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Dancer on the Stock Exchange Bull in New York
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Dancer on the Stock Exchange Bull in New York

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Thanksgiving Day Parade…. Congressional Charade?

Thanksgiving Day Parade…. Congressional Charade?

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Best protest sign ever. Also very adorable protest sign holder. #ows
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Best protest sign ever. Also very adorable protest sign holder. #ows

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OccupyGeorge.com Circulating knowledge.

OccupyGeorge.com Circulating knowledge.

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This Powerful Clip Is Exactly Why People Support #OccupyWallStreet #Ows

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"You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people.  You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people."  - Dr. Cornel West

"You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people.  You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people."  - Dr. Cornel West

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"The power elite are frantically searching for the ideological weapon that will discredit the movement. But the clarity of the protests, the painful personal stories of dislocation that are the heart of its message, and, most important, the self-discipline, despite police provocation, which has kept these protests nonviolent have advanced the movement and discredited the forces of control. The power elite, held together by the glue of force and fraud, are seeking ways to communicate in the only language they know they can master—unrestrained force. And as we enter the second month of demonstrations, the power elite fear that the core message and the calls for resistance, which resonate with a majority of Americans, will lead to a direct confrontation with the corporate state. If the movement starts to pull hundreds of thousands of people together, if it leaps across class lines, as I saw during the peaceful revolutions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, then the corporate state is probably finished. Our corporate overlords know this. And they are doing everything in their power to make sure this does not come to pass."

Chris Hedges #ows (via theamericanbear)

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A very passionate Chris Hedges question and answer session with a crowd at Occupy Wall Street. #ows

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You know you’re going the right thing when Fox News says you’re not.  #ows

You know you’re going the right thing when Fox News says you’re not.  #ows

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Shepard Fairey #ows

Shepard Fairey #ows

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“Big banks’ efforts to make banking more expensive might provide an opportunity for smaller, better-managed credit unions and community banks — you know, the guys who didn’t blow up and require government support — to get a leg up on their much larger competitors.” - Yahoo Finance’s Dan Gross (From Times Article by Brad Tuttle)

The bank that I used to bank with, Chase recently decided to implement new fees to offset the Federal Reserve’s decision to cap debit card swipe fees which is costing all of these banks billions of dollars.  So instead of getting money through the people who sell us things, they are just going to take it directly from you, in turn making banking more expensive.  

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During a temporary layoff in 2008, we found out he was going to join the family. We couldn’t afford prenatal care, so we applied for medicade only to be told by the State of Nevada that we made $50/mo too much while on unemployment and insurance cost more than we made even after the layoffs ended. Because he wasn’t born yet, they didn’t consider him a person and wouldn’t include him in the income calculation.
We sold what little we owned and moved in with my mother in-law outside Brisbane until he was old enough to fly home. The flights and moving costs to Australia were >5% of what prenatal care and his birth would have cost.
When immigrating to a country on the far side of the planet is more economical than giving birth to a child, something is broken.

N: Broken systems are inherently careless when it comes to basic human rights. These people are lucky enough to have a family connection in another country. That connection helps give you a macro perspective on the possibilities of social systems that work.

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During a temporary layoff in 2008, we found out he was going to join the family. We couldn’t afford prenatal care, so we applied for medicade only to be told by the State of Nevada that we made $50/mo too much while on unemployment and insurance cost more than we made even after the layoffs ended. Because he wasn’t born yet, they didn’t consider him a person and wouldn’t include him in the income calculation.

We sold what little we owned and moved in with my mother in-law outside Brisbane until he was old enough to fly home. The flights and moving costs to Australia were >5% of what prenatal care and his birth would have cost.

When immigrating to a country on the far side of the planet is more economical than giving birth to a child, something is broken.

N: Broken systems are inherently careless when it comes to basic human rights. These people are lucky enough to have a family connection in another country. That connection helps give you a macro perspective on the possibilities of social systems that work.

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I AM NOT MOVING - SHORT FILM 
#OWS  #changetheworld

