after she and 16 other "Occupy Seattle" protesters surrounded it to protest against gentrification.

"I was transformed by the event," she said, whose friends sang "Lean On Me" with her during the ceremony. "Gentrification is happening. It's a serious issue that affects poor people and especially people of color and this is just the beginning of the fight."

Aivaz decided that the building is female, making her wedlock a "gay marriage", which provoked some disagreement among protesters.

"Her saying it's a gay marriage sets the community back with Christians and politicians and gives them a chance to say, 'See, we told you, they're going to want to marry everything if we give them the opportunity,'" said one man. "Having compassion against something you love, I understand, but to call it a gay union is irresponsible."

Aivaz mentioned how the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United also inspired her decision to elope the warehouse.

"If corporations can have the rights as people, so can buildings," she told KOMO-TV. "I'm doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification."

"Stop the city council murderous policy and giveaways and public money to real estate developers," a fellow protester explained. "If corporations can be people under Citizens United, then buildings can be people. And this is obviously a female building, and so it will be a gay wedding."

The "marriage," however, was purely symbolic and legally non-binding. It will not stop the warehouse from being torn down. \:D \:D \:D \:D \:D \:D

WATCH: Video from KOMO-TV, which was broadcast on January 29, 2012.



Edited by MeRightYouWrong (01/31/12 04:23 AM)

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#1324522 --- 02/12/12 06:49 PM Re:United we stand [Re: MeRightYouWrong]
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Finally someone gets it. We MUST stand together against government abuses.

“A group full of conservatives, Libertarians, and Tea-party members by the name of Wake Up America Southern Oregon is proud to unite with the Southern Oregon Occupy Movement to take a Bold Stand against the National Defense Authorization Act known as the NDAA. Further, it is time that ‘We the People’, all of us unite!” – Joseph Snook, Wake Up America Southern Oregon
“Occupy Ashland is standing with libertarians, progressives, conservatives and the Tea-Party alike to speak out against the attack against our civil rights which is the National Defense Authorization Act. In times such as these, when the injustices of a system and a government become too large to ignore, it is vital that we stand together not as members of a political party but as fellow citizens and human beings to defend our precious freedoms.” – Emery Way Occupy

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#1324530 --- 02/12/12 07:29 PM Re:United we stand [Re: twocats]
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"Finally someone gets it."

Understanding creates connections.



GLOBAL GENERAL STRIKE
5 DAY WEEKEND
Friday APRIL 27 – Tuesday MAY 1 , 2012



While the mayor brags about the NYPD being his own private army, working people's indignities multiply. At work, under constant surveillance, we struggle for a daily wage, simply to increase the profit margins for our bosses. Previously, the ruling classes had slaves and indentured servants, forcing labor relations through brute force. Today they still have us as slaves and servants through wage labor contracts and fraudulent notions of debt. As we have all seen, debt can be forgiven, in the trillions, to those who own society; but for the rest of us debt is inexcusable, and our lives, our time, our futures, are always negotiable.

May Day is known the world over as International Workers Day, a day commemorating violence by police and strike-breakers against workers engaged in a general strike to bring about the 8 hour work day. This struggle for the 8 hour work day was not the end goal for those who put their lives on the line in Chicago in 1886, but it was part of a broader aim of destroying the very means of our oppression— capital and the state. This war continues. So too the general strikes of 2012 will establish a decisive drive towards the materialization of a social force to be feared by bosses and politicians the world over.

