One of our volunteers, Jennifer Slattery, is heading back to the Occupy Wall Street site in New York and will be reporting live via twitter. Check back frequently to see what is going on at #OWS! There will be a LIVE "Occupy Your Future" twitter feed where you will be able to see what is happening on the ground at #OWS.
After a long winter, it's time to go back to Wall St. for this activist. And I am very excited about the first action I will be attending this Spring:
To commemorate its 25th anniversary, ACT UP (the activist group that took on AIDS issues in the 80's) will team up with Occupy Wall Street to hold a massive demonstration and march on Wall Street. Why Wall Street? Because the corruption of the corporate class has a ripple effect throughout our society that goes far beyond jobs, and debt. The crisis they cause leads to human suffering. On Wednesday, April 25 we will gather at City Hall and march on Wall Street. Act Up, in many ways, served as a model for the Occupy movement's leaderless, non-violent, and creative, direct action tactics. It is an honor to not only carry on their fight, but to have them stand beside us, and teach us from within our own ranks.
When I first arrived at Liberty Square six months ago, reporters asked me what real solutions I personally wanted to be achieved by protesting. My answer, repeatedly, was the need for a Financial Transaction Tax. None of the reporters ever printed my answer, instead running the same lie over and over for months: no one at Occupy has any ideas, no solutions. That was a lie, and I know because I heard many others talking about the same thing. We never stopped talking about it, and the media may choose to ignore us, but we will only get louder. A "Financial Speculation Tax" (Fi.S.T.) on Wall Street will be our rallying cry with Act Up on the 25th.
|Jennifer Slattery is a dedicated human rights activist, former private investigator, and a member of the Occupy Movement. She lives in NY, and would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have: firstname.lastname@example.org|
In our world, societal catastrophe seems to strike like lightning. A bolt from the blue blindsides us; turning conventional wisdom on its head. Often it comes in a thunderous crack: in an assassination, or an explosive attack. Sometimes it comes with a crash, as another bubble bursts and collapses under the weight of its own corruption. These events shock our view of everything we thought we knew of our past, and of a future we thought we had built on foundations unshakable. But the startled paralysis of catastrophe wears off as surely as our illusions do, and we are left with a clear choice: change or break.
The Corporation film exposed the machinations of these artificial entities that empower the most sociopathic tendencies in human nature. It showed in stark terms how the Corporate Identity relieves the conscience of the individuals on the inside of guilt. Corporations see no limits; it's only goal is to gain more, to grow bigger, to feed endlessly and explicitly without remorse like a machine. Even when massive amounts of wealth are attained their desire for conquest turns to control of the rule of law in order to amass even more. In the 1930's major corporations went for a millitary Coup to overthrow FDR, and failed. These same entities funded the rise of fascism in Europe simultaneously, and for a time succeeded.
To the family of Ray Anderson and employees of Interface, I offer my sincere condolences on the loss of a person so special to each of us.
I first read about Ray in a newspaper article around 2000, and was amazed there could be a billion-dollar-business helmed by a man with such a capacity for honest — and public — self-reflection and self-criticism.
I met Ray in the course of making the feature documentary The Corporation. His was one of the last interviews conducted for the film, and what a stroke of luck that was. Ray became the film’s star.
Ray was so gracious and generous with his time. Although he told his story hundreds of times a year, he somehow managed to keep it fresh every time, as if telling it for the first time. As a result of our one interview, literally millions of people around the world were introduced to Ray’s attainable vision of sustainability.
Ray kindly showed up at the film’s US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. When the lights came on and he came to the front of the theatre to take questions, he received a standing ovation.
“The carpet guy” left an indelible impression on a huge and still-growing audience, so many of whom specifically mention him in reviews and when discussing the film. Ray’s sections of The Corporation now form part of a curriculum designed for MBA students; one of the film’s greatest accomplishments was infiltrating business schools.
At a benefit screening of The Corporation in Boston, the food and drink servers all wore the same t-shirt, which bore a quote from the film, “One day people like me are going to end up in jail” — Ray Anderson”. I quickly traded a Corporation t-shirt for one of those.
The course Ray set for Interface is brilliant and exemplary, and with the perseverance of people he has touched, will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come.
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|