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A Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% Movement

September 29th, 2011 | Filed under Activism, Feature, Hot List, News, Video . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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By David DeGraw

How Anonymous, AmpedStatus, the NYC General Assembly, US Day of Rage, Adbusters and Thousands of Individual Actions Led to the Occupation of Liberty Park and the Birth of a Movement

As the occupation of Wall Street moves into its third week, there are many questions about the organizers behind the ongoing protests and the origins of the 99% Movement. As one of the many people who actively supported the effort, and helped launch the 99% Movement, I will give my perspective on the events leading up to the occupation of Liberty Park.

As I understand it, the #OccuppyWallStreet 99% Movement is a decentralized non-violent rebellion against economic tyranny. It is a leaderless movement that has been dependent upon tens of thousands of individuals taking it upon themselves to take action and fight back against their own personal financial hardships, and in defense of their family and friends who are desperately struggling to make ends meets.

The road that led to the successful occupation has been a long, hard and winding one. When you go to Liberty Park, into the heart of the occupation, you will see a very diverse group of people with opinions across the entire political spectrum. It is the very essence of a ground-up grassroots decentralized movement. Everyone there has their own individual story on what brought them to take such a strong and inspiring stand in support this action. I urge members of the press and people interested in the movement to begin a dialogue with any one of the people taking part. There are many fascinating stories to be heard and a deeper understanding of what’s happening is impossible without hearing from a plurality of voices.

To give some background information, the following is a timeline of my 19-month long personal experience within the movement:

The Birth of the 99% 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.”

The report quickly went viral and many popular websites picked it up and published it. AlterNet.org featured an adapted excerpt from the report with the headline, “The Economic Elite Have Engineered an Extraordinary Coup, Threatening the Very Existence of the Middle Class.” It became one of the most popular reports that they have ever published. In aggregate, across many websites that have publish sections of the report, it has received an estimated five million page views.

Soon after the report was released, AmpedStatus formed the 99% Movement based on a general platform put forth in part-six of the report, entitled “How to Fight Back and Win: Common Ground Issues That Must Be Won.”

As the movement began to build over the course of the next ten months, after a series of TV interviews in which I supported the 99% Movement and called for acts of non-violent civil disobedience, the AmpedStatus.com website was attacked and repeatedly knocked offline. The source of the attacks remains unknown. After publishing investigative reports detailing the fraudulent activities of Wall Street; the destructive impact the financial elite have had upon the American people; revealing direct connections between economic hardships in the US and the uprisings that, at the time, were just beginning to take shape throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe, it was obvious that we were upsetting many powerful forces.

As AmpedStatus was pushing for a decentralized global rebellion against Wall Street and actively supporting the Egyptian uprising against the IMF and Federal Reserve, the attacks on the site escalated. In what appeared to be a fatal blow, the entire ISP network that the AmpedStatus.com site was hosted on was knocked offline, hundreds of sites were also affected and the AmpedStatus.com web hosting provider said that they would no longer be able to host the site unless it was moved to a service that was significantly more than we were paying or could afford. With a very limited budget, and in complete desperation, AmpedStatus put out a call for help.

Anonymous Rides to the Rescue…

As AmpedStatus.com came under attack, Anonymous was playing a key role in supporting the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. When no one else with the needed technical expertise would help us and it became apparent that we would have to shut down our operation, several Anonymous members stepped up and offered to support and defend AmpedStatus.com from further attacks. They assisted in setting up a new hosting account and helped develop a new Independent social network for the 99% Movement. From that point on, AmpedStatus.com has not once been knocked offline due to an attack.

Once we regained our First Amendment rights and knew that we had backing from Anonymous members, we then defiantly released another extensive report in February, 2011 entitled, “Analysis of the Global Insurrection Against Neo-Liberal Economic Domination and the Coming American Rebellion – We Are Egypt.”

The introduction states:

“If you think what’s happening in Egypt won’t happen within the United States, you’ve been watching too much TV. The statistics speak for themselves.

In previous Revolution Roundups, before we were knocked offline, we featured mass protests by the people of Ireland, Italy, Britain, Austria, Greece, France and Portugal, as the Global Insurrection contagion spread throughout Europe. And now, as we have seen over the past month, North African and Middle Eastern nations have joined the movement as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco, Gabon, Mauritania, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and Algeria have taken to the streets en masse.

The connection between this latest round of uprisings and the prior protests throughout Europe is one the mainstream media is not making. We are witnessing a decentralized global rebellion against Neo-Liberal economic imperialism. While each national uprising has its own internal characteristics, each one, at its core, is about the rising costs of living and lack of financial opportunity and security. Throughout the world the situation is the same: increasing levels of unemployment and poverty, as price inflation on food and basic necessities is soaring.

Whether national populations realize it or not, these uprisings are against systemic global economic policies that are strategically designed to exploit the working class, reduce living standards, increase personal debt and create severe inequalities of wealth. These global uprising, which have only just begun, are the first wave of the inevitable reaction to the implementation of a centralized worldwide Neo-Feudal economic order.