Global Strike May 2012 is not a strike in the way it is usually meant of withdrawing labour in order to pressure bosses for increase in wages or better working conditions. What we are proposing is a continuous strike, a permanent withdrawal from the current system and switching to an alternative one. In order to make this feasible, the alternative system needs to be up and running by May next year. Outrageous! Impossible! Yes. I agree with you. Nevertheless it has to happen if we are serious about moving from this morally bankrupt and physically damaging path we are on, to a sustainable system that puts people before profit.
We need to become aware of our part in maintaining the system. Everytime we use money to make a transaction, but more than that, actually our whole culture is predicated on the system continuing. We are trapped in it and though we know it is leading to our self-destruction, we cannot get out of it, EXCEPT by creating the alternative. We are putting our energy into demos, protests, sit-ins, temporary strikes of 1 day or 3 days, which are supposed to gather momentum, spread the word, show our power to the 1%, and at the same time we are totally comitted to maintaining the system in our daily lives, a system which separates us and disempowers us. If our energies were concentrating on developing a system that serves the people, not in theory, but in actuality we would overcome our isolation and empower ourselves. Very much as Transition Towns have been doing.
GlobalStrike 2012 is not a call to get masses out on the streets, it is a clarion call to stop colluding with the system, while at the same time trying to fight it. That schizophrenia has to be replaced by the singular intention of withdrawing from the present morally bankrupt and physically damaging system, and together building a new one.
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#1325177 --- 02/15/12 01:47 AM Re:United we stand [Re: Ayuveda]
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Break Up With Your Bank, Fall In Love With the 99%!

occupy your heart

Feb. 14, 2012

It’s Valentines Day, and Occupiers are showing our love. In New York, OWS held a bed-in and kiss-in against elected officials in bed with Wall Street. Others joined with social and environmental justice groups to break up with Bank of America for profiting from unjust foreclosures and the destruction of the environment. After Occupiers in Tacoma were unjustly tazed by police after shouting down presidential candidate Rick Santorum during a speech against same-sex marriage in Washington state, Occupy Austin brought same-sex couples to ask for marriage licenses in the Texas capital. Across the world, we encourage supporters to break up with their banks - Occupy Los Angeles is even marching to banks to break up in person.

Love is not a commodity that can be purchased. We show our love by fighting for a better world.

students in pennsylvania

We show love by resisting foreclosures to keep families in their homes. Today in Chino, CA, Occupy LA is figting to save the home of an active-duty soldier by disrupting the foreclosure auction after Wells Fargo is trying to leave his family and children homeless. Thousands of supporters helped Occupy Nashville save the home of a local 78-Year-Old Civil Rights Activist. Occupy Minneapolis has also pledged to save a third home in response to the National Mortgage Settlement.

We show love by resisting economic policies that will make life harder for 99% of us. Hundreds of thousands gathered in their respective squares in Portugal, Greece, and Spain to protest austerity measures devastating working people. In Athens, students occupied schools and mental health service providers who were sacked occupied their workplaces.

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We show love by taking care of each other and our communities. The Occupy Eugene Medical Team occupies their city and brings doctors to serve the community every Sunday. Later this month, Occupy Orlando is holding an All Share Weekend where they will be giving away food and other items and marching with civil rights organizations to show “people care, community shares.”

We show love by fighting alongside workers who are losing their jobs. Last week, several members of Occupy Atlanta were arrested while shutting down a Chase Bank branch in protest of economic inequality. Yesterday, as Occupy Philadelphia protested Comcast on the same day, Occupy Atlanta joined with unions and labor groups to Occupy the AT&T headquarters in an effort to save hundreds of jobs. Despite several arrests, they continued their protest outside AT&T today.

We show love by building and defending systems that provide for our collective needs. Occupy Newark was served with an eviction notice. After 130 days, Occupy Houston was evicted. Occupy Maine was evicted after 4 months. But Occupy Honolulu survived its seventh eviction attempt and passed 100 days of continual occupation. Encampments at around fifty other cities in North America alone also still stand strong. Occupy the University of California-Berkeley set up tents, and students in Maryland and Massachusetts set up networks to support their Occupations. Shortly after their forced eviction of McPherson Square, the DC government passed new regulations criminalizing Occupations. But Occupy DC is anything but defeated. After thousands joined the labor community to march in protest of a right wing conference, Occupy DC set up tents in front of Merrill Lynch yesterday.

We show love by growing solidarity between different social justice movements. Today, students from across Pennsylvania held a Valentine’s Rally to Fall Back in Love with Public Education. Yesterday, Occupy Seattle marched with port trick drivers on strike. In Frankfort, KY, Occupiers joined a massive protest against the environmental and social consequences of mountaintop removal coal mining on local communities.

occupy appalachia

We show love by defending one another from police violence. Today, Occupy Portland followed Oakland, San Francisco, and others in protesting against police brutality and state repression. Recently, Occupy Oajkland also held a community forum on police actions. In New York, Occupy the Hood organized a community speak-out against police violence in the Bronx.

