How Everyone Can Help The Occupy Wall Street Movement

Occupy Wall StreetNatalie W writes at Capricious Yet Constant:

The mainstream media coverage is starting to focus on Occupy Wall Street movement with ABC News covering NYPD macing female protesters. A quick Google search will turn up about 1,000 blogs covering the nonviolent protest, centered around voicing the needs of 99 percent of the American people.

Occupy Chicago, sister to the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, is a movement to raise political consciousness among the general public, showing that the government makes the decisions that affect us all simply do not have our best interests in mind. 99 percent of Americans are governed by the 1 percent of the super-rich class. We live this every day: in the broken justice system, the widening class gap and increased poverty and joblessness, corporations considered as people, corruption in politics and police, a lack of health insurance, unpopular wars waged in our name, and how the US perpetuates inadequacy worldwide.

This protest is for everyone from the college kids in debt to their eyeballs with no-job prospects, the out-of-work teachers who are watching their rights dwindle, the union supporters waiting for work, people who are laid off, the single parents who are out of options, the people who are ignored. We are all the 99 percent…

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  • Myself

    OWS is a great and absolutely necessary movement. But that’s the stupidest list of demands I’ve ever seen.

  • Myself

    OWS is a great and absolutely necessary movement. But that’s the stupidest list of demands I’ve ever seen.

  • Kev

    You wanna know how you can help is get off the fucking streets and get some jobs standing on wall street will do nothing those men and woman will laugh when they walk pass you. I believe those in wall street should be changed and some of the stuff your protesting for I stand for but try and get a job no matter how shitty it is and stop complaining.

    • nickzedd

      They’re on the streets because there are no jobs out there to “get.” Our government bailed out the banks with billions in taxpayer’s money (our money) then let the banks foreclose on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who are out of work. Standing on Wall Street, jamming the system helps stop the machine that’s eating us alive.
      Complaining is the first step. Organized resistance is next. Wall Street banksters should be shut down and locked up. The government needs to create jobs so we don’t have to protest on the streets.

      • Kev

        organized resistance this isn’t an arab spring, this is America, I’m lower middle class but still bust my ass and try to do any job that I can because money is tight, this is America. Its capitalism we cant give everyone a job because we want to but we give you right to go after any job you want. Everyone thinks there entitled to be make hundreds of thousands of dollars and have nice things in life, but that’s not how the world works and these people have to start realizing it, people will always have nicer shit than you, it sucks but hey its life. By sitting on a street and screaming will get nothing done our government can give two shits about these college kids and young adults doing this. Its sad to say and I’m sorry that how it somewhat is.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Please stop being a capitalist apologizer. You are being ridiculously over simplistic. This is far more than people complaining that other people have nicer things than they, and ignorance like yours is nothing but another obstacle in the way of any kind of actual progress. 

          • Kev

            ignorance I am very far from that and I’m not obstacle I’m a person who is feed up with our government just as the next. But occupy a street so people could try and care about you. NYC that city doesn’t give a shit about the homeless sleeping anywhere and everywhere and those people are actually poor and have no choice, unlike these college fuck heads who stand and sleep on the street so they can say their “revolutionary” or freedom fighters and act like what their doing with their lives has any meaning. Either grow a pair of balls march on Washington like the 1960′s or grab a weapon like the 1700′s and really fight for your freedom. Either way these people are no worse than the people that really do work on wall street.

          • Marz

            I really don’t understand your argument. At least they’re doing more than you typing your dissent on some website. Sure, they could have jobs and just realize that they’re not going to be rich (which I don’t believe is what they’re angry about in the first place), but that doesn’t change anything. That just perpetuates the problem. If there’s going to be a revolution, it needs to start somewhere. It sounds like you’re possibly older than their generation, so the problem they’re protesting may not affect you nearly as much as them. That doesn’t mean you should tell everyone to sit down and shut up unless you can do it like back in ‘nam! Times are different. The problem’s different. Why don’t you take a bit of your own advice and grow a pair of balls and march on Washington if you truly are as dissatisfied with the government as these “college fuck heads”? Oh wait, you probably won’t. You’ve already given up on anything changing. Might want to get some KY to help the corporate dicks slide back into your ass.

          • Rodneypopper

            kev, you say thet your far from ignerant but youre speeling and grammer would say other wise! You are an apologist for the Corporatocracy! (I’m sure you’ll say it’s not a word but look it up if you can figger out how.)

