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July 17th, 2011



From Adbusters:
“The time has come to deploy this emerging stratagem against the greatest corrupter of our democracy: Wall Street, the financial Gomorrah of America.

On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.


The most exciting candidate that we’ve heard so far is one that gets at the core of why the American political establishment is currently unworthy of being called a democracy: we demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It’s time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we’re doomed without it.

This demand seems to capture the current national mood because cleaning up corruption in Washington is something all Americans, right and left, yearn for and can stand behind. If we hang in there, 20,000-strong, week after week against every police and National Guard effort to expel us from Wall Street, it would be impossible for Obama to ignore us. Our government would be forced to choose publicly between the will of the people and the lucre of the corporations.”

Now you know I love revolutionary talk like this. However, I am skeptical if this would work. Say there really is tens of thousands occupying Wallstreet come September. The big demand is for a Presidential Commission tasked with something? Really? That’s it?! How about an immediate law to end Corporate Personhood? That sounds better to me. A commission can hem and haw and wring their hands and technically meet protesters demands.

Still though something needs to be done-that’s painfully obvious. Massive protests have worked in other countries-surely we can do something similar?

You can follow the hashtag #occupywallstreet on Twitter for protest thoughts and ideas.

Posted by Vixen as Activism at 12:27 PM CDT

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