We show love by standing with revolutionaries fighting for democracy and economic justice across the world. Last weekend, Occupy Portland became the latest Occupation to march against more wars abroad and to say No War on Iran. OWS in New York marched in solidarity with occupiers fighting mass eviction in Pinheirinho, Brazil. It is the one year anniversary of uprisings in Bahrain that helped kick off the Arab Spring that inspired OWS to take action, and protesters continue to face massive and deadly repression. In Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere in Arab world, protesters continue to suffer extreme violence for demanding freedom from oppressive structures.

This spring, there will be even more opportunities to show your love! Here are just a few dates to keep:

Feb. 20th (#F20): Show love for prisoners and communities impacted by the prison industrial complex with the National Day in Support of Prisoners.

Feb. 29th (#F29):: Show love for the 99% by Shutting Down the Corporations

Mar.1st: Show love for students at the National Day of Action in Defense of Education.

May 1st (#M1GS): Show love for Occupy, workers, and im/migrants by organizing for a People's General Strike!
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#1325179 --- 02/15/12 02:00 AM Re:United we stand [Re: Ayuveda]
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Students in PA rock the love!
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#1325206 --- 02/15/12 01:00 PM The Real the Puppet Master George Soros [Re: Ayuveda]
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THE SLIMY TENTACLES OF GEORGE SOROS ARE VERY FAR REACHING INDEED...

If there is one man who can be singled out as representing one of the greatest, of not the greatest, threat to freedom everywhere, I think it very fair to say that that man is George Soros, the sugar daddy of dangerous Leftist causes all across the planet. The control that this man has, either directly or indirectly, over not only the flow of information in how that information is, or is not, disseminated should be viewed as being truly frightening. When he gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio, it became part of the firestorm of controversy that resulted with federal funding for NPR being put in jeopardy. But that little gift barely scratches the surface when it comes to the widespread influence that this very controversial billionaire has on all of the state-controlled, so-called "mainstream" media. Soros was committed to the defeat of George W. Bush in 2004, to the point where he spent $27 million in the effort. And if I remember correctly all that he got for all of that money was essentially the same percentage of the popular vote for Kerry as Gore had in 2000. Today Soros has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets, including, of course, The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC. Prominent journalists, and I use that term somewhat loosely, like ABC’s, more than just a little screwy and somewhat pompous, Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie all serve on boards of various operations that are on the receiving end of significant amounts of Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists,' yes folks there is such an organization, supposed ethical code stating: "avoid all conflicts real or perceived." Let's face it, when it comes to about 99 percent of these faux journalists, any amount of ethics is going to be in pretty short supply.

The little investigative reporting start-up under the name of ProPublica is a prime example of Soros' ability to purchase influence. ProPublica, which recently won its second Pulitzer Prize, initially was given millions of dollars from a little organization called the Sandler Foundation. Now, this Sandler Foundation is a supposed charitable foundation that was formed in 1991 with support from Herb Sandler and Marion Sandler. In 2006, the Sandlers made a contribution of $1.3 billion to the foundation, which was the second largest American charitable contribution of 2006. The Sandler Foundation's mission is to act as a catalyst when it come to any efforts made to strengthen the progressive infrastructure, expose corruption and abuse, advocate for vulnerable and exploited people and environments, and advance scientific research in neglected areas. That's quite the cockamamie mission statement, don't you think? So I guess that it makes perfect sense then that the money provided to little band of "investigative reporters" was done so that it could then set about working to further "strengthen the progressive infrastructure," "progressive" being the code word for ultra liberal. In 2010, this little group of leftists also received a two-year contribution of $125,000 each year from the Open Society Foundations. Now just in case you were wondering where that money might have actually come from, you need look no further than the OSF website, http://www.soros.org. It is a network of more than 30 international foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion to those efforts.

