October 30, 2011

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We demand: Jobs for All #occupywallstreet A working group on Demands met last night to consider amendments, alterations, and a preamble to the demand of jobs for all that will be presented to the GA on Sunday night. Here is a draft of the demand. Over the next few days, we are hoping to generate discussion and support for it. It's not perfect, but it has been holding up under a lot of questioning and criticism. It's also not singular--there will be more demands. Jobs for all “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.—Frederick Douglass We retain the right to make multiple and/or continuous demands of ourselves, our society, and our government, as there are numerous and varied problems to be addressed by our peoples' movement. We reject the insinuation of connecting these demands to an endorsement of any one political party. Demands are only one integral part of an already successful movement. Many of us wish to effect a dramatic transformation of our society and economy, in order that the 99% can control their workplaces, local communities, job creation, and the global economy and environment. This is offered to that GA as an initial, transitional demand, in the hope that others will follow, and to help us build alliances with workers, the homeless, the unemployed and the undocumented. We expect that as the movement grows we will make new demands on our society, our government, and our selves. Our movement is just beginning. The demands we make and will...
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Occupy Geneva (or what links Geneva with #occupywallstreet) Yesterday was Geneva's annual "spookerie" parade. Geneva has a population of around 13,000. It's declined 2.6% since 2000. The median household income is about $35,800. The parade was at 5:00. Before dark. A couple of blocks were blocked off from traffic. More people walk in the parade than watch it. Everyone lines up in front of the armory. Kids are arranged by schools--two public elementary schools, a few nursery schools. Whole families walk with their kids. Some are in costume, some are not. Parents run around with cameras. The order of the parade doesn't seem to be set; it depends on who shows up with the banners. The high school band plays. They wear costumes, not uniforms. The whole parade takes about half an hour. Our zombie horde of 12 (including two Anonymous in Guy Fawkes masks), filled in behind a nursery school, pretty much lined up with the volunteer firemen (in dress blues) and a couple of people with signs for the Catholic schools. After we started walking (lurching), the Catholic kids, firemen, and zombies flowed in and through each other. A man holding the hand of a kid wearing a bleeding ghoul mask and black robe was like a human pseuodopodium, pulling us all along through the crowd. To keep up, the zombies couldn't really shuffle; we had to hop to it. Zombies walking like regular people aren't all that frightening. The week before Occupy Halloween, the mayor denounced the zombie march as an attempt to hijack the...

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