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May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

  

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

Not everyone who supports the Occupy Movement is going to be able to skip work or school for the General Strike on Tuesday.  Some might not be able to avoid shopping.  Others are going to need to use an ATM or wash the dishes.  Life isn’t stopping on May Day, but the key to a successful action is avoiding an all-or-nothing attitude.  Anything you can not do on May Day counts, so don’t let working get in the way of your strike.

Here’s some ideas on how worker bees can make the most of the day…

1. GO AFTER WORK – The simplest solution to not being able to get out of work for the General Strike is to join the action as soon as you can after work, or before if you work nights.  Same goes for school.  Check the schedule in your town and in most cases you’ll find that events are going on all day long.  No need to explain your absence during the day for you are better later than never.

2. SPREAD THE WORD – Know someone with the day off?  Make sure they know what’s going on.  Post it on Facebook.  Text it, tweet it, reddit it, digg it, pin it, whatever.  Scream it out the window.  Work the word ‘occupy’ into any conversation you can and then speaking of ask, “Did you hear about the General Strike today?

3. INVITE YOUR CO-WORKERS – If you detect any interest as you spread the word, let them know you are dropping by after work and invite them along.  Not everyone knows what going to a march or rally is like and might be interested but anxious.  More will make it merrier.

4. OCCUPY YOUR CUBE – Print out a few posters from Occuprint, crank up a live stream and your striking day can begin at 9am.  Looks like you’ve got eight hours to brainstorm the perfect sign and a captive audience to test them out on.  Hello, supply closet!

5. OCCUPY THE WATER COOLER – Everyone loves a good office joke and it’s the perfect cover for turning your office into the next encampment.  Start with a funny little sign for your water cooler or coffee machine.  If it’s well received, spend the day seeing how far you can go with it.  You know, for fun.

6. INTER-OFFICE MARCH – Go big with signs, chants and a consensus-established parade route or orchestrate a coincidental moment in time where everyone just happened to want coffee at once.

7. LUNCH HOUR OCCUPATION – If you work close to the action, get yourself and your crew out into it for a long lunch.  If you don’t, eat outside the nearest bank.  Bring lunch from home for bonus points.

8. THE IT’S OCCUPIED – For all those whose workplaces won’t tolerate monkey business nor talk of strikes, you’ve still got options.  The bathroom is humanity’s most tried-and-true refuge.  You could go old school and write something on the wall or just hang out for a while with the paper.  Oh yeah, it’s occupied.

9. OCCUPY THE COPIER – To add a little mystery to the day, take your favorite poster from Occuprint and leave it in the copy machine for someone else to find.  Also good for printers though be mindful if everyone on the network will know it was you.

10. THE PRE-OCCUPY – If you really had your heart set on striking and can’t let it go, try distracting yourself and your colleagues with links to the most draining websites you’ve ever found.  Nothing torpedoes a work day like addictive games such as Desktop Tower Defense or cool Tumblrs likeAwesomePeopleHangingOutTogether.

11. DONATE – Since you’re spending the day earning, consider giving a bit to your local Occupy or any Occupy you hear about having trouble with the police. Legal funds are being raised to help folks who get arrested and you’ll sleep like a champ at night knowing you helped someone get out of a holding cell quicker.

Got other ideas?  Please share your own in the comments.
Got something going in your office?  Please share that too.

Still got questions about May Day?  Check out Every Thing You Need To Know About May Day * But Were Afraid To Ask.

http://www.apeconmyth.com/2012/04/11-ways-to-occupy-if-you-have-to-work-on-may-day/

April 30, 2012 Posted by | Events, This is why we walk | 3 Comments

Eco Jive Interview of Jason Brock set to air Sunday night

Eco Jive Interview of Jason Brock set to air Sunday night

  • Just interviewed Jason from Occupy Walk USA ! They are walking across the country as an #Occupy protest. Tonight’s Eco Jive show is going to be strong. Lucky Episode 13!
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April 29, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | 2 Comments

Goodbye for now to Vanity

Goodbye for now to Vanity

Vanity has some person things to attend to. She hopes to return to the walk next month.

