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“End the FED” and Ron Paul Political Positions


After the obvious and miserable failures of Barack Obama to deliver honest changes and his military assaults and interventions in Africa and other developing countries, now it is the right time to start supporting more friendly and Republican US presidential candidate in 2012 elections.

Congressman Ron Paul Republican 2012 Presidential Candidate

Ronald Ernest “Ron “ Paul is an American medical doctor, author, Republican U.S. Congressman of the House of Representatives and candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination. Paul is currently the U.S. Congressman for the 14th congressional district of Texas.

Paul serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Joint Economic Committee, and the House Committee on Financial Services, and is Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, where he has been an outspoken critic of current American foreign and monetary policy.

He wrote End the Fed book published in 2009. The book debuted at number six on the New York Times Best Seller list and advocates the abolition of the US Federal Reserve Bank System.

End the FED by Ron Paul

Paul is United States presidential candidate in 1988, 2008, and 2012, have been described as conservative, Constitutionalist, and libertarian. Paul has been nicknamed “Dr. No” reflecting both his medical degree and his assertion that he will “never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution” and “Mr. Republican”. This position has frequently resulted in Paul casting the sole “no” vote against proposed legislation. One scoring method published in the American Journal of Political Science found Paul the most conservative of all 3,320 members of Congress from 1937 to 2002. Paul’s foreign policy of nonintervention made him the only 2008 Republican presidential candidate to have voted against the Iraq War Resolution during 2002.

He advocates withdrawal from the United Nations, and from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, for reasons of maintaining strong national sovereignty. He endorses free trade, rejecting membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization as “managed trade”. He endorses increased border security and opposes welfare for illegal aliens, birthright citizenship and amnesty; he voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

He voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists in response to the September 11 attacks, but suggested war alternatives such as authorizing the president to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal targeting specific terrorists. An opponent of the Iraq War and potential war with Iran, he has also criticized neo-conservatism and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, arguing that both inadvertently cause terrorist reprisals against Americans. Paul has stated that “Israel is our close friend” and that it is not the place of the United States to “dictate how Israel runs her affairs”.

Paul is a proponent of Austrian school economics; he has authored six books on the subject, and displays pictures of Austrian school economists Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, and Ludwig von Mises (as well as of Grover Cleveland)[85] on his office wall. He regularly votes against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes; he cast two thirds of all the lone negative votes in the House during the 1995-1997 period. He has pledged never to raise taxes and states he has never voted to approve a budget deficit. Paul believes that the country could abolish the individual income tax by scaling back federal spending to its fiscal year 2000 levels; financing government operations would be primarily by excise taxes and non-protectionist tariffs. He endorses eliminating most federal government agencies, terming them unnecessary bureaucracies.

Paul has a consistent record as an inflation hawk, having warned of the threat of hyperinflation as far back as 1981. While Paul believes the long-term decrease of the U.S. dollar’s purchasing power by inflation is attributable to its lack of any commodity backing, he does not endorse a “return” to a gold standard – as the U.S. government has established during the past – but instead prefers to eliminate legal tender laws and to remove the sales tax on gold and silver, so that the market may freely decide what type of monetary standard(s) there shall be. He also advocates gradual elimination of the Federal Reserve System.

Paul endorses constitutional rights, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and habeas corpus for political detainees. He opposes the Patriot Act, federal use of torture, presidential autonomy, a national identification card, warrantless domestic surveillance, and the draft. Citing the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, Paul advocates states’ rights to decide how to regulate social matters not cited directly by the Constitution. Paul terms himself “strongly pro-life”, “an unshakable foe of abortion”, and believes regulation or ban on medical decisions about maternal or fetal health is “best handled at the state level”. He says his years as an obstetrician led him to believe life begins at conception; his abortion-related legislation, like the Sanctity of Life Act, is intended to negate Roe v. Wade and to get “the federal government completely out of the business of regulating state matters.” Paul also believes that the notion of the separation of church and state is currently misused by the court system: “In case after case, the Supreme Court has used the infamous ‘separation of church and state’ metaphor to uphold court decisions that allow the federal government to intrude upon and deprive citizens of their religious liberty.”