If you can believe the claims being made by the patriotic folks over there at ProPublica, we're told that all of their stories are very thoroughly researched by top-notch staffers who used to work at some of the biggest state controlled news outlets in the nation. But when spending even a little time looking over the topics, you'll find that they are almost always laughably left-wing. The site’s "proud" list of "Our Investigations" includes attacks on oil companies, gas companies, the health care industry, for-profit schools and more. More than 100 stories on the latest lefty cause: opposition to drilling for natural gas by hydraulic fracking. Another 100 on the evils of the foreclosure industry. Throw in a couple investigations making the military look bad and another about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and you have almost the perfect journalism fantasy – a huge budget, lots of major media partners and a liberal agenda unconstrained by advertising. What a deal. One more thing: a 14 person Journalism Advisory Board is stacked with CNN’s David Gergen as well as representatives from some of the nation's top newspapers, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and the editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. Several are journalists currently employed by various outlets of the state-controlled media, and the include Jill Abramson, a managing editor of The New York Times, Kerry Smith, the senior vice president for editorial quality of ABC News and Cynthia A. Tucker, the editor of the editorial page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But it's obvious and should go without saying that this ProPublica group is far from being the only Soros-funded organization that is stacked with members of our supposedly neutral press. The Center for Public Integrity is another great example. Don’t you just love the names of these anti-American and anti-freedom organizations? It's like some modern day doublespeak. Because the names these people come up with for their little organizations are really quite humorous, and are always 180 out from what they are truly all about. And this group's board of directors is filled with the same "usual suspects," such non-journalists like Amanpour from ABC, right along side blatant liberal media kooks like Arianna Huffington, of the lonny "Huffington Post" and now AOL. Like ProPublica, the CPI board is a veritable Who’s Who of state controlled journalism and top media organizations, including Christiane Amanpour, Anchor of ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs program, "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." A reliable lefty, Ms. Amanpour has called tax cuts, "giveaways," the Tea Party a "bunch of extremists" and then there's this one that's my all time favorite, she's even called Barry, "very Reaganesque." Also on the board is Ms. Paula Madison, Executive vice president and "chief diversity officer" for NBC Universal, who leads NBC Universal’s corporate diversity initiatives, spanning all broadcast television, cable, digital, and film properties and Matt Thompson, Editorial product manager at National Public Radio (NPR) and an adjunct faculty member at the prominent Poynter Institute.

Once again, just like ProPublica, the CPI’s investigations are just about 100 percent liberal, you know like attacks on the coal industry, payday loans and even conservatives like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is also more transparent about where its true political sympathies lie, especially when it pursues a detailed investigation into conservative funders David and Charles Koch and their "web of influence." According to the center’s own 990 tax forms, the Open Society Institute (George Soros) gave it $651,650 in 2009 alone. But hey, that's totally different. And then there's the well-known Center for Investigative Reporting, which of course follows the same template as the previous group mentioned as well as any group tied to Soros. It too has its own cadre of important "journalists" on its board as well as an ultra liberal editorial agenda. Both the board of directors and the advisory board contain leftist journalists from major state controlled news outlets. The board features Phil Bronstein (President) of the San Francisco Chronicle, David Boardman of The Seattle Times, Len Downie, former Executive Editor of the Washington Post, now VP and George Osterkamp a CBS News producer. Readers of the site are greeted with numerous stories on climate change, illegal immigration and the evils of big companies. It counts among its media partners The Washington Post, Salon, CNN and ABC News. CIR received close to $1 million from Open Society (George Soros) from 2003 to 2008.

Why does it all matter? Well, journalists, we are constantly being told, are neutral in their reporting. But in almost the same breath, many bemoan the influence that money has on politics. As ridiculous as it may sound, but it is a maxim of both the left and a majority of those in the state controlled media that conservatives are bought and paid for by business interests. Yet where are the concerns about where their money comes from? Such is the hypocrisy that so thoroughly permeates the left and the media. Fred Brown, who recently revised the book "Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media," argues journalists need to be "transparent" about their connections and "be up front about your relationship" with those who fund you. Unfortunately, that rarely if ever actually happens. While the nonprofits list who sits on their boards, the news outlets they work for make little or no effort to connect those dots. Take for instance Ms. Amanpour's biography page which talks about her lengthy career, her time at the Communist News Network (CNN) and her many bogus awards. But nowhere is there any mention of her rather dubious affiliation with the Center for Public Integrity. If journalists were to be more up front, perish the thought, they would have to admit their numerous uncomfortable connections with suspect groups that push a blatantly liberal agenda, with many of them being funded by the stridently liberal kook, George Soros. But don’t expect that transparency any time soon. Until that time actually comes to pass, our ability to once again feel that we can actually trust these supposed "watch dogs" of our Democracy to tell us the truth, will be nonexistent. But then, somehow I have the feeling that that doesn't really bother them all that much anyway. They've ceased being the providers of information, having now morphed into what has now essentially become nothing more that the purveyors of Democrat propaganda.



