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Take Back Your Houses!

On Tuesday, Occupy Wall Streeters in 20 cities across the country marched in neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by foreclosures. In East New York,Brooklyn, about 400 protesters broke into a foreclosed vacant property and moved in a family that was homeless after losing their house to a bank. Read more…

As it has been since the beginning of the movement, the leaderless structure appears to be working. Crowds come together on cue. Messages go out to the media. Lawsuits are filed. Funds are raised
OCCUPY YOUR HOME

OCCUPY YOUR HOME

Thousands of Occupy protesters across the US will occupy foreclosed homes today, in what organisers are describing as a “new frontier” for the movement.

 

OCCUPY movement still camping out! News from London…

Having banks that are ‘too big to fail’ which are then bailed out by normal people is wrong.

Demonstrators have camped outside St Paul's Cathedral since October

Demonstrators have camped outside St Paul's Cathedral since October

The demonstrators called for a “future system that is democratic, just, open, accountable and transparent” and discussed the need for regulators to be “genuinely independent of the industries they regulate”.

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Big Oil, Corrupt Congress, Governments Hands Tied – You can help

Stop the Keystone Pipeline.

It seems Big Oil will stop at nothing to get its way.

Just weeks after President Obama derailed the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the oil giants’ Congressional allies are now planning to hold spending legislation hostage unless this destructive project is approved.
No Keystone Oil Pipeline
In the House, Republican leaders are trying to force approval of the Keystone XL by attaching it to a bill extending unemployment benefits and the payroll-tax cut — a bill they know President Obama urgently wants to sign.

And they’re not stopping there. They’re looking to load up this fast-moving economic bill with other pro-polluter provisions that would otherwise stand little chance of passing both houses on their own.

Tell your members of Congress to reject these cynical attempts to fast track the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and other anti-environmental measures by attaching them to last-minute spending legislation.

In response to the public outcry you and I helped galvanize, the Obama Administration has already started a new review of the Keystone XL’s true environmental costs.

Any thorough review will unmask the Keystone XL as a boon to Big Oil and a disaster-in-the-making for the rest of us. The pipeline would drive more destruction of the Boreal forest, turbo-charge global warming, threaten water supplies in the heartland, raise gas prices and lock America into the dirtiest oil on the planet for decades to come.

And that’s exactly why the oil giants want this project railroaded through Congress before that review is completed. Please help stop them!

Tell your members of Congress to reject any attempt to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and ram through other pro-polluter riders that would sacrifice our health and environment.

Thank for you taking action at this critical moment.

 

Top Ten Endangered Places 2011

George Washington National Forest, Chesapeake Bay, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Fear Basin, Snowbird Mountains, Cumberland Plateau, Oconee River, Santee River Basin, Georgia Cypress Forests…

 

Abandon Congress – Your congress has been bought.

 

Occupiers Are Back and Won’t Be Pepper Sprayed Away!

Occupy: Pepper spray incident shocks UC Davis

Occupy: Pepper spray incident shocks UC Davis

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Raise Taxes on the 1% – DONT CUT ANYMORE JOBS

In just 16 days, the congressional “Super Committee” could announce a proposal with billions of dollars in job-killing cuts—instead of raising taxes on the 1%.

Washington doesn’t understand—or doesn’t care—that we’re in a state of economic emergency.

The 99% can’t take more of the same from Congress. So we’re organizing a massive day of action on November 17 to draw a line in the sand. We’ll rally at crumbling bridges, understaffed schools, and other sites that show the local symptoms of a failed economy—the very places that can also create millions of new jobs. In all 50 states and in every corner of the country, we’ll demand that Congress stand up for a plan that helps us, not the 1%. The past months have been filled with powerful, creative, and passionate displays of people fighting back against a system rigged against them. But many of our elected officials continue to sit on the sidelines—or worse, to look out only for millionaires and powerful industries. Until we start to see our economy transformed, we’ll keep taking to the streets to amplify our voices.

That’s why we’re working with SEIU, AFL-CIO, Occupy Wall Street, and other groups to organize hundreds of events for our “We Are The 99%” day on November 17. If we organize enough events, tens of thousands of Americans can maximize their voices a week before the Super Committee decision.

“I have great respect for each of you individually, but collectively I’m worried you’re going to fail — fail the country,” former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, a co-chairman of President Obama’s fiscal commission, sternly told the Congressional Super Committee last week. Elite pressure is building on the committee to reach for a “grand bargain” to cut trillions out of the budget deficits over the next 10 years. Last week 100 House members, including 40 Republicans dispatched a letter urging “a big, grand bargain with “all options”–code for tax hikes– “on the table.”

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Occupy protests are a wakeup call

 

Police use bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond

Virginia State Police brought in bulldozers at about 1 a.m. Monday morning to clear out an encampment of Occupy Richmond protesters.

At least 15 protesters who choose not to leave Kanawha Plaza after a 45 minute warning were arrested, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Demonstrators had been occupying the plaza since Oct. 15. Democratic Mayor Dwight C. Jones visited the site Thursday to warn protesters they were breaking a city ordinance that forbids camping on public property.“We applied for permits from city council but, you know, they didn’t accept or decline us getting a permit,” one activist explained to WTVR. “At least them declining it would give us an idea what was to come, but we didn’t get anything. So we started occupying with high hopes and unfortunately this is what it came down to.”

Protesters have vowed to continue their occupation of Richmond even if they can’t do it at Kanawha Plaza.

Here in Richmond, my home town, we lovingly refer to it as “The Land of Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds”. Being a right to work state (talk about oxymorons) most of us with a job are too afraid to join Occupy Richmond because it could be grounds for firing (like they’d need one).

 

A Cold Play on Occupy Wall Street

Thursday the NYPD in conjunction with the Fire Dept. seized all generators from the occupation at Liberty Plaza despite predictions of freezing temperatures and snow.

“We’ve got five bike-powered generator systems that are coming from Boston and we’ve got five more plus other ones that are going to supplement as well so we’re completely, completely off the grid,” said demonstrator Lauren Minis.

Insiders at Occupy Wall Street say they expect to have their media center and the food service area fully powered and illuminated by Monday. FROM THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY WIRE

I’m glad you guys are adapting, that’s how it should work. Generators confiscated? Find another way to create power. It may suck at first, but think about this: You are also inadvertently eliminating your dependence from large very wealthy oil companies. You guys are refining and evolving. That’s a GREAT path to blaze!

People are curious because they want to get into alternative energy but have very little exposure to it, so you guys are the working example. Remember you’re the future!