No Excuses Left


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From our good friends at occuprint.org

Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history.

Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave.

Choose. But choose fast. The state and corporate forces are determined to crush this. They are not going to wait for you. They are terrified this will spread.

They have their long phalanxes of police on motorcycles, their rows of white paddy wagons and their metal barricades set up on every single street leading into the New York financial district where the suits use your money, money they stole from you, to gamble and speculate and gorge themselves while one in four children outside those barricades depend on food stamps to eat.

Speculation in the 17th century was a crime. Speculators were hanged. Today they run the state and the financial markets. They disseminate the lies that pollute our airwaves. They know, even better than you, how pervasive the corruption and theft have become, how gamed the system is against you, how corporations have cemented into place a thin oligarchic class and an obsequious cadre of politicians, judges and journalists who live in their little gated Versailles while 6 million Americans are thrown out of their homes, a million people a year go bankrupt because they cannot pay their medical bills and 45,000 die from lack of proper care; where real joblessness is spiraling to over 20 percent, where the citizens, including students, spend lives toiling in debt working dead-end jobs, when they have jobs, in a world devoid of hope, a world of masters and serfs.

The only word these corporations know is more. They are disemboweling every last social service program funded by the taxpayers, from education to Social Security, because they want that money themselves. Let the sick die. Let the poor go hungry. Let families be tossed in the street. Let the unemployed rot. Let children in the inner city or rural wastelands learn nothing and live in misery and fear. Let the students finish school with no jobs and no prospects of jobs. Let the prison system, the largest in the industrial world, expand to swallow up all potential dissenters. Let torture continue. Let teachers, police, firefighters, postal employees and social workers join the ranks of the unemployed. Let the roads, bridges, dams, levees, power grids, rail lines, subways, bus services, schools and libraries crumble or close. Let the rising temperatures of the planet, the freak weather patterns, the hurricanes, the droughts, the flooding, the tornadoes, the melting polar ice caps, the poisoned water systems, the polluted air increase until the species dies.

If you do not shake off the 1% very, very soon they will kill you. And they will kill the ecosystem, dooming your children and your children’s children. So either you rise up and dismantle the corporate state for a world of sanity – where we no longer kneel before the absurd idea that the demands of financial markets should govern human behavior – or we are frog-marched toward self-annihilation.

Those on the streets around Wall Street are the physical embodiment of hope. They know that hope has a cost, that it is not easy or comfortable, that it requires self-sacrifice and discomfort and finally faith. They sleep on concrete every night. Their clothes are soiled. They have tasted fear, been beaten, gone to jail, been blinded by pepper spray, cried, hugged each other, laughed, sung, talked too long in general assemblies, seen their chants drift upward to the office towers above them, wondered if it is worth it, if anyone cares, if they will win. But as long as they remain steadfast they point the way out of the corporate labyrinth. This is what it means to be alive. They are the best among us.

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  • Random

    You’re invited. Summer of Love. White House. Independence Day, 2012. Pass it on

    • http://twitter.com/ljeanabldr laurie adkins

      WE NEED TO GET THIS DONE! ALL OF THE OCC NEED TO GET TO DC! SPREAD THE WORD!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sherada-Marie-Collins/1235763181 Sherada Marie Collins

    The truth. We must have change. The people cannot support the lies. Freedom isn’t free and it can’t be bought. We gave to fight for it. But we fight with words, with demonstrations, with our being.

  • C. HAYWOOD

    it is time for us all to tell those crooks at wall street and in the white house that we are sick and tired of their asses. it is time to stand your ground and don’t back down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/jeffjosephsr Jeffrey Joseph

    I wonder why we don’t see Chris Hedges on main stream media or even that so called Liberal Paragon MSNBC. I think we need to Occupy the Media.

  • Jellecl

    My sincerest gratitude to all Occupyers. Especially those visible at squares, but also to those that occupy their thoughts and everyday conversations. Not everyone has the ability to come down to the Liberty Squares all around the world – whether it be former Zuccoti Park, or Beursplein in my hometown Amsterdam, NL. Love and sympathy to all who do their best at discussing everywhere they can. J

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Athanasia-Sky/100002182122789 Athanasia Sky

    Respect :D

  • 00001 Time

    Brilliant article, thank you… We the people must also remember that the revolt is taking place all over; in the street, on the bus or train, at your work… By which I mean you do not need to be AT the occupation in order to contribute. Even by sparking the simplest of conversation with your collegue, friend, familily or neighbour etc – you are being an activist promoting the change. Making bumper stickers and leaving them somewhere on a desk for all to take, writing a poem and sharing it, writing a blog – simply creatively communicating the idea. The very fact that people don’t even talk about such things anymore is the most worrying part – but they are beginning to, and the truth is beginning to show its head from a vast pool of dank deception and lurking lies. For the most part, we are to thank the internet for this – USE IT or Lose It, just like our basic human rights.