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N: And that is how the United States rolls… blatant hypocracy. 
Remember the Declaration of Independence (want to read it)?  That beautiful idealistic document of human rights…”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." This is the part that most people are familiar with, but this document has much more to reveal.  
According to the Declaration of Independence, all of this peaceful protesting for change and these public displays of social disparity have already been predicted.  It reads:
"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
We consent to our government by participating in it, using public facilities and programs, spending our money on it and by educating ourselves on the realities of the world so we can be safe and happy. If we do not consent, we need to create new systems that work for us.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
Understand the complexities of your government, and even within a well-established system careful change is necessary.  But know that historically, humans have settled with a bit of tolerable suffering through various mishandled systems rather than creating new ones (laziness? apathy?).  
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”
So basically, the people who founded this country were extremely unsatisfied with the systems established in Great Britain.  When they were in a “new world” (which is truly a beautiful country with mostly beautiful people) they wanted to make sure that no future Americans would be stuck in a system that does not work.  We have the right as humans and Americans to do away with any broken systems and to create new systems that emulate our evolving population.  Using the knowledge we have today to erase the mistakes of the past and move our country forward toward human progress is the ultimate goal and any systems standing in the way of that need to be abolished.  
If you watch the video above, you will notice that there is a global realization of broken systems. The safety nets of the past are withering away and the protesters are the only ones who seem to care.  They are the ones putting their humanity on the line for the betterment of the human condition.  
They are the peaceful and soulful representatives of those who understand that our broken systems need to be changed.  This is our country and our world and we need to customize it to our level of intelligence.  We are not the same people we were in 1776; we are a much more advanced and educated nation.  The design of our society must reflect our intelligence.  Or does it already do this?
Now some of you are saying… not all of us are that smart.  Truth be told, failing/decaying educational infrastructure, broken homes, abuse/violence and poverty prevent too many of our citizens from becoming as educated as they could potentially be.  These cause an infinite amount of social problems such as addictions/self-medicating, alienation/apathy, creating new means to attain wealth outside of the enforced legal systems which leads to overcrowded prisons, a fearful/anxious population and outlier outbursts of all of these tensions (one such example).  
What should the citizens do?  Educate themselves.  
Being aware of more realities allows you to realize:
how much more powerful you are with this knowledge.  
that purposefully chosen political rhetoric is clearly manipulative.
how dumbed-down propaganda and advertising is.
and how unnecessarily dramatic the commercial [corporate] news media is about topics that are not realities.
I am continuing to learn more about us and it continues to give me a better grasp on my place in this world.
More fun reading: Wikipedia Definition of a Social Movement.  [I especially love the theories of social movements.  And I’m super into this mostly because I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from California State University in Northridge.]
I couldn’t help but read the stated mission of the Sociology Department from CSUN:
"Our Mission: The Sociology Department and faculty are committed to creating a supportive environment for student centered learning and achievement. Our students are exposed to all aspects of sociology and acquire sociological perspectives and the techniques for studying society. They learn to critically examine the value assumptions of our institutions and social practices, including the values and practices of our discipline itself. This reflexive stance is an essential element of sociological understanding. Our students will learn how sociology has been used to solve problems for clients, foundations, agencies, and the community, and has contributed to social policy formulation and policy analysis. They will learn how sociologists engage in dialog and engagement with different publics in the civil society. Through their education, our students will understand that sociology and civil society are interdependent, both flourishing in an open and democratic discourse on the issues and crises of modernity."
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The Most Effective Protest Sign Ever #ows
A chart! A government-cited, statistic-based chart. Much better than the typical protest signage.
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via timmelideo: But they are the job creators!!!!!!!
N: The masses need to be aware of the gap between them and the people capitalizing on their ignorance.  

The Most Effective Protest Sign Ever #ows

A chart! A government-cited, statistic-based chart. Much better than the typical protest signage.

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via timmelideo: But they are the job creators!!!!!!!

N: The masses need to be aware of the gap between them and the people capitalizing on their ignorance.  