 

April 29, 2012 Posted by | Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Walker’s Wish List

Walker’s Wish List

The walkers could use AAA batteries. They also need Ibuprofen tablets and multi-vitamins. 

Radio Flyer Wagon

Adam would love a pull behind wagon. 

Tent Trailer 

Chris would love a tent Trailer with hitch package

 

New Balance Tennis Shoes

All the walkers are in need of new shoes now!

April 29, 2012 Posted by | Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Gratitude and Respect to this Occupy Family of Angels

Gratitude and Respect to this Occupy Family of Angels

Very Back Row is Jason Brock (walker) holding up the NYC Sign.

Middle Row is Donnie holding her son Taj, next to her husband Paul. Next is walkers;, Adam Peck, William Terzin and Danny Johnson.

In front holding Occupy Walk sign is Paul’s and Donnie’s daughter Nubia.

This Ocupy Angel Family lives in Fort Defiance. They generously reserved a room for the walkers at a hotel in Gallup, New Mexico for tonight. It is these special everyday Americans that gives us faith in a better tomorrow. Blessings to this family!

A special present to Danny Johnson

April 29, 2012 Posted by | Thank you to road angels | 3 Comments

Banks gone wild

Banks gone wild –

The temporarily embarrassed millionaire syndrome. Bailout recipient JP Morgan Chase pays CEO what amounts to 843 times the median US household income.

http://www.mybudget360.com/banks-gone-wild-jp-morgan-ceo-makes-843-times-median-household-income/

It is a fascinating case study in human psychology that one of the top contenders for President is Donald Trump, a man who makes a living at least on his show by firing people.  You would think that many Americans would want someone that hires people given our current economic predicament.  Put aside the antics and showmanship, many Americans (the average per capita income being $25,000) somehow admire a person who grew up with a silver spoon and has made his public persona revolve around firing people and speculating in real estate (a sector that has led us into this mess because of speculation).  Usually when I get asked why we have very few protests against the trillions of dollars handed out to the banking and investment class, I usually point to this mentality.  Many feel that they are only one step away from being the next Trump.  This perception might explain the growth in massive banks and why it is even allowed.  Having giant banks is not a normal part of our economy.  In fact, I went ahead and gathered banking data going back to 1934 showing that the growth of too big to fail really started in the 1980s.

Too big to succeed

number of us banks

Source:  FDIC

The above data is gathered from the FDIC and reflects the number of institutions measured by the organization.  I found it interesting that from 1934 to 1986 the United States always had roughly 14,000 banking institutions.  Keep in mind that during this time we did not have a banking crisis like the one we are currently experiencing.  The Great Depression came about because of the massive speculator nature of Wall Street during the 1920s.  Whenever banks are allowed to go off and do their own thing it usually means that the country will either have a depression or a massive recession.  The spoils go to the top while the public cleans up the mess.  Ultimately having good competition even in the capital markets is important but the above chart shows the contrary is happening.

If we look at the growth of massive institutions it usually coincides with the above:

banks with over 20bn in assets

The correlation is near perfect.  During the mid-1980s the growth of too big to fail banks started moving in earnest.  This might have been perceived as a positive but keep in mind that only a few years later we had the S&L crisis.  What led to the S&L crisis?  Imprudent real estate lending.  After 747 S&L institutions failed we still did not learn our lesson and that is why we had the mother of all real estate bubbles in the 2000s.  The too big to fail had their hands deep in this mess and they are rewarded with growth:

top-10-bank-holding-company-rankings

The top 19 banks hold over 50 percent of all banking assets.  105 banks hold close to 80 percent of all banking assets.  So that leaves nearly 7,000 banking institutions to fight for the last 20 percent piece of the pie.  Now keep in mind why this happened.  This was organized and setup by the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury.  The Federal Reserve was the brainchild of the big banking powers of the early 1900s.  Their goal was to reduce competition and allow for the aggregation of power in the hands of the few.  It is no surprise that even a century later one of the people instrumental in this move, J.P. Morgan has the number two bank with his name on it and the bank has over $2 trillion in assets.  How well has this accumulation of banking assets in the hands of the few helped most Americans?  It hasn’t and in fact we just had the worst recession since the Great Depression.  45 million Americans on food stamps would argue we are still in a recession.

