Back in May, Vanity Fair ran a piece regarding the inequality in wealth in this country, particularly the whole 1% vs. 99% argument that is now the focal point of Occupy Wall Street. It’s not too long, and very to the point: we have a serious issue here and the time may come when “…ruling families elsewhere in the region look on nervously from their air-conditioned penthouses—will they be next?” That time has come – the 99% demands a resolution to this catastrophe. The article ends with this somber declaration:
The top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn’t seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1 percent eventually do learn. Too late.
The time is now. Take action! Find and Occupation near you.
Occupy Wall Street (the big one), claims something “big, very big” is planned for that day:
What could it be? World-wide strike? The famed “Occupy [Political] Party?” A “final” list of demands? An SNL short supporting OWS? Who knows! I can’t wait to find out. It is the two month anniversary, after all.
As if the Occupy movements weren’t big enough, Occupy Oakland, who recently faced off with police, are now calling for a general strike – walking out of work, school; essentially immobilizing the labor force – on November 2, i.e. in just a few days.
I had the privilege, pleasure, and extreme joy of being part of a 200-person march up and down Bardstown Road today, all part of the the October 15 Global Day of Action, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
Occupy Louisville, those brave souls who have been camping out at Jefferson Square Park for almost two weeks now, continue to organize and get Louisville motivated to take action, to fight corporate greed, to take back “our street” and demand accountability. Protests are happening all over the world and I was so proud to be a part of one today.
Below are a few pictures and videos of the grandiose event, which drew young and old, black and white, and everyone in between. We all united, screamed our lungs out, and showed Louisville, indeed, there are people who care. I am proud to be one of those people and stand behind the millions of others who back Occupy Wall Street and all the Occupations around the world.
This is the time for action. It’s time for you to get involved. Find an occupation near you (Occupy Together), get online and share the hell out of #ows posts or news coverage of the occupations. Don’t be embarrassed to tell your friends why this matters to you – we are the 99%, and that’s a hell of a lot more people than the tiny 1% who control forty percent of the wealth in this country.
From “IvaAsks: Documenting the Masses” comes a nice eight-minute short detailing different people during the Occupy Wall Street Protest.
We want to share insights into the formation of a new social movement as it is still taking shape in real time. The video was shot during the 5th and 6th day of the occupation. This idea to occupy the financial district in New York City was inspired by recent uprisings in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia which most of us were following online. Despite of the corporate media’s effort to silence the protests, and Yahoo’s attempt to to censor it in e-mail communication, the occupation is growing in numbers and spreading to other cities in the US and abroad.