The global banking cartel, centered at the IMF, World Bank and Federal Reserve, have paid off politicians and dictators the world over — from Washington to Greece to Egypt. In country after country, they have looted national economies at the expense of local populations, consolidating wealth in unprecedented fashion…”

Within this report, there was a section calling for an occupation of Wall Street, in what is referred to as “The Empire State Rebellion.”

A sub-group within Anonymous then joined with the AmpedStatus 99% Movement and we began a collaborative effort known as A99.

A broad A99 platform was presented on the AmpedStatus social network. The platform represented a diverse mix of political viewpoints that members felt would properly represent the 99% of the population that has lost political representation. [View original platform here.]

On Mar 12, 2011, Anonymous A99 announced their first operation by posting a video to the AmpedStatus YouTube page. The effort was called “Operation Empire State Rebellion” (#OpESR). The video “OpESR Communication #1” stated the following:

“We are a decentralized non-violent resistance movement, which seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class.

One-tenth of one percent of the population has consolidated wealth in unprecedented fashion and launched an all-out economic war against 99.9% of the population.

We are not affiliated with either wing of the two-party oligarchy. We seek an end to the corrupted two-party system by ending the campaign finance and lobbying racket.

Above all, we aim to break up the global banking cartel centered at the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, Bank of International Settlements and World Bank.

We demand that the primary dealers within the Federal Reserve banking system be broken up and held accountable for rigging markets and destroying the global economy, effective immediately.

As a first sign of good faith, we demand Ben Bernanke step down as Federal Reserve chairman.

Until our demands are met and a rule of law is restored, we will engage in a relentless campaign of non-violent, peaceful, civil disobedience.”

Economic news site ZeroHedge quickly picked up the video and featured it on their site with the headline, “Hacker Group Anonymous Brings Peaceful Revolution To America: Will Engage In Civil Disobedience Until Bernanke Steps Down.”

The video then went viral and got over 225,000 views.

Anonymous Calls for a US Day of Rage

On March 23rd, Anonymous issued a press release calling for a “US Day of Rage.” The phrase, “A day of rage,” has been a rallying cry used in uprisings spreading throughout the Middle East. A new USDayofRage.org website was launched and their first press release, again quickly picked up by ZeroHedge, called for a day of mass action and pledged their support of A99′s original general platform. [Full release here.]

Throughout April and May, members of A99 were organizing and debating possible future actions. They decided that Flag Day, June 14th, would be an appropriate time to launch actions. They also set up several new Facebook pages, such as “#OpESR – Operation Empire State Rebellion Amped.”

On June 1st, this Anonymous call to action was published to AmpedStatus:

Acts of Resistance: What Are You Going To Do To Rebel Against Economic Tyranny?

Acts of Resistance: What Are You Going To Do On June 14th to Rebel Against Economic Tyranny?The big banks have sold us out.
Democrats and Republicans have sold us out.
No one is defending our interests.
Our future is going up in flames.

It’s time for us to stand up and defend ourselves.

Trillions of dollars in fraudulent activity by the big banks on Wall Street caused our current economic crisis. Paid off politicians from both parties, along with secret deals made by the Federal Reserve, gave trillions of taxpayer dollars and subsidies to the very people who caused our crisis. After taking our tax dollars, they had the audacity to give themselves all-time recording-breaking bonuses and consolidate wealth in unprecedented fashion within the economic top 0.01% of the population.

While a record number of Americans are currently living in poverty and on food stamps; while millions of American families have been foreclosed upon; while health care, food and gas costs are skyrocketing; while over 200 million Americans are living paycheck to paycheck struggling to make ends meet, the super-wealthy have never had it better. We now have the most severe inequality of wealth in American history. The depravity of the Robber Barons has been outdone.

As their current policies prove, economic central planners have become so arrogant and tyrannical in their shortsighted greed. They think we are an ignorant and apathetic population that they can continue to exploit without fear of rebellion.

We are finally declaring that we have had enough. We will not remain passive while global banking interests destroy our future. We know the systemic causes of our current crisis and we are going to strike at the root.

On this Flag Day, June 14th, Operation Empire State Rebellion (#OpESR) will launch. #OpESR is a decentralized non-violent resistance movement to end the system of political bribery (campaign finance and lobbying) and break up the big banks centered at the Federal Reserve.

To coincide with the launch of this movement, people have begun organizing acts of resistance throughout the US. We are calling upon you to take an action of your own. Whether it’s taking part in a local public protest, withdrawing your money from one of the big six banks, starting a community group or passing out fliers. Anything you can do to rebel against the system of economic tyranny in a non-violent manner is welcome.

As a first step, please join the actions against the banks in one of the cities shown here, or use the ‘schedule an action’ tool to create your own.”

The online attention surrounding this call to action quickly grew. For a roundup of coverage see:

> Economic Rebellion Update – This Is What Decentralized Resistance Looks Like

> Prepare For Revolution: The Empire State Rebellion Begins on June 14th

On June 11th, Anonymous A99 released “OpESR Communication #2: Ctrl+Alt+Bernanke.”

