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The Occupied Wall Street Journal, an OWS affinity group, is one of many media projects participating in the Occupy movement. (See below for a list of other occupy-inspired publications, here and abroad.)

The Occupied Wall Street Journal is made possible by dozens of bright and talented people who have volunteered their work. The paper got off the ground thanks to over 1,600 generous donations to a kickstarter.com fundraiser. The OWSJ does not (and could not) represent anyone except its participants. The views of the authors are their own.

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SUBMISSIONS: We are always on the lookout for people who want to help. Submissions are open and encouraged. Write us a note, ask us a question, or tell us a story at occupymedia@gmail.com

TRANSLATIONS: For questions regarding translation efforts underway (Español, Français, Türkçe, العربية‏) or inquiries regarding translations into other languages, kindly email owsj.translations@gmail.com

AVAILABILITY: At the time, we are not offering subscriptions. The paper is, and will continue to be, free of charge and available at occupied spaces, transit hubs and events as new copies become available. Feel free to download the .pdfs and distribute copies whenever and wherever!

PERMISSIONS: Unless otherwise noted, all the content on this website and in our print editions is licensed under the “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.” That means you are free to do whatever you like with it as long as you attribute it to the OWSJ, don’t sell it for money, and don’t put any weird licenses or restrictions on it yourself.

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If you contributed to the kickstarter fund and haven’t yet received your goodies in the mail, rest assured — they are on their way. We are mailing out the first four print issues and the poster folio all together.

 

EDITORIAL
Jed Brandt
Allison Burtch
Priscilla Grim
Michael Levitin
Jennifer Sacks
Ryan Rizzo

PRINT DESIGN
Anna Gold
Zak Greene
Nona Hildebrand
Elizabeth Knafo
Big Character Media

TRANSLATIONS MANAGER: Nona Hildebrand

SPANISH EDITION MANAGER: Mariné Pérez

PHOTO RESEARCH: Thomas Olivier

SPECIAL THANKS
Elisabeth Garber-Paul
Chris Gay
Tom Krisanda
David S.
Monique Whitaker

New York Amsterdam News
The Indypendent
The Brecht Forum
Pepe Verde

A very special thanks to those who contribute but cannot have their names printed here, for whatever reason.

 

OCCUPY-INSPIRED PUBLICATIONS
The Boston Occupier
The Occupy Harvard Crimson
The Occupied Times of London
Occupied Los Angeles Times
Occupy Pittsburgh Now (OP site | issue 1 .pdf)
The Occupied Washington Post

(Have we missed one? Let us know at occupymedia@gmail.com)

 

 

 

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  • Scholarsgambit

    I am a recent college grad. I have been searching for work for the past 8 months with absolutely no luck. To keep myself busy I write a blog, hoping that it will be enough to get me a job as a reporter. My savings are dwindling and I’ve had to move back in with my parents who work over 90 hours each to keep us afloat. I am the 99%. #occupywallstreet

    http://scholarsgambit.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/occupy-wall-street/

  • Turak

    All of you are haggling about money.

    Get rid of it.All of you are haggling about money.

    Get rid of it.

    Instead of a money economy: based upon corruption, opposition, selfishness and greed: create your own self-sufficient communities and economies based upon cooperation, trust and fun.

    Instead of a paper economy: create an economy based upon hugs & kisses. Have everyone pay for whatever they receive with hugs and kisses. Do you want to be rich in paper money, or rich in sharing happiness? Create your own self-sufficient communities based upon gratitude: instead of entitlement… communities based upon generosity and giving instead of selfishness and taking.

    You’re all missing the point and missing the boat. Do not deal with the 1%, don’t use their money and don’t buy anything they try to sell you and. Get rid of money. You are being suckered into playing their game on their terms. Fighting over who has more or less money does not make you any better than they are. All it does is lower you down to their level of selfish greed, and the love of money.

    The basic problem is yourselves: your own consumer habits and culture. You 99% are the engine of consumption which drives the greed of the 1% Without you buying what they sell you: they can’t make any money off you and they will starve to death and die. Self-sufficient communities are the logical answer. What all of you need to realize is that before you can change the world around you, you must first change yourselves in order to create a new society which is not based upon greed and money. You have a choice: you can love money or you can love humans: you can’t do both. Wake up.

