I have been receiving and enjoy the articles posted in this group from Washington DC. The address is: PopularResistance.org . I don’t have to go onto their website, it comes to me weekly, which is terrific. I also want to post a notice about an Occupy Wall Street action that is terrific! Resistance is fertile!
FANTASTIC ARTICLE FROM ALTERNET! READ AND ENJOY!
A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.
Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy’s Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. …The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before “abolishing” it, freeing individuals from their bills.
General Assembly was (and still is) a major part of the “Occupy” movement. And the promise of that idea was that it would grant equal opportunity and status to all persons in regard to the direction of government. Mostly it was aimed at the overthrow of government of by and for the 1%. In the opinion of this author, the idea morphed into a government of, by, and for the rule makers and governors of the general assembly process. Many people seeking to “do good” in the name of the 99% took control of the general assemblies and thus destroyed the egalitarian nature of the promise.
You can’t just say “grow the economy” because that does not specify what you want to grow. If “grow” means “let’s all use more energy”, which is typically what it has meant for the last 100 years, then that is not such a good idea.
But if it means to work to:
make new sustainable technologies,
reduce our consumption creating more and more lifestyles that consume much less energy than what is typical for an American household today, and
create a society of transparency so that these above behaviors will be maintained through social pressures
then we can grow that.
Until we make that kind of paradigm shift, “growing” will not do anything but exacerbate our situation. That is why when you see the economy go up too much right now, people start filling up the freeway, and then a few weeks later it again takes a nosedive. That is also why places like Switzerland are looking at paying people not to work, because if your job, in the net, causes you and the society to increase energy consumption, then the society may find it a better move to pay you to stay home, not work, and use less.
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November 5th, 2013 | Category: Blog | Comments are closed
The WAmend coalition is a group of organizations working in concert to Amend the United States Constitution. Their primary thrust is to CLARIFY two very important issues: The first of these issues is referred to as corporate personshood, the point being that corporations are not people and as such are not entitled to constitutional rights. The other issue is that with regard to political campaigning, money is not synonymous with “free speech”, and therefore campaign spending can be regulated by congress on behalf of the people. One of the members of the WAmend coalition is the national Move to Amend organization who has joined with the national Occupy movement in presenting the following video:
Here in Tacoma the local chapter of Washington Public Campaigns has taken the early plunge into organizing. Although they are Pierce county centric they will be including residents from all OLGA legislative districts in support of the WAmend statewide initiative to compel our representatives along the proper path to an amendment/clarification of our United States Constitution.
The Future of Occupy Tacoma Reflections by Vince Hart
Does OCCUPY TACOMA have a future? That depends almost entirely upon the kind of future that is wanted and upon the willingness of those concerned to accept the essential conditions for attaining such a future and constraining themselves to live and function under those conditions.
I express this view of the situation after fifteen months of almost weekly participation in the now tiny General Assembly (GA) at the First United Methodist Church in Tacoma (probably 56 out of about 60 meetings in that period). I was a late-comer to Occupy Tacoma, having observed it from afar from its first emerging in October of 2011. Out of curiosity I sat in on one of the early GA meetings at the church, where I am a retired clergy member (more on that in a moment); it was a meeting that almost filled the sanctuary (about 150 seats) and went on and on and on. I was little interested in such a thing. Only five to six months later did my own personal journey stir my interest enough to get me to “go see what was going on.” I believe it was the evening of Mothers Day 2012. I found probably no more than ten people present in a fairly large meeting space downstairs. In the words of the classic 60s song: “Where have all the people gone?”
During the half year between those two GA events, I had to some degree followed the press reports of the fortunes of the “Occupy Movement” around the country and locally. Two strong impressions had emerged: Continue reading The Future of Occupy Tacoma
August 27th, 2013 | Category: Blog, News | Comments are closed
As the designer and producer of the current On Line General Assembly instance at “AssemblyTacoma.org” I can only tell you what my intent was and is. I have faith in the concept of participatory democracy but I am not Karnack the Magnificent. I will not attempt to “guess” what the community wants to do in regard to our “Internet Presence” or in regard to how or IF we will expand our membership to include the entire community,
About a year ago I took a stand in regard to our fundamental defining documents. At that time I vowed to block any attempt to create a “vision” statement or to alter our “mission” statement until such time as we could bring the full membership on line to participate in the creation and maintenance of such seminal documents. The immediate goal of OLGA is to replace our “mission statement” with a “mission table” as illustrated at AssemblyTacoma.org. The mission table does not conflict with the current mission statement. What it does do is to fully describe who we are and what we are about while allowing a reasonable amount of variance among us. It also expands upon and refines the mission by clarifying our strategy and tactics. Unlike the current statement that was created in a “board room” called a “work group” and then presented to the main body for an up and down vote, the mission table is a “living” document that focuses our purpose through constant consent of all of the participants. Continue reading What Is OLGA?
This article is an editorial opinion of the author. This is not an official statement of the Occupy Tacoma General Assembly.
On Tuesday, December 18, the Tacoma City Council did the right thing. They passed a resolution supporting an amendment to the United States Constitution that would overturn the infamous Citizen’s United decision. You can read that resolution by clicking here. If you don’t know what the Citizens United decision is, please click here.
We have a new menu tab called Issues. If you hover over that tab, you will see three submenu items
Op Ed Pieces
And if you click on one of those sub tabs, you will be taken to that area and see issues posts.
US ECONOMY This item will have discussion on the US economy, although articles on the world economy might logically also be placed here. Right now, we have several articles submitted by TruthMerchant. One, titled Too Little, Too Late, had 2,071 views since it was posted on Sept 20, 2012 and has engendered a lot of commentary. The other was just posted a few days ago and is titled About Money.
This is a request from Marilyn Kimmerling asking you to participate in a concentrated phone/email zap to petition President Obama to grant clemency for Leonard Peltier, internationally recognized as a political prisoner. You can see Marilyn’s previous article by clicking here.
PLEASE SUPPORT CLEMENCY FOR LEONARD PELTIER NORTHWEST WHITE HOUSE PHONE AND E-MAIL ZAP, DECEMBER 9 TO 15, 2012
It is important to keep phone calls, e-mails, and letters going to the White House during the clemency campaign. We want to make sure it is very clear that the NorthWest supports clemency for Leonard Peltier., So we have called for a phone and e-mail Zap the week of December 9th-15th (a phone Zap is when a lot of people call around the same time). Continue reading Phone & Email Zap to Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier
Occupy Tacoma will be offline during the period of 06:00 to 08:00 August 22 while upgrades are installed to link Occupy Tacoma Proposals and Issues into the OLGA system.
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