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November 18th
9:00 AM EST

The next person I witness using the ignorant and uninformed “They All Need to Go Get a Job" argument to discredit the occupy movement is going to deeply regret the moment they ever opened their moronic little mouth. You know what? Maybe some of them could use a shower. And maybe some of them could better spend their time looking for a job, I won’t deny that it’s possible. There are tons of people out there protesting. All of them have a different story, but I’m not gonna judge em’ because I don’t know em’. The fact of the matter is, a diverse group of thousands of people cannot be defined by one stereotypical profile and you sound unintelligent and obtuse for making such statements. 

I’m not saying that you have to agree with everything about the movement or run out into the streets chanting in support of the 99% right this very moment. But if you are currently under the impression that everything in our country is a-ok and that if everyone just went and got a job (like that’s an easy thing to do right now) and worked like the good little workers we’re supposed to be all of our problems would be solved, then you are seriously misguided and living in some sweet, sweet fantasy world.

The American government is so corrupted and broken that it’s almost incomprehensible. Corporate power and influence controls what is supposed to be the people’s democracy. And guess what? The CEO’s, the billionaire presidents of the wealthiest corporations who keep shelling cash deep into the pockets of the people who are supposed to be our representatives aren’t doing so because they have your best interest’s in mind. Something needs to be done to restore our democracy; so that the people’s voices can be heard and so that our country starts to become a place that reflects the diverse beliefs of every citizen. Not the narrow-minded, greedy policies of a few extremely wealthy individuals.

What those who don’t “get” Occupy Wall Street need to understand is that these protests are the first steps in working towards accomplishing that goal. No, this isn’t the perfect solution to the problem and who knows, there may never be an answer. But if after everything- all of the police brutality, the true uncovering of the police state we live in, and every other forceful tactic used to try and silence the people- you still cannot sympathize with the core fundamentals of this movement than you are just completely missing the entire picture because you are too tied up being contently complacent within the system.

I wrote this back in September after I visited Zuccotti Park when the movement was only a few days old. And while now I can even empathize with sentiments such as this and this, I believe everything I said then still holds true. I wrote:

"This movement will never be represented by one clear cut demand. It will never have one perfect little tagline. There is no definitive answer. A lot of different people are angry about a lot of different things and while all of it may be too overwhelming for the average news reader to digest at once, the most important part is that the occupiers are all willing to work together to restore justice and equality in America.”

Howard Zinn said, “I don’t believe it’s possible to be neutral. The world is already moving in certain directions. And to be neutral, to be passive, in a situation like that, is to collaborate with what is going on.”  To anyone who still thinks this is not important. Wake up, let go of the preconceived notions that were hand fed to you by the mainstream media, and get mad. Get really, really mad. 

November 15th
11:05 AM EST
 Uh, uh. Not cool!
[via The Village Voice & scribnerbooks]

 Uh, uh. Not cool!

[via The Village Voice & scribnerbooks]

7:53 AM EST
October 18th
8:43 AM EST
blogfrombookstores:

At Zuccotti Park, A People’s Library

Amid one of the most dynamic political events in recent American history lies one of the most harmonious of places – a library.
Occupy Wall Street has become known for its animated protests and run-ins with police, but walk inside Zuccotti Park – the movement’s unofficial headquarters – and you get a different story. Organizers have created a medical center, food station, and donation drop-off point. But it’s “The People’s Library” that has become an example of the group’s mission and outside support.  
“The library is a demonstration of the fact we aren’t just a bunch of crazies,” said Stephen Boyer, 27, who volunteers there. “Were trying to build a community and we’re succeeding.” (Read more)
(via)
[photo by Kevin Lorla]

blogfrombookstores:

At Zuccotti Park, A People’s Library

Amid one of the most dynamic political events in recent American history lies one of the most harmonious of places – a library.

Occupy Wall Street has become known for its animated protests and run-ins with police, but walk inside Zuccotti Park – the movement’s unofficial headquarters – and you get a different story. Organizers have created a medical center, food station, and donation drop-off point. But it’s “The People’s Library” that has become an example of the group’s mission and outside support.  

