How You Can Help #OCCUPYWALLSTREET (and a roundup on it)

Posted on September 23, 2011


First, How You Can Help #OCCUPYWALLSTREET | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters.

Here’s the good news – you can help, right now today – no matter where you are.

  1. Spread the word – there’s something going on. People have started a movement – they’re occupying Wall Street. Hundreds of people have been camped out in lower Manhattan for four days!
  2. If you’re in New York and can only spare a little time or money: bring American flags, cardboard, markers, water, etc. down to Liberty Park.
  3. If you’re in the New York area and have a day, a morning, an afternoon, go down there. The weather appears to be holding. Take the day off and just go. I know it sounds hard to believe but you will be heard. This is an open general assembly effort and you will get your say and be a real participant.
  4. If you are a little ways from NYC, organize foursomes to go to NYC for the day. It will cost you the train/bus/car fare. Take nothing but some food and water and your body.
  5. Too far to get to NYC? Sign this petition and I will read your name and comments in Liberty Park this week, I promise.Break Up Goldman Sachs Now!
  6. Be subversive against the big money interests wherever you are and encourage others to do the same. Don’t give the banksters 4 percent of every purchase you make with a credit or debit card – use cash. See:UseCashMovement
  7. Be subversive: max out your credit card on large ticket items and return them the next day. (This one is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.)
  8. Move your money from a big bank to a credit union.
  9. Picket a local branch of a bank. When the press asks you what the heck you think you’re doing, tell them it’s in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
  10. Send food to the protesters in Liberty Park through a New York friend or go to the live stream chat for information on local eats that will take your order. (Yes, you’ll have to use your credit card, big spender!)
  11. Do you know anybody who knows anybody who knows a writer, a celebrity, etc. who will show their face at the protest? Get to them now.
Second, stay up to date with what’s going on by checking out the occupy wall street website
Third, check out what people are saying about the media blackout (haven’t heard about Occupy Wall Street? Maybe we should ask why):

Olbermann sent a producer and a camera to speak to people in the encampment. He played that footage on his Thursday show before speaking to Moore. Olbermann said that, for some reason, the protesters had been “Ignored by those who presumably support them, by those who oppose them, by those who seemingly should just be reporting on them.”

He asked Moore, “that’s 2,000 or 500 or 50 Tea Partiers there…it’s on the evening news, isn’t it?”

“Oh, absolutely,” Moore responded. “It would be the top story.” He said he couldn’t understand why the networks and other media had not covered the story more fully, and called the movement “the very first attempt to take a real stand” in the years since the financial crisis.

Moore then referenced comments made by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned that persistent economic pain could lead to unrest and riots in the streets.

Another HuffPo Piece about the lack of media coverage:

I was informed by the “mainstream” media when some nut job pastor in Florida (one man) threatened to burn a stack of Korans, the Muslim holy book…

I knew when Charlie Sheen had run amuck in a hotel room in NYC…

I know when demonstrations are held in Libya and Syria… but not in my own country.

I can read accounts of the protest in the UK Guardianand watch it on the BBC or RSN, but not on CBS or NBC or FOX.

Thomas Jefferson said a long time ago: “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.” What Jefferson did not foresee was that the press might curtail their own freedom, abdicate their own responsibility in a free society, in favor of the pursuit of money for corporate investors.