Another OWS Manifestation: May Day

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

It’s cold tonight at Zuccotti Park, not a long cold but a fleeting wisp of a chill every now and then.

You would think that on such a night before a great fight it would be some glamorous and ideal setting.  Instead, it’s filled with anxiety and as if the world cares not for what will happen tomorrow.

Revolution is not romantic.

The takeovers that are planned, the threats promised by the radicals and the hopes screamed by the liberals, all falls on the deaf ears of a horn honking city.  

Wall to wall with white and blue vans. Their contents pour out onto the streets ready to earn their paycheck and wondering how many of us they’ll arrest during their 8 hour shift.

I guess they didn’t get the memo that we’re all planning to go on strike :-/


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  1. Jack's Smirking Revenge

    and nothing hurt.

  2. Jack's Smirking Revenge

    like a boss!

  3. TMC

    I was in Bryant Park, followed the parade to Union Sq. (WOW What energy in that crowd!), Ran into friends :-). I cheated and took the train back down to Zuccotti Park; met up with more friends. Took lots of pictures, I’ll down load tonight. I decided that it was a long enough day and I had already walked further than I had really planned, so headed to the Ferry and home. I’ll watch the rest on live stream. It was a great day

    Stay safe, Jack.

  4. Mike Taylor

    The protests/general strikes in Egypt worked because the Egyptians made specific demands (i.e. remove Mubarak). It looks like OWS is organizing protests/possibly a general strike without making any specific demands. How about an audit of the Federal Reserve? That would be a pretty good demand.

  5. Jack's Smirking Revenge

    that makes 2 of us then :-)

    Yeah, I cheated and subwayed it to Z Park too.  I was a medic (as per usual) and was needed between the march to Union Sq.

    Cops were kinda tame this time around, probably from the crowd energy.  Got hassled by a couple of’em but I used a Jedi Mind trick and went on my way.

    My legs today are Jello lol

  6. TMC

    I would have been happy to pitch in. I actually don’t feel too bad today. I took ibuprofen before I went to bed and sat with my feet elevated and warm packs on my ankles and arches. The hot shower before bed helped a lot. I don’t think I’d want to do it again today, though.

    And the weather gods came though.

  7. TMC

    If you’re in NYC, there is a People’s Assembly this afternoon at 4 PM at the Federal Hall Memorial Building on Federal Hall Memorial Building Steps.

    MAY ACTIONS-CITYWIDE! today at 6:00 PM at the UAW Building 256 W. 38th St. (12th floor)

    The People step it up against Bank of America ]: Fri. May 4 at 1:30 PM at Zucotti Park aka Liberty Plaza. That’s at Broadway and Liberty St., in case you’ve never been there.

    There are other working groups and one of the most visible is Occupy the SEC whose representatives have been all over the talk shows. Alexis Goldstein is become a household name for her clear articulation of the peoples’ demands that the SEC do their job policing the banks and Wall St.

    Not in NYC? Google is still a pretty good tool. Find an #OWS group, go to meetings, get involved. OWS is not a political party endorsing candidates, it IS groups of people telling our elected representatives what we want them to do.

    Do not ask, Do.

    Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

       This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011

    As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

    As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

       They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

       They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

       They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

       They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

       They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

       They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

       They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

       They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

       They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

       They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

       They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

       They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

       They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

       They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

       They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

       They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

       They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

       They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

       They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

       They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

       They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

       They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

       They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

    To the people of the world,

    We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

    Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

    To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

    Join us and make your voices heard!

  8. Jack's Smirking Revenge

    what she said lol


  9. TMC

    Granted it was a one time only deal because Treasury Secretary and former NY Fed chairman Geithner sided with Bernanke and blocked any further audits. This is what was discovered in that report that was released last year, ]from Sen Bernie Sanders’ office http://www.sanders.senate.gov/

    July 21, 2011

    The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. An amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street reform law passed one year ago this week directed the Government Accountability Office (pdf) to conduct the study. “As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world,” said Sanders. “This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you’re-on-your-own individualism for everyone else.”

    Among the investigation’s key findings is that the Fed unilaterally provided trillions of dollars in financial assistance to foreign banks and corporations from South Korea to Scotland, according to the GAO report. “No agency of the United States government should be allowed to bailout a foreign bank or corporation without the direct approval of Congress and the president,” Sanders said.

    The non-partisan, investigative arm of Congress also determined that the Fed lacks a comprehensive system to deal with conflicts of interest, despite the serious potential for abuse.  In fact, according to the report, the Fed provided conflict of interest waivers to employees and private contractors so they could keep investments in the same financial institutions and corporations that were given emergency loans.

    For example, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase served on the New York Fed’s board of directors at the same time that his bank received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed.  Moreover, JP Morgan Chase served as one of the clearing banks for the Fed’s emergency lending programs.

    In another disturbing finding, the GAO said that on Sept. 19, 2008, William Dudley, who is now the New York Fed president, was granted a waiver to let him keep investments in AIG and General Electric at the same time AIG and GE were given bailout funds.  One reason the Fed did not make Dudley sell his holdings, according to the audit, was that it might have created the appearance of a conflict of interest.

    To Sanders, the conclusion is simple. “No one who works for a firm receiving direct financial assistance from the Fed should be allowed to sit on the Fed’s board of directors or be employed by the Fed,” he said.

    The investigation also revealed that the Fed outsourced most of its emergency lending programs to private contractors, many of which also were recipients of extremely low-interest and then-secret loans.

    The Fed outsourced virtually all of the operations of their emergency lending programs to private contractors like JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo.  The same firms also received trillions of dollars in Fed loans at near-zero interest rates. Altogether some two-thirds of the contracts that the Fed awarded to manage its emergency lending programs were no-bid contracts. Morgan Stanley was given the largest no-bid contract worth $108.4 million to help manage the Fed bailout of AIG.

    A more detailed GAO investigation into potential conflicts of interest at the Fed is due on Oct. 18, but Sanders said one thing already is abundantly clear. “The Federal Reserve must be reformed to serve the needs of working families, not just CEOs on Wall Street.”

    To read the GAO report, click here (pdf).

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