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#1325223 --- 02/15/12 02:27 PM Occupy Love [Re: ]
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The Fight Against Capitalism
In the spring we must rediscover insurrectionary forms of care.

Nicole Demby , 15 Feb 2012

While #OWS still encompasses within it a multiplicity of tactics, opinions, and degrees of political radicalism, the evidence is all too clear that the soul of Occupy is anticapitalist, and the desire for a different system is a desire for a protest movement whose grasp on our lives is more holistic. There has already been inspiring work done to organize in different communities, and one can envision the emergence of a dispersed network not only of general assemblies but of communes and cooperatives as well.

The old pessimism of theory beats at our backs, telling us that any developed and sustained form of communal organization can only exist as an autonomous pocket whose threat to capitalism is nil. Yet sustaining autonomous, communal forms of care is not a shift away from direct, active forms of resistance. The positive and the negative aspects of the fight against capitalism must work in conjunction with one another to mutually reinforce each other. Communes, cooperatives and other structures of social support provide a material safety net that facilitates more radical action, enabling people to strike from work and from debt obligations with the assurance that their material needs will be met when they do. Moreover, such forms of organization can begin the incredibly difficult process of building trust between those with radically different backgrounds and experiences, providing support for whoever needs it, especially those who have born the brunt of the economic collapse.

These forms of organization will enervate the status quo by drawing participants’ time and energy away from their roles as wage laborers, salaried workers, and consumers. Of course, #OWS has already begun to do this; many of us without the luxury of highly flexible (read precarious) employment, or who haven’t already committed ourselves as full-time occupiers (and are now sleeping in churches, synagogues and generously offered private homes – and organizing during the day) already spend our office hours surreptitiously reading working group emails or occupy-related articles. Yet we aim to achieve a less schizophrenic mode of existence in which the totalizing effect of Occupy on our thoughts is reflected in the degree to which it predominates our actions, one in which our politics accords with the way in which we support ourselves. For those against capitalism this will mean testing our own boldness and examining our own perceived futures. As Daniel Marcus observed: “There can be no movement of communes if protest is merely an extracurricular activity of wage-earners: workers will have to choose whether they stand with the communes or with the bosses and administrators.”

The need for new structures of care is emotional as well as material. Many of us are beginning to realize the extent of our own dissatisfaction. We spend time with friends and lovers, but these encounters are transitory counterpoints to the anomie induced by a culture of individualism. We work towards success, but what constitutes success seems increasingly empty. Perhaps it’s unfashionable to speak of “alienation,” naïve to make claims about what forms of work or activities might begin to overcome it, utopian to believe that we could create a society in which a better life is possible. And yet we already see the possibility of these things in the near future of this movement and are already beginning to build the necessary infrastructure.

Affect isn’t just an effect, but a decisive tool of revolution. Just as the catharsis of resistance we experienced in the fall bolstered community and emboldened us to go further, more communal, self-sustaining and holistic instantiations of Occupy will further entrench and strengthen the movement. We are strongest when our resistance draws on our outrage but also harnesses our vital forces, extending to the very material and psychological basis of our lives.

In the spring we must rediscover together that there are militant kinds of community and insurrectionary forms of care.

Nicole Demby is a writer and critic living in Brooklyn. She is a member of the Arts & Labor group of Occupy Wall Street.
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#1325239 --- 02/15/12 04:06 PM The Real the Puppet Master George Soros [Re: Ayuveda]
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Originally Posted By: Ayuveda

This coming from a God hating commie, you know it holds such a special meaning for me...ahahahah!


Edited by Chicago Jesus (02/15/12 07:36 PM)

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#1325242 --- 02/15/12 04:14 PM Re: The Real the Puppet Master George Soros [Re: ]
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"God-hating"?

No hate. That's your department Harley.



