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Occupy Dallas carries on in spite of police and government officials

8:21 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry


Occupy Dallas:  Saturday November 19, Dallas Texas

At least the local press seem to be covering Occupy Dallas more fairly–that is a start in the right direction.  We are getting the word out there that we  are not a bunch of “lazy” people among other things.  The fact is that most of us do have jobs and we do care deeply about what is happening to the majority of the people in our country. What the 99% are experiencing is not really that different from the way citizens are treated in banana republics  all over the world.  We believe that it is unpatriotic NOT to protest what the millionaire Wall Street Congress is doing. More and more the 99% are breaking away from their previous Stockholm Syndrome illness whereby they identified with the values of their captors and are joining the Occupy Movement.  Even the police showed signs of improvement today.

We are not going away.  We are only growing stronger and diversifying into more spheres of influence.  Many of us will be running for elected office in 2012.  Unlike the Koch sponsored Tea Party, we won’t be taking handouts from corporate criminals who are hurting the 99%. We will be there to change government so that it works for the majority–not the few.  We are there to change priorities that result in Dallas having enough children (192,000) living in poverty to fill the Dallas Cowboy stadium twice.  That disgraceful and unnecessary condition is a testimony to the dysfunctional government leadership in place in our city, our county, and those we send to Washington. It should be an indictment for their replacement in 2012.  Let’s hope for the sake of our nation that it is.

Go Here to see a video of yesterday’s events in Dallas. It is an example of what fair news coverage looks like: Occupy Dallas Carries On.

Members of the Super Committee should have been at the Occupy Dallas Rally Yesterday.

Visit the Occupy Dallas facebook daily and join us.  You do make a difference.

Occupy Dallas on Saturday Nov. 19 at 1 PM in Pioneer Park. Be there!

5:29 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Repost from IfLizWereQueen

They think that we will just go quietly back into the cages that they have built for us.  Show them that they are wrong!

Show the 1% thugs (and their representatives from Dallas City Hall and the police) that Occupy Dallas is alive and well.  Life is full of second chances.  If you never made it to our site at Pioneer Park or later behind City Hall, join us on Saturday at 1pm at Pioneer Park.  Your democracy may depend upon it.  Of course, if you enjoy being herded by the minions of the rich minority who trample on your Constitutional rights, then stay home because you are sure to get more of the same.

Me?  I’ll be there early and I’ll be sure to bring both of my cameras.

These people have been scheming to tear down Occupy Wall Street groups all over the USA once they realized that it threatens their comfortable elitist life as Wall Street sycophants who make themselves wealthy off the work and misery of others.  Of course it took them a while to realize that we actually are a threat.  For the first  two weeks of our existence  the corporate owned and sponsored media as well as Congress ignored us as if we were an inconsequential gnat.  However, you can bet your boots they have been in a full panic mode since Occupy Wall Street went global and they have devoted huge efforts to muffle our voice (using the taxpayers money of course–after all, using other peoples money and other people’s children for war fodder is how they have gotten rich).

Here is just one tiny example from the cretins who run Dallas City Hall and how they want to silence the voice of the majority.  They declared signs being placed at the camp were semi-permanent structures and demanded that they be removed.  Occupy Dallas protesters surrendered their signs by placing them on the floor of the lobby at City Hall.

JOIN US AT 1 PM IN PIONEER PARK LET’S MAKE IT THE LARGEST CROWD EVER.

I know you are out there and I know you care. I know you know that we are the real thing because the leadership of BOTH parties shun us.  Unlike the Tea Party, we don’t have the Republican leadership in Congress patting us on the back, or  David Koch providing buses to drive us to our protests.  Instead we walk.

Please stand up for liberty and justice for all instead of for just a few.  You have a second chance on Saturday.  Please don’t blow it.  Please be there.  I hope to see you. Don’t allow the 1% to make the 99% put down their signs!  Bring a sign with you.  My sign will read:

OCCUPY GOVERNMENT in 2012!  Run for Office.