        • Jinoturista

          If people like you, Kev, would stop being such sheeple, and join in the effort to organize against the corrupt corporate government that keep stealing our rights and increasing the ability of the super rich to enslave us with wages that will not support ourselves (much less our families) we might, through sheer force of numbers, get our country back.  We might even be able to realize the American dream again.  If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.  Make a choice, are you an American or are you a corporate slave?

  • Kev

    You wanna know how you can help is get off the fucking streets and get some jobs standing on wall street will do nothing those men and woman will laugh when they walk pass you. I believe those in wall street should be changed and some of the stuff your protesting for I stand for but try and get a job no matter how shitty it is and stop complaining.

  • Fat Cat

    TIme to raise your wands wizards and witches! If you know what I mean ;)… i’ve been on this cause since being initiated in 2004!

  • Fat Cat

    TIme to raise your wands wizards and witches! If you know what I mean ;)… i’ve been on this cause since being initiated in 2004!

  • Anonymous

    They’re on the streets because there are no jobs out there to “get.” Our government bailed out the banks with billions in taxpayer’s money (our money) then let the banks foreclose on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who are out of work. Standing on Wall Street, jamming the system helps stop the machine that’s eating us alive.
    Complaining is the first step. Organized resistance is next. Wall Street banksters should be shut down and locked up. The government needs to create jobs so we don’t have to protest on the streets.

  • Okarin

    that won’t scare em, if everyone there decided to withdraw cash at the same time then that’ll scare em

  • Okarin

    that won’t scare em, if everyone there decided to withdraw cash at the same time then that’ll scare em

  • Kev

    organized resistance this isn’t an arab spring, this is America, I’m lower middle class but still bust my ass and try to do any job that I can because money is tight, this is America. Its capitalism we cant give everyone a job because we want to but we give you right to go after any job you want. Everyone thinks there entitled to be make hundreds of thousands of dollars and have nice things in life, but that’s not how the world works and these people have to start realizing it, people will always have nicer shit than you, it sucks but hey its life. By sitting on a street and screaming will get nothing done our government can give two shits about these college kids and young adults doing this. Its sad to say and I’m sorry that how it somewhat is.

  • http://twitter.com/rosswolfe Ross Wolfe

    Certainly the OccupyWallStreet demonstrations have created a lot of buzz and enlisted a lot of leftish celebrities like Chomsky, Michael Moore, Cornell West, and others to support their cause, but I believe that the rather inchoate, generalized discontent expressed by the protestors needs to be given adequate theoretical clarification in order that the participants in this phenomenon might dedicate themselves to a longer-term program of reconstituting the Left. Michael Moore quite transparently wants a return to neo-Fordist Rooseveltian capitalism, Chomsky is a self-proclaimed “anarchist” who voted for John Kerry in 2004, and so on down the line. I therefore offer the following (Marxist) critique of the protests to this point.

    Of course, I realize that it is not enough to relentlessly criticize from the sidelines, but it is essential that these protestors be engaged so that their understanding of global capitalism is deepened and their politics radicalized. This means more than waving a few placards with populist slogans and other such theatrics.

    Regressive “Resistance” on Wall Street: Notes on the Occupation

  • http://twitter.com/rosswolfe Ross Wolfe

    Certainly the OccupyWallStreet demonstrations have created a lot of buzz and enlisted a lot of leftish celebrities like Chomsky, Michael Moore, Cornell West, and others to support their cause, but I believe that the rather inchoate, generalized discontent expressed by the protestors needs to be given adequate theoretical clarification in order that the participants in this phenomenon might dedicate themselves to a longer-term program of reconstituting the Left. Michael Moore quite transparently wants a return to neo-Fordist Rooseveltian capitalism, Chomsky is a self-proclaimed “anarchist” who voted for John Kerry in 2004, and so on down the line. I therefore offer the following (Marxist) critique of the protests to this point.

    Of course, I realize that it is not enough to relentlessly criticize from the sidelines, but it is essential that these protestors be engaged so that their understanding of global capitalism is deepened and their politics radicalized. This means more than waving a few placards with populist slogans and other such theatrics.

    Regressive “Resistance” on Wall Street: Notes on the Occupation

    • Guest

      Because clearly it’s more important to read up on all the proper literature and classify yourself in the appropriate group before presuming you know enough to complain about the way you and your society are being fucked in the ass by the egregiously wealthy, right? Let’s all go to universities and get degrees in Marxism! That will bring about the revolution we need –as opposed to what these poor, misguided youths are doing, which is actually revolting (and not in the sense of something likely to cause vomiting).