    • Keith Gilbert

      “Banks create money. That is what they are there for. The manufacturing process consists of making a pen-and-ink or typewriter entry on a card in a book. That is all. Each and every time a bank makes a loan, new bank credit is created – new deposits – brand new money. Broadly speaking, all new money comes out of a bank in the form of loans. As loans are debts, then under the present system all money is debt.”
      Graham Towers (1897-1975), Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1935-1955

      “Money is created when banks lend it into existence. When a bank provides you with a $100,000 mortgage, it creates only the principal, which you spend and which then circulates in the economy. The bank expects you to pay back $200,000 over the next 20 years, but it doesn’t create the second $100,000 – the interest. Instead, the bank sends you out into the tough world to battle against everybody else to bring back the second $100,000.”
      Bernard Lietaer, economist and author, formerly of the Central Bank of Belgium

      “The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it. The process by which banks create money is so simple the mind is repelled.”
      John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

      “Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation’s laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation.”
      William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950)

      Canadian coinage and banknotes are fiat money that the federal government declares to be legal tender. Canadian currency is not backed by gold or silver reserves. Just over $50 billion in Bank of Canada notes is in circulation and an estimated $1.5 billion in coins has been issued into circulation by the Royal Canadian Mint since 1969.
      The six main chartered banks in Canada, namely RBC, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, CIBC, BMO, and National Bank, had a combined total of over $970 billion in loans listed on their balance sheets for October 31, 2010, which is close to $920 billion more than the total amount of legal tender cash in circulation. Most money today exists as bank deposits.
      The reserve amount in a fractional reserve banking system is supposed to set a limit on how much money the banks may create. Statutory cash reserve requirements for banks in Canada were quietly phased out by the federal government between 1991 and 1994. The Bank for International Settlements, which generally governs capital requirements at major banks around the world, decided in 2004 that banks must hold equity capital equal to only 8-10% of their total loans outstanding, meaning they are required to have about $1 million in capital to make $10 million in loans.
      The federal debt in Canada is currently more than $560 billion, and interest payments on the debt in 2009-2010 cost $29.4 billion dollars or 11 cents of every tax dollar. The ratio of household debt in Canada, including mortgages and consumer debt, is now approximately 150% of disposable income after mandatory deductions and income taxes.
      Bank money is interest-bearing debt and it transfers wealth to those who create and control the money. Banks create money in the form of loans and credit, and interest is the price we pay to the banks to use their money. We are indebted to those who have usurped the ability to create money. The current monetary system has serious economic, political, social and environmental consequences.
      Money does not need to be created as interest-bearing debt. Our legitimate endeavours should not be restrained by the price of money or a limited supply of money. We do not have to be burdened by unnecessary debt and compound interest in the voluntary exchange of our goods and services. Anything physically possible is financially possible.
      Money basically needs to function as a medium of exchange. It is essentially an instrument, device or token that can be used to make payments or settle debts in the sale and purchase of goods and services.
      A convenient and efficient exchange system does not even require the use of money. It only needs to facilitate the trade of goods and services. This is simply a matter of keeping an account of our transactions and our credit or debit balances based on the goods that we produce and services we provide in exchange for those that we obtain.
      The technologies already exist to create a more effective method, connecting local and national trading networks. We can collectively and co-operatively determine the structure and details of an improved system, such as credit and debit limits and possible fees to use the services provided.
      Alternatives to the present monetary and banking system are being utilized around the world, including interest-free banks, community currencies, local trading systems, reciprocal trading associations and mutual credit clearing services. Interest-free methods do not require constant economic growth, which allows for more responsible use of our land, resources, materials, energy, time, knowledge and skills to genuinely meet our needs and create real wealth.
      A better understanding of the nature and function of money and credit will afford us the opportunity to begin to implement more efficient and sustainable exchange systems.

  • Adam Jacob Cram

    One love forIver. Capitalism makes us all whores. We must end money, let them have it!! We the people can ignore them & create our on conscious community without Capitalism. Sure it’ll be hard, but people forget that life isn’t easy. I’d rather be free & have what I need, than to be a consumer surrounded by lies.

    I feel if we really want to take a second step, we need to organize a hunger strike. Let us show we are strong, by seeking massive meditation & sacrifice. If the News says we just want hand outs, than lets fast. Consume Nothing as a whole movement.

  • dana

    Where can I get copies of this to distribute locally???

  • Tim

    Hello from Kuala Lumpur (#occupydataran) is there a contact for submissions?

