Wal-Mart workers plan a fresh protest, this time in Bentonville
May 29, 2013

The last time most people heard about OUR Walmart, it was the busiest shopping day of the year and some Wal-Mart employees had walked off the job. They were members of the union-backed group and they had defied the biggest private employer in America by holding protests at stores around the country on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The group’s full name is Organization United for Respect at Walmart, and its members were asking for a greater number of full-time jobs, with predictable schedules and wages that could provide their families a decent life. (I wrote about the movement in December.)

Now OUR Walmart members are planning another protest on another important day: the company’s annual shareholder meeting. It takes place at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., on June 7. OUR Walmart says about 100 members from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Washington, Miami, and a dozen other cities will head to Bentonville this week in a bus caravan they’re calling the “Ride for Respect.” They expect to arrive by Sunday, June 2.

“This is the first time in my life I’m standing up for something I know is right,” says Barbara Getz, who is 45 years old and makes $10 an hour as an overnight stocker in Store No. 5334 in Aurora, Colo. “Walmart is the biggest retailer in the world, and we want them to set a high standard.” Among the group’s requests: full-time work for those who want it, with a minimum yearly salary of $25,000. Dominic Ware will be on a bus, too. He’s a 26-year-old part-time employee at Store No. 5434 in San Leandro, Calif. He makes $8.65 an hour. “My plan is to make a lot of noise and be direct and be respectful,” he says.

Walmart has been opposed to unions since Sam Walton opened his first store in Rogers, Ark., in 1962. And, though OUR Walmart says it isn’t seeking legal recognition, executives have criticized its efforts. “Our annual shareholders’ meeting is a celebration of our 2.2 million associates who work hard every day so people around the world can live better,” says Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan in an e-mail. “The Union and its subsidiary, ‘Our Walmart,’ is comprised of a few number of people, most of whom aren’t even Walmart associates and don’t represent the views of our associates. This latest publicity stunt by the unions to generate attention for their fleeting cause won’t impact the festivities.”

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As the one year anniversary of OWS approaches, where do we stand?
September 15, 2012
To put it in a nutshell: the Zuccotti encampment model might have passed its heyday, but the spirit of Occupy is still very much alive … evolving and inspiring, expanding our understanding of the possible, exploding our political imagination. Before S17 we relied on the same dinosaur paradigm of the dusty old left. We looked backward for inspiration instead of forward. With Occupy we jumped over that old dead goat. Now it’s time to leap fresh again.
Look at what’s happening in Quebec … the boldness of the media democracy movement in Mexico … the teenagers leading an education revolt in Chile … the Pussy Riot inspired art war unnerving Putin in Russia … and the new post-capitalist ways of living being forged in Greece and Spain. Witness the growing tempo of green riots across China, the South African miner strikes, the corruption protests of India, the freedom fight in Bahrain, the tremors of dissent in Saudi Arabia, the total loss of confidence in America’s corporate-funded Coke-Pepsi election show. Then, add to that the crippling droughts, looming food scarcity, the end of easy oil and the tipping points hovering ominously on the horizon …
Occupy began as a primal scream against the monied corruption of our democracy … but after a year of struggling against an unrepentant corporatocracy, our goals are now deeper, our dreams wilder. We see a common thread emerging — a blue-green-black hybrid politics — that unites and elevates our movement:
On the blue front, we eradicate the commercial virus infecting our culture – we liberate the flow of information, champion the leakers, protect anonymity, and break up the corporate media monopolies with outrageous creative hacks.
On the deep green front, we push towards a decisive victory in the forty-year environmentalist struggle – we institute a binding international accord on climate change, pursue a worldwide de-growth economic agenda funded by a Robin Hood Tax and establish an across the board true cost market regime in which the price of every product tells the ecological truth.
On the black front, we restore the dominion of people over corporations by all nonviolent means necessary – we unleash a visceral wave of jams, meme wars and cultural interventions against the monied elite, the financial fraudsters, paid-for politicians and megacorporate outposts in our cities. We kill off criminal corporations like Goldman Sachs, Exxon, Pfizer, Monsanto, Philip Morris and others that have broken the public trust.
A radical blue-green-black transformation of the current global system might sound hopefully idealistic, foolishly utopian, even radically impossible, but remember that on July 13 2011, when the first call for occupying the iconic center of global capitalism went out, it sounded all too naively absurd as well.
#PIRATEPARTYUSA#PIRATEPARTYUK#PIRATEPARTYCANADA#PIRATEPARTYAUSTRALIA
If you are in America, vote strategically but keep your eyes on the horizon. Our civilization remains steadfast on its economic, ecological and psychological crash course and sometime over the next few months, maybe in the new year, a galvanizing global moment of truth will happen … be ready for it … prepare yourself … stay loose, play jazz, keep the faith, wake up every morning ready to live without dead time … Capitalism is heaving and our movement has just begun.
On September 17, meet at dawn ready to rumble on Wall Street:http://s17nyc.org/schedule/s17/
for the wild,Culture Jammers HQ
Occupywallstreet.org
Via Adbusters

