There is so much going on now in terms of #OccupyWallStreet that I am going to turn it over to others who are able to keep up with all of the actions and events that are taking place at this time around the world.
What does this have to do with education? Everything. Our children have been shortchanged for too long now. PTA’s, if schools are lucky enough to have one, have to have bake sales to hire additional necessary staff or to offer after-school programs because the school curriculum no longer provides what many parents see as part of a basic education.
Because we have been squeezed of necessary funding due to the fact that corporations and the wealthy few have gained increasing tax breaks over the decade, our children can no longer receive the best in terms of an education. Because even though teachers are doing everything that they can to make up for all of the economic shortfalls, they are now being demonized by the same wealthy few who now want to privatize education and again place what little money there is in the hands of that same wealthy few.
Because of these reasons and more, what is happening in the streets now relates to how our children are being taken care of, or basically how the system has failed them, in too many ways.
Even Sesame Street is trying to address the problem of hungry children in this country with a new character, Lily, who will be featured in a special this Sunday. Shame on all of us for allowing this to happen. So much child hunger in this country…you would think that we’re a third world nation.
We are the 99%.
It’s interesting how the mainstream media, after ignoring it as long as they could, tried to marginalize this movement by saying that it was just an action of a motley few. But then, they get paid to ignore such frivolity unless it’s in the interest of their corporate sponsors.
As the following video and hundreds of photo’s have shown, this is truly an action that has taken place by the many, not by just a few.
On the other hand, JP Morgan Chase apparently believed that they would need additional police protection at some time in the future. Hmmm…I wonder why. Chase donated $4.6M to the New York Police Department for additional surveillance equipment and laptops to be used this year.
And even though the corporate sponsored mainstream media kept saying that there was no unifying message that they could hear or fathom, there was. What follows is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Liberty Park titled the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City:
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 ontracts.*
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!
Link: All information about donations can be found here: nycga.cc/donate
Physical mailing address:
Do look at the nycga.cc/donate link above for information about sending things.
Re: Occupy Wall Street
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038
In person: If you go to Zuccotti Park Liberty Plaza/Park/Square you can also easily deliver money and/or goods straight to the people. They have committees who accept and take good care of your donations immediately and very graciously.