He opposes federal regulation of the death penalty (although he opposes capital punishment), of education, and of marriage, and endorses revising the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to concern mainly disruptive sexual behavior (whether heterosexual or homosexual). As a free-market environmentalist, he asserts private property rights in relation to environmental protection and pollution prevention.[citation needed] He also opposes the federal War on Drugs, and believes the states should decide whether to regulate or deregulate drugs such as medical marijuana. Paul pushes to eliminate federal involvement with and management of health care, which he argues would allow prices to decrease due to the fundamental dynamics of a free market. He is an outspoken proponent for increased ballot access for 3rd party candidates and numerous election law reforms which he believes would allow more voter control. Referring to the federal government, Ron Paul has also stated that “The government shouldn’t be in the medical business.” He is also opposed to federal government influenza inoculation programs.

Paul was critical of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguing that it sanctioned federal interference in the labor market and did not improve race relations. He once remarked: “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society”.

On April 15, 2011, Paul was one of four Republican members of Congress to vote against “The Path to Prosperity”.

Foreign policy

Paul’s stand on foreign policy issues has drawn support across the political spectrum. His views are generally attributed to those of non-interventionism, which is the belief that the United States should avoid entangling alliances with other nations, but still retain diplomacy, and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial self-defense.[citation needed] Paul is quoted as stating “America [should] not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations”, while advocating “open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations”. Ronald Reagan spoke in support of Paul’s foreign policy views, stating “Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.” Daniel Ellsberg, famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers, has said of Paul: “On foreign policy, on the Constitution, on Homeland Security, on intervention, he speaks very well.” Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has said that he and Paul “agree tremendously on international policy”.

Non-intervention

Paul’s stance on foreign policy is one of consistent non-intervention, opposing wars of aggression and entangling alliances with other nations.

Paul advocates bringing troops home from U.S. military bases in Korea, Japan, and Europe, among others. He also proposes that the U.S. stop sending massive, unaccountable foreign aid. The National Journal labeled Paul’s overall foreign policies in 2006 as more conservative than 20% of the House and more liberal than 77% of the House (28% and 72%, respectively, in 2005). For 2008, his ratings were 57% more conservative and 42% more liberal (48% and 52%, respectively, in 2007).

In an October 11, 2007 interview with The Washington Post, Paul said, “There’s nobody in this world that could possibly attack us today… we could defend this country with a few good submarines. If anybody dared touch us we could wipe any country off of the face of the earth within hours. And here we are, so intimidated and so insecure and we’re acting like such bullies that we have to attack third-world nations that have no military and have no weapons.”

The World Trade Organization

Paul states that the WTO is a barrier to free trade and that the economic argument for free trade should be no more complex than the moral argument. “Tariffs are taxes that penalize those who buy foreign goods. If taxes are low on imported goods, consumers benefit by being able to buy at the best price, thus saving money to buy additional goods and raise their standard of living. The competition stimulates domestic efforts and hopefully serves as an incentive to get onerous taxes and regulations reduced…. By endorsing the concept of managed world trade through the World Trade Organization, proponents acknowledge that they actually believe in order for free trade to be an economic positive, it requires compensation or a “deal”. Paul introduced HJR 90 to withdraw membership from the World Trade Organization.

International trade

Paul is a proponent of free trade and rejects protectionism, advocating “conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations”.[49] He opposes many free trade agreements (FTAs), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), stating that “free-trade agreements are really managed trade” and serve special interests and big business, not citizens.

He voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), holding that it increased the size of government, eroded U.S. sovereignty, and was unconstitutional. He has also voted against the Australia–U.S. FTA, the U.S.–Singapore FTA, and the U.S.–Chile FTA, and voted to withdraw from the WTO. He believes that “fast track” powers, given by Congress to the President to devise and negotiate FTAs on the country’s behalf, are unconstitutional, and that Congress, rather than the executive branch, should construct FTAs.

Paul also has a 57% voting record in favor of free trade in the House of Representatives, according to the Cato Institute.

Lower spending and smaller government

Paul believes the size of federal government must be decreased substantially. In order to restrict the federal government to what he believes are its Constitutionally authorized functions, Paul regularly votes against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes, often opposed by a heavy majority of his colleagues. For example, on January 22, 2007, Paul was the lone member out of 415 voting to oppose a House measure to create a National Archives exhibit on slavery and Reconstruction, seeing this as an unauthorized use of taxpayer money.