As the one year anniversary of OWS approaches, where do we stand?

September 15, 2012

To put it in a nutshell: the Zuccotti encampment model might have passed its heyday, but the spirit of Occupy is still very much alive … evolving and inspiring, expanding our understanding of the possible, exploding our political imagination. Before S17 we relied on the same dinosaur paradigm of the dusty old left. We looked backward for inspiration instead of forward. With Occupy we jumped over that old dead goat. Now it’s time to leap fresh again.

Look at what’s happening in Quebec … the boldness of the media democracy movement in Mexico … the teenagers leading an education revolt in Chile … the Pussy Riot inspired art war unnerving Putin in Russia … and the new post-capitalist ways of living being forged in Greece and Spain. Witness the growing tempo of green riots across China, the South African miner strikes, the corruption protests of India, the freedom fight in Bahrain, the tremors of dissent in Saudi Arabia, the total loss of confidence in America’s corporate-funded Coke-Pepsi election show. Then, add to that the crippling droughts, looming food scarcity, the end of easy oil and the tipping points hovering ominously on the horizon …

Occupy began as a primal scream against the monied corruption of our democracy … but after a year of struggling against an unrepentant corporatocracy, our goals are now deeper, our dreams wilder. We see a common thread emerging — a blue-green-black hybrid politics — that unites and elevates our movement:

On the blue front, we eradicate the commercial virus infecting our culture – we liberate the flow of information, champion the leakers, protect anonymity, and break up the corporate media monopolies with outrageous creative hacks.

On the deep green front, we push towards a decisive victory in the forty-year environmentalist struggle – we institute a binding international accord on climate change, pursue a worldwide de-growth economic agenda funded by a Robin Hood Tax and establish an across the board true cost market regime in which the price of every product tells the ecological truth.

On the black front, we restore the dominion of people over corporations by all nonviolent means necessary – we unleash a visceral wave of jams, meme wars and cultural interventions against the monied elite, the financial fraudsters, paid-for politicians and megacorporate outposts in our cities. We kill off criminal corporations like Goldman Sachs, Exxon, Pfizer, Monsanto, Philip Morris and others that have broken the public trust.

A radical blue-green-black transformation of the current global system might sound hopefully idealistic, foolishly utopian, even radically impossible, but remember that on July 13 2011, when the first call for occupying the iconic center of global capitalism went out, it sounded all too naively absurd as well.

#PIRATEPARTYUSA
#PIRATEPARTYUK
#PIRATEPARTYCANADA
#PIRATEPARTYAUSTRALIA

If you are in America, vote strategically but keep your eyes on the horizon. Our civilization remains steadfast on its economic, ecological and psychological crash course and sometime over the next few months, maybe in the new year, a galvanizing global moment of truth will happen … be ready for it … prepare yourself … stay loose, play jazz, keep the faith, wake up every morning ready to live without dead time … Capitalism is heaving and our movement has just begun.