“In this new video release, ‘as a first step,’ Anonymous has called for public protests beginning on June 14th, continuing ‘until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down.’ To make their case, they have presented a list of recent scandalous Federal Reserve actions.”

Once again, the video was posted to the AmpedStatus YouTube account and ZeroHedge quickly picked it up and featured it. The video instantly went viral attracting over 360,000 views on the AmpedStatus YouTube account alone. It became popular enough to break through and get some coverage from the mainstream corporate media. MSNBC, Time, Bloomberg and Forbes were among many news outlets to cover it.

On June 13th, it was announced that as part this day of action a group of people will occupy Liberty Park, a strategic public space closest to Wall Street and the New York Federal Reserve building. This Anonymous statement was released:

Activists to Occupy Financial District’s Liberty Park Until Demands Are Met – Operation Empire State Rebellion Begins

“On June 14th at 1pm EST, a group of activists will begin occupation of Liberty Park (recently renamed Zuccotti Park) in lower Manhattan’s Financial District, a few blocks from Wall Street (14971 Broadway, 10007). A Google Map featuring the event states the following:

‘This Flag Day, Tuesday June 14th, we will launch a non-violent movement with this list of demands:

* End the campaign finance and lobbying racket
* Break up the Fed & Too Big to Fail banks
* Enforce RICO laws against organized criminal class
* Order Ben Bernanke to step down’

Gary Roland, an organizer of the action, says they will occupy the park ‘indefinitely, to express non-violent dissent to the further consolidation of wealth into the hands of international corporations by the corrupted two-party oligarchy. This is a non-violent action that seeks to express dissent and raise awareness of the failures of our current political discourse, until our demands are satisfied.’”

With only 16 people showing up at Liberty Park, and only four prepared to occupy it, this part of the day’s actions were considered by some to be a disappointing failure. Though this intense form of civil disobedience didn’t gain enough support at that time, the many other actions happening throughout the day were very successful.

Anonymous A99 issued an extensive report detailing the days actions: “OpESR Status Update: Empire State Rebellion Day 1.” In the report, the section on occupying Liberty Park reads:

“The most ambitious ground operation launched on Day 1 was in New York City’s Financial District, just a few blocks from Wall Street, at Liberty Park. The protest only attracted 16 people in total, with only 4 people ready to occupy the park indefinitely. While this operation was a fail due to lack of participants, we want to thank the event organizer Gary Roland and the three other people who were prepared to occupy the park: David DeGraw, Oren Clark and Kevin Dann.

Getting people to stand up in this way requires a very strong commitment that most people have not yet realized will be necessary and in their best interests. As we continue Awareness Operations and build momentum, we will reactivate this part of our Ground Operation at a future date. We have set up a social network group dedicated to planning this operation. If you are ready to peacefully occupy a public place, please join the planning group here.”

On the very same day as the launch of the Empire State Rebellion and the failed Liberty Park action, there was a group of activists assembling down the road from Liberty Park. They were preparing to set up camp in what became known as Bloombergville to protest against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget cuts. Gary Roland, after leaving Liberty Park with a feeling frustration, decided to join the Bloomberg protests.

Enter the New York City General Assembly

During the Bloomberg protests a group of activists, including Gary Roland, formed a People’s General Assembly, which eventually evolved into the New York City General Assembly (NYCGA), to help facilitate an organized non-violent movement. After the two-week long Bloomberg occupation near the city capital building, the NYCGA kept meeting and building toward the next major protest event. The NYCGA would go on to play the most pivotal role on the ground, building a large turnout through old-fashioned grassroots community-based organizing.

As the NYCGA was being formed, Anonymous A99 debated the exact date in which they would return to Liberty Park for another attempt at achieving the occupation of Wall Street. They were committed to a strategy of three-month cycles. Their first communication was issued on March 12th, the second video calling for protests was released 90-days later on June 11th. They debated and it appeared that the next attempted occupation of Liberty Park would occur on September 10th.

Adbusters Makes the Call…

As the debate among Anonymous A99 was happening and a date for occupation was being finalized, Adbusters magazine issued an open call for an occupation of Wall Street on September 17th. Anonymous, A99 OpESR, US Day of Rage and the NYCGA quickly endorsed the action. With the NYCGA focused on community-based organizing, Adbusters, Anonymous, AmpedStatus, A99, US Day of Rage, WagingNonViolence and many other sites actively pushed out the message online urging people to take part in the action. WeAreThe99Percent.com and OccupyWallSt.org were then Independently launched to directly support the action. Indymedia’s Global Revolution media team provided a livestream video feed to cover the event, which then inspired many more people to come and join the occupation once it had begun. It was this serendipitous confluence of decentralized Independent groups and thousands of individuals taking it upon themselves to take action that helped make the successful occupation of Liberty Park possible.

Note: There are definitely other significant groups that played a key role. In such a decentralized movement, it’s hard to keep track of all the efforts being put forth. We will feature other perspectives in the days ahead.