Don't be scared homie.
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#1325262 --- 02/15/12 06:20 PM Re: The Real the Puppet Master George Soros [Re: ]
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I see they are still confusing charity with socialism. I know it's a tough concept to get your head around. Well not really.


Edited by cwjga (02/15/12 06:21 PM)

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#1325300 --- 02/15/12 09:37 PM God is Love [Re: cwjga]
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You desire a fascist-wrapped Christianity Trierarch. Here's a quote for your revival efforts.

“Adolf Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity. It is therefore understandable that words cannot be found to lament over his death”.
- Generalissimo Francisco Franco
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#1325312 --- 02/15/12 10:38 PM George Soros is a Lib's God [Re: Ayuveda]
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Originally Posted By: Ayuveda
You desire a fascist-wrapped Christianity Trierarch. Here's a quote for your revival efforts.

“Adolf Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity. It is therefore understandable that words cannot be found to lament over his death”.
- Generalissimo Francisco Franco



So who do admire more Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Tojo or Neville Chamberlain for not have a spine?

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#1325327 --- 02/15/12 11:16 PM Re: George Soros is God [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Originally Posted By: Ayuveda
You desire a fascist-wrapped Christianity Trierarch. Here's a quote for your revival efforts.

“Adolf Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity. It is therefore understandable that words cannot be found to lament over his death”.
- Generalissimo Francisco Franco



So who do admire more Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Tojo or Neville Chamberlain for not have a spine?



Weak ass-clownery Harley. Have SkyNazi update your schtick.


Don't be scared homie.
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#1325331 --- 02/15/12 11:39 PM Re: George Soros is God [Re: Ayuveda]
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Originally Posted By: Ayuveda
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Originally Posted By: Ayuveda
You desire a fascist-wrapped Christianity Trierarch. Here's a quote for your revival efforts.

“Adolf Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity. It is therefore understandable that words cannot be found to lament over his death”.
- Generalissimo Francisco Franco



So who do admire more Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Tojo or Neville Chamberlain for not have a spine?



Weak ass-clownery Harley. Have SkyNazi update your schtick.


Don't be scared homie.
You brought Hitler and Franco! All I did was ask a question.

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#1325346 --- 02/16/12 12:27 AM Re: George Soros is a Lib's God [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
So who do admire more Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Tojo or Neville Chamberlain for not have a spine?


At least those leaders served in the military and fought in live combat, unlike our war-mongering, cowardly leaders (Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush 2, Obama) that feed off the glory of their disposable heroes on the battlefield.


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#1325352 --- 02/16/12 12:51 AM Re: George Soros is a Lib's God [Re: MeRightYouWrong]
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Originally Posted By: MeRightYouWrong
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
So who do admire more Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Tojo or Neville Chamberlain for not have a spine?


At least those leaders served in the military and fought in live combat, unlike our war-mongering, cowardly leaders (Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush 2, Obama) that feed off the glory of their disposable heroes on the battlefield.

Reagan was in the military.

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#1325355 --- 02/16/12 01:27 AM Re: George Soros is a Lib's God [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Originally Posted By: MeRightYouWrong
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
So who do admire more Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Tojo or Neville Chamberlain for not have a spine?


At least those leaders served in the military and fought in live combat, unlike our war-mongering, cowardly leaders (Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush 2, Obama) that feed off the glory of their disposable heroes on the battlefield.

Reagan was in the military.

Yeah, but he spent most of that time in PR making movies. However, Bush 1 DID serve in combat as a TBF pilot in the Pacific theater.
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#1325360 --- 02/16/12 01:41 AM Re: George Soros is a Lib's God [Re: Josephus]
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Originally Posted By: Josephus
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Originally Posted By: MeRightYouWrong
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
So who do admire more Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Tojo or Neville Chamberlain for not have a spine?


At least those leaders served in the military and fought in live combat, unlike our war-mongering, cowardly leaders (Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush 2, Obama) that feed off the glory of their disposable heroes on the battlefield.

Reagan was in the military.

Yeah, but he spent most of that time in PR making movies. However, Bush 1 DID serve in combat as a TBF pilot in the Pacific theater.
Thanks! Now we have that ironed out, it looks like the slackers are Clinton and Hussein.

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