Because of The Revolving Door, where one person is allowed to go from a key position in industry to a key position in the government department responsible for overseeing that industry AND BACK AND FORTH AGAIN.
Because of the civil liberties taken from us by the Patriot Act, and the abuses of that Act that have since taken place.
Because of the militarization of American Law Enforcement.
Because financiers and CEOs that commit fraud resulting in the destruction of hundreds or thousands (or exponentially more than that) of livelihoods get rewarded with bailout money or face fines which amount to less than hour’s income, while Americans turning to small criminal acts out of desperation that result in little to no harm to anyone get sent to prison.
Because families with two incomes struggle to make ends meet in a world where things once considered luxuries are now necessary for survival (cars, computers, internet, college degrees, etc).
Because we, as a species, are making the only planet we know of that we can live on uninhabitable by mining and burning fossil fuels, killing our soil, and creating a monoculture system of genetically modified staple plants that potentially threaten entire ecosystems on which our species (and many others) depend.
In other words, because corporations are committing crimes against humanity with impunity, and I want my granddaughter to have a chance at a future much brighter than the very bleak one facing us today.
The original Occupy Wall Street protests originated with several groups such as AdBusters from Canada (an anti-consumerist magazine and group designed to wake people up to the lies corporations are feeding people through their Ad campaigns), and Anonymous, a group (if one could call them that) of individuals with common goals of bringing down exploitative corporations and institutions - such as the “church” of Scientology, Mastercard and other major credit card companies, etc who have been exploiting people - through denial of service attacks and site redirection. Their involvement in the Occupy movement has been to spread the word about the protests when the major news media refused to cover them, protect Occupy group sites from attacks and being pulled down by service providers, and helping arrange logistics and support to the men and women who have been camping out day and night outside wall street for 3 weeks. The majority of the other protesters have just been individuals who, inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions and the initial success of the peaceful revolution at Tahrir Square in Egypt, have risen up to demand that their voices be heard. The NYPD have responded in some cases with brutality, unlawfully arresting peaceful protesters, spraying them with mace, and beating them down as they cry out that they have done nothing wrong. But their brutality cannot stop us. In many cases, the police are individuals, scared, and trained to react with force when they are afraid. We are committed to reaching out to them as people exploited by the system - unwitting pawns who are also the 99% - being used to protect the corporations that exploit them.
Since then, people have been tuning in to the protests, watching feed from Livestream.com, tweeting and texting, facebooking and youtubing, spreading the news person to person that change is coming. People are finally waking up from their apathy and determined to do something, to fight for their rights which have been trampled by the wealthiest 1%, and go out in nonviolent exercise of their first amendment rights. But it extends far beyond just the US. All over the world, Occupy groups are springing up. Worldwide we are saying enough to corporate greed and exploitation which has ruined lives and polluted the planet. Throughout the world, people are demanding true democracy, direct rule by the people. On October 15th, we will all stand together as people of earth in solidarity to say in one unified voice, we will not be silenced.
This is what scares the pants off of those that pander to corporate greed. They see The People are waking up from their consumerist induced comas and are making their voices heard. Nationalism, Globalism, all of those things are just artificial constructs designed to blind us to our true potential. Either we all pull together and work for the common good, or we will destroy ourselves with war, famine, greed, exploitation, and pollution. Our Corporate overlords only care about profits and expanding markets, nothing else. they have bought their way into the highest places of power, but they cannot buy us off when we stand together.
We are committed to peaceful nonviolent revolution. The institutions which have controlled society and exploited the people must hear our voices or be brought down. Gandhi achieved independence for India from the one of the world’s most powerful countries which had occupied it for centuries. If he did it, so can we.Daniel Lee of OccupyTulsa, regarding the Occupy Movement.
On February 15th, 2010, AmpedStatus.com published the first-part of an extensive six-part series that I wrote detailing the financial destruction of the US economy. The report is entitled, “The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States.” The first sentence reads:
“It’s time for 99% of Americans to mobilize and aggressively move on common sense political reforms.”
The introduction goes on to say:
“It has now become evident to a critical mass that the Republican and Democratic parties, along with all three branches of our government, have been bought off by a well-organized Economic Elite who are tactically destroying our way of life. The harsh truth is that 99% of the US population no longer has political representation. The US economy, government and tax system are now blatantly rigged against us.
Current statistical societal indicators clearly demonstrate that a strategic attack has been launched and an analysis of current governmental policies prove that conditions for 99% of Americans will continue to deteriorate. The Economic Elite have engineered a financial coup and have brought war to our doorstep… and make no mistake, they have launched a war to eliminate the US middle class.”David DeGraw, The Occupy Wall Street Movement (via livethemessage)