Moving Forward…

Ultimately, all of the groups mentioned throughout this report were just the seeds that helped launch what is now known as the #OccupyWallStreet 99% Movement. As the occupation of Liberty Park continues to grow and enters it’s third week, with no signs of protesters even considering leaving, the people most actively taking part are committed to remaining a decentralized leaderless movement based on the direct democratic process of deciding on future demands and actions through a consensus of those participating. In the spirit of the movement, people acting on their own have begun like-minded actions and occupations throughout the country.

The only unifying call to action seems to be:

“Anything you can do to rebel against the system of economic tyranny in a non-violent manner is welcome.”

As Anonymous A99 wrote in response to questions about their movement:

“We are a DECENTRALIZED non-violent movement. If you are looking to contact one of our leaders, go to the nearest mirror and peer deeply into it. It may take some time, but, eventually, one of our leaders will appear with answers to all of your questions.”

What more can you say?

As I’m typing this, the NYC General Assembly meeting just came to an end, I hear the sound of drums, looks like it’s time for another march. An NYPD officer who supports our efforts just gave me a nod and said, “Hey man, you better get back to the frontlines. The troops are on the move.” It’s another day of battle at Liberty Park.

The occupation of Wall $treet rages on…



- David DeGraw is the editor of AmpedStatus.com. An archive of his reports is available here. You can contact him via email: David[@]AmpedStatus.com

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  1. Simon said:

    Amazing report Dave!

    It has been a war for you guys.  People need to understand how this all came about. I’ve been following your work for a little over a year.  So inspiring, can’t believe you guys just kept/keep fighting back against incredible odds.  I thought you were going to give up after the first failed Liberty Park event.  It goes to show, persistence pays off!  Keep up the fight brother!

  2. Simon said:

    Amazing report Dave!

    It has been a war for you guys.  People need to understand how this all came about. I’ve been following your work for a little over a year.  So inspiring, can’t believe you guys just kept/keep fighting back against incredible odds.  I thought you were going to give up after the first failed Liberty Park event.  It goes to show, persistence pays off!  Keep up the fight brother!

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  4. John Tiessen said:

    This is only the start. This is young people who see what the rich have been doing to the 99% of the people. You’ll notice it is peaceful right now. It wont stay peaceful for ever. There is a day coming when young and old are going to take a more violent approach that will resemble the LA riots for some time, till this turns into a guerilla war inside the unit states. No one can stop guerrilla warfare. People might say thats not true, but they ignore history. Look at guerrilla tactics that were used in Vietnam. Some might say Vietnam was in the 60′s and the u.s. can win a guerilla war now days. That is also wrong. Ask the family of the last american soldier killed in Iraq or in Afghanistan if that is true. Good Luck america your going to need it. 

  5. John Tiessen said:

    This is only the start. This is young people who see what the rich have been doing to the 99% of the people. You’ll notice it is peaceful right now. It wont stay peaceful for ever. There is a day coming when young and old are going to take a more violent approach that will resemble the LA riots for some time, till this turns into a guerilla war inside the unit states. No one can stop guerrilla warfare. People might say thats not true, but they ignore history. Look at guerrilla tactics that were used in Vietnam. Some might say Vietnam was in the 60′s and the u.s. can win a guerilla war now days. That is also wrong. Ask the family of the last american soldier killed in Iraq or in Afghanistan if that is true. Good Luck america your going to need it. 

  6. Anonymous said:

    What I’m having a real hard time understanding is how people can be so oblivious to what is happening!  When I go to work NO ONE talks about the protests.  No one indicates they have a CLUE about them, even though we live near Seattle and public gatherings are not uncommon.  It’s so disappointing to watch people bury their heads in the sand in a seeming attempt to make it all disappear.

  7. Barb #occupyPhoenix said:

    We live in an information overload/diluted culture. Maybe the oblivious will start opening their ears once it becomes evident that this cause is here to stay, the now vocal 99% are out to stay

  8. Anonymous said:

    Do you know, why the term creating Money “out of thin air” is used.
    Really.
    The thruth is that, when you have worked for years, and trotles to your local  bank, and lends a Mill (as a ex),and by someones partisipants and strange finnacial Wand.
    Presto.
    They have created 9 mill from that one, curiously and pure “magic”.
    Its not even air, air has a value, this is just a strke of a penn, or splitt seconds of a CPU to create.

    And when the shitt hits the fan, thru fraud and despetions, they have created a selfimposed implosion, and used every bitt of worth as a company.
    Then why the fu… sould We pay for that fu..up.
    If any of us fu..sup bigg time, we take the punishment and dept/lost everything of value.

    Look around you, its a full spectrum of citisens without a jobb or income.
    Diploma or not, hunger dont give a shitt.
    You know when you are poor, when hunger is allconsuming in every thing you think from the moment you wake up to you finaly sleeps again.
    When millions are going thru that every day, its just a matter of time.
    Robbing a country thry wars and finnace, plase the bill one orinary people.
    Well, you asked for it, and gott it.
    A revelution.
    This time, from the bottom upward.