On September 17, meet at dawn ready to rumble on Wall Street:
http://s17nyc.org/schedule/s17/

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

Occupywallstreet.org

Via Adbusters

Help build The People’s Wall
September 7, 2012
On September 17th, exactly one year after the Occupation of Wall Street, the whole world will once again be watching. As part of the morning of actions, people from all walks of life are going to assemble in the streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange in a historic act of nonviolent civil disobedience. We will form a peaceful sitting wall to deliver a clear message: The 99% will no longer stand for business as usual.
In building this blockade, we will — symbolically and literally — open space for the 99 Revolutions to emerge, and set the stage for the Storm Wall Street convergence. These actions work together, as essential parts of a greater whole.
·         Meet at 7am at one of the intersections marked in dark blue (… or get as close as you can get, staying close to the light blue lines).
·         Try to wear suits or business casual! This will help us blend in and make the job of the police more time-consuming.
·         There will be assemblies and performances: take part, make your voice heard.
·         When the signal comes, sit down.
·         Now the whole world will be watching: Tell them why you are there.
If you can’t be arrested, but still want to help support the People’s Wall:
·         Meet at the assigned intersections or as close as you can get.
·         Stick to the sidewalks.
·         Comply with all police orders, as calmly and slowly as possible.
·         Support your friends and family as they make a statement against Wall Street. Repeat their words via human mic. Take pictures. Take video. Tell the world what you saw.
There will be three public practice sessions:
·         Wednesday, September 12th, 6pm, Liberty Plaza (aka Zuccotti Park)
·         Saturday, September 15th, 4pm, Washington Square Park
·         Sunday, September 16th, 6pm, Foley Square
 
Over the past year, we have repeatedly demonstrated that Wall Street — the system of greed that they prop up, the incentive structures they embody, and the culture of accumulation and exploitation that they require — is at the root of our many crises:
Worker exploitation. Mass Incarceration & The New Jim Crow.
Environmental destruction. The Foreclosure epidemic.
Austerity. Predatory debt. Our corrupt political process.
All of our grievances are connected. If you follow the money… all roads lead to Wall Street.

Help build The People’s Wall

September 7, 2012

On September 17th, exactly one year after the Occupation of Wall Street, the whole world will once again be watching. As part of the morning of actions, people from all walks of life are going to assemble in the streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange in a historic act of nonviolent civil disobedience. We will form a peaceful sitting wall to deliver a clear message: The 99% will no longer stand for business as usual.

In building this blockade, we will — symbolically and literally — open space for the 99 Revolutions to emerge, and set the stage for the Storm Wall Street convergence. These actions work together, as essential parts of a greater whole.

·         Meet at 7am at one of the intersections marked in dark blue (… or get as close as you can get, staying close to the light blue lines).

·         Try to wear suits or business casual! This will help us blend in and make the job of the police more time-consuming.

·         There will be assemblies and performances: take part, make your voice heard.

·         When the signal comes, sit down.

·         Now the whole world will be watching: Tell them why you are there.

If you can’t be arrested, but still want to help support the People’s Wall:

·         Meet at the assigned intersections or as close as you can get.

·         Stick to the sidewalks.

·         Comply with all police orders, as calmly and slowly as possible.

·         Support your friends and family as they make a statement against Wall Street. Repeat their words via human mic. Take pictures. Take video. Tell the world what you saw.

There will be three public practice sessions:

·         Wednesday, September 12th, 6pm, Liberty Plaza (aka Zuccotti Park)

·         Saturday, September 15th, 4pm, Washington Square Park

·         Sunday, September 16th, 6pm, Foley Square

 

Over the past year, we have repeatedly demonstrated that Wall Street — the system of greed that they prop up, the incentive structures they embody, and the culture of accumulation and exploitation that they require — is at the root of our many crises:

Worker exploitation. Mass Incarceration & The New Jim Crow.

Environmental destruction. The Foreclosure epidemic.

Austerity. Predatory debt. Our corrupt political process.

All of our grievances are connected. If you follow the money… all roads lead to Wall Street.

NYPD erecting walls around Zucotti Park ten days before the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
Via Rising Tide North America’s Facebook (I would link it, but you have to be friends with them cos it’s a page & Facebook won’t allow them to add anymore friends)
We’ll be at the anniversary, so if you’re interested in meeting up with us in New York, let us know!

NYPD erecting walls around Zucotti Park ten days before the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

Via Rising Tide North America’s Facebook (I would link it, but you have to be friends with them cos it’s a page & Facebook won’t allow them to add anymore friends)

We’ll be at the anniversary, so if you’re interested in meeting up with us in New York, let us know!