Sacrifice? How dare they speak of sacrifice!

7:06 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

Where exactly is THEIR sacrifice?


You can certainly count me among the growing number of wide-awake Americans.  In 2008 I watched all the pundit shows and all the presidential “debates” of both parties.  In 2011 I watch about 3 hours of television a week and I have not watched a single Republican debate.  Watching one of those “debates” is about as stimulating as watching the “Orange County Housewives”  or the “Kartrashians”.

But this does not mean that I am apathetic.  Quite the contrary.  I blog.  I participate in Occupy Dallas.  I work with others to see that the truth is told regarding the Tar Sands Keystone pipeline and other important issues.  I am running in 2012 as an Independent and member of the 99%  for US Congress for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.

Few things make me angrier than to hear a member of Congress speak to the American people of “making sacrifices” unless it is for one of them to call the 30 million and rising out of work and desperate Americans “lazy.”  I am mad as hell and I and millions of others like me are doing plenty about it.  If they think that having their hired goons to stomp on the Occupiers will stop this tidal wave against them, they will find out that a new “sheriff” is in town after the elections of 2012 and this new sheriff will go by the name of 99%.  And instead of guns, most of them will come armed with brains and values designed to support ALL Americans–not just the upper 1% who live in the apex of the pyramid multilevel marketing scheme called “Wall Street.”

My Message to Congress:

2012 is the year that politicians will have to do a lot more than offer up their standard political cliches to get our vote.  No, we won’t be chanting back your standard made-in-China flag pin phrases about democracy, greatness, American “exceptionalism” and freedom. We will be doing all we can to change your rigged fake “two-party” system by introducing real candidates for the majority with real platforms and real plans. You dare to talk to us of sacrifices when we send our sons and daughters  to fight and die in your useless, unwinnable wars that provide you and Wall Street corporations with huge profits. How dare you!

You’ve got a great awakening coming your way in 2012 and you can count me as one American who is dedicated to seeing that as many of you are removed from office as possible.

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Where is Wall Street’s “Sacrifice”?  Can you see it in the chart below?  It looks to me like they made more money and paid even less taxes.

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Where are the Members of Congress and their “Sacrifice”?

The net worth of members of Congress has risen by 23.6% between 2008 and 2010!

The collective wealth of members of both houses of Congress rose 23.6 percent between 2008 and 2010, according an analysis conducted by Roll Call. The newspaper calculated “minimum net worth” of each congressman and senator based on financial disclosure forms each fills out. It found that Congress’s collective wealth jumped from an estimated minimum of $1.65 billion in 2008 to $2.04 billion in 2010. ”Minimum net worth,” as the name suggests, doesn’t included every source of wealth for members of Congress (such as home values), meaning it’s a big underestimation.  SOURCE

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The 99% can win! Here are your instructions.

Whatever happened to the Concept of “Conflict of Interests”?

7:16 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Crosspost from IfLizWereQueen

A Dallas Police Officer Moonlighting for Bank of America? What’s wrong with that picture?

We have a Congress in Washington DC passing legislation that not only benefits their patrons who contribute to their campaigns, the legislation they pass benefits the elected officials’ own personal stock portfolios  and net worth while those of the majority of their constituents decline.  This is not some paranoid fantasy.  It is verifiable fact that has been published on this site several times.  You can see for yourself by going to Open Secrets and comparing your Senators and Representative’s net worth in 2008 to their net worth in 2009. As millions of Americans were losing their jobs and getting kicked out of their homes, the net worth of these people who are supposed to represent the majority was increasing by hundreds of thousands of dollars and in many cases by millions of dollars.  Now if you don’t see that something is very wrong with this picture, then you are either a member of the 1% or you have been beaten down and propagandized by corporate-owned media  to the point that your self-esteem has gone so far south that it is not even on the map any more.