    In any selforganising comunety, democracy is essens, creating consensusues on issues and create a forum and creates roadmaps, for actions and degrees of partisipencess. When the botton lines are there(aka: non violent and so on), why disagree. To me the lines is allways drawen in whether you actualy do something or not.

    “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.,

    Letter from Birmingham City Jail

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  18. Anonymous said:

    FYI the WeAreThe99Percent.com page appears to have been disabled.

  19. Anonymous said:

    The Green Party supports Occupy Wall Street (http://www.greenpartynyc.org/content/green-party-nyc-statement-support-occupy-wall-street ), and is the non-corporate alternative to the corporate parties.

    Your Green vote sends a message to the corporate politicians that we’re fed up with the corruption of our government, and the oppression of the 99%.

    This message is sent even if the Green you vote for doesn’t win!

    There are many reasons to vote Green:

    1. It makes Democratic politicians face (often for the first time) the possibility of losing votes for being too corporate/right-wing.

    2. It allows Green-Party candidates to raise issues both corporate parties would prefer not to mention, like the bipartisan support for more “free-trade” agreements, or the bipartisan support for unlabeled and untested genetically-modified frankenfoods in our supermarkets.

    3. It helps the Green Party remain on the ballot for the next election.

    4. It makes it harder for Greens to be excluded from candidate debates.

    5. It contributes toward the Green Party getting 5% of the vote and matching Federal funds.

    6. It encourages others to vote Green in future elections.

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    – Benjamin Franklin

    VOTE GREEN!

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  22. Anonymous said:

    I think that this action is sort of useless. I admire the protesters, but Wall Street is not the place to be.

    80 Percent of all goods move across North America by railway.

    You need to “occupy” the railway and slowdown rail traffic.

    There is no need for people to travel many miles to a central protest on Wall Street.

    Railways pass through every major community on the continent.

    Choose a day of action ….. encourage people to approach any railway and to simply stand on the tracks.

    Slow down the rail service and you bring the country to its knees overnight.

    I recall the YouTube trip named “Life In A Day”
    http://www.youtube.com/user/lifeinaday

    Well, you need to have “Protest In A Day” and encourage people to upload content and photos which would show where people participated.

    I’m in the process of opening a new website and I’m pressed for time. However; I plan to write a lengthy article concerning my views on protesting from a view of a 63 year old man who has been an activist all of his life. In a week or less, you can check my website and view the upcoming article.

    http://www.dotandcalm.com

    Calm

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  24. Anonymous said:

         Wall Street, regardless of its security, is PUBLIC, in terms of access and visibility. We citizens have both moral and legal right to be there. Railroads are private property, and NOT public by both definitions. 
         Certainly OWS can be shut down by the police, but it is so visible by now that MSM can no longer ignore it at all. Tactically, you are correct, shutting the railroads down for even an hour would hobble commerce and gain notice of the 1%; what public notice would that generate outside of the various police and military agencies, except maybe saying there’s a large new terrorist attack? We absolutely MUST generate as widespread support as we can. This (OWS being the centrally visible example of the freedom-from-the-oligarchy movement) has reradicalized ME, and I haven’t gotten involved in anything in decades.
         Our objections are not to police and military personnel fulfilling their mandated duty to the public, but, in part, to them NOT doing so. Now, if you mobilized strikes among the railroad workers, that would be entirely different. And quite possibly effective.

  25. Anonymous said:

         Wall Street, regardless of its security, is PUBLIC, in terms of access and visibility. We citizens have both moral and legal right to be there. Railroads are private property, and NOT public by both definitions. 
         Certainly OWS can be shut down by the police, but it is so visible by now that MSM can no longer ignore it at all. Tactically, you are correct, shutting the railroads down for even an hour would hobble commerce and gain notice of the 1%; what public notice would that generate outside of the various police and military agencies, except maybe saying there’s a large new terrorist attack? We absolutely MUST generate as widespread support as we can. This (OWS being the centrally visible example of the freedom-from-the-oligarchy movement) has reradicalized ME, and I haven’t gotten involved in anything in decades.
         Our objections are not to police and military personnel fulfilling their mandated duty to the public, but, in part, to them NOT doing so. Now, if you mobilized strikes among the railroad workers, that would be entirely different. And quite possibly effective.

  26. Anonymous said:

    I would want you to know that I read your comment.

    Calm

  27. [...] AmpedStatus — Cómo Anonymous, AmpedStatus, la Asamblea General de la ciudad de Nueva York, US Day of Rage, Adbusters y miles de acciones individuales condujeron a la ocupación de Liberty Park y el nacimiento de un Movimiento [...]

  28. PaWeThePeople said:

    As the Federal Reserve is not federal, the “Green” Party is not about being green.  The Green Party is Socialism.  A Democratic Republic should never condone, or accept, such a platform.

  29. PaWeThePeople said:

    Unless cable television is out, 99% of the 99% will remain oblivious.  However, remember that the American Revolution succeeded with participation from less than 10% of the population!

