Occupy Wall Street Protests Money-Driven Democracy

Across the world, and most recently in the United States, a whole new generation of young people are expressing their anger and lack of faith in political and economic systems that produce and sustain an elite class of people at the top, who claim ownership of 99% of the world's monetary assets, while abusing and misusing the world's physical resources and human labor resources.

To The People of The World:
We, the New York City General Assembly Occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power, the group said in an "official declaration" Sept. 30th 2011.

"Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone....

"As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known."

Oct. 1st 2011 - The NYPD arrests 700 #OccupyWallStreet demonstrators, snatching video equipment and cameras and later releasing most of the protesters in what many are calling a case of police entrapment. Here is a "Step-By-Step Brooklyn Bridge" video that shows NYPD leading the demonstrators across the bridge, onto the car lanes, like a Pied Piper, into their orange, plastic nets. Police were also in full force behind the protesters, where they formed a rear brigade across the traffic lane, cutting off any exit route.

Members of labor union communities and MoveOn.org have now pledged their support and participation in the Occupy WallStreet & Occupy Everywhere movement.

What has happened since the violent air attacks on Wall Street in 2001?

  • Vast amounts of (taxpayer) money spent to wage war for 10 years.
  • Vast amounts of (taxpayer) money used to "bail out" big banks.
  • Fewer restrictions placed on private influence money that is poured into political campaigns.
  • Unemployment tops historic records, while social safety nets are being cut.
  • A record-breaking 50 million Americans have no health insurance and 45,000 die every year because they don't have access to health care.
  • The United States now has the largest prison population in the world.
  • The people of the world are finding ways to unite for social change.
  • The "Arab Spring" and more recently "Occupy Wallstreet" movements are toppling strong-man dictatorships and calling for serious reform within democratic societies to eliminate the unacceptable economic conditions that have steadily eroded the quality of life for the bottom 99% of people in the world -- the unemployed, working poor and working middle class.
Here's an example of what people who dare to "Think Different" are thinking:

Five years ago in Venus, Florida a group of peace-loving humanitarians came together with designer-philosopher Jacque Fresco to design a better world "Beyond Politics, Poverty and War" -- a resource-based economic system instead of a money-based system.

The Venus Project

The Venus Project advocates an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any socio-economic system that has gone before. It calls for a straightforward redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable.

Here is an introduction to the concept by the co-founders of The Venus Project.
"Future By Design," a major documentary on the life, designs and philosophy of Jacque Fresco was produced by Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Winning filmmaker, William Gazecki.

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