Our Congress is representing Wall Street to the exclusion of the majority.  Now we see here in Dallas where the members of the Dallas Police Department are representing Wall Street banks to the detriment of the public.  We have a situation where off-duty policemen are guarding private corporations and actually attacking members of the public who are operating well within their rights as citizens.

The following excerpt is from The Dallas Morning News.

Last night, (November 10, 2011) the Dallas Police Department discovered a new video of the Occupy Dallas demonstration that occurred on November 5, 2011. The video shows a Dallas Police Officer, who was working off-duty for Bank of America, push a demonstrator off a planter in front of the building. Chief David Brown has ordered the officer placed on restricted duty and initiated a formal investigation into the officer’s actions. The restricted duty assignment will also prohibit the officer from working off-duty employment until the departmental investigation is complete. In light of this development, the Police Department has requested that the Dallas County District Attorney and the Dallas City Attorney proceed no further with the criminal cases alleged to have occurred until further consultation takes place. These meetings are anticipated to occur next week. The Dallas Police Department is dedicated to the protection of all members of the public. Any allegation of police misconduct is taken seriously and will be vigorously investigated. The Police Department encourages any witnesses who would like to make a statement or who have additional video to contact the Internal Affairs Division at (214) 671-3986.

If you watch this video from frames 25 to frame 32, you can see the officer (a large black man in the upper middle of the screen pushing the protester (Stephen Benavides) did not fall on his own shortly before he was arrested for felony assault on another police officer and resisting arrest. Police had previously said there was no indication Benavides was pushed as he and his supporters have claimed.

Stephen Benavides, the victim of police brutality, was in jail for four days!

Benavides was in the Dallas County Jail until Wednesday night, when he posted more than $50,000 bond on the charges. His confrontation with police last Saturday sparked a riot that included seven other arrests.

Protesters have alleged Dallas police acted overly aggressive in arresting Benavides and others. Dallas police officials said earlier this week that a preliminary review of the handling of the protest revealed no misconduct. [Note:  if we allow this incident to become standard police routine, Stephen Benavides is not the only one in trouble, we all are.]

Chief David Brown has said Benavides was told to get off the planter because it was Bank of America property and that he refused to comply.  As you can see from the video below, that is half a truth which is the same thing as a lie.  Benavides said in a phone interview Friday morning (November 11, 2011) that the officer on the planter, Jimmy Hollis, told him to get off the planter but gave him almost no time to do so. [This is substantiated by the time lapse in the video.]  ”It was not but a split second, a split second reaction by him and he shoves me off the planter,” Benavides said. “I fall down, I land on the curb, I bust my ribs up and eveyrhting else is kind of out there on the videos.

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ILWQ COMMENTS:  This incident and how it is handled is relevant to all people in the USA.  Support Occupy Dallas and stop the scourge of taxpayer-paid employees moonlighting as hired thugs for corporate America.

A citizen who is acting well within his rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the USA is brutalized by a police officer who is not only being paid by the taxpayers of Dallas, he is also being paid by Bank of America.  If you don’t see a problem with that, then you need to visit Colombia and ask around about the police goon squads called the AUC.  They are paid by U.S. corporations to murder people who want to start unions to protect workers.  Of course then that’s where the hand-in-glove relationship between Washington and Wall Street comes into play.  Just before he went to work for Obama as the Attorney General of the USA, Eric Holder got Chiquita Brands executives off the hook with a fine, even though conclusive evidence (a check signed by Chiquita Brands) pointed to the fact that they paid off the members of the goon squad who murdered the unionist.

In addition to conflict of interest and police brutality, there are other problems with this story as well:  Why does a Dallas Police Officer have to supplement his income by working off-duty?  First of all,this seems to indicate that the officer is not being paid a living wage in the first place.  If so, that needs to be corrected.

Second of all,  we all know that when we work more than 40 hours a week, many aspects of our lives suffer.  Of all people, police officers need a break from the kind of work they do.  All police officers should be paid a living wage and NO police officers should be moonlighting at ANY job for ANYONE.