“The library is a demonstration of the fact we aren’t just a bunch of crazies,” said Stephen Boyer, 27, who volunteers there. “Were trying to build a community and we’re succeeding.” (Read more)

(via)

[photo by Kevin Lorla]

October 10th
11:43 AM EST

blogfrombookstores:

The People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street

It doesn’t seem likely that the site of a large protest would be a suitable place for reading quietly. Which is why you might be surprised to find that Zuccotti park, home of the Occupy Wall Street protests, has its very own public library and that many protestors can be found with their noses buried in books, reading and occupying all at the same time. (Read more)

October 9th
2:18 PM EST
For twenty-two days now, protesters have  occupied Zuccotti Park in Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in New York. Since the  movement’s beginnings on September 17th, many different portrayals of  the occupiers have been painted. Some have tried to discredit what’s  going on by describing the movement’s supporters as some big angry mob  of uneducated, unappreciative kids. Others are dismissing the protesters and their cries for justice and equality because there is no clear cut question and answer. And some have done their best to get into the thick of the scene and report the bare bone facts about what’s really going on. 
Yesterday, after spending most of my day in Liberty Plaza with this  growing group of Wall Street occupiers, I quickly came to learn that no  reporter or politician will ever be able to correctly describe this movement by   placing all of its supporters into some stereotypical profile. A  complete and honest picture of the protestors would be an enormous  mosaic of many different shades and colors. This group is not just a  gathering of hardcore leftists. It’s not just a mob of angry anarchists.  It’s not just a bunch of diehard libertarians. It’s not just a hangout  for misguided young, hipsters. This is a group of American people who,  despite their different backgrounds and political stances, have come  together to say that they’re unhappy with the way their country is  functioning and that they are going to work together in solidarity to  fight for fundamental change.
Since the very beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement, its  biggest criticism has been that there is no list of demands; no snippy  little soundbite that puts what the protestors are fighting for into  simple terms. But a true understanding of what’s taking place at Liberty  Plaza will reveal, that this movement cannot be truthfully expressed on  such a simplified level. The people in Zuccotti park, and now in cities all over the nation,  come from all different walks of life and each are fighting for a  number of different causes. Maybe this seems unorganized and ineffective  to an outsider, but the reason that it will work is because they are  working together. People fighting to end the war are helping people who  want to save the environment. Veterans For Peace are standing next to  the supporters of a Spiritual Revolution. Everyone has a different issue  that they feel strongly about, but the group is unified in the fact  that they’re all fighting together to call out our corrupt democracy  that no longer allows the American people to have voice in the  policies  that are shaping our country.
This movement will never be represented by one clear cut demand. It  will never have one perfect little tagline. There is no definitive  answer. A lot of different people are angry about a lot of different  things and while all of it may be too overwhelming for the average news  reader to digest all at once, the most important part is that the occupiers are  all willing to work together to restore justice and equality in America.
Besides the inspiring people who continue to keep the movement alive, the most  impressive aspect of the scene at Zuccotti Park, is the working group  stations that have been established among the camp. Everything from the kitchen where many have donated food for the protestors, to the information center and media hub, to the growing library of books is a true testament to the fact that we don’t need such a  hierarchical government like the one currently in place. The working  groups strongly demonstrate that if power were placed back into the hands  of the states and people, and if government became a more local and  decentralized entity, American communities would thrive on their own.  The protest itself has become living proof that the very  thing its supporters are fighting for can actually work to create the kind of country that we all want to live in.
I ended my day yesterday in Washington Square Park where thousands of people congregated for the day’s General Assembly meeting. Because the NYPD will not allow  the use of megaphones, the group spreads a speaker’s message by  repeating his or her words in unison. As I used my own voice to spread  each speaker’s statements, I realized that the human microphone tactic,  which has become an important part of the organization of the protests,  is highly symbolic of the movement as a whole. Since the mainstream media and much of our government have drowned out the voices and concerns of the average American citizen, the  people are now using each others voices to amplify the things that  really need to be said. To broadcast as loudly as they can, the biggest  issues that need to be tackled now.
“Mic check,” one speaker shouts. “Mic check,” the larger group  responds. “The people united, will never be defeated,” the speaker  chants. “The people united will never be defeated,” the group responds  loudly in unison and the message echos on through the nearby city  streets for everyone to hear.

