April42012

#occupyEverywhere (Phone) Call to Action:

Dena Killacky, her husband Patrick and their four children (ages 9-to-18) will be evicted from the home that Dena’s father built in 1978. They are vowing to resist eviction by the Will County Sheriff. Their home is located at 13929 S. Kickapoo Tr. Homer Glen, IL 60491 between 131st & 143rd Street (north-to south), South Bell Road & Parker Road (east-to-west).

Call DG Enterprises and tell them they are complicit in the bank’s deceit and that they should renew their original offer to rent the home to the family until they can arrange a way to buy it back.

DG Enterprises
Dave Blair
(815) 485-4798

Tell them you support the demand for a moratorium on foreclosures & evictions nationwide.

Chicago:

Show support to the family by being present at the house when the sheriff comes.

March132012
my and sareh’s conversation the night Troy Davis died still overwhelms me.
blue-ashes:

we still have nextness.
and a fight:we all have the same fucking fight. 
[likeitmatters/akabadnatalie/akacapriciousyetconstant @ 29Sparks, brooklyn, september 2011.]

my and sareh’s conversation the night Troy Davis died still overwhelms me.

blue-ashes:

we still have nextness.

and a fight:
we all have the same fucking fight. 

[likeitmatters/akabadnatalie/akacapriciousyetconstant @ 29Sparks, brooklyn, september 2011.]

February82012
join us.
occupychi.org or elsewhere: occupytogether.org

join us.

occupychi.org or elsewhere: occupytogether.org

(via skafunkrastapunk)

January302012
anticapitalist:

Interventionism helps no one.
Except the war profiteering military-industrial complex.

Occupy everything. Make the world better.
Find your local occupation occupycoordination.org or meet me at OccupyChi.org

anticapitalist:

Interventionism helps no one.

Except the war profiteering military-industrial complex.

Occupy everything. Make the world better.

Find your local occupation occupycoordination.org or meet me at OccupyChi.org

(Source: , via amodernmanifesto)

January152012
Attention, Chicago!
See you this week in the streets. Remember, direct action gets the goods. PM me for more details.
Occupy everywhere, but find me in Chicago.
<3 solidarity <3
Natalie

Attention, Chicago!

See you this week in the streets. Remember, direct action gets the goods. PM me for more details.

Occupy everywhere, but find me in Chicago.

<3 solidarity <3

Natalie

January102012

New Year’s Revolution

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Article by Natalie W

We’re breathing the very last gasp of the holiday cycle. First it was the overeating celebration, where we shoved every last delicious morsel of multiple dinners in to our mouths and tried not to nap in front of the football game. Then, it was the winter holiday, where we all spent too much money or were upset that we couldn’t spend more money to demonstrate affection on our beloveds. Then, it was the year-end party where we bid adieu to last year with booze, food, and dancings. In the cold light of 2012, we took stock of the confetti-strewn, champagne soaked, glitterbomb of our lives and resolved to do better this year. On the heels of the self-focused 6-ish weeks, 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. The top New Year’s resolutions are about weight loss, exercise, consuming less alcohol, quitting smoking cigarettes, finding the love of the your life, better money management and debt reduction. Further analysis shows exactly what we’re attempting to improve and how we’re only setting ourselves up to fail.

New Year’s Resolution: lose weight/exercise more/drink less:

We’re all fat and lazy, duh. We just spent the last six weeks shoving so much alternately delectable and downright awful food paired with heavy drinks and boozy bevies down our throats. All we have been doing is eating, drinking, watching holiday specials on tv, and shopping, which does not count for exercise. (Full disclosure: the author has a legit potbelly.) We live in a truly body-conscious society where we are not considered attractive even to ourselves until we’re living up to a Hollywoodized or Photoshopped standard of beauty-slash-reality. Let it go. Beauty is in brains, not butts or abs or chiseled upper arms. Start doing interesting things that lead to connections with others through foundation-building conversation over beers or coffee or dinner. In creating something other than your body to focus on, the depths of personality, dreams, goals, and offerings can be discovered and then shared.

New Year’s Resolution: fall in love/find the perfect partner

This resolution equates human relationships to car keys. Love is not something to be found; it’s a state of being, of creating and then nurturing. Of course we all want companionship but emphasizing the necessity of the existence of a relationship for happiness is not a sound foundation for a healthy involvement.

These resolutions are so self-focused and so individualistic, there’s barely any room for anyone else to squeeze in their goals. It’s no surprise that 75 percent of these resolutions are not maintained past the first week of making them.

Seventy-five percent of resolutions are not maintained past the first week of making them. Of the remaining 25 percent of resolutions, 71 percent do not survive the second week. These resolutions are so self-focused and so individualistic, there’s barely any room for anyone else to squeeze in their goals. Then everyone forgets or decides their pledges are too hard and reverts to their same old selves. Currently, we’re reaching that time in the new year where we give up on, or are about to abandon, improving ourselves and revert back to the lonely, lazy, boozy person we were at the end of 2011. Instead of trying to fix ourselves, failing, and then beating ourselves up about it, let’s consider a new concept of resolutions for this New Year. Let’s endeavor to better society for everyone, not just our individual selves.

So this 2012, let go of feelings of depression about the current failure of self-improvement, and declare that we revolutionize (or reform) the resolution process and determine goals we can actually achieve. If we endeavor to better society, we will find ourselves inspired, engaged, and meeting a host of new people at the same time.

New Year’s Revolution: Improve Society, however you like:

If uncertain of where to start, start with yourself. Determine what interests you.