  • Amvirzi

    Now that #OWS is a global movement, is Madison Avenue listening? And what impact, if any, will the movement have on businesses and their marketing messages?
    Here’s POV from 3 marketers:
    http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2120659/occupy-wall-street-madison-avenue-listen

  • Lynn DuPree

    Greetings from the lovely state capital of North Carolina. We began our occupation (1200 people) of the state capital building grounds on October 15 and since then, we’ve been arrested (20 people first group, 8 people second group), harrassed, and forced to the sidewalk outside of the state capital grounds. The police have not allowed us to have sleeping bags or tents, so all we can do is sit in chairs during the day and sleep on blankets on the sidewalk at night. Nevertheless, we are still here. We march down main street, we have GA every night at 6:30, and we are organized into working groups.

    Yesterday, we got arrested for refusing to give up our little sidewalk sit-in, including a disabled 57 year old lady who refused to give up her chair. We have a small but very active group – check us out on http://www.occupyraleigh.org. We are struggling to keep our occupation numbers up as the cold weather moves in, and the police become more aggressive. We stand up in support of your occupation, and we salute you, our brothers and sisters in solidarity! From your friends in Raleigh, peace and best wishes to you!

  • Peter
  • Alec Bickelhaupt

    hey guys i was trying to contact you guys to send you a poem i wrote about the occupy movement but your contact button isn’t working. so i figured i will just post it here!

    Occupoem
    By Alec Bickelhaupt

    An idea entered my head
    One that I thought was dead
    I heard an eerie voice
    Saying I must make a choice
    Do I stay in the dark
    In an illusion that is stark
    Or do strive for the bright
    And put up a marvelous fight?

    The world is in the palm of our hands
    Just like the natives should control the lands
    They committed genocide
    So that the tribes would abide
    The land covered in blood
    Enough to make a flood

    Stand up and decipher the facts
    Of what the world lacks
    They took our compassion
    And replaced it with a new fashion
    A human is wholesome in essence
    Yet society says they need to teach us lessons
    Their community turns us into machines
    And tell us to become marines
    Taught to kill on command
    Even in our own land

    A war fought in debt
    Paid for by the poor man’s sweat
    All in the name of democracy
    The same excuse made by the theocracy
    The drafted fight and die in the trenches
    While they grow fat and play with their wenches
    They look at us on the other side of Wall Street
    Imposing their plans of deceit
    They don’t hesitate to bailout every bank
    Yet tell us to walk the plank
    We are nothing but a number
    Staying in our life long slumber

    Its time for us to stand up
    Not just wait around until they put change in our cup
    Everything is within our reach
    If we just push to impeach
    The world is a beautiful place
    When the mask is taken off your face
    Does a puppet enjoy being on the strings?
    Seeing what the master brings?
    We are told to assimilate
    When their intentions are to immolate

    We must support our inner power
    and bloom like a beautiful flower
    For we are the future
    And the world we must suture
    We are created equal
    This is the American Revolution sequel
    If the world were to be free
    Its peace that I foresee
    We must come to a global compromise
    However much the rulers might despise
    They believe there is no money in peace
    So they justify that we must police
    They create confliction
    When all they do is cultural infliction
    Westernization is their goal
    And all it does is suppress the soul

    The times are changing
    Because the occupy movements are raging
    They will hear our cries
    And we mustn’t listen to their lies
    Endurance is the key
    Because one day they will see
    We were right from the start
    Since we are speaking from the heart
    Hope is on its way
    Because in our movement true freedom we portray

  • awake

    Amazing how the “current” holders of the mainstream media are not giving attention to the occupy movement…they may not like to show us on the mainstream outlets yet…but that’s fine…without your media…we’re GROWING, the jig is up…the push out of the EPA so that your buddy’s with their coal mines can continue to eff up the planet is not “secret” anymore…”the people have began to wake up from that television spell” and those panic spells that you like to create to keep them fearful and inside their homes…i see a lot of laughs in Congress and a lot of pats on the backs so jovial…while the majority don’t have anything to smile about while dealing with foreclosures, poor healthcare, poverty, homelessness, and an outdated education system that’s more of a banking system vs a problem based system….the divide and conquer tactic is over, the fear factor is over, we are here, and we are not leaving, the people are yawning and stretching all across the planet…yup….WAKING UP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000443168699 Murphy Gravitt

    Greets from http://www.TheOccupiedWallStreetJournal.Com , added a link to this website there. United by one, divided by none, OccupyWallStreet will triumph.

  • anne

    Wanted to share this video with you—very funny and a great example of the Tea Party’s extreme culture— http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LGrysJGjnE

  • Naprapath

    Faux News covers Occupy Wall Street

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLpBmz9JOu4

  • Chandler_kg

    Please tell me how I can recieve a copy of the first occupied Journal out here in Idaho. thanks

  • Anonymous

    Could I get hard copies sent to me in Texas for a library?