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Base pay for Dallas Police Officers who are trainees is $41,690.  After two years it is $43,754.  At ten years it is $64,651. The 2010 Census reports that in Dallas, Male full-time workers had a median income of $32,265.

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Occupy Congress in 2013 as an insider from the 99%.

12:48 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from IfLizWereQueen

Only those who occupy these seats, truly occupy Washington.

Make 2012 The Year of the Independents!  Bust up the Millionaires’ Club!

It is good that we have the Occupy Movements all over the USA and the world and they need to continue their efforts because these groups keep the focus on the real issues and make mainstream corporate-owned media pundits look like the Wall Street stock monkey puppets that they are.  In addition,  the occupy movements reveal members of Congress for what they are–a Wall Street millionaires club who vote to enhance their own positions of power and increase their own personal wealth via their Wall Street stock investments. No, this is not a wild claim. This is fact.  If you research their voting records you will be hard-pressed to find a single time in which any member of Congress voted against an issue that would negatively affect their Wall Street portfolio.

Furthermore, if you look at the increase in net worth of Senators and Representatives from 2008 to 2009 (a period in which 2.6 million Americans lost their jobs) you will find that the majority of them grew their personal wealth during this period by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and many cases, by millions of dollars.  (You can use Open Secrets to assist you in this research.)  And these are the lying hypocrites who speak to the American people, the 99%, of “making sacrifices”?  I say:  ”Let’s sacrifice them in 2012 to the political pasture.  Let’s teach them a lesson first-hand in sacrifice and what it means to lose a job.”

For one example:  Pete Sessions, Republican Representative for the U.S. 32nd District of Texas  reports a net worth of $3,376,000 in 2008 and a net worth of 4,904,000 in 2009.  Thus in the time period in which 2.6 million Americans lost their jobs, Mr. Sessions made $1,528,000 off his Wall Street investments.

I live in the 32nd District of Texas and I will be running against Pete Sessions in 2012 as an Independent from the 99%–a non-millionare who owns no Wall Street stock and who knows first-hand the difficulty and hardship of being unemployed.  I will be filing my intent to run as an Independent with the Texas Secretary of State during the filing period (Nov 12 to Dec 12, 2011).

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It can happen.  The 99% (and especially with the assistance in organizing from the Occupy movements) could  take a few Senate seats and could replace most of the 435 members of the House of Representatives with members of the 99%.

Here is a big overview of a plan that could be followed by Occupy Groups:

1) Make a list of all the US Congressional district that cover the county in which your Occupy Group is located.  For example Occupy Dallas currently has  6 US Congressional Districts that fall within its county borders. (Although District 3 is likely to go away due to redistricting and be limited to Collin County only. The new maps are expected to be released on Oct 31 ahead of candidate filing period.)

District 3 Sam Johnson (But this district will go away from Dallas County with the redistricting)

District 5 is Jeb Hensarling.

District 26 Michael C. Burgess

District 30 – Eddie Bernice Johnson

Congressional District 24- Kenny Marchant

District 32 Pete Sessions

2. Make a list of all the elected offices in Dallas County open in 2012.

3. Make a list of all Texas State Officials to represent ares areas of Dallas County open in 2012.

4. Make a list of all officials from municipalities in Dallas County who are up for election in 2012.

5. If a US Senator is up for re-election and/or a seat is open, meet with the other Occupy groups in your state and  select one Independent to support.

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You must begin to organize these efforts now.  In fact, in many states such as Texas, waiting until 2012 is too late for filing as an Independent for US representative.

Replace U.S. House

Solutions Not Status Quo

Independents Can Win

Replace Wall Street

Local “Cooperations” Now

The Second Wave: Solutions begun.

11:43 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

I’m fired up!  I attended the Occupy Dallas protest on Saturday Oct 15 and I would estimate the crowd at closer to 600 than the 350 headcount offered by the Dallas police.  I based my estimate purely on eyeballing and comparing the crowd yesterday to the 1,000 crowd who attended Oct 6 here in Dallas. It appeared to me to be just a little more than half of people from last Thursday.