  30. Anonymous said:

    The Green Party IS democratic AND embraces aspects of Socialism.

    You sound like a Republican in your knee-jerk rejection of Socialism.

    Socialism is a GOOD thing!  Tens of thousands of Americans die in agony from lack of treatment from America’s capitalist medical system.  WE THE PEOPLE DON’T CONDONE THAT!

    In countries with socialized medicine, sick people are treated.  Period.

    We get along just fine with Socialist fire departments.  A couple hundred years ago, they had subscription fire departments (capitalist).  They wouldn’t put out fires of people who didn’t have a subscription.

    Fires would quickly spread, wiping out the village.  They quickly figured out THAT didn’t work.

    Today, if your house is on fire, IT’S SIMPLY PUT OUT!  Period.  Socialism in action!  You don’t have a problem with THAT, do you?  You’ve been BRAINWASHED to reject Socialism without really thinking about it.

    If we had had socialized medicine in this country, we wouldn’t have the spread of tuberculosis we have now: It’s CAPITALISM’S FAULT!

    Poor people would have been TREATED.  Period.

    Under our capitalist medical system, they went without treatment, tuberculosis spread, and is currently a danger to ALL our health.

    Let’s hear it for the Green Party and Socialism!

  31. anon said:

    i’m a bit concerned about two things.  one is this:
    Note: There are definitely other significant groups that played a
    key role. In such a decentralized movement, it’s hard to keep track of
    all the efforts being put forth. We will feature other perspectives in
    the days ahead.

    that’s the kind of stuff that they will use to break up the movement.  you say the movement is leaderless but are all of these groups
    leaderless also?  are all the leaders egoless?  if not, there will be
    problems which will be exploited, or problems will be created.  my
    second concern is that the problem which seems to have been identified
    is dems/repubs  which in our current system could just as easily become
    anon/amped status or any other 2 groups you want to pick.  as you know,
    the difference between the two is not that great.  the problem as i see
    it is the electoral system.  when candidates have to buy offices,
    candidates can be bought.  one solution is sortition, whereby
    representatives are randomly selected.my suggestion is that sortition be used to select members of the new york general assembly.  please read this article that i wrote in february.  it was published on talk morocco and equality by
    lothttp://equalitybylot.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/for-egypt-are-elections-the-way-forward/http://www.talkmorocco.net/articles/2011/03/for-egypt-are-elections-the-way-forward/right
    now, you have the same opportunity.  it would also lessen the chances
    of disputes between groups, and splits within the movement.  at the same
    time it would involve more of ‘the people’, the 99% who have been
    removed from governance.  when i talk to people about sortition, many
    become excited at the prospect of being able to contribute and become
    involved in a way that has not been available to them before.imagine,
    making the announcement that nyga members are going to be chosen at
    random from all of the people here.  can you feel the electricity, the
    energy, moving through the crowd?  they are not waiting to be told who
    has been ‘chosen’ to lead them.  they are going to lead themselves.  ‘it
    could be me; i could do
    it”.  even that thought, that possibility, removes some of the power
    stranglehold of the elite.  it chips away at their ”here, we’ll take
    care of that for you” infantilizing.and i think that we the people will be amazed at what we can do.

  32. [...] A Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% Movement By David DeGrawHow Anonymous, AmpedStatus, the NYC General Assembly, US Day of Rage, Adbusters and Thousands of Individual Actions Led to the Occupation of Liberty Park and the Birth of a Movement [...]

  33. [...] kind of activism that seems more like aroma than substance – the core is clearly comprised of serious people determined to end the rule of the “One Percent.” The 99% versus 1% formula is quite powerful, [...]

  34. [...] who OWS was. So if you’re unfamiliar of who OWS is and their origins, here is an excerpt from David DeGraw’s report. As the occupation of Wall Street moves into its third week, there are many questions about the [...]

  35. Lucy Saw said:

    Dude the media or some far right elements of the media are attempting to say that Occupy is linked to Soros money.  Its a way of delegitimizing the movement by claiming its like the Tea Party but instead of Koch fund by Soros.  Its stories like this that are difficult to kill without  without a representative who is able to disclose how the movement began and what grass root elements have helped.  I am very concerned that Occupy doesn’t become fodder for the Rush Limbaugh, ‘New American’ crowd who are basically passing on this rumor.  Limbaugh is actually repeating it as if it were a fact and The New American claims a money link.  WE MUST STAY INDEPENDENT OF CORPORATE NAMES!!! No matter how well meaning or how much they say they ‘sympathize’, something that Soros recently said.  We need to speak for the history of the movement and not allow the voice, history, image etc to be hijacked by democrats or corporate cats.  There must be a way to repudiate this stupid rumor before it infects the ether.

  36. William H. Falberg said:

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  37. William H. Falberg said:

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  38. Anonymous said:

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  39. [...] the kind of activism that seems more like aroma than substance – the core is clearly comprised of serious people [9] determined to end the rule of the “One Percent.” The 99% versus 1% formula is quite [...]