  • Toni

    Does anyone know when the Kickstarter project Occupy Wall Street Media will be sending the newspaper to those of us who donated? Many of us are very disappointed that we haven’t heard anything since the project collected our collective contribution of $75,000. Any information would be much appreciated.

  • Poetography

    New OWS anthemn song just released – http://youtu.be/OXcSS8auubM

  • Kooch

    The least you can do is communicate with your contributors on kickstarter. At this point, those of us that contributed have to call you thieves.

    • http://twitter.com/grimwomyn grimwomyn

      That is unfortunate. Please visit the kickstarter page to see the update on our work.

  • Dr. Paul Proteus

    How can one subscribe to the Occupied Wall Street Journal?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawnterry Shawn Terry

    Do you have any print materials we can use to educate those who do not follow the movement?

    • Pagescster

      Check out occupydesign.org – there’s lots of print materials there, infographics and etc.

  • Pingry

    At this point, in my opinion, I think the most important topic on which the OWS movement should concentrate is to reject austerity and point out that the liquidationists have been dead wrong about their fantasy of expansionary austerity.

    They’ve been wrong about high inflation; They’ve been wrong about high interest rates; They’ve been wrong about a robust “U-shaped” economic recovery; And they’ve been wrong about how austerity would engender “confidence” to spur growth.

    Austerity has always failed and it’s failing in the US and Europe as we speak. And, I should add, that most of the austerity is a burden on the poor, unemployed and those in ill health—not on the rich who can weather the violent economic storm that many of them engineered.

    We’re entering an even more dangerous economic environment in which the breakup of the Euro and European austerity could negatively spillover to a very weak US economy. An OWS strategy of visibly rejecting austerity in the face of mass unemployment and pointing out their epic wrongness could put the ball in the court of the liquidationists whose macroeconomic forecasts and devastating policy prescriptions have created this mess as we hopelessly drift toward a lost decade or more.

    They need to be on the defensive as to why they are consistently and disastrously wrong. They should be called out for inventing absurd theories on the fly and twisting and lying with data to justify an intellectually bankrupt ideology

  • Susan Hope Bower

    Here is inspiration for us from Archbishop Oscar Romero one month before he was murdered by an assassin’s bullet to his heart on March 24, 1980 for speaking out on behalf of the 99% in El Salvador (The Savior). At that time lay impoverished and bleeding because of–in significant measure–the U.S.A.’s School of the Americas. The Archbishop preached:

    Social justice is not so much a law that orders distribution. Seen from a Christian perspective, it is an internal attitude like that of Christ, who being wealthy, became poor to share his love with the poor. I hope that this call of the church doesn’t further harden hearts of the oligarchs, rather that it moves them to conversion. Share what you are and what you have. Don’t continue to silence through violence those who are extending this invitation to you, much less, continue killing those of us who are trying to see to it that there is a more just distribution of power and wealth of our country. And I say this in first person because this week I got a warning that I am on the list of those to be eliminated next week. But, let it be known that it is no longer possible to kill the voice of justice.

  • I_barnabas63

    I donated $40 in September and have as yet not received my paper copy. Do you plan to send those out, or am I just out the $40?

  • thewhipper13

    If O.. is picking and choosing those who are privileged enough to be allowed to support the cause, they have turned into the exclusionists they claim to oppose.

    Priscilla Grim’s response to M Cyrus’ trying to educate her teen audience about the struggle was terrible and ultimately counterproductive. God forbid a Disney star get publicity for you. Maybe it would help if she made more indie films. What a joke this has become.

    • grimwomyn

      Would you have preferred that occupy became a trendy meme and not an actual struggle for economic equality?

  • Thomas Jones

    I want to thank you for leaving several printed copies of your publication in my building. The paper quality is much better than the actual Wall Street Journal and stops paint from bleeding through much more effectively!

    You, indeed, are the superior masking paper for projects involving spray painting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ctancons Claire Tancons

    Hello, just wanted to invite everyone to read my essay:

    Occupy Wall Street: Carnival Against Capital? Carnivalesque as Protest Sensibility

    http://www.e-flux.com/journal/view/272

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  • layman

    Matt Taibbi, love your sense of humor on the “Why we fight” article. Great job melding serious issues with a light touch of cynicism

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  • Owsj2

    I dont know why I type because it will probably be deleted:
    www,theoccupiedwallstreetjournal.com

    I tried to raise money via KickStarter. KickStarter refused. Ive done more
    for Free than this little rag has done with how much? how many people?
    Yeah……..