§  If you’re interested in helping animals or animal rights, meet your local animal rescue group and ascertain what’s needed.

§  If your jam is helping others through nonprofit organizations in areas like arts and culture, homelessness, seniors, health and medicine, crisis support, etc, check out Volunteer Match. Volunteer Match links up individuals with groups sharing their goals.

§  If politics and improving life for everyone across a range of topics and practices speaks to you, investigate your local Occupy movement. The Occupy movement has over 1,505 global operations aimed at raising political consciousness, empowering the general public, holding elected officials accountable, proffering solutions for improving society, among other undertakings. To find your local occupation, see OccupyTogether.org/actions. By involving yourself in your local Occupy movement, even just by tipping a toe into the waters of revolution by reposting or retweeting information, you’re still participating and strengthening a network of informed individuals. For further involvement, consider attending the public General Assembly, where committees present ideas, working groups are formed, and issues are voted on.

The key in revolutionizing (or reforming) the resolution process is that this goal is not about you. It’s not about dropping 20 pounds, quitting smoking, or striking up conversation with the attractive person at the bar; it’s about bettering society and finding yourself improved as a by-product. Once we as a culture realize this society doesn’t have to remain so individualistic and that the goals of one can interconnect with the goals of many, we can truly begin self-improvement.

Article by Natalie W

January92012
capitalism = pyramid scheme. yet still legal worldwide.
anticapitalist:

[highres]
Capitalism Is a Pyramid Scheme
The labor of those lower on the pyramid enriches the ones towards the top. To stay stable, the economy has to draw in more and more resources—colonizing new continents, workforces, and aspects of daily life. The resulting inequalities can only be maintained by ever-escalating force.
We’re encouraged to compete against each other to improve our positions on an individual basis. But there’s not enough space at the top for all of us, no matter how hard we work—and no pyramid scheme can go on expanding forever. Sooner or later it’s bound to crash: global warming and recession are just the first warning signs. Instead of going down with the Pharaohs, let’s join forces to establish another way of life.

capitalism = pyramid scheme. yet still legal worldwide.

anticapitalist:

[highres]

Capitalism Is a Pyramid Scheme

The labor of those lower on the pyramid enriches the ones towards the top. To stay stable, the economy has to draw in more and more resources—colonizing new continents, workforces, and aspects of daily life. The resulting inequalities can only be maintained by ever-escalating force.

We’re encouraged to compete against each other to improve our positions on an individual basis. But there’s not enough space at the top for all of us, no matter how hard we work—and no pyramid scheme can go on expanding forever. Sooner or later it’s bound to crash: global warming and recession are just the first warning signs. Instead of going down with the Pharaohs, let’s join forces to establish another way of life.

(Source: anticapitalist, via aamir-javed-deactivated20120126)

September272011
amphitrit:

shortformblog:

jayrosen:

Why NPR won’t give air time to the Occupy Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan.
No crowds, celebrities, mayhem or clear demands? No coverage. 
From the NPR ombudsman’s blog: 

NPR hasn’t aired a story on the “Occupy Wall Street” protest — now entering its second week — but several of you aired your concerns about the lack of coverage, and Ralph Nader called to say NPR is ignoring the left.. We asked the newsroom to explain their editorial decision. Executive editor for news Dick Meyer came back: “The recent protests on Wall Street did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption or an especially clear objective.”

Here we have an answer about priorities at NPR that people can argue with. That’s good. That’s transparency.
Prominent people, huh? As opposed to young people giving up their lives to sleep outside in rain, filth and noise and perhaps get maced to make a political statement about accountability on Wall Street…
Disruption? And that differs from an invitation to mayhem how… exactly?
Dick Meyer’s statement should be a widget. Meaning: NPR should keep a rolling list of candidate-for-coverage stories that it is not covering with an explanation for why it is not covering them, and then place it around npr.org as a sidebar. 

We made a point about this yesterday, that Occupy Wall Street doesn’t have a “hook” at the moment that easily sells its appeal to a larger audience. But there’s a difference between not having a “hook” and ignoring it entirely. We like the transparency, too, but we think NPR’s missing the boat.

Not enough said.

amphitrit:

shortformblog:

jayrosen:

Why NPR won’t give air time to the Occupy Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan.

No crowds, celebrities, mayhem or clear demands? No coverage. 

From the NPR ombudsman’s blog: 

NPR hasn’t aired a story on the “Occupy Wall Street” protest — now entering its second week — but several of you aired your concerns about the lack of coverage, and Ralph Nader called to say NPR is ignoring the left.. We asked the newsroom to explain their editorial decision. Executive editor for news Dick Meyer came back: “The recent protests on Wall Street did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption or an especially clear objective.”

Here we have an answer about priorities at NPR that people can argue with. That’s good. That’s transparency.

Prominent people, huh? As opposed to young people giving up their lives to sleep outside in rain, filth and noise and perhaps get maced to make a political statement about accountability on Wall Street…

Disruption? And that differs from an invitation to mayhem how… exactly?

Dick Meyer’s statement should be a widget. Meaning: NPR should keep a rolling list of candidate-for-coverage stories that it is not covering with an explanation for why it is not covering them, and then place it around npr.org as a sidebar. 

We made a point about this yesterday, that Occupy Wall Street doesn’t have a “hook” at the moment that easily sells its appeal to a larger audience. But there’s a difference between not having a “hook” and ignoring it entirely. We like the transparency, too, but we think NPR’s missing the boat.

Not enough said.

(via afrofuturismscholar)

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