  40. [...] we think are vital. We will be posting them over the next few days. One of the demands that the 99% Movement was founded upon [...]

  41. Oblio said:

    I think the most expedient way we can fix what is wrong in America (and the world) is the following: 

    1.  Debt forgiveness for all the people.  Anyone in the 99% has a zero debt balance.  We need a national jubilee.  This has been done in England before.

    2.  Get rid of Wall Street altogether.  This snake of a gambling hall was invented in England and foisted upon our 13 colonies, and due to lack of understanding, allowed to grow into a cancer that now represents a nation within a nation that is killing America.  It must be disenfranchised.

    3.  Establish a 50 state network of State owned banks to share the profit and the competition in each of the 50 regions.  Back up those banks with FDIC.

    3.  Abolish the FED and go back to the national Treasury system.

    4.  Provide public funded, Constitutional Amendment (so it will never be rolled back) changes which include school through college graduation and doctorate level achievement; medical care, dental care prosthetic care, eyeglasses.

    5.  End all wars right now and make it TREASON to usurp the US Military for Corporate use.  Make all corporations that profit from wars pay reparations to wounded soldiers in cash.

    6.  Include another Constitutional Amendment taking away life time tenure for the Federal Bench.  If the Supreme Court is going to be political in nature; let it run for office like the rest of them.

    7.  Make all elections, bottom up, from the county level to the White House, be funded ONLY WITH PUBLIC FUNDING, to be set by the localities funding such elections. 

    8.  Roll back the FCC laws and rules to before the Clinton Years.  Repeal the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and provide another Constitutional amendment.  Broadband Internet for All.  Public owned broadband at a discount rate that can compete with corporate internet.

    9.  Roll back the corporate laws to the old days when a corporation MUST show that it meets the “public good” statute or else be dis-incorporated.

    10.  Roll back the unlawful decrees by the corporate controlled corrupt supreme court, including “Citizens United” and the 1886 case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 118 U.S. 394.

    11.  Re establish the Posse Commatatus Act.  Re establish the Magna Carta.  Re establish the Miranda Warning.  Provide REAL Lawyers for poor people for free.  Free all prisoners in jail for non violent crimes to clear room for Wall Street thieves to be jailed for stealing the biggest grand larceny in history.

    12.  End the Death Penalty.  The PEOPLE ARE SOVERIGN in America.  The “state” has no right to live or death over them under ANY circumstance.  Read the BILL OF RIGHTS.  IT’S THERE.

  42. Lucius Sorrentino said:

    That’s all well and good, but this movement is not about voting for any political party - Green, Red, White, Blue, Donkey, Elephant or Whatever.  This is more like Woodstock Nation than a political pep rally.  And just because We have not some single charasmatic spokesperson PR tv media specialist and Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine writing in the wings, does not imply that We are confused as to what We are doing and need some “Party” to lead Us on, no matter how honorable its intent.

    This is a demonstration, a protest, maybe a kind of revolt by those who do not ‘belong’ to parties.  We do not chant slogans in support of any political party just yet.  

    It is all well and good that the Green Party supports 
    OWS,  but the reverse is not a given.  Indeed, perhaps the Green party needs to get behind Us.    I am a 99%er because I do not accept the Status Quo as perpetuated by the plutocrats of corporate America.  The Green Party needs to support Us, not vice versa. 

    We do not belong to ‘parties’.  We treasure our independence from partisanship of any kind save our committment to the commonweal.  And the Greens can well join Us in that.  But We come first, before any party, any corporation, any ideology.   Sounds like anarchy, I know, but that’s the beauty of it.

  43. Lucius Sorrentino said:

    Back in March, a fellow named John Murphy of Pennsylvania issued something of a polemic against the liberal/non-violent passive resistance philosophy behind the Stop the Machine demonstration currently taking place in DC.  http://wrongkindofgreen.org/2011/10/07/stop-the-machine-or-how-to-demoralize-a-movement/#comment-475

    He couldn’t have known that OWS would emergy a month earlier, but his criticisms are interesting insofar as sooner or later a civil demonstration/protest movement has to face the fact that without direct confrontational action nothing gets done.  And as direct action is the intersection where the exercise of Power comes into play, Murphy advocates monkeywrenching.  Interstingly, Howard Zinn endorsed Murphy’s independent run for Congress….
    http://www.johnmurphyforcongress.org/pr-032.htm

  44. GeoBear said:

    OWS organized by Ford Foundation

     

    Occupy Wall Street was organized by an organization called
    Adbusters:
    http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/16/technology/occupy_wall_street/index.htm

     

    Adbusters is funded by the Tides Foundation which is a front
    for the Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Kellogg Foundation and many
    others:
    http://www.tides.org/i-want-to/increase-my-foundations-impact-capacity/

    The Tides Foundation is also a front for the Rockefeller Foundation
    http://www.rbf.org/grant/10767/tides-foundation-5

  45. anna hook said:

    great, this is also what i was thinking, a very good research, one of , if not, the best ever..excellent, the research and the replies…the results aRE STArting to show, 
    good work is paying off..it was not all for nothing, the uncovering of the truths, the trying to help out and save the country, it is not all lost in the land of the freedom, as it was meant to be.. and as it will be again, thanks…there’s abeautiful line aT THE END OF RASHOMoN, I THINK IT GOES SOMEWHERE LIKE THIS; THE MONK SAYS TO THE WOOdCUTTER, thanks for restoring my faith in humanity…time to watch the movie again…think so..a.