By the way, what an inspiration New York!  What a great example.  They surely raise the bar on expectations for the rest of us.

Here is my cross-post today from ILWQ:

Solutions–Not Status Quo

The favorite game of Congress these days is to create a gridlock on real solutions that could benefit the majority and then pretend that their hands are tied and that they had nothing to do with creating the mess, as if they are innocent bystanders.  The leadership of the two parties have been playing this good cop/bad cop game for at least 30 years.  It’s time to turn our backs on the leadership of both parties.  Since our elected officials in Washington showed us on Wednesday that they have no intentions to keep their promises to create jobs and rein in the greed of Wall Street, it has become obvious that these tasks are now in the hands of the 99%.  Following are a few suggestions for the 99% to move us in the direction of taking back  our government and creating solutions that work for the 99%.  These suggestions are intended to encourage others to join me in thinking up real solutions for our nation’s problems.  They are, of course, built around the two actions I desire the most at the moment:  Replace the entire House of Representatives in 2012 and work with the people in our communities and those from the United Nations to establish at least one local cooperative in our community by the end of 2012.

1. REPLACE EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITH A NON-MILLIONAIRE INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FROM THE 99% IN 2012.

One ordinary citizen from each Occupy group can research the requirements for running as an independent in their state and then post an announcement similar to the example found in the link,  Replace U.S. House.  (Practicing what I preach, I have already done this for the people living in the Congressional Districts in and around Dallas and sent out a call to action as seen in the two-page document previously referenced.) It is important to begin this process now as many states, such as Texas, require that Independents file before the end of 2011.  Here are links to assist you:

Replace U.S. House

http://iflizwerequeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Replace-US-House.pdf

This two-page document will assist those who want to call together interested citizens from your local area to discuss what actions you need to take to replace all the US representatives in the various districts in your region with Independent non-millionaires from the 99%.

Independents Can Win

http://iflizwerequeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/INDEPENDENTS-CAN-WIN.pdf

This document provides an overview of all the steps that those who plan to run as a U.S. Representative for their Congressional District must take prior to the end of December 2011.  It may be  helpful for a first read to provide you with the big picture of what candidates need to do in order to win.  It is generic and applicable for all states and will take less than an hour to read.  You can download it for free from the link provided above.

Platform for U.S. Congressional Representative

http://iflizwerequeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Platform-for-US-Congressional-Representative.pdf

This is provided as a sample ONLY.  I’m not suggesting that this platform be adopted by candidates!  All independent candidates need a written platform. This document provides an example.  One idea might be that you use the group that meets with you as a caucus to draft a platform.  Perhaps appoint a secretary to take all the suggestions and then appoint a committee to draft the platform.  At your second meeting you can vote on it.

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2.  REPLACE WALL STREET WITH A BUSINESS SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR THE 99%

It’s more than obvious that the current members of the US Congress have no interest in doing this.  After all, why should they?  The truth is that Wall Street works very well for them.  Don’t take my word for it,  Go to Open Secrets and look at the increase in their net worth from 2008 to 2009–a time period in which you and I from the 99% were losing our jobs and pensions and homes.

Eric Cantor, for example, the current majority whip of the House of Representatives who sponsored the Korean Trade agreement which will increase the trade deficit by $16 million and ship out 169,000 American jobs: From 2008 to 2009, Cantor increased his net worth by over a million dollars.  It’s not just the Republicans either.  Nancy Pelosi, former House Majority leader, increased her net worth a whooping $28,248,999 from $95,980,989  in 2008 to $124,229,990 in 2009.

It may take two or three years to do this but we, the 99% can begin immediately with a few steps.

1) Do everything you can to remove all money that belongs to you that is invested in Wall Street.  If you own Wall Street stock, you are part of the problem.

