Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Believe It! Resistance to Corporate Power and Warmongering Is Growing All Around Us.

We reflect on the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the fifth anniversary of the financial collapse.

There are reasons to celebrate despite continued economic stagnation and growing debt: the culture of resistance in the US is here and it’s having an effect across the entire planet. The corporate power that has so blatantly stomped on our rights as human beings and whipped political structures into doing its bidding is faltering and losing its grip, just turn on the brainwash tube (TV) and within 10 seconds you'll see signs of it. There are cracks in the pillars of power, and it’s up to us to pry them open and shine light onto the lies and corruption that have been used to sinisterly manipulate the future of our human civilisation, which in it's self does indeed effect every living organism on the face of the earth. We see a movement that is building momentum like a snowball rolling down an alpine.

We look back over the events of the past two years and we feel cautiously optimistic. We remember wondering as we watched the Arab Spring bloom and the encampments grow in Spain and state capitals like Madison where people in the US were ready to rise up and demand more than the crumbs we’ve been convinced to accept for decades.

An official turning point for the revolution was in December 2010, at an action in front of the White House which was a protest war. Many spoke that day about the need to build a culture of resistance in the US. Following that action, as allies met over the following few months, there was agreement that something needed to be done different. The traditional tools used to create change weren’t working anymore. One-day protests, usually on a weekend, were almost always ignored. It was time for something new, time to bring an occupation to the national capital of America.

Occupy Wall Street Protest Movement

As activists met to organize the occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC, there was a strong sense of suspense. Some said that Americans weren’t feeling enough pain, that they hadn’t reached the tipping point. They decided that they would only find out if they tried, and so what if it didn’t work the first time. Most mass movements don’t arise spontaneously; they come after years of organizing and multiple failed actions. A key ingredient is persistence.

Similarly, the organizers of Occupy Wall Street acted out of anticipation. They staked out a place in the heart of the monster and held it. At first there were a few hundred, not the tens of thousands that Ad-busters called for. But by holding that space courageously, more people were inspired to join them. People arrived from all over the country. Excitement and wonder were in the air. Could the people really take on Wall Street?

Obviously Wall Street thought so because they ordered excessive and constant police protection. They must have seen something brewing because Wall Street firms donated an

unprecedented millions to the NYPD over the previous year. It was police aggression towards peaceful protesters that grabbed public attention and sympathy. A few weeks after the start of Occupy Wall Street, an amazing 43 precent of Americans supported Occupy.

By the time of the occupation of Freedom Plaza in early October, there were hundreds of encampments throughout the US nation and around the world. The new language of the 99% raised class consciousness in ways that had not been heard for a long time. A spark had been lit and there was no going back.

Two years later, the physical encampments are gone, but the Occupy Movement remains. Occupying public space was a tactic, not an end in itself. It was a way to make the issues visible, a place for people to gather, a model for a new way of doing things based on respect, mutual aid and democracy and a metaphor for claiming what has been taken. The ‘public’ is disappearing, not just public space but also public services, research and resources have been privatized, expropriated for the profits of a few.
Source: Alternet.org, Salon.com (NYPD Sponsored by Wall St.)
Edited & Contributed:  by Chris Rath- Independent Researcher, Orwellian Eye.