Archive for October, 2011

The radical abolitionists—Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and John Brown—are the only figures in American history before the emergence of the worker’s movement with whom we can identify. We know this as a fact.  Walt Whitman and Albert D. J. Cashier are our people our true heroes. Clara Barton opened up the door to providing relief to victims of war and disaster on a neutral bases, with a caring for humanity. These folks are indeed our sheroes and heroes. These folks indeed stand up tall stong and powerful. We celebrate them.

Push Aside Sam Colt  Real Deal Sheroes and Heroes of the Civil War is a posting by Furbirdsqueerly and Friends.  We are folks who think that there was far more to those days then the gun runner, money-grubbing, don’t care who I kill Sam Colt. (to put it mildly) as we can. We here at Furbirdsqueerly dedicates this posting to all of the true Sheroes and Heroes of  the Civil War area and hope that this is a counter balance to any, if any, and all celebrations of Sam Colt and the buckets of blood that built that empire. We invite our readers to join us in commemorating these greats from her and his-story past, those who inspiration lives on and those who truly are the sheroes and heroes of the Civil War.

Our true sheroes and heroes

Sweet Honey in the Rock–Sojourner’s Battle Hymn (1)

Sojourner Truth

1797-1883

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne five children, and seen almost all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?” —Sojourner Truth, Aint, I a woman? (more…)
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Happy Halloween to all.

Posted: October 28, 2011 in art, Events

Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.

PROPOSAL:

We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.

We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.

All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.

While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.

The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.

The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.

http://www.occupyoakland.org

Here are links from Occupy Oakland where the police fired rubber bullets and canisters of tear gas at protesters attempting to retake their encampment.  This comes from a series documenting occupied Oakland at:

http://www.wearethedemocracy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=112.

Be sure to check out some of the video’s of the police push back.

Shot in the face by a rubber bullet

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Update: Scott Olsen is in the hospital – in critical condition because of his wounds. There is swelling in the brain
Oakland Police Critically Injure Iraq War Vet During Occupy March

The following article, from Party for Socialism and Liberation, via the Kasma Project.

This is what they do. This is their job.

The following article was written by a participant in the Oct. 1 Occupy Wall Street march on the Brooklyn Bridge, and among the 700 protesters trapped and arrested there.

The New York Police Department has been making front-page news recently for repeated acts of brutality and repression against the growing protests on Wall Street and occupations around the country.

After the infamous case of pepper-spraying peaceful protesters, a week later the NYPD conducted mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge. Seven hundred marchers, myself included, were trapped by police, arrested, held in flexicuffs for hours in the rain and then given a number of bogus charges and violations.

On my bus and in the cell at 1 Police Plaza, I wound up getting into conversations with people about the police.

There was a clear divide with some arguing that our “brothers and sisters” in the police department are just “regular working people” who don’t make much money, whose pensions are threatened by Wall Street, and who are therefore part of the “99 percent.” (more…)

“The vision of seeing “fairness” mainly in terms of how wealth is created and distributed inside American borders is a place many people start — but if we revolutionaries dwell there, we run the danger of a reformed America that still dominates the world, and where those “reforms” really prove to be a demand for more compensation, more bribery from that world empire.

Further, American democracy is a sham, not a promise. It is the form that the rulers of the United States have refined and developed and ideologized over two hundred years. It is not a mechanism we want to refine — it is the political form of the system that we seek to overthrow and abolish.”

We want liberation for humanity, not merely some “better deal” for the oppressed within U.S. borders.

This country is “ours” in the way a prison cell “belongs” to the prisoner: We live here, but it has never been ours. It is the soil of our suffering, and the cause of suffering for hundreds of millions. We can’t take back that which isn’t ours.”

Remember in all of this, “You can’t beat the enemy by raising his flag.”

The above words of wisdom comes from an essay by Mike Ely. I have lost the link and the title to the essay, but feel that this is something that all memebers of the Occupy movement should read. Merly getting rid of the bad capitalists won’t solve a damn thing.

 

From Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity some very important articles. We wish to open with a quote from one of the articles before directing everyone to the links. The quote is from a recent hunger striker.

“A caged man is a spirit trapped in steel — leave him alone and his spirit becomes one with his cage — it’s all he knows. Motivate him, nurture and socialize him, and his spirit soars. It’s only then that the man realizes the difference between him and his cage — the reasons for it. Thus, allowing him to finally be free from it.” (more…)