  • Painterboat3

    I would say that it is one thing to protest a building and yell. it is another to teach people how change the investment habits, such as IRA and KEO plans.
    So you need to draft up a plan that people can follow pass it out to all OCCUPY SITES, GO ON TV SHOWS, that is how South Africa fell ( white control).
    There is a lot of investments to get into.Bonds,Local Bank C.D.’s money markets.

  • Gabbagoo

    Regarding the library taken and destroyed: I think it would be better to just hand out the books to people. Any time one is static, one becomes a target. Real discussion is key. People need to use this as an opportunity to educate, especially in a civil and non-condescending manner. Lean and teach divestment from IRAs and money market accounts and spread the knowledge about local credit unions. Create tax shelters that serve the immediate community and non-profits that benefit local laborers. We’re creative people, too. It’s not enough to dissent. We need to replace their system with our own in the meantime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644280379 Shaun Rempel

    I think every person who is attending any occupy movement around the world should read the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Its only 160 pages long, and I feel it fills in the gap between what the 99%-ers and 1% dont understand about each other.

    That book has helped me understand why the 99% is being wrongly used in this world, and it has helped me understand what I need to do by forcing me to ask questions about my existence and where we as a human race started.

    And it has a english understanding telepathic gorilla. Who would not like to read about that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002123275060 Michael Daugherty

    I believe it’s time to move democracy forward. it is obvious our elected elite will not or can not do it. We need instant democracy, its time to move the voting methods from the days of the pony express into the computer age. Let everyone be heard almost instantly via the internet. use your SS# as a voter I.D.. Lets end the special interest control of everything. It can still be democracy. I believe it would be a improvement over what is happening now, Not only would it cost less to operate such system, but less fraud and corruption equals less money in politics. Instant democracy i think it’s time has come.

  • Anonymous

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
    -Henry David Thoreau

    So sad and so true. I find solace in the fact that we recognize this threat. Let us no longer despair in silence. We are the 99%, we are the People, we Will be heard, and we Demand justice!!! Occupy America! Today and every day!

  • Maddogmcmanus

    Useless derelict urban hippies get a bloody job or die in your own filth!!!! This is the reason communism is a far better policy!! Contribute or perish!!!

    • Painterboat3

      communism has been proven many times that it only helps the 1%. ????????????????????????????????????

  • Thomasglaspie

    how do i follow Chris Hedges?

    • Jeffjos

      I found some of his Books at local Library. Ill bet Amazon has a good selection too.

  • Painterboat3

    It is time that the Congress and the white house , get a Mic check from the movement.
    If not in person then do it via-the Internet. There is enough people signed up threw out the occupy movement that will have an impact on the way the congress conducts themselves.
    After all, all they care about is money and the next election. When they realize that this is at risk they will abandoned the 1%. So either Mic check in person or put together petitions that can be copy and pasted to all of the congress. flood the offices with robo phone calls.
    Put together a list of demands,Go after the wall street and bankers that crashed our economy,
    Jail time will be a must for those people that was in charge at the

  • Andrew Sturgess

    Brilliantly written. Thank you.

  • Denz55901

    I appreciate the sacrifices all that have put into this effort, the 1st message has been sent from New York to LA. Unfortuately the media is portraying the protesters as spaced out violent thugs with no leadership or organisation. No spokesman no platform, no real agenda except complaining the rich are too rich just ain’t gonna cut it with our current government. I don’t want to believe that is the only theme taken from this movement. Unifying is the fear, Remember, if you divide the population into small enough ununified groups, you will conquer. We still have to remember elections are coming soon enough. There is lots of work to be done!

    Unite all, and lets get our message to the next politicians and make them agree with our platform if want to be elected, or if they disagree, do not elect them! It is time to put together, state by state, county by county a website that shows all easily, which politicians are of the people and for the people, if they are not then they won’t be by the people!

  • http://twitter.com/ljeanabldr laurie adkins

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Summer-of-Love-July-4th-2012/237234476341861 Summer of Love July 4th 2012
    You’re invited. Summer of Love. White House. Independence Day, 2012. Pass it on! please share this. we have to become one! AND THIS IS THE TIME AND PLACE!