To clarify: this is not my personal blog. This is the blog for Occupy Santa Barbara if that was unclear.
Anonymous asked: Also, you mention this is your personal blog with your personal opinions. If that is the case, then you aren't in solidarity with the rest of the movement and should change the name of your Tumblr.
If you’re unhappy with the way the admins and I run the blog simply dont look at it. I say it’s my opinion because I do not want to misrepresent the movement or make it seem like I am a spokesperson. I simply post what I think is relevant.
Proposal for a Coordinated West Coast Port Blockade Passed Unanimously at the Occupy Oakland General Assembly 11/18/2012:
In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation:
Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.
We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port. Our eyes are on the continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview Washington by the EGT. Already, Occupy Los Angeles has passed a resolution to carry out a port action on the Port Of Los Angeles on December 12th, to shut down SSA terminals, which are owned by Goldman Sachs.
Occupy Oakland expands this call to the entire West Coast, and calls for continuing solidarity with the Longshoremen in Longview Washington in their ongoing struggle against the EGT. The EGT is an international grain exporter led by Bunge LTD, a company constituted of 1% bankers whose practices have ruined the lives of the working class all over the world, from Argentina to the West Coast of the US. During the November 2nd General Strike, tens of thousands shutdown the Port Of Oakland as a warning shot to EGT to stop its attacks on Longview. Since the EGT has disregarded this message, and continues to attack the Longshoremen at Longview, we will now shut down ports along the entire West Coast.
We ask that you bring our proposal to your next General Assembly, as it is urgent that each Occupy begins to organize and mobilize for this major offensive ASAP. Please let us know if you have questions or need help. Most importantly, please copy us on your support resolutions passed at your GA’s.
In Solidarity and Struggle,
-In Oakland: the West Coast Port Shutdown Coordinating Committee will meet on General Assembly days at 5pm before the GA to organize the local shutdown, and to network with other occupations
Anonymous asked: The note you just reblogged about the 8-month pregnant women who miscarried during the Occupy protest is fake. You should really check your facts before you post something like this. Every time I see an Occupy-Where-Ever post this story, or others of the kind, I lose more and more faith in the movement. It is important to share the honest facts and not post what ever makes your movement look best at the time.
This is tumblr and also the internet. I suggest you spend some time in real life before basing your view of the movement on what goes on online. The people who are a part of this movement are incredible and are working toward something good in the world, not spending 100% of their time on the internet. Please don’t base your opinion on the internet.
this is my personal opinion and does not represent anyone else’s opinion but my own.
Just thirteen days ago I was eight months pregnant.
Everyone loved rubbing my belly.
I even wore my “Baby On Board” shirt over my gigantic stomach.
Retired Philly Police Captain Ray Lewis arrested at #OWS this morning participating in civil disobedience.
Photo by Lauren Thorpe
Like a fairytale, Occupiers fly their tents over the ground since they aren’t allowed to put them on the ground. This is at Occupy UC Berkley
…NEWS FROM THE GROUND…
Thousands marched on Wall Street this morning, blockading all entry points to the New York Stock Exchange. ‘People’s mics’ have been breaking out at barricades, with participants sharing stories of struggling in an unfair economy.
“I paid taxes and took care of my responsibility, and I’m struggling,” said participant, Leah Lackner, 27, who had taken the day off work as a mental health counselor to join the protest. Her sign read: “I played by the rules.”
57-year-old bond trader Gene Williams joked that he was “one of the bad guys” and said supportively, “The fact of the matter is, there is a schism between the rich and the poor and it’s getting wider.”
Participant and small business owner Jonathan Smucker confronted a Wall Street financial firm executive who held a sign that said ‘get a job’: “Ten percent of Americans are looking for work, most Americans are struggling, and you stand smugly in your suit and say to ‘get a job’. You’re insulting just about everyone in your country,” Smucker said.
At least 200 people have been arrested so far for peaceful assembly and nonviolent civil disobedience, including retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis. “All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited,” Mr. Lewis said. “As soon as I’m let out of jail, I’ll be right back here and they’ll have to arrest me again.”
“A group of two dozen millionaires stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday, demanding lawmakers raise their taxes.
‘We want to pay more taxes,’ said California millionaire Doug Edwards, a former marketing director for Google. ’If you’re fortunate, and you make more than a million dollars a year, you ought to pay more taxes.’
The millionaires want Congress to allow the tax cuts passed during the George W. Bush administration to expire. Some want higher taxes generally.
They planned to push lawmakers to reject any deal that the so-called super committee delivers that doesn’t raise taxes on millionaires. The 12-lawmaker panel has until next Wednesday to agree on $1.2 trillion in savings over the next 10 years or risk automatic spending cuts.”