      • Anarchy Pony

        I’ll call it revolting(as in revolution) when they actually start executing members of the aristocracy.

        • Guest

          Well, that would certainly be the classical sense of the word “revolting”. I think them impeding the people who work in that district’s progress by being a human traffic-jam is a good start, however. Not one that will necessarily lead to the cutting off of heads; but at least it’s action is my point.

  • Guest

    Because clearly it’s more important to read up on all the proper literature and classify yourself in the appropriate group before presuming you know enough to complain about the way you and your society are being fucked in the ass by the egregiously wealthy, right? Let’s all go to universities and get degrees in Marxism! That will bring about the revolution we need –as opposed to what these poor, misguided youths are doing, which is actually revolting (and not in the sense of something likely to cause vomiting).

  • Wanooski

    Please stop being a capitalist apologizer. You are being ridiculously over simplistic. This is far more than people complaining that other people have nicer things than they, and ignorance like yours is nothing but another obstacle in the way of any kind of actual progress. 

  • Wanooski

    I’ll call it revolting(as in revolution) when they actually start executing members of the aristocracy.

  • Kev

    ignorance I am very far from that and I’m not obstacle I’m a person who is feed up with our government just as the next. But occupy a street so people could try and care about you. NYC that city doesn’t give a shit about the homeless sleeping anywhere and everywhere and those people are actually poor and have no choice, unlike these college fuck heads who stand and sleep on the street so they can say their “revolutionary” or freedom fighters and act like what their doing with their lives has any meaning. Either grow a pair of balls march on Washington like the 1960′s or grab a weapon like the 1700′s and really fight for your freedom. Either way these people are no worse than the people that really do work on wall street.

  • Guest

    Well, that would certainly be the classical sense of the word “revolting”. I think them impeding the people who work in that district’s progress by being a human traffic-jam is a good start, however. Not one that will necessarily lead to the cutting off of heads; but at least it’s action is my point.

  • Denise Doucette

    this is EXACTLY like the 1930′s! ONly MODERN! IN the 30′s they took peoples’ farms and houses and auctioned them off in front of them. Nowadays, the bank takes it, and the sheriff makes sure the people vacate whether they get their stuff or not and a realtor SELLS the house! The actual unemployment number is WAY different from the number that is given as a projection to the media. There are MANY “99ers” who have maxed out their unemployment insurance that are no longer counted;there are MANY “independent contractors” who got laid off and do not qualify for unemployment and they are NEVER counted; there are MANY high school graduates who couldn’t afford to college and can’t find jobs that AREN’t counted; and then you have the MANY college graduates who can’t find jobs and since they weren’t counted because they were in school, are NOT counted! The estimate is that it is over 20% of our population that is currently unemployed. There ARE NO jobs out there! NOT even the underpaying fast food jobs are there because all of those folks out of work are the ones that keep them OPEN! Do you think those 1% rich go to fast food places? I doubt it! In my area, we have had several fast food places and MANY regular restaurants CLOSE. THe mall is nearly EMPTY. The county has decided to use mall space to set up a senior center and a few other things so that it’s not so empty. Where there were once many kiosk businesses in our mall, there are very few left. The many downtowns in this area are mostly vacant and becoming decrepit. My neighbor is a sheet metal mechanic, a highly skilled worker. He has been out of work for nearly 4 years! Even our local “Lowe’s” wouldn’t hire him because they said he was overqualified! He didn’t care if he was or NOT! He had 4 kids to feed! I have two friends with Masters Degrees, one in education, and the other in computer science. Yet NEITHER ONE can find full time employment! What ISN’T being said is that there is some MAJOR age discrimination going on as well in the workplace. If you are between 45-55 and have become unemployed, chances are slim that you’ll find a job within a year, let alone at anywhere near the salary you had. That is a FACT! I know this because after 10 months, my husband FINALLY found a job and is making 2/3 of what he used to make. He is one of the lucky ones. Except that, for the 10months that he wasn’t employed, he didn’t receive “unemployment”. Because he was one of the UNCOUNTED  Independent contractors! 