Does the average American realize where he or she stands?

average-income-americans

I think the above chart shows the reality between aspirations and reality.  Many Americans aspire at being the next Donald Trump but in reality, many are simply trying to pay their bills.  1 out of 3 Americans has no savings so it is unlikely they will have a Hotel in Manhattan with their name on it.  Someone once said many Americans simply feel like temporarily embarrassed millionaires.  This is why many times they vote for policies that actually hurt their own bottom line.  I can see that.  The mythology of being massively wealthy, even if it means accumulating wealth through oligarch ways that don’t even have a basis in actual capitalism.  That is right, the captains of financial industry are largely politicians since many of these banks would be gone if the free-market did its jobs and they didn’t have politicians bailing them out (remember the $700 billion Paulson 3 page save me memo?).  They were rescued and protected by the average American making $25,000 per year.  And as you are aware, your tax dollars are going to good use:

jp morgan

“(Reuters) Dimon’s total compensation jumped nearly 1,500 percent to $20.8 million in 2010 from $1.3 million a year earlier, based on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s compensation formula, a regulatory filing showed.

Dimon did even better in terms of the value of money and shares actually received: his salary, bonus and stock and options from grants made largely in previous years that were actually exercised in 2010 were worth around $42 million.

By way of comparison, real median U.S. household income was just $49,777 in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

The CEO of JP Morgan, one of the big beneficiaries of the bailouts, received in his total compensation 843 times the median household income of the United States.  This is where things stand.  And how many people is JP Morgan kicking out of homes this year?  How about the WaMu portfolio with all those toxic loans.  What about the service fees now charged to customers in onerous ways?  This is what we reward in America.  There is nothing wrong with rewarding say Apple for providing iPods or iPhones that people choose to buy without governmental coercion.  But here we have a bank that is largely benefitting simply by its connections to Washington D.C. and their service is gouging average Americanseven further.  Where is the benefit of the too big to fail for the public?

Until Americans realize that many of these CEOs and organizations really do not represent their best interest, they are going to lionize individuals and companies that would love nothing more than to fire them and take every last cent that they have.  In fact, some are even considering electing a person like this as President.

April 29, 2012 Posted by | This is why we walk | 1 Comment

The Free World Charter

Here is the full text of The Free World Charter.

You will notice the Charter is not very long. In fact, just ten basic principles make up The Free World Charter. While the reasons and implications of the Charter are complex, the actual principles themselves are very simple.

Each principle is terse in language to avoid ambiguity, and is accompanied underneath by a brief description and explanation of why it’s needed. If you have any doubts about any of the principles, or are unclear about anything, please have a look at the FAQs page which may answer your question.

Preamble

In this year, 2012, our personal freedoms, environment and biodiversity have become critically endangered by our mismanagement of global resources.

This charter document proposes ten fundamental principles on which to grow an entirely new world society based on fairness, common sense and survival. Once observed, these principles will realise human equality, minimise suffering and injustice, create a cooperative society that promotes progress and technology, and guarantees a healthy, diverse and sustainable world for all species.

If you agree with this vision, please register your support by becoming a signatory and sharing this website and its ideals with your friends. It is only with popular support that we can effect the kind of changes now necessary to sustain life on Earth into the far future.