  46. Sundog said:

    This is only the beginning of the Paradigm Shift…hang on, here we go!!
    Peace and Justice for all, Dog

  47. [...] MUST READ – A Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins o… [...]

  48. Anonymous said:

    If there would ocure “sudden blackouts” in your nabohood and in the areas where the #OWS are, maybe this can help.
    http://compnetworking.about.com/od/networkdesign/u/set-up-network-connections.htm

    There are those that know this Systems better than me and could correct me if this is wrong or not usefull and please do so.
    This is dragging out in space and time, and so far education is essense and keep the live wiring going.

  49. Anonymous said:

    If there would ocure “sudden blackouts” in your nabohood and in the areas where the #OWS are, maybe this can help.
    http://compnetworking.about.com/od/networkdesign/u/set-up-network-connections.htm

    There are those that know this Systems better than me and could correct me if this is wrong or not usefull and please do so.
    This is dragging out in space and time, and so far education is essense and keep the live wiring going.

  50. Incriminally Sane said:

    If most of the people that have posted comments here had read the US Constitution and bill of rights, you would have a much better understanding of what is “Constitutional” and what is NOT!

    There are so many Un-Constitutional “Laws” that have been put in place since 9/11 and the majority are still clueless of this fact that they don’t even consider how ILLEGAL these laws really are.

    If this current system  of Government were not so corrupt and made so much money subverting the Constitution and committing acts of TREASON against WE THE PEOPLE that it will take an enormous amount of work to reverse the damage that has been done to this country.

    Socialism is NOT a good thing, Communism is NOT a good thing, being “Green” is NOT a good thing, these are all ways that our system of a Constitutional Republic has been subverted and if we had the the frame of mind that the founding fathers of this nation had, we would truly understand how we got to where we are today.

    Capitalism CAN work if it is operated the way it was intended to and the Oligarchic controllers are kept under tight reigns and NOT allowed to create astronomical Monopolies and allowed to pay off the police, FBI, Politicians and the President, we could have a working Capitalist system in America.

    Study the basic LAW OF THE LAND, THE US CONSTITUTION and then you will understand what is legal and what is NOT!

  51. [...] we think are vital. We will be posting them over the next few days. One of the demands that the 99% Movement was founded upon was: End the System of Political Bribery (campaign finance, lobbying and the [...]

  52. [...] or misguided theories about my role and background within the movement, I have already written a long report, which I will repost below, that people making accusations against me have repeatedly ignored and [...]

  53. Natch said:

    Hmm. You can YELL all you like, toad, but that don’t make it anything but bullshit.  A sane person just thinks “hey, look at that really ignorant moran yelling there. Ha ha! What a dork.”

  54. Natch said:

    Oooooooooh! Scaaaaary!

  55. [...] Amped Status, which claims responsibility for the birth of the ‘99% Movement’ which prompted the “ground-up grassroots decentralised movement”, sees the protest’s origins in the growing inequalities of wealth and power perpetuated by the “neo-liberal economic domination” of corporate America. [...]

  56. [...] “http://ampedstatus.org/a-report-from-the-frontlines-the-long-road-to-occupywallstreet-and-the-origin… [...]

  57. [...] an organizer of Occupy Wall Street [...]

  58. [...] is a timeline of my 19-month long personal experience within the movement (Read the rest at Amped Status) spread the loveDiggEmail Published: October 19, 2011 Filed Under: AdBusters, Micah White, [...]

  59. [...] A Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% Movement David DeGraw. In case you missed this history. [...]

  60. [...] an organizer of Occupy Wall Street says: “The Wall Street protests are a rejection of the failed [...]

  61. [...] or misguided theories about my role and background within the movement, I have already written a long report, which I will repost below, that people making accusations against me have repeatedly ignored and [...]

  62. [...] we think are vital. We will be posting them over the next few days. One of the demands that the 99% Movement was founded upon [...]

  63. [...] David DeGraw released a report on AmpedStatus.com on September 29, 2011 called, “A Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% … [...]

  64. [...] Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% Movement [...]

  65. Legal Aid said:

    Legal Aid…

    A Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% Movement | AmpedStatus…

  66. [...] Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% Movement [...]

  67. [...] 29th, 2011 | Filed under Activism, Feature, Hot List, News, Video . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or [...]

  68. [...] Degraw, an organizer of Occupy Wall Street says: [...]

  69. [...] Report from the Frontlines: The Long Road to #OccupyWallStreet and the Origins of the 99% Movement [...]

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