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The Steps to Non-Violent Revolution and the Convening of a National General Assembly
1. The Occupy Wall Street movement, through the local general assembly, should elect an executive committee comprised of 11 people or some other odd number of people that is manageable for meetings. Ideally this committee should represent each city in the U.S. that is being occupied.
2. The executive committee will then attend to local issues such as obtaining permits, paying for public sanitation and dealing with the media. More important, the executive committee shall plan and organize the election of the 870 delegates to a National General Assembly between now and July 4, 2012.
3. As stated in the 99% declaration, each of the 435 congressional districts will form an election committee to prepare ballots and invite citizens in those districts to run as delegates to a National General Assembly in Philadelphia beginning on July 4, 2012 and convening until October 2012.
4. Each of the 435 congressional districts will elect one man and one woman to attend the the National General Assembly. The vote will be by direct democratic ballot regardless of voter registration status as long as the voter has reached the age of 18 and is a US citizen. This is not a sexist provision. Women are dramatically under-represented in politics even though they comprise more than 50% of the U.S. population.
5. The executive committee will act as a central point to solve problems, raise money to pay for the expenses of the election of the National General Assembly and make sure all 870 delegates are elected prior to the meeting on July 4th.
6. The executive committee would also arrange a venue in Philadelphia to accommodate the delegates attending the National General Assembly where the declaration of values, petition of grievances and platform would be proposed, debated, voted on and approved. The delegates would also elect a chair from their own ranks to run the meetings of the congress and break any tie votes. We will also need the expertise of a gifted parliamentarian to keep the meetings moving smoothly and efficiently.
7. The final declaration, platform and petition of grievances, after being voted upon by the 870 delegates to the National General Assembly would be formally presented by the 870 delegates to all three branches of government and all candidates running for federal public office in November 2012. Thus, the delegates would meet from July 4, 2012 to sometime in early to late October 2012.
8. The delegates to the National General Assembly would then vote on a time period, presently suggested as one year, to give the the newly elected government in November an opportunity to redress the petition of grievances. This is our right as a People under the First Amendment.
9. If the government fails to redress the petition of grievances and drastically change the path this country is on, the delegates will organize a third independent political party to run candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections.
10. There will NEVER be any call for violence by the delegates even if the government refuses to redress the grievances and new elections are called for by the delegates. Nor will any delegate agree to take any money, job promise, or gifts from corporations, unions or any other private source. Any money donated or raised by the executive committee may only be used for publicizing the vote, the National General Assembly, and for travel expenses and accommodation at the National General Assembly ONLY. All books and records will be published openly online so that everyone may see how much money is raised and how the money is spent each month. There will be no money allowed to “purchase” delegate votes as we have in the current government. No corporate “sponsorship”.
[Photo is of the DC peaceful protests by John Quiqley]
N: Organizing the the people the way we know best, democratically.  So the movement is creating a National Assembly comprised of the people who will lead the movement toward its goals. 

The Steps to Non-Violent Revolution and the Convening of a National General Assembly

1. The Occupy Wall Street movement, through the local general assembly, should elect an executive committee comprised of 11 people or some other odd number of people that is manageable for meetings. Ideally this committee should represent each city in the U.S. that is being occupied.

2. The executive committee will then attend to local issues such as obtaining permits, paying for public sanitation and dealing with the media. More important, the executive committee shall plan and organize the election of the 870 delegates to a National General Assembly between now and July 4, 2012.

3. As stated in the 99% declaration, each of the 435 congressional districts will form an election committee to prepare ballots and invite citizens in those districts to run as delegates to a National General Assembly in Philadelphia beginning on July 4, 2012 and convening until October 2012.

4. Each of the 435 congressional districts will elect one man and one woman to attend the the National General Assembly. The vote will be by direct democratic ballot regardless of voter registration status as long as the voter has reached the age of 18 and is a US citizen. This is not a sexist provision. Women are dramatically under-represented in politics even though they comprise more than 50% of the U.S. population.

5. The executive committee will act as a central point to solve problems, raise money to pay for the expenses of the election of the National General Assembly and make sure all 870 delegates are elected prior to the meeting on July 4th.

6. The executive committee would also arrange a venue in Philadelphia to accommodate the delegates attending the National General Assembly where the declaration of values, petition of grievances and platform would be proposed, debated, voted on and approved. The delegates would also elect a chair from their own ranks to run the meetings of the congress and break any tie votes. We will also need the expertise of a gifted parliamentarian to keep the meetings moving smoothly and efficiently.

7. The final declaration, platform and petition of grievances, after being voted upon by the 870 delegates to the National General Assembly would be formally presented by the 870 delegates to all three branches of government and all candidates running for federal public office in November 2012. Thus, the delegates would meet from July 4, 2012 to sometime in early to late October 2012.

8. The delegates to the National General Assembly would then vote on a time period, presently suggested as one year, to give the the newly elected government in November an opportunity to redress the petition of grievances. This is our right as a People under the First Amendment.

9. If the government fails to redress the petition of grievances and drastically change the path this country is on, the delegates will organize a third independent political party to run candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections.

10. There will NEVER be any call for violence by the delegates even if the government refuses to redress the grievances and new elections are called for by the delegates. Nor will any delegate agree to take any money, job promise, or gifts from corporations, unions or any other private source. Any money donated or raised by the executive committee may only be used for publicizing the vote, the National General Assembly, and for travel expenses and accommodation at the National General Assembly ONLY. All books and records will be published openly online so that everyone may see how much money is raised and how the money is spent each month. There will be no money allowed to “purchase” delegate votes as we have in the current government. No corporate “sponsorship”.

[Photo is of the DC peaceful protests by John Quiqley]

N: Organizing the the people the way we know best, democratically.  So the movement is creating a National Assembly comprised of the people who will lead the movement toward its goals.