Lower taxes

Paul’s campaign slogan for 2004 was “The Taxpayers’ Best Friend!” He would completely eliminate the income tax by shrinking the size and scope of government to what he considers its Constitutional limits, noting that he has never voted to approve an unbalanced budget; he has observed that even scaling back spending to 2000 levels eliminates the need for the 42% of the budget accounted for by individual income tax receipts. He has asserted that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and supports the repeal of the sixteenth amendment. Rather than taxing personal income, which he says assumes that the government owns individuals’ lives and labor, he prefers the federal government to be funded through excise taxes and/or uniform, non-protectionist tariffs. However, during the 2011 CPAC conference, he said he would support a flat income tax of 10 % at 19:23 of that speech. A citizen would be able to opt out of all government involvement if they simply pay a 10 % income tax.

Inflation and the Federal Reserve

In the words of the New York Times, Paul is “not a fan” of the Federal Reserve. Paul’s opposition to the Fed is supported by the Austrian Business Cycle Theory, which holds that instead of containing inflation, the Federal Reserve, in theory and in practice, is responsible for causing inflation. In addition to eroding the value of individual savings, this creation of inflation leads to booms and busts in the economy. Thus Paul argues that government, via a central bank (the Federal Reserve), is the primary cause of economic recessions and depressions. He believes that economic volatility is decreased when the free market determines interest rates and money supply. He has stated in numerous speeches that most of his colleagues in Congress are unwilling to abolish the central bank because it funds many government activities. He says that to compensate for eliminating the “hidden tax” of inflation, Congress and the president would instead have to raise taxes or cut government services, either of which could be politically damaging to their reputations. He states that the “inflation tax” is a tax on the poor, because the Federal Reserve prints more money which subsidizes select industries, while poor people pay higher prices for goods as more money is placed in circulation.

Free-market environmentalism

As a free-market environmentalist, Paul sees polluters as aggressors who should not be granted immunity or otherwise insulated from accountability. Paul argues that enforcing private property rights through tort law would hold people and corporations accountable, and would increase the cost of polluting activities—thus decreasing pollution.

The sources:

The Political positions of Ron Paul

The Wikipedia on Ron Paul

Wall Street “Half-wayers” of Generations


"You" here is refering to both Half-wayers and their masters

Half-wayers are of any occupation or business

In all countries, including the USA, Greece, and Spain, there are considerable portion of the population of each generation that might be labeled as the “Half-wayers”. These are the unsuccessful but still they are grateful and defendant of the socio-economic system in place. They are mostly of older ages, but still you can find them in less ambitious youth.

The Half-wayers are middle-classers who feel indebted to the unjust and corrupt system because deep in their hearts and minds they believe that they have achieved and acquired more than what they fairly and normally deserve. This kind of people might not be corrupt; but they assume that without such system they would have been ruined and abject losers. This is the only reason why they defend the system meekly and brutally; or at least fear and reject any movement that might bring possible change.

The Half-wayers put their conscience on indefinite leave upon unspoken orders from their rich employers or sponsors. They always look for other unhealthy means to release their internal frustrations, disrespect, and disgust. These vents might include: eating; sex; violent sports; consumption; or peer socializing.

The relationship between the Half-wayers and their employers or sponsors is opportunistic and does not include appreciation or regard. Those rich investors who make the socio-economic system own the tools; and the Half-wayers are among these tools. They must do their jobs but cannot join the elites, with very limited exceptions to lure them to keep going and fantasizing.

Any mass movement that is struggling to bring social, political, and economic real changes, like the current Occupy Wall Street, will have considerable difficulties in dealing with the Half-wayers. Despite that such movements care and defend the rights of these groups but at the same time you will find the Half-wayers are rejecting any medicines and even acting to worsen their conditions.

The Half-wayers while are victims they stand on the wrong side of the fight; they are present in every field: unions; police; judiciary; political parties; media; public service; entrepreneurs; sex workers, and even the unemployed. This complicates the struggle to bring meaningful changes while avoiding shooting yourself in the foot.

The Half-wayers must realize that they are not spoiled kids or insane patients. They must know that they are much safer, prosperous, and dignified with the new system in the making. The Half-wayers do not need to sip free Champaign from the balconies or manhandle protesters in Wall Street while their masters are pulling their strings.

USA Liberal Democracy is Like $#!T


Who needs words after reading these graphs?

If you are among the bottom 40% of the US population then you have nothing in the USA. But the bottom 60% of the US population own only 5% of the wealth. This is ridiculous even for a third World country! What kind of democracy is this?