2) Remove your money from any too big to fail bank if you have not already done so. Use credit unions and local banks. [Another related step is to work to establish a state owned bank.]

3) Patronize locally owned businesses as much as possible.  Buy used if necessary to avoid supporting foreign imports whose manufacturers are getting a free ride from the American taxpayer thanks to the trade agreements that our elected official pass to support Wall Street corporations and their slave labor.

4) Cooperatives are a democratic model for business.  Create a group in your community to establish cooperatives in your community.  Get involved!  The United Nations have declared 2012 as the “Year of the Cooperatives”.  They have a kickoff meeting in Cancun Mexico November 14-18.

Local “Cooperations” Now

http://iflizwerequeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Local-Cooperations-Now.pdf

This is a report that I created and sent to the leaders of all the towns in Dallas County in August of 2010. I never heard one reply from a single municipality.  All of the reports were sent first class, and a few of them I even hand-delivered.  We need to take a look at our local government leadership  as well as our national government leadership because many of our local governments follow the same format for the 1% that our national government does.

International Co-operative Alliance

http://www.ica.coop/al-ica/

This provides information regarding the UN initiative:  2012 Year of Cooperatives.

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Replace Wall Street

http://iflizwerequeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/REPLACE-WALL-STREET.pdf
This tw0-page document provides you with just enough information to get you started in gathering the 99% together in your area to discuss creating a “cooperation”/local corporation/cooperative in your home town and how you might get involved with the UN Initiative:  2012 Year of Cooperatives.

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Think about it 99%rs

I am only one member of millions of us and these are two suggestions with supporting documentation that I have gathered and created.  If you want to fully understand the power of the 99%, take my effort and multiply it by millions worldwide.  Congress and other world leaders have solutions–unfortunately these solutions are for the 1%.  It is time for us to push them out of the way with our votes in 2012 and I mean both parties.  We cannot afford to allow the 1% to rule any longer.  They and their greed are destroying not only our nation but our entire planet.  They do not represent the interests of the majority of the USA or the world. They have had their chance and failed us miserably.  It is too late for amends, even if they sincerely tried, I doubt that many of us would believe them.

BTW:  This post is also available as a PDF for your convenience and it’s all free.

Solutions Not Status Quo

http://iflizwerequeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Solutions-Not-Status-Quo.pdf

Join the World and your local Occupy Wall Street group today!

10:09 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from Iflizwerequeen

I’m preparing this morning, Oct 15, 2011,  to go down to Occupy Dallas in Pioneer Park.  I hope you will join me if you life live in the Dallas area.  At 1PM we will be marching to Goldman Sachs to protest their actions against the 99%–not only of the USA, but the world.

If you don’t live in the Dallas area, I hope that you will join the Occupy Wall Street movement nearest to you.  Today the majority from all over the world will be standing up and shouting “NO” in many languages to the 1%, their IMF, their World Bank and their Wall Street international bankers who steal from the 99%.

As mentioned in a previous post, we the majority are not only protesting, we are also beginning the planning stage for building solutions to replace the status quo of the 1% with solutions that work for the 99%.

The two that I’m pushing are:  1) Replacement of all members of the House of Representatives with Independents from the 99% in 2012.  It can be done if we begin now.   and 2) Replacement of Wall Street with a business system that works for the 99%.  Here are my recent calls to action on these two initiatives:

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Citizen’s Report on Visit to Occupy Dallas Pioneer Park Oct 14, 2011

6:01 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from IfLizWereQueen

Occupy Dallas, like all Occupy Sites, is a very special Place–a place where history is being made.

As you can see from the photo, the enthusiastic majority at Occupy Dallas have expanded the boundaries to include the majority of the world.

I took off a couple of hours from 11 to 1pm today to check in on the patriots in Dallas who are occupying Pioneer Park in downtown Dallas, Texas.  If you haven’t stopped in to visit the site, I highly recommend that you do.  You’ll find the people friendly, talkative, polite and  yet very engaged and very determined.  You’ll also find them in all ages:  from infants to seniors.

