Archive for October, 2011

Financial Power & Corruption Must be Stopped. Occupy Now.

Thousands of Americans have non-violently occupied Wall St — an epicentre of global financial power and corruption. They are the latest ray of light in a new movement for social justice that is spreading like wildfire from Madrid to Jerusalem to 146 other cities and countingAs working families pay the bill for a financial crisis caused by corrupt elites, the protesters are calling for real democracy, social justice and anti-corruption.

 

But they are under severe pressure from authorities, and some media are dismissing them as fringe groups. If millions of us from across the world stand with them, we’ll boost their resolve and show the media and leaders that the protests are part of a massive mainstream movement for change.

This year could be our century’s 1968, but to succeed it must be a movement of all citizens, from every walk of life. Click to join the call for real democracy — a giant live counter of every one of us who signs the petition will be erected in the centre of the occupation in New York, and live webcasted on the petition page:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?vl

The worldwide wave of protest is the latest chapter in this year’s story of global people power. In Egypt, people took over Tahrir Square and toppled their dictator. In India, one man’s fast brought millions onto the streets and the government to its knees — winning real action to end corruption. For months, Greek citizens relentlessly protested unfair cuts to public spending. In Spain, thousands of “indignados” defied a ban on pre-election demonstrations and mounted a protest camp in Sol square to speak out against political corruption and the government’s handling of the economic crisis. And this summer across Israel, people have built “tent cities” to protest against the rising costs of housing and for social justice.

These national threads are connected by a global narrative of determination to end the collusion of corrupt elites and politicians — who have in many countries helped cause a damaging financial crisis and now want working families to pay the bill. The mass movement that is responding can not only ensure that the burden of recession doesn’t fall on the most vulnerable, it can also help right the balance of power between democracy and corruption. Click to stand with the movement:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?vl

In every uprising, from Cairo to New York, the call for an accountable government that serves the people is clear, and our global community has backed that people power across the world wherever it has broken out. The time of politicians in the pocket of the corrupt few is ending, and in its place we are building real democracies, of, by, and for people.

With hope,
Emma, Maria Paz, Alice, Ricken, Morgan, Brianna, Shibayan and the rest of the Avaaz team

SOURCES

Unions, students join Wall Street protesters (Businessweek)
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9Q6CA3O0.htm

Spanish youth rally in Madrid echoes Egypt protests (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13437819

Anti-austerity protesters block Greek ministries (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/greece-idUSL5E7L40BV20111004

Occupy Wall St – online resources for the occupation
http://occupywallst.org/

Occupy Wall St primer (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/occupy-wall-street-a-primer/2011/08/25/gIQAbX7oHL_blog.html

 

We’re all the 99%

We're all the 99%

But we, the 99%, will occupy worldwide until justice, freedom and equality are restored. 1%, we are coming for you.

To fellow citizens occupying Wall Street and peoples protesting across the world:

We stand with you in this struggle for real democracy. Together we can end the capture and corruption of our governments by corporate and wealthy elites, and hold our politicians accountable to serve the public interest. We are united – the time for change has come!

 

October 10 – World Day Against the Death Penalty

On Monday, October 10 — World Day against the Death Penalty — continue the fight for all the Troy Davises of the world.

The state of Georgia shocked the world when it ended Troy Davis’ life on September 21, 2011. In the face of significant doubts, Georgia proceeded with the execution of someone who may well have been innocent.

But in the midst of this horrible tragedy, we have seen an unprecedented surge of energy to end the death penalty. Troy Davis put a face on the death penalty in the U.S. — making it painfully clear why this flawed and horrific system must be abolished at once.

It was Troy’s final wish for us to keep fighting for all of the other Troy Davises on death row. And on Monday, October 10 — World Day against the Death Penalty — we’ll use our renewed energy and passion to take aim at doing just that.

No Death Penalty!

We believe the next Troy Davis could be Reggie Clemons in Missouri.

Elements of Reggie’s case may sound familiar:

  • No physical evidence linking Clemons to the crime
  • Two highly questionable witnesses – both of whom were suspects in the crime
  • Alleged police coercion
  • Racial bias – evidenced by the jury selection where blacks were disproportionately dismissed

But the biggest similarity between the cases of Troy Davis and Reggie Clemons — overwhelming doubt! .