    • cakey pig

  • Denise Doucette

    this is EXACTLY like the 1930′s! ONly MODERN! IN the 30′s they took peoples’ farms and houses and auctioned them off in front of them. Nowadays, the bank takes it, and the sheriff makes sure the people vacate whether they get their stuff or not and a realtor SELLS the house! The actual unemployment number is WAY different from the number that is given as a projection to the media. There are MANY “99ers” who have maxed out their unemployment insurance that are no longer counted;there are MANY “independent contractors” who got laid off and do not qualify for unemployment and they are NEVER counted; there are MANY high school graduates who couldn’t afford to college and can’t find jobs that AREN’t counted; and then you have the MANY college graduates who can’t find jobs and since they weren’t counted because they were in school, are NOT counted! The estimate is that it is over 20% of our population that is currently unemployed. There ARE NO jobs out there! NOT even the underpaying fast food jobs are there because all of those folks out of work are the ones that keep them OPEN! Do you think those 1% rich go to fast food places? I doubt it! In my area, we have had several fast food places and MANY regular restaurants CLOSE. THe mall is nearly EMPTY. The county has decided to use mall space to set up a senior center and a few other things so that it’s not so empty. Where there were once many kiosk businesses in our mall, there are very few left. The many downtowns in this area are mostly vacant and becoming decrepit. My neighbor is a sheet metal mechanic, a highly skilled worker. He has been out of work for nearly 4 years! Even our local “Lowe’s” wouldn’t hire him because they said he was overqualified! He didn’t care if he was or NOT! He had 4 kids to feed! I have two friends with Masters Degrees, one in education, and the other in computer science. Yet NEITHER ONE can find full time employment! What ISN’T being said is that there is some MAJOR age discrimination going on as well in the workplace. If you are between 45-55 and have become unemployed, chances are slim that you’ll find a job within a year, let alone at anywhere near the salary you had. That is a FACT! I know this because after 10 months, my husband FINALLY found a job and is making 2/3 of what he used to make. He is one of the lucky ones. Except that, for the 10months that he wasn’t employed, he didn’t receive “unemployment”. Because he was one of the UNCOUNTED  Independent contractors! 

  • Marz

    I really don’t understand your argument. At least they’re doing more than you typing your dissent on some website. Sure, they could have jobs and just realize that they’re not going to be rich (which I don’t believe is what they’re angry about in the first place), but that doesn’t change anything. That just perpetuates the problem. If there’s going to be a revolution, it needs to start somewhere. It sounds like you’re possibly older than their generation, so the problem they’re protesting may not affect you nearly as much as them. That doesn’t mean you should tell everyone to sit down and shut up unless you can do it like back in ‘nam! Times are different. The problem’s different. Why don’t you take a bit of your own advice and grow a pair of balls and march on Washington if you truly are as dissatisfied with the government as these “college fuck heads”? Oh wait, you probably won’t. You’ve already given up on anything changing. Might want to get some KY to help the corporate dicks slide back into your ass.

  • Anonymous

  • Jinoturista

    If people like you, Kev, would stop being such sheeple, and join in the effort to organize against the corrupt corporate government that keep stealing our rights and increasing the ability of the super rich to enslave us with wages that will not support ourselves (much less our families) we might, through sheer force of numbers, get our country back.  We might even be able to realize the American dream again.  If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.  Make a choice, are you an American or are you a corporate slave?

  • Neph

    I always say as long as corporate America is not being held responsible by the ppl of America they will continue to be what they are which is demagogues as long as no one says anything they think like the hell with the minority tax those MFers the worst and tell them it came from the top..I say lets liberate and try and do something for ourselves and hopefully if the right ppl notice we’ll recieve a helping hand…Dats Crazy
    physical fitness

  • Neph

    I always say as long as corporate America is not being held responsible by the ppl of America they will continue to be what they are which is demagogues as long as no one says anything they think like the hell with the minority tax those MFers the worst and tell them it came from the top..I say lets liberate and try and do something for ourselves and hopefully if the right ppl notice we’ll recieve a helping hand…Dats Crazy
    physical fitness

  • Anonymous

    This is total crap! These guys are educated morons with no clue as to what they want. There is no direction nor cause for their protest. Useful idiots.

  • http://Zenvis.tumblr.com/ Henry N Bingham

    This is total crap! These guys are educated morons with no clue as to what they want. There is no direction nor cause for their protest. Useful idiots.

  • Rodneypopper

    kev, you say thet your far from ignerant but youre speeling and grammer would say other wise! You are an apologist for the Corporatocracy! (I’m sure you’ll say it’s not a word but look it up if you can figger out how.)