Stand with Occupy Wall Street

5 Oct
There’s a heartbeat on Wall Street. It’s the first thing you notice out of the subway and it electrifies the air. It’s not just the drums coming from Liberty Plaza, it’s everything about Occupy Wall Street: the buzz of activity, the willingness to stick it out day after day in spite of the rain and pepper-spray, the determination on young people’s faces, the kindness among strangers as people of all stripes take care of the myriad of volunteer tasks required to keep this encampment going strong into its third week. I’ve lived in New York City my entire life, and now I suddenly live in a village.
We need your help in this movement. Please sign our petition with CREDO Action demanding that the NYPD respect the protesters’ constitutional right to peaceful assembly. This petition will be hand delivered to the NYPD.
I’ve been involved since the planning stages of the occupation, mostly giving trainings to people who want to participate. We cover the tactics and philosophy and history of non-violent direct action. After a training a man came up to thank me. He smiled broadly and started to speak, but surprised himself when he couldn’t get the words out and began to cry. He looked around the park and said “I’m sorry. This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. All of this… I’ve never… I didn’t think this could ever happen. I’m sorry I didn’t mean to come up to you and cry, but this is just so incredibly beautiful.”
The power of Occupy Wall Street is that it’s more than a protest against financial criminals and corporate personhood. It’s also a demonstration of the human qualities we wish were better represented in our government and society. The occupation does both at once and in full view of anyone who cares to look or participate.
Occupations have spread to over 100 cities already. Come out to an occupation near you or start one of your own. This is the moment to get out from behind our computers and into the streets.
The people in this reclaimed square are modeling the future. Rather than a protest, it is a demonstration of the equitable, care-focused government we’d like to create, and the will and power to fight for it. We’ve set up a kitchen that can feed us all good food, and an action team that will lock arms around us if we’re threatened. There is spontaneous art and music that keeps our message creative and human, and a media center that blasts it out all over the world. There are general assemblies where the governance of the occupation happens, where committees report and anyone can speak.
This is the other 98% in action (newsflash: another 1% of the population has joined our ranks! woohoo The 99%!). We are a cross section of people who aren’t benefiting from the financial collapse and are struggling to pay our mortgages and student loans and know that there are bankers and corporations with names and addresses that are responsible for stacking the deck against all the rest of us. And we’re not leaving until America works for us.
Join us, and our allies at CREDO, in sigining this petition in support of Occupy Wall Street.
Thank you,
Samantha Corbin
Actions Director at The Other 98%
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The Other 98% is making democracy work for the rest of us. Our website is http://other98.com/. This email was sent to ismael.melendez@hotmail.com. If you have received this email in error or wish to unsubscribe click here.

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