How We Can Learn About Occupy Wall Street

by Isabel Braverman

With this easy to read bulleted guide! Everything below is directly quoted from the “Occupied Wall Street Journal,” which I posted about earlier.

  • Our system is broken. More than 25 million Americans are unemployed. More than 50 million live without health insurance. Perhaps 100 million live in poverty.
  • At Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan, thousands gather every day to debate, discuss and organize what to do about our failed system that has allowed the 400 Americans at the top to hoard more wealth than the 180 million Americans at the bottom.
  • The Wall Street occupation has succeeded in revealing how corporations, politicians, media and police have failed us as institutions offering something positive to humanity.
  • A fully formed movement is not going to spring from the ground. It has to be created. That is why it’s called grassroots.
  • There is a worldwide movement of rebellion and resistance building. What started in Tunisia and Egypt has shaken and overthrown governments, then jumped to Spain to Greece to England—and now to New York City and across the United States.
  • We don’t have to accept the world imposed on us by banks, politicians and police. We are the future.
  • We occupy because: “the $1 in my pocket is more than GE, BP and ExxonMobil paid in taxes last year.” “My daughter deserves a better future.” “Democracy is built, not granted.” “It’s time they feel how fed up we are. We don’t buy your facade of a democracy.” “Every generation needs a new Revolution (Thomas Jefferson)”
  • The General Assembly has become the de facto decision making body for the occupation… it is a horizontal, autonomous, leaderless, modified-consensus-based system with roots in anarchist thought, and it’s akin to the assemblies that have been driving recent social movements around the world in places like Argentina, Egypt’s Tahrir Square, Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and so on.
  • We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
  • They can tell you about their homes being foreclosed, months of grinding unemployment or minimum-wage dead end jobs, staggering student debt loans, or trying to live without decent healthcare.
  • True, the scene in Liberty Plaza may seem messy and chaotic but it’s also a laboratory of possibility, creating a diversity of ideas, expression and art.
  • For too long our minds have been chained by fear, by division, by impotence. The one thing that most terrifies the elite is a great awakening. That day is here. Together, let us seize it.