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Washington officials and Wall Street better get ready to move over, if not out

7:36 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from IfLizWereQueen

If all the OWS sites across the USA are pulling it together as fast as Occupy Dallas, Washington and Wall Street should be looking at proactive steps they can begin to take immediately to make the majority happy. This is a stance they should have been following for years instead of ignoring the majority and pushing us not only to the back of the bus but off the bus.

Regardless, the majority are not waiting or depending on the leaders we have mistakenly chosen to represent us.  We are taking control of our democracy ourselves.  In  spite of continued attempts by the plutocrats:  1) first to discredit the movement and then 2) second to co-opt OWS by slapping their Democrat and/or left-wing brand on this movement, OWS remains what it is–a group determined to change our nation for the better for the majority.  We don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need Washington.  We are the majority and can replace them both.

OCCUPY DALLAS October 12, less than a week from its birth on October 6, 2011

(Not bad for a city in a state that many of the uninformed refer to our citizens as “morons.”)

Oct 11 2011 – 2:15am

UPDATE.

An official press release is going out now describing the events of the day. Do not rely on the paid media for information. To clarify for you: 1) A permit was pursued by Occupy Dallas. It was a decision voted upon in a democratic manner by our General Assembly. 2) We have had 200+ people occupying Pioneer Park for 5 days. We need sanitation services. That is the only reason Occupy Dallas was seeking a permit. In this area of the city, we couldn’t guarantee the safety of anyone walking 5 blocks to find a facility after dark. Safety of our members is paramount.

Location: Pioneer Plazamap
Current Population: 150+
Protesters: 1,000+
For food/money donations, please Email Us.

About #OccupyDallas

The main issue is protesting Corporate Greed and their control of the Government.It’s about Restoring Democracy to The People, about us taking back control.

OccupyDallas.org is a volunteer-operated online resource for the protests taking place in Dallas, Texas. We are not affiliated with any other organization. We are everyday people like you. The 99%.

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IFLWQ Notes on the diversity of the crowds

Oklahoma City reports  that their OWS features members of the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Generation Y and Generation Z.  The photograph below was taken by one of the protesters at the Oklahoma City site.

The Christian Science Monitor seems to be getting the story right, Occupy Wall Street: Is it becoming your father’s – even grandfather’s – movement?

You heard it first here:

Next thing we are going to see will be local and state politicians going down to these sites and “lending their support.”  Of course with mainstream media in tow.  Perhaps in 2012 these OWS sites will feature forums for candidates much in the same way that the League of Women Voters do.  But one thing is for certain, it will be controlled by the majority and it will be open to all candidates.  There is no way that OSW groups will allow their sites to become mouthpieces for politicians from the right or left.

OSW is first and foremost a social movement to improve the lives of all Americans.

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NOW TANCREDO IS TRYING TO LINK OCCUPY WALL STREET TO THE COMMUNIST PARTY

I received a comment on one of my yesterdays posts about Portland from Tancredo Radio.  They are pushing the notion that Occupy Wall Street is a Communist movement.  I wondered when this crap would begin.

For the past 30 years anytime that large groups of Americans representing the majority begin to gather and make noise about changing this nation, the Communist Fear Patrol hits the streets and highways.  Communists have about as much of a chance in America as  a flea does to marry an elephant.

OWS is a movement that is open to all and once again:  OWS is a social, not a political movement.  Let the Communists come (both of them).  Let the Republicans come.  Let the Democrats come.  Let the Greens come.  Together we are the majority.  As long as we don’t allow fear mongers like Tancredo to steer us, like the judas goat he is, down his narrow circumscribed chute to slaughter by the rich Wall Street interests.

