Occupy and Idle No More

re-blogged from Occupy Bus Tour

Excuse me a moment while I get serious. The old era is over, and the new age is upon us. The social upheaval predicted by the First Nations people is here. We are the ones we have been waiting for. The Occupy Movement heralded the Idle No More Movement. The ideals of Occupy as expressed in the Occupy Wall Street Declaration of the NYC General Assembly, The Principles of Solidarity and the Statement of Autonomy are in complete solidarity with the Manifesto and Mission of Idle No More.

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“Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.”

Occupying is about physically taking public space back from the power elite. Public space is defined as everything — the earth and all human knowledge is public. Of course, we started out small — trying to occupy Wall Street itself, then the sidewalk around Chase, and finally settling into the privately owned public space called Zuccotti Park, halfway between (9/11’s) Ground Zero and Wall Street. Occupiers across the globe tried to exercise their inalienable rights to assemble in public space, seek redress for their grievances, and abolish a violently oppressive and destructive global-socio-political-economic-military-industrial-agricultural-educational-medical-etc system.

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The act of occupying is a demand that our voices be heard, and action be taken to correct the situations. Maintaining an occupying action, such as Occupy Union Square, Occupy Trinity Wall Street and Occupy Goldman-Sachs, is saying the same thing the Idle No More Movement is saying — we will not be appeased, we will not be silenced, we will not give up. In short, we will not go home and let the status quo remain. We have had enough. Game over, yo. We are not amused.

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We have given the power elite enough time to do the right thing, and it is obvious to everyone that they have only further indulged their destructive addictions to money, power and cruelty. It is obvious to everyone that the power elite cares not for the health of the Earth, or of the human species. The insanity of the power elite is killing the species through resource depletion, environmental pollution (including genetically modified organisms polluting the gene pool) and climate change. For the sake of our very lives, and of the lives of our future generations, we can be idle no more.

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I occupy everything, everywhere. That is how I am idle no more. I am disappointed that the Occupy Movement failed at connecting with indigenous people around the planet. I am disappointed that the Occupy Movement did not reach out for guidance from the indigenous community. I am disappointed that the indigenous population needed to rise up outside the Occupy Movement. However, perhaps it is for the best as many Occupiers, in my experience, have no idea of their colonizer privilege — and therefore perpetuate the cruel injustices of colonial rule. Perhaps it is for the best that we in Occupy learn about reality the hard way. Perhaps it is for the best that Idle No More lead the way so Occupiers can learn. It is not about the money, it is not about the economy, it is not about reform. It is about people — all people-beings — plant, animal, mineral, spirit. It is about the land and water. It is about love. The age of greed is over and a new age is beginning. We can change everything but first we have to de-colonize our minds, occupy our hearts and realize we can be idle no more.

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By our European Colonizer calendar it is the time of a new year. By the spiritual calendar of the indigenous peoples around the globe it is the time of a new era.

We are the 99%. We are all related. We are mad as hell and are not going to take this anymore! We are Idle No More! We will Occupy!

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Latest Episode of Occupy Tampa TV

The latested episode of Occupy Tampa TV covers part of the Tampa Bay Regional General Assembly. It aired yesterday on the Tampa Bay Community Network. Also a discussion about police brutality and an exclusive interview with Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The next Occupy Tampa TV show will be on June 19th at 5:30PM ET on TBCN.

Congressional Caucus Joins Fight Against Citizens United

By Anonymous Author

The (CPC) Congressional Progressive Congress is the first congressional caucus to join the fight to reverse the Supreme Court decision for Citizens United.  Due to the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United Ruling, corporations and unions can participate in election actions which were considered illegal before January 21, 2010.  In the Citizens United Ruling, corporations gained “free speech rights” due to their “corporate personhood”.

The announcement comes 89 days after Capitol Police arrested Occupy protesters at the Supreme Court during a protest organized by Move to Amend on January 20th, 2012.  Six of the Occupy protesters arrested are awaiting awaiting trial.  The hardship on the arrestees is multiplied because they live as far north as Wisconsin, as far east as Pennsylvania and Maryland, as far south as Texas and as far west as California.  But, as the occupy solute “solidarity” infers, the six have agreed to stand together and defend our right to speak out against the Citizen United decision to the end.

Occupy protestors can feel at least a little sense of accomplishment for their sacrifice as government officials and representatives take notice and take action.  Less than 90 days ago, a Wisconsin native was arrested for protesting against the Citizen’s United decision at the Supreme Court.  This Wisconsin native was from the 2nd District which Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin represents. Congresswoman Baldwin is also a member of the the Congressional Progressive Caucus which now supports overturning the Citizens United Ruling. Coincidence? – Not likely but maybe more indirectly than directly.  As the fight continues, one can’t help but wonder, “How much cooperation will there be between the government and the occupation as things progress?”  This is what democracy looks like.

Who Are They Protecting?

The American people slept in a quiet slumber before Occupy Wall Street. Few realized that our country was not run by the people, but by the powerful, privileged, and wealthy. After the bailout of the banks and the slowly simmering political discontent that resulted, hundreds of people from around the country went to directly confront the Wall Street banksters that had ruined the economy and brought misery to millions of Americans.

Occupy Wall Street has been the reawakening of political consciousness in the US. After 9/11, President Bush told us to shut the fuck up and keep shopping. We were told to not question the government and to not voice any political dissent. For so long, we had been good little serfs who blindly trusted the government, watched mainstream television, worked full time jobs where we were treated like slaves, and generally lost all sense of our own complicity in our oppression.

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Locating the Energy for Change / Occupy Tampa Direction & Goals / Appreciative Inquiry Responses

Focus on a high point, a time in your experience working with the occupation when you felt most alive, most engaged, or most successful.

  1. Initially being a part of something so completely new. Even adjusting to the structure of GAs. and thinking this whole back and forth and equal roles for everyone was most likely how our country was formed originally.
  2. a few days after it started when there was a lot of energy and potential for the camp, then later on when we talked about taking over homes because i saw the long term viability in it.
  3. Supplying stable infrastructure.
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