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The #OccupyWallStreet movement against economic injustice is spreading like wildfire with big labor and established advocacy groups joining a major march today in what is expected to be the largest action of the campaign to date.
If you're not in or around New York City, there are Occupy actions taking place in Allentown, Ann Arbor, Athens, Birmingham, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Ithaca, Jersey City, London, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Michigan, New Orleans, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Rochester, Sarasota, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto and Youngstown. Please use the comments field below to alert us to other actions. I'll keep updating as more information comes in.
Occupy Your City
Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries around the world. But in America, the industrial food industry is still allowed to keep consumers in the dark about the food they purchase.
Join me in signing a petition from the Institute for Responsible Technology calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
Since every great protest movement needs its culture, here's my stab at a list of the ten best songs ever written about class and poverty in tribute to #OccupyWallStreet. The condition of being dead-broke is a perennially popular theme in music, so, regardless, of your taste in genre, there's a song to accompany your protests against the avarice of the fat cats. Please use the comments field to let me know what I've missed and check out a brief guide on how to support the burgeoning movement against economic inequality.
Spearhead, Crime to be Broke in America
Dolly Parton, Coat of Many Colors
Harry Chapin, The Day They Closed the Factory Down
Bruce Springsteen, Factory
Grandmaster Flash, The Message
Tom Waits, Brother Can You Spare a Dime
Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner's Daughter
Tracy Chapman, Fast Car
Bob Marley, Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
The Clash, Career Opportunities
Elsewhere at thenation.com Nathan Schneider provides a terrific primer on the Occupy Wall Street protests and the many strands of people and organizations involved in the increasingly visible movement against economic inequality.
Here are a few ways to support the burgeoning movement.
First and foremost, get to Liberty Plaza to join those that Occupy Wall St. if you can. This is the heart of the movement and the inspiration for what is happening across the country. Carpools coast to coast are being arranged va this Facebook group.
If you have the means to monetarily donate, visit Occupy Wall Street’s webpage and consider donating through its website.
Print, post and forward these fliers.
Attend one of many regional events.
Join Moveon.org's Virtual March in support of the occupation on Wednesday, October 5.
Send donated non-perishable food, books, magazines, coffee, tea bags, aspirin, blankets and socks to the UPS Store, c/o Occupy Wall Street, 118A Fulton St, #205, NY, NY 10038.
Send pizza to the protestors at Liberty Plaza. Majestic Pizza Corp in the financial district is very good and will deliver. You can call 212-349-4046 and pay with a credit card.
Like and share this Facebook page.
Follow and RT @occupywallstnyc
Professor Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan who became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, started the Green Belt Movement in 1977, working with her female compatriots to demand and obtain greater access to resources like firewood for cooking and clean water. She became a steadfast advocate for better management of natural resources and for sustainability, equity, and social justice.
In presenting her with the Peace Prize, the Nobel committee hailed her for taking “a holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights and women’s rights in particular” and serving “as inspiration for many in the fight for democratic rights.” A summary of her astounding life and work can be read here.
The best way to remember Maathai is to support the Green Belt Movement, which she founded and in which she invested her life hopes.
It’s hard not to mourn, but when you’re ready to start organizing, here are four groups redoubling their efforts to abolish capital punishment in the US in Troy Davis’s name. Each organization was deeply involved in the fight to save Davis, and each group requires volunteers and financial support to survive.
Amnesty International is asking people to sign on to its Not in My Name pledge demanding that the United States join the rest of the civilized world in barring capital punishment.
The NAACP, America’s most venerable civil rights organization, was in the forefront of the fight to save Davis. The group’s formal mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination, but, under the leadership of Ben Jealous, the NAACP has also thrown itself into the thick of the fight to abolish the death penalty.
The Innocence Project is a highly effective litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted through both DNA testing and through reform of the criminal justice system. With the generous support of individuals like you, the Innocence Project has been able to free scores of innocent people by offering free representation to indigent inmates.
The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) is a national grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment. With active chapters in cities and campuses across the United States—including California, Texas, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC—the CEDP functions as a national clearinghouse, and organizer, for death penalty activism.
As Davis eloquently said in his astonishing final statement to supporters: “The struggle for justice doesn't end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace.”
In Tribute: I Am Troy Davis (T.R.O.Y.)
10:41: The Supreme Court has rejected Troy Davis's appeal and prison officials report that the execution of Troy Davis is proceeding within "half an hour."
7:30: The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a temporary reprieve for Troy Davis. It’s very unclear what the reprieve means. Davis could still be executed at any minute or the SCOTUS could issue a full stay.
The State of Georgia is preparing to execute Troy Anthony Davis tonight in one of the most high-profile executions in the United States in years. Davis is scheduled to be killed by lethal ejection at 7 pm. EDT, one day after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected clemency. Activists are holding vigils coast to coast. Democracy Now! is airing a special broadcast from outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, from 6 to 8 pm. EDT, where hundreds of protesters have already assembled.
Watch the live stream here.
In tribute to Troy Davis, scheduled for execution tomorrow by the state of Georgia, here’s my stab at a list of the top ten songs ever written in opposition to capital punishment. (On the remote chance you don’t know about Davis’s tragic case, read my friend Dave Zirin’s recent post or my own recent call to support clemency.) As always, use the comments field below to let me know all the songs I missed. But please, first call Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm at 912-652-7308 and implore him to withdraw Davis’s death warrant before checking out any of the videos.
Johnny Cash, 25 Minutes to Go
Steve Earle, Ellis Unit One
Odetta, Gallows Pole
Tupac, 16 on Death Row
Pearl Jam, Dead Man
10,000 Maniacs, I'm Not the Man
Blind Lemon Jefferson, Electric Chair Blues
Fairport Convention, Poor Will & the Jolly Hangman
Judy Collins, Tim Evans
Phil Ochs, Iron lady
We deserve an emergency response to an emergency.
This message to President Obama from climate scientist Jason Box (and nine Nobel Peace Prize winners) is shared by increasing numbers of people whose activism and education have put the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline on the national agenda.
'I Am Troy Davis'
Activists and organizations led by Amnesty International have called for all concerned citizens to make their voices heard in a Day of Solidarity with Troy Davis today, four days before his scheduled execution in Georgia. My last post detailed ways you can help avert the brutal crime that his execution would represent. Do something.