Besides, another viewpoint of the Communist Party is that it is a job creator. By 1957, membership in the Communist Party in the USA had dwindled to less than 10,000, of whom some 1,500 were FBI informants. (WIKI)

I think we should have one or two Communist Representatives in our House.  Many more civilized governments in the Western world do.  It would certainly liven things up a bit.  Communism is not going to take over the world and to suggest that the Communist Party has great influence on the OSW is nothing but unadulterated fear mongering.

According to Washington DC and corporate pundits, any party other than Democrat or Republican is a communist/Socialist, and the Republicans in DC do their best to keep the notion alive that their twins, the Democrats, are socialists.  It’s all a game with them to make sure that the only party in town is the Wall Street sponsored Democrat/Republican Party.

American Autumn and Van Jones: He needs to fade into the background

9:57 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

It’s Not About Party Politics or Money or “Leaders.”  It’s about participation of the majority.

I just visited a site titled “nation of change” and I will tell you all of the things that are wrong with this site.

1.  It puts money first. First of all as part of its banner across the top of the home page we have “Stand Up to Corporate Power”.  This is good, but just beneath it we see:  ”We have raised $7,075 of our $25,000 Fall fundraising goal.  Make a tax-deductible donation to Nationofchange”  and then underneath it in large letters DONATE NOW.

This is the typical  Democrat/Republican Wall Street approach:  Money first. Give the money to the leaders and then they will decide how it will be spent.  This is part of the broken machine of our government.  Real change is NOT going to result from the side who raises the most money.  Real change is going to come from the MAJORITY who decide on their own and contribute what it is they have to offer–people like the individual citizens I saw yesterday at Occupy Dallas handing out homemade breakfast burritos that they made at home.  Individual citizens–not sponsored by some corporation–handing out extra bottles of water that they had brought to the gathering to share with others.  That is the spirit that will allow the majority to take back our government.

The Nation of Change site is just more of the same in a different wrapper.

2.  The site glorifies one leader, Van Jones.

Again, America does not need one hero telling the rest of us what to do.  We need many heros.  All of us must step up to the plate and become heroes.  No one person should be front and center in this democratic movement.

3,  It promotes Warren Buffett as a supporter of  the people–one of the biggest Wall Street fakes on the planet. If we are looking to ANY corporate CEO for our salvation, we are in trouble.  Buffett is a master of Newspeak.  If he really meant what he said about taxing the rich, five years ago when he first made the comparison of his tax status to that of his administrative assistant, he would have quit using tax loopholes and off shore accounts and would have started paying the full 35% of his income in taxes that he should pay.

One of Buffett’s companies, Clayton Homes is being sued in the USA for providing FEMA with formaldehyde-laced trailers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  How about that?  Poison the victims of Katrina.  But if you think that is bad, hang onto your St. Christopher medals.  Bill Clinton’s Foundation bought many of these contaminated trailers from Clayton Homes and had them shipped to Haiti to serve as school houses for children.  The legal suit was already in effect prior to the purchase so it’s not like they didn’t know.

4.  It uses the typical divisive politics of Washington of pitting political ideologies against each other. Here is a quote from Van Jones:  I think everybody should hold onto your seats. October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the “Progressive Fight-Back.”

This is not about Progressives against the Tea Party.  This fight is not a Democrat or a Republican fight.  This fight is not a Tea Party or a Progressive fight.  That is EXACTLY how the rich and powerful minority have wielded control over the majority for years.  Divide and Conquer.  Pit the majority against itself.

To Win, we the people must unite and overwhelm the plutocrats on Wall Street and in Washington.  Putting a label of “progressive” on the movement is one sure-fire way to kill it.  We need all members of the majority with us on this and that includes the Tea Party majority as well.  Yesterday at Occupy Dallas we all stood shoulder to shoulder, Tea Party and Progressives; Democrats and Republicans–all united against the machine of the wealth minority.

2012 should be the year of generics.  Citizens from the majority (non-millionaires, non-Wall Street investors) should rise up in every Congressional District in the nation and take over the House of Representatives.

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Van Jones is just another opportunist who is no different from those who came before him.