The American Dream means that you have 99% chance to earn $85 per day! Of course, if you get a job first.

Be happy, your income is flat for the last thirty years and your taxes are increasing! Because the poor billionaires will pay less taxes and get rocket increases in their income.

Ditto!

Ditto!


Finito.

Ashamed America and Corrupt Liberal Democracy


Ashamed America and Corrupt Liberal Democracy

You don’t need to be a professional expert or shrewd politician to know that US democracy, and liberal democracy in general, serves capitalists and not the other way around. The main responsibility of people representatives in any healthy democracy is to discover, protect and promote the interests of the people and the nation at large.

Look at the following graph which was issued by Alan De Smet based on “Table F-1. Income Limits for Each Fifth and Top 5 Percent of Families (All Races): 1947 to 2007″, U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements, as found at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/histinc/f01AR.html. The original data at U.S. Census Bureau is unfortunately inaccessible now but there is a backup copy .

Income inequality in the United States

This graph shows the income of the given percentiles from 1947 to 2007, in 2007 dollars. It illustrates income inequality in the United States.

The graph indicates clearly that the richest 5% of the US population is getting richer at a steady rocket speed since 1950 and until 2010, while the poorest 5% are at flat income during the same period. Anybody should ask where the so-called trickle-down effect of capitalism is.

At Wikipedia you will find a very important post stating the following:

[Data from the United States Department of Commerce and Internal Revenue Service indicate that income inequality has been increasing since the 1970s, whereas it had been declining during the mid-20th century.  As of 2006, the United States had one of the highest levels of income inequality, as measured through the Gini index, among high income countries, comparable to that of some middle income countries such as Russia or Turkey, being one of only a few developed countries where inequality has increased since 1980.

Alan Greenspan stated before Congress in 2005:

As I’ve often said, this is not the type of thing which a democratic society – a capitalist democratic society – can really accept without addressing.]

Can anybody say that the US political democratic system is functioning properly? My answer is a big NO.

Therefore, the causes and demands of Occupy Wall Street movement are legitimate and just; especially, forming a presidential commission to separate money from politics.

World Revolution for Real Democracy


World Revolution Now; UNITED FOR GLOBAL CHANGE,

World Revolution for Real Democracy: People of the world Rise Up on October 15, http://15october.net/ and https://www.facebook.com/15octobernet .

UNITED FOR GLOBAL CHANGE is an organization based in Spain and it works with the following:

1- Direct Democracy Now! Greece http://real-democracy.gr/

2- Real democracy NOW (Spanish: Democracia real YA) Spain http://www.democraciarealya.es/

3- Occupy Wall Street USA http://occupywallst.org/

4- Occupy the London Stock Exchange, UK, http://www.facebook.com/occupylondon

5- Occupy Together, USA, http://www.occupytogether.org/

6- October 15, Events all over the World, for a full long list of cities around the World go to: http://15october.net/where/

Watch this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y3X2VFruLM&feature=player_embedded

We Need A Real Democracy!

On October 15th citizens around the world will take to the streets to express outrage at how our rights are being undermined by the alliance between politicians and big corporations.

From Democracia real YA (Real Democracy Now) we invite you to participate in this peaceful protest by joining our call to action or by calling for other actions on this date. It is time to raise our voice. Our future is at stake, and nothing can hold back the power of millions of people when they unite for a common goal.

Democracia real YA is a platform that originated in Spain to coordinate various civil mobilization groups. Under the slogan “We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers”, thousands of people took to the streets on May 15th to demand a more participatory democracy, to reject corruption in Spain’s political system, and to show our opposition to the austerity measures imposed on us.

Following the success of that first demonstration, several movements emerged. Acampadas (tent cities) were set up in central squares across the country, much like the first occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo.

The acampadas gave rise to popular assemblies, where citizens shape their goals through an inclusive non-hierarchal decision making process. The May 15 movement soon expanded beyond Spanish borders and inspired actions in numerous cities around the world, including a mass demonstration against the Euro Pact last June 19th.

Pressured by financial powers, our political leaders work for the benefit of just a few, regardless of the social, human or environmental cost this may cause. By promoting wars for profit and impoverishing whole populations, our ruling classes are depriving us of our right to a free and just society.

That’s why we invite you to join this peaceful fight and spread the message that together we have the ability to change this intolerable situation. Let’s take to the streets on October 15th. It’s time for them to listen to us. United we will make our voices heard!

