Civil resistance is coming …

Il est temps que les politiciens oligarchiques travaillent pour leurs peuples, non, pour satisfaire les groupes d'intérêts, tel que les financiers qui ont spoiler la richesse de leurs peuples pour assouvir leurs avidités sans fin.

Contestation à Wall Street, Bay Street et Londres.

Je vous ai toujours dit que c’est le peuple
qui a l’ultime pouvoir et le peuple gronde …


He's the rare refreshing voice in a mainstream paper to recognize that civil resistance movements are not simply spontaneous eruptions of popular feeling, or the covert doings of shadowy CIA operations. They take planning, and years of preparation.

Without organization, furthermore, you get something like what we're seeing across England, and in Libya -- you get spontaneous eruptions of popular feeling, and it's not likely to be pretty.

Americans may not be out on the streets yet, but they're planning on it. Just wait -- or get involved. People are organizing. The more they prepare, the more likely they are to carry out actions worthy of their goals.

Something is happening. Even Al Gore said, earlier this month, that we need an "American Spring." How about an American Autumn?

For the past few weeks, we at Waging Nonviolence have been talking with individuals and groups that are involved in one way or another in a variety of powerful new protest efforts.

Source: Why Aren't Americans in the Streets? Where Is the American Autumn?,
Nathan Schneider. Huff Post, 8/14/11


Occupy Wall St. Sept 17.

Hey you rebels, radicals and utopian dreamers out there,

We are living through a rare crisis and moment of opportunity. Western industrialized nations are now being masticated by the financial monster they themselves created. This is triggering a mood that alternates between angry denial and sudden panic. It looks like something is about to break, opening the space for a necessary transformation and a total rethink of global economic affairs. Events are playing perfectly into our September 17 occupation of Wall Street.

Occupy Wall St

 So … can we on the left learn some new tricks? Can we head off to lower Manhattan with a fresh mindset and a powerful new demand?

Strategically speaking, there is a very real danger that if we naively put our cards on the table and rally around the "overthrow of capitalism" or some equally outworn utopian slogan, then our Tahrir moment will quickly fizzle into another inconsequential ultra-lefty spectacle soon forgotten. But if we have the cunning to come up with a deceptively simple Trojan Horse demand … something profound, yet so specific and doable that it is impossible for President Obama to ignore … something that spotlights Wall Street's financial capture of the US political system and confronts it with a pragmatic solution …

·         like the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act …

·         or a 1% tax on financial transactions …

·         or an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the corporate corruption of our representatives in Washington …

·         or another equally creative but downright practical demand that will emerge from the people's assemblies held during the occupation …

·         and if we then put our asses on the line, screw up our courage and hang in there day after day, week after week, until a large swath of Americans start rooting for us and President Obama is forced to respond …

·         then we just might have a crack at creating a decisive moment of truth for America, a first concrete step towards achieving the radical changes we all dream about unencumbered by commitments to existing power structures.

So, let's learn the strategic lessons of Tahrir (nonviolence), Syntagma (tenacity), Puerta del Sol (people's assemblies) and lay aside adherence to political parties and worn-out lefty dogmas. On September 17, let's sow the seeds of a new culture of resistance in America that fires up a permanent democratic awakening.

See you on Wall St. Sept 17. Bring Tent.

for the wild,

Culture Jammers HQ

Source : OccupyWallStreet


Alright you redeemers, rebels, radicals and utopian dreamers out there,

A worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion of Tahrir with the acampadas of Spain, is captured in this quote:

The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road.

 

Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves.

 

There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind.

 

Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people.

 

— Raimundo Viejo, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people's assemblies … we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future … and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.

On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat our one simple demand until Barack Obama capitulates.

for the wild,

Culture Jammers HQ


International Jammers!

We call on jammers across the world to occupy financial districts on September 17: