October2011.org News: Occupy Spring takes on the Looting Class
Because a sustainable future depends on the people willing to see the truth for what it is, and for those to stand up in unison in order to make a difference.
— Jake Edward Keli'i Eakin
This is the week that world leaders, those who represent the Looting Class, meet at Camp David and in Chicago to discuss more economic and military policies that drive people and the planet into further decline. The good news is – the people have awoken and we will be there to let them know that we are watching and we do NOT agree with their policies.
The G8 leaders (without Putin who must stay home due to civil unrest) will meet in Camp David near Thurmont, Maryland. On May 18th in nearby Frederick, ItsOurEconomy and OccupyFrederick will hold our own Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit to put forth real solutions to the crises that we face. These solutions would end debt and poverty and protect people and the planet. Many of the solutions to be discussed at the Peoples’ Summit would set us on a path to meet the goals of the Occupy May Manifesto. You can see the full schedule of Occupy events in Frederick and Thurmont for the G8 here: People Organize to Protest G8, Present Alternative Economic View. The NATO Summit begins in Chicago on Saturday, May 19th. That same day, representatives of Veterans for Peace, which has called for the end of NATO, will attempt to deliver their letter to NATO leaders calling for an end to war. We will march together on May 20th in downtown Chicago. The march and protests are being organized to be nonviolent events. If violence occurs, it will be coming from the national security state as a way to undermine the protest movement. On Sunday night, May 20th, independent mediamakers will speak at the World Indie Media Gathering. This event is free and open to the public but they are asking that you RSVP by midnight tonight (sorry for the short notice) because of limited space. You can see who will be there and RSVP here. Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers will speak at the Gathering. They have a new radio show called “Clearing the FOG: Speaking truth to expose the Forces of Greed” every Monday on WeActRadio where truth is our product and our motto is “Do something.” You can listen live online each Monday morning or find archived shows here. Please visit the Facebook page of the Clearing the FOG radio show and "like" it. The term “FOG” comes from Jack Balkwill, editor of LUV News. The October 2011 movement was first announced on LUV News and we recommend that you join this free daily online journal. There are a few articles from the past week that we want to highlight. David Lindorff has an excellent piece showing the White House, Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies coordinated the crackdown on Occupy -- and the machinations they went through to try and hide it. Author Ernest Callenbech, who died recently, left words of wisdom behind for us providing a realistic assessment of where we are and what we need to do. And Chris Hedges explores how the country is being cannibalized by corporations and what it will take to revolt against their power. This was also a week of international protest against austerity. Election after election is showing that the people oppose austerity and people in the street are doing the same. In Spain, tens of thousands mobilized; in Britain even 30,000 off-duty police joined the protest -- a critical sign of potential transition for our movement is when enforcement authorities join us. In the U.S. the 99 percent movement and Occupy have joined together for a series of protests at shareholder meetings. The big one in the last week was against Bank of America. Please share with us what you are doing in your community. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In peace and solidarity, October2011/Occupy Washington, DC