Chomsky announces the new and invigorated occupy movements next move to free the country from corporate control and government corruption.
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Still don’t understand why they are there? Read the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.
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“We’re at a crossroads as a country. In recent years, millions have lost their jobs, homes have been foreclosed, and an unconscionable number of children live in poverty. We have to stand up to the people who caused of all this and confront the rampant greed and deliberate manipulation of our democracy and our economy by a tiny minority in the 1%” said Caroline Murray, of Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring. In the span of just one week, from April 9-15, 100,000 people will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.
We’ll gather for trainings in homes, community centers, places of worship, campuses, and public spaces nationwide to learn how to join together in the work of reclaiming our country through sustained non-violent action.
The following organizations have called for a 99% Spring: Jobs With Justice, United Auto Workers,National Peoples Action, National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn.org, New Organizing Institute, Movement Strategy Center, The Other 98%, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, Rebuild the Dream, Color of Change, UNITE-HERE, Greenpeace, Institute for Policy Studies, PICO National Network, New Bottom Line, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, SNCC Legacy Project, United Steel Workers, National Education Association, Working Families Party, Communications Workers of America, United States Student Association, Rainforest Action Network, American Federation of Teachers, Leadership Center for the Common Good, UNITY, National Guestworker Alliance, 350.org, The Ruckus Society, Citizen Engagement Lab, smartMeme Strategy & Training Project, Right to the City Alliance, Pushback Network, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Progressive Democrats of America, Change to Win, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Campaign for America’s Future, Public Campaign Action Fund, Fuse Washington, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Citizen Action of New York, Engage, United Electrical Workers Union, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Alliance for a Just Society, The Partnership for Working Families, United Students Against Sweatshops, Presente.org, Get Equal, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Corporate Accountability International, American Federation of Government Employees, Training for Change, People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER), Student Labor Action Project, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Green for All, DC Jobs with Justice, Midwest Academy, The Coffee Party, International Forum on Globalization, UFCW International Union, Sunflower Community Action, Illinois People’s Action, Lakeview Action Coalition, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, International Brotherhood of the Teamsters, Resource Generation, Highlander Research and Education Center, TakeAction Minnesota, Energy Action Coalition, Earthhome.us.
MoveOn.org Civic Action is hosting the online event registration process but is not responsible for the content or programming of the trainings or for the planning or organization of any specific actions. The 99% Spring is a collaborative effort between many organizations to train over 100,000 Americans in the basics of nonviolent direct action—not an electoral campaign.
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It’s become devastatingly apparent that this vital agency has been eroded by private interests. The time has come to reclaim and revitalize the Environmental Protection Agency for the people, so we can ensure a balanced ecosystem for many generations to come.
PLEASE NOTE! Occupy the EPA is in complete support of Occupy Wall Street. We believe in the motto "Occupy Everything" that is in need of love and restoring from corruption.
Occupy Toronto protests alleged police violence
An Occupy Toronto protest against police brutality took place on Friday, April 6, 2012.
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TORONTO – Occupy Toronto is making sure their demands to police are heard loud and clear. Some 75 demonstrators marched from a city cop station to police headquarters on Friday to protest recent alleged violence against protesters.
This comes one week after six protesters were jailed, stemming from an eviction notice for Occupiers to remove tents behind Osgoode Hall at York University.
"There’s something wrong with our society if we think violence against the meek is OK," protester Jenn Cole, 27, said at the rally, which remained peaceful.
"I’m afraid dynamics that dominated at G20 are sneaking back. Until now, I felt police had been respectful of the relationship between protesters and them."
No arrests were made during the hour-long march, however there were some heated words between protesters and cops as the crowd created traffic nuisance for motorists.
At one busy intersection, the group stood for one minute’s silence "for all those who have been murdered or brutalized."
Outside police headquarters, three people laid down on the ground while others drew chalk outlines around them under the watchful eyes of 25 officers, who held a bicycle barricade to the entrance.
The protesters had four demands: Release the outstanding two protesters from jail; drop all charges and launch a public inquiry on whether police used excessive force in the arrests.
They also want assault charges for two officers who initially arrested the first four protesters last Friday. They allege cops throw protester Angela Turvey, 36, to the ground. She was taken to hospital for bruised swollen eyes and received seven stitches.
Turvey was charged with obstructing a peace officer and assault with intent to resist arrest. She was subsequently granted $1,000 bail and ordered to reside with her parents in Port Colborne, ON.
On Monday, the Special Investigations Unit, which investigates reports involving police in Ontario where there has been death or serious injury, announced it will probe Turvey’s case, but made special note to mention it was brought to the unit’s attention by media reports, not by Toronto Police.
Demonstrator Brandon Gray said protesters have mixed feelings about the SIU investigating Turvey’s case, considering it is "stacked with a lot of retired police officers," he said.
"They disputed (the unit) was independent," he said.
Staff Sgt. Greg Thorpe of 52 Division, where the rally begain, said he has no problem with protests outside his station.
"I believe in everyone’s right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to speech, association and assembly provided it’s done peacefully," he said. "For whatever this city can throw our way, we are always prepared."
Refugee bill protesters occupy Edmonton MP’s office
Tommy Burke, 50, (left) and Edwardo Martinez, 34, participated in an occupation of MP Laurie Hawn’s office to protest the government’s Bill C-31, the Conservative government’s new refugee law. Photo taken on April 4, 2012.
Photograph by: Mariam Ibrahim , edmontonjournal.com
EDMONTON – Protesters occupied MP Laurie Hawn’s Edmonton office on Wednesday as part of a co-ordinated effort against Bill C-31, the Conservative government’s new refugee law.
The sit-ins, staged at the offices of five Conservative members of Parliament in cities across Canada, were organized in opposition to Protecting Canada’s Immigration Act, introduced by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in February.
Five protesters occupied Hawn’s office for a portion of the day, holding a large, white banner that read: Stop Bill C-31. Protesters also staged sit-ins, timed to coincide with Refugee Rights Day, in Ottawa, Toronto, St. Catharines and Vancouver.
Protesters said the new bill gives too much power to the minister, who alone can deem certain countries as “safe.” That designation that would prevent failed refugee claimants from those countries from making an appeal. The safe list has not yet been established.
Critics also say the bill creates a two-tier refugee protection system based on nationality, allows asylum seekers to be detained for up to 12 months, and allows the government to retroactively revoke permanent residency from people already granted refugee status.
The government says the bill is necessary to prevent the abuse of Canada’s asylum system and will help clear a backlog of applications. The bill could pass as early as June.
Hawn was in Ottawa on Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.
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