For twenty-two days now, protesters have occupied Zuccotti Park in Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in New York. Since the movement’s beginnings on September 17th, many different portrayals of the occupiers have been painted. Some have tried to discredit what’s going on by describing the movement’s supporters as some big angry mob of uneducated, unappreciative kids. Others are dismissing the protesters and their cries for justice and equality because there is no clear cut question and answer. And some have done their best to get into the thick of the scene and report the bare bone facts about what’s really going on

Yesterday, after spending most of my day in Liberty Plaza with this growing group of Wall Street occupiers, I quickly came to learn that no reporter or politician will ever be able to correctly describe this movement by placing all of its supporters into some stereotypical profile. A complete and honest picture of the protestors would be an enormous mosaic of many different shades and colors. This group is not just a gathering of hardcore leftists. It’s not just a mob of angry anarchists. It’s not just a bunch of diehard libertarians. It’s not just a hangout for misguided young, hipsters. This is a group of American people who, despite their different backgrounds and political stances, have come together to say that they’re unhappy with the way their country is functioning and that they are going to work together in solidarity to fight for fundamental change.

Since the very beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement, its biggest criticism has been that there is no list of demands; no snippy little soundbite that puts what the protestors are fighting for into simple terms. But a true understanding of what’s taking place at Liberty Plaza will reveal, that this movement cannot be truthfully expressed on such a simplified level. The people in Zuccotti park, and now in cities all over the nation, come from all different walks of life and each are fighting for a number of different causes. Maybe this seems unorganized and ineffective to an outsider, but the reason that it will work is because they are working together. People fighting to end the war are helping people who want to save the environment. Veterans For Peace are standing next to the supporters of a Spiritual Revolution. Everyone has a different issue that they feel strongly about, but the group is unified in the fact that they’re all fighting together to call out our corrupt democracy that no longer allows the American people to have voice in the policies that are shaping our country.

This movement will never be represented by one clear cut demand. It will never have one perfect little tagline. There is no definitive answer. A lot of different people are angry about a lot of different things and while all of it may be too overwhelming for the average news reader to digest all at once, the most important part is that the occupiers are all willing to work together to restore justice and equality in America.

Besides the inspiring people who continue to keep the movement alive, the most impressive aspect of the scene at Zuccotti Park, is the working group stations that have been established among the camp. Everything from the kitchen where many have donated food for the protestors, to the information center and media hub, to the growing library of books is a true testament to the fact that we don’t need such a hierarchical government like the one currently in place. The working groups strongly demonstrate that if power were placed back into the hands of the states and people, and if government became a more local and decentralized entity, American communities would thrive on their own. The protest itself has become living proof that the very thing its supporters are fighting for can actually work to create the kind of country that we all want to live in.

I ended my day yesterday in Washington Square Park where thousands of people congregated for the day’s General Assembly meeting. Because the NYPD will not allow the use of megaphones, the group spreads a speaker’s message by repeating his or her words in unison. As I used my own voice to spread each speaker’s statements, I realized that the human microphone tactic, which has become an important part of the organization of the protests, is highly symbolic of the movement as a whole. Since the mainstream media and much of our government have drowned out the voices and concerns of the average American citizen, the people are now using each others voices to amplify the things that really need to be said. To broadcast as loudly as they can, the biggest issues that need to be tackled now.

“Mic check,” one speaker shouts. “Mic check,” the larger group responds. “The people united, will never be defeated,” the speaker chants. “The people united will never be defeated,” the group responds loudly in unison and the message echos on through the nearby city streets for everyone to hear.