On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global nonviolent protest.

The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.

United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future.

We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.

On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.

It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.

People of the world, rise up on October 15th!

Timeline of Occupy Wall Street


End Federal Reserve Banks

Free America from Greedy Corporations

Occupy Wall Street is about reforming the rules and institutions that control US governance system; i.e. Re-designing democracy.
And making sure that capitalism serves democracy and the people, not the other way around.
Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – they started setting the agenda for a new America”; and “taking to task the people who perpetrated the current economic meltdown”.

Other reasons include:

  1. Obama Administration is now at 42% approval rating and falling steadily since they took offices (www.pollingreport.com)
  2. 60% of US population complains about the economy; and 42% about unemployment and poverty
  3. There are more internet searches about US corruption; defense and social policies; and corporations
  4. Fast growing interest and usage of different alternative media tools, with decline of mainstream media
  5. There are more information, debates, and criticism against the FED Federal Reserve System and banks
  6. There is no a single convincing presidential program and presidential candidate for the coming elections
  7. All indicators show that Obama will be a single-term president, and the elections will have low participation
  8. The US has been stricken my many massive failures in the past decade in different sectors without recovery
  9. After a bitter experiences during the Bush Administrations, all hopes of change disappeared with Obama
  10. There is rapidly growing awareness and rejections for secret societies of bankers, politicians, and the rich
  11. The influences of money and corporations upon national policies and foreign affairs are deeply rejected
  12. There is growing fears and concerns of more US military and violent interventions abroad
  13. World peace and economy are becoming increasingly volatile due to corporate globalization and (NWO) New World Order
  14. The US educated and aware youth masses do not feel secure and heard with corporate façade democracy
  15. The Internet generations in the US and the World became more mature, serious, and objective

The following is a timeline of Occupy Wall Street (or OWS) which officially began on Saturday, September 17, 2011 as an occupation of Wall Street, the financial district of New York City and is an ongoing demonstration.

In this timeline, Occupy Wall Street is often written OWS.

Pre-Sept 17

June 9, 2011 – a Canadian anti-consumerist magazine called Adbusters registers the domain name occupywallstreet.org

July 4, 2011 – independent activists register occupywallst.org

July 13, 2011 – Adbusters makes the initial proposal for a peaceful demonstration to occupy Wall Street.

August 23 – The hacktivist group Anonymous encourages its followers to take part in the protest.

September 3 – The General Assembly meets in Tompkins Square Park to plan strategy.

September

September 17 (Day 1 ) – the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street gathering. An estimated 1,000 people attend on the first day. NYPD police officers prohibit protesters from erecting tents, citing loitering rules. Masses of people walk up and down Wall Street. Roseanne Barr speaks to protesters during the first day of the demonstration.

September 19 (Day 3) – the stock market opens on Wall Street for regular business. Many major news sources begin to publish articles on the occupation and Occupy Wall Street caught some mainstream media attention across a wide variety of sources.

September 22 (Day 6 ) – it is reported that a largely black crowd of about 2,000 people march from Union Square to Wall Street to protest the execution of Troy Davis. Four black men, two from the City University and two from the “Malcolm X Grassroots Movement”, are arrested during the protests.

September 23 (Day 7 ) – the action at Zuccoti Park, now renamed Liberty Plaza, across the street from finance hub One Liberty Plaza in New York City continues. The Colbert Report satirized the protests and major newspapers including The Guardian and the New York Times covered the protests.

September 24 (Day 8 ) – At least 80 arrests are made after protesters begin marching uptown, forcing the closure of several streets. Soon after the arrests, videos begin to appear around the web. In particular, public concern is raised by a video released later in the day showing young women being maced by a police officer.

September 25 (Day 9) – YouTube discloses that the hacktivist group Anonymous uploads a video around 4:30PM on this day, threatening the NYPD: “If we hear of brutality in the next 36 hours then we will take you down from the internet as you have taken the protesters voices from the airwaves.”

September 26 (Day 10) The name of the police officer who mace some young women on September 24 (Day 8 ) is revealed as Anthony Bologna. OWS claims that this incident occurred without provocation, demanding jail time for Bologna and the resignation of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. It is reported that Noam Chomsky has sent a public “strong message of support” to the organizers of the OWS protests. In the evening hours, filmmaker Michael Moore addresses the crowd at Liberty Plaza.