Call on Missouri to stop the execution of Reggie Clemons now!

Supporters worldwide will mark World Day against the Death Penalty by holding events, teach-ins, rallies, demonstrations and taking other powerful actions to call attention to the case of Reggie Clemons and advance the ever-growing movement against the death penalty. You can also bring the fight to end the death penalty home to your community by hosting a teach-in on the death penalty through the lens of the Davis and Clemons cases. Download our teach-in kit for valuable information and organizing tips.

The state of Georgia may have taken the life of Troy Davis, but it did not stop our struggle to create a country and world where human dignity and human life are respected.

Thank you for being part of this movement for human rights!

In Solidarity,

Laura Moye
Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Director
Amnesty International USA

On Monday, October 10 — World Day against the Death Penalty — continue the fight for all the Troy Davises of the world.

 

Occupy Wallstreet Protest Still Going!

Over the last two weeks, an amazing wave of protest against Wall Street and the big banks has erupted across the country.

In Seattle, San Francisco, Ohio, and Boston (where 3,000 people rallied),1 grassroots groups have shut down banks and held sit-ins to demand that giant banks pay their fair share of taxes, end the foreclosure crisis, and create jobs.

In financial centers like Chicago and Atlanta, hundreds of people have set up encampments in front of major financial institutions for round-the-clock demonstrations.

Top 1 Percent: Pays No Taxes!!! Join Occupy Wallstreet

Outside Los Angeles, community members have been running a 24-hour vigil around the home of Rose Gudiel, who faces eviction after getting foreclosed on for being two weeks late on a mortgage payment after her younger brother was murdered.2

But the biggest protests are on Wall Street itself. “Occupy Wall Street,” which began with a brave group of young people, has swelled to thousands of students, unemployed folks, union members, and others who have persevered through intense police harassment and mass arrests to sustain a rolling 24-hour-a-day protest against the bankers who’ve wrecked our economy and undermined our democracy.3

On Wednesday, MoveOn members will join labor and community groups in New York City for a huge march down to the protest site—the biggest yet.

And because we can’t all be in New York, we’re going to stage a massive “Virtual March on Wall Street” online with our friends at Rebuild the Dream. Together, we’ll add hundreds of thousands of voices of solidarity from the American Dream Movement for the protests across the country and show just how widespread outrage at the Wall Street banks really is.

Click here to sign up to join the Virtual March on Wall Street this Wednesday

The protests on Wall Street have been running for two weeks straight and are only getting bigger every day. The signs, placards, and chants focus on standing up for what the protesters are calling “the 99%” of us who are suffering while Wall Street bankers grow richer by the day.

Join the March on Wall Street this Wednesday, October 5, to show your support for the Occupy Wall Street movement!

In a telling moment last week, a group of bankers even went so far as to mock the protests while sipping champagne from balconies overlooking thousands of people marching down Wall Street.4

But adding mockery to the callous disregard for our country that we’ve seen from the big banks isn’t slowing down the Occupy Wall Street movement one bit. The protests on Wall Street are set to grow even more this week and solidarity actions are already planned in dozens more cities.

You can see what’s planned in your area by visiting the solidarity site Occupy Together: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264645&id=31654-7178688-lsGBLPx&t=3

And you can sign up to add your voice to the national “Virtual March on Wall Street” online here: http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/?id=31654-7178688-lsGBLPx&t=4

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Robin, Peter, Elena, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “BofA’s Boston Building Draws Protesters; 21 Arrests Are Made,” bloomberg.com, September 30, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264642&id=31654-7178688-lsGBLPx&t=5

2. “La Puente Family Fights Eviction from Foreclosed Home,” KTLA.com, September 29, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264643&id=31654-7178688-lsGBLPx&t=6

3. “Anti-Wall Street Protestors Vow to Keep Up Fight,” Reuters, October 2, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264644&id=31654-7178688-lsGBLPx&t=7

4. “Occupy Wall Street Protestors Meet Champagne Sippers,” abcnews.com, September 30, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264649&id=31654-7178688-lsGBLPx&t=8