A campaign to pitch up tents, kitchens, and peaceful barricades with the intention of occupying Wall Street starts tomorrow.
Adbusters have a blog dedicated to the campaign, which is calling for 20,000 “redeemers, rebels and radicals” to set up camp making the demand for “ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It’s time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY”. More specific demands are also being made for restoring the Glass-Steagall Act, imposing higher taxes on the rich, and bringing the troops home.
The campaign draws inspiration from the protests in Egypt, as well as the rise of los indignados in Spain and similar groups in Greece:
A worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion of Tahrir with the acampadas of Spain, is captured in this quote:
“The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road. Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves. There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind. Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people.”
— Raimundo Viejo, Pompeu Fabra University
The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people’s assemblies … we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future … and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.
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Click here to find out what actions are already planned and what to expect if you decide to join in.
Stacy Herbert discussed the #occupywallstreet protest with Max Keiser on Russia Today‘s ‘Keiser Report’. They might be better served to surround the Federal Reserve, suggested Keiser, and just demand the head of Ben Bernanke: