I’m sure you’ve all heard about Occupy Wall Street by now. Here’s some general information. We’ll be following up in the next day or so with some thoughtful analysis and suggestions, but for now, here are some resources.
UPDATE: More links added.
The bottom line: The Occupation movement is still essentially just defined by people who are fed up with a system that favors the super-rich 1% while burdening the working poor and middle class. There are many interests involved, including some anti-war, some anti-capital punishment, some labor union rights, and many other groups. While some sub-groups may be anti-capitalist, the overall message and suggested demands so far do not call for anything remotely resembling the destruction of capitalism.
Keep in mind that no organization truly represents the “leader” of the Occupation. This is by design a leaderless and therefore truly democratic process.
- Adbusters is the main founding organization.
- OccupyWallSt.org has news and updates and general information.
- The NYC General Assembly is a public, open group which organizes the New York protests and works on creating the list of demands.
Use the Coup Media site to view, suggest, and vote on demands.[It has come to my attention that Coup Media is not in fact affiliated with OWS.
- Watch the Wall Street Occupation, interviews and chat with people there on LiveStream.
- Check out this tri-fold brochure about the General Assembly.
- Occupy Together is a hub for organizing in different cities across the nation.