September 27 (Day 11 ) – An OWS afternoon march ends not at Wall Street but at a rally by postal workers protesting against a five-day delivery week, which many believe will severely harm the postal service and cause significant job losses. NYC Councilman Charles Barron visits Liberty Plaza addressing those gathered with public support for OWS. Later Dr. Cornel West speaks to the gathering at Liberty Plaza and opens the General Assembly. It is reported by the official Occupy Wall Street website that “nearly two thousand people gathered to hear Dr. West speak.”

September 28 (Day 12 ) – According to various sources, the board of the local union of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU Local-100) votes to support OWS.

September 29 (Day 13) – Chris Hedges publishes a column in strong support of OWS.  TWU Local-100 uses Twitter to urge members to take part in a “massive march and rally” on Wednesday, Oct. 5. There are unsubstantiated claims that the Oct. 5 event is co-sponsored by another eight labor and community outreach organizations. Meanwhile, protesters in San Francisco attempt to occupy Citibank, Chase, and attempt to enter a Charles Schwab financial institution, with some media outlets citing OWS as an inspiration to the spread of protests.

September 30 (Day 14) – More than 1,000 demonstrators, including representatives of labor organizations, held a peaceful march to police headquarters to protest what they said was a heavy-handed police response the previous week. No arrests were reported.

October

October 1 (Day 15) – More than 5,000 people marched towards the Brooklyn Bridge, and hundreds marched onto its pedestrian area and car lanes, taking over part of the bridge. Traffic into Brooklyn was stopped by the police for roughly two hours. Police split the crowd into two sections, enclosing a few hundred that were on the bridge between two lines of netting and kittling them – slowly closing in and keeping them from moving about. Over 700 arrests were made, while police had to call for paddy wagons and buses to transport the arrestees, including a New York Times reporter who was on the bridge. Others who were caught on the bridge were later allowed to walk away. The remaining protestors gathered in the evening in Liberty Plaza.

October 2 (Day 16) – Videos emerged showing the police, after preventing them to do so, eventually let the protesters walk to the bridge’s main road to then arrest them on traffic disruption charges:

“Protesters started marching up the pedestrian walk way over the bridge while others tried to take the traffic lane. For a few minutes officers held the line and then they turned around and led the way up the traffic lane on the Brooklyn Bridge. From what I saw no police told any of the protesters to leave until they created a barricade in front of the march about halfway through the bridge. They then pulled vans and buses up to the back of the group and started arresting everyone.”

October 3 (Day 17) – Hundreds of protestors in New York dress as “corporate zombies” and zombie walked past Wall Street with painted faces and carrying fake dollar bills.

“Occupy Wall Street” Movement


Occupy Wall Street single demand poster

Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing and vastly expanding protest movement in New York City. The Canadian anti-consumerist, pro-environment group “Adbusters” initially called for the protest and was inspired by the Arab Spring movement, particularly the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo which initiated the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

The event has attracted protestors who wish to act against corporate greed, social inequality, and global climate change, among other concerns.

Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – they start setting the agenda for a new America”. The protest’s organizers hope that the protestors themselves will formulate their own specific demands, expecting them to be focused on “taking to task the people who perpetrated the economic meltdown”.

By October 1, similar demonstrations were held in Washington, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Portland, Maine, and Denver.

Action starting date: September 17, 2011 (Constitution Day) – ongoing

Location: New York City, USA; ongoing with “occupy” movements spreading to other cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Portland.

Tools: Civil resistance, Civil disobedience, Occupation of public places, Picketing, Political rallies, and publications.

According to their own website, [Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

The leaders of this movement are the everyday people participating in the occupation. We use a tool called the “General Assembly” to facilitate open, participatory and horizontal organizing between members of the public. We welcome people from all colors, genders and beliefs to participate in our daily assemblies. Visit the NYC General Assembly website to learn how you can become involved, read updates/minutes, or find out how you can adopt NYCGA processes to organize your own community.

On 13 Jul 2011, the group Adbusters released this call: Occupy Wall Street!

In Solidarity, and as a response to this call, a planning group was formed [OccupyWallst.org], and an info sharing site established. The participation of every person, and every organization, that has an interest in returning the US back into the hands of it’s individual citizens is required.

Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation.

We, the people of the United States of America, considering the crisis at hand, now reassert our sovereign control of our land.]

Hundreds of arrests on the Brooklyn bridge

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