Principles

1
The highest concern of humanity is the combined common good of all living species and biosphere.
Human beings, animals and plants are all inseparable parts of nature. We are IN nature – not outside or above it. All our species are connected to each other and the planet, and rely indirectly on each other for survival.Humanity’s physical impact on the World is now so great that we must exercise wisdom and responsibility. We must now consider the needs of all species and the environment, as well as ourselves, in all decisions.
2
Life is precious in all its forms, and free to flourish in the combined common good.
Life is an amazing phenomenon, and, so far, our planet is the only place we have found it. This makes it a most rare and beautiful thing that should be cherished and respected.However, life is also food, and all our world’s species form a complex food-chain. In order to maintain this food-chain – and thus our biodiversity and survival – we must observe the combined common good of all species when interacting with any one.
3
Earth’s natural resources are the birthright of all its inhabitants, and free to share in the combined common good.
Every living person and creature on this planet has an automatic entitlement to share in all the Earth’s natural resources, and to use them to live a healthy and fulfilling life without obligation or subordination to any other person or creature.Humanity, due to population size and complex lifestyle, has a particular duty not to overtax these natural resources, or use more than is reasonably necessary to maintain a happy and wholesome life within the combined common good.
4
Every human being is an equal part of a worldwide community of humans, and a free citizen of Earth.
Social, ideological and border divisions between people are man-made barriers which have no physical or natural basis. Such artificial divisions can only be counter-productive to the common welfare and survival of society as a whole.Our common similarities are, however, both physical and natural. Generally speaking, we all want and need the same things. With universal cooperation and equal access, we can all apply our skills more effectively to achieve these common aims.
5
Our community is founded on the spirit of cooperation and an understanding of Nature, provided through basic education.
Any child that receives a useful and relevant education into the workings of Nature, the World and community living, will ultimately provide the best service to that World and that community. Traditional career-driven education is now a measurably destructive force.Ultimately, education will replace regulation, which is really only a crude system of maintaining order. For example, a child that fully understands why a certain action is not possible is infinitely better equipped for life than a child who only knows the fear of punishment for that action.
6
Our community provides for all its members the necessities of a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life, freely and without obligation.
Every person should be guaranteed the highest technically possible standard of living without the use of money, trade or debt. There is no longer any logical reason not to do this. Virtually all of human suffering is caused by our outdated system of exchange.All forms of debt and subordination are not only a hindrance to progress, but are now completely unnecessary. This is due to our command of technology and the ease with which we can produce and manufacture goods for ourselves.
7
Our community respects the limits of Nature and its resources, ensuring minimal consumption and waste.
Our resources are limited either by absolute quantity or by the time it takes to manage and replace them. In either case, we must use our resources wisely to preserve both their supply and the environment.In addition, we must minimise our accumulation of rarely used goods, and the amount of non-reusable waste that we produce. These have direct consequences on our environment. The more we conserve our World, the greater our chances of survival into the future.
8
Our community derives its solutions and advances progress primarily through the application of logic and best available knowledge.
In a new society without financial inhibitors and constraints, the greatest challenges facing humanity will be technical ones. ie. How do we provide enough food, water, shelter, energy, materials, and ensure a high standard of sustainable living for everybody?As opposed to traditional politics and speculation, the scientific method is a proven, robust system of solving these technical problems using just the available facts and basic logic. It also has a common reference across all cultures and languages.
9
Our community acknowledges its duty of care and compassion for members who are unable to contribute.
People who, for any reason, are unable to look after themselves or contribute back into society, should be afforded every possible amenity, compassion and care from the rest of the community without obligation.Also, as future contributors to the community, it is vital that we impart as much useful knowledge as we can to our children, in a way that stimulates their creativity, growth and intellect towards future progress.
10
Our community acknowledges its responsibility to maintain a diverse and sustainable biosphere for all future life to enjoy.
We must remember that we share our planet not just with other people, animals and plants, but also with the seeds of future people, animals and plants, who will walk and grow here some day.These beings, who have no voice or influence today, are equally as entitled to life as we are. It is in the interest of all our species to leave the world to our future generations just as we found it, if not better.

Sign the Charter

April 29, 2012 Posted by | This is why we walk | Leave a comment

Johnny Cash-New Mexico

Johnny Cash-New Mexico

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Walking Blog | Leave a comment

The Cheetah Girls – Route 66 (Live)

The Cheetah Girls – Route 66 (Live)

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Day 71 Occupy Walk USA Team crossed into New Mexico Sat. April 28, 2012

Day 71 Occupy Walk USA Team crossed into New Mexico!

Sat. April 28, 2012 @ 1pm

 

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Walking Blog | 3 Comments